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The Latest for Electric Vehicle OEMs
The official announcement by SEAT about their electric vehicle release this year should come as no surprise to anyone, as more OEMs than ever recognise the growth of EV. The electric version of their Mii city car should hit the roads this Fall, and boasts the ability to drive more than 260km on just one charge. Charging up to 80% will take around 4 hours, and the Volkswagen owned company has announced it will be one of the most affordable EVs on the market today. Luca de Meo, president of SEAT SA, said: “Moving forward we expect electric vehicles to play an important role within our range. The Mii Electric is the start of that journey, and at the same time brings to the market an affordable electric car.”
Super-sizing EVs for public transport, Hyundai made a jolt at the Land Infrastructure and Transport Technology Fair in South Korea this month, by unveiling its first all-electric double decker bus. This E-bus can seat 70, and has a 384 kWh water cooled polymer battery, with a range of 300 km (186 miles). The battery can be fully recharged in 72 minutes. No word yet on who the lucky first customers will be, but the potential application looks to be great.
The big names in EV OEMs are known for leading R&D when it comes to electrification technology, and the latest partnership is a great example. BMW group and Jaguar Land Rover have announced a partnership using the BMW “Gen 5” eDrive technology as its base for the research. The joint team are looking to develop the power units, sharing R&D costs and joint production planning and procurement throughout the supply chain.
Incentivization in the Industry
Many governments are looking to incentivize the use of electric vehicles, and the German Ministry of Transport is just the latest in increasing this initiative. The plans include the raising of subsidies from €2,000 to €4,000 for all electric cars up to the price of €30,000 as well as a new subsidy of €8,000 for electric taxis and light commercial vehicles. The ministry also announced new incentives for efficient fleets and an additional €1 billion investment in charging infrastructure. Germany is already the top European EV market, and this could raise adoption rates even faster.
Hot on the heels of other fast-adopting EV cities, Tel Aviv has also announced the steps to electrification of their city. Incentives will be provided to reward EV drivers until 2021, after which the city will focus on fleets and public transport adoption, increasing the amount of public chargers and subsidizing the purchase of home chargers, too. From 2025, high-polluting vehicles will not be allowed into certain areas of Tel Aviv at all. The wider government in Israel is looking to follow suit, with plans to forbid petrol or diesel by 2030.
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