The Economist: Electric cars will come of age in 2018

October 23rd, 2017 § Comments Off on The Economist: Electric cars will come of age in 2018 § permalink

Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric.

2018 is set to be the year the world fully embraces the electric car.

We’ll see a global tipping point for drivers as electric models start competing with petrol and diesel cars head-to-head. But we’ll also be confronted with the uncomfortable truth about the impact of going electric.

They’ve long been vaunted as the vehicle of the future but from laughing stock in the mid-1980s to rising stock today electric cars have come of age. Companies are clambering to take the lead with billions in investments and promises to make the switch, but it’s pressure from governments that’s driving this push from the industry.

It’s an unlikely country that’s leading the pack. In 2016 China brought more than 40 percent of the world’s electric cars. These fume free cars will make our cities cleaner but uncomfortable truths lurk behind the electric car revolution.

The rise of electric cars will challenge the world’s thirst for oil. It could spark a global shift of power from countries that have enjoyed the influence that oil has bought. Beyond oil, attention will turn to lithium electric car batteries which rely on the mineral Cobalt. Two thirds of the world’s cobalt comes from one country, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Demand for cobalt has doubled over the past five years and is set to triple by 2020.

But the electric car revolution is coming.

After 2018 there will be no turning back.

Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?

January 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why? § permalink

When it announced a range increase for its 2017 Focus Electric earlier this month, Ford executives also revealed an intriguing snippet about the company’s battery plans.

The company is conducting its own research into fundamental battery chemistries, and could develop its own cells for use in future electrified vehicles.

The question then becomes: Why? » Read the rest of this entry «

FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK

October 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK § permalink

Edit the Form below as necessary to work out your Fuel Costs.

Right now it defaults to a typical assumptions of 1000 mile ( near one month of estimated driving) trip, which suffices an average household. Change figures as you see fit.

One assumption is that electric car’s average travel is 70 miles – appropriate for mk1 generation of electric cars typically released prior to 2013. Czero/Imiev/iOn/Leaf/ However, Newer and updated higher-Trim-levels like Nissan’s LEAF Acenta & Tekna are mk2 (post-2013)/Bmw i3 are more efficient – averaging 85 miles on a single charge.

Another assumption is that you will charge at home for 40% of your charges, and paying for your electricity. The remaining 60% charging will be done at public charging networks like Source London and Ecotricity, – which currently are free.

 


INFOGRAPHIC: The 2015 Guide To Electric Cars

August 26th, 2015 § Comments Off on INFOGRAPHIC: The 2015 Guide To Electric Cars § permalink

The 2015 Guide To Electric Cars
The 2015 Guide To Electric Cars by carleasingmadesimple.com

Just why do I am going back to #twizy commute idea & shocking lease discoveries!

March 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on Just why do I am going back to #twizy commute idea & shocking lease discoveries! § permalink

As in working with some partners to develop the “all things electric” information website – along with all the best deals electric cars is concerned, (as well as find some great leasing deals for evmeerkat.com blog readers), and so I trawl through many many websites out there, companies which are based all over UK to find that one special leasing offer for you, reader, for your consideration.

Lately, it has been one bizzare find after another – which prompted this post really.

But first, The WHY

You see, I am considering a #twizy commuter – I know, I know – you’d say “not, again, that old chestnut”. I have tried to source one in a past without much luck.

This time it’s different, I am looking for a month or so trial.

A loaner, A short term lease, however you like it.

There is much to reassure rather and indeed to blog about. And I feel that London a Commuter does not offer the EV, small EV in fact, much consideration.

There are reasons for that, and for one; Renault Twizy offers little weather protection – it may just about fare well vs Rain, but not vs Cold. “Fair enough” you’d argue, but neither do the cycles and bikes. True true, thus we move on.

It’s the missing or darn right poor marketing. Thoughts and and suggestions on this topic are welcome. Tweet/DM @evmeerkat or email iam[at]evmeerkat.com

The price or rather cost of ownership. Twizy is an oversized quad bike, insurance group 10-11, without and with doors respectively.

It could be incredibly cheap to run.

 

Insurance: (if you know other, let me know, and i’d update the post)

http://www.thegreeninsurancecompany.com/car-insurance

http://www.electriccar.insure/

 

Battery Rental: (Yes, you don’t actually own the batteries. its good – no headache warranty, bad, monthly payments if you don’t know your estimated mileage upfront)

Directly from Renault’s Website

Renault_twizy_battery_rental_monthly_prices_via_evmeerkat

You need to estimate your own mileage, – a bit of a pain, but new updated figures are not that taxing.

Example:

Your work is 10 miles away, each way. Thats 20 miles a day.

You Travel to work by car roughly 20 times a month

Total monthly Twizy Travel Figure is 400 miles a month. 

