By: EL Cheng
Jul 11, 2018 @ 11:11
The United Kingdom are planning to lead the world in being the first nation to completely replace fuel vehicles.
The UK is planning to pass a new legislation that requires all new homes and offices to have electric car charging points installed to encourage their citizens to purchase electric cars.
In the UK, 40,000 deaths are directly related to air pollution. The main cause of these air pollution is also directly linked to road transport, domestic and commercial heating system. Being able to reduce the reliance on fuel would significantly reduce the death toll and the cost required to purchase fuel. Researchers are expecting prices of fuel to gradually increase as coal deposit are expected to run out in 2088, which is a mere 70 years more.
Currently, the market is reluctant to buy electric cars due to the scarcity of charging point around the world. A study shows that, 8 out of 10 drivers refuses to buy electric cars, even though having an electric car is almost twice cheaper than fuel vehicle. It is also expected that the price of electric vehicles to continue falling as battery price is becoming cheaper and the tax for emissions for fuel vehicles are becoming more expensive.
There is also improvement in the charging technology for cars as faster and more rapid charging points are being introduced. Some rapid charging points can fully charge a battery in as little as 30 minutes. While it may seem very fast, the car actually still needs to be parked for a bit, this may come of as an inconvenience to people who want a quick refuel. Arguably, this short duration can be used to take a break for a quick meal, snack or drink. Even some light shopping while they are at it.
Will Malaysia try to emulate the approach of the UK? Or will we stay on an use fuel vehicles and forsake the environment?