Ford to sell only electric cars in UK and Europe by 2030
Ford has announced its entire passenger range in Europe will be all-electric by the end of the decade. The manufacturer added its commercial models will be 100% zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid, by 2024. The move comes after Ford reported a return to profit in Europe in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Source: Sky News
One in five car buyers now looking to go fully electric
What Car? has published the first findings from the “What Car? 2021 Electric Vehicle White Paper” – an in-depth study of 10,527 in-market buyers, made up of existing EV and hybrid owners, as well as petrol and diesel drivers.
The research found that 20% of in-market buyers are now considering a fully electric vehicle as their next car. This is a significant rise from 2019, when just 8% of respondents said they were considering an electric vehicle for their next purchase.
While buyer intent has more than doubled in the past two years, many of the concerns for new EV buyers remain, in particular, cost and stock availability, concerns over range and charging infrastructure have actually increased since 2019.
This year, 31% of respondents said they were worried about range, compared with 25% in 2019, while 18% said that charging was a concern, compared with 15% in the first study.
Another key finding from the study was that the more time potential buyers spent researching their vehicles, the more their concerns were reduced. Concerns over cost fell from an initial base of 41% among buyers who had less than 10 days to research their vehicle, to 35% for buyers who spent more than three months researching, while buyers with concerns over charging fell from 18% to 16% when their research period was extended by the same amount.
Source: What Car?
Jaguar to become all-electric brand from 2025
Jaguar will become an electric-only brand from 2025 onwards, as part of a new strategy.
New CEO Thierry Bolloré has set a target for the British firm, owned by the Indian Tata Motors group, to become a net-zero-carbon business by 2039. By the end of the decade, every Jaguar and Land Rover model will be offered with an electric-only version. Land Rover will launch six EV variants within the next five years, one of them the first all-electric Land Rover, due in 2024.
Source: Auto Express
Kia accelerates electrification plans with seven new EVs by 2026
Kia’s rollout of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) has once again shifted up a gear with a further update to its bold Plan S product strategy.
As revealed by CEO Ho-Sung Song the Korean company now plans to launch seven new EVs by 2026, rather than 2027 as previously planned. Kia is aiming for EVs, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell EVs to account for 40% of its global sales by 2030, and to be selling 880,000 EVs by this point.
Electric car battery plant plan for Coventry Airport
Coventry Airport could be the site for a ‘gigafactory’, a plant to manufacture electric car batteries.
Securing the factory could create thousands of jobs and attract up to £2bn of investment to the region, according to the city council.
The site has been endorsed by West Midlands Combined Authority and, if plans are successful, could be operational by 2025.