Electric Cars – AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:53:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 The electric vehicle industry: Predictions for 2019 and beyond https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/12/the-electric-vehicle-industry-predictions-for-2019-and-beyond/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:53:29 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10504
Over the past few years, the electric vehicle industry has been making significant progress, both in the UK and abroad. As consumers have become more aware of how their choices can impact the environment, many have been looking towards electric vehicles as a greener alternative. In the UK, electric vehicle sales and new registrations  reached record numbers last year, with this figure expected to rise once again by the end of 2018. Grange vehicles, retailers of luxury vehicles such as the Range Rover Velar are here to make some predictions for how the electric vehicle industry will progress in 2019 and beyond.  

How the industry is adapting

There is an increasing consumer demand for vehicles that are better for the environment and current manufacturers must adapt their offerings to reflect this. Jaguar and Land Rover are late comers to the electric vehicle market, only recently introducing their first all-electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-Pace concept. But that hasn’t stopped them from pulling out all the stops to catch up, by announcing that they plan to be all electric by 2020 – a big step into the EV industry for new comers.

This news followed Volvo’s pledge to do the same but by 2019. The prestige brand promises that all new models produced and registered from 2020 will be fully electric or hybrid – and that their customers will have more choice moving forward. It was revealed recently that Jaguar Land Rover plan to open an EV manufacturing factory in the UK. The new car plant would be similar to the Nissan factory in Sunderland and would increase the production of new electric vehicles. Whilst it is not confirmed, the plan is a big step towards the brand committing to their EV plan.

Jaguar Land Rover aren’t the only manufacturers to do this; both Volvo and Mazda plan to release their own electric cars in 2019. In addition, Nissan has sold thousands of electric models already and show no signs of slowing down. They are the brains behind the second most popular electric model in retail, and the bestselling all electric model in the UK, the Nissan Leaf – with over 30,500 units sold in the UK, and over 300,000 units worldwide. And with the launch of its newest model, could the Leaf take the top spot. The new model has a battery mileage range that is double the range of its previous models. An issue that was apparent for all manufacturers, not just Nissan.

Nissan are undoubtedly one of the key industry leaders in electric vehicle technology. The 2011 Nissan Leaf had a range of just 75 miles, but progress in the industry has since taken huge leaps towards its new 235 mile range – progress that could be intrinsic to the future success of the model, and for the industry. Additionally, they also fitted the first one pedal driving system – an optional system that allows you to transform the accelerator into an e-pedal to function as a start, stop, accelerate and brake pedal.

Advancements in EV technology have had a significant impact on the automotive industry as a whole.

It is evident that the automotive industry is undergoing significant changes. Drivers have realised the harmful effects of their petrol and diesel automobiles, and the government’s plans to improve air quality are underway. In addition, consumers all over the UK have been trading in their old cars for greener alternatives, so manufacturers must keep up with the demand.  To survive the transition, now is the time to come up with an electric vehicle plan. For automotive manufacturers, they need to get their head in the EV game to survive the market.

 

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What to consider when making a greener fleet https://www.autogeeze.com/2017/10/what-to-consider-when-making-a-greener-fleet/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:21:32 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10362 Due to the large number of commercial vehicles on the road today, operated by both public and private sector organisations across the UK, we must consider making a greener fleet. Have you considered just how much your fleet could be costing your business if you haven’t taken the necessary steps to introduce green vehicles into your organisation?

To help better understand the unnecessary costs your business could be accumulating, long-term van hire provider Northgate has put together this handy guide:

Vehicle tax bands

Vehicle excise duty — also known as VED and sometimes referred to as road tax — is a fee that no-one with a van can avoid in the UK. Put simply, it’s the charge you need to pay in order to legally drive your vehicle on public roads across the nation.

Unlike road tax for a car, whereby the rate is partially determined by the car’s CO2 emissions, a van’s VED is set at a flat rate that will be dependent on the age of the vehicle. For the 2017/18 financial year, the rate is set at £132 for six months or £240 for 12 months for all vans which were built after March 1st 2001 and come under the TC39 VED tax code.

