From The Telegraph we learn driverless buses may be on the horizon in the UK. The Transport Minister has revealed his government is in discussions with a company to introduce the first automated bus service. One of the advantages of an electric bus is that it saves on the cost of the driver. Earlier this year the UK announced driverless car trials will take place in up to three cities in 2015. The vehicles will use GPS technology to determine their exact location and navigate their way across the road map, although the law will still initially require a driver to be seated at the wheel.
The Auto Future gives us factors to consider if you want to buy an electric car. And Planetsave introduces us to a new tool from the Sierra Club that will tell you what EV is right for your driving requirements.
EVObsession gives us a list of 2014 electric vehicles on the market along with their prices, range, efficiency and where they are being sold globally.
Clean Technica says the Tesla Model S is the best car based on price per mile of range. A comparison of EV costs per mile of range revealed that the Model S with its 85 kWh battery pack, 265 mile range and $79,900 suggested price came in first at a cost of just $302 per mile. This was followed by the Chevy Spark ($325) and Nissan Leaf ($350). The worst car was the BMW i3, which costs $41,350 but has a rated range of just 81 miles per charge, which works out to about $510 for every mile of driving range. Following closely behind the BMW was the Toyota RAV4 EV $483) and Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive ($476). See chart with article.
plugincars writes about The Coming Era of Long-Range Electric Cars. According to this website, in recent week automakers have been discussing the possibility of producing and selling electric cars that get 200-plus miles on a single charge. Flor example, Mark Reuss, the global product chief for General Motors, confirmed earlier this month that the company was working on a 200-mile car. Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, chief of powertrain development at Volkswagen, said his ccmpany is about five years from an EV that gets between 300 and 370 miles per charge. Neusser views plug-in hybrids as a “bridge technology” for the next few years, until the longer-range electric car is commercialized. See also, Clean Technica, 310- To 373-Mile Electric Cars By 2020, Says VW Exec
Tech Flash tells us the US state of Georgia leads in EV sales in that country. Most would think it would be California but large state tax incentives have propelled Georgia to this position. California ranks second. EVs comprise 1.6% of all registered vehicle sales in Georgia this year. The US national average for EV registrations is 0.3%. The southern state provides drivers a $5,000 tax credit for the purchase of a new EV whereas California offers a $2,500 state tax credit. The region’s temperate climate and relatively flat topography means limited drain on electric vehicle batteries, maximizing mileage range. See also International Business Times, How Georgia Became The State With The Highest Electric Car Adoption Rate.
Meanwhile ending these incentives can bring electric vehicle sales to a half. Business Vancouver reports sales of EVs have dropped considerably in the Canadian province of British Columbia once it removed its $5000 rebate for new EV purchases. The rebate was introduced in 2012 and removed in March of this year. BC is the first jurisdiction in North America to stop providing a rebate to encourage drivers to buy battery-powered vehicles. Since March only about 100 EVs have been sold in the province.
The Irish city of Cork is offering a number of perks to increase EV driving. The Irish Examiner says the city is offering free parking, free charging, free charge points, waived toll charges, zero deposit, and 0% finance as part of a package of incentives to encourage people to buy EVs. Car manufacturers, including Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Motors, and BMW are providing more than 75 EVs for extended test drives. Marine Minister Simon Coveney said:
“There are about 450 private electric plug-in cars in Ireland at the moment and that is not a good figure. We’d like to see this project increase that number by at least 50% in Cork alone.”
See also Kildare Nationalist, Cork launches electric car initiative in aim to become European Green Capital