<title> The World Goes Electric, Electric Cars Revolution</title>

The World Goes Electric, Electric Cars Revolution

The green revolution in the automotive industry has to begin. This has been understood not only by the environmentalists but also by car manufacturers, and even more importantly, by the governments of many countries. More and more people are aware of the need to reduce the CO2 emissions. It seems that, at least for the time being, the revolution will be based on electric vehicles. Unfortunately, most of the energy used to charge their batteries still comes from coal-burning power stations (also emitting carbon dioxide); but they are still more eco-friendly than petrol and diesel cars. What is more, there are plans to obtain more energy from natural renewable resources (such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat) what will make these vehicles even greener.

Volvo C30 Battery Electric Vehicle

Almost all best-known manufacturers have already launched some electric vehicles onto the market or plan to do so soon: Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, General Motors, Renault, Honda, and BMW among them. Today electric cars are only a fraction of new car sales, but that can quickly change…

Governmental help

The biggest challenge when it comes to encouraging the drivers to switch to electric cars, is to provide sufficient infrastructure to power the vehicles, especially some power plants. That is why a coalition of Japanese automakers (over 150 companies including for example Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi) wants to set the international standard for electric car charging. The government promised to support the initiative with $13.7 million. Some charging infrastructure has already been installed in the United Kingdom as a part of the world’s largest ‘real life’ electric cars trial. The 18-month program is a part of R&D plan that aims at making using ultra-low carbon vehicles on a mass scale a reality. Electric vehicles will be also on trial in Australia soon and as a part of the project the first EV fast-recharging network will be installed in several places in the city of Perth.

2010 Volkswagen Milano Taxi Electric Concept

2010 Audi A1 e-tron Concept


2012

Another problem is that the production of electric vehicles is more expensive, therefore the drivers need encouragement to bear the extra cost of purchase. That is why some governments want to introduce rebate programs. For example the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board has promised to provide refunds of up to $5000 per new eligible zero-emission or plug-in vehicle. The British government also wants to encourage purchase by providing subsidies of £5000 and exemption of electric vehicles from company car tax for several years.

Governments of China, Canada, France and several other countries have also declared strong support for the development of electric vehicles.

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