However, there are a number of commercial vehicles which have a TC36 VED code. These are either Euro 4 vans which were registered between March 1st 2003 and December 31st 2006 or Euro 5 vans registered between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2010. If you drive a qualifying vehicle under this banner, for the 2017/18 financial year the rate is set at £77 for six months or £140 for 12 months.

If you happen to drive a commercial vehicle that was manufactured before March 1st 2001 though, there will be yet another rate to be aware of — this time based on the van’s engine size. If your van’s engine measures in at no more than 1,549cc, the rate for the 2017/18 financial year will be set at £82.50 for six months or £150 for 12 months. For vans with an engine size that’s above 1,549cc, the rate for the 2017/18 financial year is calculated at £134.75 for six months or £245 for 12 months.

Cheapest band: Vans with a TC36 VED code — £77 for six months or £140 for 12 months.

Most expensive band: Vans built before March 1st 2001 and with an engine size that’s above 1,549cc — £134.75 for six months or £245 for 12 months.

Fuel costs

According to BBC News, the average price of a litre of fuel across the UK now sits at an estimated £1.16 for petrol and £1.18 for diesel. However, these prices change frequently and can also be influenced by unexpected scenarios. For instance, the effects of Hurricane Harvey in the US in August resulted in the RAC predicting that petrol prices in the UK was on course to rise above 121p per litre — the highest level recorded since 2014.

There is a lot less unpredictability seen when it comes to charging an electric vehicle though. With the average overnight electricity rate in the UK being 13p per kWh, Pod Point has calculated that it will cost £3.64 to fully charge a 30kW Nissan LEAF at home and then receive around 115 miles of range.

It is recommended that a dedicated home chargepoint is set up to achieve this, which will amount to a £400 one-off cost through the government’s OLEV grant — however, £400 + £3.64 per 115 miles of range per full charge is likely to work out considerably cheaper than filling a tank of a petrol or diesel vehicle in the long-term.

Emission charges

In a bid to improve the air quality around the capital city, the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) scheme was introduced in 2008 and could result in more costs for employers if their fleet doesn’t meet the emission standards. In addition to this, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is set to be implemented in April 2019 – meaning that buses, coaches and lorries will have to meet the standards too or pay a charge.

With these expenses, in addition to the existing congestion charge that vehicles must pay for driving through the city, owning a fleet that is not environmentally friendly could have massive economic implications on your business.

Although the scheme is currently only operating in London, as the government have air pollution targets to reach, it might not be long before we see this scheme in cities across the country.

Additional sources:

http://www.parkers.co.uk/vans/news-and-advice/2011/september/van-tax-explained/
http://news.sky.com/story/hurricane-harvey-blamed-for-looming-jump-in-uk-fuel-costs-11015543
https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2017/april/gla—mayor-plans-to-introduce-ulez-in-april-2019
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/make-a-payment
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/low-emission-zone/about-the-lez
https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge
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Futuristic BMW Motorrad and the VISION NEXT 100 Vehicles https://www.autogeeze.com/2016/10/futuristic-bmw-motorrad-and-the-vision-next-100-vehicles/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:14:23 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10264
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To commemorate BMW’s centennial year, the company has just introduced a number of concept vehicles to envision the  future of smart transportation. The smart concept motorcycle called Motorrad Vision Next 100 is undoubtedly the star of the event. Its streamlined-futuristic and truly smart design concept will enable its riders of any skill level to ride safely without any protective gears according to the automaker.

It’s equipped with self-balancing system that keeps the bike in upright position even in still or in motion. There’s no built-in control panel on the motorbike, but instead an integrated visor that would act as the rider’s smart display.

“Information is exchanged between rider and bike largely via the smart visor,” BMW said in a statement. “This spans the rider’s entire field of view and provides not only wind protection but also relevant information, which it projects straight into the line of sight as and when it is needed.”

The control panel information would not be needed all the times according to BMW, the Motorrad and other Vision Next 100 vehicles would be equipped with advance self-driving technology.

BMW believes also that the future of transportation is electric, thus. making the Vision Next 100 vehicles as “zero emissions” vehicles.

