Geneva Motor Show: Electric cars no longer the exception?

March 10th, 2014 Comments Off on Geneva Motor Show: Electric cars no longer the exception?

The PorschePorsche Panamera S E-Hybrid first drive. Read more ... » Panamera S is quite a carFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... ». Sleek, powerful and aerodynamic, it’s capable of 167mph.

But that’s not all. The version on display here in Geneva is also able to travel#Chargemaster to roll out wireless electric car charging. Read more ... » for about 20Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the 'electric car of the people'. Read more ... » miles on nothing but batteryIts #2013: Second #Upgraded spec #EV (s) are coming to the market. Lookout for deals! #ElectricVehicle #Green. Read more ... » powerNot Surprised: Electric vehicles will travel much further than drivers expect, study finds. Read more ... ».

It is, of course, a hybridWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... ». It has an electricFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » motor sitting alongside a 3Battery Breakthrough To Boost Nissan Electric Cars To One In 10 Sales Around 2020, Exec Says. Read more ... »-litre petrolWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... » engineWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... ». It is fastCircontrol brings together over a hundred experts from all over Europe to discuss the current situation and future of the electric vehicle. Read more ... », powerful and remarkably economical. Porsche claims it can drive for 91 miles on a single gallon of petrol.

Yet if you can afford a Porsche, you can probably also afford a fairly steep fuel2/2: Driving the Future Today A strategy for ultra low emission vehicles in the UK. Read more ... » bill – so why has the companyThames Valley to join UK electric car vision. Read more ... » taken the timeWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... », trouble and expense to develop it?

“We know our duty and we have big concerns about the environment,” says Wolfgang HatzTesla Model S rival: Porsche Mission E electric saloon revealed at Frankfurt. Read more ... », Porsche’s researchUK Gov: Boosting Green and Electric Car/ Low emission Car uptake with £500 Million Investment. Read more ... » director and a senior member of the company board.

“This technology100 electric car charging stations to be installed around Oxford in world's biggest scheme. Read more ... » helps usAftermarket: Tesla Model S to get wireless charging from April. Read more ... » to fulfil our responsibilities, and it will help us to meet future requirementsNot Surprised: Electric vehicles will travel much further than drivers expect, study finds. Read more ... » from regulators, for at least the next 10The cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage. Read more ... » to 15The UK went crazy for electric vehicles and hybrids in 2015. Read more ... » years.”

What is happening at Porsche is very much a sign of the times. A decade ago, hybrids were still a fairly unusual sight at the big international motor shows.

Now, under pressure from regulators around the world1/2: Ultra low emission motoring in the UK information including the government’s long-term commitment to this issue. Read more ... », carmakers have been working hard to reduce emissionsFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » and fuel consumption. So hybrids have become decidedly mainstream.

Electric motors#ev electric motors : Yasa Motors Secures 5 Million Pounds In Funding. Read more ... » not only reduce emissions, they allow energy that would normally be lost – under braking, for example – to be recovered, boosting efficiency.

Tipping pointWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... »

Now, some manufacturers#Chargemaster to roll out wireless electric car charging. Read more ... » are going a step further – and producing wholly electric cars2/2: Driving the Future Today A strategy for ultra low emission vehicles in the UK. Read more ... » aimed at the mass market. Last year, for example, BMWFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » released the i3BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... », a neat little cityCircontrol brings together over a hundred experts from all over Europe to discuss the current situation and future of the electric vehicle. Read more ... » car that runs entirely on batteriesICED Justice: Council powers on with plan to install more electric car charging points in North Lincolnshire. Read more ... ».

The BBC’s Theo Leggett has a look around the BMW i3

BMW invested billions of euros in the new modelIts #2013: Second #Upgraded spec #EV (s) are coming to the market. Lookout for deals! #ElectricVehicle #Green. Read more ... » – a remarkable move from a company that has built its reputation producing upmarket sportsEV Growth: Mitsubishi Outlander is top UK plug-in as electric car sales surge. Read more ... » cars and luxury bosses’ barges. Arguably, it was also quite a risk.

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People have been playing around with electric cars pretty much forever… But there was no way of powering them until lithium ion batteries were developed for cars over the past few years”

Jay NagleyRedSpy consultancy

But according to Ian RobertsonBMW i3 EV to Offer 50 Percent More Range for 2017. Read more ... », BMW’s global marketing chief, the market for electric cars is approaching a tipping point, where battery power will become as normal as petrol or diesel.

