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Gigafactories, EVs and renewables

The West Midlands, south Wales and the north-east of England are among the regions vying to host the UK’s first “gigafactory” making electric car batteries, as the government edges towards a commitment to the key technology.

Dr Massey and I chinwag around industrial and energy clusters:

 

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Joe Deely on Nov 15, 2020

I'm wondering if UK/European market will support smaller EVs.

 

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Matt Chester on Nov 16, 2020

Is the thought that these smaller EVs will be more commonly bought because they're more affordable, or perhaps will the smaller EVs play into the shared vehicle model-- half day rentals in urban centers, etc. ? 

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Joe Deely on Nov 16, 2020

My thinking is that Europe has always supported smaller vehicles. Tougher parking, more expensive fuel and "tighter"  roads have meant that smaller cars are a better fit.

If you throw in:

- higher population density - lower driving distances therefore less range is needed

- Better alternatives - trains - for longer distances vs. US.

A 400mi range car is not needed in UK/Europe. 

I think key factor will be charging infrastructure.

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Matt Chester on Nov 16, 2020

The availability of quicker alternative transportation in Europe is a great point, Joe! When people ask me how I manage to only have an EV, they often seem most worried about those drives from state-to-state because driving is the only real non-flying option they have at their disposal. 

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Charley Rattan on Nov 16, 2020

Hi Joe. EVs are included as one of the ten elements of the UK industrial strategy so yes, support should be available. 

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