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Roadshow highlights 'green' cars on the rise

•  Roadshow aims to tackle low-emission vehicle myths
•  Info and test-drives in Clean Air Zone cities

Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) – which include electric and plug in hybrid cars – are on the rise. Growth year on year is impressive with more than 35,000 registrations in 2016, compared to under 3,500 back in 2013. 

As they become a more established motoring option, it stands to reason that more and more ULEVs can be seen at used car dealerships and not just brand new, fresh off the production line.

Potential buyers still have doubts

NFDA Trusted Dealers Electric RoadshowQuality information and guidance is crucial at this point in the ULEV life cycle. This is why the Energy Saving Trust is teaming up with NFDA Trusted Dealers for a series of roadshow events, highlighting just what these forecourt newcomers offer.

Recent evidence suggests this is a wise move. A survey of 1,000 drivers (conducted by One Poll in February 2017) found 29 per cent are considering making their next purchase a plug-in, but a similar percentage of those interested (31 per cent) are not sure what to look for.

Cost, available charging facilities and range are the key concerns of potential buyers. Many also aren’t aware of Government incentives to help with the economics of an ULEV purchase, despite the fact that up to £4,500 is available against the cost of a new electric car, and up to £500 off the supply and installation of a home chargepoint. 

A pollution solution – and much more

There are major advantages to owning an ULEV, from long-term cost savings, to a quieter and calmer drive, to improving the UK’s air quality. 

The latter advantage, which benefits us all, is why the roadshow with Trusted Dealers in going to be focused on the cities that will have the UK’s first Clean Air Zones by 2020. The event series kicked off in Leeds yesterday on Tuesday 25 April, and goes on to NottinghamBirmingham, London and Southampton

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Get behind the wheel

Andrew Benfield from the Energy Saving TrustEnergy Saving Trust experts and dealers will be on hand to bust myths and answer questions, and perhaps best of all, there are opportunities to view and book a test-drive for a selection of vehicles. To try is often to love when it comes to low-carbon driving. 

Andrew Benfield, Group Director of Transport at the Energy Saving Trust (pictured), said: “Our work has shown that ULEVs not only save consumers money in the long run, but are better for the environment when it comes to energy use, yet awareness around the benefits of these vehicles is relatively low. 

“Our partnership with Trusted Dealers will allow us to speak directly to consumers and debunk common misconceptions about 'green' cars. We want to give drivers the real facts about ULEVs so they can consider one as their next vehicle.”

Neil Addley, Managing Director of NFDA Trusted Dealers, said: “Electric vehicles are a valuable alternative for many drivers but research shows consumers still don’t feel well-informed when making choices about whether to buy an electric car.

“Our roadshow will be a great opportunity for people to come along and find out more about electric vehicles and the benefits of driving one and will hopefully encourage people to consider one in the future.”

Retaining trust as 'green' cars rise

Trust is important with any technology making its mark in the mainstream, so the meeting of independent advice with a site that lists cars from only the top dealerships makes sense – offering double the peace of mind for the 'green' car-curious. 

With hundreds of 'green' cars currently listed on the Trusted Dealers website, and the inevitability of many more to come, bringing the facts about low-emissions motoring direct to potential buyers could not be much better timed. 

The ULEV Roadshow runs from 24 April to 4 May. Register your interest in attending, or get in touch with NFDA Trusted Dealers via Facebook or Twitter.

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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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HyPulJet.2.0 concept is a Hydrogen and Oxygen Rotary Engine-generator which will operate in the same way as a Petrol engine-generator Range extender which is used by the new Electric London Taxi. Just as an example the E.Taxi could be Zero emissions and basically at a similar price.

H2 IC Engine is now at late stage development, having proved the theory on two small engines they have a 2,000 cc ex-diesel engine nearing proof of concept. The initial plan from my GHA friend is to exchange the H2 ICE for a Diesel ICE make the necessary modifications to convert the engine to Hydrogen and Zero emissions.

We are both intending "On Demand On Board the EV Hydrogen production" during discussions on this we both realised that we have both arrived at the same solution, although different methods. Unfortunately I cannot make a public statement about the material in one of the three UK Patents covering HyPulJet.2.0 without first having a NDA in place.

Whilst I have suffered setbacks and still searching for funding and a University dept not taken up with Funded projects covering improved petrol ICE for the likes of McLaren/JLR, my friend has managed to get to prove the basics.

There is already a low-input - high output Hydrogen generator which has been developed by another team of GHA and we are discussing a deal to either buy in or licence the use of this unit.

The biggest issue is not getting the public to understand that these EVs will work better than mechanical transmissions vehicles, you have to explain that each vehicle emitting CO2 and other pollutants affects the atmosphere. Diesels it is NOx as this is a more short term effect on the health of people now and a 10 to 20 year period where as CO2 will have effects which will increase over th next 100 years.

The Elephant in the Room which you should be making clear is that unless these EVs use purely Renewable generated electricity then they are still causing CO2 and other pollutants.

Especially Fracked Natural Methane Gas, that Methane is over 20 times better as Green House Gas than CO2 and having a much longer GHG life span it is now seen as 80 times worse to be allowed to enter the atmosphere and when the leaks of Methane from fracking are included in the equation the use of natural Methane Gas to generate electricity for the Grid is being challenged as being worse than petrol engines.

Quite simply "Are these people grabbing the next easy route to say this is Zero emissions at the tailpipe/ on the ground when transferring the emissions elsewhere and driving the consumers into another diesel gate, Ooops sorry we did not realize ?"

I am just an informed layman and I knew about NOx I know about grid generation and Methane so there is NO doubt that the specialists who are developing these systems KNOW.

Fantasy land, where is the increased generating capacity coming from for the millions of plug in cars. There should be two priorities, Clean Energy generation for transport and Clean Energy generation for what can be seen to be left of the Grid.

HyPulJet.2.0 will work as a static generator with smart controls with dual low-voltage circuit
48 v power circuit and 12 volt lighting and low draw circuit.

Of course the biggest issue is whether the Politicians can get out from the pressure from Fossil Fuels industry.

There is a choice, Zero Emissions or continue to burn Fossil Fuels and kill off the Human race along with most animals.

You can connect with me on Linked In Charles Alvin Scott Cut5T = cut 5-6 tonnes of CO2 by taking an average UK house Off-grid changing 1 petrol ICE to Zero emissions stops about 1 Tonne CO2

HyPulJet or thehydrogenanswer

Best Regards
Al Scott