Electric car sales are still only a fraction of gas-guzzling petrol and diesel SUV’s in a major concern for EV manufacturers. Electric cars make up only one percent of new car sales as large SUV’s are found to outsell electric vehicles by 37 to 1 in a stunning reveal.
We find this article incorrect at many levels. The claim that the ‘EV market stands at just one percent’ is absolutely false. According to the SMMT, as of end November 2019, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) had a market share of 1.5%, a significant increase from a year ago. The 1.5% market share does not include the sale of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs), which are also electric vehicles. In fact, nearly 40,000 PHEVs were sold in 2019 by end November.
Yes internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles outsell EVs, but the ‘real story’ is not this: a careful observation of the market share between petrol cars, diesel cars and electric vehicles paints a very different picture. In reality, diesel cars have lost significant market share over the past few years, to include in 2019. By end November 2019, diesel market share was down 22% for the year. Petrol was up a mere 2.2% for the same period. However, BEVs market share was up an astounding 135.6%.
Of course, we do hope in the near future, with the increase in model availability of all-electric SUVs, consumers are motivated to switch to zero-emission electric driving from internal combustion engine SUVs.
Taxi fares are set to rise next month despite a majority of passengers saying they are already too high. Transport for London is expected to approve an increase of about two per cent that will take the costs of an average black cab journey to about £13.50. Taxi chiefs insist that the rise – the first since April 2018 – is modest and a “good compromise” in return for the £180 million invested by drivers in electric cabs. About 3,000 of the £60,000 “green” vehicles are now operating in London.
We at e-zoomed certainly applaud the efforts of various stakeholders responsible for the introduction of electric cabs in London. However, increasing the cost of taxis, even by a modest amount, is a shortsighted strategy.
Both the government and the private sector need to commit to reducing the cost of public transportation with greater ambition. Individuals and families should be encouraged to use various forms of public transportation and discouraged to own vehicles. By reducing the number of private vehicles in densely populated cities across the UK, communities will benefit from lower levels of air pollution and congestion.
In many urban centers in the UK, to include London, we are already operating way beyond the infrastructure capacity, with significant detrimental consequences, in particular, air pollution. Reducing private ownership of vehicles and encouraging sharing schemes and the use of public transportation is the key to building cities fit for the 21st century.
Indeed, departments like TfL (Transport for London) should not only stop any further increases to the cost of using taxis, but find ways to comprehensively reduce the costs. We at e-zoomed envision a future where use of private vehicles in populated urban areas like London is less than 10% of total transportation within the city. We also envision that the majority of travel will be completed via public transportation, all of which are 100% electric and charged by green energy.
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