China Challenges TESLA’s Electric Car Sales in Major World Markets

Tesla may have perked interest in electric cars but clearly, China is leading sales in six global markets with 579,000 units sold in 2017. According to a Statista report written by Felix Richter, this represents but 2.3% of the country’s total passenger car sales. However, in terms of percentage, Norway topped the charts with 36.7% based on 58,000 electric cards sold last year. This market share of one electric car per three sold in Norway is significant because only Norway showed double-digit figures among the 6 countries included in the report. In terms of total numbers, the U.S posted almost 200,000 units sold or 1.2% of its automobile market. Strangely, in countries that pushed electric mobility and clean air like Japan, Germany, and the U.K., its popularity only ranged from 1.3%- 1.8%

Byton, a concept car that that is the product of the collaboration of between a China car-maker and a noted European car designer made an impact at CES 2018. More astounding designs and concepts designed to curb fuel emissions were presented at the Geneva International Motor Show from March 8 -18, 2018. Electrical vehicles ranging from sedans to SUVs from Tesla, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Hyundai, Aston Martin, Subaru, BMW, Nissan, Chevrolet, Renault and other major names in the industry jostled for supremacy. Here are some models that could potentially unseat Tesla – which one is your favorite?

Plug-and-drive cars may be the wave of the future, and certainly for a good reason. With recent fuel-emission scandals wracking the automotive industry, attention is now focused on cars that are eco-friendly, sleek and high-performing. The EV has gone on from being a novelty to the future of transportation.

The industry is projected to grow at a rate of 72% and according to Bloomberg, 1 out of 3 cars will be an EV by 2040.  Wang Chuanfu, Chairman of BYD, one of China’s leading EV manufacturers makes a daring prediction that by 2030, all cars will be electrified. Five of the major deterrents to achieving this goal are:

  • poor design,
  • lack of speed and compromised performance,
  • lack of charging points,
  • the perception of poor quality,
  • and restrictions on the safety of the materials used in the production of batteries.

China is stepping up production and with a huge potential market, it is no wonder that its manufacturers, like top seller BAIC, Cherry, SAIC, and BYD are predicted to produce  4.4 million cars per year by 2020 – overtaking Tesla’s target of 1 million cars. Recognizing the limitations of Chinese-produced EVs, BYD Vice-President Stella Li says, “We’re going to design a lot of sexy, nice, cool-looking cars.”

“All over the world, people are realizing that cars that run on fossil fuels are inefficient and a major threat to the planet.”

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Portable chargers for electric car offers more convenience

Green is good. The lesser we conserve energy the better for the environment.

That’s why car companies have been developing hybrid and electric cars to help protect the environment.

Unfortunately for electric cars, if your battery is about to turn dead on you, the availability of charging stations are only limited thus causing headache due to the inconvenience of you being stuck in the middle of nowhere due to this problem.

This is one of the reasons why hybrids are far more popular than electric cars, because hybrids give you the ability to run the car on gas if electricity is a problem.

The Geneva Motor Show showed advances on electric cars. Car companies are showing new solutions to the problem of electric cars. Several companies have exhibited portable chargers.

According to Chevrolet Europe president Susan Doherty, “Electricity is the way to go in the future especially if we want to have zero emission vehicles.”

While Swiss firm Alpiq E-Mobility AG said that they had inked an agreement with Toyota to fit charging stations at its 250 dealers in Europe.

So this goes to show that companies are now turning on the serious mode to battle global warming. If only this technologies are available for all individuals in the world.

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Nissan’s electric car available next year

The Nissan Leaf is pure battery electric vehicle priced as a C-segment car. (Credit: Nissan)

If you’re one of the green guys and by that I mean, you love mother earth (and not the other type of green 😉 ) this car’s for you.

This weekend photos and details of the Leaf were released by the company to satiate your curiosity. It is pure battery electric vehicle that uses a laminate lithium-ion battery pack with an output of over 90 kilowatts.

With a drive motor putting out 80 kilowatts of power, Nissan’s electric car can rival the performance of a gas-powered car. But in terms of operation costs, you’ll definitely be able to save more both in energy and maintenance when you use this car as there are fewer moving parts.

Aesthetically speaking, the Leaf doesn’t look to bad either. It has four doors and a hatchback and definitely looks very slick. You’ll never say no its cost too because although Nissan hasn’t announced a definite price, the company assures consumers that this will be affordable, pricing it as a C-segment car.

The Leaf uses regenerative breaking and when using a quick charger, it takes about 30 minutes to get the battery pack up to 80 percent. Pretty fast huh? For full recharging using a 200-volt source, it would take 8 hours to recharge.

And the icing on the cake? An onboard computer that is connected to a data center which receives diagnostic info from the car, a list of local recharge station, shows charge level and range, and of course, provides entertainment for passengers.

Pretty cool huh? And best of all, you don’t have to wait that long coz they will start production on 2010. 🙂


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