Ten things you may not know about electric cars

POD-Point-Electric-Vehicle-With more electric cars coming on stream than ever before will 2014 be the year that convinces us all that it pays to go electric

1)    Electric cars have been around for over 170 years.

2)      More than 10,200 hybrid cars – using electricity and petrol or diesel – have been sold so far in  Britain this year, up 45% on last year

3)    Currently there are 18 electric vehicle models on the market, and the number continues to rise.

4)    By 2020 it is projected that electric cars will account for about 3% of the  car market

5)    Electric cars are fast off the mark. The BMW i8 will shoot from 0- 60mph  in 4.4 seconds  and has a top speed of  155mph

6)    It is estimated that electric cars cost ten times less per mile than petrol and also most six times less than diesels. (Figures based on a Renault Fluence as it is available in petrol, diesel and electric)

7)    As these cars run on electric motors they require less maintenance as compared to combustion based engines. They have very less moving parts so you need not require replacing your car parts more often.

8)    Range has typically been used as an argument against the electric vehicle industry but given that the average driver logs about 10,000 miles per year this would suggest that the average driver does less than 35 miles daily six times a week.

9)    Japan has sold the most electric vehicles worldwide, followed by the US, China, France, and Norway.

10)     More car manufactures are likely to offer electric cars in the future as the  EU continue to crackdown on carbon dioxide emissions

Geraldine Herbert

16th June, 2014

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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