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  1. Mike Matheson says:

    I doubt this is a free charging station. Electricity is not free. It needs to be generated, and generating it costs money. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

    We know that there are no exhaust emissions from electric cars, but there are still emissions from coal-fired plants that produce electricity … so the idea that there is no pollution at all with electric cars is not actually true.

    Where we live, the government has a monopoly on supplying electricity to homes and businesses and the cost is subsidized. When a company can lose money on purpose and not have to worry about going out of business, you can bet there will be very little innovation. How can anyone compete with that? Lack of competition, investment and innovation all adds up to costs staying high. Taking that into consideration, it is unlikely that there will be a high demand for electric vehicles. It doesn’t take an economics degree to realize that supply and demand rules. That means costs will stay high and – for now at least – we won’t be seeing the streets crowded with voltage powered vehicles.

    I’d be happy to save money on fuel, since I do a lot of driving. Hybrids might have a chance, but the government needs to get out of the electricity business if we are to see any big changes. It’s not as if they run anything efficiently … imagine if the government was in charge of driving instruction?

  2. Colin Martin says:

    There is a lot of bad information about concerning electric cars. When comparing pollution figures there hasn’t really been an accurate report yet which compares the CO2 per mile based on the transport of crude oil, refining it and the electricity it takes then the transportation to the pumps and the tailpipe emissions. An electric motor will turn 98% of the batteries energy into motion compared to a fossil fuelled car which turns about 27% of the energy stored in the fuel into motion and wastes the rest as heat.

    The charging points are usually free to charge with a small annual subscription and the fast ones will take a car like the Nissan Leaf to 80% charge in 25 minutes. Most electric car owners charge overnight on off peak electricity which works out about 1.5p a mile and leaves them with a car which can do 100 miles before a charge.

    I am an ADI and have had Prius hybrid for over 2 years now. It returns over 50MPG, not bad from a reasonable sized auto car. Based on the fact that 100 miles a day is 36,000 miles a year and I only do 12,000 I will consider a Nissan Leaf as my next car. With 12,000 miles of electricity costing less than £200 in a year and servicing almost not required as the electric motor has 1 moving part and no gearbox I could afford to hire a fuel burning car for the very occasional long journey. A conventional engine and gearbox has about 800 moving parts. We have a green tarif on our home electricity so an EV in my hands would use renewable energy.

    There are Nissan Leafs beginning to hit the used market so this makes them more affordable although new they compare favourably to a top range VW golf (which they are often compared to in build quality) or Prius.

    Anybody interested in the subject of EV’s should start by searching out Robert Llewelyn’s Fully Charged series on youtube.

  3. kemosite says:

    I’ve had the opportunity to drive a Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry Hybrid, and the Chevy Volt. Besides the obvious benefit of saving fuel, another benefit I find is the gamified aspect that are often found on board. By showing the driver when they’re accelerating and braking effectively to maximize the battery charge, it also helps prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on the car, and can even help reinforce better driving behavior overall.

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