Electric vehicle

What is an electric vehicle?

An electric vehicle (EV) is a mode of transport which is powered by electricity. Unlike conventional vehicles that use a gasoline (petrol) or diesel-powered engine, electric cars and trucks use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell. A key advantage of EVs over other forms of transport is that they hold the potential to significantly reduce pollution by having zero exhaust emissions.

How does an electric vehicle work?

EVs have an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine (ICE). The vehicle uses a large traction battery pack to power the motor and must be plugged in to a charging station or wall outlet to charge. Most EVs use lithium-ion batteries, which have higher energy density, longer life span and higher power than most other practical batteries.

There are three main types of EVs. Hybrid EVs (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid EVs are both powered by petrol and electricity. The former generates energy through the car’s own braking system to recharge the battery, while the latter can recharge through any external source of electricity. Meanwhile, battery EVs (BEVs) are fully electric, meaning that the vehicle emits no emissions from the exhaust and does not contain the typical liquid fuel components, such as a fuel pump, fuel line, or fuel tank.

What are the benefits of electric vehicles?

EVs are an environmentally friendly alternative to petrol or diesel cars as they generate much less air pollution, releasing no exhaust air pollutants. From wheel to wheel, EVS emit approximately 66% less carbon dioxide (CO2) compared with ICE-powered vehicles. The emissions associated with the electric drivetrain of EVs come from power plants generating electricity to charge the batteries - emissions can therefore be further reduced if renewable energy is used to recharged an EV. Noise pollution is also cut out due to the fact that an EV is nearly silent.

Running costs for fuel, maintenance and car tax are much lower for EVs. As company cars tend to travel further on a daily basis, the payback on the original purchase price is faster, making EVs particularly attractive for fleets.

One of the biggest benefits of introducing EVs to a business is the reduced refuelling costs, with electricity being far cheaper than fuel at the pump. Indeed, fuel costs can be as low as 2p per mile. For an annual mileage of around 10,000 miles per year, switching from a conventional to an electric car or van could save around £800 in fuel costs alone.

EVs are also a lot cheaper to maintain, mainly because they have a lot less moving parts than a conventional fossil-fuel powered car. For instance, there is relatively little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems or radiators. Recent research has shown that several EV features can improve safety - EVs tend to have a lower centre of gravity that makes them less likely to roll over, for instance.

EV owners can gain additional monetary value from an EV through the implimentation of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which provides demand-response services to the power grid. EVs can feed electricity into the grid when not in use through batteries during peak hours, and do most of their charging at night when there is unused generating capacity.

What is the market size of electric vehicles?

The number of EVs in the world accelerated past the two million barrier in 2016, as prices fell and manufacturers launched new models. China, the US and Europe accounted for more than 90% of EV sales in 2016, with China the single biggest market, according to research by the International Energy Agency. The UK sold the second highest level of EVs in the EU, with plug-in hybrids dominating sales despite the fact that the purchase incentive offered is decidedly less.

This growth in sales is matched by an increase in choice, with nearly 40 EV and hybrid models now on the market. There have been numerous commitments from automakers to introduce EVs into portfolios, highlighting that the electrification of cars should no longer be seen as a niche market. Most recently, Volvo pledged to introduce an all-electric portfolio by 2019. The world’s top selling plug-in EVs are the Nissan Leaf, followed by the Tesla Model S, the Chevrolet Volt, Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV and Prius Plug-in.

Experts have suggested that EVs could represent 54% of all new car sales by 2040. The fall in battery prices is an essential component of this growing popularisation of EVs, with a very steep drop in prices to around €250/kWh in 2015 - more than three times the figure for 2009. Global battery production for EVs is expected to increase dramatically in the near future, driven in part by the opening of Tesla’s $5bn ‘Gigafactory’ in the Nevada Desert, which Elon Musk believes could reach $100/KWh by 2020.

What are the challenges to adopting electric vehicles?

EVs are generally more expensive to buy than their petrol or diesel equivalents for outright purchases. Battery technology is expensive, and because batteries in electric cars need to be able to hold vast amounts of charge to make the cars practical for most drivers, they have to be built using expensive materials, most of which are tough to procure.

EVs also often have long recharge times compared to the relatively fast process of refuelling a tank. While it takes a couple of minutes to fuel a petrol-powered car, an EV can take four to six hours to become fully charged (although this is now improving with the development of 'rapid-charge' systems).

Many EVs have a limited range due to the low energy density of batteries compared to the fuel of ICE vehicles. Most EVs have a relatively short driving range of between 100-150km. However, the ranges of electric cars are increasing as newer models hit the market. The next-gen Nissan Leaf is expected to be able to handle 300km on a single charge and the latest Tesla Model S has a range of 500km.

