The 2022 Car Buyer Journey Study released by Cox Automotive reveals vehicle buyers were frustrated with high prices, limited availability, and the amount of time required to complete the process.
Meanwhile, the latest survey showed that 87% of EV buyers are open to the idea of buying fully online, while 73% of buyers of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles are open to ecommerce solutions.
The company’s chief commercial officer and deputy CEO Bjorn Annwall told CarExpert that, unlike some brands that persist with internal combustion development, Volvo’s commitment to be a battery electric vehicle company by 2030 means it has a potential for cost parity by mid-decade.
“I think it’s really important that you get cost parity between BEV and ICE,” Mr Annwall said.
“Our whole technical roadmap is geared to achieve exactly that, that by mid-decade, the cost for BEV should be same as ICE. And that’s the reason we need to work on optimising the full flow in a different way to get that out.
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EVs use their energy efficiently (Source » Toronto Star)
Social media is riddled with myths put out by electric vehicles skeptics. One of the biggest is the idea that EVs produce more emissions than gas-burning cars if they’re charged on a carbon-heavy electrical grid.
The Star spoke to academics, researchers, and other experts to put three of these falsehoods to rest.
- Myth #1: EVs are worse for the climate than ICE cars if they’re charged with dirty electricity.
- Myth #2 EVs are worse for the climate than gas cars because of the environmental impact of their batteries.
- Myth #3 You have to drive an EV for many years to compensate for the additional emissions produced by its battery manufacturing.
Read Marco Chown Oved’s article at The Star »
The Driven ::
“We hope that this decision in Hamburg will have a signalling effect – for Germany and the whole of Europe,” said Hamburg’s Green transport senator Anjes Tjarks.
Electrifying the entire taxi fleet will save 25,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, he added. The city started to support the switch to emission-free taxis in 2021.
At present, more than 350 of the city’s taxis are electrified — a share of 12 percent, the highest share in Germany —25 of which are powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
This is part of a growing trend. NYC recently announced that Uber, Lyft must only operate EVs in the city by 2030
Elsewhere :: CleanTechnica
Jack Ewing of The New York Times, makes the case that increased competition, government incentives, and falling prices for lithium and other battery materials are making electric vehicles more affordable, and could soon be on a par with more internal combustion (ICE) cars. Perhaps even by the end of 2023.
The battery-powered version of GM’s Equinox crossover, for example, will start around $30,000 when it arrives this fall, the carmaker has said. That is $3,400 more than the least expensive gasoline-fueled Equinox. But factoring in government incentives, the electric Equinox should be cheaper. Like all electric vehicles, the car will need less maintenance, and the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.
The article also makes the point that the EV will require less maintenance, and “the electricity to power it will cost less than the gasoline used by its combustion engine equivalent.”
Read More :: Seattle Times
David Shepardson and Ben Klayman / Reuters »
The U.S. government plans to end purchases of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in a move to lower emissions and promote electric cars under an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday.
The government owns more than 650,000 vehicles and purchases about 50,000 annually. Biden’s executive order said that light-duty vehicles acquired by the government will be emission-free by 2027.
Total federal government operations will reduce emissions by 65% by 2030 under the plan. The government will seek to consume electricity only from carbon-free and non-polluting sources on a net annual basis by 2030 and have net-zero emissions by 2050.
Elsewhere » Green Car Reports