EVLN: Kia CEO.au trolls4 EV subsidies.au> (let them eat hevs)

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% Normally, I would pass on this piece as it smells like mis-informational
koch-koolaid style fodder. But EV news is slow, and this might give insight
on the goings-on within kia's  EV tug-o-war.
(?Is this ceo.au shooting-down EV sales.au with his ice-mouth?)

This KIA.au ceo seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth to get
the more profitiable EV incentives other markets offer. Wording of
threatening holding back on EV sales.au, mentioning ice-dealerships.au don't
want to sell EVs, and that he will just throw hevs at buyers.au (rather than
lose out to EV incentive sales in countries).

IMO, bottom-line it'll be a wait-n-see for buyers.au when dealing with this
ice-profits ceo.
At the same time, the links below also tout kia EVs are coming (huh?, this
koch inspired-read will likely only confuse the public.au away from kia= bad
for EV sales ... dumb).

Kia says global demand for EVs could mean Australia misses out
March 5, 2019  Richard Blackburn

Kia electric SUV

Kia Niro: On sale in the US and Europe but uncertain for Australia

Circuit breakers: Kia says it’s hamstrung by scarce supply of EVs globally
and lack of government incentives locally

Korean maker is keen to bring EVs into Australia but there are some
surprising hurdles to clear.

Strong global demand for electric vehicles may unplug Kia’s plans to release
an EV in Australia early next year.

Chief operating officer Damien Meredith says the brand may have to look at
hybrid vehicles as an interim measure because Europe and the United States
are snapping up global production of EVs.

“Globally EVs are under pressure in regards to supply and demand. I’d love
to think that we could have just an EV strategy but if supply kills us, we
might have to change the strategy,” Meredith says.

Sales of EVs were up by an estimated 81 per cent in the US last year, with
more than 350,000 sold, according to website Inside EVs. For Europe, sales
estimates are slightly higher.

In Australia, buyers bought roughly 1350 EVs, out of a total of more than 1
million new cars.

Meredith says EV sales overseas are being assisted by government subsidies
and incentives, while Australia has been reluctant to give legislative
support for the technology.

“People in headquarters around the world look at what’s happening in western
Europe or North America and say, ‘OK well they are putting these things into
place, we’ll put the cars there’,” he says.

Unless government policy changes, he believes Australian EV sales will
remain small — at less than 5 per cent of the total market — for up to a

But he doesn’t see that as necessarily a bad thing. “I’m a great believer in
the less government interference the better.”
Circuit breakers: Kia says it’s hamstrung by scarce supply of EVs globally
and lack of government incentives locally

Kia sells two EVs in the United States, the Soul and the Niro, but head
office hasn’t yet decided on which to bring in to Australia.

Meredith acknowledges that neither are likely to be sales hits but believes
there is a social responsibility to explore the technology.

“You’re not going to break a sales record with EVs or hybrids at the moment
but I think there’s a responsibility that we’ve got to have cars in place
that are environmentally friendly,” he says.

There are other hurdles to EVs in Australia. Car dealers are unlikely to
embrace the technology because EVs require fewer visits to the dealership,
potentially denting profits.

“From a return on investment point of view, what do we do with the dealer
network?” he says. “As EVs continue to grow in volume, the dealer
profitability is at risk.”

Despite the hurdles, the current plan — supply permitting — is to have an EV
on sale early next year, potentially launching during the Australia Open
tennis, which Kia sponsors. The fallback position would be hybrids.

“If we can get supply of EVs, there won’t be hybrids,” Meredith says.
[© news.com.au]

Kia says global demand for EVs could mean Australia misses out
March 5, 2019  Strong global demand for electric vehicles may unplug Kia's
plans to release an EV in ... Meredith says EV sales overseas are being
assisted by government ...

search evdl on  kia sales, demand
(kia.au ceo Damien Meredith)
"Let them eat cake"

+ (electrification beyond the likes of the e-Niro and Soul EV)
New 'Imagine by Kia' concept: silly name, serious EV
March 5, 2019  Kia has revealed it's full-electric concept at the 2019
Geneva motor show, ... itself to a later production car, the inside of Kia's
new EV goes maximum concept car.

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