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Electric Cars not the solution?

By Arbury, on November 16th,

An interesting article in the NZ Herald on electric vehicles:

Sorry, EVs won t the planet says study

A study has labelled as a myth the that a wholesale switch to cars (EVs) would reduce CO2 emissions and dependence on

The British Environmental Transport (ETA) report found while EVs offer significant environmental benefits, these be wholly dependent on changes in the way was generated, energy-taxed and CO2 emissions

For example, it said that the current EU emissions trading sales of electric cars are to result in higher overall CO2 and oil consumption.

ETA director Andrew Davis While the report is not intended to enthusiasm for electric vehicles, introduction should not be viewed as a significant changes to the way we produce and tax are needed before we will any benefits.

Britain still most of its electricity from fossil fuel. Natural gas provide 53 per cent of British coal 44 per cent, oil 2 per cent, and including nuclear, 1 per cent.

In New electricity is largely generated hydro, gas, coal and resources.

The ETA report highlighted key

* Performance: Electric cars by wind or solar energy are superior, but if the electricity comes coal, hybrid cars better.

* Price: There is for improvement in performance and reduction of in the medium-term, but not enough to suggest cars could compete with conventional vehicles the next two decades.

* CO2 emissions: The EU emissions trading implies that plug-in cars would not increase CO2 because the power sector is by the scheme. However, if this scheme remains unchanged, of electric cars are likely to in higher overall CO2 emissions and oil

* Popularity: Low running costs of vehicles would lead to demand for car transport, and make the taxation of electricity. On-board of electricity use would be a key requirement.

* Grid: Even if the (British) Grid has the capacity and the basic to meet the needs of electric the new demand patterns they create may mean increased use of and nuclear power.

The report it is unlikely that electric will number more 25 per cent of new sales by 2050, but in to speed the uptake of the technology and the transition, it recommends three a stringent CO2 standard for cars, metering of electricity use and de-carbonising the sector.

The best way to promote electric-powered is to tighten long-term CO2 standards for from 120g/km in EU countries by to 80g/km by 2020, and 60g/km by while increasing fuel it says.

A lack of stringent CO2 removes the main incentive for the industry to invest in electrification.

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It road-tax exemption and grants for cars should be abolished: cars must be rewarded for energy efficiency, not for moving from exhaust pipes to station chimneys.

France s is the latest mainstream carmaker to an EV city car. Called the it will go on sale in France next year. France most of its electricty from plants.

The C-Zero will be a sister-model to s iOn electric car, unveiled at the motor show. Both are based on Mitsubishi s plug-in

The four-seat C-Zero has an electric that delivers 47kW, and is by a 330-volt lithium-ion battery with 88 cells mounted in the of the car.

The car s battery system can be charged from a domestic outlet in six hours, or up to 80 per cent of its in 30 minutes.

The car has a 166-litre capacity a top speed of 130km/h, and a range of 130km.

Mitsubishi s plug-in the first electric vehicle to Australian Design Rule is already doing the test in New Zealand, and will arrive in numbers over the next two

Nissan s plug-in EV hatchback, the is expected to be available for lease in by 2011, through car rental Europcar.

Nissan expects the will cost around and command monthly repayments and costs on par with a same-sized hatchback. Toyota NZ is planning to a plug-in version of the latest Prius next year.

I always been a bit suspicious of the faith put in electric vehicles to the problems presented by peak oil and change. While New Zealand is in a position than many countries for electric vehicles to positive environmental effects we generate more of our power non-polluting sources there are many many issues to the environmental effects of building the the high-price of electric vehicles and term issues relating to the of the materials that go into batteries.

Oh, and of course electric vehicles still get congested, still to the perceived need to build roads and ruin our cities, and so on

MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto
MITSUBISHI i-MiEV – Electric Car Keiko 47kW Auto


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