The impact of Electric VehiclesJune 29, 2012 by: Deepak
As the years pass, the search and attainment for both renewable and alternative forms of energy is becoming ever more important. Not only have levels of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere never been higher, but on a basic, every day level, the cost of releasing these harmful chemicals is getting more expensive and is only set to rise.
Currently, the government of the United Kingdom is in a race against the clock to curb its gargantuan emissions by 2020. Based on 1990 levels, the government must curtail the amount of C02 being released into the atmosphere by 34% and another 16% by 2025.
As part of this target, both companies and industries are racing to find the next successful renewable or alternative energy. With solar and wind energy firmly taking their places amongst private and commercial properties alike, the future of alternative fuel for vehicles is not yet concluded.
So far, bio fuels are an excellent form of alternative energy though they have not yet fully made an impact upon the car industry. The same unfortunately, goes for hydrogen fuelled cars, wherein the only consequence by way of emission is pure water – but this, much like bio fuel, has some way to go yet.
The only alternative fuel for cars which is currently making a steadfast increase with an assured future, is electricity. Indeed electric vehicles have been around for years, not in tenths, but in hundreds as the first electric locomotive was invented by a Scottish fellow named Robert Davidson, way back in 1835.
As the years have progressed, electric vehicle theory has progressed and there has been much experimentation in regards to all forms and concepts of the vehicles.
In fact, it is thanks to the media’s perception of electric vehiclesduring their long years of experimentation that has caused such a negative perception amongst the public (see the Daily Mail& Jeremy Clarkson).
Many people presume that electric cars do cannot travel long distances without breaking down or without having to recharge. Again, this is quite a misconception as there are now electric vehicles with a range of up to 150 miles. Not only that but with advancement of technology, such as the new ‘regenerative braking’ system which, when the brakes are applied, charges the battery, giving the vehicle an additional range of up to 20%.
The reason that the electric car is becoming a major part of the renewable energy push is mostly thanks to the EV charging ports which are springing up all over the country. Not only can you now find them in service stations and by petrol pumps, but you can also have your own EV pod installed on your house or in your garage. As part of this development, renewable energy company, Ploughcroft Renewables have teamed up with Rolec, a world specialist in electronic connection, to provide EV chargers to customers and users of EV Vehicles.
Not only this but Zero Carbon World, an eco charity, are giving away 1000 free charging stations to businesses in the hotel and leisure industry. All of this combined, is a great push for the future of electric vehicles.