EV NEWS: End of Year Round Up
The news has been awash with Electric Vehicle (EV) developments in November and December. Here is a summary of the ones that caught our eye.
THE BAN OF PETROL AND DIESEL VEHICLE SALES BY THE END OF 2030.
Boris Johnson has confirmed that the ban on new petrol and diesel sales will be brought forward to 2030.
The original date for cut off was 2040, however this has been brought forward. The Prime Minister's decision has been criticised by many, with reoccurring complaints on how it may not be feasible for some to change their vehicle by 2030. However, the new legalisation will solely include vehicles powered exclusively by an internal combustion engine, meaning many petrol and diesel hybrid vehicles will still be sold until 2035.
The Prime Minister's decision to bring the ban forward was part of his new 10 point plan to tackle climate change. Responding to the reports of the ban, Electrical Vehicle Association England have said that this move would signal that the government are 'serious' about the climate.
More than one in four of the councils new electric chargers are yet to be used. Over the summer, over 200 lamppost chargers where installed by Brighton and Hove city council using £300,000 from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and a £100,000 investment from operator Electric Blue. In September and October, chargers placed in Central Hove and Queens park were used more than 100 times each. Unfortunately, 58 of the chargers weren't used at all.
The aim of this infrastructure is to encourage people who drive to choose an electric vehicle. The council helped save approximately 11.1 metric tones in carbon emissions in September and October with the chargers being used a total of 1,191 times. In, October, the number of times the chargers were used rose by 19%. This helps with Chair of the environment, Amy Heley's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
EVs MUST BE AFFORDABLE
After the governments decision to fast-track the ban of traditional fuel vehicles to 2030, Car-wow has stated that EV prices must be 'affordable for the masses.'
In October, car sales figures showed a 157% year on year increase in petrol hybrid cars, 107% rise in petrol plug-in hybrid sales and a 75% growth in electric vehicle sales. The company has said that 'AFV sales now represent 15% of all purchases on Carwow.' Despite the success of AFV sales in October, Car-wow believe that EV prices still need to come down for them to be widely affordable.
In another article by MotorTrader.com, Ebay motors says that 'a limited supply of EV's in the used market makes them too expensive.' Due to concerns over battery life, recharging times and citing high purchase costs, car buyers are reluctant to commit to EVs.
According to a poll conducted by The Consumer Insight Panel about how environmental conditions are impacting car purchasing decisions, nearly two thirds of respondents said EV's are too expensive compared to traditional fuel types, with 49% saying they would switch to EV's if they became cheaper.
ZERO-EMISSION DOUBLE DECKER BUSES IN LONDON
The volume of traffic in London makes it one of the most polluted places in the UK. In an attempt to deliver greener and cleaner transport for all Londoners, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has provided the charging infrastructure for 37 new fully-electric double decker buses in London. Westbourne Park garage, on the Great Western Road, is the operator's first depot in London to incorporate fully electric routes with power infrastructure, maintenance and charging facilities.
ON STREET CHARGING
According to an AA investigation, only one In every six English councils has installed on-street electric vehicle charging points. Despite a grand that sees up to three-quarters of the installation costs covered by the central government, 266 of the 316 that responded do not have any on-street charging facilities.
Councils In London are among the early adopters of the on-street chargers, however, Coventry, West Berkshire and Brighton and Hove lead the way.