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10 cheapest EVs in the UK

Fiat 500 Electric

  1. Smart EQ fortwo » £17,850 (CDN$30,500 / USD$23,600)
  2. Smart EQ forfour » £18,285 (CDN$31,200 / USD$24,200)
  3. Fiat 500 » £20,495 (CDN$35,000 / USD$27,150)
  4. VW e-up! » £20,695 (CDN$35,300 / USD$27,400)
  5. Mini Electric » £26,000 (CDN$44,400 / USD$34,400)
  6. Mazda MX-30 » £26,045 (CDN$24,500 / USD$34,500)
  7. MG5 EV » £26,495 (CDN$45,200 / USD$35,100)
  8. Peugeot e-208 » £27,225 (CDN$46,500 / USD$36,050)
  9. Renault Zoe » £27,595 (CDN$47,100 / USD$36,550)
  10. Vauxhall Corsa-e » £27,805 (CDN$47,500 / USD$36,800)

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Mercedes performance division AMG sees battery power as its future

Mercedes AMG EQS

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“Our battery-electric (product) range will be growing very soon,” Philipp Schiemer, the CEO of the AMG brand, said during a media drive of the AMG EQS. And, in subsequent conversations with TheDetroitBureau.com, he gave a clearer picture of what’s coming, including a high-performance sports car riding on a unique-to-AMG skateboard-style platform.

The AMG EQS underscores the potential advantages battery drive can deliver to the performance sector. Electric motors can deliver ungodly amounts of tire-spinning torque, usually hitting max output the moment they start spinning. And while today’s batteries are heavy, mounting them — along with motors — below the load floor actually yields a lower center of gravity than a vehicle running on a conventional, internal combustion engine.

Dialing up regen — where a BEV’s dual-mode brakes regenerate energy normally lost while braking or coasting — also permits “One-Pedal” driving. A driver simply lifts off the throttle to aggressively slow down, almost like downshifting a manual transmission several gears. It allows for a more nuanced use of power in corners, among other things.

German carmakers condemn US’ plans to offer bigger subsidies to buyers of American EV from unionized manufacturers than to those purchasing imported models or those made by non-unionised workers

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“The market economy works best when you have clear and [the] same rules for all market participants, a level playing field,” Ola Kallenius, chief executive of Daimler, told the Financial Times.

German electric-vehicle subsidies are available to all buyers regardless of where the cars are made. Kallenius urged the US to follow suit and “let the market decide”.

The German car lobby, the VDA, has also criticised the plans.

“Unilaterally designed funding criteria contradict transatlantic co-operation, which we would do better to intensify rather than slow down,” said VDA president Hildegard Müller. “We now need joint co-ordinated efforts to achieve climate goals. New trade conflicts must be avoided.”

German manufacturers produced more than 742,000 cars in the US last year, according to the VDA, and employed more than 60,000 people. Volkswagen’s Audi and VW brands are among the top sellers of plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars in the country, as is BMW.

However, Audi does not have a US plant, while neither VW and BMW’s factories nor Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz plants are unionised.

Bloomberg review of the Mercedes EQS EV

Mercedes EQS

Bloomberg »

Saying a silent prayer, I slipped behind the steering wheel and saw more than 100 miles remained as available driving range. Thank God! (Or Daimler.) I whipped it around—the EQS is more than 17 feet long, but can do a U-turn in less space than a Toyota Camry—and forged into traffic.

The EQS has a 485-mile driving range—besting the Tesla Model S’s 412 miles and Porsche Taycan’s sub-300 miles, though a bit short of the 516 miles promised by the $139,000 Lucid Air GT. It’s so exemplary, and the car so capable, that range anxiety was limited to that one brief parking lot panic. It will charge to 80% of capacity in 31 minutes with DC fast charging, which is about the going rate.

What Mercedes is providing is a spacious, powerful, elegant, and advanced saloon that makes its passengers feel comfortable and confident—and also happens to be electric. The EQS is not perfect, but it’s good. Time spent in its confines felt like an escape from the banalities of daily life. After my grocery store run, I took the long way home.

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Mercedes EQS (Side view)

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