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Government Wants UK To Be Leader In Low Emission Vehicles

Deputy Prime Minister Calls For Motor Industry Input

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is calling for motor industry experts to recommend ideas to help the country become a world leader in low emission vehicles. Why? Because the government has committed to spending five-hundred million pounds between 2015 and 2020 – in addition to the four-hundred million pounds previously reported - to elevate ultra low emission vehicles from a concept that suits the minority to the default choice for the masses. As such, the government wants evidence based input from local authority workers, fleet managers and others with an interest in the sector to establish where its investment should be spent to maximise any positive impact. Interested parties have until January 10th 2014 to express their views – and the government will reveal to the public how it plans to proceed within the following months.

Nick Clegg Discusses Low Emission Vehicles

Mr Clegg said: “The UK’s automotive industry has undergone a renaissance in recent years and we have the potential to emerge as a trailblazer in the development, design and manufacture of green cars.” He added: “We need to see more people who live in Britain driving these cars and enjoying the lower running costs they can bring. The job now is making sure that we get the most out of every penny, so I am launching a call for evidence from key players in the industry to find out how we kick start demand and make the UK the number one European destination for investment in ultra low emissions vehicles.”

Fully Electric Vehicles Must Improve To Be Popular

Before the majority of people buy electric cars there must be several improvements. In fact, the concept must evolve to match the practicality and ease of use of petrols/diesels. For example, an electric vehicle has a limited range compared to its traditionally powered counterparts. This restricts it to short journeys between towns – and even the manufacturer’s claimed maximum range can be hard to manage in low temperatures or while heavily laden. Running secondary systems such as the air-con and heated seats can also shorten its capability. Furthermore, a petrol/diesel can be fuelled at thousands of stations throughout the country with a few minutes. An electric car, in contrast, can only be recharged at a few locations and this takes far longer. Charging at home is typically even slower (many hours). Once these issues have been resolved thousands more will embrace electric cars, but until then they remain short journey playthings for a select few. 


stop the school runs and enforce the use of LPG school buses

We already have low emissions vehicles freely available on the UK market. What is more the chase to achieve a low carbon economy is an expensive business, hardly justified by proven evidence. Nick Clegg may prefer to believe in the theories and hypotheses linked to so-called man made global warming, but I do not.

Words are cheap. Just an add on cost for the motorist. Tax revenue will just move from one form of fuel to another. Remember the 80's the government pushed the sale of diesel vehicles. A fuel that was almost an unwanted by-product. We took the government up on the initative and look at the price of diesel now.

Electric makes sense if battery energy density/weight can be resolved, even better if solar technology improves far enough. Till then the journey profile of electric is going to be limiting, so hybrid looks like the all round best solution for at least a few more years. Interestingly 'all' electric homes are considered to have a lower EPC than fossil fuel gas heated homes. But cars are the opposite - go figure!

I agree with one of your readers , heavy transport is cosign around 70% of the problems , in Thailand taxies are run by gas and so are most of the lorries ,the cost of running a car is 80% cheaper then a petrol or diesel car , just think if we changed all the taxies .in just London to gas what a saving in diesel cost and the saving on the environment would be massive ,LPG in Thailand is subsided by the Government to the tune of 4baht a lit ,so the cost to the taxi driver is around 8 baht a lit which around 12 pence a lit , this is the way to get people to change , But we all know what ever we do the government will find a way to tax it , people of the UK please wake up ,if we all use alternatives to petrol and diesel , where is the the money going to come from to make up the loss in tax revenue ,as 80% of petrol and diesel is tax ,the answer you and me thats the real truth , we as a very small country can make no difference to the world as a hole what ever we do .

Solar panel lined roof and bonnet lid, formed to the designed shape of the car???

Don't get sidetracked about emissions. This is about cost of fuel. Doing 100 miles in my electric Citroen C Zero costs two quid. That's the bit that matters. EVs are still too expensive, have limited range and take too long to charge, but the technology works. If we can make the UK the epi centre of EV research and development we'll be able to sell that technology across the globe and create thousands of jobs. and if we don't do that the Chinese will. We'll always have the internal combustion engine, but we need an alternative to oil and the economic volatility that goes with it. So Clegg's not being daft he's making sense. Put the prejudices away and realise that with some government support the EV industry in the UK can rule the world. Oh, and I'm not a bleeding-heart liberal, Is also drive an SLS.

New EU emission and Safety rules are announced and true to form Nick and the politically correct UK politicians, rush to be top of the Brussels class. Look at us Mr EU, not only are we whiter than white, we act on your every instruction. Every one wins apart from the car buyer. Car prices will increase to reflect these massive technical changes. Manufacturers are being forced to reduce CO2 emissions to 95g/km before 2020. Fantastic, but remember what Dr Beeching did to the railway network so many years ago. Lets at least have a workable plan B before you throw out the baby with the bath. In China where one in five global cars are sold, emissions are on par with the current European requirements with no such drastic requests to reinvent the engine. As these draconian rules are applied, new cars will become more expensive and I suspect that will reflect on the manufacturer sales. Chances are if I was faced with a massive hike in price to replace my three year old car, simply to lower emissions, I think that I would keep what I have. If Brussels and our UK government are so focused in cleaning up the environment, why not direct some of their efforts towards machinery and heavy wagons which produce far more NOx emissions than any family hatchback. Can you tell that I am a classic car driver, waiting for the day when I have to scrap my cars to be environmentally friendly and claim my EU Blue Peter badge?

Electric cars have been around since the early 1900's. Henry Fords wife drove oneas did many other wealthy women as all they had to do was jump in, switch on and drive off. One manufacturer, Detroit Electric did a test run of over 100 miles before it ground to a halt and that was on lead acid batteries. Not much improvement there then! Electric cars will only ever be viable over short distances with long recuperation times to recharge unless there is a massive improvement in battery technology. The sensible low emission alternative would seem to be hydrogen which only creates H2O. These cars can cover similar distances to Petrol or diesel vehicles and can be refuelled at normal filling stations (once the infrastructure is in place), but could we afford to buy them?

The wife and myself won a competition to drive the new B M W I3 before the launch in London. It was excellent but will need further range before I would consider

Low emissions are desirable, but apart from the performance and range drawbacks, does anybody think that the energy used to manufacture electric cars, to 'fuel' them, and the consumption of rare and in some cases combustible materials for the batteries (especially Li - ion)is 'emission free'? Of course not - if we can master emission free electricity production on a massive scale then maybe this will all make sense, but until then it's a (laudable) dream.

Of COURSE electric is the way to go . . . eventually. Originally the internal combustion engine had limited range and no infrastructure. It took time to develop. But we need cheap batteries and the potential to cover hundreds of miles on a charge with quick recharging. With better batteries electrics will be OK for towns and cities, maybe even commuting. But no rep is ever going to use an electric car.

another ploy for this corrupt government to rinse more money from the motorist, don,t they realise that some of us need a big car I pull a twin axle caravan & need my 4x4, us caravaners bring millions in revenue to this country & we should not be paying these rip off motoring costs millions of people rely on us to keep their business,s going E.G caravan club, caravan sites, shops & pubs in rural areas, caravan manufacture,s car factories, so before you think you thickheads in the government. LOOK OUTSIDE THE BOX YOUR SITTING IN GET IN THE REAL WORLD