We all know that our environment is under threat and we need to do something about it. And it’s becoming harder to ignore, especially after many of us donned T-shirts last month when the capital basked in the highest February temperatures since records began, the latest sign of a warming climate, observers say. We Londoners, however, are starting to change our ways. Just try drinking through a plastic straw or buying a coffee in a disposable cup in front of anyone aged 30 or younger and see their reaction. But small measures are not enough. The biggest issue we face is pollution from vehicles. Health researchers at King’s College say pollution causes 9,000 premature deaths each year in the capital. Which is why next month Mayor Sadiq Khan will launch the toughest emissions charges for vehicles in any big city in the world. Owners of up to 2.5 million diesel cars and vans built before 2015 and 2016 respectively, as well as most pre-2006 petrol cars, will have to pay … [Read more...] about The electric car revolution is heading your way
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Electric cars are already a mainstay on Britain's roads, with a growing number of all-electric models being available to buy right now. The electric effect is now in full force, with established brands committing offering a wider range of pure electric cars in the future, while those who depend heavily on diesel are seeing sales falter.Prices are falling, models are diversifying and it's all going hand-in-hand with increased investment and roll-out of charging networks.But what electric cars are coming? Let us give you a closer look at what you can expect to see in showrooms and hitting the roads in the next few years.Honda e PrototypeThe Honda e Prototype evolves the 2017 Honda Urban EV Concept with Honda saying that production of its compact urban electric vehicle will begin in 2019. It's not saying that it will be the Prototype, but many expect we're pretty close to the final looks here. The e Prototype is certainly cute with distinctive looks. It's designed to be small, … [Read more...] about Future electric cars: Upcoming battery-powered cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years
There is perhaps nothing more emblematic of the American century than the automobile. Assembly lines rolled out millions of Fords, Chryslers, Chevys and Buicks and made Motor City-Detroit, Michigan-the capital of the global car industry. But in the race to dominate the auto industry of the 21st century, it is China vying for the pole position. It's Chinese auto-makers building the smart cars of tomorrow. And the energy fueling them is electric. Today, U.S. automakers are caught between a tariff-fueled trade war and threats of cuts to electric car subsidies by the Trump administration. At the same time, Beijing is trying to win the race by ensuring the electric vehicles of the future are made in China. Michael Dunne: This year, China will build a million electric vehicles. That's nice scale. That's half of the electric vehicles in the world. Michael Dunne grew up in Detroit, America's Motor City, then as a graduate student seeking adventure in the late 1980s, he went to Chongqing … [Read more...] about China’s drive to dominate the electric car industry
caption Volkswagen’s ID Crozz is expected to arrive in 2020. source Volkswagen Tesla is preparing to deliver its Model 3 sedan to Europe and China, which are expected to be important sources of growth for Model 3 sales. The Model 3 is essential to Tesla‘s long-term ambitions and quest for profitability. As Tesla begins to deliver the Model 3 to European and Chinese customers, a number of other automakers have or will introduce electric cars that will compete with the Model 3. They include the BMW Mini Electric, Volkswagen I.D, and Byton K-Byte. Tesla is preparing to deliver its Model 3 sedan to Europe and China, which are expected to be important sources of growth for Model 3 sales. The Model 3 was designed to broaden Tesla’s customer base beyond the luxury segment and has generated significant demand since Tesla began taking reservations for it in March 2016. The vehicle has resulted in production and delivery bottlenecks while … [Read more...] about 10 electric cars that will challenge Tesla’s Model 3
One of the biggest barriers to electric car adoption is charging. The fear of not being able to charge the car, not being able to find a charger, or not being able to figure out how it fits into your life can deter prospective customers from considering an electric vehicle (EV) as their next car. So let us explain how electric car charging works in the real world.Is charging an electric car difficult?No, not at all. Most people will charge their electric car at home overnight, with public charging only needed on long journeys. Is it more complicated that rolling into a fuel station? Yes, it can be.Zap-Map - which keeps a live database of the number of chargers in the UK - says there are over 6,500 charging locations in the UK, with over 18,000 connectors (at the time of writing). These are in common locations like shopping centre car parks or motorway service stations for example.The simplest solution is home charging, but if that's not something that's available to you, … [Read more...] about How do I charge my electric car?