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Electrical Times in Automotive

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more of an option. The number of newly registered electric cars in Germany in 2020 increased threefold compared to 2019. In Norway, 60% of all newly registered cars today are electric and another 15% are hybrids. The UK has announced plans to ban cars with internal combustion engines from 2030. But what is most impressive to me is seeing how quickly work is progressing on Elon's Gigafactory. Especially when you consider how long other projects have taken in the Berlin/Brandenburg area, for instance, the new airport. I am very sure that this additional (now not so new) player will help speed up other processes in Europe. Competition leads to more motivation!

This is all good news for our industry, but as we are still at the early stages of this next phase in personal transportation - the...

Electrical Times in Automotive

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more of an option. The number of newly registered electric cars in Germany in 2020 increased threefold compared to 2019. In Norway, 60% of all newly registered cars today are electric and another 15% are hybrids. The UK has announced plans to ban cars with internal combustion engines from 2030. But what is most impressive to me is seeing how quickly work is progressing on Elon's Gigafactory. Especially when you consider how long other projects have taken in the Berlin/Brandenburg area, for instance, the new airport. I am very sure that this additional (now not so new) player will help speed up other processes in Europe. Competition leads to more motivation!

This is all good news for our industry, but as we are still at the early stages of this next phase in personal transportation - there is still a lot to do. For example, the charging infrastructure needs to be rethought. The only reasonable way forward, in my opinion, would be a standardized solution. Many manufacturers are still doing their own designs, which is not very helpful. Anyway, EVs are becoming more and more visible on the roads. Hopefully, manufacturers will soon realize that it is the small cars that are best suited for electric drive. It really upset me when I recently looked at the portfolio of a very, very, large German automotive manufacturer. The smallest version of its electric models is no longer available at all from its subsidiary brands, and it has a delivery time of 16 months from the main brand. Sure, small car - small profit, but a 2.5-ton SUV with an electric range of less than 50 kilometers? Surely that cannot be the way to go! Just my opinion...

It took a little longer than expected, but the live sessions from the WBG-event in December are now available on our website. Together with all the presentations, it makes a nice compilation of the latest trends in Wide Bandgap Technology. And best of all, the material is not expiring, it is free and easy to access. And while you are at the website, bodospower.com/wbg.aspx, why not check out the presentations from last year's digital PCIM. That playlist is still available - together they give you enough video content for one of those awful lockdown evenings.

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My Green Power Tip for the Month:
Home delivery is like the public transport of groceries. Instead of having 20 odd cars make their way to the supermarket – one van drives around delivering to everyone in the area. More and more shops are offering it.

Kind regards
Holger



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