London launches first electric taxi fleet
— By Tyler Falk on February 12, 2014, 7:49 AM PST
Notice the signs on the side of the taxis. "Intelligent Energy", and Zero Emissions.
Both are not true.
Zero emissions is not true if the energy comes via the electric grid, and that electricity comes from energy plants powered by some fossil fuel along the way, which means that, the truth is hidden (unless, of course, if the energy comes from a nuclear power plant). Zero emissions might be true, but only at the consumer level, and not when the total picture is examined.
"Intelligent Energy" is just a marketing term, intended to get people to notice, and to hopefully adopt the concept/idea of EVs. But, the intelligent part stops when people get sticker shock via the price tags of those EVs, and the intelligent part gets lost quicker when one realizes that, range anxiety is still present, and that the battery will hold less and less of a charge with each recharge. It's a battery powered vehicle, stupid! That makes you "not so intelligent". Plus, the vehicle is a stunt, by the government of London and the Chinese manufacturers. It's still not a practical and viable everyday transportation alternative.
I test drove those e6 two years ago. It had a lot of catching up to do in terms of quality built and noise management. I'm sure they worked out those parts.
There are no perfect systems or programs, but it has to start somewhere if we must move on. Tell me there are no local companies making EVs in the UK?
I believe Neil is spot on. This is just another dreary government demo program, complete with grand visions, false promises and vastly overstated performance.
If Boris Johnson was even remotely interested in cleaning London's air he could study what is happening in Tokyo. Vast improvements in air quality by forcing the truck and bus fleets to adopt modern advanced diesel technology.
Of course the fleet operators would scream bloody murder.
Its always easier to do some politically correct stunt than actually address a problem.
There may be poor air quality in London, but I think blaming it largely on taxi's is promoting an agenda, as opposed to dealing with the issue.
Far more pollution comes from Lorries/Trucks, Van's and buses, and the general traffic and industry in Europe's by far biggest city.
Having the World's busiest International Airport adjacent at Heathrow with much traffic over-flying the city does little to help this, and Boris Johnson surprisingly also want's another new build airport built the oposite side of the city in the Thames Estuary area.
As ever, Tyler has missed out framing the story in any real context and lacks any real "thought provoking analysis" and has just cut and pasted another internet story - from ther London Standard article "The City of London remained the worst local authority area in the country with 8.94 per cent of total deaths attributable to dangerous airborne gases, although it actually registered a small improvement." - Seriously, you actually do not want to challenge this very questionable statistic.
1 minute on the internet leads to the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS), where 'deaths by dangerous airbourne gases' does not even make it onto their funky infogtaphic.
See page 7 onwards
@EVdeath The ugly reality is long ago, the Europeans made a decision in favor high fuel taxes that have resulted in awful air quality because both industry and consumers will fiercely repel anything that might increase cost of ownership like emission controls. The result is awful air in most big cities, mainly due to diesel exhaust. In America, we made the opposite decision back in the '70s, favoring less economy in the name of better air quality.
Rubbish see the Euro IV emissions standards - one of the few thibgs the EU is good for is their relentless drive down on emissions and efficiency on the auto industry.
Why you get current models with outstanding gas mileage Honda Civi1 1.6iDTEC almost 80mpg, Honda 1.6iDTEC CRV SUV 60mpg - both combined cycles.
If you want to see rubbish, look at the US Exhaust Gas Recirulation with means EU cars need to be dutuned, have extra complexity added and emit more gases to comply
I thinhk you are mistaking London for Jakarta and Beijing
Things have moved on hugely in the last decade, esp. the last 5 years with EuroIV regs.
Catalysts, Particulate Filters, replacing Steel with Aluminium, Ultra High Compression Turbo-Diesel (Honda Earth Dreams, Mazda SkyActiv, GM/Vauxhall/Opel Eco, Ford ECOnetic, Volkswagen Bluemotion), plus similar from BMW, Mercedes, Nissan, Kia/Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, Peugeot, Toyota - hell even Porsche do a Diesel Cayenne.
@Neil Postlethwaite @JohnMcGrew @EVdeath To be fair, it's been a decade since I've been to London, so perhaps things have improved. I sure hope so. What I can say is that I grew up in California in the '60s and '70s before the mandatory implication of the emission technologies we take for granted today. I vividly recall the the first time I got of a plan in London and felt my eyes water in a way I never recall happening as a child. Such has been the case in most European capitals I've visited, all of which were far less breathable than Los Angeles is today. At the time I went out of my way to discover the reason why, which it turned out was mostly related to unconstrained diesel exhaust.