So many more people are opting for electric vehicles these days and the electric vehicle market is performing better than ever before, averaging over 4,000 new registrations per month in 2017 which is an astounding amount when you consider that only 3,500 electric vehicles were registered in the entire year of 2013. Here in the UK, many places are working hard to provide more charging points across the country, whilst manufacturers work to improve battery life and mileage range which would entice more people to choose electric cars.
Recently, Nissan have launched their new Nissan Leaf with longer range and a one pedal driving system. The new Leaf is said to be able to travel around 50% further on one single charge than previous models which is good news for those that were holding back on buying an electric car because they were worried about not being able to do long journeys. The Nissan Leaf is already branded as one of the most popular all-electric motors with over 283,000 sold since the model launched in 2010 – only coming behind the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The new updates to the Leaf could push it up to the top spot, now it is able to travel further without needing to be charged which is definitely a selling point.
VW dealership, Vindis have explored what other developments the industry is experiencing and what effects they are having on the industry as a whole:
By May 2017, there were more than 4,300 charging locations, with 6,700 charging devices and 12,500 connectors. However, if the popularity of EVs continues, we will need to continue to build more charging points to fill demand. And if we are to overcome the ongoing headache that is a full battery charging time of 8 hours, we will need an influx of rapid charging points which can charge up to 80% of an electric battery in just 30 minutes, as opposed to slower charge points. Thanks to a multimillion pound deal with ChargePoint back in May 2017, InstaVolt are installing at least 3,000 rapid charging points across fuel station forecourts across the UK.
The faster charging batteries available, take up to 30 minutes at a rapid charging point to fully recharge – however, new research, as reported on by the Express, suggests a solution to this problem. Researchers claim they could have developed an ‘instantly rechargeable’ method that recharges an electric battery in the same time as it would take to fill a gas tank – a solution to the biggest headache of electric vehicles. This would revolutionise the EV industry, as battery life and its charge has been the biggest challenge for the industry. The new method is said to use fluid electrolytes to re-energise battery fluids – reducing the need for new infrastructure to support further recharging solutions.
As the UK government continue to outline their plans to reach their 2040 target of eliminating petrol and diesel cars, we can expect to continue to see significant developments within the EV to overcome some of their biggest headaches, and make EVs more appealing to drivers. If manufacturers can truly cut down the time it takes to recharge the battery, and develop batteries that can travel further, the industry could be revolutionised and experience an influx of drivers wanting to get their hands on an EV. Watch this space!