From October 4th to 19th the Mondial Paris Motor Show took place. This show is one top tier events in the automotive world and is held every two years. Some numbers: 265 brands, over a 100 new cars, 40 press conferences and an astonishing 1.253.513 visitors. No wonder all major car manufacturers make an effort to present their best with the latest design and also with the newest and greenest technology. Continue reading
If there is any agreement in the automotive industry on what the future will hold, it is the notion that fossil fuels will run out eventually. This month’s guest blogger – Jennifer Smith – gives you an overview from a UK perspective of existing and upcoming green technology.
When looking at the future of automotive technology, it’s like looking through green tinted glasses. Nearly every major car company now is offering a greener alternative to their standard range of gas guzzling vehicles. Continue reading
For decades the shape of cars and bikes was influenced by the requirements set by fossil fuel engine technology. A petrol car requires cool air to reduce the engine heat. It triggered designers to create air intakes in the front of cars which became a vital tangible of the image of most brands. The fuel tank between the steering bar and the seat of a motor bike is what creates the ‘gestalt’ of a bike. The power and performance of a sports car is endorsed by the number, shape and size of its exhausts. All these examples loose their relevancy when the power plant is for instance electric.
New engine technology, whether it is electric with batteries, fuel cell or electric with a range extender offers new possibilities in design. The Toyota i-road, Renault Twizy or the Nissan Blade Glider are just examples of revolutionary designs with electric propulsion. The impact of electric power systems on designs of means of transportation is not limited to cars. Above is an example from the bike industry of a new type of vehicle which is a bicycle or a motor bike. Which is it? You decide after you Continue reading
Battery powered electric cars have many advantages over fossil fuel powered ones. Obviously the best is that no gas is required. With the price of electricity already being low and coming down in the future the result is huge savings. Electric cars give off no emissions, which reduces the greenhouse effect and keeps the air clean in dense populated areas. When it comes to driving an electric car the immense torque of the engine and the silence adds up the a whole new experience with a lot of driving pleasure. Continue reading
Popular Science projects editor Dave Mosher offers some consumer insights into what his generation wants from a car….
The video seems a pretty clear statement to car manufacturers. Don’t forget to check out the comment section. That is the part were it gets really interesting with comments of millenials that disagree with Dave. Including some strong language, such as :
“Is the Cadillac ELR a threat to the Tesla Model S ?” That question was brought up by the CNBC presenters and their correspondent Phil LeBeau in the video after the break. Here is our thought on the future in Europe of the ELR, which had its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motorshow. …Continue reading
In March 2012 we published some expectations for the electric mobility market in the coming years. Yet, recent numbers show that in reality these expectations are not being fulfilled. Are there any reasons that could explain this fact?
The expectations of the number of electric vehicles (EV’s) that will be sold in the Netherlands varied per source. …Continue reading
Volkswagen US CEO Jonathan Browning is interviewed on the strategy of the company on electric vehicles in this video. The company presented its electric eGolf and eUp! models at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. During the interview he is also asked about VW’s vision on self driving or autopilot vehicles. …Continue reading and to the video
Today’s guest column is by Ellen Hiep of HiePRactief. Their team is in charge of a field study trip to the USA. The objective of the full week study tour is to investigate the state-of-the-art in electric mobility. She gives us a preview of what participants on this educational trip to Silicon Vally can expect. …Continue reading
At Marketinginautomotive.com we love new car trends, advanced technology and marketing strategies that break boundaries. When a new car is introduced we look with a sharp eye what the manufacturers are doing. There is no better opportunity to see car brands battle it out than at an international motor show. That is why we went to the 2013 IAA 2013 Motor Show to check out the most innovative cars at display there. We will count down the top 10 most innovative new cars at the IAA, from 10 to 1. …Continue reading
One of the most interesting parts of being a marketer is the never ending quest of creating a marketing led ethos throughout your business. Successful CMOs and marketing directors realize it by building bridges across multiple organizational silos and by encouraging to support a shared vision. The most powerful tool they have for that is to make customer insights relevant and meaningful to co-workers. That is why marketers have a sixth sense for what is called consumer insights. …Continue reading
When a new technology appears on the scene, such as electric vehicles, there is almost always the question why it isn’t adopted quickly. Again, such as seems the case now with the adoption of electric cars.
General theory on adoption shows that the rate of adoption is depending on various factors. “The rate of adoption usually starts slow, accelerates until about 50% of the community has adopted the technology, then decelerates, eventually approaching zero, as nearly everyone in the community has adopted the technology.” …Continue reading
Selling electric cars in the same way as mobile phones could boost sales, says Simon Donohue in the Telegraph. In his article he draws parallels between the marketing practices of mobile phone companies and operators and car manufacturers. He heads the article with “Why electric cars could be sold like phones”. The popular answer might be: because they can! However, the parallel between EVs and smart phones does not stop when the sale is done. …Continue reading
Why buying a new electric car if you can change a beautiful 50 year old VW Beetle into an electric vehicle? That’s what David Bernardo, founder of the Californian company Zelectric Motors must have thought. His company has plans to convert vintage VW cars into 100 percent electric cars.
But why the VW Beetle?
According to Zelectric Motors, their universal popularity along with a robust industry in support of VW owners make this car a good candidate. Around the world, thousands of specialized mechanics, owners’ clubs and parts manufacturers can be found. Thereby, the simple design of the VW Beetle and its light weight are exceptional and perfect for an electric drive.
Electric car maker CODA was once called one of the Big-Three-Electric car makers. In a move that did not come as a big surprise to insiders, the start-up based out of Los Angeles filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The company converted a small four door family saloon by the Chinese car manufacturer ChangAn Hafei. The modification of the platform, installation of electric motors and the batteries was done in CODA’s Californian factory. InsideEVs has the full story.
Today the 83rd edition of the Geneva motor show closed its doors. Time to make up the balance sheet, what we have seen and what has been written about. What were the trends to distinguish there, when it comes to electric vehicles? Continue reading
Dutch Economic Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen does not feel like giving up. That is just not fair towards the 1500 employees of the NedCar car factory in Born in the Netherlands, according to a statement by him …Continue reading