Batteries do wear out so replacement batteries will eventually be needed. Most car manufacturers warrant EV batteries for around eight years. But it should be noted that, when an EV battery reaches the end of its vehicle life, it may still have secondary value - by storing electricity from solar PV panels, for example.

The rise of EVs is yet to be matched at pace by charging infrastructure. In the UK, Uber has rolled out its own London-based charging initiative to combat a lack of charging systems in the city, but other new innovations are generally slow to arrive to the market.

What policies and regulations impact the electric vehicle market?

Many governments offer incentives to promote the use of EVs to reduce air pollution and oil consumption. Some incentives intend to increase purchases of EVs by offsetting the purchase price with a grant. Other incentives include lower tax rates or exemption from certain taxes, and investment in charging infrastructure.

In the UK, the Government has backed an overarching plan for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission by 2040 with various funding streams. The UK Government moved to incentivise the low-carbon vehicle market in 2011 through the launch of the plug-in car grant, which gives buyers up to £4,500 towards the cleanest new cars. More than 100,000 electric cars have been sold in the UK under the grant scheme. Under new rules which came in April 2017, zero-emission vehicles that cost less than £40,000 new are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).

Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed in the 2017 Spring Budget that EVs would benefit from a new £270m fund. This followed the 2016 Autumn Statement which outlined £390m of new funding for low-carbon transport, including testing infrastructure for driverless cars and charging points for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs). There are also plans to create an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in London by 2019.

Elsewhere in Europe, Emmanuel Macron’s French Government announced the country will stop selling petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Norway accounts for the highest percentage of purchased EVs globally, and has a target in place to only sell all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025. And in the Netherlands, EV sales represent by far the largest share of total new cars sales at nearly 10%, thanks largely to generous subsidies.

UPDATE: On 26 July, Environment Secretary Michael Gove unveiled the Government's long-awaited Air Quality Plan, which includes a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars. The Plan is effectively the start of the end of the internal combustion engine, with consumers and businesses being encouraged to switch to electric vehicles. It puts £1bn towards the development of ultra-low-emission vehicles, as well as almost £100m to support the UK's electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to fund the 'plug-in car' and 'plug-in grant' subsidy schemes. Read the full story here.

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The UK Government's official climate change watchdog has warned ministers that the new Road to Zero strategy will not be sufficient to meet national and international climate targets.

The 7.5-tonne all-electric trucks have a 60-mile range, according to Hovis

Hovis incorporates first all-electric trucks into delivery fleet

Bakery giant Hovis has today (11 October) introduced its first all-electric vehicles into its UK delivery fleet in a bid to reduce air pollution in urban areas.

UK Power Networks’ director of network operations Patrick Clarke with the company’s new electric vans at a school in London’s ULEZ

UK Power Networks introduces first electric vans to its London fleet

UK Power Networks (UKPN) has today (October 4) added its first fully-electric vans to its London-based fleet, in a bid to combat air pollution in the capital while reducing its carbon footprint.

The company currently has no EVs in its portfolio

Mazda pledges to electrify car portfolio by 2030

Japanese carmaker Mazda has committed to switching its entire car portfolio to be either hybrid-electric or fully-electric by 2030, after revealing that it will bring its first hybrid vehicle to the market in 2019.

By 2022, Porsche estimates that it will have invested more than €6bn into electric vehicles

Porsche ditches diesel as it gears up for an electric future

Porsche has announced that it will cease to offer diesel versions of any of its vehicle models, citing a falling share in diesel sales and increased demand for hybrid and all-electric modes of transport.

The retailer has also pledged to halve transport emissions from Ikea employees and customers by 2030

Ikea to use EVs for last-mile home deliveries in five cities by 2020

Ikea has pledged to only use electric vehicles (EVs) for all its last-mile home deliveries in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai by 2020, after announcing a 2025 target of using zero-emission vehicles to make all of its last-mile deliveries worldwide last year.

EDF Energy, through its Blue Lab innovation accelerator, has been a key contributor to the design of the platform

Blockchain platform hosts first capacity market trade

EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve have completed the first exchange of a capacity market obligation using the blockchain-based energy trading platform being developed by Electron.

This week's best innovations could drive significant change across the transport, renewable power and recycling sectors

Golden solar 'sandwiches' and flying electric taxis: The best green innovations of the week

A number of eye-catching and potentially transformational innovations have emerged that could help businesses and nations accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Here, edie rounds-up six of the best.

Lyft had revealed it will purchase Renewable Energy Credits (REC) through clean services firm 3Degrees

Lyft offsetting all its emissions as it pushes for 100% renewable energy

Ridesharing firm Lyft has announced that it is a "fully carbon-neutral company", while also agreeing to meet its entire electricity demand through renewable sources.

The briefing paper urges the Government to make four key changes to support the EV revolution

Business leaders call for post-Brexit vehicle emissions roadmap

A coalition of leaders from business, politics and civil society have today (11 September) called for "much greater clarity" on how vehicle emissions will be reduced post-Brexit, on the same day that the UK Government is hosting the world’s first zero emission vehicles summit in Birmingham.

