The car market is changing and there is a big focus on going green. All the main manufacturers are bringing out new models and Electric Vehicles (EV) are becoming a big part of that. VW are hoping to sell 2 -3 million Electric cars by 2025, Volvo are aiming for 1m cars by 2025.
With so much choice, what are the options. Hopefully we can help answer some of these questions simply and quickly without having to read through masses of documents and different websites.
It's a quick growing industry and we are all learning so feedback on your experiences with EV’s and Hybrids is welcome, as this will help others make informed decisions.
Diesel and petrol aren’t dead just yet and won't be for quite a few years. In fact, both are cleaner now than ever.
Manufacturers have been driving down the emissions significantly over the past years.
All new engines are now EURO6 compliant and currently meet all low congestion zone area requirements. The Euro 6 standard was introduced in September 2014 and became mandatory in September 2015, and all mass-produced cars and smaller vans sold from this date need to meet these emissions requirements.Larger vans became mandatory from 1 September 2016.
Euro 6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts.
Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure
With the introduction of WLTP and RDE the drive to reduce emissions hasn’t stopped.
WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. These are tests to determine the car's fuel, CO2, pollution and energy consumption values. This replaces the old NEDC (New European driving cycle) tests which were introduced in the 1980s and were based on theoretical driving (in a lab).
Real Driving Emissions
Real Driving emissions RDE testing was introduced in 2017. This is the test that can be used by vehicle manufacturers to test the emissions a car produces under real driving conditions (e.g. not in a laboratory).
This is increasing with RDE2 as of January 2021
The maximum figure for NOx is 0.080 g/km during laboratory testing.
RDE allows cars to emit 2.1 times the amount of NOx during RDE testing.
RDE2 will drop this to 1.5 times the amount of NOx during testing and this becomes mandatory for all cars on sale by January 2021.
The government want to eradicate all fossil fuel by 2050 and are encouraging people to drive more Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles.
So what is an ultra low emission vehicle? An Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) is a low emission car or van that emits 75g/km CO2 or less, based on the NEDC test.
So what does all this mean? Here's a explanation of each type in an easy to understand guide.
Currently to Government are offing grants to both cars and commercial vehicles that meet certain criteria
Grant amount £3500
Eligibility. Sub 50g/km >70 miles with 0 emissions.
35% grant to max £3500
Grant amount £8000
Eligibility: Sub 75g/km >10 miles with 0 emissions.
20% Grant to max £8000
You can charge your car using a domestic 3pin plug. This will take a lot longer to charge so it is recommended to have a professionally fitted charging unit fitted.
Currently at home you can have a 3.6kW and 7KW charger fitted.
You can receive a government grant to help with the charge cost providing you meet certain criteria. These are:
Currently the grant from the government is £350 per socket. So if you have a double socket installed they you can receive 2 x £350
Costs depend on the unit you go for and if you have a socket or wired unit. Current the popular choices are Rolec, EO Mini Pro and Pod Point.
Cost start at £445 incl VAT for a socketed Rolec unit.
This price includes fitting and up to 10m distance from your fuse box or meter box.
Except for Pod Point you currently need Earthing rods to be fitted with units. These are rods that are inserted into the group to earth the units. These are charged at £50 per rod and you may need up to 4 rods depending on the earthing at the time.
* Requires 3 phase supply.
There are a number of different operators, that you can sign up to, to charge your car at the roadside or service station. You will need to download their app to use their charging stations.
You will also need different leads for different stations.
The charging stations at the roadside tend to be bigger.
Typically they are 45-50kW. A 30 min charge will give you up to 90 miles
We are starting to see 150kW stations (still very rare) and on a 30 min charge they will typically give you up to 200 miles
There are also a several maps and websites that can help locate where all the charging points are and which type they are.
Here are some of our green cars for you to view or please call on 01242 500255 and we can help with all the above.