Electric cars clock up more miles than petrol models, countering claims that they are environmentally friends “trophy vehicles”, research has revealed. A study published today has found that drivers of pure-battery powered cars travelled an average of 9,435 miles a year, which was almost 26 per cent higher than the distance covered by petrol vehicles.
One cannot overestimate the conclusions of this study. Proponents of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles have argued that electric vehicles, in particular, zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) are impractical vehicles, due to limited electric driving range. They have worked hard to fuel ‘range anxiety’ among potential buyers. However, we at e-zoomed have been vocal in our rebuttal and have been highlighting the significant increase in the emission free range for pure electric cars, to include the Tesla Model 3 and the Tesla Model S. The latest line-up of pure green cars can meet the needs of most households, to include, for work and leisure. Range anxiety is a thing of the past!
Oil’s precipitous decline has sparked the usual arguments about the commercial viability of renewable and low-carbon technologies. The debate highlights some common misunderstandings about what is driving the transition to cleaner energy. Foremost among them is the notion that changes in fossil fuel prices are a major influencer on the energy mix. They are not.
We at e-zoomed certainly echo the sentiments in this article, but we will go a step further. In our view, the fundamental reason the renewable energy industry and electric vehicle sector is now mainstream, apart from all the obvious points raised, is the underlying fundamental shift in consumer behaviour. Consumers today are making buying decisions based on the environmental impact of the purchase. Consumers are not willing to sacrifice the future of the planet or the quality of our existence by buying products and services that do not have the ‘environment’ at the core of the DNA i.e. a mitigated impact on the environment. It is for this very reason, that the correlation between oil prices and the adoption of green cars is so weak. The reason consumers are buying zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), is because these vehicles have a far lower negative carbon impact. Moreover, pure electric cars also help reduce noise pollution. Consumers are fast orphaning diesel and petrol vehicles, and this is very evident in the monthly new car registration data published by the SMMT.
Battery-electric car sales in Europe are holding up well, even as regular internal combustion engine (ICE) demand crashes around them, but forecasters are scaling back much stronger pre-coronavirus predictions. Projections may yet take a hit if the year’s most important battery electric vehicle (BEV) launch – Volkswagen’s designed-from-the-ground-up to be electric ID.3 – is delayed beyond its summer debut date. Delays in software development had threatened that launch, but VW said it still expects an August start to sales.
There is no doubt that production volumes across the automotive sector will be significantly affected, to include production volumes of emission-free electric vehicles. However, in our view, lower production volumes for all technology types, to include internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and EVs, is good for the long-term. We at e-zoomed advocate reducing current vehicles on our roads by 50%. Put another way, the UK currently has 40 million vehicles, and we believe we should target reducing to 20 million vehicles. We need to increase utilization rates of vehicles and gain greater efficiencies, such that overall environmental impact is significantly reduced.
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