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Smart Ed

Smart Ed

Would you go electric?

Electric cars could be widely available within five years but will you go electric when they are?

The UK government is trying to encourage people to drive electric practical are they here?

Motorists in the UK could be offered subsidies of up to 5000 to encourage them to buy electric or plug-in hybrid cars.


Shocking: the electric Smart ED

Its part of the British governments plan to promote low carbon transport. However, at the moment there's little infrastructure in place in the UK to support the recharging that such cars need.

But what about here? If everyone in Jersey decided to drive electric, could the island cope?

A Director at the Jersey Electricity Company, Richard Plaster, says although there's enough electricity in the island for everyone to drive an electric car, there aren't enough electric cars around for all islanders.

Mr Plaster says they would think about introducing a tariff system to encourage islanders to re-charge their cars overnight when electricity demand is at its lowest.

Plugging in the Smart Ed

Jersey Electricity Company says it'll have the infrastructure needed to support electric cars in place by the time the vehicles are widely available.

Richard Plaster said: “Well we know the cars will that will be in production 2011/2012. That’s Smart, Mitsubishi, Honda, Nissan, and Vauxhall. They’re all saying they are going to have them on the forecourt so it will happen.

“Once we understand what the infrastructure is we will enter in discussions with those that we need to but we will make sure that it is in place in time.”

The JEC are currently testing a number of pre-production electric Smart cars and Mr Plaster has said that the trail is proving successful.


The Smart ED is simple to charge up

He expects islanders to be able to buy them from garages in two or three year’s time. By then he says the infrastructure, including charging points, will be available in Jersey.

And the island's Transport Minister, Constable Mike Jackson, says electric cars are ideal for Jersey.

He told BBC Jersey: “Clearly everybody has a different motoring habit but for the ordinary commuter who just jumps in their car to go to work every day what could be better.

“If we could reduce our emissions, reduce our carbon footprint, it has to be good for the island.”

last updated: 20/04/2009 at 12:03
created: 20/04/2009

Have Your Say

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e-cars would reduce emissions of hydrocarbons, oxides of sulfur and nitrogen, and the acids associated with those oxides. While it is true that we would need to use more electricity to charge cars (either at home, in corporate parking lots, or at charging stations along highways, the effect of reducing non-stationary sources of air pollution would be worth it in the long run.

G.O Brien
Electric cars are never going to become popular. Mainly for the reason that people will only change when they can drive an equivalent to what they drive now. The answer is Hydrogen Fuel cell

Electric cars are only green as the electricity they run on - and you also have to take into account pollution arising from the manufacture and disposal on the batteries. It's not as clear cut as lightweight thinkers would have us believe.

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