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POLESTAR CARS

Polestar Cars Finds Majority of US Drivers Don’t Purchase Electric Vehicles for Environmental Reasons

  • New survey reveals 55% US drivers purchase an electric car for reasons other than environmental benefits
  • Almost half of respondents are open to buying an electric car from a new brand, many more than with a gasoline powered vehicle
  • Generational differences affect rationale for electric car purchase

Polestar, the Swedish premium electric performance car brand, has conducted research that has found that 55 percent of US drivers purchase electric cars for reasons other than environmental benefits. In-vehicle technology, seamless connectivity and infotainment system offerings have been named as the most important decisions for consumers switching to an electric car from an internal-combustion vehicle.

“The idea of luxury being defined by what’s ‘under the hood’ has been replaced in the electric era with the prioritization of seamless connectivity, integration into existing digital ecosystems, and good UX design,” said Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar North America. “People are switching to electric cars for more than just environmental reasons, and Polestar’s focus on in-vehicle technology means they can have everything they want in an environmentally friendly package.”

Polestar 2 was the first vehicle to market with the revolutionary Google-developed infotainment system. The system features Google built-in, including industry-leading voice control via Google Assistant. This enables control of functions using natural voice commands, including navigation through Google Maps, the climate system, music, phone and more.

Brand image also makes a difference to consumers based on age demographics. Fifty-seven percent of millennials (ages 25 to 40) are confident in new electric car brands compared to only 28 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 57 to 75). Nearly half (46 percent) of all respondents are more open to new brands and start-ups such as Polestar when it comes to purchasing an electric car.

Despite eco-consciousness not necessarily being a driving factor for over half of respondents, younger drivers are also much more concerned with appearing environmentally conscious compared to their older counterparts. For Gen Z respondents (ages 18-24), image is a big factor, with 12 percent saying it would be the most important consideration when choosing an electric car compared to an internal-combustion vehicle. That is twice as many as Millennials (ages 25-41), and more than three times as many as Baby Boomers ages (57-74).

To obtain this data, Polestar commissioned a third-party survey, fielded earlier this year with more than 5,000 electric and internal combustion drivers across all 50 US states. The survey questioned drivers on the state of electric car acceptance, charging infrastructure, and the perception of electric car brands when purchasing a vehicle.

1929 Ford Model A in Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour via Extension PR for use by 360 Magazine

HOT WHEELS™ LEGENDS TOUR

Hot Wheels Legends Tour to Host Live Event in Windsor, Canada on July 16

  • Presented by Mobil 1 and in partnership with Walmart the world’s largest traveling car show is headed to the automotive capital of Canada on Saturday, July 16
  • This family-friendly event will take place at the Walmart Supercenter in Windsor from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • One Canadian fan car could be the next Hot Wheels die-cast sold in more than 150 countries around the world – submit your entry now!

The Hot Wheels™ Legends Tour is heading to the automotive capital of Canada on Saturday, July 16 to celebrate Windsor’s deep-rooted, eclectic car culture and showcase the area’s best custom builds. Located just across the river from Detroit, the Windsor event follows the July 9 Tour stop in the Motor City, where a 1931 Dodge Rat Rod swept the competition. This event is set to feature everything from American muscle and custom trucks, to imports and coveted marques not offered in the United States, and limited-edition collectables available exclusively on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour. Submissions for the July 16 Tour stop are now open.

The winner of the Canadian event will advance in the Hot Wheels Legends Tour competition for a chance to compete in the Global Grand Finale later this year. Once chosen, the 2022 champion will have their one-of-a-kind car immortalized as the next 1:64-scale official Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle sold in more than 150 countries around the world.

“When expanding the Hot Wheels Legends Tour schedule for 2022, we felt it was important to include a stop that would showcase the best of Windsor’s custom car culture, especially since the city is known for being the automotive capital of Canada,” said Ted Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel. “We’re excited to see which Canadian fan car will move on in the global competition and potentially be immortalized as the next 1:64-scale official Hot Wheels die-cast vehicle.”

The event will be held at the Walmart Supercenter in Windsor Canada located at 7100 Tecumseh, Windsor, ON N8T 1E6.

