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The Future, Today!

The Future of mobility is increasing in pace as, UK car buyers shifting towards electric cars. As the Manufacturers race to have their model line-ups, this market continues to grow and cost of ownership falls.

By the end of 2020 electric car sales have risen 163% from 2019 sales figures, which represents a 5.8% market share.

The Paris Climate Agreement set the tone in July 2017 by announcing a plan to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles in France by 2040, the UK has joined and committed to this agreement as well as other leading countries and OEM’s. Over the next year we will start to see many vehicle Manufacturers switching their production platforms and increase their electric vehicle sales.

The infrastructure involved in this change has equally grown over time. More support from both the government and OEM’s have seen a huge turnaround in the UK.
Volkswagen UK has teamed up with Tesco & Pod Point to provide free charging points in their outlets. It is now said that there are now more charging stations in the UK than petrol stations.

Are you an “Innovator” “Early Adopter” or a “Laggard” when it comes to the future of e-Mobility? Studies are showing that the fourth most searched thing on the web is Electric Cars. Love ’em or loathe ‘em, this technology is just around the corner. So, if you want to find out some more on Electric Cars, we have compiled many topics from around the Industry to help you transition.

Most Brands offer an affordable solution for electric mobility and you can follow the links below, to see who is offering them and who isn't.

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First Electric Car

In 1828, Ányos Jedlik invented an early type of electric motor.

English inventor Thomas Parker, who was responsible for innovations such as electrifying the London Underground, built the first production electric car in 1884.

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Rise of Petrol

With the discovery of large crude oil reserves, petrol becomes cheaper and gave better performance in cars. Along with the struggling infrastructure for electric cars the short lived boom for electric cars was in decline.

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Electric Moon Buggy

As petrol prices begin to rise in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Clean Air Act was established, which required states to take control of their air quality and meet certain standards by deadlines. Electric vehicles are reconsidered. The Appolo 15 Lunar buggy would recaptur the possibilities.

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Electric Regeneration

In 1996 the world’s largets auotmotive manufacturer produced an electric vehicle. The popular EV1 from General Motors hit the spotlights and got the likes of Toyota to produce a hybrid (petrol-electric car) that went on to be the most successful hybrid and allowed acceptence for electric powered vehicles once more.

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Tesla Roadster

In 2008 Elon Musk saw an opportunity within the rising electric car market and with his Paypal fortune, he invested in the launch of the Tesla brand.

The Roadster would sell for around £87,000 and offered, performance and looks for a niche market.

 

 

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Voltswagen Shock

Volkswagen announce the depletion of the petrol and diesel combustion engine as it declares it will transform it manufacturering plants to support the platforms required for electric cars.

They announce a roadmap that shows the launch dates of the ID range ( a car in each model range) by 2030.

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Electric Mainstream

By 2040, every new car sold in Britain will need to be an “ultra low emission” vehicle, under government plans to meet emissions targets. Manufacturers have committed to the Co2 Levy to ensure emissions will reduce and the UK infrastructure is being massively expanded to cope with the definate future of electric cars!

Here’s how many Brands offer electric cars! Click to view
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Renault Zoe Hatchback 80KW i Iconic R110 50KWh Rapid Charge 5dr Auto

 
 
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Renault Zoe Hatchback 100KW i Iconic R135 50KWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Nissan Leaf Hatchback Special Edition 160kW e+ N-TEC 62kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Volkswagen ID.3 Electric Hatchback 150kW Family Pro Performance 62kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Tesla Model 3 Saloon Long Range AWD 4dr Auto

 
 
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MG5 Electric Estate 115kW Exclusive EV 53kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Polestar 2 Fastback Special Edition 300kW Pilot Plus 78kWh Dual motor 5dr 4WD Auto

 
 
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Renault Zoe Hatchback 100KW i GT Line R135 50KWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Hyundai Ioniq Electric Hatchback 100kW Premium SE 38kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Tesla Model X Hatchback Long Range AWD 5dr Auto [6 Seat]

 
 
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Porsche Taycan Saloon 560kW Turbo S 93kWh 4dr Auto

 
 
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Peugeot 2008 E Electric Estate 100kW Active Premium 50kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Mercedes-Benz EQC Estate EQC 400 300kW AMG Line Premium 80kWh 5dr Auto

 
 
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Smart Fortwo Electric Cabrio 60kW EQ Pulse Premium 17kWh 2dr Auto [22kWCh]

 
 
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What is an Electric Car

Fully Electric Cars (or BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle) run off an electric motor and omit zero CO2 emissions.
The electric Car is is the most environmentally friendly vehicle. Some of the most popular electric cars include the BMW i3, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen E-Golf and Nissan Leaf.