The commitment could see 18,000 new electric vans added to the UK's national van portfolio by 2028

UK's largest fleet operators pledge to electrify portfolios by 2028

Tesco and Network Rail are among a group of 16 major businesses and organisations that have today (6 September) committed to replace their van fleets with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2028.

39 publicly-available rapid chargers will be installed across Coventry to support the EV switch

Coventry unveils Go Electric Taxi scheme

Coventry City Council has launched what it claims is the UK's "most comprehensive" scheme for incentivising taxi drivers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs).

The new EV has a range of 250 miles, according to Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz unveils first all-electric show car

Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz has revealed the concept for its first fully electric show car in a step towards its goal of bringing 10 all-electric vehicles (EVs) to the market by 2022.

edie's weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

Dyson's EV hub and Unilever's solar partnership: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

Volkswagen launched “We Share” after its own research found that the uptake of on-demand vehicles in Europe is set to rise by 15% annually

Volkswagen to launch electric car sharing initiative in Berlin

Volkswagen has announced that it will launch a car-sharing pool of 2,000 fully electric vehicles in Berlin, in the same week that new research revealed that Europe-wide sales of new electric vehicles (EVs) grew by more than 40% in the first half of 2018.

The tariff is the latest offer targeting EV drivers

E.ON launches renewable energy tariff offering '850 free miles' to EV drivers

Energy giant E.ON has become the latest electricity supplier to launch a renewable energy tariff aimed at electric vehicle (EV) drivers, offering customers who charge their vehicles at home a £30 discount on their annual bill.

Drivers will use an app which automatically assesses their vehicle emissions before paying for parking

London City Corporation launches capital's low-emission parking tariff

The City of London Corporation has announced that it will launch what it claims is the capital's first "environmentally-friendly" parking tariff, offering discounted parking rates for electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid drivers in a bid to incentivise sustainable travel.

Lidl Irleand has announced that it will expand its network of chargers to a further 17 stores

Lidl to install Ireland's largest network of supermarket-based EV chargers

Budget supermarket chain Lidl has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of chargepoints.

Blockchain could help create an unbroken chain of custody for transport services

Blockchain start-up joins coalition of automakers to develop autonomous EVs

A global consortium of automakers, including BMW, Ford and Renault, have announced that they will work with blockchain start-up The DAV Foundation in a bid to make networks of fully autonomous electric vehicles (EVs) commonplace by 2021.

The existing system of single phase supply has worked while electricity demand has been relatively limited but will be overloaded by increased demand from electric vehicles (EVs)

Upgrade home electricity supply systems to unlock low-carbon technologies, says REA

The single "phase" electricity supply system, which has been the norm in UK homes since before the Second World War, should be scrapped for new homes, a report has urged.

Chargemaster has predicted that EV charging will be offered as standard by British hoteliers by 2023

UK's largest EV charging firm to install chargepoints at 4,000 hotels

The UK's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging company, Chargemaster, has announced it will host a new network of 4,000 EV chargepoints at British hotels and B&Bs as part of a partnership with motoring organisation the AA.

A range of zero-emission passenger cars, buses, ride-sharing

Toyota to operate autonomous, zero-emission vehicles at 2020 Olympic Games

Toyota will provide more than 3,000 passenger vehicles for use at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo and will use the events to showcase its latest innovations in zero-emissions and autonomous vehicles.

The logistics firm's first electric vans, which it purchased in 2008, are now in their last year of life

UPS to bolster London charging infrastructure with old electric vehicle batteries

EXCLUSIVE: UPS's sustainable development co-ordinator, Claire Thompson-Sage, has revealed that the logistics giant will incorporate batteries from its end-of-life electric vehicles (EVs) into its storage and charging network next year as it strives to create its first fully-electric fleet of delivery vans.

The founding members of the Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge are calling on carmarkers to deliver more EVs sooner and at a lower cost

London, New York and Paris to spearhead new electric vehicle accelerator

The Climate Group and C40 Cities have launched a new initiative to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles (EV), with cities including London, New York and Paris all agreeing to support the new programme.

Greenpeace warned that the strategy outlined a

Road to Zero: Green economy reacts as Government unveils EV strategy

While the Government's much-awaited Road to Zero strategy has been hailed by some members of the green economy as a "positive first step" towards the 2040 phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles, critics have voiced disappointment that it did not commit to bringing the ban forward.

The strategy outlines how EV infrastructure, research and development will be improved before 2040

Everything you need to know about the Government’s Road to Zero strategy

The Government has unveiled its much-anticipated Road to Zero strategy, detailing how a £1.5bn investment into electric vehicle (EV) research, development and infrastructure will help phase out petrol and diesel sales by 2040.