Honda will rely on hybrid models for the next decade.
Whoa! The world will soon have 20 million EVs on the road
This June, EV ownership will rise to 20 million, Bloomberg reports. According to BNEF estimates, a further million EVs will be added to the global fleet per month for the rest of the year. That takes us up to 26 million EVs by the end of 2022.
The mammoth task of converting the world’s vehicle fleet to EVs is finally, truly underway, but keeping up with demand is a constant challenge for carmakers. The growing number of orders alongside the supply chain issues have left the fate of EVs in a slightly precarious situation. In some cases, consumers have to wait many months before they can take to the road in their new EVs. It is up to them to see if they are worth it.
Can we get a trophy over here? Mercedes Benz travels 1,000 km on a single charge, breaking the world record
Looks like Mercedes Benz is placing first in this particular marathon. The automaker has announced that its Vision EQXX concept car drove 1,000 kms on a single charge. The trip took 12 hours in total.
The car left Germany on April 5, arriving in France after crossing the Swiss Alps, with 140 kms left in its battery pack, reports Forbes. The lightweight vehicle includes advanced battery technology to give it its lofty range. And uses the same sustainable carbon material in its battery as Formula One cars. The car also has solar panels on the top of its roof, which adds small amounts of energy to the battery.
The range demonstrated by Merc’s EV shows the important steps being taken within the industry to improve the main complaint many drivers still have about EVs: range. With range anxiety often a reason people steer clear of EVs, an EV capable of longer range will definitely appeal to a wider range of customers. And while Mercedes has broken the world record and debuted an EV that will surely provoke excitement, the Vision EQXX car remains a concept for now.
Los Angeles is electrifying its vehicle fleet
On April 6, the Los Angeles city council passed a motion that will see the city’s vehicle fleet electrified in its entirety. Called the Electric Vehicle Master Plan, the motion will see more than 10,000 EVs added to the city’s fleet and will expand charging infrastructure around the city, CleanTechnica reports.
As of now, there is no news about how much this initiative will cost. The plan will also work with the LA100 initiative, which aims to make the city 100% carbon free by 2035, as well as eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2028. While this plan may seem ambitious, it’s definitely a step towards creating a cleaner city.