The Paris Motor Show, one of the biggest motor shows of the year, took place this week. It’s always an opportunity for vehicle manufacturers to unveil their exciting plans and concepts for the future, and this year was no different. Here’s our roundup of the big electric car announcements this year:
Renault announced plans for the 2017 model of the all-electric ZOE to have a range of 250 miles. This would give it the longest range of any mainstream electric car, and help tackle the psychological barriers that still remain in some drivers who fear running out of power on the go.
The I.D. concept is seen as an important car by Volkswagen, as it is being positioned as the practical and attainable family car of the future, similar to the Golf. The I.D. will have a range of 249-373 miles and features autonomous driving technology and an interior designed specifically for electric drivetrains.
Building on the current popularity of the Outlander PHEV, Mitsubishi announced the new GT-PHEV concept. The company is focussing on SUV/crossovers and plug-in drivetrains and this concept uses three electric motors to assist the petrol engine. This means it will have an electric range of up to 75 miles on a single charge.
The new Prius Plug-In Hybrid made its debut at the show and is an even more efficient version of the current Prius. It has an electric-only range of 30 miles and Toyota have added a solar panel in the roof.
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Many people wonder about the effect the uptake of electric vehicles could have on the national electricity grid, and the Electric Nation is looking to answer some of those questions.
The project recently launched at LCV 2016 and aims to ensure that local electricity networks are up to the task of coping with increasing numbers of EVs in the UK. Electric Nation is looking for between 500 and 700 new electric vehicle owners, of a range of makes and models, to trial a new smart charging solution to link domestic chargepoints with the local electricity network. This will demonstrate how EV charging needs can be delivered whilst avoiding networks peaks.
Sales of electric vehicles continue to go up, due to the increasing range of models available and more drivers realising the cost-saving benefits, and this project hopes to make sure that charging will continue to be simple for EV owners in the future. The results will help electricity networks manage the additional load on the grid, whilst allowing the number of EVs to keep on growing.
Motorists from across the country who have bought or leased a new electric car – including pure EVs and plug-in hybrids – are being invited to take part in the trial, and all participants will have a free smart charger fitted.
Visit Electric Nation’s website to find out more and check whether you’re eligible.
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Have you seen the Toyota Mirai, one of the more recent additions to the Go Ultra Low lineup? This innovative hydrogen-fuelled vehicle is still quite new to the UK market and presents a brand new type of vehicle technology for UK drivers to get to grips with. But it’s not as complicated as it may seem – read on to find out how a hydrogen car gets from A to B…
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, or Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs), are still essentially electric cars, with a bit of a twist. Like other electric cars, there is no internal combustion engine. However instead of a battery they have a fuel cell stack, which combines hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity. It is this electricity which powers the wheels of the vehicle to propel it forwards.
The fuel cell is an electrochemical device, quite similar to a battery. However, it does not need to be recharged, as it uses hydrogen to generate power. FCEVs are zero emission vehicles at the point of use as these fuel cells produce only water and heat as a by-product.
Wondering how you re-fuel a vehicle like the Toyota Mirai? They’re refuelled at filling stations in a similar way to petrol or diesel engine vehicles. It takes just three to five minutes, and gives these vehicles a range of around 300 miles – all emission free!
There are currently 12 publically accessible hydrogen filling stations in development across the UK, and it’s inevitable that as more and more people switch, the refuelling infrastructure will grow to accommodate FCEV drivers.
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What Car? recently invited several readers down to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders in London for a taste of life with an electric vehicle. We co-hosted the event with What Car? and showed the readers electric vehicles from a variety of the manufacturers involved in our campaign: the Renault ZOE and Twizy, BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF.
Attendees were invited to take a closer look at the vehicles and ask questions on anything; from cost, to range, to charging practicalities. Find out what the reader test team thought:
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