21 June is Clean Air Day 2018. This is about focusing attention on air pollution in the UK and what people can do about reducing it. In a long-term look at air quality, the electric vehicle has a crucial part to play. Therefore, so do electric car chargepoints.
Future Energy Group is an approved installer of both domestic and commercial EV charge points in the North West, helping to cut carbon emissions, combat climate change and help get more electric vehicles on the road.
Reducing Outdoor Air Pollution
Clean Air Day highlights the following issues to do with vehicles as causing air pollution:
- people driving cars, especially diesel cars;
- vehicles that are not well-maintained; and
- emissions from vehicles making deliveries.
One option is for people to leave the car at home and find alternative ways to get out and about and to work. These include greater use of public transport or cycling.
However, realistically, many people do not have the choice but to use their own private vehicles.
This is where low emission electric vehicles are the future.
The Air Quality Plan
The UK Government’s amended Air Quality Plan aims to take firm measures when it comes to cleaning up vehicle emissions.
It now has a target to stop the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. This will also include most hybrid vehicles.
While this might seem alarming to many motorists, the date is over 20 years off, and in the interim, it is expected that the development and refinement of electric vehicles, and consequently their sales, will increase in pace.
Already manufacturers are bringing out newer EV models which are more durable and efficient.
At present, a full charge of a pure electric vehicle (ie not a hybrid model) will give a range of around 100 miles. For this range, a petrol or diesel car would cost approximately four times more to run.
Furthermore, as the number of electrical vehicle chargepoints increases, so the cost to motorists is likely to come down, because more of them will be able to access offpeak electricity tariffs overnight.
Electric vehicles are also more likely to save on maintenance and servicing costs because they contain fewer mechanical components.
Currently pure electric vehicles costing up to £40,000 have a zero rate vehicle excise duty, offering another saving to motorists.
Expanding the EV Infrastructure
While the improved operational efficiency of newer EV models will help make them more attractive to motorists, what will also make a difference is how much more convenient they become to run.
This depends on creating a wider, more flexible vehicle charging infrastructure, including chargepoints at home and in the workplace.
To this end, the Governments Office for Low Emission Vehicles, OLEV, provides grants for both workplace and home charging.
These schemes are designed to encourage the installation of more charging points to help increase the take-up of electric vehicles.
Future Energy Group is an approved installer, which means our customers can be eligible to apply for this assistance.
Look to the Future
If you drive a pure electric vehicle, you will produce substantially less emissions than either a petrol or diesel vehicle, even if you allow for the electricity the EV uses.
Improving air quality and reducing climate change are big goals, but it is only with people’s individual participation and support that things can happen.
We want to be a part of helping make our air cleaner, and you could be too.
Contact us to find out more.