What’s the #rapidcharge session like at shell “gas” station. The “new, sensible, world order”

November 12th, 2017 § Comments Off on What’s the #rapidcharge session like at shell “gas” station. The “new, sensible, world order” § permalink

The look of the 3-type compatible rapid charging. D.C. charging at 50kW AC at 45kW (max speed)

Cable isn’t too long, you gotta get in real close but for the i3 it just enough. I can see however how others may struggle in the future – I was not able to reverse into the bay and plug it in on the opposite side – too short.

As advised. Downloaded the SmoovApp from the iOS App Store. The rest was pretty easy. Select current location and charging socket (do that first – before plugging in)

select payment type and authorise “£20”?? That’s what my Amex. Will folllow that up actually. Why £20? Would I get the unused balance back? That’s todo.


First stats via the SmoovApp. Convenient. I could be away in  the shop(s) and keep an eye on the charge levels. It also enables you set your departure time – courteous so – so other EV drivers in the are are aware that this point is in use, with ETA when it’s to be free. True so. As soon as we disconnected, and nearly left the Shell courtyard – another white leaf pulled into the station and gone straight for that single EV bay. Coincidence? I hope it’s those good courteous manners 😉


And at the end, you get this handy stats screen which you can choose to email to yourself. Nice.

its the same 25p per kWh – roughly double of what you’d pay at home. I regard this pretty darn reasonable. No connection charge or otherwise.

There was no membership to sign up for either. It was pretty simple pay and go, and it was my first time doing so, at this Borehamwood – Barnet location in north london, as map showes above.

It appears, due to cold (+6c outside) that my i3 only charges at 30kw – expected faster charging time to be honest. But since payment is by the kWh and not the time spend, I don’t have anyone to blame for cost-incurring consequence, for less-that-ideal charging speed (but maybe we need to have a chat Err BMW…)


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Otley’s MP calls for more electric car charging points

November 11th, 2017 § Comments Off on Otley’s MP calls for more electric car charging points § permalink

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OTLEY’S MP is calling for more charge points to be provided for electric cars.

Alex Sobel (Lab, Leeds North West) made the appeal in the House of Commons this week [IE WEEK ENDING NOV 3] during a debate on the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill.

He said: “In order to stimulate the electric car market and ensure that we can move to a fully electric market, we will need a minimum density of electric charge points in residential and commercial areas.”

Mr Sobel says he will be pursuing the issue when the bill comes to the Committee stage – and is also taking local action to tackle the large of charging points in the Otley and Yeadon areas.

He said: “In my constituency there is, as far as I am aware, only one charging point available for electric vehicles, which is slow and has limited access.

“Yet there are at least 21 charge points in the city centre.

“I have written to Otley’s Business Improvement District (BID) and Leeds City Council about improving our infrastructure by installing electric vehicle (EV) charging points in council car parks.

“A good network of EV charge points is vital as we seek to improve the quality of air in our local area, especially on the A660, and in Otley and the Wharfe Valley where pollution lingers.

“The future is electric and we must prepare for it.”



Ultra-fast electric car charging breakthrough could refill batteries in minutes

November 6th, 2017 § Comments Off on Ultra-fast electric car charging breakthrough could refill batteries in minutes § permalink

A new ultra-fast electric car charging network is set to be introduced which will drastically slash recharging times for EV cars.

The move is part of the joint venture IONITY that will help drivers across Europe have better and more efficient access to EV charging. BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche announced the joint venture today. The car giants have been developing the new technology to rollout to hundreds of charging stations in Europe.

Approximately 400 HPC stations will be introduced by 2020.

IONITY is based in Munich, Germany and led byChief Executive Officer Michael Hajesch and Chief Operating Officer Marcus Groll, with a growing team, set to number 50 by the start of 2018.
“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles.
“IONITY will deliver our common goal of providing customers with fast charging and digital payment capability, to facilitate long-distance travel,” said Hajesch.

Each station will have a capacity of 350kW per charging point – which currently have 150kW of power, although higher powered models have been rumoured. Superchargers will recharge 80 per cent of the car battery in 30 minutes, suggesting that the new IONITY charger could slash that time to closer to the 15 minutes mark.

This would greatly improve the experience of recharging for customers as EV battery technology catches up.
The network will use the European charging standard Combined Charging System to significantly reduce charging times compared to existing systems.

A total of 20 charging stations will opened to the public over the next few months in major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120km.
Over the course of 2018, the network will grow to over 100 stations.
These will be implemented through partnerships with “Tank & Rast”, “Circle K” and “OMV”.

