The future of electric cars in the UK has been uncertain since the 2016 referendum on leaving the EU
The international company Stelantis, which owns the British car manufacturer Vauxhall, has announced that it will invest 100 million pounds in the production of electric vans and cars in that factory in the northwest of England.
The company said Voxol’s Elsmere Port plant in Cheshire near Liverpool will produce electric cars for other Stelantis brands, including Peugeot, Citroen, and Opel.
The future of the English factory was uncertain when Stelantis announced that a new version of the popular Astra car model would not be produced there.
Voxol, which has produced more than five million automobiles since its opening in the 1960s, will now focus on the production of electric vehicles.
The UK plans to ban the sale of new vehicles with petrol and diesel engines from 2030.
The future of the car industry in the UK has been uncertain since the 2016 referendum on leaving the EU.
Electric cars can last a very long time
This is an essential big advantage of the EV model compared to those that use internal combustion engines. The electric motor has a very small number of moving parts and is therefore very long-lasting. Batteries have progressed tremendously in the previous decade, and their degradation during years of use is decreasing.
Because of the simple and easy powertrain, maintaining electric cars is cheap. In addition, the brakes on electric cars can last a very long time, because with most of these models it is possible to drive with only one pedal. More precisely, by removing the foot from the gas, the car independently “brakes” or tries to “capture” the kinetic energy that would otherwise be wasted and recharges the battery.
Critics of electric cars most often stick to the theory of battery degradation. And the fact is that with time and with a larger number of charges, especially if it is done incorrectly, they lose their capacity.
However, all manufacturers give a guarantee for their batteries. For example, BMW offers an eight-year battery warranty on the i3. If the battery capacity drops by more than 20% during this overdue period, the vehicle owner will receive a new storage pack.