12 things you didn't know about electric vehicles

06 April 2021

The significant shift in people's travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into 'smart cities'. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.

As part of its commitment to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the UK Government has announced it will contribute £20 million in 2021/22 to fund the installation of on-street EV charging points. When it comes to the roll out of electric vehicles, you may be surprised to know that…

The significant shift in people’s travel routines over the last 12 months will likely trigger long-term changes for many and our urban spaces will need to continue to develop into 'smart cities'. Electric vehicles and their charging points will form a significant part of this changing landscape.
 
As part of its commitment to end sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, the UK Government has announced it will contribute £20 million in 2021/22 to fund the installation of on-street EV charging points. When it comes to the roll out of electric vehicles, you may be surprised to know that…


1.	You can charge an EV by plugging it straight into a socket at home or by plugging into a charging unit.

2.	There are three main types of EV charging – rapid, fast, and slow. These represent the power outputs, and therefore charging speeds, available to charge an EV. 

3.	The very first electric car was built in 1884 by English inventor, Thomas Parker and by 1897 a fleet of electric taxis was being used in London. 

4.	Up to 80% of the energy in an EV’s battery is transferred directly to the vehicle to power up the engine, compared to just 14% -26% for a petrol or diesel vehicle 

5.	The weather affects how much energy your EV uses. You can go further on the same charge in summer than you can in winter. 

6.	Today, the UK has around 35,000 public EV chargepoints and CPOs (Charge Point Operators) are installing around 7,000 new ones each year.  

7.	In the 2020s, CPOs will need to install chargepoints 5 times faster than the current rate  

8.	London’s public charging network is the most advanced in the UK, with over 100 public chargepoints per 100,000 people; this is almost three times the amount of those in the North West of England, Yorkshire and Northern Ireland  

9.	In Europe there are an estimated 90 million lamp-posts. The EU hopes to turn 10 million of them into smart lamp-posts, equipped with a variety of features including vehicle chargers. 

10.	Norway became the first country in the world where the sale of EVs has overtaken those powered by petrol, diesel and hybrid engines last year.  

11.	Whilst many EV charging innovations require cars to be parked, the eRoadArlanda project in Sweden installed electric rails within the tarmac of a 1.25-mile road network near Stockholm to enable charging on the go 

12.	In China, all of Shenzhen's 16,000 buses are now electric. Shenzhen Bus Company has 180 depots with their own charging facilities installed. One of its depots can even charge around 20 buses at the same time.

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