Some 98% of England’s motorway network is no more than 20 miles from an electric vehicle charge point, according to new research.
A study by motoring organisation the RAC Foundation found that the proportion of service stations offering the facility has risen to 72%.
It stated that the vast majority (92%) of the individual charge points are rapid, meaning batteries can be almost fully replenished in around half an hour.
When the analysis was extended to include major A roads managed by Highways England (HE), it was calculated that 82% of the strategic road network is within 20 miles of a charge point.
There are currently just over 20,000 battery-only vehicles licensed in the UK.
The report found that just 28% of the major road network in Scotland is within 20 miles of a charge point, and 45% in Wales.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Electric car drivers might still struggle to drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats but they can now travel from Southampton to Perth in a relatively straight line and be confident of being able to ‘fill up’ along the way.
“The growing charge point network is good news but there are important caveats.
“Though many of the charge points are rapid, it will still take about 30 minutes to fully replenish a battery. This is fine if you’re first in the queue but could be a challenge if the hoped-for take up of electric cars materialises and you’re stuck at the back of a very long line.”
Research previously published by the RAC Foundation suggested that a third of charge points in London were not working at any one time.
From next month the £5,000 subsidy for electric cars is being reduced and replaced by a tiered system.
Vehicles with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will be eligible for up to £4,500 while those with a shorter range – such as plug-in hybrids with a petrol or diesel engine – can receive £2,500.
It’s hoped the technology will help cut CO2 emissions Pic: Highways England
New technology is being tested by Highways England that could allow electric car owners to charge as they drive.
The trials are the first of their kind and will test how the technology would work on the country’s motorways and major A roads, allowing drivers of ultra-low emission vehicles to travel long distances without needing to stop and charge the car’s battery.
Electric and hybrid car sales are on the rise in Britain with a total of 9,046 ultra-low emission vehicles registered in the first quarter of 2015 – a rise of 366% from the same period in 2014.
There has been a surge in the sale of low emission vehicles this year.
The Government hopes that the new technology could entice more drivers who may be put off by the current distribution of charging points.
Off-road trials of the Dynamic Wireless Power Transfertechnology will begin later this year after a procurement process.
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The trials will involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing the equipment, installed underneath the road, to replicate motorway conditions.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “The potential to recharge low emission vehicles on the move offers exciting possibilities.
“The Government is already committing £500m over the next five years to keep Britain at the forefront of this technology, which will help boost jobs and growth in the sector.
“As this study shows, we continue to explore options on how to improve journeys and make low-emission vehicles accessible to families and businesses.”
The trials are expected to last for approximately 18 months and, subject to the results, could be followed by road trials.
As well as investigating the potential of wireless power, Highways England also says it’s committed in the longer-term to installing plug-in charging points every 20 miles on the motorway network as part of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy.
The UK Government has committed itself to reducing CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050.
In 2013, 25% of UK CO2 emissions were from transport, so there is a drive to increase the use of Low Carbon Vehicles.
It’s going to get tougher to win over the next wave of EV adopters, a new consumer survey report suggest, as these hard-to-please customers don’t want to compromise in order to go electric.
After a first wave of early adopters took to electricdriving because it liberated them from the effects of volatile oil prices, a second wave will be more demanding of electriccars, according to the Electric Vehicle Information Exchange (EVIX), as revealed in its new Electric Vehicle Survey Panel report.
These buyers will not be willing to make sacrifices just for the sake of drivingelectric and wantEVs that compete with gasoline counterparts on price, performance and quality.
EVIX’s survey consisted of some 980 US citizens, the majority with some level of interest in EVs including one group made up of people currently owning or leasing an electricvehicle and another consisting of those considering an EV for their next car. A third group consisted of motorists with no interest in EVs.
Average EV driver is a wealthy male
Looking just at current EV drivers, EVIX discovered that these motorists are predominately male, white, well-educated and high earners, typically in their early 50s. They also tended to be homeowners, with access to garage facilities for homecharging.
These early adopters reported that energy independence, and not environmental anxiety, was their main reason for going electric. This motive also prompted a third of the group to investigate home solar/wind generation to further promote their independence.
The group with an interest in EVs, was made up of a more diverse selection of motorists, but still predominantly male. This group was a little younger too, averaging mid 40s but still mostly middle-class, homeowners with access to a garage and drove an average of 25 miles per day each.
