Everyone seems to be running around yelling hysterically about Labor’s 2030 plan for electric cars. Some of it I can understand, much of it I think is pure scaremongering. Irrespective of your political views there are some facts about the electrification of cars that need to be understood.
Most manufactures have set clear targets regarding their fleets. When you do the research it quickly becomes evident that the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) will be with us way past 2030. So it’s time to sit back and realise that the “electrification” in actual fact opens up a whole range of opportunities going forward, without completely ridding the world of petrol or diesel powered cars.
So to be clear we’re talking about mild-hybrid 48-volt cars (Mercedes-Benz for example call this EQ boost), hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars. So in the list below we are not talking about fully electric cars, it’s a mixed bag.
These are global statements and don’t necessarily apply to Australia, yet.
Ford – 40 electrified vehicles by 2025
General Motors – At least 20 new all-electric models to market by 2023
Honda – 25 per cent of its fleet electrified by 2025.
Isuzu – Isuzu’s electric vehicle (EV) truck, a locally developed concept.
Toyota – 10 EV’s by 2022. Electrification option on every model it sells by 2025.
Mazda – The company has a mantra, “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030″ which is a vision by launching cars with power units (combining base technologies and electric devices) tailored to each market. An electric car is due this year.
Subaru – There is talk of a fully electric SUV 2023
Suzuki – Testing first electric cars in India with a launch in 2020 via an SUV called the Wagon R
Volvo – Volvo is aiming for fully electric cars to comprise 50 per cent of its sales by 2025.
Volkswagen – Aims to produce 22 million battery- powered vehicles over the next 10 years, 50 per cent more than previously announced.
Alfa Romeo – Six PHEV’s by 2022
BMW – Five all-electric models on the market by 2021 up to twelve by 2025. It also has a rapidly growing range of plug-in hybrids so by the at least 25 electrified models will exist.
Fiat – It has a fully electric Fiat 500e on sale overseas. Other than that the Fiat / Chrysler group don’t seem to have a whole lot doing in this space.
Infiniti – The company unveiled its QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Infiniti, Nissans luxury brand has plans for high-performance electrified vehicles into the future.
Jeep – At this year’s Geneva Motor Show new Renegade and Compass plug-in hybrid (PHEV) were revealed.
Kia – Kia will introduce 16 new advanced powertrain vehicles by 2025, including a range of new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, as well as an all-new fuel-cell electric vehicle in 2020
Hyundai – 44 electrified models by 2025
Jaguar / Land Rover – On record as saying all vehicles will be electric or Hybrid by 2020, that statement was made in 2017. So the clock is ticking.
Mercedes-Benz – The company launched the fully electric EQC SUV last year. The EQ brand will further expand in time. Initially there will be wide-ranging electrification of the modern combustion engine. By 2022 the whole Mercedes-Benz Portfolio is planned to be electrified.
Nissan – As part of the Nissan M.O.V.E project Nissan intend on developing eight new electric vehicles by 2022
Polestar – This is Volvo’s all electric brand, so that’s all they do!