With todays consumers becoming increasingly eco-aware, it stands to reason that the market for electric vehicles has been undergoing substantial growth over the past few years. Automotive manufacturers all over the world have been adapting their current offerings to keep up with the demand; data shows that the number of new EV registrations hit record highs last year and this figure is expected to increase yet again in 2019. Manufacturers are constantly developing the latest technologies, with many hoping to work towards a cleaner and greener future for their vehicles. Here, we explore how the EV market has been developing and take a look at what new advancements we can expect to see in the near future.
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly widespread, with many well-established manufacturers working towards their development. Earlier this year, car enthusiasts across the world were shocked by the news of the new Lamborghini electric sports car concept, the Terzo Millennio, which has been dubbed as ‘the sports car of the future’. Jaguar and Land Rover are late comers to the electric vehicle market, only recently introducing their first all-electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace concept. But that hasn’t stopped them from pulling out all the stops to catch up, by announcing that they plan to be all electric by 2020 – a big step into the EV industry for new comers.
Volvo will be introducing their own fully electric range of vehicles in 2019. The prestige brand promises that all new models produced and registered from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid – and that their customers will have more choice moving forward. It was revealed recently that Jaguar Land Rover plan to open an EV manufacturing factory in the UK. The new car plant would be similar to the Nissan factory in Sunderland and would increase the production of new electric vehicles. Whilst it is not confirmed, the plan is a big step towards the brand committing to their EV plan.
One of the key players in the industry, Nissan, have already made significant progress in adapting their EV technology to fit consumer needs. They are the brains behind the second most popular electric model in retail, and the bestselling all electric model in the UK, the Nissan Leaf – with over 30,500 units sold in the UK, and over 300,000 units worldwide. And with the launch of its newest model, could the Leaf take the top spot. The new model has a battery mileage range that is double the range of its previous models. An issue that was apparent for all manufacturers, not just Nissan.
The 2011 Nissan Leaf had a range of just 75 miles, but progress in the industry has since taken huge leaps towards its new 235 mile range – progress that could be intrinsic to the future success of the model, and for the industry. Additionally, they also fitted the first one pedal driving system – an optional system that allows you to transform the accelerator into an e-pedal to function as a start, stop, accelerate and brake pedal.
Drivers have realised the harmful effects of their petrol and diesel automobiles, and the government’s plans to improve air quality are underway. In addition, consumers all over the UK have been trading in their old cars for greener alternatives, so manufacturers must keep up with the demand. In the next few years, we can expect to see an increase in the amount of EV charge points at service stations, as well as an increase in related services such as EV charger installation. To survive the transition, now is the time to come up with an electric vehicle plan. For automotive manufacturers, they need to get their head in the EV game to survive the market.