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Demand for new cars up 1.7% but industry warns over ‘weakness’

Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020 but the automotive industry issued a warning about the market’s “weakness”.



Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020, figures show (Peter Byrne/PA)


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Demand for new cars grew by 1.7% last month compared with lockdown-hit November 2020, figures show (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 115,706 new cars were registered in the UK last month.

Although that halts four consecutive months of year-on-year decline, the total was 31.3% down on the pre-pandemic five-year November average.

Battery electric vehicles represented nearly a fifth of the new car market last month.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “What looks like a positive performance belies the underlying weakness of the market.

“Demand is there, with a slew of new, increasingly electrified, models launched but the global shortage of semiconductors continues to bedevil production and therefore new car registrations.

“The industry is working flat

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15 Electric Cars That Are No Longer Sold in the US

Today’s automotive industry is going full-force into the electric space. But it wasn’t too long ago that automakers were just testing the waters.

Experiments in battery technology, early limited releases and compliance cars led to interesting electric vehicles (EVs) with limited range.

Here’s a rundown of 15 electric car forefathers that paved the way for the Ford Mustang Mach-Es, Volkswagen ID.4s, Subaru Solterras and Toyota BZ4Xs of today.

General Motors EV1

General Motors EV1
The General Motors EV1 lived a short life. Some can be found in museums today.
General Motors

The EV1 was the first all-electric production car. Between 1996 and 1996, 1,117 models were built and leased to drivers in California, Arizona and Georgia through Saturn dealerships.

An induction AC motor and a 16.5 kilowatt-hour battery pack netted a driver 137 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque. The EPA-tested range was about 60 to 80 miles on a single charge.

After

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Volvo Cars sees chip shortage extending into 2022, Q3 profit dips By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People look at a Volvo XC40 car during the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, or Auto China show, in Beijing, China September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

By Helena Soderpalm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Volvo Cars warned on Tuesday that the sector-wide semiconductor shortage would continue into next year, as its first quarterly report since listing on the stock market a month ago confirmed a dip in revenue and profit.

The Gothenburg-based carmaker said supply chains were still constrained but while production remained lower than demand, it had “improved month by month” since September.

“The supply situation has improved going into the fourth quarter, but we expect the industry-wide shortage of semi-conductors to remain a restraining factor,” Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement.

Volvo’s initial public offering (IPO) on Oct. 29 was the biggest in Europe so far this year, a sign of strength for the

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Electric cars already threatened by poor charging infrastructure warns SMMT

British motorists are turning to electric vehicles in ever-greater numbers but the rapid growth of EVs is under threat from a below-par charging infrastructure warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.



Ford plug-in electric car


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Ford plug-in electric car

Speaking at the organisation’s 104th Annual Dinner, SMMT president Dr George Gillespie said there are already more than 115 zero emission capable vehicles on sale in the UK and the industry “has inspired the public to buy these exciting vehicles in numbers never seen before.

“But here is the twist. It is so frustrating to find broken chargers, blocked chargers, multiple apps, confusing payment schemes.

“This is quickly going to turn a lot of people off electric vehicles and all our work in developing these fantastic vehicles will be wasted.”

The warning was delivered to a guest list that included automotive industry executives, media, and other stakeholder representatives –

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