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Monthly Archives: April 2019

EV batteries are rapidly coming down in price

Bloomberg NEF – provider of energy research and information predicts (April, 2019) that the cost of EV batteries will come down rapidly.  It’s estimated that by 2025 the cost of an EV battery will only be 20% of the entire vehicle cost. Even sooner Bloomberg  NEF reports that by 2022 EV will become the cheaper option. As of 2015 the battery cost was 57% of the entire vehicle price.  While this year they are down to 33% of the vehicle cost. At Berkeley Bob’s we welcome the rapid development of electric vehicles. Our nationally ASE certified technicians have the latest tools and training to safely handle the high voltage battery in your vehicle. We appreciate the improvement in air quality that the widespread adoption of electric vehicles provides

Japanese Car Production in UK unlikely after Brexit

All this talk of Brexit and nothing has been resolved.  This week the EU decided to extend implementation until October 31, 2019.  The world’s waiting anxiously to see what the Brexit deal will mean for both Britain and the European Union.  There’s so much uncertainty on how Britain will conduct business in Europe after Brexit.  Either way the automotive car makers are getting nervous and have already made changes that are effecting their car production in Britain. In February, Nissan announced it had decided to cancel their plan to expand the Sunderland manufacturing plant which turns out 520,000 cars a year and employs 7700 people in Northern England.  The proposed expansion was to produce Nissan SUVs, Qashqai and X-Trail and would have increased the two assembly line plant to three, employed an additional 3300 jobs people and injected the local economy with an estimated £254m in wages.  Then, in mid March Nissan made a second announc ... read more

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