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Research launched into future electric vehicle market

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Used car drivers are to be asked their opinions on the idea of plug-in electric vehicles, as a consortium of companies attempts to forecast and assess the future market for low-emissions cars.

Led by Ricardo and involving TRL, Shell, Element Energy and the Universities of Sussex and Aberdeen, the initiative is one of three research projects announced today by the UK Energy Technologies Institute.

It will involve a detailed look at the key factors in influencing consumer behaviour regarding plug-in vehicles, before using computer models to forecast the uptake and use of low-emissions technology.

Professor Neville Jackson, Ricardo group chief innovation and technology officer, said plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles may have an "important role to play" in driving down carbon emissions.

"An extremely wide range of factors must be considered if an effective, appropriate and ultimately successful deployment of plug-in vehicle technology is to be made," he added.

In related news, used smart car drivers recently learned that the smart fortwo cdi has maintained its position among the most environmentally-friendly cars with a combustion engine.ADNFCR-2576-ID-19679665-ADNFCR

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