‘If you don’t believe in the electric car yet, you soon will’

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    Electric cars are the future of motoring, and they’ll soon be impossible for consumers to ignore, says Steve Fowler…

    This is when the electric car starts to get really serious. This week Mercedes has revealed its first, bespoke, all-electric car to the world and later this month, Audi does the same. Rest assured, it’s not stopping there.

    It all comes hot on the heels of Jaguar getting its I-Pace to customers before its rivals – and winning our Car of the Year prize in the process – and Hyundai launching an affordable all-electric small SUV with a real-world range of 300 miles.

    Of course, cars like the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe and Tesla Models S and X have been with us for a while, but it’s going to take more mainstream and premium brands to come to the party to make wary buyers really sit up and take notice.

    The biggest barrier to EV ownership remains range – unfairly so, these days. The perception of ‘under 100 miles’ will soon change as closer to 300 miles becomes the new norm, while interest will increase as more and more appealing (if not particular attractive) cars like the EQC are launched.

    Mercedes is going at it with real gusto – EQ is set to become a Mercedes brand in the same way AMG and Maybach are. EQ stands for ‘electric intelligence’ (yes, that’s what I thought, too). It also stands for a range of electrified models that’ll line up against rivals from every other maker in the coming years.

    In spite of all that, every time I sing the praises of electric cars, my inbox chimes with messages from people who say they’ll never provide the fun we get from internal combustion-engined cars!

    To those people I say simply: go and try one. We had a similar situation 20 years ago with diesel. Once we’d experienced it – and seen the benefits – we were hooked. That’s the same with an EV; it’s hard not to be impressed and excited once you’ve had a go.

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    Vinalspin in that instance you would just call it up like a taxi, it drops you off and you book it to return when you want it.

    Craig there are trials going on all over the world just now, including the UK. In the USA they have completed hundreds of thousands of miles of trials. The problem is giving the computer every single scenario so it knows what to do in every situation. There was a crash in the USA where a truck, on the wrong side of the road, approached an autonomous car and the car just ran into it because it hadn’t been programmed to recognise that situation.

    20 years in the EV business is like a hundred in other industries, we have the greatest engineering and tech brains in the world working on this. I firmly believe five years is doable.

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    Just look at the massive development in diesel engines and computers 5 years are more than realistic.

    In 2005 I suffered a brain injury which has left me with mental and physical disabilities.
    Unfortunately I do get confused and get things wrong, so I apologise in advance.

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    Igloo Energy launches new EV charging app to reduce emissions

    Independent energy supplier Igloo is trialling a new smartphone app which it says can reduce electric vehicle charging emissions by as much as 20%.

    The app, currently being trialled exclusively with Tesla customers, works by linking a customer’s EV account to their Igloo Energy supply account and then automatically charging a connected vehicle at times when carbon emissions are at their lowest.

    Grid carbon intensity can vary throughout the day as different quantities of low carbon generation comes on stream. The app takes into account National Grid forecast to select times at which low carbon generation is feeding into the grid, electing to charge vehicles during those periods rather than use the first electricity available.

    However there are also a number of stopgaps to ensure EVs are ready and available to drive when required. Consumers can set a time by which their car must be charged using the app, and the charger will override the setting and draw from the grid if necessary.

    Igloo Energy intends to launch the app for other vehicle owners in the coming months, and the supplier is to also reward customers by sending them a £5 coffee voucher for every ten ‘smart charges’ they complete.

    Matt Clemow, chief executive at Igloo Energy, stressed the importance of the app requiring minimum effort on the customer’s part.

    “The electricity grid in the UK is supplied by many different types of generation, whether that be renewables like wind, solar or hydro through to dirtier fuels like coal and gas. By setting your car to recharge when the generation that’s actually supplying the grid is as clean as possible it cuts actual carbon emissions – making journeys even cleaner.”

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