The pace at which new EV’s are entering the market is gathering real momentum, with some having more impact than others….
The Mercedes EQS is not one you scroll past lightly – this is exactly what you imagine a car from the future to look like. With holographic headlights and two-tone colours, this looks like a real luxury car of the future. The interior resembles that of a Tesla Model X, with the touch display screen and race-style seating whilst the exterior is of a futuristic style all of its own. This month, Mercedes announced that the EQS will have a 435-mile (700 km) range, surpassing the Model S Long Range by over 100 miles. At £80,000 starting price, this will present huge competition to the sporty Tesla.
At the opposite end of the market, the Honda E begins at a much more affordable £26,000, and has a real range of 105 miles with a 28.5kWh battery. Interior wise, the Honda holds a three-pin plug socket in the centre console, three connecting dashboard screens and a side camera mirror system replacing the standard wing mirrors. This car will park itself, depending on the driver to keep their foot on the brake pedal.
Cheaper still is the Ora R1 Long Range Exec starting at just £7,000. This Chinese manufactured model from Great Wall Motors is paving the way within the entry level EV market. The car boasts a range of 194 miles, and the upper level has a real range of 220 miles. It has a 33kwh battery – bigger than the Honda E. A four door hatch back, the model includes a reverse camera, nine-inch infotainment touch screen and a rotary gear selector. Currently only available in China, the Ora R1 will soon be available in India and a future roll out is expected across the globe.
Whilst the market has inevitably suffered huge setbacks throughout the pandemic, the UK car market continues to show signs of a strong recovery, with official figures showing the best July figures since 2016. Sales jumped 259.4% in July compared to the year before, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), with 8,162 vehicles registered compared to 2,271. The introduction of new models such as these will undoubtedly help boost interest and drive sales as we continue to make the switch from fuel to electric – maybe quicker than we think!