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13 of 80 EVs suitable for long-distance driving

The largest European automobile association, ADAC, tested more than 80 electric vehicles and showed that only 13 of them are suitable for long-distance driving.

ADAC first tested vehicles with a range of over 750 kilometers. The best results were achieved by the Hyundai Ioniq 6 with a 77.4 kWh battery and rear-wheel drive, and a range of 931 kilometers with one stop and an additional short charge. The Lucid Air achieved the second best test with 859 kilometers, the BMW iX traveled 835 kilometers, the Mercedes EQS achieved a range of 825 kilometers, the EQE SUV achieved a range of 806 kilometers and the Polestar 2 traveled 801 kilometers.

After that, vehicles with a range between 500 and 750 kilometers were tested (42). These vehicles are considered to be suitable for long distances or vehicles suitable for long distances with a slightly longer charging time.

Also, 14 vehicles with a range of 400-500 km were tested, and vehicles with a range of less than 400 km, such as the Fiat 500e with a 23.8 kWh battery, which had a range of 233 kilometers despite additional charging.

The measurement was carried out with the battery charged to 90 percent, which is the case in most situations, because drivers usually go on the road with a deviation of up to 10 percent. The test also included the additional autonomy that can be achieved after charging on a fast charger during a 20-minute break in ideal conditions.

In conclusion, when purchasing an EV, buyers should pay attention to battery size, power consumption, and charging time.

Source: ADAC, Photo: Authors’ Union Mobility/ADAC/Ralph Wagner

Škoda will continue to develop ICE and hybrid cars

Last month, Mercedes announced that it will continue to develop ICE and hybrid cars in the future, and it seems that Škoda will follow the same path. At least as long as there are buyers who choose this type of vehicle.

The growth of demand for electric cars in the world is on the rise, however, most European car manufacturers are struggling with competition, which, supported by government subsidies and lower labor costs, offers cars at lower prices. This forces most of the world’s manufacturers to continue offering cars with ICEs.

“We will offer our customers everything they are looking for, from diesel and petrol engines, through mild hybrids or plug-in hybrids, all the way to electric vehicles. From our point of view, this is not about competing for the latest internal combustion engine, but about putting the desire of our customers in the center of attention. Our position, but our attitude is as reasonable as the one Škoda has accustomed us to,” said Chairman of the Board of Management of Škoda Klaus Zellmer to the Spanish motor.es.

Although EU regulations are forcing manufacturers to switch to fully electric cars, it is the customers who set the speed. A large number of them still do not trust electric cars and choose ICEs or hybrids. In addition, under the pressure of the current situation with Chinese cars that are rapidly conquering the European market, Renault Group head Luca de Meo suggests that European manufacturers join forces to protect the European market.

Last month, Luca de Meo stated that Europe is facing major challenges and that the alienation and disorientation of the European automotive industry will lead to a structural trade deficit for Europe. He also warns that the phase-out of internal combustion engines, which is planned for 2035, could mean a decrease in the competitiveness of the European car industry. According to him, ICEs have been a protective barrier for Europeans for years, and now with the development of electric cars and the increased need for batteries, that protection is disappearing because the Chinese control 75 percent of global battery production.

“Speed is important against the Chinese. We are in an uncertain world. In the past, when we had cars with internal combustion engines, we could predict what was coming. Now, if you take four or five years to react, it is too late,” said de Meo.

Source: motor.es, Automotive News Europe, Škoda

Mercedes will continue to develop ICE and hybrid cars after 2030

Although the EU has ordered manufacturers to switch to full electrification by the end of the decade, the latest information suggests that Mercedes may continue to develop ICE and hybrid cars after 2030. The reason lies in the decline in demand for electric cars in Europe, but also in the high prices of electric vehicles.

According to data for January, the demand for electric cars on the German market dropped by 54.9 percent compared to the same period in 2023. Some of the reasons are the decision of the German authorities to temporarily suspend subsidies for the purchase of new EVs, current state of the German economy, geopolitical tensions in the region, inflation, but also the bad infrastructure of charging stations. This led buyers to turn to proven options, gasoline and diesel cars. In January, 9.1 percent more gasoline cars were sold compared to the same period in 2023, while demand for diesels increased by 9.5 percent.

Chairman of the management board of Mercedes-Benz Ola Källenius said that PHEV cars will remain in use for years to come, regardless of the fact that plug-in hybrids were the first to be removed from the list of state subsidies.

Mercedes had high expectations when it comes to electric vehicles, but now plans and predictions are changing. Källenius believes that only 50% of cars sold by 2030 will be EVs.

Is this the only way for European manufacturers to counter the conquest of Chinese electric cars that are arriving in large numbers on the European market, or are manufacturers finally realizing that electrification is going too fast and that currently “green energy” is not green? The future will show.

Source: Mercedes-Benz