Now in its fifth year, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour spans five continents and 14 countries, making it the largest traveling car show in the world. Each stop is a platform for custom car builders to showcase their passion projects with other automotive enthusiasts. The winner of the July 16 stop in Windsor will move on to compete in the Global Grand Finale later this year, where the champion will have their car inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as an official Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast.

Additional North American stops include:

  • July 30: In-Person Event in El Segundo, California
  • September 10: In-Person Event at Walmart in Phoenix, Arizona
  • September 24: In-Person Event at Walmart in Dallas, Texas
  • October 8: In-Person Event at Walmart in Los Angeles, California
  • Date TBC: Virtual Livestream
  • November 1: Global Semi Final (Livestream only)
  • November: Global Grand Finale (Livestream only)

To learn more about the Hot Wheels Legends Tour, visit www.HotWheels.com/Legends.

Below is one of the amazing fan-built custom vehicles that will be competing for the chance to have their one-of-a-kind ride turned into the next official 1:64 Hot Wheels

1977 Lincoln Mark V in Hot Wheels Legends Tour via Extension PR for use by 360 Magazine
1977 Lincoln Mark V

TOYOTA CONNECTED × CABIN AWARENESS

Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), an independent software and innovation center of excellence, today introduced its Cabin Awareness concept technology that uses millimeter-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to help detect occupants (including certain pets) in cars and has the potential to detect them if ever they’re left behind.

The Cabin Awareness concept takes a unique approach to in-vehicle occupant detection using a 4D imaging radar sensor, mounted out of sight above a vehicle’s headliner that can detect presence of a life form in the vehicle, even after a driver exits.

Specifically, the Cabin Awareness concept has the capability to sense micro movements, such as a heartbeat, motion and respiration of occupants across three full seating rows, the cargo area and footwells. It also classifies all occupants according to size, posture and position – supporting advanced safety applications. The platform provides robust sensing even if the occupant is covered with a blanket, a scenario which a passerby would be unable to see the occupant. It differs from other technologies on the market such as weight sensors, that can be prone to false alerts and mis-detects, cameras limited by blind spots or other radar systems with a limited range of passenger detection.

“Toyota Connected’s talented software engineers and data scientists are leveraging cutting-edge technology to bring innovation and advanced technologies to customers’ vehicles,” said Zack Hicks, CEO and president, TCNA and executive vice president and chief digital officer, TMNA. “We are extremely proud of our efforts to take this idea from the drawing board to a full-blown concept, and, hopefully, developing a technology that has the potential to save lives.”

Real-World Testing  

While Cabin Awareness is currently a concept, the feature is getting a real-world trial through Toyota’s partner May Mobility. The autonomous-vehicle company is testing the technology in its fleet of Toyota Sienna AutonoMaaS (Autonomous Mobility as a Service) minivans at its headquarters in Michigan and will soon begin testing in public AV deployments in Arlington, Texas, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional deployments coming in late 2022. Recently, May Mobility announced that a portion of the fleet will be modified to become ADA-compliant and accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.

May Mobility was founded with a mission of making roads safer through autonomous technology – and we’ve kept safety as our top priority as we’ve advanced our technology and worked with key strategic partners like Toyota,” said Edwin Olson, CEO, May Mobility. “As we move closer to driver-out operations next year and continue to scale our global business with more public AV deployments, technology like the Cabin Awareness concept is essential for our riders.”

In the future, one possible application for autonomous shuttles is alerting parents when their children complete a ride. Conversely, a shuttle may delay driving to its next stop if it senses someone is still in the vehicle upon reaching its destination.

“The key difference with this system is the improved resolution and accuracy, full-cabin detection and scope of functionality Cabin Awareness provides,” said Simon Roberts, managing engineer, TCNA, who has spearheaded the development process. “With the precision of these sensors, we’re designing Cabin Awareness with the aim of reducing false positives and false negatives.”

Applying Technology to Alert Drivers

In 2021 in the U.S., 23 children died from heat stroke after being left in vehicles, according to the nonprofit Kids and Cars. On average, one in four children that die in a hot car obtained access to the car while it was unattended or not operational. Depending on the circumstances, the inside of a car can get up to 125° F in minutes even when outside temperature is as low as 60° F. Studies show children’s body temperatures rise three to five times faster than adults. If left in a vehicle during the summer, the inside cabin temperature can reach dangerous levels in just 10 minutes.

