The Rise of the Alternatively-Fueled Vehicle In The UK

NOV 22 2014 BY MARK KANE 2

When we look at the alternatively-fueled vehicle (AFV) registrations in the UK, we find an accelerating growth curve.

However, conventional hybrids seems to be stuck and most of the growth over the past 5 years (roughly 10,000 units) comes from plug-in cars.

First were all-electric, but now plug-in hybrids hold the baton. Here is a comment from the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders :

“2014 has seen a significant rise in registrations of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs). With two months still remaining in the year, registrations are already 12,000 ahead of the full-year total for 2013.

Petrol-electric hybrid cars have long been the most popular choice for AFV buyers, but other variants are gaining in popularity. Registrations of pure electric cars have more than doubled over last year, while those of plug-in hybrid and range-extended models look set to quadruple by the end of 2014.

Key to this surge in popularity is a constantly increasing range of models available: in 2011 buyers were restricted to just six plug-in models. Now there are 20 to choose from, in a range of body styles including coup├ęs and SUVs.”

The rise of the alternatively-fuelled vehicle in 2014 (Source SMMT)

The rise of the alternatively-fuelled vehicle in 2014 (Source SMMT)

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Non plug-in hybrids are still available for sale?

Does anybody know what the generator output would have to be to produce enough electric power to power an electric motor of around 70 hp and top up the batteries? I still can’t fathom why a manufacturer hasn’t come up with a small diesel engine powering a generator to vastly extend the range.
Or am I living in cloud cuckoo land?

I have the idea to make my own little single seater of around 500kg in weight. Low wide with sticky tyres using electric power to commute with and have the option of a quick fix/release generator on the back.