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The other concept vehicles that have been unveiled includes a 20-feet long and steering wheel-less Rolls-Royce that is autonomously driven by an AI named Eleanor. There’s also a partly-transparent Mini concept that’s designed mainly for car-sharing purposes. This Mini is also autonomous and can be called anytime via an app, somehow would work possibly like a futuristic Uber.

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BMW to Launch New Flagship Electric Car in 2021 https://www.autogeeze.com/2016/05/bmw-launch-new-flagship-electric-car-2021/ Thu, 19 May 2016 11:24:14 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10170 BMW Self Driving Car

A new self-driving car is to be launched by BMW in five years’ time, finally bringing the manufacturer up to speed with the likes of Tesla, Audi and Mercedes who already have a range of electric vehicles on the market.

Although Tesla Motors Inc. cater for the elite market, they plan to enter the mainstream luxury market in the not too distant future, putting pressure on BMW to up its game with its technology.

BMW’s Next Move – ‘The Ultimate Self-Driving Machine’

BMW plan to release the ‘iNext’ in 2021, overtaking the tech-heavy BMW 7 Series as the brand’s flagship motor. BMW AG is keen to move into the plug-in market and compete with autonomous-drive technology pioneered by engineers at Tesla for example.

BMWs rationale is to move forward with e-mobility to create the ‘i Next’ as ‘a highly customized vehicle that’s perfectly tailored to suit the driver’s changing needs.’

The model will sit in the ‘i’ range along with the BMW i8 and the i3. It’ll feature driving modes named ‘Boost’ and ‘Ease’ for active and passive driving, with the addition of impressive ‘Alive Geometry’ safety tech.

What Technology Can We Expect?

Naturally, the new concept will feature extensive digital connectivity as we’ve seen with previous models on the market today – you’ll be able to connect seamlessly to the cloud through the vehicle, as well as get the opportunity to customise to your heart’s content.

The model will feature lightweight intelligent design and an interior the likes of which we will never have seen before. Conceptual imagery released of the concept for the ‘Vision Next 100’ for the model are suitably futuristic, featuring a fold-away steering wheel, merging of seat and door trim.

The wheels are the most glaring design innovation to be seen in the concept work – the wheels are fully integrated into the arches. The doors are butterfly style, opening upwards like a complex piece of origami.

The Future of Motoring?

Could this be what our cars of the future will look like? Not being due for another five years indicates this high level of tech detail and exact design features could be subject to change and further research, but it’s a good a picture as any to determine what the future of the automotive market could look like.

For us mere mortals, we’ll have to wait to get a glimpse of this tech innovation. When it finally hits the market, the price tag looks set to be hefty, so for now we’ll stick to lusting after the BMW 7 series.

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Tesla Model 3 officially unveiled https://www.autogeeze.com/2016/04/tesla-model-3-unveiled/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 08:44:53 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10152 Promised back in summer of 2014, the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has finally arrived. Elon Musk debuted the Tesla Model 3, Thursday night at Tesla Design Studio in Hawthrone, CA. It’s the fulfillment of Tesla’s promise for affordable EVs priced at just $35,000.

Peculiarly striking on the Model 3 at first glance is that there’s entirely no grille. Somehow, you’ve imagined it to be relatively close to its bloodlines of Model S and X which showcase cosmetic grilles, —-EVs don’t need one. Still, you might have wished for cosmetic grille over this smooth front-end. Tesla’s element of design is of big rims and red hue is evident.

The Model 3 is expected to arrive at the end of 2017 according to Musk and if the car maker will be delayed again, then you can expect it the following on early 2018.

Tesla Motors has began to accept $1000 reservations from customers to get into line to buy the EV and if you’re just planning to sign-up, better do it quick —-at the even time, 115,000 had signed up already.

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The Five Fastest Green Cars https://www.autogeeze.com/2015/03/the-five-fastest-green-cars/ Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:12:59 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10082 Green car technology is no stranger to negative press. And one of the easiest ways to criticise eco-friendly vehicles is by judging their overall performance – or supposed lack of it.

In this blog, we’ll aim to prove the critics wrong and show that green doesn’t mean slow.

Here are the top 5 fastest green cars on the planet.

    Chevrolet Spark EV

  1. Chevrolet Spark EV

Top speed: 90mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds

Engine: 97kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£27,000

This charming vehicle has been mocked in the past as a ‘glorified golf cart’, but Chevrolet have proved that an electric vehicle certainly doesn’t demand inferior performance.

