Never a dull moment in the rapidly evolving electric car market in the UK. With Nissan Leaf continuing to improve on range and performance, other automotive manufacturers have been forced to up their game. Renault is improving the Zoe in 2019 and Volkswagen has announced it will be rolling out the ID.3, its first fully electric car in summer 2020. The compact class, ID.3, will be the first from the Volkswagen all-electric ID family, set to replace its existing electric e-Golf. The ID.3 is an all electric equivalent of the VW Golf hatchback minus the engine i.e. with more space and an inspiring 342 miles on a single charge. Booking for the ID.3 has now commenced, with Volkswagen defining it as a Revolution instead of evolution.
As expected, post the acquisition of Chargemaster by BP p.l.c. in 2018, the company is taking significant steps to maintain leadership in the EV charging network industry. Rivals, such as Shell, which acquired car charging company New Motion, is also vying for UK market leadership. BP Chargemaster, the UK’s largest charging point provider has announced it will install 400 charging points capable of ultra-fast 150kW charging by 2021. The rollout will commence in July 2019 at its petrol station forecourts. The company expects to install 100 ultra-fast charging station at 50 sites before the end of 2019.
Despite EVs becoming popular on UK roads, consumers continue to remain ill-informed on electric cars. In a recent survey by insurance giant LV=, one in five respondents thought electric cars could not be taken through a car wash. The myths and misconceptions in relation to electric vehicles and batteries, have left a number of potential buyers confused, with some even unsure if EVs can be driven in the rain. Like all other petrol and diesel cars, electric cars are rigorously tested for safety. For example, automotive manufacturers have installed a device to disconnect the lithium-ion battery in the event of a collision. The future of electric cars, among other things, depends on debunking such myths successfully.