Banksy’s Blog - October edition

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Before you calve your pumpkins or put your clocks back, it’s time for a few insights into the EV World with my October blog.

In this month’s blog, we’re covering off upcoming changes to Clean Air Zones, the bumper September in EV sales and searches, and the fuel crisis’ effect on people’s mindsets towards EV adoption.

It’s impossible in this blog not to reference the fuel crisis that has impacted so many people in the country over the last month, which didn’t really need to happen. It brings out the worst in people – we’ve all witnessed someone filling up multiple jerry cans unnecessarily, I don’t even own a jerry can!! Whether you were just nipping out to do some shopping or providing an essential service, you’ve not been able to do that without worry or anxiety about where you’re going to get your fuel from, and ultimately increased stress levels at being drawn into the rat race.

This crisis has proved how much we rely on traditional fuel sources and what impact that can have on us personally and the businesses we rely on if it’s in limited supply. Ironically, the anxiety surrounding things such as range with electric vehicles suddenly disappears when it’s the only resource at your disposal and this short crisis has enabled people to consider how an electric vehicle potentially could fit into their lives and possibly changed their pre-conceptions about eMobility. Electric, albeit not for everybody at the minute, could now be a more viable option moving forward.

On the back of this, it got people googling and buying them. In fact, Google search data showed online searches for electric vehicles in the UK exploded 1,600% at the height of the fuel crisis. September 2021 was seen as a tipping point, with 46,605 new electric vehicle registrations. The number of EVs on the road has increased by 75% since the same time last year.

Furthermore, the number of ultra-rapid charging devices has grown by more than 50% - good news for our eVito Tourer and eSprinter owners for on-the-go charging. These are capable of adding 100 miles of range in around 10 minutes. Read more about this here: https://www.zap-map.com/september-biggest-month-ever-for electric-vehicles-as-key-areas-of-public-charging-infrastructure-grow/#more-148694

CAZ and ULEZ… This is not a new detective show on Netflix. What do they stand for and more importantly what do they mean for you? CAZ stands for Clean Air Zones while ULEZ are Ultra Low Emission Zones. Clean Air Zones are areas that charge or penalise highly-polluting vehicles based on their Euro emission standard. These are popping up all around the country and getting closer to home now, with Bradford and Manchester implementing CAZ in early 2022.

Check your local city on this website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-a-clean-air-zone. It’s important to check the vehicle requirements to ensure you don’t incur charges and what better time than now to review what kind of vehicle you’re running?

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is an area of London where the most polluting vehicles must pay a levy in order to use the roads. While ULEZ initially covers the congestion charge zone in Central London, from the 26th October 2021 it will expand to cover all areas inside the North and South circular roads. For more details, just click the link: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone

The wrong vehicles can be quite costly – for example, the daily charge for a van in Central London is £12.50. Depending on how often you go into these zones depends on how big a dent it puts in your wallet. Obviously, you don’t have these problems with electric vehicles as they can go in all zones without charge. These zones work towards the Government’s pledge to reduce emissions, limit global warming and hit their deadline of 2030.

Stay safe and see you again next month. All the best, Banksy.

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Published: 18/10/2021


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