Brighton in the vanguard for EV use, says British Gas

November 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

A new report from British Gas: the East End of London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Epsom and Brighton are the cities/areas most likely to drive demand for electric cars, apparently. Thanks to regeneration and new eco-developments in the locality, one in six (some 36,000) residents of Stratford are tipped to buy an EV. The report uses data from Experian, and quotes the Frost & Sullivan prediction that one in ten cars sold in the UK could be electric by 2020.  However, though I can’t speak for the other cities, we’re going to have to solve the problem of a lack of off-street parking for domestic charging (or come up with a viable alternative) here in central Brighton first… when it’s rare to even be able to park your car within sight of your home, how can you plug in safely?

  • More research news. Study by New York University for the BMW i project: Urban Mobility in the 21st Century (Rudin Centre for Transportation Policy, Robert F Wagner Graduate School) identifies three key trends – growth of urban populations, growth of single-person households, ageing urban population. It considers cities in the developing world, and points to car-sharing, other access to non-owned/for-hire vehicles, platooning, microvehicles, multiplicity of integrated transport modes, networking, V2V and V2X. Full report here.
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