Electric Car News Roundup – 5

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Honda e Electric Car Goes On Sale In The UK With Five Bold Colour Options 

Honda launches e all electric car in the UK
Honda e Electric Car (Credit: Express)

Honda has moved up a gear, in its participation in the UK electric car market, with the launch of the Honda e all-electric car.  The model is inspired by the original Honda Civic.  Japanese principles of architecture and minimalism have also had an influence on the design and inside space.  The EV is capable of 125 miles on a full charge.  Customers can reserve the electric car on the Honda UK website with a £800 refundable deposit.  The EV is expected to go on sale in early 2020. The automotive manufacturer, Honda, has positioned the zero emission car as ‘perfectly balanced for joyful city commutes, while equally comfortable on weekend journeys’.  With fast-charging option, 80% of battery charge can be achieved in just 30 minutes.  The EV comes in five bold colour options.

Kia Electric Niro Named “Gamechanger” In UK Car Awards

Kia electric Niro named gamechanger in UK car awards for best affordable electric cars 2019
Kia All-Electric e-Niro (Credit: The Driven)

It should come as no surprise that the South Korean manufacturer Kia, has been applauded for its all-electric e-Niro.  The company bagged the prestigious Autocar’s “Best Affordable Electric Cars 2019” at the UK’s 2019 Autocar awards.    The automotive behemoths commitment to electric vehicles continues unabated.  The zero emissions e-Niro comes with a 64 kWh lithium-ion battery back, capable of up to 282 miles on a single charge.  The Niro family of cars is not new to low emission vehicles.  Other models in the range include self-charging hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEV).  The e-Niro battery electric vehicle is the latest edition in the family.   The crossover start at £32,995 to include the government plug-in car grant of £3,500.

Ultra-Rapid Chargers From BMW, VW, Mercedes And Ford To Give Jolt To Electric Car Sales

Range anxiety has been a focal point for debates in the UK electric vehicle sector.  e-zoomed has maintained that, automotive manufacturers have continued to demonstrate a strong commitment to reducing any concerns over range anxiety.  The increased travel range of new electric cars is a case in point.  However, leading brands like BMW, VW, Mercedes and Ford are also pushing ahead on the development of charging infrastructure.  The four brands are working in an alliance called ‘Ionity’ with matched funding from the European Union. 

Leading automotive brands like BMW, VW, Mercedes and Ford are working together on the development of charging infrastructure
Electric Car Charging (Credit: Sunday Times Driving)

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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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