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Electric cars have still not won over the public, and not just because some look like this. Electric cars have still not won over the public, and not just because some look like this. wbaiv

Electric cars won’t really take off until costs come down (or petrol goes up)

The electric car trend is still to take off in the UK, with drivers largely put off by up-front costs, according to a survey by the Department for Transport. A measly 5% of respondents were thinking about…
More cars, even more better cars, is not the answer. More cars, even more better cars, is not the answer. Doo Ho Kim

Tesla’s techno-cars are the right answer to the wrong question

With the promise that Tesla’s Model S will “liberate its owners from the petroleum-burning paradigm”, this electric car is an example of just how far technological innovation could take us towards achieving…
More people in fewer cars, especially in the countryside. More people in fewer cars, especially in the countryside. Owen Humphreys/PA

Cars cost more in the country: here’s some ways around it

As a parallel to fuel poverty, where the cost of heating and lighting accounts for 10% of a household’s income, the RAC Foundation has suggested a similar idea of transport poverty. And while Britain’s…
Build it, and they will come. Eventually. Build it, and they will come. Eventually. Chris Ison/PA

Fleet car could ignite a spark in damp electric vehicle market

The announcement came at New Year that David Cameron’s cabinet members might be about to trade in their limousines for electric vehicles. Such a move would make the UK government the world’s first to run…
Will Norway’s electric car boom out-live the tax breaks that popularised them? Will Norway’s electric car boom out-live the tax breaks that popularised them? C.Bry@nt

How to spread Norway’s success with electric cars

Electric cars have been a huge success in Norway, with more electric cars per capita than anywhere else in the world. Sales are thriving, with Norway’s new car market boasting the largest share of electric…
Western Australia’s three-year trial found electric cars are a good fit for Australian cities. Western Australia’s three-year trial found electric cars are a good fit for Australian cities. Luke Stearns

Trial complete: electric vehicles can work in Australia

Australia’s first electric vehicle trial has been completed. It ran from early 2010 to the end of 2012 with 11 electric Ford Focus and 23 fast-AC charging bays (Level-2). We found few technological barriers…
The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sports could hit 100 km/h in less than four seconds and be charged from a standard power point. The 2011 Tesla Roadster Sports could hit 100 km/h in less than four seconds and be charged from a standard power point. AAP Image/Tesla

Will electricity save the car?

Cars defined the 20th century … [They] shaped the wars that were fought, the way cities developed and how people and goods were moved around … [As] we look to alternative technologies to fuel more than…
How often do you see this? Not often enough. How often do you see this? Not often enough. Jaggery

UK lags behind as Europe adopts electric vehicles

The selection of cars launched and announced at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show underlines how the electric vehicle (EV) is finally showing signs of that long-awaited breakthrough to mass-market appeal…
People in the outer suburbs - who need a cheaper alternative for their long commutes - are unlikely to buy electric vehicles. People in the outer suburbs - who need a cheaper alternative for their long commutes - are unlikely to buy electric vehicles. Steve Kay

Electric vehicles won’t solve the suburbs' transport woes

Electric vehicles have been touted as the dream technology to solve our suburban transport challenges and rescue us from oil dependence and environmental threats. Yet technology use occurs in a social…
Changes to the Australian Design Rules have altered the landscape for electric bikes. Changes to the Australian Design Rules have altered the landscape for electric bikes. Chiemgau - Bayerns Lächeln

Electric bikes at 250 watts … the view has opened up nicely

If you’ve not ridden an electric bicycle yet, chances are you know someone who has. Or maybe someone rode past you on one and you thought it was a conventional bike. Changes in permitted power output means…
When fewer than 10% of cars in Sydney travel more than 100 km, do we need charging infrastructure? When fewer than 10% of cars in Sydney travel more than 100 km, do we need charging infrastructure? fa f c c/Flickr

Don’t wait for electric vehicle infrastructure, you (probably) don’t need it

Fast charging stations and battery swap stations are often proposed as being necessary infrastructure for electric cars. But do we need to wait for this infrastructure before we swap our petrol and diesel…
Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid – one of many attempts to make electric vehicles more seductive. Volvo’s V60 Plug-in Hybrid – one of many attempts to make electric vehicles more seductive. Overlaet, Wikimedia Commons

Standards, please! The third coming of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are not new. But recent developments could give them something of a boost in the eyes of the buying public. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time. By the turn of the 20th century…
Electric cars won’t solve this. Electric cars won’t solve this. Michael Loke

Green cars? Electric vehicles are marketing a myth

“What is the value of zero?” asks the seductive commercial for the new Nissan Leaf (due to launch in Australia in April). Set against a montage of natural and man-made images of “0”, the Leaf advert asks…
Battery-operated cars can plug a quickly emerging gap in the market. Battery-operated cars can plug a quickly emerging gap in the market. Thomas Bräunl

Why electric cars are in pole position

With global warming, carbon trading and record-high petrol prices in the news, not to mention the ever-looming spectre of peak oil, we need to find an environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable…

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