The government recently introduced an incentive scheme which would allow motorists to get £5000 off the purchase of every electric vehicle. Despite this incentive however, the sales of these vehicles have been rather disappointing.
The Nissan Leaf was released last year and had a retail price of over £30,000. However, after the subsidy from the government the price of the car was just over £25,000. Despite this incentive, there have only been around 600 sales of the car in the UK. Even with this relatively small number of sales it is still far ahead of the competition, including offerings from Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi.
Industry analysts are expecting that in the future the market will become more competitive, as more companies release electric vehicles. It is expected that an electric version of the Ford Focus is going to be launching in the next few months.
Renault have recently introduced the Fluence Z.E., which is their first four-door saloon car that operates entirely on electricity. The car follows the release of their electric powered van the Kangaroo Z.E.
Electric cars are often criticised for having to have the battery replaced after a certain amount of time, and also the fact that the batteries become less efficient as the years go by. However, those buying the new car will be able to get a free replacement from Renault when the battery becomes less than 80 percent efficient.
An often heard criticism about electric vehicles is that the figures about them producing zero emissions are not exactly accurate. Most electricity in the UK is still produced from fossil fuels which do create carbon dioxide emissions when electricity is generated from them.
This figure alone is not enough of a reason to say that electric cars are not environmentally friendly however as even when you consider the emissions generated by fossil fuel power plants, the car is still more environmentally friendly. It will produce only 70 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilometre travelled which is significantly better than the 100 grams per kilometre offered by the most efficient petrol cars.
It is not all good news for those who are considering purchasing an electric vehicle however, and there are some serious downsides associated with owning one of these vehicles. For one, the purchase price of the car is significantly more than it would be if it were a traditional petrol, diesel, or hybrid vehicle.
Furthermore, purchasers will face an additional cost as they will have to have charging facilities for the car installed in their home, which costs around £1000. Driving range is also a concern for most people purchasing one of these vehicles.
The official figure for the car is 115 miles on a single trip, but if you are using the motorway you are unlikely to get more than 60 miles out of it. Also, don’t think you can simply stop at a petrol station for a recharge, a full charge takes around seven hours.
The real benefit of driving one of these vehicles is the cost of running it, as electricity is significantly cheaper than petrol. If you are charging the car during off-peak hours by British Gas, then a full charge is going to cost around £2.50.
In this new electric vehicle from Renault there is a 95 horsepower electric motor which allows the car to be a good cruiser as well is capable of navigating easily within towns. The seamless transmission is a very positive aspect of electric vehicles that makes the car