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Electric Car Guide

Everything you need to know about electric vehicles (EVs) including how they can save you money, how they help to improve air quality, and independent reviews of all the EVs on sale in the UK. Electric vehicles include battery electric vehicles (BEVs), extended-range electric vehicles (E-REVs), and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

Jaguar I-PACE

Jaguar I-PACE

WHY THE FUTURE WILL BE ELECTRIC

  • UK CO2 targets – the UK has a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 base levels – electric vehicles can play a key part in achieving these targets
  • EU fleet CO2 targets – the next fleet average target for manufacturers is 95g/km CO2 by 2020/21 – manufacturers will need EVs to achieve these targets, especially for the targets that are likely post-2021
  • Air Quality – local air quality has now taken over from CO2 as a key priority for the UK government – EVs are an ideal solution to help with this issue

EXAMPLES OF NEWS HEADLINES OVER RECENT YEARS

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IT’S HAPPENING NOW

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THE ROAD TO ZERO – SUMMARY

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  • 2017 Government announcement: the UK will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040
  • Road to Zero strategy published 9 July 18 builds on this commitment and outlines how government will work with industry to support achieving this
  • 46 policy proposals
  • Sets out next steps to cleaner road transport and delivering the UK’s Industrial Strategy – ambition to make the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle
  • Ambition for 50%-70% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030, and up to 40% of new vans
  • Government will take steps to enable massive roll-out of infrastructure to support electric vehicle revolution
  • Delivering cleaner air
  • The government‘s mission, as part of the modern Industrial Strategy, is to put the UK at the forefront of an industry that is estimated to be worth up to £7.6 trillion per year by 2050
  • The Road to Zero Strategy is technology neutral and does not speculate on which technologies might help to deliver the government’s 2040 mission – no plan to ban any particular technology – eg. hybrids – as part of this strategy
  • Push for chargepoints to be installed in newly built homes and new lampposts to include charging points
  • The launch of a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to help accelerate the roll-out of charging infrastructure
  • Creating a new £40 million programme to develop and trial innovative, low cost wireless and on-street charging technology
  • Providing up to £500 for electric vehicle owners to put in a charge point in their home through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme
  • An increase in the value of grants available to workplacesto install chargepoints so people can charge when they are at work
  • The extension of the Plug-In Car and Van Grants to at least October 2018 at current rates, and in some form until at least 2020
  • The launch of an Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce to bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the increase in demand on energy infrastructure that will result from a rise in the use of electric vehicles
  • Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill to ensure chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK, available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers and will be smart ready.

PASSENGER CAR TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP

The passenger car technology roadmap shows that a consensus of industry views in the UK point to an electric future.

Passenger Car Technology Roadmap

PROJECTED ANNUAL GLOBAL EV SALES

Research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance also shows that EVs are the future – with China leading the way in the short to medium term.

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EV TECHNOLOGIES

EV INCENTIVES

WHAT’S GOING ON WITH EVS AT THE MOMENT?

  • Lack of availability
  • EV production capacity v demand issues
  • NEDC to WLTP changeover: Impact on many cars, but especially PHEVs c/o real-life MPG
  • Benefit in Kind
    • EVs: 16% from April 2019, 0% from April 2020
  • Vans, Trucks, Buses, Taxis
    • Worst emissions, but limited electric vehicle availability, although this is improving

THE LATEST EVS AVAILABLE NOW

See: www.greencarguide.co.uk/electric-cars/electric-car-reviews

THE FUTURE

HUNDREDS of new EVs are coming to market from 2020/21 onwards. Here’s a selection:

www.greencarguide.co.uk/electric-cars/electric-cars-coming-soon

MORE INFORMATION:

ELECTRIC CAR GUIDE – ENERGY SAVING TRUST VIDEO

The Electric Car Guide video is an engaging, user-friendly introduction to pure Electric, Plug-in Hybrid and Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (E-REVs). The Electric Car Guide animation tool explains the differences between electric, plug-in hybrid and extended-range electric vehicles, and communicates the many benefits that electric vehicles offer to motorists, including lower running costs

Watch the Electric Car Guide video