Leeds City Council is taking major steps forward to educate West Yorkshire business owners on the significant benefits of switching to electric vehicles.
Leeds City Council has taken delivery of 122 examples of the award-winning Renault Kangoo Z.E.33 compact electric van. 102 of them are to be used in the delivery of services across the city, including property maintenance and civil enforcement. The remaining are to be made available to local businesses through its new innovative EV Trials Scheme.
Starting July 1, 2020, individuals who purchase a new EV in the Netherlands will receive a €4,000 government subsidy. The electric car can have a purchase value of up to €45,000 and must be able to achieve minimum range of 120 kilometers.
Nissan has announced they will add a further €4,000 discount on top of the government incentive. As a result, a Nissan Leaf with a 40 kWh battery can now be purchased for €28,990 and the more powerful Leaf e + with 62 kWh battery for €37,850. It is not known how long Nissan will continue this action.
Alliance partner Renault is also offering customers the extra €4,000 discount on it electric vehicles on top of the subsidy from the government. A Renault ZOE is now available from € 29,590. Renault’s promotion runs until August 31, 2020.
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Available in both medium and long-wheelbase panel vans, the Kangoo Z.E. Business+ retains the 33kWh battery and 44kW motor, for the same 143-mile (WLTP) range and zero tailpipe emissions. The Business+ features £1,070 worth of equipment for just £600 compared to the Business version, offering strong value for money.
Renault has to “look very, very seriously” at the future of the Alpine brand, according to the firm’s chairman – and Autocar understand that it is poised to be turned into an all-electric performance brand in the future.
The sports car marque was revived by Renault in 2017 as a new performance brand with the highly rated A110. That model and its various derivatives are built in Dieppe at a dedicated plant that was formerly home to Renault Sport.
Nissan today unveiled the long-awaited restructuring plan. Global production is being hacked by 20%, with closures of the Barcelona and Indonesia assembly plants.
Whether the e-NV200 will be assembled in another plant has not been announced. The electric van is closely related to the Renault Kangoo. Reports suggest the e-NV200 could be built at Renault’s plant in Maubeuge, France.
While there may be a shift away from pure electric Nissans in the near future, the company hopes to sell 1 million ‘electrified’ vehicles by 2023. They also hopes to return to profitability by 2023.
Shortly after the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi manufacturing alliance announced the restructuring of their cooperation, Nissan has announced its own new strategy. The concept envisages a 20 per cent cut in the manufacturer’s global production capacity. This should increase the capacity utilisation of the remaining plants to 80 per cent. In accordance with the alliance’s new orientation, Renault is taking the lead in Europe and Nissan will now derive its own vehicles from the Renault models. Europe is thus no longer a core market for the Japanese company, instead, Nissan is concentrating on North America, China and Japan.
Nissan has now also officially announced what has been suspected for weeks: that Nissan intends to close its Barcelona plant in Western Europe. The Japanese company employs between 2,800 and 3,000 people at the Spanish plant (Nissan does not exact numbers in the press release). Among other vehicles, the e-NV200 is made there. Nissan boss Makoto Uchida announced at a virtual press conference that the second European plant in Sunderland, UK, will be kept open. This is where the Leaf is produced.
From a product perspective, Nissan will focus on global core model segments including “enhanced C and D segment vehicles, electric vehicles, sports cars” as the automaker plans to introduce 12 models over the next 18 months. Nissan will expand its presence in EVs and electric-motor-driven cars, including e-Power, with more than 1 million electrified sales units a year by end of fiscal year 2023. In Japan, the company will launch two more electric vehicles and four more e-Power vehicles, therefore increasing the electrification ratio to 60 percent of sales.
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Looking only at BEVs, Tesla expanded its lead, increasing its market share by 6% and more than doubling the result of #2 Renault Nissan Alliance, which has also saw its share inflate by 5%, allowing it to jump from #4 to the runner-up spot, but the Volkswagen Group is getting closer, having jumped from 6th to 3rd, and earning 6% share, to 11%, equaling Tesla in market share growth.
Hyundai-Kia is also on the rise, jumping from #7 to #4, increasing its share by 3%, running ahead of last year’s Bronze Medalist BYD, that is now #5, with 6% share, down 3%.
Hyundai Motor Group, including Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, was the fourth-largest global manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) in the first quarter of 2020, according to research carried out by the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA).
French car plants are only just starting to rev up production after the coronavirus lockdown, which hit the auto sector badly, and Macron wants to accelerate the transition to electric cars to help revive the industry.
“We need a motivational goal: make France Europe’s top producer of clean vehicles by bringing output (up) to more than one million electric and hybrid cars per year over the next five years,” Macron told a news conference.
And to help dealerships sell the 400,000 vehicles left unsold on dealer lots due to the lockdown, President Macron said the state would offer people buying a traditional cars a €3,000 bonus.