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23 Jun 2010 02:06:11

Barriers continue to hinder electric car market

Barriers continue to hinder electric car market
The electric car market in the UK has "a long way to go" if it is to overcome the barriers currently hindering its progress.

Dr Ben Lane of whatgreencar.com said that the current issues relating to price, battery life and range were all standing in the way of the market developing further in the country stating that "each of those in itself is enough to kill the market."

Globally the market for electric cars is expected to treble by the year 2015, according to JD Power and Associates.

In addition to this, Dr Lane added: "Capital costs are too high and the UK market manufacturers have been waiting for a strong government signal."

He highlighted that these signals included the introduction of the plug-in car grant and increased investment in a charging infrastructure.

The comments come as trials in London to establish how low carbon vehicles can integrate in the fleets of business and public organisations are announced.

From next month, five bodies in the capital will receive Toyota Prius vehicles for three years to provide real-world information on recharging patterns. ADNFCR-1235-ID-19854075-ADNFCR

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25 Jun 2010

Why is there no promotion of electric scooters?

Bob Willars

aussepom wrote:

02 Jul 2010

Just wait awhile, Toyota Prius is not the way to go, try a ‘Holden Volt’ it also has a Vauxhall name as well, it has a 1.4 ltr engine, but with this removed and a ‘new generation’ mag/alternator fitted in its place will see the range extended or even be unlimited, this car has the size to do this the other tiny EV’s do not have this advantage. This new power unit should be available in the early 2011, it would drop the size of the battery pack down to 96 or 108volts, and the car fitted with up to four DC motors.
Brian Bayliss
Bayliss Controls

renewables wrote:

02 Jul 2010

What is a lot to over come is artifical cheap prices on gas. There have been deals and incentives for 30 years. If the US paid the REAL price of 11.50 per callon of gas changes would happen very fast.

Last year congress gave another 13.1 Billion to Big OIL companies that made Billions in profit. They sell us 60% imported OIL and most just think that is normal. I bicycle and plugin my car !

renewables wrote:

02 Jul 2010

the Barriers to over come are artifical low prices on oil/gas. The US has to clean up oil spills in the past, congress subsidies Big OIL and has for 30 years. HR 6 last year 2009 tried to stop the $13.1 Billion but failed by 1 vote. Big OIL made Billions last year in profit while they sold us 60% imported oil. I don't think this should be business as usual so I ride a bicycle and plugin my car.

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