According to a recent study by the U.K. government funded, Go Ultra Low, EVs are in the process of being normalised, such that, by next decade, the term ‘electric’ will not be used to describe an electric car. Consumers will simply refer to it as a car. The study was conducted with 2,000 adults in the U.K. 33% suggested that seeing family and friends drive zero-emission electric cars would help accelerate the process of adoption.
The results of the study, though insightful, are not surprising. Look no further than the mobile phone industry. ‘Smartphone’ has now become normalised to such an extent, that if one has to refer to a phone that it not ‘smart’, one has to categorically mention it.
The electric vehicle industry will also follow a similar path. In fact, our view is that the ‘normalisation’ process of electric cars will be much faster than predicted by the study. We believe that in the not so distant future internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel cars will be simple referred to as ‘dirty cars’.
Moreover, the current complex landscape of different types of electric vehicles to include, traditional hybrids electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will also rationalise. We expect all electric vehicles to be battery electric vehicles i.e. 100% pure electric vehicles. We all will breathe a sigh of relief, once these challenging acronyms are permanently deleted from our EV vocabulary!
SEAT S.A. the Spanish automotive manufacturer owned by Volkswagen, is expected to launch an affordable electric car. The EV which was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show is based on the same production platform as the VW ID.3 all-electric vehicle. The el-Born will have a 62 kWh battery with an expected range of up to 261 miles (WLTP). The pure electric car is expected to be launched in 2020.
Volkswagen continues to ‘flex its muscles’ to attain leadership in the rapidly evolving EV industry. The Germany headquartered Group has already made its intentions clear in regards to all-electric zero emission vehicles. VW is committing a staggering EUR 30 billion by 2023 to realise its ambitions. In fact, it aim to sell up to 3 million electric vehicles by 2025. It is true, many a times, from the ashes of failure, rise the flames of success. VW is rising with meteoric trajectory from the ashes of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal. We are hugely excited and supportive of VW’s vision and impending leadership in zero-emission road transportation
The first EV only ‘gas’ station has been launched in the U.S. The electric vehicle charging station is on the border between Maryland and Washington D.C.. The charging forecourt will allow up to 4 electric vehicles to charge simultaneously, achieving up to 80% battery charge within 30 minutes.
Firstly, a huge applause for this entrepreneur for having the vision and courage to achieve this milestone. Having said that, the U.K. opened its first ‘electric vehicle only’ forecourt earlier this year. Expect to see many more such ‘EV only’ charging forecourts open on both sides of the Atlantic ocean.
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