Electric Car News Roundup – 11

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Tesla Model 3 Deliveries Begin In The UK – New Electric Car Arrives In Britain 

Tesla Model 3 electric cars have been spotted being transported on UK roads.  It seems that customers that pre-booked the Model 3, may start receiving the electric car this week.  The EVs were being transported from Dover to London.  

Tesla Model 3 Cars
Tesla Model 3 Electric Cars (Credit: Express)

The EV automotive company, Tesla, opened UK bookings for the Model 3 in May this year.  The Model comes in two variants, the ‘Performance’ and the ‘Standard Plus’.  The Performance has a WLTP range of 329 miles, while the Standard Plus has a WLTP range of 258 miles.  Both vehicles are capable of supercharging.  

The Performance variant has a faster acceleration at 3.2 seconds (0-60 mph)  versus 5.3 seconds (0-60 mph) for the Standard Plus. The Performance is a dual motor All-Wheel Drive, while the Standard Plus is a Rear Wheel Drive. Not surprisingly, the Performance variant is dearer at £48,590 compared to £38,050 for the Standard Plus

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If you already own an EV, then upgrading to a Tesla EV is worth considering.  However, if it is your first electric car purchase, I would recommend looking at a lower budget electric car.  Even a used EV.  

The Woman Leading Ford’s EV Revolution: 2019’s Great British Women In The Car Industry – Rising Stars Winner

Emma King Ford electric car battery purchasing manager
Emma King (Credit: Autocar)

Emma King, a senior Ford purchasing manager for EV battery cells, is the winner of this year’s Great British Women in the Car Industry – Rising Stars initiative.  Her association with motor vehicles is well beyond her day to day job.  She is also the proud owner of two vintage cars, to include a 1904 Model A and a 1916 Model T tourer. 

Her employer, the Ford Motor Company, headquartered in Michigan, is investing US$ 11 billion in electric vehicles.  Despite the commitment of investment, Ford remains behind its competitors in regards to electric cars.   

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We applaud Emma on winning this distinguished accolade. Emma King is a good example of the valuable contribution made by women in the automotive sector globally. We at e-zoomed strongly believe in the importance of women as both industry participants and automotive consumers.  

New Renault Zoe: The Small EV’s Third Chapter 

New Renault Zoe electric car 2019
New Renault Zoe Electric Car 2019 (Credit: Car Magazine)

The Renault Zoe continues to evolve since its launch in 2012.  The latest iteration includes a larger battery and longer range.  The battery capacity in the 2019 facelift is more than double the original 22 kWh battery.  The new 52 kWh battery pack is expected to deliver a WLTP range of 242 miles, a 30% increase then the incumbent Zoe 41 kWh model.  The model is expected to go on sale later in 2019. Prices have not been announced.  

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This is indeed positive progress not only for Renualt, but also for the EV industry as a whole. Assuming the price of the 2019 Zoe remains similar or ‘affordable’, the improved range and performance further increases the versatility of the electric car.  The mass adoption of EVs will to a large extent depend on increases in range and performance but not prices. 

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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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