Why electric cars better catch on

April 30th, 2014 Comments Off on Why electric cars better catch on

Despite more fundingThe North East Combined Authority has received £1.5m to build to super-fast charging points on the A19 and at Science Central. Read more ... », take up of electrica Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » vehiclesRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... » remains low, so exactly why are the big cara Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » companies investing so much in this technologyVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... »?

Owning an electric carTFL London Underground services welcomes electric car drivers with new charging points. Read more ... » is no longerElectric car project explores second life for batteries. Read more ... » a dream or an inconvenience. That was the line taken by Nick CleggNot just You and I: Green vehicle demand revs up as UK electric car sales quadruple. Read more ... », the Deputy Prime MinisterNice One Cornwall: Electric car charging points to be installed at Redruth and Truro rail stations. Read more ... », as he todayRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... » announced a £500 million schemea Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » to accelerate the take-up of low-emission vehicles.

The figures aren’t quite so flattering. Yes, salesTotal Count : UK electric car sales surge in 2014. Read more ... » of electric and hybridElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » carsTFL London Underground services welcomes electric car drivers with new charging points. Read more ... » are growing, but from a very low base. By and large, consumers still feel happier with the added rangeWhat the Future Holds: Car Makers’ #EV Commitments, a Brand-by-Brand Review. Read more ... » and convenienceBMW enter the electric car market with 'truly radical' i3. Read more ... » of petrolNorway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?. Read more ... » and diesel engines, not to mention the lower purchaseGood Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire. Read more ... » prices.

And while more are coming around to the electric car way of thinking (the GovernmentElectric vehicle charging point launched at Coleshill Parkway. Read more ... » currently receives about 600 applications a month for its plug-inAnother Volvo Success: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - highest safety score ever for an electrified car in Euro NCAP. Read more ... » car grantElectric car sales at record high in UK, figures show. Read more ... » of up to £5Good. Speedy charging driving a global boom in electric cars. Read more ... »,000), the majority remain reluctant to open their wallets.

It perhaps, then, seems a high-risk strategy for car manufacturersBMW i3 electric car to debut at London’s free-to-visit motor show. Read more ... » to plough so much investment into a technology that so few people are buying. Most of the mainstream manufacturers now offerRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... » hybrid or all-electric modelsBMW i3 electric car to debut at London’s free-to-visit motor show. Read more ... », accumulating huge developmentAnother Volvo Success: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid - highest safety score ever for an electrified car in Euro NCAP. Read more ... » bills in the process. Can it really be worth it?

As an example, just last month VolkswagenVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... » electrified BerlinLondon gears up for all-electric Formula E racing series. Read more ... », taking over 1Nick Clegg: Making Britain number one for ultra low emission vehicles. Read more ... »,000m² of the cityTough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025. Read more ... »’s old Tempelhof aerodrome for 13Electric cars will become as ubiquitous as the internet, says transport minister. Read more ... » days to entertain 35Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the 'electric car of the people'. Read more ... »,000 visitors and 800 journalists, who collectively did more than 4VW's 'dieselgate' puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany. Read more ... »,500 testEU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions. Read more ... » drives in the companyRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... »’s electric and hybrid fleetHealthy 30% increase: Demand for Electric Nissan Leaf increases #ev #electricCar. Read more ... ». An eMobility conference was held at Berlin city hallBoris Johnson: 'I delivered every single one of my green pledges'. Read more ... » with help from the German Motor Industry Association (VDA) to make it the worldNorway: Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?. Read more ... »’s largest electric drive event for fleet managers.

All very flash, but let’s not ignore the motivation. For all the while the EUBit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution?. Read more ... »’s legislative programme rumbles on, aimed at reducing road transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissionsindependent.ie: "We're not serious enough on electric cars". I concur.. Read more ... » from 2013’s mandated fleet average of 130g/km, to 95g/km by 2020 – although late last year the German manufacturers railroaded through a derogation until 2022.

It means that when those 2020 targets are eventually adopted, Europeindependent.ie: "We're not serious enough on electric cars". I concur.. Read more ... »’s mandated CO2/fuel#ElectricCar will become common sight, says Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Read more ... » consumptionSmart Grid study partners with Electric Vehicle network. Read more ... » of 95g/km/74mpg, will be one of the world’s most stringent: Japan’s equivalent will be 105g/km/63mpg; ChinaVolkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020. Read more ... »’s 117g/km/57mpg; and America’s 121g/km/54mpg.

