FROM NICHE TO HIT
EVs are winning the popularity contest.
Proving that a lot can happen in just five years, in 2015 the choice of electric cars capable of exceeding 100 miles on a single charge could be counted on one hand. By the end of 2020, there are expected to be more than 30, with Honda leading the way with the Honda e.
THE POWER WITHIN
An electric car could power your home – or the grid.
With more electric cars expected on the roads by 2030, the strain on the national grid will require some smart thinking. That will come in the shape of smart charging. An intelligent power network will ensure that the bulk of cars are charged outside of peak times, without straining the grid.
It will even mean that surplus charge in a car’s battery could be fed back to the grid when needed or be used to power homes of the future. Then, before you need to use the car again, the battery would be topped up – all without you having to lift a finger.
Prepare for a super-charge
On a long journey, the waiting time when replenishing an electric car’s battery is already impressively brief. The good news is, it will get faster still.
Much like the improvements made in broadband speeds, charging points are being developed that can provide more power – up to 350kW. Compare that with the most common 50kW rapid charging point found in the UK, and charging times will be quick.
GO GREEN TO SAVE
Petrol or diesel fuel accounts for a considerable part of paying to run a car. Next Green Car calculates that petrol costs 18 pence per mile, whereas electricity is just over 4 pence per mile, depending on the energy supplier.
That’s equivalent to ￡150 a month for petrol and slightly more than ￡34 for the electric car, based on driving on average 10,000 miles a year. It could be a significant saving that everyone would appreciate. (Data shown based on September 2019)