And hybrids according to the report.
Most chargers take most types of vehicle ie charging socket and there are phone apps that you can enter your car details into so only show suitable charging points. Some are free, some are subscription and some are pay per use.like i say, i have zero knowledge - so this might sound stupid, but can all electric plug in cars be charged at any charging station i can find around the country? and do they cost you to use? (as in £££'s).
Varies hugely, from zero (free to use; typically 7kW units at shopping venues, hotels and the like) upwards. Most rapids (50kW or more) come in around 30-36p/kWh although with scheme membership you can do better (eg Polar 50kW 15p/kWh with £7.85 monthly subscription on top - or free subscription with Ovo energy for your domestic) and then there is Ionity which is to be avoided in all but dire circumstances at 69p contactless payment.......and do they cost you to use? (as in £££'s).
That would be expensive, it's far more likely in my opinion that they'll congestion charge or tax them (increased road tax and fuel duty) off the road all the while raking in the cash. But I'll keep my fingers crossed.What are the chances of a Govt Diesel scrappage scheme any time soon? I've got a 14 year old diesel I'm desperate to get rid of and go either electric or a small 1l petrol of some description.
A 13A socket will give you about 3kW output, so that would be about 0.75 kWh in 15 minutes. So about 3 miles range. Until they can make a 10,000% efficient motor it won't happen.2) It should be rechargeable from a standard 13A socket.
3) It needs to be recharged in about 15 minutes.
That's what I've always said, what's to stop idiots tampering with the charger at best and completely destroying it at worst.The move away from polluting fossil fuels is essential for many reasons, but yet again, how HMG has handled things has resulted in a dogs' dinner, and will not have the intended effect. First, we were all encouraged to buy into diesel-powered cars because they were less polluting, but once everyone had jumped on the bandwagon, be it manufacturers or the buying public, diesel cars were demonised, killing the market and second hand car values. Hybrids were the brave new world. But now they're not. It's all well and good HMG making these wonderful announcements, but it does need the motor manufacturers time to adjust, and having been bitten once by diesel, have now been bitten again, just as a lot of them are introducing hybrids, be they self-charging or plug-in.
The infrastructure in this country is just not ready for a mass movement to EV, and I don't believe that it ever will be. I think that I'm correct in saying that Grant Shapps earlier this week stated that there were now more EV charging points that petrol stations in the UK. That really isn't saying much, is it (assuming of course that I'm quoting correctly). @LV426 stated above that people only think that they need a 300 mile range. That might be so, but if you're on a long journey and there aren't enough charging points, then range anxiety is your friend. That's what's deterring a lot of would-be buyers. Then there's the charging of EV. If you have your own drive, AND your household electrics can handle it, then you may well be able to charge your EV in a reasonable amount of time. But in reality, that's never going to fly. Street chargers in lamp posts might help, but that won't stop Johnny Thug having a good go at messing with things. But the big elephant in the room is power generation. Various pundits have stated that we'll need at least 15 more power stations than we currently have just to meet predicted demand. It's going to take 15 years just to build the new Hinkley power station, so if we, as a country started building them now, we might just have what we need by 2035, in time to meet HDMG's target. But we all know, Fudge and Bluster, those well-known protagonists, will take centre stage, and nothing will get done. Generating capacity is set to fall, with the removal of the last coal-powered power stations, leaving us at the mercy of wind and solar, both too unpredictable, or imported gas, or a bit of nuclear. How environmentally friendly.
Hybrid cars, those vehicles green-lit by HMG but now vilified, are an important bridge to EV nirvana, one that many were considering, me included. But now I need to re-think my car-buying plans. My wife does need a car with at least a 300 mile range, as she has elderly relatives that live that far away, and in an emergency, public transport, such as it is, is just not viable. We were thinking about a plug-in hybrid, one that we can top-up via a standard 13A feed, as our home electrics would need a major, and expensive overall just to get a charging box in situ. That said, hybrid battery range is pretty poor, averaging at about 35 miles in best conditions. That isn't really stellar. I suggest that that range needs to be doubled.
I think that what HMG should be doing, is encouraging research and investment in hydrogen power, not only for cars but for public transport such as trains, certainly on lines that haven't been electrified (again, due to messers Fudge and Bluster). When I talked to my wife about a full EV, she said 'yes', providing that the following criteria could be met:
1) The car must have a usable range of at least 300 miles.
2) It should be rechargeable from a standard 13A socket.
3) It needs to be recharged in about 15 minutes.
That, I think, covers exactly what a hydrogen-fueled car is all about.
I have no idea what we're going to regarding replacing our car. all HMG's announcements have done is to put our plans on hold, leaving us with a vehicle that needs fossil fuel.
Answers on a postcard please ...
What a weird worry. Do you also worry every time you park on the street that someone will slash your tyres or take a sledgehammer to your car? What about siphoning off all of your fuel, or sticking a lit match into your fuel tank?That's what I've always said, what's to stop idiots tampering with the charger at best and completely destroying it at worst.