The Rise of the Second-hand Electric Vehicle Market Place

David Winterbourne March 24, 2020

The Rise of the Second-hand Electric Vehicle Market Place

Changing mass consumer behaviour to make the change to go electric has been no easy task. Even with the help of The Fully Charged Show and brands like Tesla and Nissan leading the charge, it has felt prolonged. Now, however, it does feel like all the myths around going electric are busted. And the recent statistics show that we are at the tipping point for significant changes to happen. Registrations for Electric Vehicles in the UK are up 218% in the first few months of 2020 compared to the same period last year.  A total of 37,850 electric cars registered in the UK in 2019. A rise in demand of 144% compared to the previous year, and figures published this month showed that 6,500 new electric cars were sold in the first two months of this year in the UK, more than triple the number in the same period in […]

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IS THIS THE DAWNING OF THE E-SCOOTER REVOLUTION?

EV Nana March 17, 2020

IS THIS THE DAWNING OF THE E-SCOOTER REVOLUTION?

In the age of Coronavirus, are Electric Scooters set to be the solution to people’s public transport fears? We’re all a bit panicked to cozy up to a fellow commuter who’s breath your likely to inhale and be able to guess what they had for dinner last night, or heaven forbid they sneeze or cough on you. E-Scooters are the perfect answer to social distancing and unwanted closeness to strangers but the law needs to change as fast as we’re having to adapt to living in these crazy Coronavirus times. The UK is only one of 3 countries in Europe where it is illegal to ride e-scooters on public roads.  Last year we reported that there was to be a review of these out-dated laws, but at the moment it is still illegal to ride on public footpaths, roads and bike lanes in the UK, but it does seem that […]

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Clean air for all: Lampposts to charge electric cars

EV Nana March 17, 2020

Clean air for all: Lampposts to charge electric cars

Grame Paton for The Times newspaper reported today, An “electric avenue” has been developed where lampposts have been converted into chargers for battery-powered cars. In what is thought to be the first of its kind, a street in the capital has been transformed into a hub for the vehicles to promote their use in residential areas. Twenty-four lampposts over a half-mile stretch of Sutherland Avenue in Maida Vale, northwest London, have been converted to contain chargepoints, allowing residents without driveways to power up electric vehicles overnight. The project, led by Siemens, which was completed yesterday, is the first time a street has been fully converted to cater for on-street car charging. The conversion comes amid concerns that a perceived shortage of public chargers may be preventing many motorists from ditching petrol and diesel cars in favour of electric vehicles. The majority of charging is done at home but this can be […]

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UK could ban sale of petrol and diesel cars in 12 years, says Shapps

EV Nana February 13, 2020

UK could ban sale of petrol and diesel cars in 12 years, says Shapps

Transport secretary’s disclosure of earlier target likely to rattle carmakers. The government could ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2032, three years earlier than previously suggested, the transport secretary has said. A consultation launched last week suggested all cars with internal combustion engines could be banned from 2035 but Grant Shapps told BBC radio on Wednesday the ban could come within 12 years. The ban would happen by 2035 – or even 2032, subject to consultation, he said. The comments will add to the concerns of the car industry, which has criticised the government for “moving the goalposts” with its earlier announcement that the limits could come by 2035, from an initial expectation of a 2040 ban. Mike Hawes, the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said it was a “date without a plan”. Previous proposals also excluded some hybrid cars, which combine internal combustion engines […]

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THE ELECTRIC SCOOTER… Could This Be The (Green) Future of Urban Travel?

EV Nana September 3, 2019

THE ELECTRIC SCOOTER… Could This Be The (Green) Future of Urban Travel?

We are constantly hearing about the poor air quality in our Towns and Cities, the statistics are grim, and there is a growing awareness that we have to do something, and soon.  We know that combustion engines are polluting our cities and taking a terrible toll on our health, the health of our children and the health of our planet. Could the electric scooter be part of the answer? On a recent trip to Paris, my son decided to see the sights on one of the many hundreds of electric scooters easily located for hire around the City. There are over 500 dedicated parking slots and e-scooters for hire on most streets in Paris. Each electric scooter has a GPS tracker and they are retrieved each evening for the batteries to be re-charged and for necessary repairs. My son came back a real enthusiast, loving the ease of use, finding […]

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Things to consider before buying an electric car

David Winterbourne August 16, 2019

Things to consider before buying an electric car

Electric cars are certainly becoming more popular, the best are spacious, comfortable and can go long distances between charges, help save the planet, and are cheaper to run and maintain than internal combustion engine vehicles. The worst can be expensive, impractical and unreliable. Below are a few tips to help you weigh-up the advantages and possible disadvantages before buying, including information on the government-funded grant towards the cost of the car and towards the installation of a charging point at your home. Your main decision may be choosing between two the two types of plug-in car: an all-electric car with a battery-driven electric motor or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), where the battery power and motor supplement are backed up by a combustion engine. The Electric Compared with a hybrid car, purely electric cars have a slightly reduced range compared to their internal combustion engine, and hybrid counterparts. But electric cars […]

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British Press finally recognises the EV revolution

David Winterbourne July 23, 2019

British Press finally recognises the EV revolution

At last Europe is catching up with the EV revolution.  Here’s the latest from BBC News of what there is to look forward to in the EV Market Place. Electric car models to triple in Europe by 2021 The number of electric car models available to consumers in Europe is expected to triple by 2021, says a European environmental lobby group. The uptake of electric cars has been stalling, blamed on a lack of charging infrastructure and higher prices. Latest data shows carmakers will offer 214 electric car models in 2021, up from 60 models at the end of 2018. More affordable options could see consumers switch from petrol and diesel cars sooner than anticipated. Analysis by the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), based on data by research firm IHS Markit, suggests that car manufacturers are now ready to embrace car electrification. In 2021, carmakers are forecast to […]

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Strong policy and falling battery costs drive another record year for electric cars

David Winterbourne June 18, 2019

Strong policy and falling battery costs drive another record year for electric cars

China remained by far the largest electric car market in the world, accounting for half sold last year. Nearly 580,000 electric cars were sold in China in 2017, a 72% increase from the previous year. The United States had the second-highest, with about 280,000 cars sold in 2017, up from 160,000 in 2016. Nordic countries remain leaders in market share. Electric cars accounted for 39% of new car sales in Norway, making it the world leader in electric vehicle (EV) market share. In Iceland, new EV sales were 12% of the total while the share reached 6% in Sweden. Germany and Japan also saw strong growth, with sales more than doubling in both countries from their 2016 levels. Electric mobility is not limited to cars. In 2017, the stock of electric buses rose to 370,000 from 345,000 in 2016, and electric two-wheelers reached 250 million. The electrification of these modes […]

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Electric Light Aircraft Order Rush: Deeply Significant

David Winterbourne June 14, 2019

Electric Light Aircraft Order Rush: Deeply Significant

Not long ago it was just dreams. Small internal-combustion aircraft provide taxi services, serve the declining market for private flying and a few other needs. Some are over 30 years old because total cost of ownership is an issue. Designing electric replacements seemed like entering a dust bowl. Spotting that there is more money in larger aircraft, some raised investment to jump in at the deep end and make 8-100 seat pure-electric aircraft or, more realistically, hybrid interim versions first, such as the Faradair BEHA. It is well analysed in the new IDTechEx report, Manned Electric Aircraft 2020-2030.   NASA did a concept video of something disturbingly like a coffin lifting you out of your garden. Resonantly, it was called Puffin. About 100 organisations have raised money or concepts in that quirky vertical take-off and landing VTOL arena, mainly offering pure-electric zero-emission. However, batteries do not yet exist to lift […]

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