Electric Car News Roundup – 55

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Electric cars surge in popularity after manufacturers’ late dash

Last January, Europe’s carmakers were gearing up for their most challenging year in recent memory — one in which they would be forced to vastly expand their sales of electric and hybrid cars or fall foul of tough new emissions regulations and risk hundreds of millions of euros in fines.

Then came Covid-19, and lockdowns that brought assembly lines to a standstill for weeks, delaying for several months the rollout of key emissions-free models, such as Volkswagen’s flagship ID. 3.

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Electric Car Sales 2020 (credit: FT)

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Yes, 2020 will be a year etched in minds of automotive manufacturers. For internal combustion engine (ICE) OEMs it would be remembered as the worst year in sales since the Second World War, while for electric vehicle manufacturers, it would be remembered as a defining year in the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) i.e. the EV industry witnessed a tipping point, at least in Western Europe. It is true that subsidies and legislation have played a key role in the acceleration of the development and introduction of new plug-in electric vehicle models.

However, we believe that the increased adoption of zero-emission electric driving has also been influenced by consumer behaviour. Individuals and households have become part of the broader ‘environment‘ movement and demand cleaner transportation solutions. Zero-emission electric cars improve air quality i.e. zero tailpipe pollution and reduce the negative impact on the environment. We expect the medium term and long-term EV demand curve to be very strong, supported by legislation and more importantly a stronger voice from consumers!

In UK, 79% Of Drivers Could Charge An Electric Car Just Once Every Week Or Two

If you’ve got an electric car, whether you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Timbuktu, or Antarctica, you know the two questions most people ask when they are curious about your car: 1) how far can it drive, and 2) how long does it take to charge. Typically, though, these are sort of useless questions. For the most part, people charge at home and need to think about it very little.

A new study out of the UK highlights this in an interesting way. It points out that 79% of drivers in the country drive fewer than 150 miles per week, which could easily be met with one charge in a Tesla Model 3 SR+ (278 miles), Audi e-tron (252 miles), or basic Volkswagen ID.3 (258–264 miles) — all ratings according to WLTP rating system. If you get a longer range model, like a Tesla Model 3 Long Range (360 miles) or Volkswagen ID.3 Tour (337 miles), you could potentially charge up just once every two weeks.

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Ashvin Suri, Founder e-zoomed At A Tesla Showroom (Germany)

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We have said it a million times and will repeat it a million times. The issue of range anxiety and EV charging has been over exaggerated in the press. The average commute of a UK driver is a mere 12 miles! In fact, most electric car owners who use their car for work and leisure, will echo the findings of this article i.e. EVs are not charged daily! For most individuals and families, a pure electric car, also known as a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) will meet their needs.

For those that travel significant distance daily, there is always the option of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, like the Volvo PHEVs available via e-zoomed. In our view, findings like this help educate potential EV owners on the numerous advantages of EV driving and reduce the ‘scaremongering’ tactics being deployed by certain stakeholders who are keen to derail the rapid adoption of EVs across many key markets globally!

Coventry to host world’s first airport for electric aircraft

The project has been launched by Urban Air Port, a subsidiary of sustainable tech company small (Six Miles Across London Limited) in partnership with Hyundai Motor Company, Coventry City Council and the UK government. 

Announced today as the winner of the government’s Future Flight Challenge, Air One is described as a fully operational hub for future electric vehicle take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with the potential to ‘holistically decarbonise transport’, reducing congestion and air pollution. The site is planned to launch later this year, with an ambition of developing more than 200 sites in the next five years to meet global demand.

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Visual representation of the Air-One® site (credit: Urban Air Port Ltd)

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Most individuals can be forgiven for thinking that e-mobility is only about electric cars, e-bikes and e-scooters. After all, names like Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Inc., is synonymous with wealth creation, having become the richest individual in the world at the start of 2021.

However the reality is far more encompassing, as entrepreneurs and visionaries across the world push to create all forms of lower emission to zero-emission electric mobility solutions. Electric cargo ships, leisure solar electric boats and yes, electric aircraft are all under development.

In regards to electric aviation, we see much potential for all-electric battery-electric aircraft and hybrid electric aircraft in the medium term. In fact, Slovenia based aircraft manufacturer, Pipistrel has achieved the distinction of the first EV aircraft to achieve type certification!

In our view EV aircraft have significant potential i.e. the sky is the limit!

We at e-zoomed are more than happy to assist you buying your Next Green Car and with all your EV needs, to include:


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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