Past, present and future of EV

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The history of electric cars:

Whilst electric vehicles (EVs) have only recently started to challenge the internal combustion engine for the future of our roads, electric cars have been around for over a century. It is said that the first electric vehicle was displayed at an industry conference by a British inventor by the name of Robert Anderson. His vehicle used a disposable battery powered by crude oil to turn the wheels. This car could travel around 12 kilometre per hour.

In comparison to steam and petrol, electric cars proved to be a competitive option. They did not give off any unpleasant pollutants, require gear changes, or have long start-up times. This meant they were easier to drive and much quieter. As a result, electric cars quickly became popular with urban residents where electricity was readily available, and as more people gained access to electricity, the more popular they became. However, this momentum soon come to an end, with the creation of Ford’s cost-efficient assembly line and the wider availability of petrol. But, fast forward 20 years and electric cars have returned stronger than ever.

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Many people don’t know that at the turn of the 20th century, there were more electric cars on the road than traditional petrol-powered ICE vehicles and many of us are now turning to electric cars as an integral step in our decarbonisation journey.

The future of electric cars:

In the UK, BY 2030 the government is expected to end the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars, along with many other countries around the world proposing the same. According to forecasting by investment bank UBS, it is predicted that in 2025, 20% of all new global car sales will be electric, in 2030 this will jump to 40%. By 2040, mostly all cars sold across the world will be electric.

The main reasons why businesses should act now to provide charging solutions for their customers:

  • The more EV charging points you have the more revenue you could generate
  • Businesses have an opportunity to do their part to clean up the environment by making it easier for employees, visitors, and customers to charge their electric vehicles
  • Businesses can get up to £850 toward each charger, as many as 60 of them!
  • EV grants that are available now, won’t always be so readily available


It’s clear the future will be electric, and the UK is certainly on the road to being prepared. Will you be making the change too? Well here at Black Pear Electrical we supply and install EV charging units for clients requiring charging facilities at both domestic and commercial properties. So, whenever you’re ready to make the switch to electric, we are here to make the transition seamless.

For all your EV charging requirements feel free to get in touch today 01905 700490