The origins of first Electric Vehicle (EV) actually goes way back to 1828 when a Hungarian inventor named Anyos Jedlik invented an early electric motor which he used to power a small model (EV).
1828 – Jedlik’s small model (EV)
From here on interest in (EVs) steadily grew year on year and in 1884 an English inventor Thomas Parker built the world’s first production (EV) in Wolverhampton, this was partly motivated by the rise and effects of smoke and pollution in London.
1884 – only photo documentation of the first production (EV)
Note, Parker was also responsible for introducing a number of electrifying innovations including the electrification of the London Underground as well as working on overhead electric tramways in Liverpool and Birmingham.
In the following decades of the 1890s and 1900s the public’s interest in early (EVs) increased quickly mainly due to the popularity of their efficiency the lack of foul-smelling emissions and their quick start up times. It should be noted steam powered vehicles took as long as 45 minutes to heat up to operate.
In America at the turn of the 20th century and at the height of their popularity of (EVs) there were a total of 33,842 (EVs), in New York an electric fleet of 62 all electric hansom cabs were successfully transporting people around the city.
So why did Electric Vehicles not take off?
In 1910 Henry Ford’s mass production (ICE) engine vehicle, the (Model T – Ford) offered the consumer a superior lower fuel price, greater speed and a greater distance range. These fossil fuel powered cars was the final nail in the coffin for the mass adoption of the early (EVs).
Incredibly, looking at the images below you can see that within a period of 13 years 5th Ave in downtown New York City had made the transition from the horse drawn carriage to (ICE) engine.
For further information relating to the early evolution of (EVs) please open the link below: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5212278/Worlds-first-electric-car-built-by-Victorian-inventor-in-1884.html
In February the UK Government pledged that the ban of the sales of petrol & diesel cars will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035. Not surprisingly in March we also heard from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that new car registrations in Britain fell by 44.4 per cent due to the effects of the coronavirus shutdown. Note, at the same time electric vehicle registrations were up by 197.4 per cent year-on-year in March 2020, reflecting a surge in interest.
In 2019 we saw record numbers of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) registered in the UK, this year we are set to see 23 new models launched.
So what are the top 5 popular selling electric vehicles.
1. 52kWh - Renault Zoe
Range: 245 miles
2. 50kWh - Tesla Model 3
Range: 190 – 300 miles
3. 40kWh - Nissan Leaf
Range: 168 miles
4. 294 kWh - Jaguar I-Pace
Range: 298 miles
5. 32.6 kWh - Mini Electric
Range: 115 miles
Car dealerships with staff skilled in selling and servicing Electric & Hybrid Vehicles to be formally approved and promoted by a new Government backed scheme.
Electric Vehicle Retailer Certification
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On the 1st January 2021 the introduction of an “Air Pollution Reduction Scheme”, such a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) or a daily traffic toll will be rolled out across the North East England.
The two options carry heavy financial penalties on all polluting diesel and petrol lorries, vans, cars, buses and taxis, entering Newcastle... only ultra-low emissions vehicles will be exempt.
Why? Spending time in areas with high air pollution can worsen symptoms of asthma, damage our lungs and reduce life expectancy.
A Clean Air Charging Zone will reduce air pollution in Newcastle by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less polluting vehicles that won’t be subject to these charges.
Recently, UK law has mandated a change in the weight limit for Category B driving licence holders who drive Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles, AFVs; it has now increased from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes.
Why? The extra weight allowance compensates for the heavy batteries used within Electric and Hybrid Vans.
Working with the DVSA to support this change the Department for Transport has provided a syllabus of learning that covers handling and driving techniques for laden AFVs, safe loading and instruction upon how the various fuels used to power AFVs should be administered.
For LGV drivers to take advantage of this learning they must receive a minimum of 5 hours of training.
In support, REVAMP has developed a suite of non-accredited AFV CPD courses with a clear focus around Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Knowledge, Safety and Awareness. These bite-sized courses are also prevalent to service employees at motor manufacturers, franchised vehicle dealerships, leasing and accident management companies and fleet supply organisations.
REVAMP’s accredited (IMI) Electric & Hybrid Vehicle qualification provision also serves to instruct individuals from the technical & retail automotive industry and the public sectors, for example for maintenance and service motor mechanics, fleet managers, to members of the emergency services who attend an accident involving an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle.