Petrol prices are the big driver, pushing for pioneering technology in electric cars even if the internal combustion engine still dominates. Electric cars can help less dependence on oil and can play a major role in preventing carbon emissions helping environment pollution free.
UK is keen on cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 as per the 2008 Climate Change Act, thus introduction of EV cars would be a great initial step. The EV market is still in its very early stages, thus very few EV cars can be found on the roads of UK that too mostly it is visible in London. The advantage of electric vehicles is it produces no exhaust emissions which could improve air quality and help control the pollution.
Though the EV cars are beneficial in all ways still the future of EV cars are difficult to predict. All electric cars are estimated to be twice or thrice higher than the cost of a petrol model. The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge.
Britain’s best-known electric car, the Nissan Leaf, currently sells for just under £26,000. The Renault Fluence will enter showrooms in the UK with prices starting from £17,500. Renault will be launching yet another car, the Renault Zoe for less than £14,000.
The UK has not set targets for vehicle numbers. However the Committee on Climate Change recently recommended aiming for 1.7 million EVs by 2020, as a step towards the UK’s long term emissions reduction targets. Given the length of time new vehicle technologies can take to become established, many stakeholders feel the target set for 2020 is unlikely.