+

You may, may not wish to ride Twizy on Weekends +/-

You are not likely to ride Twizy during your annual leave

You have 11 odd months to deal x (above total) = so we have 4400 mileage

Thats £45/month for me then, that’s all.

Now, The Search

Buying  Twizy could be an option if you’re settled in, where you live & good/same/reliable place of work OR have other family members could would be keen to ride this around. Either way. consider options.

You’re basically keeping it.

Good news are that Twizy appears to keep it’s used value about £4000-£5,000 mark.

Here is a quick look at Autotrader.com

renault_twizy_autotrader_via_evmeerkat

Not Bad. All options on the table here.

Leasing Deals for Renault Twizy

Found the great deal on Renault Twizy leasing, from £125+VAT

renault_twizy_lease_via_ev_meerkat

But, wait, Whats this… the Most Expensive Lease for the [any] Car, EVER…

Yepp. That’s Twizy Leasing deals for you.

AMT LEASING via Contract Lease and Hire

I guess this is one of those reasons why “Electric Cars don’t take off”, as they should, and in this specific case, a great Opportunity severely missed out on. #sad and #fail 

ALLCARLEASING Twizy Offer 

Just why am I going back to #twizy commute idea & shocking lease discoveries!

March 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on Just why am I going back to #twizy commute idea & shocking lease discoveries! § permalink

Renault Twizy via @evmeerkatAs in working with some partners to develop the “all things electric” information website – along with all the best deals electric cars is concerned, (as well as find some great leasing deals for evmeerkat.com blog readers), and so I trawl through many many websites out there, companies which are based all over UK to find that one special leasing offer for you, reader, for your consideration.

Lately, it has been one bizarre find after another – which also prompted this post – see the bottom of the post.

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Electric Cars are not for everyone. They meet the need of only some 80% of the driving population.

January 20th, 2015 § Comments Off on Electric Cars are not for everyone. They meet the need of only some 80% of the driving population. § permalink

Total Count : UK electric car sales surge in 2014

November 20th, 2014 § Comments Off on Total Count : UK electric car sales surge in 2014 § permalink

Electric cars, hybrids and other alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) are increasingly grabbing market share from traditional petrol and diesel models, new industry figures reveal.

The latest statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show 9,955 AFVs were registered in September, a 56% rise on the same time last year.

This accounted for 2.3% of the total market – a 44% year on year rise – in a month that saw a 5.6%rise in overall registrations compared to September 2013. Diesel and petrol vehicles saw registrations grow just under 6% and 4% respectively, but diesel’s market share remained static, while petrol fell one percentage point as a result of the growth in registrations.

According to the SMMT, 37,842 AFVs have been sold during 2014, a more than 50% increase on the same point a year ago, while market share has also grown from 1.4% in 2013 to 1.9% this year.
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Continental introduces new tyres for Hybrid and Electric Cars with low rolling resistance

June 26th, 2014 § Comments Off on Continental introduces new tyres for Hybrid and Electric Cars with low rolling resistance § permalink

In 2011, Continental introduced the Conti.eContact, a tire optimized for electric vehicles, with lower rolling resistance translating into increased range. Now the company has further refined the design to meet the needs of hybrid models. The Conti.eContact is available in six sizes for 17 and 18-inch rims.

The rolling resistance of the new Conti.eContact for hybrids is 20 percent lower than in a conventional tire, while handling and wet braking performance are similar. Part of this is thanks to Continental’s Green Chili, which is not a taco sauce, but a silica compound that’s made in such a way that the internal friction of the filler particles and the polymers is lower than in conventional rubber compounds. The sidewalls of the new Conti.eContact have been redesigned to minimize aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance. The new Conti.eContact also loses less energy when the tire deflects and rebounds than a conventional tire does.

The Conti.eContact is designed to generate minimum audible noise in the vehicle interior, to compensate for the fact that hybrid vehicles have little engine noise, making tire noise more noticeable. A thin layer of polyurethane foam attached to the inside of the tread reduces the vibrations that are generated as the tire rolls along the road, communicating less vibration to the chassis.

agreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner

June 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on agreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner § permalink

MORE electric car charging points are needed in Gloucestershire to fuel the transport of the future, according to a campaigner.

Gareth Beard has driven his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera from his home in Chaddleworth, near Newbury, to his work in Gloucester Business Park every day since taking up the job in February. But he has noticed a lack car of charging points in public spaces throughout the county.

Gareth Beard with his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera

Now, he is calling on organisations such as Gloucestershire County Council, large retailers such as Tesco and The Victoria Pub near the business park to consider improving the infrastructure for hybrid and electric cars.

Gareth said: “Electric cars are currently caught in a ‘catch 22’ because organisations won’t install car charging points because not many people have electric cars, but if the infrastructure isn’t there to support them, not many people will buy electric cars. » Read the rest of this entry «

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