“We are excited to explore and leverage new technologies, connected intelligence and existing safety platforms, with the ultimate goal of reducing child fatalities in hot cars. This Cabin Awareness concept has the potential to do exactly that.” said Brian Kursar, chief technology officer, TCNA and group vice president, chief technology officer and chief data officer, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “I’m so proud of the Toyota Connected and TMNA’s Connected Technologies teams for developing this concept and believe in the talent and dedication of our engineers.”

As currently designed, the Cabin Awareness concept provides an array of warnings to help alert the driver (and potentially, passersby) to check the back of the vehicle if a living being is detected. First, a warning light signals on the instrument cluster. Then, the horn honks. Emergency lights flash. Following all the early warnings, the owner may get a notification on their phone through the Toyota app as well as text messages.

If programmed, Cabin Awareness could even send alerts through smart home devices or send text messages to designated emergency contacts assigned by the primary user. Further alert options include having Toyota’s Safety Connect® emergency assistance system contact first responders through the integrated SOS vehicle function.

The team is continuing to explore additional notification alerts such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and the incorporation of smart infrastructure retail signage to further expand the reach of this alert.

Born from Innovation

The idea for Cabin Awareness was born in 2019 out of the inaugural Toyota Connected Hackathon, a 36-hour innovation event that challenged teams of software designers and engineers to ideate, develop and test real-world solutions. This winning idea quickly grew support following the Hackathon, allowing Roberts to assemble a team of engineers and further develop the technology.

The Cabin Awareness concept also allowed Toyota Connected to evaluate and develop hardware for the first time in addition to building innovative software systems and creating new processes. The Toyota Connected team evaluated millimeter-wave suppliers and began working with technology provider Vayyar Imaging’s in-cabin monitoring platform.

Vayyar’s high-resolution, single chip, 4D imaging radar is the only solution on the market that has the capability to monitor an entire vehicle cabin with a single sensor. The platform provides exceptionally dense point cloud imaging, enabling developers to independently develop a wide range of advanced applications and deploy them remotely using over-the-air software updates.

Inspired by Space Technology

Inspiration for the Cabin Awareness concept came from microwave radar technology created by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to support underground rescues after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in 2015. In this application, NASA engineers and rescuers were able to detect human breathing and heartbeats under more than 30 feet of rubble, helping responders know where to dig holes.

“NASA’s use of radar technology was inspiring,” said Kursar. “The idea that you can listen to heartbeats using contact-less technology opens up new possibilities to give Toyota the potential to produce a service that is beneficial to the evolution of our in-vehicle services.”

“The Cabin Awareness program is an innovation first for Toyota Connected and Toyota in so many ways,” said Roberts. “The most important goal we’re working on, though, is to build technologies that empower occupants and give them greater peace of mind.”

ATLANTA × HOT WHEELS LEGENDS TOUR

The Hot Wheels Legends Tour is heading to the Peach State in search of some southern hospitality and epic custom fan cars on Saturday, June 18. From flashy exotics and lifted pickups to muscle cars and hot rods, the best of Atlanta’s eclectic car culture will be on display, along with Hot Wheels Garage of Legends life-size vehicles and limited-edition collectables available exclusively on the Hot Wheels Legends Tour.

“Atlanta is such an exciting place for automotive enthusiasts because of its diverse car culture that is unlike any other,” said Ted Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel. “We expect to see some truly original builds that represent the rich soul of the city and, hopefully, find our next Hot Wheels Legends Tour winner.”

Featuring local automotive legends and aficionados, the select panel of judges will be looking for the custom build that best showcases creativity, authenticity, and garage spirit. Judges for the Atlanta stop include: iHeartRadio’s Raceday Nation host Rob D’Amico, Morimoto brand representative and import model Bear Dellinger, host of The Bailey Show podcast Jason Bailey, S3 Magazine editor Jonathan Wooley, Caffeine and Octane founder Bruce Piefke, PowerNation TV’s Detroit Muscle hosts Tommy Boshers and Joel McMillan, along with Hot Wheels designers Brendon Vetuskey and Ralph Benitez.

The event will be held at 3250 Sardis Church Road, Buford, GA 30519.

