Archive for the 'Electric cars' category

Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid Car Ban Brought Forward to 2035

February 4, 2020 | Posted under: Electric cars

Petrol, Diesel and Hybrid Car Ban Brought Forward to 2035 The ban of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in the UK has been brought forward 5 years, from 2040 to 2035, or maybe even earlier. The initial ban, announced back in July 2017, did not include hybrid vehicles – the updated plans, however, are clear in stating that hybrid vehicles will also be banned from sale. Experts had warned that the initial timescale would not give the UK enough time to meet its target of achieving net zero…

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Green number plates will allow electric cars to use bus lanes and access cheaper parking

October 23, 2019 | Posted under: Electric cars

Green number plates will allow electric cars to use bus lanes and access cheaper parking It is hoped that the scheme will help the government to reach its ‘zero emissions’ target by 2050. It’s not always easy to identify the difference between an electric vehicle and one that is powered by petrol or diesel, but that could be about to change as the government propose a new ‘green number plate’ initiative, aimed towards increasing the take-up of zero-emission cars. If…

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Electric car owners should be able to choose the noise that their car makes

September 24, 2019 | Posted under: Electric cars

Electric car owners should be able to choose the noise that their car makes What noise would you choose? One of the supposed benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) is the lack of noise pollution that they produce, but that could be about to change drastically under new UK, European and US regulations stating that silently-driven vehicles must be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) so pedestrians can hear them approaching. The noises are currently decided by car manufacturers, but the…

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New battery technology could make electric vehicles cheaper and more accessible

June 17, 2019 | Posted under: Electric cars

New battery technology could make electric vehicles cheaper and more accessible The cost of recharging electric vehicles could become cheaper, encouraging more charging stations to be set up across the country. That is the thinking in the US, at least, where researchers have suggested that the use of lead battery cells at charging stations could make charging electric cars cheaper. US government, as well as industry giants such as Tesla, are looking into the idea, which could potentially encourage…

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The most popular electric cars in the UK revealed

March 24, 2019 | Posted under: Electric cars

The most popular electric cars in the UK revealed We have collected the data on how often different electric car models are searched for on Google to identify the most popular electric and hybrid cars in the UK. As the popularity of electric cars becomes more and more common in the UK, we decided to find out which models – both ‘all electric’ and hybrids – are the most popular. The popularity of certain cars is often measured by sales figures, but they don’t necessarily…

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UK is already behind targets for electric car infrastructure

December 7, 2018 | Posted under: Electric cars

UK is already behind targets for electric car infrastructure – IMI The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has issued a damning report on the UK's readiness for electric cars. A new report has warned that the UK is seriously behind schedule on delivering its targets to reduce the country’s illegal levels of air pollution. New analysis by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has found that the UK doesn’t have enough public charging points to cater for the electric vehicles…

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Nearly half of UK drivers say they can't afford to buy an electric car

November 19, 2018 | Posted under: Electric cars

Nearly half of UK drivers say they can’t afford to buy an electric car Survey suggests around 16 million UK motorists can't afford a new electric car - and that is before the Government slashed grants to make them more affordable The decision of the UK government to cut grants for electric car buyers and remove them altogether for the purchase of plug-in hybrids will slow the transition to low emissions vehicles, according to a new report. Approximately 16 million drivers in the UK say they…

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How far can electric cars really travel on a single charge? New study reveals true range of electric cars

November 7, 2018 | Posted under: Electric cars

How far can electric cars really travel on a single charge? New study reveals true range of electric cars A new study by What Car? has revealed that some electric cars fall well short of their manufacturer's claims regarding how far they can travel on a single charge. The term ‘range anxiety’ is a relatively new expression, but is becoming more and more pertinent as car manufacturers commit to making electric cars in place of traditional fossil-fuel-powered petrol and diesel motors. The…

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What to look out for when buying a second-hand electric car

October 23, 2018 | Posted under: Electric cars

What to look out for when buying a second-hand electric car New study reveals 76% of UK drivers would consider buying a used electric car - here's what to look out for... Drivers in the UK are very open to the idea, and risk, of buying a second-hand electric car – and are more comfortable with it than buying a second-hand laptop or mobile phone. That’s according to a new survey which found over three-quarters of us would consider a used electric car, compared to just 63% who would buy…

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Revealed: The most - and least - electric car friendly towns and cities in the UK

August 28, 2018 | Posted under: Electric cars

Revealed: The most – and least – electric car friendly towns and cities in the UK Towns and cities ranked on the number of homes with off-street and private parking - which allow electric car owners to have home charge points installed. Poole in Dorset has been named as the most electric car-friendly town in the UK, according to a new study that has reviewed properties around the country to identify which areas have the most homes with off-street and private parking. Homes with driveways…

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