The largest UK independent privately held management group for vehicles, Leasedrive, has produced an Essential Guide to Electric Vehicles – Future Imperfect. Just like the title suggests the company feels electric vehicles will find the road bumpy with many uncertainties along the way.
Commercial director of Leasedrive Roddy Graham says while it may look as though the future of hybrid or electric vehicles is all rosy this is far from the truth. There are a number of questions that remain about the long-term viability of the vehicles in part because of the lack of nationwide recharging facilities, debate over the lease or sale of battery packs and the other dirty little secrets the vehicles hold.
The hope is most of the uncertainties will be answered so in the medium tern the mix at the vehicle dealers will include combinations of internal combustion engine vehicles and hybrid and plug-in vehicles in that same order. The long-term will show an even more varied mix with the hydrogen fuel cell and perhaps another type not yet known.
“The future success of electric vehicles will depend largely on the establishment of a proper re-charging network infrastructure, more acceptable ranges between battery recharges and lower lithium-ion battery costs.
How much in-road electric vehicles will make into a market dominated by the internal combustion engine will also depend on how prices converge with the latter, post initial subsidies, and escalating oil prices.”
The essential guide looks at the electric vehicle landscape; electric vehicle demand; electric vehicle charging points/drop-in centres, electric/hybrid vehicles – ‘dirty little secrets’ and the electric vehicle future.
Free copies of the ‘Essential Guide to Electric Vehicles – Future Imperfect’ are available to download at: http://www.leasedrivevelo.com/guide-electricvehicles