C​ould the COVID-19 lockdown lead to an explosion of EVs?

S​sylvan Filippi of Envision Virgin Racing thinks a tidal wave of EVs could be on the horizon

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T​here's no doubting the environmental impact that the COVID-19 lockdown has had. Air pollution has decreased by as much as 80-90% in some areas, showing just how big an influence internal combustion vehicles have on the air around us.

B​ecky Evans and Envision Virgin Racing have been producing a series on YouTube called 'Lockdown Lowdown', and the first episode has seen Becky interview the Team Principal Sylvain Filippi, discussing what it takes to run a race team during lockdown, as well as the impact this pandemic will have when the automotive world opens back up again.

L​ooking at the air pollution stats, has this global situation inspired you to think about buying an electric car? Cast your vote in the poll below:

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Comments (12)

  • Why would they? Gas is super cheap! If anything, I love gassers even more!!

      21 days ago
    • Exactly

        21 days ago
    • Gas is still way way more expensive than electric. What a junior 1.0 litre rally car spends on petrol on just one event will pay for our electric for almost THREE SEASONS of rallies in the eRally Zoe.

        13 days ago
  • I think James May is right. The ICE is going to go the way of the horse. Would it be so bad to drive your EV to a track at the weekend where for a reasonable fee you could spend the day driving a well maintained V8, V10 or V12 sports car at the edge of your own ability? I'm sticking with petrol until manufacturers solve the weight / range problems. But that day is coming and probably sooner than we think.

      20 days ago
    • At what level do you need that sorting? Motorsports application or for the road? Either way, it's ripe to jump in now! :)

        13 days ago
    • I don't think there's an EV that's as light as my current drive. There's the Prius C, but I'd prefer to go pure EV rather than hybrid when I switch.

        12 days ago