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Why we need more EV charg­ing points

Hav­ing at­tended the Frank­furt mo­tor show, I came away some­what un­der­whelmed. The event was lack­ing in ‘wow, I want one of those’ cars. The over­all im­pres­sion was of end­less dreary ‘me too’ SUVS and bland EV con­cepts. De­sign­ers seem fright­ened to pro­pose rad­i­cal ideas de­spite the free­dom that an EV’S al­ter­na­tive pack­ag­ing of­fers them.

The best con­cepts were the Kia Pro­ceed, BMW 8 Se­ries and May­bach Vi­sion 6, al­though the lat­ter two of these had al­ready been shown at con­cours events.

The Mercedes-amg Project One may be me­chan­i­cally in­ter­est­ing but aes­thet­i­cally it is just another su­per­car. Sure, the Honda Ur­ban EV is neat and cute but it re­minded me of the In­no­centi Mini of the 1970s, not a rad­i­cal step for­ward.

There was lots of tech­nol­ogy to ad­mire at Frank­furt but I can read about that in a mag­a­zine. Mo­tor shows are more about vis­ual ex­cite­ment and the Ger­man event was sadly lack­ing in that de­part­ment. Gareth Tarr Chert­sey

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