This impressive vehicle can succeed in reaching 0-60 mph in just 7.6 seconds – making it faster than Mercedes-Benz’s B-Class Electric Drive (7.9 seconds) and Honda’s Fit EV (8.5 seconds).

It’s not much of a surprise, then, that fans of the Chevrolet Spark EV have dubbed it better than its gas-powered counterpart – the Spark.

In addition to its great overall performance, the Chevrolet Spark EV also comes with a DC quick charge option. This means users can charge their vehicle to 80% in just 20 mins – a seriously impressive feature.

BMW i3

  1. BMW i3

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds

Engine: 130kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.£30,000

An ideal eco-friendly city car, the BMW i3 is exceptionally easy to drive – and is amongst some of the fastest electric cars on the planet. This has led critics to compare BMW’s eco warrior to similar models by Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford – all of which prioritise speed and overall performance.

Visually, the design of BMW i3 is in-keeping with the manufacturer’s changing aesthetic. Robust, and perhaps slightly bulky, the Bavarian auto-engineering specialists have gone all-out to ensure this vehicle performs exceptionally well.

And reaching impressive heights of 0-60 mph in 7.2, no one can fault BMW’s incredible accomplishments.

But despite its excellent speeds, one of the downsides to the BMW i3 is its charge time – which can take anywhere between 3-4 hours. This will be undoubtedly disappointing to some drivers – however, it’s unlikely to put off inner-city commuters who value eco-friendly travel and efficiency.

Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

  1. Toyota RAV4 EV (Sports)

Top speed: 100mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 7 seconds

Engine: 115kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$49,000

Designed specifically for the Californian market, the Toyota RAV 4 EV was a pioneer of the electric vehicle market – matched only with Tesla.

In terms of speed, the Toyota RAV 4 EV can achieve 60mph in an impressive 7.2 seconds when in Sports mode. However, when in Normal mode, things do slow down to 8.6 seconds – but the RAV 4 EV still manages to leave its competitors behind in its dust tracks.

Although this vehicle has now been discontinued by Toyota, it still remains a firm favourite amongst eco-conscious drivers who still value overall performance. The RAV 4 EV is also a great alternative to Tesla motors (if you feel that way inclined).

Tesla Model S Performance

  1. Tesla Model S Performance

Top speed: 130mph

Performance: 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds

Engine: 310kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$98,000

Immensely popular and available in a variety of customisations, the Tesla Model S Performance is a fantastic inner-city electric vehicle. It has been widely praised as peerless in the green car category – providing drivers with the chance to fully charge this Tesla innovation in only 90 minutes.

And with over 50,000 of these models sold across the world, there’s no sign that the Tesla Model S Performance will be slowing down anytime soon.

But what’s so great about this particular electric vehicle?

The Tesla Model S Performance is exceptionally fast – reaching an impressive 130 mph, making it one of the highest performing vehicles in its class. And with Mercedes-sourced auto-engineering, you can be guaranteed a performance virtually unparalleled amongst electric cars.

In terms of in-car technology, this excellent vehicle comes with a seriously impressive 17-inch screen – resembling the latest tablet computer. However, it’s the incredible acceleration that really sets the Tesla Model S from its peers – providing a smooth and unforgettable driving experience.

Detroit Electric Sp 01

  1. Detroit Electric Sp:01

Top speed: 155mph (17km/h)

Performance: 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds

Engine: 210kW electric motor

C02 Emissions: Zero

Cost: c.$80,000

If you’re a regular fan of Top Gear, then you’ll probably recognise this seriously impressive car. It has been resolutely voted the fastest green car on the planet – and with a re-launch due in 2015, it promises to be even better than before.

Top of its class and great to handle, this vehicle was created with one simple purpose: to produce the ‘world’s fastest production electric sports car’. And it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

This stunning vehicle comes in two options: Pure and Performance – both of which promise an exceptional drive with plenty of in-car technology. Pure – reaching heights of 106mph – is complemented with Performance which can excel speeds of 155 mph.

