CALLING ALL CAR PARK OPERATORS
ELECTRIC CAR SALES IMPROVE
According to the SMMT (http://www.smmt.co.uk/2012/06/may-2012-%E2%80%93-ev-and-afv-registrations/) the number of new cars eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant registered in May 2012 was 181, that is an amazing 229% increase on May 2011! Year to date the figure is 669 up 36% on this time last year.
If this rate of growth continues then car parks are going to need EV chargers to meet their customer’s needs. My blog explains how you can get a charger for free, paying from the revenue only.
Of course chargers should earn you money and I will be writing a blog soon about how you can make that happen through our pay-as-you-charge system (www.levhub.co.uk)
Meanwhile what I want to know is why have registrations (new car sales) for plug-in cars increased so dramatically in the last month. Is it the introduction of the new Ampera (http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/electric-cars.html)?
In the near future there will be a lot more plug in models available.
The Plug-In Prius is released this summer and Lexus will be following with more models.
The Renault is interesting, the cars are significantly cheaper but there is a monthly rental for the batteries. On average I fill my car with petrol once or twice a week spending about £50 a time. If the Renault batteries are £75 a month then the vehicle would represent a significant decrease in my travel costs.
So is the growth sustainable. The detractors would say there is no appetite for electric cars; I have said for a while that the market is being held back by a lack of models. So I will be keeping my eye on the figures to see if this increase is the start of a new trend or a blip in the figures
Meanwhile, if you have a car park, is it time to start considering putting in an electric car charging solution? Contact me if you think the answer is Yes!
Since writting this the following news has been anounced
Bankrupt carmaker Saab has been sold to a Chinese-Swedish investment group which aims to turn the company into a maker of electric vehicles.
Headline from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18423709