2020 will primarily be known for the year a global pandemic hit and the whole world came to a halt. However, 2020 was also a memorable year for EVs. The rest of the car industry has already seen dramatic drops in sales, but the EV market has been seen going from strength to strength.
In the UK alone, by November, 162% more battery electric vehicles had been sold over the year compared to 2019. Considering the majority of the UK were in circuit breaker lockdowns at this point, that’s a lot of vehicles sold! So, is the right time to buy an EV? Let’s take a look back at how the EV industry has changed recently.
FOCUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE
The latest change in the EV industry was announced in early December. Gridserve opened the UK’s first all-electric charging forecourt in Braintree, Essex.
The forecourt in Essex will be one of 100 forecourts built across the UK. For a one billion pound project to be in the pipeline in the first place is already a massive step in the right direction for the EV industry.
Built with 36 chargers, visitors will now be able to charge their EV whilst they shop. EV drivers will be able to make the most of:
- An onsite coffee shop
- Convenience supermarket
- A lounge fitted with high-speed internet
- Meeting rooms
Perfect for meetings on the road!
Although it is a massive milestone in 2020 for EVs there is still room for improvement. As the EV market continues to grow, the demand for electric cars will become more mainstream. In turn, the infrastructure will grow to meet the demand.
The reason this electric forecourt even exists is to adapt to the new law coming into place in 2030. Which brings us onto our next 2020 EV industry highlight.
GOVERNMENT TAKE CONTROL
Back in November, Boris Johnson announced as part of the green initiatives package, that the ban on manufacturing new diesel and petrol cars will be bought forward from 2035 to 2030.
The ban had initially been moved the first time from 2040 to 2035. Seeing it come into effect even earlier is fantastic news! The government ban is necessary for the UK to reach its target of emitting zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Moving the date forward will set a big challenge to car makers to provide enough electric cars to meet demand. We have already seen some fantastic entries into the EV world in 2020. We can’t wait to see what other EVs are in store!
POLESTAR CHALLENGES TESLA MODEL 3
Talking of new cars, if you’re looking to buy an EV, we would highly recommend both the Polestar 2 and the Tesla Model 3.
When most people think of electric vehicles, the most iconic, well known brand is Tesla. Since the EV market has taken off other EV manufacturers have tried to stay away from rivalling Tesla in order to stand a chance of branching out into the EV world. There has only been one company so far that has been brave enough to tackle Tesla head on, Polestar.
The Polestar 2 that was released in the UK in August, is priced up at just £90 cheaper than the Tesla Model 3 Long Range. Although they are rivals there are some differences between the two EVs:
- The latest 2021 Tesla Model 3 Long Range has on average around 350 mile range
- The Polestar 2 is reaching just under 300 miles on a full charge
- The Tesla Model 3 is a lot nippier and can increase speed quicker
- A lot of individuals favour the design features of the Polestar 2 over the Tesla Model 3
Although both EVs are big investments, you definitely won’t regret it. We shall have to wait and see how the newcomer rivals the original leader in the next few years!
VW TAKE CONTROL OF THE MARKET
The Volkswagen emissions scandal back in 2015, also known as Dieselgate or Emissionsgate has left a lot to be desired of the company. If Volkswagen wanted to be considered as a leading manufacturer they needed to pull something out the bag to get customers back on board.
Volkswagen have been consistently rolling out fantastic EVs which have gone down very well with their customers. The VW ID.3 was the best selling EV in October last year. The VW ID.4 sold out overnight on launch day in the USA. What’s next for the German brand?
Volkswagen is a manufacturer that can clearly see the need for electric vehicles on the road. Their aim is to produce and sell 28 million electric cars before 2028. When you think about that in the grand scheme of things, that is roughly three quarters of all cars currently on UK roads. If you’re looking to buy an EV, Volkswagen is guaranteed to be a company truly invested in providing you with your perfect vehicle.
In November, ZapMap conducted a survey, asking 2000 EV drivers if they would ever consider switching back to an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. 91% of drivers confirmed that they wouldn’t switch after they bought their EV. Maybe they have driven the new Volkswagen ID.3, who knows!
BUY AN EV FROM EV SALES
If 2021 is the year you want to buy an EV, but you’re not sure where to start then contact the team at EV Sales today.
When you buy an EV from EV Sales, you’ll be getting a car that has only one registered keeper. They also have considerably low mileage and are in excellent condition. You’ll even question whether they are second hand or brand new. We will also provide a one months warranty, for your own peace of mind.
We have a large range of cars, so if you’re ready to buy an EV, check out our full stock list.
Contact the team today
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