UK Aims to Become World Leader in EVs


The UK is way behind several other countries in the world (USA and Japan for sure) when its comes to EV adoption, but a plan is now in place to get the UK back in the running for world leader in EVs.

This Special 100,000th LEAF Sold In The UK Has 50,000 2p and 50,000 Two Cent Euro Coins On It!

This Special 100,000th LEAF, Which Was Sold In The UK, Has 50,000 2p and 50,000 Two Cent Euro Coins On It!

Dubbed the Go Ultra Low Campaign, the UK—with backing from Nissan, BMW and Toyota (just to name a few of the automakers on board)—is looking to secure its “position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles,” according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Clegg says EVs are “one of the most promising of our green industries.”

As part of the Go Ultra Low campaign, the UK will invest $14.8 million to build out the public charging infrastructure.  Under that plan, some 140 DC quick chargers will be installed.

The UK is currently home to approximately 6,000 public chargers, which ain’t shabby at all.  Chargers don’t seem to be the problem though.  UK buyers seem unwilling to go electric, despite the thousands of public chargers in the ground.

British Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says the Go Ultra Low Campain is aimed at “opening people’s eyes” to EVs.  That requires more than just chargers, so it’ll be interesting to see what the UK does to open more eyes to the benefits of EVs.

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Some user experience in UK

The premium for an electric Up is around £8,000, for a similar model, including the £5,000 point of sale Government subsidy.

Petrol here costs around £1.30/litre, and a small car like the Up might get around 9miles/litre allowing for plenty of city driving, so that is £0.145/mile

Electricity costs perhaps £0.14kwh, so if you get 3.5 miles/kwh wall to wheel then you pay £0.04/mile

So the difference is around £0.10/mile.

That is 80,000 miles to get the difference in price back, not counting interest on the capital.
If you count that payback is never.

For that you get a car that is limited in range.

Except in London with its congestion charge this makes no financial sense whatsoever.

Unsurprisingly they are not selling well, and buyers are basically companies wishing to polish their green credentials.

I used the Up for the comparison as there are directly comparable petrol models.

The eUp is a ripoff. £13k for a mere 19kWh of batteries and a piddly 60kW peak motor? And no ICE/transmission either? What a f***ing joke from a manufacturer as big as VW.

The future of plugins is in the hands of Tesla and the Chinese. These minimal efforts from the major automakers will continue until Tesla builds up its manufacturing output and/or the Chinese break into western markets.

You don’t make your money on the Zoe either, by the time you have paid for battery hire.
That is comparable to the Clio.
TBF, at this stage in the game all Nissan/Renault have said that they are aiming for is comparable total cost of ownership to petrol, and that is after the subsidy.

You missed the lower maintenance costs of an electric drivetrain.

I didn’t get into it because it is obvious from the figures that fine tuning it is not going to make the difference as the gap is too big.
It would help some, sure, but firstly if you count the interest on the £8k it more than offsets it, and secondly the people who buy cars new don’t usually keep them long enough for maintenance to be a problem, although it does help residuals.

As I also indicated though Renault and Nissan are aiming for comparable TCO after subsidy, and maintenance costs are included in that calculation.

Two other things we need to account for:

– Petrol prices are more volatile and will go up more than electricity over the vehicle’s lifetime. Furthermore, going solar would lower the latter; that by itself is also becoming cheaper, btw.

– Driving electric offer benefits other than financial: comfort (smooth, silent), environmental, and political (dependance on oil from countries we may not agree with, etc), among others.
I do find those important, but understand that not everyone will. Plug-ins merely give people more options.

Stupid question time:
Many chargers say they lock in place so no else can remove them. Them how do you unlock the charger to remove it?

My understanding is that you use your RFID card to unlock it. The same card that you used to start charging.

Is it just me or does the “Go Ultra Low Campaign” seem like ironic naming from the UK given their track record with plug-ins so far?

Reminds me a little of this:

The UK Government for once has done about everything imaginable to promote EVs.
The fish still aren’t biting though, and when you look at the costing outside of London it is not surprising.
Germany is much, much worse with no subsidy and electricity prices a third higher again.

Why is that woman plugging in her Leaf as if she’s lugging a fire hose? For me, plugging in my EV is a one-handed affair.

Well, you wouldn’t want that cable to touch the pavement, would you? 🙂

You’re also missing one VITAL ingredient:

For business users purchasing a ‘low emission’ car they can claim 100% FYA and effectively save 205 of the cars value. There is also very little BIK tax – 0% at the minute and depending on emissions depends on the NIK next year and the year after. For a full EV this will be 5% next year and therefore quite negligible. After March 2015 a ‘low emission’ car will be classed as something with less than 75g/km co2 and as such, will only really one one or two hybrids and full EV’s as opposed to lots of the low powered diesels out and about now (don’t forget diesel is more expensive than the petrol costs you’ve referenced).

I know that this only therefore benefits business users – and I certainly think that Cleggy needs to do something about that – but for those kind of users, this is a HUGE financial benefit that you need to factor in.