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15 Jul 2011 10:07:04

Electric vehicle trial hailed as a success

Electric vehicle trial hailed as a success
Electric vehicles are "more than capable" of meeting the needs of urban drivers.

That is the conclusion of the UK's largest electric vehicle study determining long-term use, undertaken in Coventry and Birmingham over a 12-month period.

CABLED2 involved 25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and 20 smart fortwo electric vehicles, both of which are covered by the government's Plug-In Car Grant.

Just two percent of the journeys undertaken used up more than 50 percent of the battery, allowing the vehicle to return to the start point without recharging.

The research also showed users are more likely to charge depending on convenience rather than the battery life falling below a certain level, with the majority choosing to recharge once they reached their final destination.

Peak charging times were between 7am and 9am, and 6pm and 7pm, which the researchers attributed to people completing their journeys to and from work, while there was also a surge after 11pm, which was thought to be from people taking advantage of off-peak electricity.

"The trial has shown that the current generation of low carbon vehicles are as capable as conventional diesel and petrol engines for performance and ease of use, whilst having significantly lower emissions and operating costs," Brian Price from Aston University, which analysed the data, said. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800622848-ADNFCR

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Sunslates wrote:

22 Jul 2011

I test drove a Tesla at a conference down in Stuttgart last week. I also did not do more than 50 % but then the sun came out and the cooling system came on automatically to keep the battery from overheating. That took it past 50%, and the owner hade to find a recahrge point to get home....

PS. It really is a great toy, feels like being shot like an arrow when you floor the pedal !!!!!!!!!

Tekkie wrote:

29 Jul 2011

All we need now is a source of electricity made without emissions. I am very keen on this technology and would love to try one out. Where does Joe Public go for a test drive in an electric vehicle? Where is there good, concise information about the merits/demerits of owning/driving these vehicles? for instance Sunslates has spoken about the sun coming out and the car struggling; I have also heard that there are times when the weather is too cold that heaters have to be switched on to get the batteries working. Is it a case of only use on cloudy days around lunchtime and in the spring/autumn?

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