Every critical government utility is going to need off grid charging if they are going for EVs. They need to be able to run their services in times of national crisis and cannot rely on the national grid. That is not just in the UK but all over Europe, indeed all over the world.
There is a market for the smaller units I think. I noticed a piece in the Times today about utilising pub car parks for charging vehicles for example. You would probably ideally like a pub chain to get on board. They would probably initially be thinking of on grid facilities but maybe if some locations are more rural there would be a market for off grid. Just speculation of course.
Talk about "hiding your light under a bushel " AFC should be shouting to the rooftops about their products. I get the bit about niche marketing but surely a progress report or program of promotional activities doesn't cost a lot and the lack of news almost seems like they're trying to keep their programme secret. That looks like the antithesis of good marketing to me! I thought they were employing a PR company!
To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson ...... " Make a better mouse trap ........ and the world will make a beaten path to (your) door. " You would have thought that our AFC "publicity machine" would be making waves in the mainstream press by now. I have patience but its sure being stretched at the moment. We have a solution to some of the big climate change challenges, lets hope we're putting our story out there!
P 16 business section for anyone who missed it. Article emphasises the desire of Volvo the to make the car manufacture cycle carbon neutral and the cut as much carbon out of production and running the car as possible. Worth a read IMO.
P36 and 37 of today' s Times newspaper for anyone that's missed it is about replacing old style petrol stations and the challenge of more electricity demand. No mention of Hydrogen or AFC sadly. The article puts a very interesting perspective on developments in the UK and a map of the number of currently available charging points nation wide.
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Along the lines suggested by DerSack get car dealerships to host the event on their premises and use the opportunity to promote EVs. The dealer could pay for some advertising and promotion - get the name AFC out there!
Given that I believe a couple of weeks before Christmas was a pretty daft time IMO to launch a new product on the market, (after the festive season might have had more impact!) , I am not surprised we haven't hear anything about sales. CEO's rarely commit to signing orders for expensive new equipment whilst downing festive bubbly and stuffing themselves with mince pies - two weeks lost IMO. However, it is now well over a month and we really ought to be getting something this week or next. As others have pointed out the silence here is deafening.
I just wonder is it realistic to expect CEOs to make important investment decisions over the Christmas period. It's only this week they're back to normal operations I would think and anyone in Government is going to be tied up in a drawn out decision making process before final orders for something like investment in EV charging could be made. However, I agree that some updates are well overdue!
I like many here would like to know how sales are going. Just a clue! If AFC sold a couple of units to a private car park or something small scale like that; I suppose that wouldn't be price sensitive. For an RNS it would have to be a big order to a state utility or a major company, I imagine that takes a long time. However, I don't actually know if we've sold anything to anyone at the moment. Does anyone think we might get a monthly update at least?
The potential for a big order is very tenable given the list of interested parties. If for example the postal delivery service wanted to go electric for local deliveries it would surely need off grid charging available at each depot. Similarly Fire Ambulance and Police. These organisations are part of essential national infrastructure and cant risk being put out of use by power cuts. That's potentially a lot of chargers in the long term. Any order from one of these types of operators would be very encouraging IMO.
Just a question . If AFC licence production of any of it's products to a foreign company in return for royalties or decides to manufacture abroad that means there would be no tariffs to pay. That might be a good strategy after Brexit. Am I right about this?
I find it frustrating and perplexing after all the positive news about AFC that the share price has been eroded over the past few days. I mean, what's not to like! What on Earth do the markets need hear to reverse this unfortunate trend, I'm sure it's not what the news was intended.
AFC have a superb suite of products coming on stream at a very propitious time. For the life of me I cannot understand the SP being down on this news. The very fact that they are prominent at the Motor Show means the organisers must be confident that the product will meet their requirements in all aspects. They have no doubts so why does the market hesitate? Are we just waiting fr the news to sink in?
I suppose that if there is new price sensitive information that is not yet in the public domain it cannot just be revealed at the product launch. However, for maximum impact I expect we'll have to wait until Friday 7am or poss Thursday for an RNS.
I just cannot get my head around the sudden drop in SP instigated apparently by such a small dilution in the shares on offer. Basically nothing fundamental changed. So much positive sentiment reversed by a perfectly reasonable placement that will help the company move product to market. Investors clearly don't research what this company is capable of going forward. What's not to like?
I must say I think the initial SP reaction is overdone in view of the relatively small dilution here - 2.6 million shares in a company that has 448 million shares on issue. Also I tend to agree that this could well be sweetener for a deal.
And a slightly more interesting account of a meeting today. Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube is today expected to announce the setting aside of funds for mineral exploratory work as part of Government's efforts to scientifically quantify the country's mineral resource potential.