LG Electronics aims to produce EV charging stations for homes and other public places.
The sneaky EVs dominating the market
Popularity is a fickle thing…and right now it’s the preserve of two EVs that aren’t a Tesla model. Two EVs from Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Corp are the most in demand cars in the industry, currently, Bloomberg reports. Even though Tesla sells more EVs overall, Hyundai and Kia are emerging from the EV automaker’s shadow as a force to be reckoned with. Hyundai and Kia have managed to sell enough EVs to best even the golden child of the industry, the Ford Mach E. It’s done in a handful of months what took Tesla years to achieve.
Thanks to the surge in EV sales, these EVs are experiencing a boost. Their success is most likely down to the fact they Not only do they boast a longer range than other EVs on the market, and are on the cheaper side of things but they are also on the cheaper side of average cost. With most EVs selling for over $45,000, while these two models come in around are usually priced around $40,000. Even so they – but still offer space and high-tech features such as bi-directional power.
EV industry will put 22,000 jobs in the UK at risk
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has warned that the shift to EVs in the UK is going to put around 22,000 jobs at risk, the Financial Times reports. With petrol and diesel cars set to be banned by 2035 under the UK’s net zero initiative, jobs in specialist areas are at risk. Around 15% of production jobs are in engines, exhaust systems and fuel tanks.
Clepa, a body representing automotive parts groups in the EU, has also predicted that the transition will get rid of 500,000 jobs and only create 226,000. Meanwhile, the UK is attempting to attract more battery manufacturers to the UK and is also facing an increase in energy and gas prices. This could mean more expensive vehicle costs, affecting the industry further.
Spruce up your ol’ Landy with these conversion kits
The University of Cardiff and electric-refit specialist firm Electrogenic have released a ‘drop-in’ kit that will convert old Land Rovers into EVs. Production on the true classic Land Rover Defender stopped in 2016, (even though there’s a new one, we don’t think it’s quite the same) a classic design that was mostly seen in agricultural spaces. To update the classic but dated car, tThe kit allows Land Rover owners to convert their cars into EVs with electric engines that have similar power and versatility as the combustion engine, but none of the tailpipe emissions. It has a range of over 100 miles, and will allow users to extend the lives of their cars, the Independent reports.
These kits are great because they provide a cheaper way for people to use EVs go electric. Rather than getting rid of their old vehicle in exchange for a newer and perhaps less effective more expensive EV. A key part of the farming economy, converting vehicles such as the Land Rover will create EVs with more off-road capabilities and versatility with fewer going to scrapies. The kit debuted at the Glastonbury Festival and claims to extend the lives of the Land Rover Defenders by over 200,000 miles.