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/875104/electric-car-charging-fast-charge-recharge-batteries-minutes

German carmakers team up to launch pan-European electric car charging network

November 6th, 2017 § Comments Off on German carmakers team up to launch pan-European electric car charging network § permalink

A group of mainly German car makers said on Friday it had formed a joint venture to build out a pan-European network of 400 fast charging stations for electric vehicles by the year 2020.

The venture, called IONITY, is backed by BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen with its Audi and Porsche brands, the companies said in a statement.

Anxiety over whether battery-powered cars have the range to reach their destination is inhibiting some drivers from switching from traditional petrol- or diesel-powered models.

But with US all-electric challenger Tesla stealing a lead, established brands are teaming up to ensure that electric vehicles (EVs) can get quickly back on the road after hooking up to a High-Power Charging (HPC) station.

“The first pan-European HPC network plays an essential role in establishing a market for electric vehicles,” IONITY’s chief executive Michael Hajesch said. He added that the fast-charging stations would also offer digital-payment capability.

IONITY, to be headquartered in Munich, will open its first 20 charging stations to the public this year in Germany, Norway and Austria. These would be 120 km (75 miles) apart, and run in partnership with Tank & Rast, Circle K and OMV.

The network will be expanded to 100 stations in 2018, each one enabling several drivers of different car brands to charge their vehicles at the same time.

Each charging point will have a capacity of 350 kW, and will use the existing European standard, the Combined Charging System, to reduce charging times compared to existing systems. The system is not tied to brands, which should make EVs more appealing to drivers, IONITY said.

from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/german-carmakers-bmw-daimer-ford-volkswagen-audi-porsche-european-network-charging-stations-a8035001.html

Installing an electric car charging point at lowest cost (with no gov grant eligible)

October 26th, 2017 § Comments Off on Installing an electric car charging point at lowest cost (with no gov grant eligible) § permalink

Secondary, tertiary EV owners would find that once the grant eligibility was matched and such electric car charging point discount government discount benefit made use of, all and any subsequent charging points are to be carried out at full cost.

A fair deal indeed but having moved to a new bigger nicer place recently I found that forking out another “£600+VAT” for the next cheap and cherry outdoor charger was simply not my style.

So I went down the road investigating how to get what I want or at least the most sensible option for the very reasonable price, a whole EV charging point, professionally installed at my new home.

16A units and 32A units(what I had at the flat) untethered were excelllent and unit-only prices are about £350 with or without VAT, depending on the brand and then I discovered that installer fees come to around £150.

my charger i bought from ebay. delivered boxed up with manuals

A quick meticulous eBay hunting for a week or two and I stumbled over a plenty used 16A units by chargemaster and the likes going for £120-150 untethered. But I got extra lucky and bagged myself a brand new charge master unit albeit 16A tethered with type 2 mennekes connector.

I call that a great success. The seller had several of these in stock.

Then, www.mybuilder.com – recommending from own experience now, enabled me to get several quotes from local electricians. These local tradesmen even had their own stock of EV chargers, be it at a higher cost of course – see that £350 figure.

But still, without my homework, it seems my total could have been £500 if I taken that deal. The important factor for listing jobs on specialist finder such as mybuilder.com, beside sensible description of what you’re after are the photos of the electrical cabinet, loom under the stairs in your typical hours and location of the unit to be installed, as this would all help determine the most accurate quote. And indeed enable you to actually have such number-of quotes, unless you want to be available for every electrician’s visit to give you the very same quotation. Which would be wasteful for both parties in my opinion, unless you do have some custom requirement/setup over there.

So, The results.

What really turned out is the £120+ parts, total £150 installation fee in the end.

I say thats most Excellent.

My grant total for the whole install is a mere £300. I say that is a nice 50% saving and I have snaps to prove that.

Electric car charging grant aside, it proves you can get a home charger installed for a decent price, if you really want to.


Thanks for reading. And as always, Do your own homework.

Happy EV Driving!



Surprised how much electricity would It cost to drive an an electric car? – Typical UK family mileage

October 11th, 2017 § Comments Off on Surprised how much electricity would It cost to drive an an electric car? – Typical UK family mileage § permalink

Not at lot would be a quick answer.

But Read On and lets delve a bit deeper.

