You only have to look at the annual tech ritual that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — which kicked off in Vegas this weekend amid a blur of oversized TVs, 5G phones and foldable tablets — to see how important electric vehicles will be in 2020.
Many of the big and small automakers that sell passenger vehicles will be showing off their newest electric models, such as Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, Nissan’s electric crossover concept Ariya, Fiat Chrysler’s plug-in hybrid Jeep Wrangler and Mercedes-Benz’s EQC 400 4Matic and Vision EQS vehicles. Sunday at CES, Chinese EV maker Byton showed off its M-Byte (most famous for its 48-inch wrap-around dashboard screen), due out later this year. Other automakers that are hosting press conferences or booths this week include Audi, Toyota, Hyundai, Honda and Daimler.
While CES has long been shifting to a “car show disguised as a tech conference,” this year it would seem especially quaint if an automaker premiered a gas or diesel-powered model. The future is electric, and CES is an event all about looking forward.
2020 will indeed be the “year of the electric car” particularly across Europe, says the Guardian. Cities in Europe are banning diesel vehicles from city centers while European automakers launch flagship EVs with names like the Fiat 500 and the Mini. 175 EV models will be on sale by the end of 2020 for European consumers, such as Volkswagen’s id3, up from fewer than 100 right now.
European vehicle electrification will have profound effects on Europe’s carbon emissions, but it also will present a challenging transformation for European auto sectors. Germany, for example, is expected to shed jobs as plants close that make internal combustion parts. Electric vehicles are simpler to make and require fewer parts, meaning a tightened supply chain. But you can also point to the German auto industry’s resistance to change as an equally big challenge.
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