EVs, mobility and SUVs in focus at Paris Motor Show

September 29, 2016

Manufacturers’ electric ambitions are unveiled for the first time today at the start of the Paris Motor Show. In the wake of the diesel emissions scandal and an EU strategy to increase the number of low-emission vehicles, manufacturers have rushed to develop new models, with a focus on extending the range of electric vehicles so they can match the convenience of petrol and diesel. General Motors Ampera-e has a claimed driving range of 500km, while Volkswagen’s I.D. concept, revealed last night, has a predicted battery range of up to 600km. The firm said it was aiming to develop 30 all-electric vehicles by 2025. Volkswagen chief executive officer Matthias Müller said it was part of a strategy to focus on electric vehicles, digital services and mobility. Manufacturers have been keen to develop mobility services to meet the changing travel requirements of consumers, with PSA Group holding a series of mobility days to coincide with the show including the launch of its Free2Move brand yesterday under which all its mobility services will operate. While EVs and mobility provide a picture of the future, immediate consumer demand will be focused on SUVs, which now account for more than a quarter of car sales across Europe. Key SUV launches include the Land Rover Discovery, which was revealed last night, Audi Q5, Peugeot 3008 and Skoda Kodiaq.

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