Watershed year for EV’s coming in 2019
December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Chinese owned Swedish car company NEVS, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced it is returning the Saab 9-3 to the market as an electric vehicle. The new 9-3 will have a 300-kilometer range or about 185 miles, which should easily be enough to commute to work and perform errands especially in a city.
As charging stations become ubiquitous, that range will likely increase. No dates are offered but the first phase of deployment calls for annual production of 50,000 units ramping to 220,000. The 9-3 was almost a cult car and that makes it a good choice for bridging into electric driving for a lot of people.
This represents a classic case of a disruptive technology diffusing into the society and the economy. Cities are getting a lot of attention from electric and self-driving car companies because they are the places where it’s easiest to deploy infrastructure. The same kind of thing happened with deployment of telephone, cable TV and even electricity. A story from Australia discusses the business benefits of having charging stations on Main Street.
Volkswagen appears to be going big into electric vehicles and 2019 appears to be the release date for the Volkswagen ID, a Golf-sized electric expected to have a 200 mile driving range.
If you’ve been paying attention 2019 looks to be a watershed year for electric driving as numerous car companies are gearing up production plans for that year.