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A guide to Electric vehicles (bike, cars, trucks), lithium battery and EV charging stations

Electric Vehicles

As the move towards green vehicles and clean energy on our roads continues, there is a wider choice of electric vehicles on the market than ever before. Technological advancements have led to cars with greater battery ranges and better performance but there are a host of alternatives to traditional, four wheel transport.

There is currently an extensive range of electric bikes on the market and these are perfect in any location but they naturally have an advantage in busy city centres. As the name implies, they are powered by an electric motor which is either located on the chain drive or as part of the wheel.

Electric bikes are very versatile because the motor can sense how hard you are pedalling and can give you a boost of power. In some cases, there is no need to pedal at all but in general, power supplied from you aids performance and lengthens the battery life.

Charging an electric bike battery is quicker than it is to charge the ones supplied with electric cars and there is the option of pedalling entirely by yourself if you do run out of power while on the road – an element that isn`t supplied with electric cars.

As far as cars themselves are concerned, there have been huge advancements in battery ranges in recent times and there promises to be a significant increase in the number of charging stations across the UK over the coming months and years. At the moment, there is a choice of electric vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, the G-Whiz and the Nissan Leaf amongst others and the range is being added to all the time by some of the leading manufacturers.

At present, there is a choice of three different ways in which an electric car can be powered. These are hydrogen, which employs fuel cells that turn hydrogen into electricity, plug in hybrids which combine electricity with an internal combustion engine and fully electric cars.

Each have their own benefits but while all may be cheaper to run, there have been some clear disadvantages which the government is working hard to address. One of the downsides in the past has been cost with Nissan claiming that a standard petrol car would be priced at £5000 to £10000 less than its electric equivalent.

However, it has been announced that the government will soon be supplying a grant of 25% – up to £5000 of the cost of a new electric car and there are, of course, benefits with tax as well. In addition, £20m is being invested into providing a bigger network of charging stations across the UK and the speed of recharging will increase markedly too.

At the higher end of the vehicle scale, electric trucks have been slower to emerge and the options at present are limited to smaller commercial vehicles. Like all aspects of the electric vehicle industry however, this situation is set to improve dramatically over the next few months.

While it may have been slow to get moving, the electric revolution is gaining some serious momentum. Whether you`re considering electric bikes as discussed on bikes.org.uk or cars and trucks at the moment, there are likely to be bigger and better choices and cheaper prices all round in the very near future.
Source via Rebecca Phillips

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