Compared to the Tesla Roadster (125 mph), or the Lotus Elise (122 mph), this makes the Detroit Electric SP:01 top of its class.

But perhaps what really makes this car stand out is its manual gear selector. Unlike other electric cars, which are usually single-speed, the Detroit Electric SP:01 paves the way for the future of green auto-engineering. Easier to drive and more efficient, Detroit has pulled out all the stops for this impressive electric car.

Fastest Green Cars on the Planet

With an increased customer demand for clean and high-performing electric vehicles, there are a number of excellent options available on the market.

Ranging from the (comparatively) affordable Chevrolet Spark EV, to the Detroit Electric supercar, it seems likely that electric car technology will become more and more accessible as time goes on.

And we can’t wait to see how this increased demand impacts overall performance too.

This blog was written by Chris Taylor on behalf of The Tilsun Group, the vehicle leasing specialists.

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Low-Carbon Cars: Everything You Need to Know https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/08/low-carbon-cars-everything-need-know/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:11:04 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9538 Toyora Prius Plug-in Hybrid

The need for environmentally friendly cars is growing. The price of petrol is continuing to increase due to inflation, and the rising international price of oil. There is also the pressing need to reduce carbon emissions. The UK Government passed the Climate Change Act in 2008 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 34% by 2020, and 80% by 2050.

This has become such a prominent concern for government that they have planned to invest £1bm, along with 27 auto industry companies, in a new advanced propulsion centre. This facility will focus on researching and developing low-carbon engines that produce less pollution.

There are four types of environmentally friendly cars at present:

Hybrid Cars

A hybrid car uses two power sources including the traditional internal combustion engine, and one or more electric motors. These vehicles use less fuel by storing energy in a battery. They use the electric motor rather than engine in slow traffic. Hybrid cars are already available in the UK. Diesel hybrids are also becoming available.

Plug-in Hybrid Cars

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a car that combines an energy storage device, such as rechargeable batteries. The plug-in hybrid does exactly what it says on the tin, you can pug them into external electric power sources. You may have seen these in the car parks of new supermarket builds. There are only a few plug-in hybrids available in the UK, but numbers should increase in the future.

Electric Cars

Electric cars utilize one electric motor that uses energy from storage devices, such as rechargeable batteries. This is the perfect alternative to current cars as they do not rely on oil and do not emit pollutants. Electric cars are available in the UK with more due to be released.

Fuel Cell Cars

A fuel cell vehicle is a type of car that has an electric motor powered by an electricity producing fuel cell. The fuel cells use hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. There are currently no fuel cell cars available in the UK, there have however been demonstrations of fuel cell capabilities in black cabs and busses in London. The hydrogen-powered Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell is currently under development and should be built by 2015.

There are many reasons why we should look to switching to environmentally friendly transportation. These vehicles can help us save the environment by reducing carbon. We will be consuming less fossil fuel
which will eventually help reduce our dependency on oil.

About the author: Danny Moon blogs for Contract Hire a Car – the UK’s business car leasing specialists. Danny mainly writes about eco-driving and new motoring technology.

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Everything You Need to Know About BMW i3 Electric Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/08/everything-you-need-to-know-about-bmw-i3/ Thu, 29 Aug 2013 05:20:47 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=9534 BMWi_i3

BMW i3 has fascinated many with its superb agile environments. This means that now you can be an environmentally mobile and conscious person. With its unique visionary design, BMW i3 is defined as a perfect product for tomorrow. Moreover, its awesome eDrive power train was introduced in the market by BMW EfficientDynamics Technology and is completely emission free. In simple, BMW makes your journey easy and comfortable.

Vehicle Concept:

The concept behind BMW i3 was proposed by experts to apply a perfect electric drive system for users. This concept has offered lots of advantages on “conversion” vehicles. By conversion vehicles, we mean that original combustion engine is exchanged with an electric motor. The best fact regarding this car is that car’s development and construction are not at all dependent on pre-existing vehicle design. For example, in conversion vehicles, there is a space set for fuel tank or no setup for exhaust system is there, but in BMW i3, no such compromise has been allowed.

Core Features:

Range:

The range of more than 100 miles is availed by BMW i3 car using single charge.

