Are we coming to the end of the era when we have to fill up our petrol tanks several times a week?
Perhaps – but maybe not for some time.
It is safe to say fuel-powered vehicles still dominate the automobile industry.
But with the current climate emergency movement, and numerous manufacturers looking to the future, could it soon be a case of out with the old and in with the new?
As of August 2019, it was estimated that there were more than 200,000 electric-powered vehicles registered in the UK, with just 25,000 EV charging points.
The inconsistency of available EV charging points across the country, along with a list of other rumoured drawbacks including cost and performance, seem to be enough to put off a lot of road users from switching from fuel to electric.
This is not the case for local man Lewis Ash who switched to an electric vehicle in 2017, and insists the positives outweigh the negatives.
“I drive a Nissan Leaf,” he said. “It’s a really good car; it’s great to drive and it suits [mine and my wife’s] lifestyle.
“We have another car as well, but my wife and I both drive the Leaf.
“The main difference is that it’s a lot cheaper than running a fuel-powered car.”
“We can get a distance of up to about 70 to 80 miles off a full charge – it’s probably a shorter distance in comparison to newer models, but for now it suits us fine.
“When travelling a longer distance, it’s simply a case of charging it halfway through.
“On a rapid charger, the car will charge up to about 85 per cent, and then the charging rate will slow down to protect the battery.
“It’s a pretty nippy car. The difference with electric vehicles is that they have torque instantly, but a normal car with gears doesn’t have that.”
However, Lewis does acknowledge that one of the current drawbacks to owning an electric vehicle, is the lack of infrastructure available for charging.
He said: “There are nowhere near enough charging points in Wales and certainly around north Shropshire.
“The charging infrastructure is poor at the minute, it needs to get better.
“In some areas it’s great, but that’s predominantly in and around big cities; other than there, they’re quite scarce in rural areas.
“There have been a few rapid chargers introduced in mid-Wales, but it would be extremely difficult to complete a north to south journey in Wales.
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Source:: Daily Times