For St Patrick's day 2022, we are giving you the low down on going green!
Currently, three types of EVs (Electric Vehicle) are in use: hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
HEVs are vehicles powered by internal combustion engines and one or more electric motors using energy from a battery charged through regenerative braking.
PHEVs are similar to HEVs but have a much larger battery that you can charge by plugging into the grid. As a result, they can travel much further on battery power than HEVs.
BEVs, commonly known as just EVs, are fully electric vehicles powered solely by electric motors. The energy used to power the motors comes from batteries that the user can recharge by plugging into the grid. BEVs are zero-emission vehicles, producing no harmful exhaust emissions.
We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford's production line started back in 1913.
Here at OSCA, we keep our ears close to the ground, and we have been hearing more and more chatter surrounding the electric vehicle market! With many people suggesting that it will happen much more quickly than we could have imagined!
Many industry leaders are committing to move toward a fully electric future; for example, Jaguar plans to sell only electric cars from 2025, Volvo from 2030 and last week, the British owned sports car company Lotus said it would follow suit selling only electric models from 2028.
But it's not just the premium brands making this commitment!
Ford declares all vehicles sold in Europe will be electric by 2030, and VW says that 70% of its sales will be electric by 2030.
With many governments worldwide setting emission targets, and on the sale of both petrol and diesel vehicles, gives momentum to the process.
But what makes the end of the internal combustion engine unavoidable is the ongoing technical revolution and pressure to align our technology with the planet's needs.
It's predicted that by 2025, 20% of all new cars sold worldwide will be electric. This is then projected to double to 40%, given the 2030 climate change deadline in the UK alone.
While public uncertainty is largely due to the belief that going electric can be costly; however, things are starting to change. Firstly, the sheer number of electric vehicles and batteries now produced makes the whole process more affordable.
Of course, every EV (Electric Vehicle) owner needs easy access charging points at home or away; to address this, the UK currently has over 25,000 publicly available electric charging points, and this number is increasing every day.
It was just announced that all new homes built in England would be required to install an electric car charger as standard. This revolutionary legislation is sure to change the landscape of EV, ensuring access to all and protecting the National Grid from being overwhelmed.
Whether you are planning on investing in an electric vehicle or working on them in your workshop, there is plenty to keep up to date on! Below we have listed our favourites!
In 2022, we will witness a major transformation within Alfa Romeo! The all-new Tonale becomes the Italian performance brand's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
The manufacturer has promised to go green by becoming 100% electric by 2027 to mark the beginning of a new era for the brand.
Super exciting news!
Dacia has entered the race!
The Romanian car manufacturer has joined the EV revolution, starting with producing its first electric car called Spring.
Billed as Europe's most affordable EV!
Here in the UK, we will have to wait a little longer! It is currently on sale across Europe, but the UK market will have to hold out before getting our hands on the Spring. This is because Dacia has delayed a UK sales decision while evaluating production ability and its sales potential against the cost of a right-hand-drive conversion.
Fingers crossed; this affordable option comes to the UK!
Fiat has pledged to become an EV-only brand by 2030; the supermini favourite plans big things over the next decade!
Between 2025 to 2030, Fiat is set to invest in battery electric vehicles (BEVs) heavily. They have even created a new company strapline, 'it's only green if it's green for all'.
It is expected that Hyundai will produce the largest range of electric vehicles by 2025 - adding an impressive 20 models to its range. In addition, the Korean manufacturer has planned to cease selling petrol and diesel vehicles across Europe by 2035.
4x4 giant, Jeep, has announced its plans to launch a fully electric version of the iconic Wrangler, dubbed the 'Magneto', expected in late 2022/early 2023. The Magneto concept vehicle promises four battery packs for increased horsepower.
In the meantime, Jeep fans can take advantage of the brand's range of plug-in hybrid versions for the small but mighty Renegade SUV and family-sized compact crossover Compass SUV.
Explore the MG range of EV models today, which has something for everyone. For example, check out the MG 5 EV offering a considerable amount of space, the MG HS Plug-in Hybrid for the best of both worlds, and the MG ZS Electric for the ultimate zero-emissions drive.
Not to be left behind, Nissan is the first Japanese manufacturer to join the 'race to zero' campaign, aiming to make all new vehicles fully electric by the early 2030s.
A front-runner in EV developments with its long-established LEAF, which was initially launched back in 2010, Nissan was consistently awarded the best-selling plug-in EV. However, Tesla brought a holt to that title by introducing the Model 3 in 2017, which has since been the top-selling PEV in Europe.
At the end of 2021, Nissan introduced the fully electric vehicle in the form of the ARIYA, described as the purest expression of Nissan Intelligent Mobility and features the ProPilot 2.0 - a semi-autonomous driving system.
Drive happy with the range of Peugeot electric vehicles which produce zero carbon emissions. So, whether you're looking for a family-friendly car, compact city runaround, or weekend leisure vehicle, you won't be disappointed with Peugeot's performance.
Renault has massively stepped up its EV game by pledging electrified versions of its iconic range of smaller cars at affordable prices. The manufacturer plans to launch ten new models by 2025 and cut its batteries' cost to make way for lower-priced electric vehicles.
The Megane E-Tech Electric is Renault's first compact fully electric SUV. The next-generation Megane will be available with a choice of two batteries and will debut in early 2022.
OSCA is growing its application list daily, and this includes Electric vehicles! As we always say, if you can’t find the vehicle that you are looking for, give us a call! We will always try to work on a vehicle and add it to our application list!