- The electric car market is bound to get bigger with the UK planning to only run “effectively zero emission” by 2040
- Big market players like General Motors, Bechtel and Volkswagen are devising a network of charging points for EVs of all kinds.
Look at the world’s melting ice and the half-empty glacier basins and you’d be left assured that global warming is not just a looming challenge but an inexorable issue.
The UK government now has an ambitious plan to wipe out all petrol and diesel-based cars by 2040 for good. In July 2019, a total of 2461 electrics cars were sold and though this sale accounted for only 1.1%, the overall tally shows a massive 62% hike when we compare it to 2018’s figures.
So let’s just establish this for a fact that electric cars are here to stay. More than half (57%) of British people would consider buying an electric car if it was “available at the right price for them,” according to a recent YouGov survey. So if you’re also playing a catch-up game like everyone else, let us quickly run you through with what’s coming your way.
Quiet similar to your traditional fuel engine vehicle, the total cost of buying and maintaining an electric car depends on the model, variant and specifics — it means there’s something for everyone. As a bonus from the government’s side, early buyers also get access to government-sanctioned grants, vehicle excise duty discounts, schemes and exemption from fuel duty, making the overall ownership a cost-effective experience.
Today, an electric car will probably give you an average around 200 miles per charge and is expected to reach an average of 300 miles within 10 years. That said, over 60% of the UK’s commercial activities have turned to use this mode for their transportation. The only hurdle in the way is the consistency in charging points. Charging speeds, wattage and connections are yet to be standardized in the country.
But you’re in good hands. General Motors is teaming up with Bechtel to devise a network of fast chargers; Volkswagen is working on making seamless charging points for EVs of all kinds. With big players like these, drivers will have more and more options, a significant fall in the prices and a wider variety of MOT service providers. Furthermore, both London and Richmond-upon-Thames plan to lampposts into charging stations..
As we inch closer to this electric world, know that EVs are far less polluting than their combustion engine counterparts. EVs are on their way to become more and more sustainable for the environment.
Manufacturers will facilitate better infrastructure, manufacturing techniques, and charging facilities, even for those who don’t have a driveway and have to park on the street. In fact, since EVs have to go through the same safety tests from MOT providers, they’d be tested for the same safety measures as a regular car.
With these EVs, we’ll significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. EVs have no tailpipe emissions, which means we’d have cleaner air to breathe. Due to their internal combustion engine, electric cars are also quieter, therefore less noise pollution.
Are you in or out?