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Second-hand electric car availability soars over 600 per cent

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) advertised on the AA’s used car-portal between May and June this year increased more than 600 per cent compared to the same months in 2014, the firm announced this week.

Advertisements for EVs on the AA Cars website were 652 per cent higher than in the second quarter of 2014 and 66 per cent higher than the same period in 2015, the firm said.

Second-hand electric vehicle stock in June was also at its highest ever level on the website, with the average turnover 16 per cent higher than the same month of 2014, the firm said.

Meanwhile, average listing prices for EV across all brands, have fallen by 17 per cent from £16,603 in September 2014 to £13,751 in June 2016.

The AA says it expects over 500,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to be in use by 2020, while 4,100 charging locations are already available across the country.

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Woohoo! 6 months and counting (down) until my new Electric Vehicle Lease.
Now, what would it be?.. hmm

Options Considered:

  • BMW i3 with Range Extender?
  • Outlander PHEV?
  • Mercedes Benz B Class Electric?
  • Bigger better leaf 30KWh?
  • Golf PHEV?

I guess, this summer, it’s time to Get Deal Hunting… for timely October 2016 Delivery


  • Big Boot (same as Leaf or bigger)
  • Minimum 25 EV Miles Range for daily commute on a single charge (even in winter)
  • Cheap(ish) and Longer Travel requirements. “We’re not serious enough on electric cars”. I concur.

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Everyone lauds the attempts being made to have more electric cars on our roads. There are major drawbacks, of course, with range anxiety prime among them – though with a little bit of management in an urban environment that can be just about coped with now.

But, without in any way detracting from the effort, we should still bear in mind that electric cars are not emissions free.

Well, most of them aren’t. Most rely on power generated somewhere else. And generating that power can invoke considerable emissions. I think we lose sight of that.

I read somewhere recently that an electric car can use as much electricity in one charge as your average fridge does in six weeks. Which is a fair bit if you are charging it every day.

But that shouldn’t be regarded as a downer. Why not use the goal of significantly reducing the environmental impact of power for electric cars as an incentive to produce them more efficiently?

And why not encourage wider use of electric cars by making it even more worthwhile to have one?

All sorts of proposals have been made for Ireland (where monetary incentives are quite generous) such as free parking, tolls etc.

But there is a lethargy about our official approach to them and the numbers sold bear that out. Either we are serious or we are not. And I don’t think we are. We require a different sort of commitment.

I’m prompted to say so on the basis of charges that are coming down the line. This is a great juncture for the Government to step in and say: “We’re going to back electric cars to the hilt and here’s how.”

That would show real intent.

* Speaking of range anxiety . . . BMW is anxious to play down reports its BMW i3 electric car is ready to go further in the not-too-distant future.

Reports suggested it has developed a new higher-density battery that will extend the range to 200km instead of the current 160kmh. But a spokeswoman in Ireland said it was just press speculation.

* On a different electric-car tack . . . Tesla is recalling every Model S that has been bought so far after discovering a fault with a passenger’s seatbelt.

It recently found a Model S in Europe with “a front seatbelt that was not properly connected to the outboard lap pre-tensioner”.

There was no crash or injuries but Tesla says: “However, in the event of a crash, a seatbelt in this condition would not provide full protection.”

* Despite its travails, Volkswagen is pushing ahead with plans for an electric Phaeton to rival the likes of the Tesla Model S. But it will be three or four years down the line.

* Moving away from electrics . . . Toyota here is claimingit is first in Ireland to fit an advanced safety system as standard to a city car. Its ‘Safety Sense’ technology pack will be on the AYGO. The company says there is “no extra cost to the driver”.

* Good to see Jaguar Land Rover here expanding its retail network with the appointment of the Joe Duffy Group as North Dublin’s Jaguar dealer for Sales and Aftersales at HB Dennis.

Based in Airside Motor Park, Swords, the HB Dennis outlet is also a Land Rover dealership.

* And speaking of Land Rover: production of the great Defender will end early next year.

Kudos: Heathrow Airport increases fleet of electric cars in bid to improve CO2 emissions

Danielle Paton, from Langley, is a member of the sustainability transport team at the airport and is featured in a video which was released this week.

In the video Danielle explains Heathrow’s 2020 ambition for every car and small van used within the airport to be ‘electric or plug-in hybrid’.

One change that has already been made is switching its pool car fleet, which is used by workers to get around the airport, from diesel to electric.

“We have lots of environment challenges at Heathrow and I am helping with plans to improve CO2 emissions,” Danielle said.

“Encouraging people to leave their cars at home is a challenge but we are working to show people the savings they can make if they opt for an alternative mode of transport.

“However the main focus of the video is to show what we are working towards and what we have done to lower emissions at Heathrow.”

Heathrow already has one of the largest fleets of electric airside vehicles in Europe with almost all of its 830 baggage tugs being electric.

The airport has also committed £5m to its electric vehicle charging infrastructure and are trialling a specialised rapid charger which would allow vehicles to be charged quickly.

Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto Show

Less Energy-Intensive Heating For Electric Cars Demonstrated At Frankfurt Auto ShowFilm-based heating system for electric cars from Fraunhofer Institute

Onboard accessories can be a major drag on the efficiency of cars.

While it’s hard to imagine a new car being sold without heating or air conditioning, these systems draw a not-insignificant amount of power.

And electric cars particularly, that can have a negative impact on range.

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute hope to mitigate that impact with a prototype heating system to be demonstrated at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The system uses a “film-based panel” that researchers claim is more efficient than conventional electric heaters.

The film is coated with a thin layer of conductive carbon nanotubes (CNTs). When electricity flows through the film, the CNTs create resistance, generating heat.

Because the film is only a few micrometers thick, and flexible, it can be applied directly to surfaces like door panels.

This helps reduce weight, and allows heat to be more efficiently dispersed into the cabin, researchers say.

Heat is distributed evenly over the entire surface of the film, and those surfaces cool down very quickly when the system is shut off, they claim.

Replacing conventional heaters with this setup could also be a boon to those in charge of packaging car interiors, in theory.

Many electric cars currently rely more heavily on heated seats and steering wheels–rather than full cabin heating–to cut energy consumption and maintain range.

But the Fraunhofer researchers claim a more expansive heating system is actually more necessary in electric cars, because less heat is generated by the powertrain, compared to an internal-combustion car.

For the prototype system, sheets of film were cut into strips, and then glued to door panels.

But researchers hope to eventually develop a spray-on film, which could be applied more quickly and more evenly.

However, this technology will likely remain in the laboratory for now.
No manufacturers have publicly shown interest in it, and promising test results do not inevitably lead to commercial viability.