The UK Government have announced extreme measures to cut down on air pollution, banning the sale petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The current Conservative governments Environment Secretary Michael Gove revealed the plans yesterday, and followed up by saying they could give local councils the power to impose tough restrictions on highly polluting areas as early as 2020.
The plans however fall short of offering a full diesel scrappage scheme, something which motoring campaigners were calling for. The plans have also been criticized by the AA, which claims that such a plan could cause chaos in the National Grid, and require up to ten more power stations to provide the electrical output required for such a large switch on of electric vehicles.
Many car companies have begun an electrification process in their cars, Volvo recently announced that all new Volvos would be electrified in someway by 2025. Mini announced yesterday that they were beginning production in 2019 of a fully electric 3-door version of the Mini at their plant in Oxford, BMW also expects electrified models to be between 15% and 25% of their sales by 2025 after announcing electrification would be available on all of its models.
Which? Car magazine also warned the government that electric cars were currently more expensive and less practical than conventional cars. Around 4% of cars sold today are electric. Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders CEO Mike Hawes told Autocar: “Currently demand for alternatively-fuelled vehicles is growing but still at a very low level as consumers have concern over affordability, range and charging points”.
It should be said that the Government has also said that restrictions would be lessened after the air pollution levels have reduced to acceptable levels “Local authorities should bear in mind such access restrictions would only be necessary for a limited period and should be lifted once legal compliance is achieved and there is no risk of legal limits being breached again”.
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Faraday Future, an electric vehicle start up company recently revealed the concept for the FFZERO1 at CES in Las Vegas this week. Not much is known about Faraday Future, at one point they were even thought to be a cover company for Apples new car project. However the new concept, an electric supercar is designed to put a spotlight on the electric supercar and show the public and investors what they can do.
Although the FFZERO1 will sadly remain a concept car, it was designed to show what Faraday Future’s production vehicles would eventually look like, and they are expected to appear in 2018. The FFZERO1 boasts an amazing battery set up that allows the batteries to be added in strings. Its also available in two or four wheel drive and boasts three separate electric motors.
The FFZERO1 has an impressive power output of 986BHP giving it a sub three second 0-60 time and a top speed of over 200MPH. The FFZERO1 also comes with all the inputs for it to be a driverless car. The exterior of the car is made up of carbon fibre and composites, and is designed to be lightweight. The FFZERO1 also has the ability to go racing as the cockpit is designed to have both water and air tubes posted straight to the driver, this accompanies the single seat design and a new head restraint system. Don’t expect to see the FFZERO1 on the roads for a very long time, but it does show a bright start for Faraday Future.
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5 years ago hybrids were seen as being pathetic little eco boxes that only celebs and thick people drove (same thing aren’t they) but now even the top end companies are investing in saving the planet. Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche’s top cars are all hybrids, now I know I’ve already spoken quite a bit about all three of the cars but now I want to speak about other hybrids and electric cars.
Many companies have very solid eco divisions of course we have the originator of eco, Toyota with their Prius and then we have Honda with their Insight and the even more extreme hydrogen powered Clarity. But then we have the more high end companies such as BMW with the I8 and then luxury gods Rolls Royce with there full electric Phantom.
Now most of these cars are great minus the Prius and the Insight which both manage to look exactly like a steam iron. But when almost all car companies are bringing electric versions of their standard cars such as Ford with the Fiesta and Fiat with the 500, I can see the standalone hybrid dying out and sooner than you think. This I think is a good thing as the very idea of a hybrid is counter productive.
The nickel for the batteries is mined this creates a lot of acid rain which damages the environment, then the nickel is shipped halfway across the world to be refined into a foam that is then shipped to factories to put in the batteries which then goes into the cars. The Land Rover Discovery whilst being a giant gas guzzling 4×4 is all created in the same country with all the parts coming from within 200 miles of one another and actually works out better for the environment rather than the stupid hybrids.
So there it is the idiocy of the hybrid and don’t get me started on the G-wizz
BMW have been going mad recently with the newly announced M4, BMW have also announced the new M3 and they have also said that the new 1M will be called the M2 this is because they reserved the M1 name for the special mid-engined cars could this also mean there’s a new one on the way I don’t know.
BMW have also revealed a new concept in the BMW i3 its frankly quite a hideous little electric car. Its to big and bulky up in the front and from the side it looks like it’s already been in a crash front and back.
Personally I hope this doesn’t mean that BMW are going to start making hideous little electric cars because they are not the future the pathetic little electric motor, the top speed is only 93 MPH however motor does give out 170 BHP, and it will go from 0-62 in 7.2 seconds which for an electric car is quite impressive. But the biggest problem with the standard car is the range 80-100 miles, which is terrible.
BMW does offer a range extending 650cc Petrol engine which charges the battery this increases the range to between 160 and 186 miles but the 0-62 time does drop to 7.9s. This is still no match for an ordinary car even in the mother of all super cars you could get further than that. Now we come to the price of all this electrical wonder £25,680 standard with the extra engine its £28,830 yes almost 30 grand for an ugly slow car that can’t go very far I think I leave that there.