Auto industry readies for mass-market EV growth 2020s
A decade after the December 2010 launch of the Nissan Leaf, "electric cars" (both battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) continue to draw a disproportionate amount of media attention. But it's fair to suggest that 2010-2019 will be seen as the first era of EVs, while the 2020s will be the decade in which electric cars enter the mass market in noticeable numbers.
Vehicle manufacturers gear up for electrification
The battery electric vehicle (or BEV) is what most people think of when the words ‘electric car’ are used. In some ways the holy grail of vehicle electrification advocates, the BEV was a popular alternative at the turn of the 20th century. It was smooth, quiet, emitted no fumes or smoke and was ideally suited for shorter urban travels – unlike its competitors powered by either internal combustion or steam. The invention of the electric self-starter in 1912, however, put petrol-engine cars ahead of the pack – and the rest is history.
Ionity charges on with European network for EVs
BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group are involved in a joint venture, called Ionity that is installing a high power charging network for electric vehicles across Europe. The venture is based in BMW's home city of Munich and headed by CEO Dr Michael Hajesch. We spoke to Dr Hajesch to find out more.
BYD leads NEVs; Geely ‘gets smart' with Daimler
China is by far the world’s largest car market and shaping up to be a growth pole for electric vehicles. BYD leads the electrified vehicle market in China, but local competitor Geely has struck a JV deal with Daimler that could reinforce China’s global position as centre stage for electric vehicle manufacturing.
Global automotive market report − Q1 2019
The global vehicle market was virtually flat in 2018 at around 94m vehicles sold, but the fourth quarter showed a near 5% year-on-year drop on the back of a similarly sized decline in Q3. The global light vehicle market continues to face challenges in 2019 after that pronounced weakening in the second half of 2019.