Monday, 19 May 2014

How many electric cars heve you seen on the road?

To be honest I have seen 4 in the last 2 years, two Ampera's and 2 Leaf's

Maybe I live in the wrong area because The Telegraph says "Electric cars go mainstream"

I think they must be city cars

Ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) have been described as the future of motoring for so long that it can be easy to forget that they are now the present.

Since the Nissan Leaf first appeared in 2010, there has been a stream of new models from manufacturers such as Renault, Vauxhall, Toyota and, most recently, BMW. This variety shows that ULEVs are now part of the mainstream motoring scene.

Manufacturers do not enter an area of the market they regard as a cul-de-sac; they enter areas of the market they are sure will grow and give a return on their investment.

Electric cars have gone from urban runabouts to executive models in 10 years

The most recent entrant, the BMW i3, is a case in point. BMW believes the i3 can be as aspirational as its conventionally-engined vehicles, which means that electric cars have gone from utility urban runabouts to executive models in 10 years.

In early February 2014, BMW said there was a six-month waiting list for the i3 and it was considering expanding production to meet demand. It is also significant that the i3 was the first BMW ever to have its global launch in London – a city BMW considers ideal territory for the car’s minimal emissions.

As for those who still doubt that ULEVs could enter the mainstream, let alone become aspirational, remember the same was once said about diesel engines.

BMW made diesel cars for a decade before it imported the first one to the UK because, in the Eighties, diesels were associated with taxis and vans. Today, diesels account for more than 80 per cent of UK executive car sales compared to almost zero 25 years ago.

Anyone tempted to scoff at ULEVs should consider how quickly things can change in the car market.

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But maybe you shouldn't believe the hype just yet. we will see the change when we see the cars on the road outside of fleet street.

I hope you had a great weekend and I would love to hear from an EV user on this. I am ready to be sold...

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