The Plan For Electric Cars UK

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1. The Future Has Electric Feels

Right now there is the hype, it’s ‘cool’ and still not common practice to see a bus gliding past in complete electric silence with no emissions, but in a lot of states in America, it is very much common practice. 

Electric vehicles today comprise cars, buses, lorries of all sorts, and even big-rig tractor trailers, but selling buses, lorries or big-rig’s is not on the agenda and we will just stick to the future of electric used cars NI can rely on for the moment.

There are three types of electric vehicles:

  • Electricity stored in a battery pack powers battery electric cars.
  • A petrol or diesel engine is combined with an electric motor and a huge rechargeable battery in a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
  • Fuel cell vehicles generate electricity by splitting electrons from hydrogen molecules.

In the future, just think there could be no more loud bin lorries in the morning, motorways with just a whooshing noise as they glide pollutant free to their destination. A quieter world, in many respects.

2. Electric Cars & The Environment 

Close up of hand plugging electric charger to socket in electric car with wind turbine in the background

An environment without diesel and petrol fuelled cars, is not only saving the planet, but saving us.

Transport, across the UK is the most significant contributor to the climate pollution that has us in crisis. Our transportation in cities and our day to day travel needs to be as clean as possible to tackle the catasphrophic climate issues. This is an issue with a deadline, if we do not address this significantly this decade, the consequences will be. How we use energy MUST change and electric cars NI wide will be common practice as we evolve.

Don’t think about emissions, think asthma, cancer and bronchitis.  Think early mortality, this is all caused by the air pollution of petrol and diesel cars.

That is why the UK government has announced plans to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and onwards. A small part of the overall plan to have net zero goals by 2050. 

3. All Electric cars = less of a carbon footprint 

Power networks, which rely on a variety of sources ranging from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy, provide the electricity that charges and fuels battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

The carbon footprint of driving an electric car varies depending on the source of its electricity, which means that the carbon footprint of driving an electric car varies depending on the source of its electricity.

What’s the good news? Electric cars are more efficient at converting energy to power cars and trucks, therefore electricity as a fuel for cars is cleaner and cheaper overall, even when it originates from the dirtiest grid.

According to a study by specialists at the Union of Concerned Scientists, driving electric or hybrid cars on the grid in any state emits less greenhouse gas than driving petrol powered cars. The advantages of electric vehicles get stronger as states clean up their energy systems.

4. Electric cars are better for the environment over their whole lifetime.

Because electric cars’ enormous lithium-ion batteries require a lot of materials and energy to construct, they will produce more global warming emissions during the manufacturing process than the average petrol vehicle. 

(Making a mid-sized electric car with an 84-mile range, for example, produces 15% extra emissions.)

However, once the vehicles are on the road, the energy storey changes dramatically.

Within eighteen months of driving, electric vehicles make up for their higher manufacturing emissions – and continue to outperform petrol cars until the end of their lives.

5. Don’t worry about where you will charge it

Electric vehicles have the advantage of being able to be recharged almost anywhere, whether it’s your home or a bus terminal. This makes electric vehicles an attractive option for truck and bus fleets that visit a central depot or yard on a regular basis.

Owning an electric car will not be for those who own a home with a garage with recharging solutions in the pipeline, such as additional public charging sites in shopping centres, parking garages, and workplace will be required as more electric vehicles join the market and are utilised more widely.

6. Infrastructure for charging electric vehicles.

The problem of figuring out how to charge these vehicles will become increasingly crucial to solve, but luckily the UK officials have a plan in place to unfold with the growing market. 

The UK government predicts that the EV’s on the streets will increase to a public charging network that is over 10 times the size that it currently is and Carlover will be on hand, with some huge plans in the works as the used electric car NI market grows.

7. Electric transportation

Buses are the workhorse of our public transportation system, providing inexpensive transportation to all. They are a key step in bringing large electric vehicles into the broader transportation market because they are a staple of daily life in many cities.

In America, L.A for example, they have invested in a full fleet of zero-emissions electric buses, and it is expected and then secured a commitment from the state of California to commit to a 100 percent electric transit bus fleet in the next decade, working with a coalition of labour, environmental, and public transit activists.

8. Electric Delivery

If you live in Belfast specifically, but anywhere across Northern Ireland really, you will know that Amazon’s entire fleet is electric and there are a lot of them. Driving into the Titanic quarter one morning and being met with 40 vans coming towards me was somewhat daunting, but reassuring in the fact that there were no emissions and Belfast is moving forward.

The UK government, as part of their 10 point plan, aims to have ‘zero emissions capable by 2035, with discussion surrounding the fact that fleets have a key role to play in the UK reaching the status of net zero.