Things to consider before buying an electric car

EV Brothers 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

EV Brothers 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

EV Brothers 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

EV Brothers 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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EV charging locations outnumber petrol stations in the UK

EV Brothers June 4, 2019

EV charging locations outnumber petrol stations in the UK

Data from electric vehicle (EV) charging station location service Zap-Map has revealed that the number of public charging locations in the UK has now surpassed petrol stations. The company’s data shows that, as of 22 May, there are 8,471 public charging stations across the UK compared to 8,400 petrol stations. These charging stations host a total of 13,613 charging devices. The UK market for public EV charging has grown drastically in the last year, with the number of locations increasing by 57 per cent in this time. This network is supporting the growing number of EVs on the road, estimated at more than 210,000 currently, from a figure of only 3,500 six years ago. Zap-Map pointed to forecasts which predict that by the end of 2022 there will be over one million EVs on the UK’s roads. Last year saw a record number of EV registrations, with almost 60,000 new electric […]

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9 reasons why you should switch to an Electric Vehicle in Ireland

EV Brothers April 17, 2019

9 reasons why you should switch to an Electric Vehicle in Ireland

The shift to electric vehicles (EV) is well and truly underway, with more electric cars than ever on our roads. There are also more industry and government initiatives available to help people to make the switch. It’s estimated there are currently around 5,500 electric cars on the roads in Ireland, but the Government plans to increase this to 20,000 vehicles by 2020. With so many benefits for both the environment and your pocket, driving an electric car makes so much sense. Here’s why electric vehicles really are the transport mode of the future. 1. They’re more affordable to run An electric car can reduce your transport costs by 74pc, compared to a similar diesel engine car. The SEAI is offering grants of up to €5,000 towards the cost of an electric vehicle and motorists can avail of up to €5,000 VRT (Vehicle Registration Tax) relief. There is also a €600 […]

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How electric cars are dominating the Geneva Motor Show 2019

EV Brothers April 17, 2019

How electric cars are dominating the Geneva Motor Show 2019

The car industry is charging ahead with electrification. The shift away from fossil fuels is a massive trend across the sector, with the majority of the firms showing cars at the Geneva International Motor Show having at least some kind of electric-powered device on offer. The electric pulse races from the fastest to the slowest car at the Swiss event. One of the fastest is from new brand Automobili Pininfarina, the Battista, with technology from Croatia’s Rimac it develops 1,900bhp. Automobili Pininfarina development driver Nick Heidfeld told Euronews: “It has nearly 2,000 horsepower, the thing closest to that I have driven is a probably an F1 car, with nearly 900 horsepower, and this car will have more than double,” As Citroën celebrates its centenary, it’s showing off the slowest car at the show – the electric Ami One Concept. “We don’t call it a vehicle, we call it an object, for urban areas. So, big cities,” says Linda Jackson, […]

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