2018 – the year of the electric car?

Industry insiders are predicting 2018 to be the tipping point for electric vehicles as the desire for sustainable living increases … so what can we expect in the next year?

As awareness grows in the construction industry about making provisions for a future of EV charging, there’s an urgent call to meet demand with the production of long range electric cars and charging stations to accommodate them.

There are to be a minimum of 6 new EV models released in the next two years. This includes the first production of battery-electric cars from many major car manufacturers, all competing to produce the best and longest-range electric car. The Audi e-tron, BMW i5, Jaguar I-Pace, Mercedes-Benz EQ and the Porsche Mission E are all set for launch in 2018-19, paving way for an electric vehicle surge.

Jaguar I-PACE

The cost of driving an electric car is one of the main concerns, however with Tesla’s long-awaited Model 3, the most affordable electric car in their range so far, being rolled out to the public there is potential to open up the niche EV driving market to the masses. Another anticipated model, the new Nissan Leaf, is set to be on sale from February of this year. Leaf 1.0 is the world’s bestselling electric car cumulatively to date, with Nissan recently announcing their 300,000th sale.

2018 Nissan Leaf

Tesla also recently announced that they would be adding a Semi Truck to their range, as well as a Roadster, with both going into production in 2019. CEO Elon Musk said the Tesla roadster would be “the fastest production car ever” made.

Buses are going electric too… they already account for around 10% of U.S. transit agency orders in 2017. In fact, sales of electric buses rose by 40% from 2016 to 2017, and is only set to climb further over the next twelve months, hinting towards the future of transport and the move towards more efficient driving practices.

BYD Electric Coach

Further fuelling the demand, the government is having to address the issues surrounding the unsafe amounts of pollution produced by diesel vehicles. In a recent high court meeting current plans to tackle the UK’s air pollution crisis were deemed so poor they actually broke the law, signalling the need to reduce emissions dramatically.

The most likely measure to address this? The introduction of charges to deter drivers from ‘clear air zones’ in urban centres. These could be in place as early as next year in London, as well as several other major UK cities. This is likely to put the future of diesel cars in even more jeopardy as people are encouraged to switch to a greener alternative.

With ground-breaking launches looming and an urge to push green initiatives, the motor industry is undoubtedly reaching tipping point. Many in the construction industry are being forced to wonder: Are electric cars the future of driving? It seems the time to prepare for the electric future is, in fact, now.

To discuss how SmartEv can support your Charge Point Projects, contact us today.

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SmartEv announce supplier agreement with Barwood Homes and McGoff Group

SmartEv are delighted to announce that we are the supplier of Electric Vehicle Charging Points to all Barwood Homes developments.

To Barwood Homes, each detail and every aspect of everything they do has been carefully thought through to deliver the best possible design and quality.

They aim to be different from, and better than, any of their competitors, delivering unique homes that will set them apart from the rest, building homes that people aspire to live in.  They pride themselves in delivering an experience which is second to none.

McGoff Facilities Services will be completing all the Barwood Homes installations on behalf of SmartEv. The McGoff Group is a multi-faceted collection of like-minded businesses whose primary aim is to remove the speculation associated with development.

A natural extension to the Groups’ service offering is the total facilities management solution provided by McGoff Group Facilities Services Limited (MGFS) enabling a seamless range of additional services post construction and for the life of the operational asset.

MGFS deliver reactive repairs, planned maintenance, quoted installation works and refurbishment services in all aspects of building fabric, electrical and mechanical systems. MGFS is an NICEIC approved commercial and domestic electrical contractor and an approved installer of electrical vehicle charging points for SmartEv.

We are looking forward to seeing this working relationship progress!


IHS 2017

We’re delighted to announce that SmartEv will be exhibiting at the Independent Hotels Show 2017, on the 17-18 October 2017, at Kensington Olympia.  Meet us at Stand 157 to discuss Electric Vehicle charging!