How are vehicle manufacturers handling the switch to electric?

28 July 2021

As the need to electrify intensifies, how does the automotive industry feel about the development and production of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs)? Autovista24 editor Phil Curry attended the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Test Day, a UK event bringing together journalists and automotive executives.

The Mustang Mach-E is the first Ford volume BEV with enough range to transfer away from range anxiety and into charging anxiety, which is the next area that we need to see addressed. It is really worrying consumers, and 20% are taking no interest in electrification at all.

Oliver Rowe, head of product affairs, Ford of Britain

This special podcast recorded at the event features interviews with:

  • Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT
  • Mike Orford, head of press and PR at Volkswagen UK
  • Oliver Rowe, product affairs manager at Ford of Britain
  • David Crouch, senior press officer at Toyota GB

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