Pure electric vehicles
Pure electric vehicles are powered solely by on-board batteries. The new generation of electric cars have a range typically of 80 to 200 miles on a full charge, sufficient for the commuting and daily driving patterns of many people. The vehicles must pass the stringent safety testing which applies to all cars and in terms of overall performance they will be suitable for normal use including motorway driving.
Potential buyers will understandably have many questions to which they will demand answers before committing to the purchase of an electric car. For free, impartial advice to help decide if a plug-in vehicle could be appropriate for you, call one of our recommended Transport Advisors on 01603 408310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A Ford Focus Electric car at the Geneva Auto Show. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters Grace Wong
Sales of electric cars could move out of the slow lane with the arrival of an electric version of the world's best-selling car.
The Ford Focus Electric, which goes on sale in the UK in 2013, runs entirely on battery power for up to 100 miles between charges and has a top speed of 85mph. At a price of £28,500 even after a government grant, it will cost twice as much as the cheapest petrol-powered Focus, but could save twice that in the cars lifetime.
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It is likely that most cars will be recharged at home; however, it is acknowledged that a public recharging network will be necessary to reassure early buyers of the vehicles that there will be public recharging facilities available should they find themselves with insufficient range to complete their journey. Charging points are already in place and you can find details of where they are at:
•the Electric Vehicle Network website
•the Newride website.
•Explore the Zap-Map for more information about the rapidly expanding UK charging points network and to find your nearest on-street charge point.
To inform wider roll out of infrastructure as mainstream electric vehicles come to the UK, the Government is supporting the ‘Plugged-In Places’ programme. The scheme offers match-funding to consortia of businesses and public sector partners to support the installation of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in lead places across the UK. The programme will provide data that that will help answer questions about the type and amount of infrastructure, for example rapid charging at motorway services, which will be needed to develop a national recharging system. The Government is supporting eight Plugged-In Places: East of England, Greater Manchester, London, Midlands, Milton Keynes, North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Find out more at the OLEV website. The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) is a cross-Whitehall team that has been established to manage this programme of measures. Comprising people and funding from the Departments for Transport; Business, Innovation and Skills; and Energy and Climate Change; OLEV is responsible for taking forward a national policy on this shared agenda.
The amount of electric cars sold in America is up over 447.95 percent over where it was at this time last year. Those are the latest numbers as reported by EVObsession, which also show that combined sales of all-electric cars and hybrids is up 30.11 percent.
What the experts say
An electric car is an automobile that is propelled by one electric motor or more, using electrical energy stored in batteries or another energy storage device. Electric motors give electric cars instant torque, creating strong and smooth acceleration.
Electric cars were popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century, until advances in internal combustion engine technology and mass production of cheaper gasoline vehicles led to a decline in the use of electric drive vehicles. The energy crises of the 1970s and 1980s brought a short-lived interest in electric cars; although, those cars did not reach the mass marketing stage, as is the case in the 21st century. Since 2008, a renaissance in electric vehicle manufacturing has occurred due to advances in battery and power management technologies, concerns about increasing oil prices, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As of August 2013[update], series production highway-capable models available in some countries include the Buddy, Mitsubishi i MiEV, Chery QQ3 EV, JAC J3 EV, Nissan Leaf, Smart ED, Wheego Whip LiFe, Mia electric, BYD e6, Bolloré Bluecar, Renault Fluence Z.E., Ford Focus Electric, BMW ActiveE, Tesla Model S, Honda Fit EV, RAV4 EV second generation, Renault Zoe, Roewe E50, Mahindra e2o, Lumeneo Neoma, and Chevrolet Spark EV. The world's top-selling highway-capable all-electric cars are the Nissan Leaf, with global sales of 83,000 units through September 2013; the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, with global sales of more than 30,000 vehicles by June 2013, including more than 4,000 minicab MiEVs sold in Japan, and over 10,000 units rebadged as Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero and sold in the European market; and the Tesla Model S, with 12,700 units delivered through June 2013. Pure electric car sales in 2012 were led by Japan with a 28% market share of global sales, followed by the United States with a 26% share, China with 16%, France with 11%, and Norway with 7%.
Benefits of electric cars over conventional internal combustion engine automobiles include a significant reduction of local air pollution, as they do not emit tailpipe pollutants, in many cases, a large reduction in total greenhouse gas and other emissions (dependent on the fuel and technology used for electricity generation), and less dependence on foreign oil, which in several countries is cause for concern about vulnerability to oil price volatility and supply disruption. Widespread adoption of electric cars faces several hurdles and limitations, however, including the higher cost of electric vehicles, the lack of recharging infrastructure (other than home charging) and the driver's fear of the batteries running out of energy before reaching their destination (range anxiety) due to the limited range of most existing electric cars.
explicitly an on-board battery, electric cars with motors powered by other energy sources are generally referred to by a different name: an electric car powered by sunlight is a solar car, and an electric car powered by a gasoline generator is a form of hybrid car. Thus, an electric car that derives its power from an on-board battery pack is a form of battery electric vehicle (BEV). Most often, the term "electric car" is used to refer to battery electric vehicles. Many people have many concerns regarding buying an electric vehicle and it will take a decade or more for people to realy buy in to the concept, the main driving factor will be fuel prices and the savings that people can have spending as little as £2 charging an EV, we suggest you start looking now and start building your knoledge of the market to find used electric cars UK.