EV Roundup: What’s new in Electric Vehicles from the last few weeks?
Following the news in June that we now have 100,000 plug-in cars registered on UK roads it’s been a brilliant few weeks for EVs in the news, and this has sparked a lot of great questions and conversations about electric vehicles too. Questions such as …how will the speedy adoption of EVs affect the National Grid? …will we need new infrastructure? …or can the demand be managed by smart charging and vehicle to grid? …and how many miles can the updated e-golf do? (186 miles NEDC and real world c. 125 miles per charge if you were wondering). There has been so much going we’ve rounded up the top stories from the last few weeks. So if you blinked and missed something, here it is…
Should you join the charge and buy an electric car? | The Guardian
17th June 2017
We had a small cameo appearance in this article talking about the benefits of owning an electric car. We mentioned that “…another [electric car] to bear in mind is the Kia Soul EV. This all-electric Korean car is set to be a bestseller, according to Adam Kemp of DriveElectric, which specialises in electric car leasing.”
Queens speech talks about EVs two years in a row | Independent
c. 22nd June 2017
The Queens speech stated “Legislation will be introduced to ensure the United Kingdom remains a world leader in new industries, including electric cars…”. This has been expanded upon following a statement by the government that they will enact legislation that will make it mandatory that EV users will only need one app or card to access all public charging stations.
Pure Electric Vehicle (BEV) Sales Surpass PHEVs In Europe | Inside EVs
23rd June 2017
Europe is showing more interest again in all-electric vehicles over plug-in hybrids, as after several quarters of PHEV-love the pendulum has swung back to BEVs for the first time since Autumn 2015.
Volvo to go electric with new range from 2019 | Auto Express
5th July 2017
Text: Volvo has announced a major electrification push and product offensive that will see the Swedish carmaker transform its entire range into hybrid and fully electric vehicles from 2019.
France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 | The Guardian
6th July 2017
France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced.
Tesla rolls out its first Model 3 | Bloomberg
10th July 2017
A single black Model 3 rolled off the production line Friday 7th July with a serial number all its own, kicking off a company-defining six months. The car will belong to Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO and co-founder, who shared images of it on Twitter over the weekend.