Now in its fifth year, the Hot Wheels Legends Tour spans five continents and 15 countries, making it the largest traveling car show in the world. Each stop is a platform for custom car builders to showcase their passion projects with other automotive enthusiasts. The winner of the June 18 stop in Atlanta will move on to compete in the Global Grand Finale later this year, where the champion will have their car inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends and immortalized as an official Hot Wheels 1:64 die-cast.

Dickies, the global leader in workwear, is once again proud to join the Hot Wheels Legends Tour and celebrate the brand’s do-it-yourself personality. The Legends tour exemplifies “Built not Bought” and this falls right in line with Dickies, which is proud to be present at each of the tour stops providing Dickies wear for judges and staff. In addition, select commemorative Dickies apparel will be available to consumers at each Walmart stop with proof of Dickies purchase from inside the store.

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Incari Retrofit Cars

The Berlin-based tech company Incari has partnered with the renowned Strate School of Design Bangalore and the French company Design 1880 to jointly retrofit advanced human-machine interfaces (HMI) in classic cars as well as outdated but beloved road cars. “We and our partners bring together the perfect tools, the know-how, and the experience to build on the past for a better and more sustainable future,” says Osman Dumbuya, CEO of Incari.

Retrofitted cars are a market on the rise, with more and more collectors and car enthusiasts looking to renew the technology inside their classic and vintage models to increase comfort and satisfy today’s legal and ecological requirements. While the retrofit market today is mostly focused on electrification only, Incari provides the possibility to easily integrate new technologies into older car models for a modern user experience. However, the partnership between Incari, the Strate School of Design Bangalore, and Design 1880 is not limited to cars. Any type of vehicle can be retrofitted with the latest HMI and drive technology with the expertise and technology of the three partners, without losing its flair.

Modern technology blending in with the style of the past

Incari has already gained experience in equipping vintage cars with state-of-the-art HMI interfaces. A legendary (D)eLorean has been updated with Incari technology in partnership with Wunderkind Invest. The specially developed electric drive components of the iconic e-Lorean are combined with a unique HMI developed by Incari.

In a joint effort with Design 1880, a Fiat 500 has been electrified. The classic Fiat 500 is equipped with a digital display and can be easily connected to the smartphone and a special app. It features a smartphone holder adapted to the latest technological standards such as induction charging and magnetic attachment. The smartphone can be installed easily and without cables with one hand while offering a style that makes you think it was developed in the same period as the car.

A circular digital screen replaces the analog speedometer, is connected to the smartphone, and continuously provides relevant information to accompany the driving experience. The screen makes it possible to check battery consumption, for example, and can also be customized. This takes the user experience to a new level while preserving the spirit of the iconic car.

Incari reduces development times up to 70 percent

Incari offers a software platform with an intuitive visual user interface to design state-of-the-art human-machine interfaces. It enables users who lack programming skills to design complex interfaces in 3D, while at the same time generating a very clean programming code. Moreover, Incari provides a common software environment for developers and designers who are already in the prototyping phase. This brings flexibility and saves time. 

The software also takes a 3D-first approach. This offers entirely new possibilities in user comfort–especially in conjunction with augmented reality (AR). The Incari method promises a reduction in development times in the HMI area of up to 70 percent, as comparative projects have shown, with simultaneously lower personnel requirements and a higher-quality end-user experience.

About Incari 

Incari was founded in April 2021 by Osman Dumbuya and Alexander Grasse. It emerged from the predecessor company CGI Studio GmbH. Incari is based in Berlin and has offices in France and Poland. Currently, about 50 people work for the company.

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Global Grand Finale of 2021 Hot Wheels

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale is here. Presented by Mobil 1, this virtual event is the culmination of the largest ever international hunt for the next custom fan vehicle worthy of being inducted into the Hot Wheels Garage of Legendsä and immortalized as a Hot WheelsÒ 1:64 die-cast toy. Ten finalists, representing the top five North American submissions and five best international builds, will go head-to-head in a live-streamed event hosted from Jay Leno’s Garage at 9:00 a.m. PT on Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Ten cars will compete but there can only be one winner. The vehicle that best embodies true authenticity, creativity, and garage spirit will emerge as the next Hot Wheels Legend. The task of crowning this year’s champion will be conducted by an expert panel of judges, including Henrik Fisker, automotive design icon; Elana Scherr, Car and Driver Senior Editor; Ted Wu, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel; Bryan Benedict, Director of Vehicles Design, Mattel; Brendon Vetuskey, Vehicles Designer, Mattel; and of course car-loving celebrity Jay Leno.

