Market share of battery electric vehicles more than doubles in first nine months of the year, but surge in demand could spell chaos for the tax system, researchers suggest. Electric vehicles (EVs) are defying the gloomy conditions afflicting the wider UK car market, as growing numbers of consumers shy away from polluting diesel engines and embrace zero emission technologies.
Business Green 7th Oct 2019 read more »
I use an average of under 4 kWh/day in my all- electric home with a peak of about 9 kWh – and I could reduce that peak even more by further upgrading my home’s thermal performance. An electric vehicle typically has a battery of 40 kWh to 100 kWh. Yet the ‘average’ daily distance travelled by an Australian car is less than 40km, requiring about 6 kWh. So, emerging EV technology, such as that in the new Nissan Leaf, could provide both mobility and home energy for several days. I could also drive my car to another electricity source, such as a public charger supplied by wind energy or pumped hydro energy storage, to recharge and run my home and car for even longer. The car’s battery could even be used to ‘export’ electricity to other buildings or to the grid. I must admit to being bemused by the delay in recognising EVs as mobile energy storage systems.
Renew Economy 7th Oct 2019 read more »