Could this be the real reason car manufacturers are so keen on electric carsElectric car sales in UK expected to double in 2013 as prices start to fall. Read more ... »? Well, 95g/km is achievable if you are Fiat selling lots of tiny cars with an average fleet CO2 target of 87g/km by 2020 and likewise PSA (93g/km), Toyota#ElectricCar will become common sight, says Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Read more ... » (93g/km), FordHybrid I want in the UK: Ford C-MAX Energi Scores California Carpool Lane Approval. Read more ... » (93g/km), RenaultRenault drops lease price for electric Zoe in UK to mere £189/mth. Read more ... »-NissanHealthy 30% increase: Demand for Electric Nissan Leaf increases #ev #electricCar. Read more ... » (93g/km) and Vauxhall/Opel (96g/km).

However, it’s a different story, according to VDA projections, if you are Volkswagen (96g/km), BMWBMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... » (101g/km), or Daimler (101g/km). Germans produce big, heavy, high-performanceElectric Car and Plug-in Hybrid. Read more ... » cars, which we all might aspire to, but don’t pass diddly squat in the EU’s newKia’s electric car on sale in 2014 – but will it be for UK?. Read more ... » world.

There’s a sting in here, too. If a manufacturer’s average fleet emissions exceed 95g/km, the fine for each g/km over the total is €95 for every car produced. So if say BMW and Daimler overshoot the 95g/km EU target by as much as the VDA’s projections, then the fine will be €95 multiplied by six, multiplied by however many cars they registered in Europe for that year.

Last year BMW registered 761,477 cars in the EU, which would be a cheque made out to the EU for €434 million (£359 million). Daimler registered 658,546 cars, which would be €375 million (£310 million). No wonder they’ve been sweating so much they sent Angela Merkel into battle on their behalf.

And if you don’t feel sorry for these big companies, remember this: it’s the car buyers who will pay for all these environmental controls and/or fines, as we have so far. One study from Aachen University (RWTH) has calculated that the step from the 130g/km fleet average to 95g/km will costElectric car project explores second life for batteries. Read more ... » each new EuropeanEU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions. Read more ... » car buyer#ElectricCar buyers are younger and more Affluent than hybrid owners. Read more ... » between €2EU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions. Read more ... »,000 and €3EU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions. Read more ... »,600 (£1,654 – £2,977).

Super credits

There might yet be a get out, however. Along with deploying their formidable Chancellor, the Germans have another secret weapon in the form of “Key Flexibilities”, or “Super Credits”. These aren’t set in stone, but the proposal is that Super Credits would be phased in for 95 per cent of the fleet by 2020 and 100 per cent by 2021.

They would be awarded for any car achieving CO2 emissionsUSA: Wireless electric car charging system revealed. Read more ... » of less than 50g/km, which would be credited with an overall average of 1.5 times their contribution towards the car maker’s overall fleet average. The nitty gritty is that in 2020 Super Credit cars would accrue twoGreat Stuff: Electric car charging points coming to West Berkshire. Read more ... » times their benefit, scaling back to 1.67 times in 2021, 1.33More Scots are plugging in electric cars. Read more ... » times in 2022 and so on, bringing a maximum of 7German cabinet gives green light to electric car incentives. Read more ... ».5g of CO2 fleet credit.

So take BMW’s batterya Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... »-electric i3BMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... », for example. The i program is rumoured to have cost about £2 billion to develop and there is no way that at a sticker priceGood Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire. Read more ... » of about £30#ElectricCar buyers are younger and more Affluent than hybrid owners. Read more ... »,000 the carbon-fibre and aluminium i3 is covering its development costsBMW i3 Release date is post-November, Meanwhile, the inside story: how it’s made. Read more ... ». Yet if those 30,000 plus cars helped avoid a fine of almost half a billion Euros for the rest of BMW’s fleet it could be money well spent.

Let’s not be too cynical though. Because to be fair to BMW and the VDA, the pointa Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » about the i3 or its battery electric rivals isn’t just to beat EU legislators. The goal remains as always: to learn some lessons that will help reduce emissions sustainably and in the longa Day at BetterPlace Visitor Centre. Read more ... » term. What Mr CleggWell done Devon and Cornwall: train stations to get electric car charging points. Read more ... » and his colleagues must do it’s workSmart Grid study partners with Electric Vehicle network. Read more ... » out how best to get the public to buyFormula E aims to spark interest in electric cars. Read more ... » into it too.

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