A look at an electric mobility future

Perrys Motors does not just sell new cars. Much of the online magazine may focus on the likes of the Fiat 500, Mazda MX-5 and Land Rover Freelander 2, but there are other solutions for your mobility needs.

Drivers with disabilities will have noticed we are a premier partner of Motability, the scheme designed to offer affordable customised cars to suit any number of needs.

Then there is the growing trend in electric cars. Perrys was recently awarded specialist status at the Milton Keynes dealership for electric vehicles, allowing us to become experts in selling, maintaining and servicing the new Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn electric cars.

And in the future, the variation in the vehicles Perrys sells will only increase as car manufacturers look at ever more innovative ways to solve the problems of increased fuel costs, more congested roads and an ever-increasing reliance on technology.

In today’s blog, we look ahead to some of the quirkier ideas currently being looked at by manufacturers to solve the growing mobility issue.

1) Renault Twizy

The Renault Twizy is no wacky concept car. It will actually go on sale in the UK as early as next year as one of the smallest and most efficient cars on the market.

Looking more like a golf cart than a roadworthy vehicle, the Twizy also boasts plenty of style courtesy of the French manufacturer’s seemingly rejuvenated approach to designing attractive cars – in particular its electric models such as the Zoe supermini.

The Twizy does not have conventional doors – a necessity to allow it to qualify for quadricycle status. This means it can be driven if you have a motorcycle license, and running costs will be ultra-low with zero road tax or congestion charge to pay.

Its tiny dimensions make it ideal for the city and Renault even says it will work out cheaper to run lower than a three-wheeled scooter.

The Twizy seats two, and can be charged in just three hours, making it the city run-around of the future.

2) Vauxhall EN-V

You may have seen this cross between a Segway and a small car in the news recently. Balancing on two wheels next to each other and using gyroscopic levelling sensors, the EN-V looks like a futuristic pod from a sci-fi film.

Vauxhall’s parent company GM however, sees it as the future of ‘urban mobility’ – the seemingly holy grail of future inner city car design.

Seating two, the EN-V has been designed to communicate with other EN-Vs to ensure they will not collide with each other. In fact, EN-V actually stands for Electric Networked Vehicles.

Powered by electricity, the EN-V can be recharged using a standard household socket, the EN-V hits a heady 25mph around town.

Amazingly, GM could even build the EN-V as early as 2014 for use on campuses and city centres.

3) Gordon Murray Fuel Cell car

Electricity may just be a stop-gap on the eventual road to hydrogen technology. Although expensive now, the technology allows even less environmental damage, particularly from running the car, where the only product created is water.

Now, ex-McLaren designer Gordon Murray has announced plans to design a fuel cell car using his innovative and cost-saving ‘iStream’ production process.

Expect any future car to be small, lightweight and efficient in the same way Gordon Murray’s current T.7 electric car is.

If an infrastructure is in place and hydrogen technology takes off, Perrys could have another string to its bow in future when it comes to providing exactly the correct solution for our customers.