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There is now a wide variety of electric cars on the market, and registrations are at record levels, with more UK motorists choosing to go electric than ever before. New figures reveal there are now over 87,000 plug-in cars on the road, and there is something to suit almost everyone.
EVs range from smaller hatchbacks such as the pure electric Renault ZOE, Kia Soul EV or Volkswagen e-Golf to larger vehicles like the Volkswagen Passat GTE or Audi Q7 e-tron.
The future is bright for electric cars in 2017, as new figures released recently indicate that more than 100,000 plug-in cars could be on UK roads by the middle of this year. This prediction is fuelled by record numbers of electric car registrations in 2016, with volumes rising 29% on the previous 12 months. In fact, every quarter of 2016 produced year-on-year growth, with the total number of EVs on UK roads now at more than 87,000.
For our latest project, we worked with the acclaimed architect and former RIBA president, Maxwell Hutchinson, to discover the role that electric cars could play in the neighbourhoods of the future. Maxwell has seen homes and neighbourhoods evolve and change across the decades. He is also a keen eco-enthusiast and is excited about how new technology might affect our relationships as neighbours and change the landscape of the places we call home.
Well it was a different Friday, normally I finish earlier on a Friday to have coffee and cake with my Mummy friends but this Friday I was waiting for a special delivery. An electric car for the weekend! A prize I received following a promotional day at work where we got to test drive different types of electric cars to encourage us to consider an electric car as an option in the future.
Roger made the switch to electric earlier this year, with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Here he shares his thoughts on the flexibility and benefits of going for a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
“I switched to the Outlander PHEV back in May of this year, mainly because of the BIK tax reduction and to take advantage of the Government’s Plug-in Car Grant that offers money off the upfront cost of the car.
Ever wondered what your neighbourhood might look like in the future? We’ve recently released the results of our latest survey to see what features the public thought would be common sights in the not too distant future. Unsurprisingly, electric cars and chargepoints feature pretty high on the list.
Check out the top 10 most desired features for future neighbourhoods:
‘Positivity’ smart lamp posts using colourful hues to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder
Electric car charge points on every house
Locks on front doors which can be opened by fingerprint
On the 7th November we held our second annual Fleet Summit – The Future of the Car. The event brought together thought leaders from across the industry to discuss the issues facing businesses when introducing electric vehicles to their fleets. We already know that businesses are leading the charge when it comes to electric vehicle uptake, and demand for electric vehicles is growing among fleets and company car drivers – but more can be done to fuel the revolution.
Want an electric car but concerned about charging? Many people who would benefit from and enjoy electric driving are unaware of the latest information on charging and charging networks. So to tackle some misconceptions, we’ve teamed up with AutoTrader, a trusted authority on new and used cars, to create a set of new videos.
Where can you charge an electric car?
With a growing network of over 11,000 chargepoints in the UK,
Have you considered a plug-in hybrid for your next car? Pure electric vehicles nowadays can have a range of over 100 miles on a single charge. This is more than enough for most journeys, as the average car journey in the UK is around 10 miles, but if you regularly travel further afield, maybe a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) would be right for you.
PHEVs combine both an electric motor with an internal combustion engine giving you the best of both worlds.
We braved the cold weather on November 5th to attend the Regent Street Motor Show, and spread the word about electric vehicles from our stand in the Low Emission Zone, with our partners Transport for London. Every year Regent Street is closed to traffic and filled with cars from vintage models to the newest editions featuring cutting edge technology.
We were there with a wide range of low and zero emission vehicles including plug-in hybrids,