Automotive Industry News – 14th January 2021

January 14, 2022
Performance Comms

This briefing document provides a fortnightly overview of the main automotive industry stories making the news and key product announcements. It also includes some of the interesting stories and campaigns that have made the news from outside the automotive sector over the past two weeks.

Automotive News

Key industry stories from the last two weeks:

EV, Environment & Autonomous




Product Launches / Unveils

Key industry product launches or unveils:

Research and insights:

New poll shows high satisfaction among EV drivers

A new poll has revealed that the vast majority of drivers who bought an electric car would never go back to owning a petrol or diesel model. The research from Zap-Map showed 91% of owners are ‘extremely happy’ with their zero-emission vehicles with just 1% hoping to return to fossil fuels.

Improved range and better-charging infrastructure have made a big difference in consumer customers when it comes to choosing an EV over a traditionally fuelled car.

The research, one of the largest surveys of electric car owners so far, showed that once drivers take the leap to EVs they don’t wish to turn back.

  • More than 48% said that their current vehicle was their first EV
  • 28% of those made the purchase in 2020

The poll asked 3,306 EV drivers how they would rate ownership of a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or Petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) out of a maximum 100.

  • The average of the two categories was 91
  • Petrol and diesel owners scored 74

The research also highlighted increased confidence in long journeys; most respondents (53%) said they have driven more than 200 miles in their EV in a single trip.

And almost a quarter of respondents (24%) said they had driven more than 300 miles in one trip.

UK drivers rage against ban on private car ownership in cities ‘First step to communism!’

Transport Minister Trudy Harrison has called for a move away from private car ownership and towards increased use of shared transport. But a new poll has revealed a huge resistance to her transport plans.

  • In a poll of 3,276 people, a staggering 91% said private car ownership should not be banned in cities.

Ms Harrison, MP for Copeland, said the country needs to abandon “20th century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership” and said it was “staggering” that nearly two-thirds of car trips are taken by lone drivers. She stressed the importance for British roads to introduce “greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport” such as bike-share schemes, car clubs, e-scooters, and digital demand responsive transport services like Uber.

Richard Dilks, chief executive of shared transport campaigners CoMoUK, welcomed Harrison’s comments, which he said demonstrates that shared transport is on the Government’s agenda.

In October, London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone tax was extended from a 21 square km area of central London to cover London outskirts, affecting a 225 square km zone. The move aims to encourage city dwellers away from private car ownership and towards using public transport to decrease toxic air pollution.

Since the introduction of ULEZ in 2019, there are now 44,100 fewer polluting cars driving in the zone every day, and toxic NO2 concentrations have been reduced by 44%.

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