“If you look back over the past three years, the electric car marketWhat the Future Holds: Car Makers’ #EV Commitments, a Brand-by-Brand Review. Read more ... » has multiplied by a factor of 25,” he says.

“There’s no doubt in our mind that it’s coming and it’s coming quickly and there is legislation supporting this in many cities.

“You can drive into LondonFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » and pay zero congestion charge#Chargemaster to roll out wireless electric car charging. Read more ... », for example. There are taxation incentives...Some Secrets We Think We Know About Tesla's Model 3. Read more ... » in the UK2/2: Driving the Future Today A strategy for ultra low emission vehicles in the UK. Read more ... », but also in the US and AsiaTesla will expand Supercharger network across Europe. Read more ... » as well.

“I think we’re going to see a lotBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... » of growth in this areaElectric car charging points to be installed by East Riding Council. Read more ... ».”

‘Strong’ place in market

It is a view echoed at the French carmaker RenaultElectric car sales at record high in UK, figures show. Read more ... ». It too has invested heavily in electric carsIts #2013: Second #Upgraded spec #EV (s) are coming to the market. Lookout for deals! #ElectricVehicle #Green. Read more ... », along with its partner company NissanNissan Leaf Electric Car: Cheapest Leases with evmeerkat.com and now Piece of Mind Guarantees from Nissan!. Read more ... ».

Half of its large stand here at Geneva is dedicatedVW plans radical new electric vehicle. Read more ... » to battery-powered modelsUK GOV: ...Strategy setting out our vision for recharging infrastructure in the UK... #ev #electricCar #plugin #charging. Read more ... », including the Zoe supermini, unveiled a year ago, as well as its quirky little two-seater buggy, the Twizy, and a Kangoo delivery van.

Renault TwizyThe Twizy is part of Renault’s zero emissions programme

Renault and Nissan had hoped to sell 1Formula E aims to spark interest in electric cars. Read more ... ».5Total Count : UK electric car sales surge in 2014. Read more ... » million electric vehiclesNot Surprised: Electric vehicles will travel much further than drivers expect, study finds. Read more ... » between them by 2016. That target has now been set back to 2020. But Vincent Carre, the commercial director of Renault’s electric car programme, is undaunted.

“We know our customers now,” he says, “and we remain totally convinced that electric cars have a strong, strong place in the market.”

Yet electric cars have been around for more than a century, without ever selling in large quantities. So why are mainstream manufacturers apparently deciding to invest in the technology now?

Further improvement

“It’s battery technologyApparently: The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline. Read more ... »,” explains Jay Nagley, head of the automotive consultancy RedSpy. “People have been playing around with electric cars pretty much forever. Certainly since the oil crisis of 1973 people have been saying that electric vehiclesFirst electric-only car hire service launches in London. Read more ... » are the future.

“But there was no way of powering them until lithium ion batteries were developed for cars over the past few years.

“Since that technology has been around, you’ve had the energy densityAU: Nissan Exec: Reliable 125 Miles Of Range Coming To LEAF By 2016. Read more ... » available. Before that it simply wasn’t possible. And they will continue to improve every year now.”

Tesla Model S

The effects of that change1/2: Ultra low emission motoring in the UK information including the government’s long-term commitment to this issue. Read more ... » have certainly been dramatic. The development1/2: Ultra low emission motoring in the UK information including the government’s long-term commitment to this issue. Read more ... » of potent cars such as the Tesla Model SAston Martin Rapide: Another 800 Horsepower Electric Car. Think it's a "Tesla Killer"?. Read more ... » has gone a longWishes answered: 4X4 and its a PlugIn Hybrid with 44g Co2/KM . Read more ... » way towards destroying the stereotype of electric cars as slow and impractical.

Yet although salesTotal Count : UK electric car sales surge in 2014. Read more ... » of electric vehicles are growing rapidly, they remain a tiny fraction of the global total. For the moment, the internal combustion engineNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... » remains king.

Some manufacturers, too, remain unconvinced that battery-powered cars will ever make up a major segment of the market. ToyotaApparently: The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline. Read more ... », for example, believes that hydrogenApparently: The World's Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline. Read more ... » fuel cell vehicles have more ultimate potential.

But it is no longerNot Surprised: Electric vehicles will travel much further than drivers expect, study finds. Read more ... » ridiculous to suggest that one day, at motor shows like this one, petrol or diesel cars could be the exception rather than the rule.

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