Electric vehicles have become an important part of both the fight against air pollution and the move to a low-carbon economy, which is essential for reducing the effects of climate change. EVs aim to replace road vehicles, which use internal combustion engines (ICEs), by instead charging a battery which then delivers power to the motor.
The current state of EVs
Currently, the number of EVs (including PHEVs) is 2.7% of the UK’s total market. The UK government’s current plan is to stop selling internal combustion engines by 2040, although recent reports, such as by the Committee on Climate Change, have said this is too late and should be moved forward to 2035 or 2030 to meet 2050 climate change targets.
How do we boost EV numbers?
EV charging is an important part of electric vehicle deployment. Although large amounts of charging will occur at home, there will also need to be EV charging at locations such as offices, and retail and leisure facilities. In cities, a lot of people do not have off-street parking, meaning innovation in on-street charging is also required. One strategy which is often mooted to quicken the adoption of EVs is to try to make EV charging as convenient and quick as possible, aligning with the public’s current experience of refuelling an ICE.
There are three main types of EV:
For further information on EVs, 'range anxiety' and common misconceptions, check out this article.
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Our energy cafes aim to help people get more value for their energy spend. They are run by volunteers trained in giving energy advice and the concept was part of CREW’s very raison d’être.
We meet at venues where there is a significant footfall and talk people through the process of choosing the best-value supplier for their circumstances. We use the Citizens Advice site to do so. This is seldom a simple process because everyone’s situation is different. The poorer you are the trickier it is to get the best deal.
Why do we offer this service?
It is helpful for people who are anxious about using computer searches to have a friendly companion when attempting to do this. Often complex telephone calls are involved too, so some support is always welcome.
If someone brings their energy bill, we can follow the online system and find a range of options. We are also alert to issues such as calculating length of contract and costs of changing suppliers. This is different from the help people get at the supermarket or on the street, where suppliers are touting for business and the necessary questions don’t always come to mind.
For those with debt problems, we can point them to helpful agencies. We are also aware of the various discounts available and can advise on simple energy-reducing actions to ensure people get the best value out of their electricity, gas and water charges.
All done over a coffee and sometimes even a piece of cake!
Find out more about our Energy Cafés here.