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Beijing to Replace All Taxis with Electric Vehicles


This is news very near and dear to my heart and lungs. Reducing toxic air pollution in urban environments is crucial to improving public health. If you live in an urban city, you may or may not be familiar with AQI, the air quality index. This measures the amount of ground-level ozone, particulates, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide in the air. Depending on where you live, the AQI will exclude some of these measures. But ground level inhaled particulate matter and other toxins spewed from internal combustion vehicles have adverse affects on local lives, including asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, cancer, and death. Especially in Asia, which has developed so much industrially and socioeconomically, pollution is a very big, very visible problem. Many months of the year, citizens are encouraged to wear face masks, and you can forget about exercising outside unprotected. So it is great to see China taking action against localized deadly pollution.

China will begin to replace all taxis in Beijing with electric vehicles. All new replacement models for decommissioned taxis will have to be electric starting in 2017. Hopefully, China will make a serious push to lower their toxic emissions, because as of right now, the smog can reach as far as the west coast of the United States, thanks to prevailing wind patterns. But the most harmful pollutants are happening on the streets, as localized emissions are trapped between buildings and hover on the sidewalks and windows where people live, work, and play. This type of pollution is usually not expressed by AQI indexes because of where the monitors are set up, so the harmful effects are much worse than indicated.  Electric vehicles are the best way to reduce localized air pollution in urban environments.

Upcoming electric cars that will conquer the market this year

In the past 5 years we’ve seen an increase in electric car manufacturing. Many international developers strongly believe that the future of the auto industry will depend on eco-friendly vehicles. Going green is no longer a luxury, and believe it or not, recent models of electric cars are no longer over-priced. In fact, some have pretty amazing built-ins and in-car technicals to surpass the efficiency and performance of conventional vehicles that run on gas. This year, the industry has spiked in eco-friendly cars; starting from the simplest all the way to the most groundbreaking. Here’s a quick guide with 5 “green” cars that will most like win you over.

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Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius, it’s time for you to move over! IONIQ is here to take your spot. Even though it’s too early to tell whether or not Hyundai’s IONIQ model will be better than the Prius, rumor has it that it will be a fair competitor. The hybrid auto market is on the roll, and as new technologies emerge, it’s tough for manufacturers to stay on top. Hyundai has always been an ambitious car maker, and even though we can’t know for sure how advanced and powerful IONIQ will be, we can state that the plug-in hybrid will create some sort of hype. Rumor has it that the new model will deliver an incredible driving experience; apparently, some of the built-in features will provide a driving experience no other eco vehicle is currently offering.

Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s Leaf model is the most popular type of electric car in the world. Nearly 200,000 models have been sold since the release. The manufacturers are still making upgrades, and this year’s variant looks and feels better than ever. The latest Leaf comes with a 30 kWh battery, which is enough to drive for 155 miles. Why are casual driver so in love with this electric vehicle? First, because it is affordable – $18,000 on average – on average, and second because it looks nice both on the inside and on the outside. Nissan Leaf is comfortable, relaxing to drive and quiet. It is an electric pioneer that drivers are quite fond of!

Tesla Model X

There’s something about Tesla that keeps us interested. The company’s recent Model X is quite the beauty. It can easily get to 60 mph in roughly 3.2 seconds, not to mention that it looks pretty awesome too. Some say that Tesla’s Model X will be the best electric car of the year. It features enough room to fit up to 7 individuals, and it completely redefined in-car design. Sleek, modern and high-tech on the inside, Model X has certainly piqued our interest. The manufacturers argue that it is also the fastest electric car in the world, as well as the most capable utility vehicles created thus far. Safety is Model X’s biggest trump card. Considering it packs floor-mounted battery meant to lower its gravity center, the risk of rolling is extremely low.

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Chevrolet Bolt

Chevy Bolt may not benefit from Tesla’s technology, but it’s still an electric vehicle with great potential. In fact, rumor has it that the most is the most anticipated of the year. The model will be hitting the market pretty soon, and many buyers are excited to test it out especially because it comes at an affordable cost – on average, $30,000. The fully electric hatchback offers seating for 5 people, thus making it ideal for small families. The engine can handle a mileage of 200, and the quick charging (30 minutes for 90 miles) will surely appeal to potential customers.

BMW i3

BMW’s i3 model is a remarkable electric hatchback. Featuring a rather unusual exterior built, we cannot help but wonder who thought of the design. The structure is made of carbon fiber, and as for the electric powertrain, the i3 packs legendary driving dynamics. Due to a low gravity center, the cars can easily go from 0 to 60mph in roughly 6.5 seconds. In terms of charging, this urban beauty doesn’t take longer than 3 hours to reach its full potential.

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Numerous other electric cars are preparing to enter the market. Some see promising, whereas others are just pure science fiction. We still hope for Porsche’s Mission E to emerge so that Tesla can have some real competition.

