UK Deputy Prime Minister: “When You Look at the Reality, It’s a No Brainer” – Buy the EV

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APR 5 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

Nissan LEAF in the UK

Nissan LEAF in the UK

UK Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg is a strong supporter of electric vehicles.  Recently, Clegg spoke at Nissan’s Sunderland, UK factory to promote electric vehicles.

nick clegg

Nick Clegg

“People still think they are going to run out of battery power because people think they drive much longer distances than they actually do.”

Clegg’s task is to try to change the inaccurate mindsets of these individuals who have yet to give electric vehicles a try.  As Clegg stated:

“When you look at the reality, it’s a no-brainer. Electric cars have low maintenance costs, tax you don’t have to pay, and duties you don’t have to pay.”

“It’s people who are resisting, worried they won’t be able to get from point A to point B.”

The getting from point A to point B is being addressed right now in the UK.  At the request of Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk (electric mobility advisor to the UK), Clegg is getting more public chargers in the ground so “that people feel they are not going to be left with flat batteries.”  That was the reasoning presented by Musk, who says that chargers need to be visible and out there everywhere so that potential electric vehicle buyers are not concerned that they’ll be stranded.

The chargers may not be utilized often, but they provide a sense of security to EV owners who made need them on a rare occasion.

Source: Shields Gazette

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9 Comments on "UK Deputy Prime Minister: “When You Look at the Reality, It’s a No Brainer” – Buy the EV"

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I have never run out of juice in 2 years driving 1000 miles per month and only charging at home with a 120volt 9amp charger!

Believe it or not, Putin’s barbaric moves will have a direct impact on a faster adoption of the EV in Europe and the rest of the world.

Would be awesome, but blood and brutality have never slowed global oil consumption. 🙁

Now we just have to get those wankers on Top Gear to stop spreading FUD about EVs.

My dad lives in the uk and really wanted an electric car, he drives short distances and has a second car so had no issues with range or need for public charging. He phoned 3 dealers in the area to get a test drive of the zoe or leaf. No cars were avalible they all took his number and said they’d call when one was in the area. They never got back to him. Why boher with fast chargers when the problem is manufacturing capacity?

People wanting way more capacity than they need is not new. Some buy 300HP+ cars even though there is no justifiable use for it. They buy 120mph plus cars even though there is nowhere to legally drive it. Many buy pickups and use them as pickups so rarely that they could rent a pickup for those times and save huge amounts on the extra cost and low mileage of driving a truck daily.

When the automobile was first invented, people planned road trips and calculated gasoline use, an art that still exists today — but with airplanes. Nobody plans for car trips when the likelyhood is that if you run out of gas accidentally, a short walk or a call will get you back on the road.

There’s no reason the same sort of infrastructure cannot exist for EVs. That and a little range improvement and we are there.

The biggest hurdle to EV adoption by the masses is getting over charge anxiety. We own 2 Nissan LEAF’s and have run out of E’s while driving around and have gone as far as 94 miles (156.8km) on a full (100% charge, used 84% of battery) and never had a doubt of getting home.

Depending on how you drive your EV, you can get well more than 100 miles from a 100% charge. Sure most EV’s are not for long distance trips, but with the LEAF having a DCQC port we can recharge to 80% in just 30 minutes. While there are not that many CHAdeMO chargers online in the US outside of major cities and Nissan dealerships.

I meant to say that we have never run out of E’s while driving.

“…tax you don’t have to pay, and duties you don’t have to pay.” Where is the money going to come from to pay for the things that are currently paid for by the taxes and duties? In the UK, more than half of what you pay for a liter of petrol is tax. This money will have to be made up somewhere. No one talks about this, but it fundamentally changes the economics of buying an EV