It’s clear to see then that we definitely seem to be working towards an all-electric car market, though when exactly this will happen is a lot less certain. For the moment, it’s simply a case of wait and see!

Are We Close to Seeing an All-electric Car Market?

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While it is true that the concept of an electric car was first thought about more than 100 years ago, these types of vehicles have only really become popular over the past decade or so. However, we’re now witnessing so many rapid changes to the design and setup of cars as a result of various advancements in technology — to the point where we’re expecting to see the first fully autonomous cars leaving production lines by 2020.

As a result of all of this, we’ve teamed up with Mercedes GLA dealership Lookers to try to answer the question: is an all-electric future looking likely for the car market?


An all-electric future — a very good possibility or a pipedream?

There is a very good chance that the car industry is heading towards being all-electric in its setup. After all, ministers were told in 2018 that the majority of new cars need to be electric by the time we reach 2030. Purchases of electric cars did increase by 27 per cent between 2016 and 2017, though that does mean that three out of every five cars still need to be turned electric yet for the government to reach its goal.

Definitely helping the cause was the fact that ‘electrification’ — a term used to detail that all cars from a particular brand will be made available with an electric variant — was the buzzword that came out of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Daimler, which is the parent company of Mercedes and also has the smart car under its umbrella, used the event to reveal that they would have electric editions of its own fleet of vehicles available by the time 2022 arrives. One thing to note here, though, is that the announcement doesn’t refer to just fully electric battery-powered vehicles, as hybrid cars can meet the requirements as well.


Why are we moving towards an all-electric car market?

The whole world needs to be playing their part in protecting the environment and adopting greener practices, whether that is by reducing the amount of emissions that we’re associated with or scaling back on the amount of unnecessary plastic that we use.

Motorists can help improve the quality of the air around them by investing in an electric car. This purchase should see drivers save money in the long-term too, especially since Go Ultra Low claims that a full charge can cost just £3 — that’s approximately a cost of 3p for each mile driven!

Buying electric cars can also see drivers providing the country with a helping hand as they aim to meet climate goals. You also shouldn’t forget that plans are in place for the production of new diesel and petrol cars to cease by 2040, with proposals also in place which details that vehicles that run on these types of fuel will be taken off the roads entirely just a decade later.

Opt for an electric car and you won’t need to fork out money to pay for the emission charges currently enforced in London either, or the pollution taxes that are expected to be put in place along major motorways like the M32 and the M4 by 2020.


What’s been done to help create an all-electric car market?

Around 12,000 electric car charging points were in place throughout the UK as of February 2017, though this number had already increased to more than 17,000 points at some 6,000 locations by July 2018 if figures by ZapMap are to be believed. Across the globe, you can make use of more than two million ports.

While these are large numbers, the figures will still need to rise quite significantly if all drivers are to begin using fully electric vehicles. The number of batteries produced for electric vehicles will need to increase by a huge margin as well. On top of this, there’s the matter of where all the power will come from to charge the batteries. Fortunately, power companies are already including EV charger installation into their action plans, so that they can provide a low-carbon connection gateway.


Understanding the growing appeal of electric vehicles

There are a few reasons why electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular. For one thing, there will always be power available to be used as electricity is a renewable form of energy.

Prices for electric cars have also started to steadily decrease, while the vehicles themselves need a lot less maintenance care as they make use of 10-times fewer moving parts than diesel- or petrol-powered automobiles.

It’s clear to see then that we definitely seem to be working towards an all-electric car market, though when exactly this will happen is a lot less certain. For the moment, it’s simply a case of wait and see!





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