“The Hot Wheels Legends Tour Global Grand Finale is where dreams come true,” said Ted Wu, Vice President, Global Head of Design for Vehicles, Mattel. “By expanding the international tour through both in-person and virtual events across five continents, the 2021 Legends Tour is by far the most competitive to date. Millions of Hot Wheels fans from around the world have attended this year’s tour stops to see which builds will be competing for the top spot. Looking ahead to the finale, we can’t wait to see which vehicle will go on to inspire the next generation of Hot Wheels fans in die-cast form.”

During the finale, fans can also expect to learn more about a Limited Edition Hot Wheels Twin Mill die-cast featuring a unique Mobil 1 livery, as well as get exclusive access to Limited Edition Hot Wheels NFT promo stickers, in anticipation of the Hot Wheels NFT Garage drop on Nov. 16th. 360 Magazine is excited to see competition as it contains a lot of kids’ childhood. 

The 2021 Hot Wheels Legends Tour finalists include:

  • 1991 Porsche 911 Baja from Sun Valley, California
  • Custom aluminum racer named “Lulu” from Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1969 Daytona Charger Superbird “Scraptona” from Macomb, Michigan
  • 2003 Exoskeleton Nissan 350Z from San Mateo, California
  • 1968 Mercedes Benz 250S from Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
  • Custom Volkswagen Beatle sedan from Mexico
  • Custom Volvo P1800 Gasser named “Aint No Saint” from the United Kingdom
  • Custom Wittgenstein from Germany
  • 1986 Dihatsu Mira from Malaysia
  • 1973 Mazda 616 Capella from New Zealand

To tune into this legendary event, visit the Hot Wheels Facebook page here: https://fb.me/e/5tMdrD9L1

To check out the Hot Wheels Garage of Legends, visit www.HotWheels.com/GarageofLegends.

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Tesla Outperformed Rival Stocks

Tesla is among the notable growth stocks that have recorded significant returns for investors. Despite the electric vehicle manufacturer’s stock slumping in 2021, it has maintained an edge over competitors.

According to data acquired by Finbold, Tesla stock registered an ROI of 224.93% between June 2021 and June 2020, outperforming some of its major competitors. Among the selected vehicle manufacturers, Tesla only trailed China-based NIO, which had almost double returns at 539.13%. Ford Motor ranks third with returns of 152.28%, followed by General Motors at 141.08%, while Volkswagen AG ranks fifth at 116.62%.

Other stocks with key returns include XPeng (75.47%), Oshkosh (74.08%), Navistar (60.29%), Toyota  42.19%), and Honda (25.22%)

Between the period, Tesla also maintained a superior stock price growing from $191.95 in 2020 to $623.71 in 2021. Elsewhere, last year, NIO’s stock price was at $6.9, while in June 2021, the stock stood at $44.1.

Tesla benefiting from green energy debate 

Having established its position as a  leader in electric vehicle manufacturing, Tesla stock benefitted from some of the initiatives around environmental conservation. According to the research report:

“In the wake of a new focus towards the climate change agenda, Tesla has been at the center of attention, with more investors betting on the company. Some jurisdictions are also enacting legislation favouring consumers opting for electric vehicles, and as a leader in the sector, Tesla stands to gain.”

Based on the Tesla returns, it is clear the massive gains made in 2020 were enough to sustain profitability for investors despite the stock slumping in 2021. The growth was mainly guided by fundamental factors like greater retail investor interest in the stock and the inclusion of the S&P 500 index. To increase recession profits, check out this step by step guide that aims to help anyone achieve wealth and expand profits at any time, even during and after economic recessions.

However, for Tesla to remain with the upper hand, the company needs to look out for competition.

Read the full story with statistics here.

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David Brown Automotive Expands to London Location

David Brown Automotive has opened a purpose-built central London showroom.

