Sub £7,000 electric car leads charge to an economical future in Derby (Fluence)

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FOR years, electric carsVW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... » were expensive, slow and often looked like the back end of a bus.

This is no longerWhy electric cars better catch on. Read more ... » the case.

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So could this be the turning pointSeptember 2012: cZero Driving Distance vs true MPG costs. Read more ... » for electric cars in Derby?

To answer that question let usFiat electric 500 sells for same as combustion models. Read more ... » look at NorwayIn First Half of 2013, Renault-Nissan Leads European EV Sales. Read more ... ». In September, the top selling car across the whole of the country was the electric TeslaThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... » ModelWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... » S.

The following month, the NissanElectric car sales at record high in UK, figures show. Read more ... » Leaf25 new EV Drivers on the road: Leaf lines up for Low Carbon London. Read more ... », another electric carVW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... », went top. This is no fluke.

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There has also been a cultural shift with Norwegians being far more likely to be able to name and recognise electric vehiclesSeptember 2012: cZero Driving Distance vs true MPG costs. Read more ... » on the marketThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... ».

Contrast that with the UKElectric car sales at record high in UK, figures show. Read more ... » and it makes bleak reading. In September, 403,136 new cars were registered. In the first nine months of this year, just 2#ElectricCar sales in #UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. #EV #london #green #eco. Read more ... »,681 electric vehiclesVW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... » were registered. That is not just one type of electric car. That is every single model.

So what is the problem?

On a test drive in the new Renault Fluence with Steve Wright, from Motorpoint Derby, it is difficult to see why take-up is so low. It is not a pokey “cityCross-country EV charging network launched. Read more ... »” car with zero bootToo good to not* mention: Volvo Plugin (#ev hybrid) V60 - 49g/km CO2 and nearly 150mpg in Hybrid, while Power can deliver 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds!. Read more ... » space and dimensions that make you think 20Sales of Battery Electric Cars In France Rose By 50% in 2013. Read more ... » clowns are going to suddenly jump out.

Rather it is a premiumLEAF #ev #electricCar Test Drive user experience and Personal Review. Read more ... » four-door saloon which slips nicely in with the companyThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... »’s venerable Laguna model.

Everything appears normal. But turn the key and nothing happens. “Is it on?” I ask with more than a hint of disbelief in my voice.

There is no noise. Not a whisper. A strange scenario for a driver usedThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... » to an early 2000 CitroenVW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... » Saxo.

“No, it’s on. That is all the noise. When you put your foot down there is a bit of a whine but that is it,” Steve says.

A glance down at the pedals reveals there are only two where the normal three would be; this is an automatic.

Pulling out of Motorpoint, the lack of noise is disconcerting to begin with but a pleasant side effect is that it allows for a conversation to take place at a normal volume.

And as I took the car on a spin around Derby, Steve explained how that priceThe innovators: cheaper batteries could help electric cars hit the mainstream. Read more ... » is so low. He said: “Most people won’t buy a nearly-new electric car over fears over the batteryWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... » lifeHello Electric Car: Event Introduces Area Drivers to Electric Vehicles. Read more ... ». The battery cells are generally worth more than the actual car, which effectively means the car becomes almost worthless once the cells are exhausted.

“However, Renault’s ingenious battery rentalThames Valley to join UK electric car vision. Read more ... » policyGov Review: ULEVs and the energy sector #electricCar #ElectricVehicle #ev. Read more ... » means that people who buy the Fluence are insuring the battery life of the vehicle, as Renault will either replace or repair the battery while the rental policy remains in place.

“Unfortunately, most people are unaware of this policy thus far and, as a consequence, sales have been low and prices from suppliers have been impacted.”

This situation has allowed Motorpoint to step-in and buy the Fluence in bulk and pass on savings to the customer.

Steve said: “We’ve sold a good numberElectric car sales at record high in UK, figures show. Read more ... » of Fluences, mostly at our Chingford branch, because of demand from the LondonIn Israel: Seen #battery swap station with me own two eyes @btrplc great feat. More ev free parking+charging needs be!. Read more ... » market.

