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Zero-emission cars get the green

As electric vehicles are powered by supporters of the cars believe could play a major in cutting emissions by reducing our on petrol

Anyone living or in a city will soon to notice a transformation to the humble space. Gone are the days drivers merely required a slab of tarmac to park up. numbers of motorists will be kerbsides equipped with posts capable of recharging shiny new plug-in electric (EV), which require rather than petrol, to their motors.

Although EVs account for just a few thousand of the cars on our roads, both and the government are taking major to ramp up the nascent sector in a bid to up the environment and boost the economy. estimates predict we could see of thousands of zero-emission cars on the within the next few years. is set to be a breakthrough year for the industry, six new EVs launched in the UK and a further three showrooms in 2012.


It’s going to be an important for electric cars, with the EVs available on the market, predicts Fowler, editor-in-chief of What The big news is the Nissan Leaf, the pure EV you can buy, which has on sale this year deliveries starting very

An acronym for leading environmentally affordable family car, the is the poster-child of EVs and is widely tipped to the market, due to its relatively low price and to be used as a family car, in the same way as the Toyota Prius the advent of hybrid driving. barriers remain to the adoption of not least the fact that battery technology means the and its rivals, such as Mitsubishi’s Peugeot’s iOn and Tata Vista, set you back between £28,000 and – at least a third more similar conventional combustion cars.

However, in an attempt to uptake, the Department for Transport is to cut the initial cost to EV customers by a plugged-in car grant worth up to off the purchase price of nine EVs and plug-in hybrids, available 1 January. The discount will be when the car is purchased, so buyers need to claim the discount However, the amount of money through the grant is limited so as as the funds run out after about cars have been consumers will have to pay price.

Jumpstart growth

But despite caveat, the industry remains that the new vehicles, coupled incentives, will provide the required to jumpstart growth the market.

This is the first we’ve seen a significant in the volume of EVs, and we’re to see a rise in the numbers being by a significant percentage, says Rooke, head of communications at the of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

she cautioned that it will be years before EVs become a sight and start to take the market. For the next few years EV are likely to be businesses or trendsetters to pay the high prices usually with new technologies in order to be with the latest technology.

Andy Heiron, head of the vehicle programme at Renault UK, appealing to people’s pockets be key. There are some who will buy and run electric vehicles to a statement, but for the mass market, have to make financial That’s why we’ve stuck our on the block by going for battery [buyers of Renault’s electric will pay a monthly rental fee for the which will mean we are on a with equivalent diesel on upfront cost.

The move niche electric car makers to car firms would also consumers, he says. We’ve got than 150 Renault dealers in the UK, than the small number of you’ve had before and we are starting 30 specialist EV dealers. Some will travel a long way to buy a new but most like to travel no than an hour from they live.

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In the long-term, advocates of EVs believe could play a major in cutting emissions by reducing our on cars powered by petrol and a way of storing renewable energy by wind turbines and solar

After energy supply, transport in its traditional petrol-based has been the second biggest of greenhouse gases in the UK. It is also the sector that has managed to its carbon dioxide emissions the past 20 years due to the rise in the of traffic. According to the latest figures, since 1990, from road transport risen by 3%, while emissions the energy supply sector dropped by 23%, business have fallen by 31% and residential decreased by about 5%.

EV supporters are keen to point out that cars are ultimately cheaper to run conventional petrol cars, their greater efficiency in a peak-oil economy battling rising carbon prices. EVs also been touted as a way of London’s dismal air quality, breaches EU safety levels. As emit no particulates or nitrous at the tailpipe, the mayor of London’s says EVs are particularly suited to city traffic where spend a lot of time idling in with emissions pumping

EVs have zero emissions so fantastic for air quality, says Dedring, environment adviser for mayor, Boris Johnson. is aiming to deploy 100,000 EVs by through a combination of tightening up the charge, introducing planning favouring charge points, and 1,000 cars in its own fleet.

But London might be set to become the of EV drivers, the north-east of England is to become its manufacturing hub.

is set to start manufacturing the Leaf and its in Sunderland from 2013, and creating hundreds of jobs the way. Meanwhile, Liberty Cars expects to ramp up of its all-electric 4x4s to 3,000 year, employing nearly 300 The opportunity for the north-east is in the billions, Barry Shrier, chief and founder of Liberty.

We’re at the dawn of the second era of the car and it’s an exciting opportunity for the of the UK.

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