  • Showroom site run directly by David Brown Automotive is located at 151-153 Park Road, St John’s Wood, next to famous Lord’s Cricket Ground and Regent’s Park
  • Both Speedback GT and Mini Remastered models are hosted at new site in St John’s Wood, with showroom space for six cars within the showroom and on the forecourt
  • City streets are on the doorstep of showroom to experience test drives for both models by David Brown Automotive
  • David Brown Automotive to continue hosting customers at its original Silverstone headquarters site
  • Showroom site includes full configuration facilities and array of bespoke David Brown Automotive options and accessories, supported by brand’s directly-employed sales staff
  • Retail space expansion represents first phase of growth for David Brown Automotive since the company secured new investment in July 2020

David Brown Automotive has expanded into central London with a conveniently located new showroom site in the prestigious St John’s Wood area. The purpose-built retail space allows customers the chance to experience both of the brand’s flagship models; Speedback GT and Mini Remastered.

The well-located London site serves alongside David Brown Automotive’s headquarters in Silverstone, where the company has been based since 2017, having relocated there from their original roots of Coventry. The new St John’s Wood showroom allows customers easy access to its cars in the city while retaining its factory location in Northamptonshire as a retail space and workshop facility, where every car made that wears the brand’s badge undergoes thousands of hours of intricate manufacture, using state-of-the-art engineering and traditional craftsmanship.

With space to display up to three cars indoors and three outdoors at once, the new London showroom site offers customers a unique insight into the highly customizable and bespoke options buyers can specify when purchasing a car from David Brown Automotive. The dealership site is on the doorstep of London’s city streets, allowing customers to experience both Speedback GT and Mini Remastered in everyday conditions with test drives available by appointment. Both of David Brown Automotive’s flagship models are accessible at the new showroom, as will future models to be announced over the coming years.

Michelle Gay, Sales & Marketing Director at David Brown Automotive, said:

We’re delighted to expand into London, the home city of so many of our customers and where many more travel to regularly. We’ve made it easier than ever for discerning luxury car buyers to come and see our Speedback GT and Mini Remastered models up close at a location that is highly convenient and well-equipped to give them a fantastic brand experience. The cars we craft by hand at our Silverstone facility are so well suited to the London lifestyle, so we feel very much at home extending our brand into the capital.

The expansion into new retail space represents the first phase of growth for David Brown Automotive since the company secured new investment in July 2020. This new era is heralded as a period of growth, with the company benefiting from significant backing by an experienced team specializing in the automotive and luxury goods sectors.

The new showroom is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom for David Brown Automotive. The company has existing sales representation in Germany, in both Düsseldorf at the Classic Remise centre and also through M.A.S. Style, based in Wuppertal, which it appointed in May 2019. David Brown Automotive’s worldwide reach extends beyond Germany, with a brand presence encompassing showrooms also in Japan and Hong Kong with further sales partners to be announced over the coming months. Customers interested in products from David Brown Automotive outside of these markets should contact the UK headquarters for a bespoke solution to sales and aftercare.

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Electric Car Popularity In Europe

15 European Countries Had Highest Share of EVs in New Car Sales in 2020; Norway Highest – 75% Share

European nations are leading the way in new Electric Vehicle (EV) sales despite the emergence of Mainland China as the biggest market for EVs. According to data presented by Trading Platforms, 15 European countries had the highest share of plug-in EVs in new passenger car sales in 2020 – Norway had the highest at 75%

Norway A Positive Outlier In New EV Sales

Electric Vehicles have become more popular in recent times, accounting for 4.2% of the world’s total light-vehicle sales in 2020 compared to just 2.5% in 2019. Only eight countries achieved an EV share of 5% or higher in 2019, but in 2020 13 countries were able to cross the 10% mark of new light-vehicle sales.

Norway leads all nations by a wide margin with an incredible 74.8% plug-in EV share of new passenger car sales in 2020. Iceland was a distant second at 45% making them the only other country to have an EV share that accounted for more than a third of its total new light-vehicle sales in 2020.

Europe Leading The Way In New EV Sales

The top 15 countries with the highest EV share of new light-vehicle sales in 2020 were all European. China is the first country outside of Europe to feature on the rankings with 6.2%, for the 16th highest share in the world, despite being the largest market for EVs in terms of unit sales. Notably, the USA is well below the top nations at just 2.3%

Rex Pascual, Editor at Trading Platforms , commented on the rise of Europe’’s EV market;

“EV had a strong 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Many rich European nations effectively use policies such as tax exemptions and subsidies to encourage the purchase of EVs, making the continent a robust emerging market in the ever going EV industry.”