“We’ve got a reasonable number still in stock with an option to buy more based on demand.”

The other major difficulty that people have with electric vehicles is the rangeToo good to not* mention: Volvo Plugin (#ev hybrid) V60 - 49g/km CO2 and nearly 150mpg in Hybrid, while Power can deliver 0-62mph in just 6.2 seconds!. Read more ... ». But again this is somethingClara Ford: What if we told you that this modern day ( #ElectricCar) miracle is almost 100 years old?. Read more ... » that Steve does not think is as much of an issueGreen motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits). Read more ... » as it has been previously.

He said: “The range of this car is around 60VW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... » miles under normal drivingFiat electric 500 sells for same as combustion models. Read more ... » conditions which, when you think of what people drive on a commuteSeptember 2012: cZero Driving Distance vs true MPG costs. Read more ... » to workSeptember 2012: cZero Driving Distance vs true MPG costs. Read more ... », is far less than most people will drive.

“If you live just outside Derby and drive in every day it really isn’t that far. Most of the time is spent just sitting in trafficWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... ».

“So you are looking at a lotElectric Car Battery Prices on Track to Drop 70% by 2015, Says Energy Secretary. Read more ... » less than a 60-mileWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... » round tripImpressive News. Service stations with range of charging facilities for EV users. Time to go further. ^.-. Read more ... ».

“How I see it though is that most families have two cars. If you look at the kind of people that are going to buy this type of car it makes sense.

“You can have a normal petrolWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... » car if you want to make long#Renault #ZOE #EV and its #Chameleon Charger: bye-bye plug-at-home connector. Good plan?. Read more ... » drives and then the Fluence for the school run.”

As we continue with the test drive, I take in the interior. It is well appointed, one of the nicest cars I have had the chance to sit in.

The ride is smooth, the cabin airy and there is never the feeling that you are having to race to keep up with traffic.

Steve said: “The car pulls just like a petrol. You are always up with the speedWhen VW unveils e-Up #ElectricCar ... Release scheduled for 2013. Read more ... » of the rest of the traffic.”

As we get on to the outer ring road and I put my foot down, there is the unmistakable whine as the motor spins up and the car’s speedometer pushes 70mph.

But the most over-riding feeling when you step out of the car? That it isn’t any different than driving any other car, and that this is the key.

Humans are creatures of habit, we hate changeElectric cars gain momentum. Read more ... ». People kicked against mobile phonesWhy electric cars could be sold like phones. Read more ... » for an age. Then, when everyone had a Nokia 3310 which you needed to charge#Renault #ZOE #EV and its #Chameleon Charger: bye-bye plug-at-home connector. Good plan?. Read more ... » once a week, the idea you would have to plug it in every night seemed like madness.

Now a good proportion of people go home#Renault #ZOE #EV and its #Chameleon Charger: bye-bye plug-at-home connector. Good plan?. Read more ... », stick their smartphone on charge and set their alarm to wake them up in the morning.

And that is exactly what will happen with electric cars.

Each Fluence comes with a chargerWell done ChargeMasterPLC : Rapid charging points for electric cars to be installed across Dorset. Read more ... » which plugs into the mains of the house.

Steve said: “You go home and plug it in. From empty to full it takes about eight hours. People are used to going to the petrol station#ElectricCar will become common sight, says Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Read more ... » and filling up.”

But that cannotBusiness users await: Tesla Model S UK release imminent, Lib Dems pleased. Read more ... » continue. By some estimates we have gone past the point of peak oil and if you think the price of petrol is bad now, just waitFinally : A Tesla Model S Test Drive by evmeerkat #electricCar London Ride. Read more ... » when barrels of crude go through the roof as Brazil, India and ChinaVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... » keep pushing through with their own industrialisation.

The more electric vehicles there are, the less carbon is being pumped into the atmosphere. Steve said: “People buy electric cars for all kinds of reasons and one of those is the fact that they are greener than the petrol equivalents.”

So what you are looking at in the Renault Fluence is the future todaylronic Issue: The Big Problem With Electric Cars: They're Too Reliable. Read more ... » – and at a price that is so low you would be mad not to take it for a test drive and see if you can tell the difference.

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