You may already know that we are travelling in northern Europe, driving a KIA e-Niro and studying the future of car electrification. In each country we chose a theme related with its own market and we chat with experts and other interesting people.
Germany is the biggest European car producer, so in Frankfurt we've started to hear the opinion of an OEM. Artur Martins was so kind to receive us in KIA Motors Europe headquarters and to explain his vision. KIA is our partner in this project and therefore is very interested on hearing what the different stakeholders have to say. A good sign for an industry that has been too closed in itself, which is not the way to go in this time of permanent change and innovation.
The Netherlands have one of the best European charging infrastructure, so there we went to Fastned, a Dutch fast charging points operator. This startup is already being operationally profitable and its young team has a lot of new ideas. Undoubtedly a new approach to a sector that will have many development opportunities in the next years. Also in Amsterdam we talked with Vincent Everts, a boardmember of the Dutch Electric Drivers Association and a big fan of EVs! In this space there are a lot of fervent supporters and some, as Vincent, have the power to influentiate many other people.
In spite of being "partners" in car distribution, Dealers and OEMs have different realities and opinions are not always the same. This is why we went to Vandeman KIA Dealership to talk with director Michael Meijer's. Before leaving the Netherlands we had the chance to meet Gilbert Hageman, an EV intensive user and a manager of a car lease company. Perfect opportunity to know more about how residual values of EVs are evolving there.
Now we are in Copenhagen, Denmark, where we are trying to find more about EVs buying incentives, how they influence the consumer and how they can be phased-out without affecting too much EV sales.
Stay tuned with this "European conversation" about the future of electric moibility! It's a pleasure to have you here!
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