19
Sunday
January 2020
11:14 AM IST
News Headlines
No right to live in India if you can't accept Vande Mataram: Pratap Sarangi        Impossible to provide proof of religious persecution under CAA: Assam Min Himanta Biswa        Real problem in country is unemployment, not population: Owaisi        Shabana Azmi injured in accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway        Dhawan hit on rib-cage, won't take field during Australia innings: BCCI        Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh eyes return to national side        India, Iran should work to expedite Chabahar Port development, connectivity to Afghanistan: Zarif        Forex reserves rise by USD 58 mn to record high of USD 461.21 bn        Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West        Ukraine PM offers to resign after leaked recording        Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians        Don't do politics over Nirbhaya case: Kejriwal to BJP        Will probe Digvijaya's phone-tapping claims: Maha minister        Owaisi hits out at Bipin Rawat on "de-radicalisation" comments        Owaisi hits out at Bipin Rawat on "de-radicalisation" comments        Nirbhaya case: Delhi court issues fresh death warrants against 4 convicts for Feb 1, 6 am        Mithali demoted to Grade B in BCCI central contracts        Ponkratov heads Chennai Open chess tournament field        India, US in advance-stage talks to resolve trade issues: Goyal        Gadkari urges states to come forward in the drive for curbing accidents        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
Business News
UK car sector accelerates towards electric future
 
London: Britain's auto industry, seeking to swerve Brexit obstacles, is accelerating toward electrification as consumers shun high-polluting diesels, driven by rapid advances in technology and greener government policy.

Four famous car brands born in Britain but now foreign-owned -- German-held Bentley and Mini, Indian-backed Jaguar Land Rover, and Chinese-controlled Lotus -- have each this month outlined plans for purely electric models to sit alongside their petrol vehicles.

All-electric cars, which need to be charged from the mains, and hybrids, which combine electrics with petrol or gasoline engines, are gaining in popularity as more consumers turn away from the pollution-spewing internal combustion engine.

"You need to be into electrification," Lotus Cars chief executive Phil Popham told AFP in an interview after unveiling the firm's first all-electric sports car Evija -- pronounced "E-vi-ya" -- which the company will start making next year.

Lotus, 51-percent owned by Chinese auto giant Geely, plans an initial sale of only 130 of the supercars, which will each cost about 1.7 million pounds ( 2.1 million, 1.8 million euros).

"Electrification is absolutely part of our future," said Popham.

"In the not-too-distant future, all of our cars will offer electrification." Lotus' plant in Hethel, eastern England, will see a 100-million pounds investment over the next five years as it ramps up its sports car range with financial firepower and technical knowhow from Geely, which bought its majority stake two years ago.

Etika Automotive of Malaysia holds the remaining 49 percent of Lotus.

Popham said the removal of large components, like the internal combustion engine and gearbox, will see the so-called hypercar Evija have an electric motor on each wheel.

It will reach 0-60 miles per hour in three seconds and have a top speed of 200 mph. Fully-charged however, it will be able to drive a distance of only 250 miles (400 kilometres).

In the more affordable premium market, Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, is planning a range of electric vehicles at its central England factory -- starting with the next-generation Jaguar XJ luxury saloon model.

"The future of mobility is electric," said JLR chief executive Ralf Speth, whose company introduced its first electric vehicle I-PACE last year.

Elsewhere, BMW-division Mini recently launched plans for its first all-electric Mini Cooper at its factory in Cowley, southern England.

"We'll be able to really react to demand from customers as we go forward because Mini electric (cars) go down exactly the same production line as the traditional combustion engine product," David George, director of Mini UK, told AFP on a visit to the facility.

In Europe as a whole, the number of electric car models, including hybrids, is set to triple by 2021, according to Brussels-based environmental lobby group Transport & Environment.

A total 214 models will be available for purchase by 2021, up from 60 in late 2018, T&E said.

"There is a growing trend for consumers to be looking for more environmentally conscious and efficient products and technologies," Bentley chief executive Adrian Hallmark told AFP.

He was speaking in July after the Volkswagen-owned luxury carmaker detailed its futuristic all-electric self-driving concept, the EXP 100 GT, at its facility in central England.

When Nissan unveiled its first mass-market electric car hatchback Leaf nine years ago, the Japanese carmaker described it as a "game-changer" for Britain's biggest car plant in Sunderland, northeastern England.

Since then, more and more carmakers have sped up plans for more environmentally-friendly products -- and also electrify their current offerings.

However, Cardiff University economics professor and auto specialist Peter Wells lamented the fact that many automakers were merely replicating electric versions of pre-existing models -- rather than optimising how they deploy cutting-edge technology.

"The mindset is that the industry should simply replicate the existing petrol/diesel product ranges, only in hybrid and electric," said Wells.

"In my view this strategy can still result in less than optimised vehicle designs," he noted.


India, Iran should work to expedite Chabahar Port development, connectivity to Afghanistan: Zarif
Forex reserves rise by USD 58 mn to record high of USD 461.21 bn
India, US in advance-stage talks to resolve trade issues: Goyal
Gadkari urges states to come forward in the drive for curbing accidents
IndusInd Bank down 5.44 pc to Rs 1400.60
Rupee up by 7 paise against USD
CCI directs probe against Amazon, Flipkart
Panic stricken depositors mill around bank after RBI caps withdrawal limit
US removes currency manipulator label on China ahead of inking of trade deal
Flipkart opens two warehouses in Haryana, to create over 5,000 local jobs
Rupee cuts short 5-day gaining streak; edges down 1 paise to 70.87 against dollar
Rupee extends gains by 8 paise to 70.86 against US dollar
Centre to set up panel to examine issues on royalty rates for major minerals
Tata Motors global sales dip 3 pc dip to 97,348 units in Dec
Huawei exec can be extradited to US, Canada attorney general says
Sebi brings new system audit norms for exchanges, clearing corporations
Oil PSU unions oppose BPCL disinvestment
''Rumours'' of Air India''s shutdown baseless: CMD
Smartphone sales buck slowdown on strong urban, rural demand
Sensex jumps over 11 pts; Nifty above 12,250
KERALA NEWS
Kerala govt will continue fight against CAA: Minister
 Thiruvananthapuram: A day after it moved the Supreme Court against the controversial Citizenship Ame  
Sabarimala all set for Makaravilakku; Heavy security at Ayyappa shrine
Nigerian arrested for duping Keralite couple
Police book BJP workers for raising provocative slogans
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West
 Moscow: Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world's mo
Ukraine PM offers to resign after leaked recording
Top Iran leader: Trump is a 'clown' who will betray Iranians
Musharraf approaches Pak SC to suspend death sentence ruling by special court in high treason case
NATIONAL NEWS
No right to live in India if you can't accept Vande Mataram: Pratap Sarangi
 Surat (Gujarat) [India], Jan 19 (ANI): Accusing Congress of spreading misinformation about the Citiz
Impossible to provide proof of religious persecution under CAA: Assam Min Himanta Biswa
Real problem in country is unemployment, not population: Owaisi
Don't do politics over Nirbhaya case: Kejriwal to BJP
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2019 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.