Engineer Mark Parr, founder of The Electric Vehicle Company in Guernsey, sits in his electric Smart Car, which he converted. The car contains eight batteries that power the electric motor, which gives the car a range of 20 to 35 miles. Mark will soon be swapping the lead-acid batteries for lithium ion batteries which will increase the car's range for a full charge to 50 miles. Lithium ion batteries will also last ten years or more so they should last the life of the car. At the price of Guernsey electricity Mark can fully charge the car for £0.26 which means that the car costs about one penny ($0.02 at current exchange rate) per mile to run. The car is perfect for short distance commuting and ideally suits island living. It is very quiet and it produces no exhaust emissions. It is easy to park as it can be parked perpendicularly to the pavement (sidewalk).
Guernsey receives currently about 50% of its electricity from France. The rest is generated by an oil fired power station in Guernsey. Only about 5% of the electricity from France is produced from fossil fuels so the car is responsible for approximately 20 to 30 grams of C02 per kilometre based on the percentage of electricity produced by fossil fuels. As more and more electricity is produced from renewable resources this figure will go down.
Mark has produced an ideal solution for island and city commuting.
To contact the Electric Vehicle Company in Guernsey, Channel Islands, Great Britain call +44 (0)1481 264434
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