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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.