The Car of the Year Awards can tell us a lot about where the motoring sector is heading, and this year there was a striking victory for electric vehicles as the top prize went to the MG4 EV.
A winner by a long way ahead of its six rivals, the all-electric hatchback was widely praised by the panel of 27 experts, and has now won four ‘car of the year’ awards in the last six months from various organisations, as well as 15 awards overall.
Head judge and founder of the awards John Challen said: “The MG4 proves that electric cars can be affordable, practical and appeal to all areas of the automotive market,” while Top Gear journalist Tom Ford wrote: “In a world where practical electric cars are all SUVs and priced to the sky, the MG4 offers genuine value-for-money – bringing EV ownership closer to reality for more people.”
This represents a major boost to the electric vehicle market, especially as so many of the motoring press are so impressed and thus likely to go on promoting it.
As drivers increasingly adopt EV technology the need for more chargers is increasingly evident, which means that any electrician taking an EV charging course will be able to make a career out of installing and maintaining them over the years ahead.
Speaking to International Business Times this month, business development director for Equans EV Solutions Nicola Mahmood said now is the time for businesses to start thinking about installing EV chargers on their premises to power up their workforce’s fleet.
She stated that the time is right now because there is a ban on new sales of petrol and diesel cars due in 2030 and a requirement that all cars and vans be zero-emission vehicles due in 2035.
“That means there is only one fleet replacement cycle before the ban comes into effect, making now the perfect time for businesses to change their charging infrastructure,” Ms Mahmood observed.