This interested group expressed a greater interest in plug-in hybrids than the EV owner/driver group, although about three quarters still said they would still preferred a full battery electriccar.
It was also found that this group, more than the current owner group and the not-interested group, were currently shopping for a new car. Over two-thirds claimed they were looking to buy or lease a new car sometime in the next three years.
So what will it take to turn them from the just interested to EV driver? EVIX suggests that electriccars will need a minimum range of 150 miles per charge and suitable for use as a primary vehicle.
The not-interested group averaged in their mid 30s, and were less likely to live somewhere conducive to charging. They also drove less, averaging fewer than 0 miles per day.
Californians looking to avoid near $5-per-gallon gas will soon be able to buy the C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, potentially save $5,250 off the purchase price and enjoy high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) access.
The C-MAX Energi was just approved for the Green Clean Air Vehicle Sticker as part of the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP).
California C-MAX Energi customers can now apply to receive a $1,500 state tax rebate when purchasing or leasing the vehicle for 36 months or longer. In addition to the state rebate, Ford C-MAX Energi will qualify for the existing $3,750 federal tax credit – making America’s most affordable plug-in hybrid even more affordable for Californians at $28,495 after the federal tax credit and state tax rebate.
The approval also paves the way for the C-MAX Energi to be approved in other states with carpool lane plug-in vehicle incentives, such as Maryland, New York and Virginia.
“We’re pleased with California customers’ early interest in the C-MAX hybrids, our first dedicated hybrid-only nameplate in North America, in the No. 1 hybridmarket in the U.S.,” said Michael O’Brien, Ford electrified vehicle marketing manager. “The C-MAX Energi is the most affordable, most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with the longest overall range for any utility or compact vehicle on the markettoday – this extra carpool lane incentive and rebate will help Californians go further with Ford in every sense of the phrase.”
The C-MAX Energi achieves up to 21 miles in all-electric range – more than triple Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid’s six-mile all-electric range. This means that at least one leg of the average workcommute – reportedly 20 miles each way – could be completed each day on electric battery charge only, allowing customers to save gas as they face traffic congestion in their commute. A study by the United States Department of the Treasury estimates congestion consumed an extra 1.9 billion gallons of fuel in 2011, approximately 5 percent of all gasoline used.
CVRP is funded by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board (CARB) and administered statewide by the California Center for Sustainable Energy.
According to CARB, Green Clean Air Vehicle Stickers are available to the first 40,000 applicants who purchase or lease cars meeting California’s Enhanced Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (AT PZEV) requirement.
Access to HOV lanes, plus the C-MAX Energi’s combination of fuel-efficient highway driving and electric-powered city driving is more important than ever with the growing trend of commuters spending more time on the roads.
A recent study from New York University’s Rudin School of Transportation shows today’s commuters are on the road longer than ever before, and the number of people who commute more than 90 miles to work has doubled over the past 10 years. The all-new Ford C-MAX Energi is America’s most fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid with an EPA-certified 108 miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) city rating, 92 MPGe highway rating and 100 MPGe combined rating.
Mitsubishi has unveiled this all-electricconceptcar called the i MIEV Sport. Besides being a zero-emission vehicle, the car incorporates a solar roof, two compact wind turbines built into the front grill, and a regenerative braking system. Additions like these will only modestly increase the range of the car, but they certainly contribute towards keeping the car##Q##s batteries charged. Solar roofs can add 0 miles per day the car##Q##s range (see this previous post). The i MIEV Sport is based on Mitsubishi##Q##s i MIEVelectriccar, which we featured previously. Like the i MIEV, the Sport uses a rear-midship layout with its lithium-ion batteries stored underneath the passenger floor. The powertrain consists of two electric motors in the front (one to power each front wheel), and one motor providing power to the rear-wheels. Much of the lighting is LED-based, including in the rear combination lamps and vehicle interior. The efficiency of the air conditioning is enhanced by the use of heat-absorbing window glass. In addition, Green Plastic — Mitsubishi Motors##Q## plant-based resin technology — is used for interior components.
FYI. this is a concept posted back n 2007-8 days. I have not actually seen or read it anywhere being released. Having noticed the date stamp without any release dates to date, i presume model manufacture plan was scrapped.
As long as its “feasible” and “possible” tech, – Demand it.
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.