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The Unseen Benefits of Electric Cars: Debunking Negative Reporting in the UK

In recent years, electric cars have been subject to a barrage of negative reporting in the UK. Headlines often highlight their limitations, such as range anxiety, charging infrastructure woes, concerns about battery production’s environmental impact, and even their quietness posing risks to pedestrians. However, despite these critiques, the broader picture reveals that electric vehicles (EVs) offer substantial environmental benefits that far outweigh their drawbacks. It’s time to shift the narrative and focus on how electric cars are a crucial component in our fight against climate change.

Addressing the Criticisms

Range Anxiety and Charging Infrastructure:

One of the most common criticisms is the limited range of electric cars compared to petrol and diesel vehicles, coupled with an allegedly inadequate charging infrastructure. While it’s true that early models had limited ranges, modern EVs like the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf now offer ranges that can comfortably cover most daily commutes and long-distance travel with proper planning. Additionally, the UK’s charging network is expanding rapidly. According to Zap-Map, there are now over 25,000 public charging points across the UK, with new ultra-rapid chargers being installed regularly.

Environmental Impact of Battery Production:

Critics often highlight the environmental cost of producing lithium-ion batteries, which are essential for EVs. The mining of lithium, cobalt, and other materials does have an environmental footprint. However, it’s crucial to consider the entire lifecycle of the vehicle. Studies have shown that despite the higher initial environmental cost, EVs produce significantly lower emissions over their lifetime compared to internal combustion engine vehicles. Furthermore, advancements in battery recycling and the development of more sustainable materials are set to mitigate these impacts even further.

Limited Lifespan and High Costs:

Another point of contention is the perceived limited lifespan of EV batteries and their high replacement costs. In reality, battery technology has advanced to the point where modern EVs come with warranties of up to eight years or 100,000 miles. Additionally, the cost of batteries is decreasing as technology improves and economies of scale come into play. According to BloombergNEF, battery prices have fallen by 89% in the past decade, making EVs increasingly affordable.

Quietness and Pedestrian Safety:

A unique criticism of electric cars is that they are too quiet, posing a potential risk to pedestrians who might not hear them approaching. This concern, particularly relevant for visually impaired individuals, has been addressed through regulatory measures. For instance, the UK and the EU have mandated that all new electric and hybrid vehicles must emit artificial sounds at low speeds to alert pedestrians. This ensures that the safety of all road users is maintained while still reaping the benefits of reduced noise pollution.


What isn’t portrayed in the media about electric vehicles.

Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

The primary environmental benefit of EVs is their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a report by the European Environment Agency, electric cars emit about 17-30% less CO2 than petrol and diesel cars over their lifecycle, even when accounting for battery production. As the UK grid continues to incorporate more renewable energy sources, the emissions associated with EVs will decrease even further.

Air Quality Improvements:

Electric cars produce zero tailpipe emissions, which means they do not emit pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). These pollutants are major contributors to air pollution, which causes thousands of premature deaths in the UK each year. By switching to electric cars, we can significantly improve air quality, especially in urban areas.

Noise Pollution Reduction:

EVs are much quieter than traditional vehicles, reducing noise pollution, particularly in cities. This can have a positive impact on urban living conditions, making cities more pleasant places to live and reducing stress levels among residents. The implementation of artificial sounds at low speeds further ensures pedestrian safety without compromising on the quietness that benefits urban environments.

Energy Efficiency:

Electric vehicles are more energy-efficient than internal combustion engine vehicles. While petrol and diesel engines convert only about 20-30% of the energy from fuel into useful movement, electric motors convert over 77% of the electrical energy from the grid to power the wheels. This higher efficiency means less energy waste and a reduction in overall energy consumption.

A Call for Balanced Reporting

The narrative around electric cars in the UK needs a shift towards a more balanced perspective. While it is important to acknowledge and address the challenges associated with EVs, the overwhelming benefits they offer to the environment and public health cannot be ignored. Policymakers, journalists, and the public should focus on the long-term gains and support the transition to cleaner, more sustainable transportation.

Electric vehicles represent a vital step towards a greener future. By embracing and investing in this technology, we can reduce our carbon footprint, improve air quality, and create a more sustainable world for future generations. It’s time to look beyond the headlines and recognize the true potential of electric cars.


