Industry News 11th March 2022

As petrol and diesel costs spiral across the globe, online searches for electric vehicles are growing at an unprecedented rate while leading brands are reaffirming their commitments to low and zero emission alternatives ahead of 2030. Take a look at some of the stories that caught our attention over the past week.

Global Electric Sales double in one year

Findings revealed by London based intelligence firm Jato Dynamics show that the market share of Battery Electric Vehicles jumped from 3.1% to 6% between 2020 and 2021. The increase in popularity was driven by increased demand from European, Chinese and American customers.

Find out more >>> Irish Examiner

Ioniq 5 wins UK Car of the Year title

Hyundai’s flagship Ioniq 5 has been crowned as the UK’s Car of the Year for 2022 and also picked up the prize for Best Family Car of the Year. The judging panel made up of motoring journalists and industry experts noted the car’s design, interior space and electric driving range.

Find out more >>> Engineering and Technology

Vauxhall to be purely electric brand by 2028

Vauxhall has announced that its entire product portfolio will be electric only by 2028, seven years ahead of the UK Government’s 2035 deadline. The company already has 10 electrified vehicles in its range with a Battery Electric version of the Astra due in 2023 and the electric successors to the popular Crossland and Insignia models to arrive mid decade.

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Online searches for Electric Vehicles up by 37%

One of the leading car buying and selling platforms Carwow has reported that searches for electric vehicles have increased by 37% in just one week as a result of the increasing prices of petrol and diesel and as concerns grow over the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Findings also show that the search volume for electric cars is up by 150% on the same week last year.

Find out more >>> Coventry Telegraph

Kia Ireland launches Kia Charge offering access to 315,000 chargepoints across Europe

Kia Ireland has this week announced the launch of Kia Charge which will give motorists access to 1,400 public chargers in Ireland and over 315,000 charepoints across Europe. Kia Charge will provide owners of its Battery Electric and Plug-in Hybrid vehicles access to the ESB, Easygo and Ionity networks via a single platform Smartphone App or RFID card.

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