Fees will have to be introduced at most electric car charging stations in Scotland to meet rising demand, according to the national transport agency. A report from Transport Scotland says more private investment will be required for a planned major increase in charging points for electric vehicles (EVs). It adds that the current system “does not incentivise commercial investment” and that a standardised tariff for car owners using such facilities would help the network expand.
iNews 21st July 2021 read more »
Electric cars are now cheaper to own and run than equivalent petrol or diesel vehicles, according to new research. Lower running costs mean that electric vehicles can save drivers thousands of pounds over a seven-year period despite their higher purchase or lease prices, according to insurer LV=. While petrol and diesel vehicles are cheaper to buy – averaging £26,464 – battery-powered vehicles offer longer-term savings despite their average cost of about £33,500. The company calculates that three electric cars – Nissan’s Leaf, Volkwagen’s ID.3 and MG’s ZS EV – work out cheaper than similar conventional vehicles when bought outright, leased for four years or acquired through personal contract plans.
Telegraph 22nd July 2021 read more »
Electric cars will, undoubtedly, clean up our cities. However, lingering concerns remain over the emissions generated by the manufacturing process and the production of energy to charge vehicle batteries. So just how green are electric cars? Electric cars are powered using large lithium-ion batteries, which are made up of base metals such as copper and aluminium as well as lithium, nickel, cobalt and graphite. These are mined using, at times, highly polluting processes. One report estimated that 75 million tonnes of acid waste water — used to separate the various elements — can be produced for every tonne of rare minerals mined. A European Environment Agency report said that 35-50 per cent of total electric vehicle manufacturing emissions arise from the electricity consumption for battery production. electric cars are not 100 per cent emission free. They will still produce airborne particulate matter, which is generated by the wearing down of brakes, suspension, tyres and road surfaces. The extra weight of electric cars means that they could emit more particulate pollution, particularly in certain circumstances such as high-speed motorways. However, a study by Birmingham University in January suggested that regenerative braking — when the electric motor slows the car — dramatically cuts electric vehicle pollution in urban areas.
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