Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shock Tactics on the Future of E-Vehicles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Shock Tactics on the Future of E-Vehicles

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THE future of motoring is electrifying if what's on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show comes to fruition.

From city car to racing car, everything will run on batteries.

It's the greatest revolution to hit the auto industry and it will change every way we use our cars.

So here comes a generation of zero emission vehicles that can drive themselves and some of which will never actually be owned.

That's the vision. The reality could be very different.

What is certain is a surge in the number of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars coming on stream from every direction.

BMW set the ball rolling on home turf in Germany announcing a range of electric cars from concepts to proper such as the next iteration of its i3 hatchback, which can be had either powered by batteries or with the bonus of a little petrol engine onboard to give it extra range.

Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen and Mercedes all followed and so did other companies already on the electric trail such as MINI and Kia, which are among the first to have plug-in hybrid and pure electric models in their line-ups.

But as momentum grows for motoring to clean up its act with low emission models, there is still much to be done on the infrastructure front. To make EVs - as electric vehicles are known - credible alternatives, every nation that wants them will need an extensive network of charging points and better battery technology has to be developed to speed up charging times and increase the distance travelled.

Jaguar Land Rover boss Dr Ralf Speth and VW chairman Dr Herbert Diess have already warned that if governments are serious about ridding the world of polluting petrol and diesel cars they need to invest heavily.

In the meantime, motorists are entering a transition phase and something of a charm offensive extolling the wonders of electric vehicles got under way at Frankfurt with fanciful concepts of cars that can do almost everything. …

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