From: Bob Sheth, Electric Forum, More from this Affiliate
Published January 24, 2014 07:35 AM

EV's only in city centers?

Should governments give serious consideration to electric car only city centres?

Over the last 12 months the subject of electric car only city centres has been discussed on numerous occasions although so far no government has been brave enough to push through any formal regulations. The authorities continue to encourage the use of electric vehicles within city centres, assisting with creating a network of recharging stations, but perhaps they could be doing more?

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Only a few days ago we wrote about an expert in the field of electric vehicles who is suggesting that financial incentives should be focused towards commercial operations such as taxis and vehicle fleets. The idea is that taxis and vehicle fleets cover the most mileage per annum compared to your traditional motorist and therefore electric vehicles will be more visible under this particular strategy.

While there are pros and cons with regards to electric vehicles, with some experts suggesting additional power requirements have their own impact upon the environment, there is no doubt that diesel/gasoline vehicles do impact air quality. Indeed a number of reports have suggested that the likes of asthma and other similar ailments are encouraged by air pollution caused by vehicle emissions.

Quote from ElectricForum.com : "Slowly but surely the electric vehicle market is moving towards the mass market but there are still particular elements of the industry and technology which appear to be stopping potential customers from buying electric vehicles. If you have thought about buying an electric vehicle, but have not yet done so, what is the one thing stopping you from going ahead with a purchase?"

The data on this particular subject is not conclusive but many people believe it does offer enough support for some governments around the world to introduce selective electric vehicle only city centres. This would very quickly improve air quality, assist in promoting electric vehicles to the wider public and there is the potential for further commercial opportunities as the number of electric vehicles on the roads would rise dramatically.

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