Road Traffic Technology lists ten of the most popular tweets on electric vehicles in November 2020 based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.

Top tweets on electric vehicles in November

1. Electrek.Co’s tweet on Tesla receiving new order for its Semi electric trucks

Electrek.Co, a news and commentary website on electric transport, shared an article on Tesla receiving a new order for 150 of its Semi electric trucks from Pride Group Enterprises, a truck leasing company. This is one of the biggest orders Tesla has received for its Semi electric trucks.

The new order is estimated to be worth between $22m and $100m and includes an option to purchase 500 additional trucks. Pride Group expects to save up to $200,000 from diesel fuel and maintenance costs over the lifetime of a Tesla Semi.

Username: Electrek.Co

Twitter handle: @ElectrekCo

Retweets: 47

Likes: 391

2. Robert Llewellyn’s tweet on Swedish oat drink company deploying electric trucks

Robert Llewellyn, presenter at Fully Charged, a YouTube channel, shared an article on electric trucks deployed by Sweden-based oat drinks company, Oatly, under a pilot programme aimed at testing the trucks’ efficiency and performance. The electric trucks were supplied by Einride, a Sweden-based manufacturer of self-driving trucks.

The trucks covered more than 8,600km during the first month of use and saved 23,149 pounds of carbon emissions when compared to diesel trucks, helping Oatly reduce its carbon footprint by 87%. By using electric trucks, Oatly debunked the myth that electric vehicles (EVs) cannot handle heavy loads.

Username: Robert Llewellyn

Twitter handle: @bobbyllew

Retweets: 22

Likes: 163

3. Dan Caesar’s tweet on UK’s plans to phaseout combustion engine cars by 2030

Dan Caesar, managing director at Fully Charged, shared an article on how despite the UK government’s announcement on phaseout of combustion engine cars by 2030, many still continue to be sceptical about EVs.

The article noted that Norway is an example of how people are embracing EVs. In October 2020, 60.8% of new cars sold in the country were pure electric cars. Similar trends have been noticed in Europe, with Iceland reporting 41.1% sales, Sweden with 27.9% and Finland with 16.6%.

The UK market also witnessed rise in EV purchases with 6.6% of new cars comprising of pure EVs. Based on the new regulations and increase in adoption of EVs, the UK market is expected to witness increased penetration of EVs in the future, the article highlighted.

Username: Dan Caesar

Twitter handle: @FullyChargedDan

Retweets: 42

Likes: 134

4. InsideEVs’ tweet on electric car sales of Volvo Cars

InsideEVs, a website covering plug-in EVs, shared an article on Volvo Cars’ global car sales in October growing by 7.1% y-o-y although the sales of the first ten months was still 9.2% lower than the previous year. Volvo Recharge plug-ins accounted for approximately 16% of the total volume of the sales.

The sales of Volvo Recharge plug-ins in Europe was higher at 27%. Volvo has not revealed if its new all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge contributed to increased sales. Apart from the XC40 Recharge, Volvo is offering all its models in plug-in hybrid versions.

Username: InsideEVs

Twitter handle: @InsideEVs

Retweets: 16

Likes: 58

5. The PlugSeeker’s tweet on non-plug-in hybrids allowed to be sold in the UK until 2035

The PlugSeeker, an EV advocate, tweeted on non-plug-in hybrids being allowed to be sold in the UK until 2035 despite the country’s plans to phase out petrol or diesel powered cars by 2030. The UK government plans to allow new cars and vans with significantly low emissions such as plug-in hybrids or full hybrids to be sold between 2030 and 2035.

The PlugSeeker noted that a non-plug-in hybrid is simply a 100% petrol powered car with slightly lesser carbon emissions. He added that the self-charging or 50% electric cars are not really EVs and should be carefully considered.

Username: The PlugSeeker

Twitter handle: @The_PlugSeeker

Retweets: 15

Likes: 46

6. Anas Alhajji’s tweet on subsidising of electric cars

Anas Alhajji, an energy markets expert, agreed with the comments made by Damien Meredith, COO of Kia Australia, on subsiding electric cars at the cost of petrol and diesel cars being unfair. Meredith noted that future technology should sell on its own merits rather than being dependent on taxpayer subsidies and support.

Meredith has maintained his stance even as majority of the Australian car industry including the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has called for taxpayer support to boost the sales of EVs. He has lauded the South Australian government’s plan to introduce a tax on EVs to replace the fuel excise that they avoid.

Username: Anas Alhajji

Twitter handle: @anasalhajji

Retweets: 6

Likes: 46

7. Wolfgang Pipperger’s tweet on Volkswagen’s plans to invest in electric cars

Wolfgang Pipperger, an auto expert, shared an article on German automaker Volkswagen’s plans to invest $86bn in the development of electric cars and new technologies over the next five years. The company is allocating approximately 50% of its $177bn investment in research and development towards technologies such as digital factories, automotive software and self-driving cars.

The new investment is in addition to the vast investment that the company has already made in EVs and digital technology in an effort to compete with Tesla. Volkswagen launched its first all-electric compact car in 2020, which has sold well despite complaints from users on quality and software features.

Username: Wolfgang Pipperger

Twitter handle: @WPipperger

Retweets: 7

Likes: 43

8. Gill Nowell’s tweet on Shell’s plans for charging for EVs

Gill Nowell, an EV advocate, shared an article on how Shell is developing fuel stations specifically for EVs. The company is launching the first EV charging station in London in 2021, with more such stations planned to be launched in other areas and regions.

Shell previously launched its first 50kW EV rapid-charging post in October 2017 at one of its service stations in London. The company plans to launch 200 more such stations including 50kW and 150kW across major routes in the UK.

Username: Gill Nowell

Twitter handle: @Gill_Nowell

Retweets: 8

Likes: 42

9. Green Car Reports’ tweet on expected increase in EVs uptake under Joe Biden as president

Green Car Reports, a website covering EVs, smart cars, and hybrids, shared an article on how electric cars uptake will increase under Joe Biden as president. Biden has proposed a $2tn climate agenda that aims to increase infrastructure that will boost the uptake of EVs.

The policies proposed by Biden include expanding the federal tax credit with 600,000 vehicle manufacturer cap and credit cut from $7,500 to $7,000. Public transport vehicles are also proposed to be converted to EVs, while more charging infrastructure is planned to be deployed across the country.

Biden also plans to provide finance for manufacturing of EVs and support smaller EV companies in the country.

Username: Green Car Reports

Twitter handle: @GreenCarReports

Retweets: 11

Likes: 33

10. Electric Cars Report’s tweet on Ford E-Transit electric cargo van

Electric Cars Report, a website covering EVs, shared an article on automaker Ford Motors launching the E-Transit cargo van, which is powered by a fully electric powertrain apart from software solutions and services.

The van has a battery capacity of 67kWh and a driving range of up to 349.22km, which is sufficient to meet the daily requirements. It is expected to be launched in Europe by early 2022 and is part of Ford’s $11.5bn investment into electrification by 2022.

Username: Electric Cars Report

Twitter handle: @ECarsReport

Retweets: 7

Likes: 18