How was the month of March 2020 for you? We all have been going through a crucial health crisis these days.
The Covid19 had affected all the sectors of human life.
Despite the fact that the Corona spreads fast and we people with the help of the health department fight to tackle the virus, a series of interesting incidents happened in the electric vehicle industry.
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- Electric Vehicle News Round-up January 2020
- Electric Vehicle News Round-up February 2019
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Electric Vehicle News Roundup – March 2020
Some interesting incidents happened related to the electric vehicle industry in the month of March 2020. This is a blog series that we publish every month end collecting a few pieces of news related to the electric vehicle industry.
We present here 3 news related to electric vehicles.
#1 Tesla thief gets caught after he tries to charge the electric car at the service center
The most interesting news in the Month of March 2020 was that a Tesla thief gets caught when he tried to charge the stolen car at the service center.
According to last year’s report, Tesla vehicles are 90% less likely to be stolen than any other car.
Let’s come back to the thief of the year.
The thief had stolen Tesla Model S in Prague, Czech Republic. He was running out of battery capacity and didn’t know how to charge the electric car.
This guy stopped the vehicle at Tesla Service Clinic, which is a third party Tesla Service Center to charge the car!
The staff at the service center had serviced the same car before and he could not identify the owner.
They contacted the owner of the car and checked if the car was stolen. Later on, the police arrested the thief and handed over the car to the owner.
The owner really wondered how could the service center identified the car was stolen.
They responded that
“The thief was so stupid that he came to the clinic and wanted to recharge the electric car”
Don’t forget to read: The common questions about electric cars
Tesla provides some features to prevent the stealing of electric cars. PIN to Drive feature adds an extra layer of protection to the car.
This feature will not allow a person to drive the car until he enters the correct PIN that had already been set for the car. Even though the thief could manage to enter the vehicle, he can not start the car.
[Electrek – reference]
#2 Plug-in Electric Car sales drop down in China by 65%
Covid19 outbreak adversely affected the automotive market in the world. China was the top among the countries that sell electric vehicles to the customers.
In February 2020, the sales of plug-in electric cars went down by 65% according to the EV Sales Blog.
The overall automotive market fell down by 85%. In automotive sales, 84% of the total sales were all-electric vehicles.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle improved their market share to 6.65 in this month. It’s a green signal to the EV manufacturers to promote and sell more electric cars rather than internal combustion engine vehicles.
China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) data shows that the Tesla Model 3 was the top-selling model in China. Even though the total electric car sales fell down (by 35%), Tesla Model 3 manages to save the first position in the top-selling models with 2284 sales.
#3 Adelaide Airport in Australia switches to entirely electric buses by next year
Airport buses and other vehicles that used inside the airport will be all-electric vehicles by early 2021. Adelaide Airport had announced their plans for a fully electric bus fleet.
They had decided to get the electric buses from Adelaide’s Precision Buses,
With the implementation of the electric bus fleet, the state’s largest airport becomes the first in Australia to operate an entirely electric bus fleet.
The news roundup for the month of March 2020 is presented here. We had selected 3 interesting news from a lot of incidents that happened in the electric vehicle industry in the month of March 2020.
- Tesla thief gets caught after he tries to charge the electric car at the service center
- Plug-in Electric Car sales drop down in China by 65%
- Adelaide Airport in Australia switches to entirely electric buses by next year