Modern Battery Technology is evolving and range anxiety is is becoming "old news". With technology providing around 150 miles (in a Tesla Model S) we can be more confident over the coming years as Manufacturers claim ranges of 300+ miles.

A bigger question asked at this time is whether or not our Infrastructure can support UK motorists with a surge of power from the National Grid?! The reality is that presently it could do. However, with thanks to Charging providers such as Pod Point, who provide smart charging meters, the charging can take place when we are tucked up in bed.

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What is a Plug-in Hybrid

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid electric vehicle whose battery can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electric power, as well as by its on-board engine and generator. Most PHEVs are passenger cars, but there are also PHEV versions of commercial vehicles and vans.

A plug-In Hybrid needs to be plugged in to be able to charge the electric motor. A Plug-In Hybrid will also use it's electric motor for as long as possible before the combustion engine kicks in.

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What is a Conventional Hybrid

A "Conventional" hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) is a type of hybrid vehicle that combines a conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) system with an electric propulsion system (hybrid vehicle drivetrain). This is intended to achieve better fuel economy than a conventional vehicle or better performance.
If Driving at low speeds the hybrid will use it's electric motor and as the speed increases it will engage the combustion engine to help with the demand.
Some of the well known PHEV's are the Toyota Prius and Mitsubishi Outlander.

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Electric car change 2024b

EVs are starting to gain traction in the market, largely driven by more affordable models that are scheduled to start rolling into dealerships throughout this year..

It is predicted that by 2025 one-in-four of all new cars bought will be an electric model.

Many manufacturers are commiting to only selling electric vehicles by 2030 and becoming carbon nuetral by 2040.

Some of the car industry’s biggest names have already been transforming their businesses and ploughing billions into the design and development of electric cars. This new era has also opened the door from new brands seeing electric cars as an opportunity to get involved in the automotive industry.

What to expect in the coming years

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Frequently asked questions

Battery life is expected to last for approximately 8-10 years. This only becomes an issue if you are purchasing an electric with plans to keep it for more than 8-10 years or if you are buying a second hand one that is a similar age. Most purchases on electric or hybrid are mostly done via a lease and don’t need to worry about it. That said, the battery technology now is designed to have replaceable pods which can prolonge it’s life. Battery tech in a few years may be completley different.

Easiest way to treat the car battery is like your mobile / smart phone battery.  By allowing it enter the red zone before fully charging will ensure optimun life expectancy. Equally so, using the short rapid or fast charge systems can have negative impacts on your battery. By all means use them but if you don’t need to, don’t.

You can plug your electric car lead into a standard 3-pin socket. The only draw back to this is that charging will become slow (upto 17 hours in some models). It is advisable to purchase a home charging station which can quickly charge your car from 4-8 hours.  You can try Pod-Point  and even get a Government Grant to help fund it (typically upto £500)

Essentially, anywhere that has a 3-pin socket (although rather slow). Infact there are just as many charging stations around the UK as there are Fuel Stations. (once you find one, you will see them all).

There are many tools or apps that you can download that show you available charging stations, cost of charging and better still, when you enter your destination, it will show you when and where you will need to charge to ensure you don’t run out of charge. Download ZAP MAP

With the average UK electricity price sitting at around 14p per kWh and if you assume an electric car will travel 3.5 miles per kWh on average, to travel 100 miles would cost around £4 or 4p per mile. If you’re smart, look out for the free charging stations. VW and Tesco have made a patnership to install and provide free charging stations (whilst you shop).

In simple terms yes. (based on average useage). However, if you like to have the AC on, the windows open and the sound system as loud as it goes, then expect the battery range to depleat quickly.

Furthermore, the weather conditions will play apart in this. If it is zero degrees, then expect to lose around 30% of range. In these conditions it’s advisable to pre heat the car and or battery before it’s journey.

Read our blog on who will dominate the EV world