An announcement earlierthis week has indicated that the United Kingdom will become the first majoreconomy to introduce legal legislation regarding a net zero emissions target by2050. This has left motorists wondering what this means for the cars they’ll bedriving in the not too distant future, many querying if an electric vehicle isreally suitable for their needs, especially when it comes to long-distance journeys.
Fortunately, real world testsare already proving the ranges of EV’s that are on sale today. Electric cars are not only increasing in number but they’re goingupmarket. The electric generation started its tale with the introduction ofplug in hybrids and then formally onto full electric models with the NissanLeaf and Renault Zoe being key examples.
A new wave ofbattery-powered luxury models are arriving in British showrooms, with the likesof Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes joining Tesla in the battle to unseat diesel andpetrol car drivers to join the electric revolution.
With moremanufacturers than ever before throwing their hat into the ring for electricvehicles, this means more competition for Tesla than they have previouslyfaced. But is all going to plan?
Tesla’sresponse shows they welcome rather than resent other car makers rolling intotheir patch, this was shown by Tesla founder Elon Musk. In his now-famous ‘secret masterplan’ blog of 12 years ago, Musk indicated Tesla was always meantto start a trend. He said: “The overarching purpose of Tesla Motors is to helpexpedite the move from a mine-and-burn hydrocarbon economy towards a solarelectric economy.”
Currently Tesla is on top of the market for specialising in electric vehicles and clean energy solutions with the business moving into the automotive industry to prove to customers and car companies alike that there doesn’t need to compromise to drive electric, that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than traditionally-fuelled cars.
It’s the bigtrend, a wide range of European manufacturers already plan to go all-electricin the not so distant future. Audi has just recently launched the e-tron SUV,the first of its kind for the German manufacturer sparking the arrival of theirnew electric model line.
The automakeris committed to adding many more EVs to its e-tron line-up in the years to comewith the Audi e-tron Sportback slated for late 2019 and theirflagship concept the e-tron Gran Turismo set for 2020. Enthusiasts will beinterested to know that the e-tron GT is the first EV to be developed by themarque’s high-performance Audi Sport division.
Like Audi,Mercedes-Benz has an array of electric cars on the way. Including the EQCluxury SUV that’s just gone on sale, no less than 10 pure-electric models willjoin the Mercedes range within the next six years. Mercedes has also become oneof the first car companies to commit to an engine-less future: from 2039, youwon’t be able to buy a Mercedes that’s powered by petrol or diesel.
Finally afterthe surge in new products in the market, the Tesla Model 3 is yet to begin itsfull push into the UK, but the newest member of the current Tesla trilogy isalready making waves in the country. In May, for example, the Model 3 becamethe region’s most popular electric car, overtaking the likes of the JaguarI-PACE and the Audi e-tron, both of which are already in the UK market.
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Novo Insurance Team