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Spate of motor industry announcements raises expectations for EV growth

Tue 12 September 2017 | Back to news list

A rush of recent announcements from motor manufacturers has raised expectations about the potential for electric vehicle uptake but has also prompted concerns about the availability of charging infrastructure and the ability of the power grid to meet increased demand. 

The announcements include, but are not limited to: 

Tesla Motors – has just launched its first mass-market car, the Model 3 (picture, right) - intends to build 500,000 units by 2020. (That would be about six times the number of battery electric cars sold in the United States last year.) 

VW Group – Spurred on by its diesel emissions crisis, Europe’s biggest carmaker says it will roll out 80 new electric cars by 2025 across its group brands which also include Skoda, SEAT and Audi. VW Group is aiming for 2-3 million electric vehicle sales by 2025. All its models will have electric versions by 2030, by which time it says it expects to have invested more than 20 billion euros in the technology.

BMW – is gearing up to mass produce electric cars by 2020 and will to have 12 different models by 2025 with a range of up to 700 kilometres. BMW aims to deliver 100,000 electric cars this year globally.

Toyota - Plans for all its vehicles to be zero emission by 2050. Recently announced a partnership with Mazda in the race to develop electric vehicles and plans to be mass producing battery-powered long-range electric cars by 2020.

Renault-Nissan – Current leader in deployment of modern electric cars - 490,000 to date - thanks to the top-selling Nissan Leaf introduced in 2010 and Renault’s Zoe subcompact launched in 2012. Nissan has sold 250,000 Leafs and is aiming for a fifth of its vehicles to be zero emission by 2020. Recently announced the introduction of a new, longer-range Leaf.

Mazda - is reported to be planning to make its vehicle models electric-based, which includes petrol hybrids, by 2030. At the moment, it does not sell any all-battery electric vehicles, but markets a hybrid model.

General Motors – The group's electric Chevrolet Bolt is seen as a serious contender to Tesla but reports say GM plans to build only about 20,000 to 30,000 annually. CEO Mary Barra says the company plans to introduce a new electric vehicle architecture before 2020.

Ford – Plans to invest $4.5 billion in electric vehicles by 2020 and introduce 13 models worldwide in the next five years including a small SUV built offering an estimated range of 300 miles on one charge. Ford has not given any electric vehicle production targets.

Daimler – Aims for 100,000 annual sales by 2020. By 2022, Mercedes plans to offer an electric version of every model it sells, with a total of at least 50 electric or hybrid models for sale. The Smart brand will stop offering combustion engined variants altogether in 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover: From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified. The company made the announcement at its inaugural Tech Fest, a series of debates and a free public exhibition about the future of mobility. 

Fiat – Formerly a sceptic on electrification, CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said he had experienced a change of heart driven partly by the diesel emissions crisis. Plans to make Fiat Chrysler’s luxury, low volume brand Maserati half electric by 2022.

Volvo Cars – All Volvo car models launched after 2019 will be electric or hybrids. The Chinese-owned manufacturer was the first major traditional  car maker to set a date for phasing out vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine.

Aston Martin - Reports say the company is planning to electrify its whole fleet with hybrid and electric variants. By 2025, the car maker is planning to make its vehicle offering hybrid and by 2030 expects sales to be 25 per cent battery electric and the rest hybrid.

Note:  As a part of Energy 2017, the LowCVP will be running a series of seminars during the afternoon of October 11, preceding the LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards celebration dinner. Entitled ‘The EV revolution: managing impacts on the powergrid’ the drop-in seminars include speakers from National Grid, EA Technology, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, UK Power Networks and Drive Electric. (More information here.)

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