Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2020 22:00:02 +0000
Published on April 15th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
April 15th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan
Below is a segment of our newest report, Electric Car Drivers: Demands, Desires & Dreams — Europe Edition (2020)*.
EV owners we surveyed almost equally prefer a sedan/hatchback (car) or SUV/crossover for their next EV. The two options switched spots back and forth depending on the audience.
Additionally, in each of these countries, respondents mostly preferred a vehicle in the D-segment.
How about range? How much range to EV drivers want and expect in their next EVs? Generally speaking, they expect more than 400 km of range, or even more than 450 km of range. Surprisingly, the range expectations in these European countries were greater than the range expectations of North Americans, who tend to drive approximately twice as much as Europeans a year on average.
When it comes to specific features EV drivers want in their future cars, access to Tesla’s Supercharger network, access to Level 3 fast charging, good autonomous driving features, and over-the-air software updates were all top choices — qualities Tesla excels in. That’s a bit different from the UK and North American preferences, which more heavily favored having a long-lasting battery. Long battery life was important in certain European markets as well, but generally not as predominantly as the matters noted above.
*CATL and Volta generously sponsored this report. However, they did not influence or even get to preview what was written in the report. Here’s a bit more about these two EV-ecosystem companies:
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (“CATL”) is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of lithium-ion power and energy storage batteries, with businesses covering R&D, manufacturing and sales in battery systems for new energy vehicles and energy storage systems. In 2018, the company’s sales reached 21.31 GWh worldwide, which was leading in the world (according to SNE Research).
Founded in 2010 out of a passion for advancing transportation, Volta has mastered the art and science of developing cutting-edge electric vehicle charging networks. Volta is accelerating the electric vehicle movement by providing seamless, simple, and free charging experiences. Thoughtfully located along the paths of our busy lives, Volta chargers are the most used in the industry. With the support of forward-thinking brand partners, Volta delivers free charging solutions to real estate owners, power to the electric vehicle community, and impactful brand stories to everyone.
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Zachary Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.