Every day car manufacturers announce their lofty plans for EV expansion but now that the changeover to electric has become a serious consideration for the masses, what is actually available this year? We look at options from the top car manufacturers, from compact to SUV.
The most recognisable style of Electric Vehicle Charger has been around for years in small numbers on local streets and in parking bays – the Public / On-Street Charger. Now that the EV industry is taking a sharp upturn, we are seeing companies install them in greater numbers to keep up with the changing requirements of their employees and visitors.
This week, Google announced that it’s map feature will now show EV Charging Stations across the world including information and imagery about each point. Consumer demand has driven this enhancement as the market enters a dynamic phase in EV adoption.
With almost 300,000 vehicles sold since its introduction, the Nissan Leaf is the world’s best selling Electric Vehicle. It managed to secure that position at the time by introducing the longest single charging range (100+ miles), however in recent years car makers have introduced charge distances of more than double this length - a key selling point for the driving public.
As part of its commitment to eliminating its reliance on fossil fuels by 2030, Sweden has launched a highly innovative project to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles - an electrified road. The first of its kind can be found near Stockholm and is located on a 2km stretch between Arlanda airport and a logistics site outside the city.
As car manufacturers reduce and withdraw their diesel ranges, the range of full EV and Hybrid models is increasing. EV infrastructure including charging stations, is rapidly developing to support these changes.
Earlier this year we looked at Norway's plan to phase out fossil fuelled cars by 2025 - as an EV leader nation, this move was bold but not overly shocking. When France & the UK made such announcements a few weeks ago, they came as a much more significant surprise.
Energy improvement grants have benefitted almost three hundred and fifty thousand homes in Ireland to date. Covering up to 30% of the cost of works, these grants can be used on solar thermal projects, roof/wall insulation and upgrades to existing heating systems. There are fixed rates for each type of project and bonus payments if residents decide to carry out more than three.
A huge breakthrough was announced this week that could further boost the already escalating adoption of Electric Vehicles. A new type of storage could obliterate charging times from up to 8 hours down to 10 minutes.