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Are Eco-Friendly Cars Moving Forward, or Have they Lost their Spark?

When we talk about green cars, we’re not talking about lime, racing green or forest green paint finishes anymore. Thanks to the media and our obsession with our carbon footprints, when we talk about green cars now, we’re referring to cars that are good for the environment, eco-friendly and low on carbon emissions.

A few types of green, eco-friendly vehicle have been on the market for a while now, such as the hydrogen powered car. The most popular of them all, however, has been the gentle, quiet electric powered engine. You’ve probably seen it, but you certainly won’t have heard it. Not many people have bought new electric cars yet – there are only 3,000 on our roads, even though they have been in development for over 20 years now. This may be something to do with the purchase prices of brand new electric motors, because they are expensive. That being said, the amount of electric cars that are being sold in the UK is expected to double after 2013 due to a fall in prices and the growth of cheaper models.

[Suggested caption: The first ever electrically powered car was actually invented in the early 1800s]

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Mixed Views

Thanks to rising concerns regarding CO2 emissions and pollution of our air, many green-minded citizens believe that electric cars are the way forward. However, there are also a great number of sceptics out there who claim that electric motors need charging far too often, that there is a lack of charging points, that they have a low top speed, and that they are too expensive. Petrol head and Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, for example, is well-known for his vocal dislike of the electric car.

That’s not to say, though, that there aren’t many people who love the idea and the positive effect that electric cars can have on the environment when compared to ordinary petrol or diesel vehicles. Even a lot of city buses now run on electric hybrid engines, meaning that they switch between ordinary fuel and electric power as and when necessary. This change means that our public transport is causing much less air pollution in urban areas.

Power Problems

Electric cars are becoming more accessible to the general population and the government is backing this up by installing more on-street charging points across towns and at railway stations. There are approximately 8,000 public charging points currently operating the UK, which is actually about 1,000 less than was expected by 2013. Most of the charging is expected to take place at home during off-peak times when electricity is at its cheapest and its CO2 production is at its lowest.

These eco-friendly motors are being designed with slightly more panache these days and can look just like conventional cars, with the only difference being the sound produced, the speed reached, and the price paid. As more people realise that electric vehicles are being catered for and even encouraged by the government, meaning that they won’t be part of a minority who are constantly running out of power, they may begin to convert. What’s more, the designs and models that are set to emerge over the next few years should lower the cost of the average electric car dramatically.

If you are looking specifically for an electric car, sign up to Source My Car to send your request straight to dealers in your area. Would you consider converting to batteries, or are you keen to stick with your petrol/diesel engine?