By Christopher Austin and Design911.co.uk!

 

How Manufacturers Can Make A More Convincing Case For Electric Cars

There’s no denying that one of the most exciting types of vehicles you can buy today are electric cars. From the unique Renault Twizy to the luxurious Tesla Model S, there’s a car for everyone.

 

You would think that there’d be a huge take-up of electric cars. Especially given their environmental benefits. But, sales of EVs have yet to compete with those of conventional vehicles.

 

So, is there anything that electric car manufacturers can do to offer a more convincing case? Well, it turns out there is, and some of the following ideas are already in development:

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Extend the range on a full charge

 

One of the biggest criticisms EV manufacturers face is the limited range offered. Many electric cars can only achieve a realistic range of just 100 miles before needing a charge.

 

Some vehicles, such as the Tesla I mentioned a moment ago, offer more than three times that amount. But, for most EVs, the capacity isn’t available. There are two reasons that stand in the way: technology and cost.

 

The former is something that car makers are working on as I type this. But, the main issue is with the latter reason: the cost. You can’t increase battery capacity without passing on the cost of extra parts. And that means fewer motorists will buy EVs.

 

Car makers need to increase battery capacity. And they need to do so without driving up the cost of buying their vehicles.

 

Wireless charging

 

Another bugbear that electric vehicles must contend with is charging. Sure, you can have a dedicated charging point installed at your home. And you can use one of the many public ones available in most areas.

 

But, that means you have to wait while your car is getting a charge before you can continue your journey. The answer to that conundrum, of course, is wireless charging!

 

In England, trials are due to start of under-road charging for electric vehicles. That’s thanks to a five-year, £500-million project. In South Korea, wireless charging is already available – albeit for the country’s electric buses.

 

If wireless or “inductive” charging were available, it would get rid of “range anxiety.” And I can tell you, I’d be the first person to sell my car with AutoTrader and get a new electric vehicle. I’d also encourage the rest of my family to do the same!

 

Better prices

 

The main hurdle with electric cars is that some of them are out of people’s reach. They cost more to buy than conventional petrol and diesel alternatives. That’s because the technology costs car makers more money to use. And that means those extra costs get passed onto you, the consumer.

 

Car makers and their suppliers need to reach better deals to help lower the cost of electric vehicles. There is only so much in the way of fossil fuels that we can use on Earth!


I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog post. Do share with us your thoughts on the subject, and feel free to share a link to the article on your social media pages. See you soon!

Why You Need to Buy An Electric Car


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When you’re shopping around for your next car, you should give serious thought to going electric. Electric cars are the greener healthier alternative to more regular motors. They also look set to shape the future of automobiles. Many manufacturers are slowly beginning to integrate hybrid models into their releases. And there’s likely to come a time in the future when electric cars will reign supreme.

Here are some of the main reasons why you want to think about getting yourself an electric car:

Cheaper

One of the most compelling reasons you should buy an electric car is because they’re much cheaper than petrol powered cars. Okay, to buy they might cost a similar amount, but the running costs will work out to be much less. Because electric cars don’t run on petrol, they cost a lot less to operate. To run 100 miles on electricity is much less expensive than doing the same journey with petrol. Another major advantage is that you won’t have to deal with the issue of rising fuel costs. Each year it seems like the cost of petrol is on the rise, hitting drivers in the wallet. But if you have an electric car you sidestep this issue altogether, and you end up paying the same price all the time.

Look to the Future

If you’ve given any thought to buying an electric car the time to do it would be now. They will only increase in popularity. And in the future there may come a time when the only cars we drive are electric cars. A time when you’ll be able to visit an automotive retail centre and drive away behind the wheel of an electric car. With the news this month that Apple has started work on an electric car the future looks bright. It won’t be long before electric vehicles become the more popular choice, and their prices climb. Make sure you get one now to prepare yourself for the future of automotive travel.

Less Maintenance

When you have a petrol powered car, one of the biggest pains is the constant servicing and maintenance that’s needed. Well, with electric cars you can wave this problem goodbye. They are cheap and easy to maintain. Our friends at Inchcape Toyota clarified that there are fewer moving parts than on cars powered by gasoline and there aren’t problems with fiddly internal issues preventing the car from working. As long as the battery gets plugged in on charge you should have no issues running the car. Think about how great it would be to not have to make that journey to the service garage every few weeks.

Eco-Friendly

Electric cars are much more environmentally conscious than their petrol powered counterparts. These days it’s important that we all to steps to be a little more green. Looking after planet Earth is something that is high on most people’s agendas, and it should be high on yours. An electric car produces none of those harmful CO2 emissions that play havoc with the ozone layer. As such you don’t have to worry about the harmful gasses you’re pumping into the atmosphere. Sure, the electricity must come from somewhere, but it will be a much less harmful source than petrol.