Engine:

Car is designed perfectly having 170-ho engine providing top speed of 93-mph.

Acceleration:

Acceleration was tested and it produced results ranging from 0-30mph in 3.5 seconds and 0 to 60 in 7 seconds.

Battery:

22 Kilowatt-Hour lithium batteries are provided for BMW i3 car weighing more than 200 kilograms and consume approximately 3 hours to charge completely using only 220 Volts power supply.

Weight:

Total weight of BMW i3 is approx 1200 Kilograms.

Aluminum Chassis:

Aluminum chassis is used in BMW i3, which is much feasible, as well as durable, especially in urban settings. This chassis is linked with carbon fiber panels and a thermoplastic exterior of the car.

BMW i3 Manufacturing Process:

The entire manufacturing of the car is done in three successive quarters. In first quarter, PAN – polyacreilonitrite – is taken from Japan. In second quarter, this PAN is successfully transformed into CFRP, i.e. carbon fiber reinforced plastic, and in third quarter, approx 10% carbon fiber is recycled and final touch or assembling of BMW i3 is performed in Germany. This low-weight carbon fiber actually saves the transportation of raw materials.

In recent years, experts have talked a lot about using carbon in cars and they stated that it is more suitable because the more carbon will go into the car, the less it will pollute the environment. The model i.e. BMW i3 is going to be released in 2014 and is expected to be a blockbuster for customers. Its unique and impressive looks are going to convince users at its best and it will beat all other vehicles in the automobile industry. BMW i3 will be a strong competitor of other electric cars, like Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, and Chevy Volt.

Author’s Bio:

Brian Culver is a classic car collector and leading journalist for a car purchasing website. Save money by checking out their calculate car loan section where you can re-calculate your monthly payments by changing your loan information.

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Fuel Cars Vs. Electric Cars https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/07/fuel-cars-vs-electric-cars/ Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:39:07 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8893 fuel vs electricUnless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you won’t have missed the fact that our world’s environmental climate is in turmoil. The media, environmental and government agencies are all continually stressing the importance of all doing our bit for the environment in order to try and benefit it positively in any way that we can.

But, aside from encouraging us to separate our plastics from our cardboard when we throw out the rubbish each week, one of the biggest lifestyle choices they’re trying to influence us to change lies with our everyday transportation methods.

Now, as an avid reader of AutoGeeze, it’s more than likely that you’re a super car fanatic, so trading in your drives for public transport feels easier said than done.

But there is an alternative for those who may be starting to feel a little environmentally-guilty but enjoy the thrills of motoring too much to fully give it up each day – the electric car.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; you’re not quite convinced with it all, right? After all, there’s that huge stereotype lingering around that electric cars are all function and no style – and let’s face it, you like style – especially when it comes to your motor.

Well, whether you’re starting to think about trading in your old motor for a new one or whether you’ve vowed to make a few more environmentally-friendly decisions in the future, here’s a rundown of the battle between fuel vs. electric cars to help you make that all-important informed decision when the time comes to do either:

Pricing

One of the most common misconceptions of environmentally friendly electric cars is that they are overpriced and expensive. However, contrary to this belief, the price of electric cars have in fact decreased considerably since their first introduction into the mainstream motoring world – which as a result, has seen them surge in popularity amongst car owners.

If you’re looking for a little, nippy motor to get you from A to B everyday, then a basic model electric vehicle will set you back between $10k – $15k.

This is perhaps the only similarity that the two types of car maintain, as standard fuel-operated vehicles are usually also in the same price range.

Operation Costs

Before I start divulging in the differences between operational costs for fuel and electric vehicles, let me ask you one question; how much do you spend on fuel a week?

If you’re anything like me, then you’ll feel like you’re forever at the fuel station – and even more so, your bank account feels like it, too. And unfortunately, that’s not going to change anytime soon. With buying fuel just an ongoing weekly process and with prices always on the rise, your fuel car is just a money-draining machine.

So, with this in mind, it won’t take genius to work out that opting for an electric vehicle may just save you money in this area.

As electric vehicles don’t rely on fuel to operate (surprise, surprise – they rely solely on electricity), they are much cheaper to run. In fact, an average sized electric car only costs $0.010 per mile to operate – so as well as saving the environment, it’s also saving your bank balance too!

