Electric vehicles are one of the most talked about topics in the motoring industry today. Uptake of plug-in vehicles is absolutely booming and set to increase exponentially over the next couple of years. In fact, official statistics show that EVs are behind the ongoing record breaking number of new car registrations.
Electric Vehicle Registrations Have Grown By 2400% since 2013
Back in 2013 there were only 3500 electric vehicles registered in the UK, an absolutely miniscule amount compared to the 85,000 at the start of 2017. This just goes to show the meteoric rise in the popularity of EVs. The rise can partly be attributed to government grants and subsidies, but also to a big push from the manufacturers in terms of marketing and promotional activity. This growth rate is set to continue to rise with some sources citing that there will be no fuelled vehicles on the road as early as 2030.
Battery costs are falling exponentially making EVs more affordable.
The most expensive part of an electric vehicle is the battery, and this is what is keeping entry costs high at the moment. However as demand picks up and economies of scale take hold, the cost of producing batteries for EVs will drop dramatically. This will continue to drive down the price of electric vehicles, making them a much more affordable option and a competitive alternative to traditionally fuelled vehicles.
Manufacturers are going to have to add in “engine” noise to electric vehicles.
After an announcement in November 2016, electric vehicles are required to emit a noise at low speeds. This is because the cars are actually too quiet and can be a risk to pedestrians who may not sense the vehicle coming towards them. This is especially true for visually impaired pedestrians. The new regulations state that the vehicle must emit a noticeable noise when travelling at speeds of 19mph or less (both in forward and reverse).
Charge points could overtake petrol stations by the year 2020.
According to research by Nissan, the manufacturer of the popular Leaf electric vehicle charge points will overtake petrol stations by 2020. They calculated this by taking the steady decline of the number of fuel stations in the United Kingdom, crossed with the sharp incline in charging points to identify 2020 as the point of crossover. Not by much (20 units actually) but summer 2020 is their predicted date.
In the UK electric vehicles may get their own priority lanes.
As part of the government’s efforts to promote clean air zones the environment department has put forward a number of suggestions which should be implemented by local councils. These include creating priority lanes for electric vehicles, much like what currently exists for buses. The plans even go one step further creating priority exit at traffic lights. It is hoped that these incentives will encourage use of environmentally friendly vehicles and clean up pollution in densely populated areas.
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