Recommended Reads: March 2019


Electric vehicles, particularly electric cars, are going through a period of great change. This is down to a growing awareness of electric powered driving and environmental changes, which has fuelled investment in alternative power and created a burgeoning market.

In our March Recommended Reads, we feature five of the most interesting pieces in the field of electric cars.


The electric car revolution is heading your way

Electric Car Revolution

Image Credit: Michelle Thompson

Electric cars aren’t the vehicles of the future so much as exactly what we should be driving now. The Evening Standard considers how the moves being made by London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan to improve pollution in the city are being echoed in other major cities, and how car manufacturers are responding.

‘The Mayor has a vision: a quieter, cleaner London where roads will run free and silent with futuristic vehicles.’ To get there, everyone from Volkswagen to Tesco are investing in ways to make electric sustainable and feasible for the many more electric car drivers coming over the next five years.’


Norway will install the world’s first wireless electric car charging stations for Oslo taxis

Image Credit: Fortum

In a true show of exemplary efficiency and forward-thinking, Norway is taking steps to make electric cars the norm by 2025. ‘Norway’s capital city of Oslo will be the world’s first metropolitan area to install wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis’.

This is intended to pave the way for electric cars by making charging easier, and as a precursor to making all new cars in the country electric – adding infrastructure that will make electric cars more appealing to drivers. As a smaller country, these changes are easier to implement than in other larger nations, but it could be proof of a model that becomes widespread.


The 10 hottest electric vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show 2019

Geneva Motor Show

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The Geneva Motor Show is an annual event and one that showcases the best in innovation, both in design and technology, within the automotive industry. Electric cars are changing rapidly and widely, with buggies, family cars and sports iterations all on show this year.

This year, Stuff notes that the conventional combustion engine has taken ‘a backseat, as electric motors and battery packs take over the driving duties.’ They also found that ‘There’s good news for fans of compact, stylish electric city cars,’ as well as ‘ living proof that electric vehicles can do exciting and fun, as well as the sensible, planet-saving stuff. Read on to find out more about the cars that made the list.


Nissan says its electric car has become the first to break 400,000 in sales

Nissan EVs

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Launched in 2010, the Nissan Leaf was the best selling electric vehicle in Europe in 2018. It is perhaps not surprising then that Nissan is not only celebrating this as a brand success but also as a sign of a ‘global shift toward more sustainable mobility’.

CNBC report on how these sales have come about and how they fit into the larger, global uptake in electric cars – citing sales figures and where investment in infrastructure for electric vehicles is being undertaken.


Electric car driver travels 90,000km in three years as strangers pay his way

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For all the talk about the limitations of charging points for electric cars in some of the more remote towns and in various countries, one man is proving that it’s possible to travel almost anywhere with an electric car if you have the kindness of strangers to charge you up.

Largely funded through crowdfunding and on the journey work, Dutchman Wiebe Wakker has undertaken a project to spread awareness of zero carbon travel. The ‘Plug Me In Project’ essentially involved people plotting his course on his website and offering three ways of helping: a meal, a place to stay and somewhere to charge his vehicle. You can find out more about where he went and what issues he had to overcome in the article.


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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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