As expected, the OEMs were significantly divided in the messages that they conveyed. For example, BYD was purporting a huge shift in the automotive sector, where BEVs were the way to go, and hence it would be trivial to waste time in dabbling with intermediary technologies (e.g. HEVs, PHEVs, range extenders). In contrast, the German carmakers such as Audi repeatedly emphasised the provision of choice to consumers, and advertised not only their new hybrid models, but also their upcoming ICEs that had improvements in efficiency (VW even had a new diesel model as the centrepiece of their exhibition).

For more detailed analysis of what he learned at EVS26 read Chris’s reflections on Utilities,OEMsBatteriesthe Market, and Charging Infrastructure.

Read more: The EVS26 website

A press release from the Electric Drive Transportation Association on the symposium

Photos from EVS26

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