LOW CARBON VEHICLES
Electric | Hybrid| Plug-In Hybrid Electric| Range-Extended Electric
New Anglia has a rich heritage when it comes to the automotive industry, being the home of Lotus cars and other thriving businesses. However, whilst there is some whole vehicle manufacturing, New Anglia’s strength is in component manufacturing. A thriving engineering sector supports this strong supply chain.
With transport being responsible for around 24% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, it is the second largest contributor to the UK’s carbon footprint behind non-renewable energy supply. Therefore the important for growing the low carbon transport sector in the East of England is of vital importance and provides opportunities economically, socially and environmentally.
TYPES OF LOW CARBON VEHICLES
ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EV’S)
An electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle which uses one or more electric motors for propulsion, an electric car is powered exclusively by electricity, in place of more common propulsion methods such as the internal combustion engine (ICE). EVs store electricity in an energy storage device, such as a battery, though have a limited energy storage capacity, which must be replenished by plugging into an electrical source.
A hybrid car is one that uses more than one means of propulsion, typically, this means combining a normal petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. The chief advantages of a hybrid car are that it uses less fuel and emits less CO2 emissions than most conventional non-hybrid vehicles.
PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES (PHEV’S)
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor and a large rechargeable battery. Unlike conventional hybrids, PHEVS can be plugged in and recharged from an outlet, allowing them to drive extended distances using just electricity. When the battery is emptied, the conventional engine turns on and the vehicle operates as a conventional, non-plug-in hybrid.
RANGE-EXTENDED ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Extended-range electric vehicles have a plug-in battery pack and electric motor, as well as an internal combustion engine. The difference from a plug-in hybrid is that the electric motor always drives the wheels, with the internal combustion engine acting as a generator to recharge the battery when it is depleted.
Through the link below you can access an online business map of the companies within the Low Carbon Vehicles sector, spanning across Norfolk and Suffolk.