The electric vehicle industry: Predictions for 2019 and beyond

Posted on 13 December 2018 by Tony Santos


Over the past few years, the electric vehicle industry has been making significant progress, both in the UK and abroad. As consumers have become more aware of how their choices can impact the environment, many have been looking towards electric vehicles as a greener alternative. In the UK, electric vehicle sales and new registrations  reached record numbers last year, with this figure expected to rise once again by the end of 2018. Grange vehicles, retailers of luxury vehicles such as the Range Rover Velar are here to make some predictions for how the electric vehicle industry will progress in 2019 and beyond.  

How the industry is adapting

There is an increasing consumer demand for vehicles that are better for the environment and current manufacturers must adapt their offerings to reflect this. Jaguar and Land Rover are late comers to the electric vehicle market, only recently introducing their first all-electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace concept. But that hasn’t stopped them from pulling out all the stops to catch up, by announcing that they plan to be all electric by 2020 – a big step into the EV industry for new comers.

This news followed Volvo’s pledge to do the same but by 2019. The prestige brand promises that all new models produced and registered from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid – and that their customers will have more choice moving forward. It was revealed recently that Jaguar Land Rover plan to open an EV manufacturing factory in the UK. The new car plant would be similar to the Nissan factory in Sunderland and would increase the production of new electric vehicles. Whilst it is not confirmed, the plan is a big step towards the brand committing to their EV plan.

Jaguar Land Rover aren’t the only manufacturers to do this; both Volvo and Mazda plan to release their own electric cars in 2019. In addition, Nissan has sold thousands of electric models already and show no signs of slowing down. They are the brains behind the second most popular electric model in retail, and the bestselling all electric model in the UK, the Nissan Leaf – with over 30,500 units sold in the UK, and over 300,000 units worldwide. And with the launch of its newest model, could the Leaf take the top spot. The new model has a battery mileage range that is double the range of its previous models. An issue that was apparent for all manufacturers, not just Nissan.

Nissan are undoubtedly one of the key industry leaders in electric vehicle technology. The 2011 Nissan Leaf had a range of just 75 miles, but progress in the industry has since taken huge leaps towards its new 235 mile range – progress that could be intrinsic to the future success of the model, and for the industry. Additionally, they also fitted the first one pedal driving system – an optional system that allows you to transform the accelerator into an e-pedal to function as a start, stop, accelerate and brake pedal.

Advancements in EV technology have had a significant impact on the automotive industry as a whole.

It is evident that the automotive industry is undergoing significant changes. Drivers have realised the harmful effects of their petrol and diesel automobiles, and the government’s plans to improve air quality are underway. In addition, consumers all over the UK have been trading in their old cars for greener alternatives, so manufacturers must keep up with the demand.  To survive the transition, now is the time to come up with an electric vehicle plan. For automotive manufacturers, they need to get their head in the EV game to survive the market.

 

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