Electric cars: the solution to the diesel damage? 0

Electric cars are becoming rapidly more popular in the UK, with an increase from 3,500 on the road in 2013, to around 40,000 in 2015. That figure is set to keep rising, especially in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal that is casting a dark cloud over the diesel industry.

Electric cars have seen a rise in sales because; carmakers are producing a greater number of models, allowing drivers to have a wider range of choice; the public recharging network is working hard to improve the amount and span of charging portals; and the public’s opinions are changing. Electric cars are building a positive reputation.

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Most of the major players in the car industry are continuingly investing in electric and hybrid technologies, pouring money into building and improving resources. On top of this, the UK Government is currently offering buyers up to £5000 off an electric car if they purchase before February 2016. The government is pushing electric cars in an aim to build on the growing greener market and to prevent harmful pollutants (from petrol and diesel cars) damaging their cities and the health of its occupants.

Brands including Audi, BMW, Toyota and Renault have all raised their electric car ranges and the UK is currently the fastest growing electric car market in Europe. With companies offering vehicles featuring zero or low emissions, it’s a hard sell to pass on. Considering the recent news that Volkswagen diesel models have been masking the levels of harmful toxins they emit, an eco-friendly alternative seems just the ticket our environment needs. With hybrid technologies typically emitting less emissions and electric vehicles producing zero to little, they could potentially push the diesel models out of the industry.

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When the Labour government decided car tax should be based on CO2 emissions, they pushed the public towards diesel. In fact, the majority of Europe was investing time, energy and money into diesel technologies, which as it stands today, was perhaps not the best decision. Car companies in the US and Japan decided to invest their resources in battling green house gases and pollution, by looking into electric and hybrid alternatives. It appears that in the wake of the VW debacle, electric and hybrid cars may come out on top.

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Electric cars still have a way to come in reaching potential buyers because battery, charging, and range are still issues in the public’s minds, but they are certainly progressing. If you’re ready to cut down on emissions but not quite ready to go full electric, then a hybrid or plug-in hybrid might be a better choice for you.





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