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here 

Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

The Best Ways To Keep Cars Smelling Fresh

Most people consider their car their second home. As such, they want to keep it smelling fresh. Some car upkeep methods are simpler or more involved than others, but all of them help to keep the interior of the car smelling clean and fresh.

If you are thinking of buying a new car but are limited on budget, a used car may be suitable. A good, used car can last a long time, and save you a lot of money. A bad used car can get you stranded, cost you a lot of money, and make you regret buying it to begin with.

So, how can you tell the difference? The detailed history report of the vehicle not only provides a complete vehicle history; but also includes an in-depth vehicle inspection that can reveal hidden damages that may cost you. With the report, you can see if your dream car has a history of accidents, flood damage, outstanding finance, and much more.

Here are some simple ways you can implement to keep your car smelling fresh, and new.

  1. Regular wash

A clean car will always smell better than a dirty one. The reason is simple: dust and dirt make their way into the smallest places and accumulate there, resulting in a stale, unpleasant odor. Although you may be tempted to clean your car inside and out, it is the little things that you do on a regular basis that will really make a difference. Regular washing can also keep the car exterior looking new and also prevent the car from getting rusty.

  1. Odor eliminators

Let’s face it, nothing is better than a fresh-smelling car. On the contrary, nothing is worse than an odor-ridden car. The smell of human sweat, body odor, gas, pet odors, cigarette smoke, and countless other unpleasant scents can make a car feel like an unpleasant place to be.

Newer cars come with special air fresheners built into the air vents, but it’s still not the same as a completely fresh smell. If you are looking for a more long-term solution to odors, then it’s time to look at using odor eliminators. The odor eliminators do not only get rid of the smell, but also deodorizes it as well.

  1. Avoiding food on the floor

Food residue left in the car can cause a bad smell, especially if you do not clean it frequently. Believe it or not, a simple piece of advice is responsible for keeping your car smelling fresh: don’t eat in the car. While it’s tempting to eat while driving, you should resist the urge–not only because it’s distracting, but also because it’s a major cause of smelly, dirty cars.

Eating in your car may cause you to drop food on the floor, which will make the car smell bad. This can make a car’s interior very unsightly, and may even damage some of the interior components.

  1. Regularly remove trash

The interior of a car can get easily filled with various kinds of trash, especially if you drive a lot. If debris is not removed regularly, it can start to smell bad. This applies to all kinds of trash, including empty water bottles, paper napkins, and food wrappers.

Cars contain a lot of trash, and that trash builds up. For example, if you have leftovers from a picnic in your car, it can take a day or two for the odors to fully dissipate. It can be an annoying chore but removing garbage regularly can help keep your car smelling fresh.

  1. Clean the mats

Car mats are also an important part of keeping the car smelling fresh. They act as a barrier to stop dirt and grime from entering the carpet.

Since the floors of a car or truck is generally the dirtiest part of the vehicle, all kinds of grime and dirt settle in the mats of the car. But, if you simply vacuum them regularly, you can ensure that they are always as clean as possible. That way, you will get the best protection against grime, dirt, and car odors.

  1. Use baking soda to absorb odors

Baking soda is a safe, easy, and inexpensive product that can rid cars of smells that linger. Baking soda is often used in baking recipes, but it’s also an odor absorber.

  1. Keep windows rolled down

One of the simplest methods to keep the car smelling fresh is to keep the windows rolled down. This is because the natural wind helps eliminate some of the odors.

  1. Avoid smoking inside the car

When your car is used as a smoking room, the smell of smoke may stay for a long time and can be very difficult to eliminate. Most people like to smoke inside their cars, but it can be dangerous for you, as well as others.

The smoke is not only a health hazard, but can also make your car smell really bad. If you want to keep your car smelling fresh and clean, you should never smoke inside the car. Eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke by removing the source of the smell.

Conclusion

Having a fresh car doesn’t just make you feel good, it can also increase the resale value of your vehicle. It’s worth remembering that a car is not simply a metal box on wheels–it’s something you live in every day. It is bound to get a little dirty, and it’s perfectly normal if it doesn’t smell like a rose garden. All you need to do is follow the best ways to keep your car smelling fresh.