Range anxiety has been one of the more critical concerns of potential buyers of EVs. However, electric vehicle manufacturers have certainly been listening and have responded robustly to alleviate ‘range’ concerns. Tesla Model S Long Range can travel up to 375 miles on a single charge, while the recently released Tesla Model 3 Long Range can achieve 348 miles. The Jaguar I-PACE, winner of the 2019 World Car of The Year prestigious award, can achieve 292 miles. More affordable electric cars like the Renault Zoe (186 miles), BWMi3 (193 miles) and Nissan Leaf e+ (239 miles) have also improved range. For those seeking to travel long distances, e-zoomed recommends using tools like Charge Map to plan efficient journeys in relation to charging.
The UK Governments announcement in 2018 to ban the sales of petrol and diesel cars in 2040, as a cornerstone of the Road to Zero Strategy was widely welcomed. However, as critical issues relating to pollution, climate change and global warming continue to dominate headlines, the Government is being advised to bring forward the date of the ban to 2030 in a new report from the Committee on Climate Change. The committee has also highlighted the need to increase the rate of deployment of charging infrastructure in the UK and has warned that the current rate of charging infrastructure rollout is too slow. The Committee also believes that the cost of EVs will continue to fall and will be similar to the cost of petrol and diesel cars by 2024-5. e-zoomed echoes the key messages from the new report, in particular, the importance of strong and more urgent commitment from the UK Government to enhance the rapid deployment of charging points nationally.
Electric car batteries continue to remain the focal point of the EV sector. An increase in battery performance and reduction in battery costs can have the most significant positive impact in the scaling of the fast evolving electric road transportation sector. Nickel and copper are two key minerals used in the production of EV batteries. However, the leading EV manufacturer, Tesla Inc has highlighted the potential of material shortages if investment in the mining sector is not increased. Not surprisingly, electric cars use twice as much copper as internal combustion engine cars. e-zoomed believes that an open discussion regarding the production, recycling and eventual disposal of batteries used in electric road transportation is much needed for the positive development of the EV sector.