My four-year-old daughter loves films and books about princesses. She likes to decorate up like a princess. My daughters additionally prefer to ask me exhausting questions on why we don’t have a king and queen in Zimbabwe and princesses like within the books and films on TV and why different international locations have kings and queens. I assume I must make amends for “Monarchs 101″ quick.
We have now an electrical automobile, a 2013 Nissan Leaf. My four-year-old loves it and tells everybody wherever she goes that “now we have an electrical automobile and we cost it.” She sees me write lots of tales on the electrical mobility sector and he or she all the time asks what I’m writing about.
She is going to say, “What are you writing about right this moment?” after which I inform her one thing like I’m writing about electrical automobiles and bikes in Kenya or very huge batteries in England and Australia. Then she asks, “So that you solely write about electrical automobiles? Why don’t you write tales about princesses?” Then in the future she got here and stated, “I do know, you possibly can write about how a princess and her carriage could be electrical.” Superb thought, I believed, however the place to discover a princess with an electrical carriage? Nicely, it seems I solely had to have a look at the nation that’s main electrical automobile adoption on this planet by way of market share for brand new automobile gross sales, Norway!
Norway has been main the way in which for brand new electrical automobile gross sales for a very long time. Final yr, market shares have been 79.3% for BEVs, and eight.5% for PHEVs, combining to 87.8%. Norway additionally has a princess! And guess what? She has an electrical carriage! Princess Astrid owns an all-electric automobile that has the quantity plate A-9 when it’s used formally. There’s extra excellent news from Norway as a result of the royal household of Norway has not too long ago added two battery-electric automobiles to its official fleet of autos — a Mercedes EQS and a BMW i7. As well as, the palace additionally received a Mercedes EQV to assist its actions.
Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway have been driving electrical automobiles privately for some time now. In latest occasions, they’ve, amongst different autos, used a Tesla. It’s nice to see that members of the royal household have been utilizing electrical autos privately and that there’s now additionally an official electrical fleet for the royal household of Norway. It’s just some autos for now, however the fleet will develop very quickly, as when leases of different autos finish, they may substitute these with electrical autos.
This is without doubt one of the causes I used to be excited when the Mercedes-Benz EQS, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, and the BMW i7 have been launched by the 2 huge luxurious automakers. Presidents, senior authorities officers, CEOs, and different influential individuals prefer to have or be pushed in S-Lessons and seven Sequence BMWs. Having them dwell the electrical life-style may contribute to them shaping nationwide insurance policies and frameworks that may speed up the transition to electrical mobility of their corporations, organizations, authorities establishments, and international locations as a complete. Regardless of Norway being the chief in electrical automobile adoption, a latest article from the Norwegian Electrical Car Affiliation stated that not one of the authorities automobiles are electrical. Nicely, I hope they comply with the royal household’s lead and get a complete lot of EVs to be a part of the federal government fleet. Because the transition to electrical autos accelerates, extra corporations needs to be electrical autos that meet the safety specs of VVIP fleets.
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