Another key benefit of electric cars is that they have very low maintenance costs, due to the newer and higher quality parts used to build them. Electric cars have very few moving parts compared to conventional fuel cars, and as they don’t need things like engine oil to help them keep running, they are much less likely to need break down or need frequent replacing.
Performance

So, as an avid petrol head, it’s likely that you’ll be up to scratch on all of the most exciting super performance car models out on the market at the moment – and chances are, they’re all fuel operated, right?

Although the range of electric performance cars is becoming increasingly advanced as they rise in popularity, it can’t be denied that if you’re looking for an ultimate performance vehicle than opting for a fuel car is definitely still the way to go.

However, there is one clear advantage to electric cars not being specifically designed for performance purposes; and that’s to do with insurance. Many insurance providers recognize that electric cars aren’t performance vehicles due to their inability to go high top speeds. As the risk profile for the driver is automatically reduced because of this factor, car insurance quotes to work out much cheaper.

Final Fuel for Thought

All in all, there has been much a debate surrounding who wins the fully charged fuel vs. electric car debate. Insurance companies, drivers and car enthusiasts are all passionate about the topic, but the only way to make an informed decision is to research and look thoroughly into what’s best for you personally – taking a look at a car insurance blog online or buying an expert car guide, for example, are some of the best ways to gain multiple perspectives.

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Should it be a Hybrid or an Electric Auto? https://www.autogeeze.com/2013/04/hybrid-or-an-electric-auto/ Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:45:25 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=8489 Electric-hybrid-cars-too-quiet-feds-say-make-some-noise

The general public is now more aware of environmental concerns and gas prices have risen. Alternatively-fueled vehicles have become much more popular, with almost 500,000 purchased in the United States in 2012, and hybrids and pure electric autos are the most readily-available options. Anyone seeking to purchase a car would do well to read the hybrid and electric car reviews by Motoring.

Hybrids use both a gas-powered and electric engine. The electric engine can be charged from a power supply but also generates energy itself from regenerative braking. The most popular hybrid in the United States is the Chevy Volt, while the most popular electric car is the Nissan Leaf.

One worry about electric autos can be put to rest. Their batteries use nickel, whose production is environmentally damaging. A leading car news website reported that the British newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, had published an article stating that a nickel factory at Sudbury in Canada devastated the environment to such an extent that NASA used it to simulate the moon in the training of astronauts. The newspaper removed the article from its website when a reader complained that the damage occurred more than 30 years ago, since when sulfur dioxide emissions have been reduced by over 90 percent and the owner of the facility, Inco, has been praised by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and environmental groups.

Electric cars are eligible for a discount of as much as 50 percent on vehicle registration tax. Electric autos cost more, principally due to their batteries, but the cost of batteries will fall in the future and costs can be reduced by renting rather than buying them. Electric cars require less maintenance as they have fewer moving components.

Electric vehicles have limited range, causing “range anxiety” when greater distances must be traversed. The range can be as little as 40 miles or as much as the 265 miles of the Tesla Model S, but is usually around 100 miles. Electric cars would be fine for driving to work and running errands, but if you have to drive greater distances, a hybrid is preferable. You won’t be conducting road trips in an electric auto. A hybrid can manage around 400 miles, but every gadget you use diminishes battery life, from plugging in your iPod to turning on the heating or air conditioning.

You won’t have to ensure that you are home every night to charge a hybrid. Its use of gas entails that you’ll never be stranded. With electric autos, if you are home every evening and possess a garage with electricity, there’ll be no problem, but charging won’t be easy if you reside in an apartment or park on the street. Worse still, your day could be extended or you may find you have extra errands to perform. Charging points are becoming more widespread, particularly in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, but time will be required before they are always to hand.

The choice between a hybrid or electric auto partly depends upon your location. Electric cars may produce no emissions, but require electricity that might have been generated by coal or natural gas, which produces greenhouse gases. More greenhouse gases can arise from charging an electric auto than driving an efficient hybrid. The key is whether your state uses nuclear or renewable energy. Electric cars won’t be the most climate-friendly option in Florida, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, or Texas. They would, however, be better in Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington.

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