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EV Lease Costs Go Down in France and Germany

Here’s good news for electric car lovers in Germany and France. You can now get a brand-new electric vehicle at an unbelievable rate. Pay less than the typical cost of a mobile phone contract and drive your dream car. In some cases, you don’t even have to pay at all. All thanks to the newly generous subsidies. The virtual showrooms in France and Germany have flooded with car-buyers. All this started when the national governments of France and Germany, Europe’s two largest passenger car makers, boosted the electric vehicle incentives to generate demand. BloombergNEF has listed Germany and France’s purchase subsidies among the most favorable markets in the world right now. Autohaus König, a car dealership chain with more than fifty locations across Germany, is allowed to advertise an EV leas...

Continental Develops Special Tires for EVs

Ideally, the tires for electric and hybrid vehicles should have minimum weight with the larger weight capacity. At the same time, they have to retain their safe handling features.  They should also have the common characteristics of a good tire, such as safety on wet roads, less braking distance, and low resistance. The right tires will allow precise steering and maximum mileage, especially for electric vehicles. The developers at Continental understand that electric cars need special tires to keep them at their best performance. They have taken up the challenge and developed tires that meet the individual requirements of electric cars, buses, and trucks. Back in 2012, the company developed its first tire for electric vehicles, the Conti.eCOntact. Other model series followed, includin...

Hydrogen: Not The Future Of Electric Cars

Ever noticed how vehicles have played their part in converting our shared air into a gigantic trash bin? Undoubtedly, each one of us wants to live in a greener environment and breathe pure air free of toxins. One solution to this global problem is the idea of zero-emission cars, where two technologies have gained the spotlight: battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen cars. For decades experts have presumed hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but is it true? 2020 has turned out to be a big year for BEVs development, raising questions like, do fuel cell cars still have a future? Or “why hydrogen will never be the future of electric cars?” Why Hydrogen Appeared a Convenient Option? Hydrogen cars (also called FCVs or Fuel Cell Vehicles) have always been associated with claims like they a...

These StartUps are going to Challenge Tesla

Electric vehicles appeared as a revolutionary technology in the automotive industry. With passing years they have gained popularity worldwide due to their efficiency, high speed, and zero-emission feature. One of the names among the top-rated electric vehicle manufacturers (and the first one) is Tesla. With a market capitalization of $107 billion in January 2020, it stands second behind Toyota, among the most valuable auto companies globally. However, alongside fast Tesla growth, new companies have also entered the EV market, intending to become “The Next Tesla”. Start-Ups Planning to Compete Tesla While writing this blog in the corona crisis, many of the startups below are experiencing financial difficulties. Still, there is a lot of hope that these companies will grow into a ...

Europe’s EV Production and Sales Set to Overtake China after the U.S.

In 2013, the number of electric cars produced in Europe came to around 0.11 million units. Just five years later, the figure increased to about 1.24 million units and accounted for about a quarter of the world’s production. The U.S., in comparison, held a share of 22%.  With numbers like those, it’s pretty apparent that Europe’s electric vehicle market is all set to overtake China, after the U.S. Previously, China was considered the hub of battery electric vehicles and the whole electric car movement. Now, it seems Europe is taking that position. According to a report from the consulting firm McKinsey, with a production of more than 1.7 million electric cars, Germany could be the world-market leader by 2021.  Currently, Norway holds the top spot in the list of countries with the ...

Why Car Manufacturers in Europe are Determined to Sell Electric Cars

Even though Europe is the second biggest market for electric cars after China, ahead of North America, but for many car manufacturers, they are still not selling enough electric cars. This is mostly because of Europe’s ambitious goal to become net neutral on carbon emissions by 2050.   As a result, car manufacturers are facing immense pressure to increase their electric car sales. Otherwise, they’ll have to bear hefty fines for not following the new emissions rules and guidelines, designed to address the growing issue of global warming.  According to the new rules, the European Union (EU) gave car manufacturers a goal. They had to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their cars by 40% from the year 2007 to 2021.  Even though 2021 is just around the corner, these automakers are n...

Top 4 questions about electric cars

Electric cars have already entered the market and more producers are ready to introduce newer models to buyers who are hungry for better and cheaper e-cars. Thousands of articles have been written on the importance and benefits of electric vehicles. But, is the world ready for EVs? Here are four questions to determine the future of electric cars: #1 When Will Electric Cars Become Affordable? The term ‘affordable’ is unclear, let’s just say when will they be as affordable as a standard vehicle? It’s hard to predict but looking at the changing scenario, we can say it’s very much possible. Electric vehicles include some very expensive parts, the most important of which is the battery. It’s not only expensive to buy but it can be very costly to run and maint...

Most Buyers Enjoy Electric Vehicles

If you’re thinking about getting an e-vehicle, then AAA has some good news for you. According to a report published by AAA, owning an electric vehicles costs only about $600 more (per year) than owning a conventional car. This is very important because EV’s are considered a lot more expensive to own than traditional cars. What Does the Report Say According to the report, most EV owners were not sure about purchasing their first electric vehicle. Most had concerns such as a lack of charging stations and inability to cover long distances. While the number of EVs on the road is gradually increasing, some buyers are still apprehensive of investing in an EV due to such concerns. “Although 40 million Americans have shown interest in buying electric for their next car, actual adoption...