As experts in the installation of electric vehicle chargers, we’ve been keeping our eye on this year’s Geneva Motor Show where there has been a huge focus on electric vehicles.
One of the biggest events in the automotive calendar, the 10-day Switzerland show is where manufacturers from across the world showcase the concepts and cars that could be headed to UK showrooms in the future.
So far, electric vehicles have had a huge part to play, with many new full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles being revealed.
There have already been some big surprises and unexpected revelations which demonstrate the extent and speed at which the vehicle market is moving towards electric.
Big news from Honda
For example, as well as unveiling an all-electric E Prototype, Honda also announced its plans to electrify its entire European product range by 2025. The previous target was for two-thirds of sales to be electric by then, but the unrelentless advances in technology and the shift towards electrification have ‘gathered pace considerably’, the company said.
Honda is also teaming up with new partners to provide new charging and infrastructure solutions, so we’ll be watching to see how that develops too.
Kia reveals 280-mile electric vehicle charge range
Another big hitter was Kia, which only exhibited electrified models at the show as it seeks to become one of the new leading manufacturers of electric vehicles.
Making its European debut at Geneva was Kia’s Soul EV which has an impressive single charge range of 280 miles and claims to be 24% more efficient than the current best-selling electric vehicle in Europe. These figures just go to show the significant advances that are being made.
Others focusing on electric included Audi’s launch of the Q4 e-tron compact crossover, which is expected to join its all-electric e-tron brand in production next year. This is expected to have a single charge range of 279 miles.
BMW launched plug-in hybrid versions of the X3 SUV, and new longer-range models in the 3, 5, 7 and X5 series, while Fiat unveiled its new all-electric concept, the Centoveni, which uses a modular battery system to enable drivers to specify a range of up to 310 miles.
Other new electric vehicles or concepts launched included an electric form V Class from Mercedes, a Peugeot supermini that will be available as an e-206 EV and two pure electric models from Seat aimed at urban journeys.
Jeff Longley, of The Car Charging Company, said: “We’ve been following the developments at the Geneva Motor Show very closely and there is lots of exciting news coming out of it for the electric vehicle market. The new cars, the longer ranges and the longer-term commitment to electric demonstrates the undeniable fact that electric is here to stay and we’re seeing this reflected in the numbers of electric vehicle charging points that we are installing across the Midlands.”
Quotes for electric vehicle charge points
As a Government-approved installer, The Car Charging Company works with a number of approved manufacturers to install high quality and smart electric vehicle charging points and infrastructure across the country.
We can also secure grants towards the cost of your domestic and commercial installs.
To find out more about the benefits of electric vehicle chargers at your business, including quotes and grants, contact our expert advisors at The Car Charging Company.