As customers around the world find themselves locked down, automakers have scrambled for ways to keep their cars selling and many have arrived at online sales as the obvious solution. Vehicles are being marketed, customized, sold, and even test driven from behind a screen. If car buyers don’t specifically need to visit a dealer, will they still do so?
The cruise industry is on its knees after a slew of (justified) criticism for its role in spreading the coronavirus. But even when COVID is over, these pollution-spewing behemoths will have more to answer for.
Bloomberg are back at it with the 2019 Battery Price Survey and they’ve found what we all expected: EV batteries are getting cheaper every year and will continue to do so over the 2020s. Check out the reasons, the tech, and the implications on JET Charge Journal.
The Frankfurt autoshow was a time of mixed feelings for Aussie EV enthusiasts. The world’s top manufacturers put their latest models on display and electric mobility was front-and-centre, but very few plans have been made to share them with Australia.
Queensland startup ACE EV is set to sign an agreement to build electric vehicles in Adelaide from next year. The deal marks Australia’s first domestic manufacturing for EVs and comes in the absence of any state support. Is this the beginning of a new era for Aussie industry?
One week out from the federal election, Labor have announced plans to fund $57 million of electric vehicle research and production in Australia. The strategy will create an “Electric Vehicle Innovation Council”, introduce new safety standards for EV charging installations, and help develop emerging battery technologies.
The Shanghai Auto Show has been underway for almost a week now, and it’s rapidly becoming clear that EVs are the flavour of the exhibition. Chinese startups stand alongside International automakers. Closed grilles and autonomous tech have taken centre stage. But we’re still left asking, will Australia be seeing Chinese EVs anytime soon?