How much does it really cost to charge an electric car at home?

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As the sales of EVs grow, ripple effects are beginning to surface and it's a good idea to keep on the pulse. One of these effects is how your energy supplier charges you and what tariffs are available if you do or don't own an EV. The website thisismoney has published an article that examines this very area and shows some interesting comparisons. This leads one to think more about green energy as a whole and the impact the likes of solar panels and battery storage can have on the monthly energy bill. Why should one be thinking about green energy supplicants for the home when one owns an EV - energy companies are going to charge you more money for charging your EV at home!

Read the full article here.

The Leaf has conquered the Mongol Rally!

If you ever thought an EV could not stand up to some of the hard tasks out there that its rivals, the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles have overcome, then think again. The Nissan Leaf has been taken through the Mongol Rally, what an achievement and no doubt only more like these to come as we see an increase in range across the board for new EVs entering the market.

Read more on the ZapMap website here.

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Nissan has unveiled the Leaf MKII

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One of the most successfully sold electric vehicles has seen a much-anticipated upgrade. The new Nissan Leaf boasts a bigger 40kW battery offering around 190 miles of real world range. Its engine has had an overhaul up to 110kW from the previous model's 80kW, so the driving experience is sure to be more satisfying than ever. What has come as a relief to many is the new look of the Leaf, it has lost its huge bulgy lights and taken on a more sleek and streamlined look. The dashboard has been levelled up to include a 7-inch display panel and there are promises of a classier feel to the whole cockpit.  The details of the new Leaf's performance are yet to be published, but based on the upgrades, one can imagine that there will be marked improvements.

Read more at http://www.nextgreencar.com/news/8162/new-nissan-leaf-launched/

The death of the internal combustion engine - The Economist

The Economist has described the change in the vehicle market in no uncertain words, "The death of the internal combustion engine." The article and the cover page for the issue shows a Rick and Morty style cartoon of an old combustion engine that looks positively dead and well worked. There is no doubt that the combustion engine and the vehicles it propelled and propels still today have changed the world but as is being said by many, the EV is simply a better technology.

Petrol cars will vanish in eight years, says US report

It is an existential threat to Ford, General Motors, and the German car industry. They will face a choice between manufacturing EVs in a brutal low-profit market, or reinventing themselves as self-drive service companies, variants of Uber and Lyft.

They are in the wrong business. The next generation of cars will be “computers on wheels”. Google, Apple, and Foxconn have the disruptive edge, and are going in for the kill. Silicon Valley is where the auto action is, not Detroit, Wolfsburg, or Toyota City.

The shift, according to Prof Seba, is driven by technology, not climate policies. Market forces are bringing it about with a speed and ferocity that governments could never hope to achieve.

Electric vehicles have one hundred times fewer moving parts than petrol-powered ones Credit: Steve Gillett / Livepix

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/05/14/petrol-cars-will-vanish-2025-says-us-report/

UK off to a great start EV sales boom in January

The number of new cars registered in the UK hit a 12-year high in January, with electric vehicles taking a record share of the market, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The industry body had warned of a slowdown in the motor trade in 2017 because of the impact of the weak pound, but there was no sign of deceleration in the first monthly numbers of the year.