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1620KW of Charging Infrastructure Provided by Rolec for First York

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After announcing their electrification plans earlier this year, First York joined hands with leading EV charging solutions manufacturer, Rolec EV to ensure that the charging needs of their new electric buses were fulfilled. First York are not only the biggest bus operator in York, they are also operators of one of the largest fleets of double deck electric buses (outside of London), thus steering towards the right direction in reducing carbon emissions whilst improving air quality. In order to power the new additions to the fleet, Rolec EV’s 10 years of excellence in electric vehicle charging became the first point of call to accommodate their current and future electric buses.

Rolec EV have collectively provided 1,620KW of power via 70+ charging points, including a  combination of 22KW AC Type 2 charging sockets and an 80KW dual outlet DC Ultra-Fast Rapid Charger.  Having this infrastructure in place allows up to 72 electric bus drivers to park and charge their vehicles overnight in unison before carrying out their journeys the following day. First York have also benefited from Rolec EV’s bespoke back-office communications service, which supplies the bus operators with smart charging capabilities of managing charging activity, history, vehicle migration and more. This particular fixture, FleetSmart, delivers analytical reports to First York headquarters, enabling bus operators to evaluate charging behaviour across their electric fleet.

The government’s Net Zero initiative, reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050 is now well underway with various industries opting to future-proof their fleets. The partnership between Rolec EV and First York has come at a time where the electric vehicle industry is experiencing exceptional growth, especially for establishments who are keen to enhance their environmental efforts. Whilst this becomes a commonality amongst the vast majority, Rolec EV continues to be the focal point of discussion when it comes to providing EV charging solutions for a range of organisations.

Frankie Mellon, EV Sales Manager at Rolec EV said:

“We at Rolec EV are delighted to have formed a partnership with York’s largest bus operator, First York. Our bespoke EV charging solutions have always generated great feedback and this project is another addition to our portfolio, accompanying DPD, UPS, Battersea Power Station, Anglian Water and more.

The installation of the AutoCharge and UFC units supply a robust and future-proof solution, allowing First York to add more electric buses to their current fleet of twenty-one in the future with their electrification plans. We are now in a society where the general public are determined to reduce their environmental impact, the transition to an electric fleet is a great move from First York to encourage passengers to better their carbon footprint and we at Rolec EV are proud to be part of that journey.

We are also looking forward to the next stage of developments with First York where our back-office communications will enable bus operators to understand further insights regarding their fleet, for example the scheduled routes of the buses and whether they can complete the journey based on their current battery state, enabling the back-office system to redirect power to a vehicle that requires charging. This fully integrated solution will provide bus operators of First York with ease of mind when it comes to monitoring the whereabouts and charging requirements of their fleet.”

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Rolec EV Hits 150,000 ‘EV Charge Point Manufactured Mark’

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Rolec EV confirmed that in June it hit the 150,000 ‘EV charge point manufactured mark’ at its UK factory in Boston, Lincolnshire.

JULY 9TH 2019

This latest milestone closely follows recent launches of its new WallPod EV: HomeSmart and WallPod EV: SolarCharge ranges, which should further boost numbers in the near future.

Rolec’s MD Kieron Alsop commented: “Hitting the 150,000 EV charge point figure is testament to the increasingly strong uptake of electric vehicles, as well as our comprehensive and industry-leading range of EV charging products.”

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Rolec Provide Over 1,000 EV Charging Points for KIA UK

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JULY 1ST 2019

Rolec EV has confirmed that it has recently manufactured and supplied over 1,000 electric vehicle charging points for KIA Motors UK’s Head Office, dealership network and domestic EV customers.

KIA had a requirement to implement a nationwide EV charging network, to be deployed across over 160 dealerships and offices, as well as the facility to offer standardised EV home charge point installations to its EV customers.

To accommodate these requirements Rolec EV, via its ‘enquiry to installation’ charge point management portal, was able to design, manufacture and project manage the installation of a range of custom KIA branded EV charging pedestals and WallPod chargers.

Rolec’s MD Kieron Alsop commented: “We were delighted to have been chosen by KIA Motors UK to supply our branded range of EV charging solutions to their Head Office, dealership network and domestic EV customers.

“Our EV charge point installation portal proved invaluable in managing and co-ordinating the large scale EV charge point rollout across the UK.

“This enabled KIA showrooms to quickly and easily download EV charge point requirements, safe in the knowledge that we at Rolec would capture and manage the charge point installation from enquiry through to completion – including, if required, any OLEV grant funding paperwork.”