GWA take a look at the latest news in the Electric vehicle sector.
Fleets invited to bid for £19m funding for greener vans and Lorries.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones has announced a £19 million funding pot to help commercial vehicle fleets adopt the latest in low and zero emission vehicle technologies.
Now open for bids, the scheme will be funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) through Innovate UK, and will be open to SMEs as well as large fleets. Part of the funds will also go towards new alternative fuel infrastructure such as electric vehicle charge points.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “We are always looking at new ways to make the vehicles on our roads cleaner, and this funding will support the freight industry to embrace the latest technology.
“The UK’s low emission vehicle industry is a huge success story and a source of strength in our economy. This announcement is further proof that the government is leading the way as global demand for these vehicles grows.”
Almost 40% of Norway’s new cars are Hybrids and EVs.
Most of Norway’s alternative fuel vehicles are plug-in hybrids or fully electric vehicles, should we be taking a leaf out of their book?
Hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles accounted for 38.7% of Norway’s new car market during the first six months of 2016, with volumes up a third on the same period of 2015.
Almost a third (28.3%) of new cars can be driven using mains-supplied electricity, split almost equally between plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars. Last year, 80% of plug-ins registered in Norway were fully electric.
Looking at the figures for the UK in comparison, since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 58,186 eligible cars registered. In March 2016 518,707 new cars were registered, a 5.1% increase over 2015. As a comparison only 7,144 plug in Hybrids were registered in March.
AA and Chargemaster partner to bolster ULEV sales
The AA and Chargemaster have partnered to offer a suite of services for owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. A market which the two companies believe will reach 500,000 units by 2020, provided “myths” about ownership can be quashed.
In a recent AA Populus study, of 21,877 drivers, 96% overestimated the cost of installing a charging point at home, while access to public charging points was the second most common barrier to ownership, identified by 81% of respondents, and 59% were concerned about range.
To combat this, the partnership will offer AA members a fully installed charging point for £300, funded by the 75% grant from OLEV, as well as providing a 10% discount for membership of Chargemaster’s POLAR Plus charging scheme, taking the cost down to £6.85. Plans are also in place to install chargers at all 2,500 AA-rated hotels across the UK.
The two companies will also work together to highlight the benefits of EV ownership. High purchase prices for plug-ins were listed as a barrier by 82% of respondents, while 68% overestimated how long this would take to offset with lower in-life costs. Two thirds were concerned about battery durability, while 59% said the low range would not suit them.
David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said: “We want to change that perception. This new relationship with the AA will see hundreds more AA branded charging points installed. They’ll go in at AA-rated hotels and other accessible public places such as supermarkets, public car parks and town centres while we will be embarking on a public awareness campaign to show that charging a vehicle at home is neither difficult nor costly.”
Edmund King OBE, AA president, added: “We think that the EV revolution is about to take off and we want to help consumers understand the benefits of low cost, low emission driving and to show them it is accessible and affordable. Per mile driven an EV is five times cheaper than the average petrol car and carries no vehicle excise duty.
“The vast number of car journeys are under 25 miles and a third of households have two or more cars. Hence, we estimate that more than two million second cars could be electric tomorrow, with no disadvantages and many cost-saving benefits.”
Would you consider an electric or plug in hybrid in the near future?
With the charging network increasing rapidly we will soon have the ability to get rid of any concerns about ownership and range.
For information on plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles contact the GWA team.