Buying Regular vs Buying Electric

Electric cars have emerged on the market in recent years and are trying to combat regular cars for supremacy. Many see electric cars as better than regular ones because they’re more eco-friendly. Others see them as clumsy and limited.

The battle is sure to rage on for years. People have become more environmentally conscious. But cars are a practical necessity. For this reason, there is competition between the two. One thing is for sure; electric cars are going to become more prominent in the future.

Let’s compare regular cars with electric models:

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More Choice

The most obvious difference between regular cars and electric cars is that there is more choice with regular cars. Electric cars are still somewhat new to the marketplace, so they’re more difficult to get ahold of. Wherever you are, you’ll have no problem finding regular cars. You could be looking to find cars near Bristol, Manchester or Swansea, and you’d have a wealth of choices.

Easier Maintenance

Regular cars are also easier to maintain. They’ve been around for a lot longer, so mechanics and experts know them inside out. Whatever the problem is with your car someone will be able to identify and fix it without too much trouble. There also won’t be so many difficulties getting hold of parts to replace on regular models. Electric cars are still something of an unknown quantity. Because of this they’re more difficult to maintain, and parts are more difficult to get hold of if needed.

Don’t Have to Charge

One of the advantages of having a regular car is that you don’t need to charge it. Electric cars can run for around 100 miles before they need charging again. This process takes quite a long time. Regular cars can last hundreds of miles on one tank of fuel. And if you run low you can always pull into a petrol station and fill up with ease.

 

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Eco-Friendly

Electric cars are a lot more environmentally sound than their petrol-powered counterparts. These days it’s important to look after the environment. Electric cars are one of the next steps in this process. They don’t release the harmful CO2 emissions that regular cars do. Because they’re eco-friendly electric cars look set to become the future of automotive technology. We’re seeing this start now with many manufacturers introducing hybrid models.

No Fuel Costs

The major advantage of having an electric car is that you don’t have to spend money on fuel. The price is petrol is expensive and seems to be on the rise each year. With an electric car, you can save yourself heaps of cash by not needing to worry about filling up on petrol. You just need to charge your car, and you’re good to go. This is also more convenient as it benefits you in other ways such as not having to queue in the petrol station.

Less Maintenance

Though they can be more difficult to maintain, electric cars will need much less maintenance than regular cars. For a start, some regular cars only run on certain types of petrol and react badly to others. You don’t have to worry about this issue with electric cars. They also contain fewer parts and as such need a lot less maintenance. For instance, you’ll never have to worry about oil changes with an electric car.

What Would Convince You To Buy An Electric Car In The Future?

Electric cars are something of a novelty to many people. They seem like a good idea but, in reality, they aren’t. There are many reasons why consumers aren’t falling over themselves to go and buy electric vehicles.

The main reasons are of cost and practicality. If you’re planning on getting a more eco-friendly car soon, what would it take to convince you to buy an electric car?

Today’s blog post highlights some of the things that need to improve or change in the electric car sector. It’s a wish list of sorts, shared by scores of people that want to drive cars without internal combustion engines.

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Lower prices

The biggest turnoff to do with electric vehicles is their costs. Demand for such cars is small. And so manufacturers cannot afford to negotiate better prices with their parts suppliers. That means things like batteries and electric motor costs are sky-high!

The motor industry needs to do more to encourage growth in the electric vehicle sector. For instance, doing more to negotiate better prices on parts so that they can sell more electric cars. And even making a lower profit to encourage sales.

Another problem that is cost-related is the price of replacement batteries. Like conventional batteries, those used by electric vehicles need replacement after a while. The cost to get new ones is ridiculous!

That’s why motorists prefer buying hybrids from places like Motorline Direct than all-electric vehicles.

Better infrastructure

We know that the government has pledged to build more public charging stations for electric cars. After all; range anxiety is a big issue for those that drive cars capable of just 100 miles on a full charge!

Public car parks, for example, all need to have a few charging points for electric vehicle drivers. The last thing people want to do is make more stops than they need to if they have to travel a long distance.

At present, public charging stations are few and far between. The infrastructure needs a bigger overhaul to make buying an electric car a more viable option for consumers.

Better choice

Let’s face it; the market isn’t exactly overrun with electric vehicles! All the major car manufacturers have at least one electric vehicle model. But why do consumers need to stick with a limited choice?

If the industry wants you to buy an electric car, it needs to give you more choice. It’s as simple as that!

For instance, they should consider offering electric versions of existing models. That way, we don’t have to stick with weird-looking models. Not everyone want “futuristic-looking” cars to drive. Some of us prefer to drive cars that are in keeping with today’s automotive styles!

More incentives

What I mean is, more cash incentives! Some of the world’s governments offer a grant towards the cost of buying a brand new electric car. But the grants are limited and small in value. To get people away from conventional petrol and diesel cars, those grants need to be higher value.

If both the world’s governments and the car industry adopts these ideas, there will be more folks driving electric vehicles!