Driving into the Future: The Development of Electric Vehicles in the UK
Can you imagine a world where petrol stations and filling up your tank are a thing of the past? Where you can head out on a 100 mile trip for the day, park your car in a garage safe in the knowledge that you can take it out the next morning without having to fill her up?
Well, that world may be coming, faster than you think, thanks, in part, to a new found popular interest in electric vehicles and a government move to ensure half of all cars sold are either hybrid or electric by 2030. By 2040 the aim is to see a green U.K where petrol and diesel vehicles are no longer available to buy.
With the government offering good subsidies of up to £3,500, for those who buy electric vehicles in 2019 and electric vehicle parts, now is surely the time to go green.
So what exactly is an electric car and what do you need to know before you buy?
The Diesel Problem
You’ve probably heard a lot in the news about green energy and green cars so it’s understandable if you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about. What’s wrong with diesel and petrol anyway, they do the job of getting you from A to B right?
Unfortunately, in the process, they do massive harm to the environment and human health.
The Human Cost
Since 2012 diesels are considered a level 1 carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). This means they are deadly to human health in large quantities due to their high CO2 emissions.
Whilst big sprawling Asian cities with lots of traffic and a rapidly expanding population like Bangkok and New Delhi often have record-breaking CO2 emissions, even relatively liberal cities in the U.K like London which has attempted initiatives to reduce their emissions like the congestion charge, still, breach recommended levels.
The ‘Clean Diesel Scam’
In response to concerns about diesel, in the 2010s many leading car manufacturers claimed to have made a breakthrough in ‘clean diesel’: cars that emit only safe amounts of CO2. For a while, it seemed as if the world did not need to hang up their petrol pumps just yet.
However, a big scandal exposed by investigative journalists revealed that leading car manufacturers had engineered technology which allowed the cars to appear as if they were releasing less CO2, tricking machines that tested for emissions, when really they were producing the same amount of toxic fumes as they were before.
Because of this scandal in recent years, public opinion has moved back to green energy cars and interest in electric vehicles and electric vehicle parts has peaked once again.
If you’re considering buying a new green vehicle then the chances are you have an old petrol or diesel car that is on its way out. If you’re serious about ‘going green’ then you’ll want to make sure that your old pride and joy is disposed of in the right way.
We have some advice about the benefits of recycling your car.
Charging Electric Vehicles
Charging is perhaps one of the most contentious issues about electric vehicles. We hear you, how can you switch to a green car if the rollout of charge points doesn’t keep up and will you need to get new kit installed in your home, an added expense?
The answer is it won’t cost you extra as many of the more high-end models include a house point charger as standard.
But charge point rollout in the U.K is happening faster than you might think. There are around 13,000 charging points in the U.K and big name stores like Aldi supermarket are rolling out their own charge points at their stores by popular demand.
AFC energy has also just released a fuel cell charging point, powered by hydrogen.
Our top tip here is to do your research before you buy and use Google or a dedicated site to find out how many charge points are available in your local area and on your daily commute. Plan your journeys out and ask yourself would this work for me?
So you’ve made the plunge and decided to go green, what models should you be on the hunt for when you’re looking for your dream car.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
This top of the range model from Mitsubishi can drive 28 miles on electric power (more than a marathon!) and comes with its own in-house charging point, it has 4×4 off-road drive and since it’s a hybrid it also comes with a petrol tank as well.
This means if you’re ever stranded somewhere where there are no charge points, the car has your back.
Hyundai IONIQ Electric/Hybrid
With a choice of electric or hybrid modules, Hyundai is very much leading the game with its whopping 174-mile range car and an in-car entertainment system that includes Apple CarPlay, allowing you to use Siri and your phone whilst driving.
It also comes with LED daytime lights and has 0.24 coefficient drag for a smoother ride.
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Electric vehicles don’t have to be a confusing topic nor are they just the pet project of eco-warriors! They are the future and will soon be the most common way of getting about.
With the increased adoption of electric vehicles across the UK, and being an industry leader in automotive recycling, we’ve been rolling out training on the safe dismantling of Electric batteries to our staff for over 2 years, making sure they are equipped to deal with any electric breakers that come in. If you’re serious about going green and getting yourself an electric vehicle, relax knowing we can still offer the help and support you have come to know and expect from us. We offer a range of services from buying your old vehicles, salvages and selling spare parts.
So if you have a query be sure to get in touch.