Lets take into account the average mileage driven by motorist in the uk, which is 650miles per month, (2015 figures, still relevant today )

Now, your common Electric Vehicle on auto trader Renault Zoe or Nissan Leaf 2nd gen with 24kwh battery thereabout, comes with a realistic range of 85-90 miles, as tested – Both Models, despite the official optimistic rating of 114-125 miles or whatnot.

From this we can conclude as indeed tested that your typical 2nd gen (2015+) electric car with the particular 24khw battery pack would need to be charged roughly 8 times a month (fully) = 650/85.  This, in turn would consuming the total average of 8 x 24kwh ~= near 200kwh/month of actual electricity, added up If you charge solely at home.

The cost of such monthly charge (see the EV cost calculator on the left) can vary greatly from one electricity provider to the next.

I have taken liberty looking for the annual costs (and savings) via energy comparison website. For the sake of simple argument, we taking this rounded up, monthly figure, 200kwh, we can now ascertain the cost of electricity, x12 months and come out with 2400kwh electricity usage for 12 months use (whether you go on holidays or not)

And so it appears that on average, we can say that typical UK motorist can look at sub £400 cost of electricity for their electric car driving, based on the evidence below.

Cost of Electricity, driving an electric car – best deal £377/year


Electricity Deals Compared

My current “fake plan” which is often the expensive deal, on Standard tariff. You can save nearly a £100 off your Standard plan per year.

on average, UK motorist would use 2400kilowatt hours of electricity on their average driving mileage

Electric cars key to driving change in UK’s energy supply industry

October 8th, 2017 § Comments Off on Electric cars key to driving change in UK’s energy supply industry § permalink

You drive home and plug in your electric car, telling an app how many miles you need the next day. As you eat dinner, relax and sleep, your energy supplier takes control of your battery, using it to buy power when it’s cheap, selling it back later when high demand pushes prices up.

The company offers national and local power grids services from your battery, making more money that it will later split with you, perhaps as “free miles” for your car. » Read the rest of this entry «

Number of electric car charging points in London to double in 2018

August 4th, 2017 § Comments Off on Number of electric car charging points in London to double in 2018 § permalink

The prospect of thousands of electric cars driving round London’s streets came a step closer today as Sadiq Khan announced a £4.5 million investment in 1,500 new charging points across the capital.

Transport for London and the capital’s town halls will roll-out the new green charging infrastructure – which will almost double the number of points – over the course of 2018.

It comes after the Government last week announced a ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 to help tackle the country’s toxic air problem. 

But Mr Khan, environmentalists and some motoring experts accused it of falling short of what is needed to deal swiftly with toxic air — which is blamed for a death toll of about 9,000-a-year in the capital alone.

The chosen boroughs – 25 of London’s 32 – will each receive up to £300,000 of government cash to install the standard charging points, which take between four and eight hours to charge a family car, in residential areas. 

Town hall officials will now identify sites where charging points could be installed. Some of the cash could be spent on new approaches such as using lamp posts as the base and power supply for charge points, which would be cheaper and quicker to roll out with less impact on the streetscape. 

They believe the scheme will help motorists without access to off-street parking to make the switch from polluting vehicles to zero-emissions ones more easily. More money will follow next year if the scheme is successful. 

The new points will be in addition to the network of 150 rapid charge points for taxis and commercial fleets that TfL is installing by 2018.

Mr Khan, who wants all new road vehicles driven in London to be zero emission by 2040, said: “This substantial investment in electric charging points will make a real difference, making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners across our city. 

“We have a bold ambition to make London’s transport system zero emission by 2050, and working with boroughs to roll out more charging infrastructure is a vital part of making this a reality.”  

The money for this tranche of charging points comes from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ ‘Go Ultra Low City’ scheme.

But the Mayor called on ministers to “step up” their investment in charging infrastructure so every Londoner could consider going electric over coming years.

Julian Bell, London Councils’ transport and environment spokesman, said: “Improving London’s air quality by reducing emissions is a real priority for our city. It is unacceptable that 9,000 people a year die early in London due to air pollution. 

“So it is great to see London boroughs bidding to invest in conveniently located electric vehicle charging points. This will help to ensure we have infrastructure in the right places to make it easier for people across the capital to choose electric vehicles.”

The only boroughs not to receive the funding are Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kingston and Sutton.

Mr Khan’s draft transport strategy also aims for all taxis and minicabs to be zero-emissions capable by 203 and buses by 2037, while London’s entire transport system would be zero emission by 2050. 

He has called for a national diesel scrappage scheme although ministers are understood to believe it would be too expensive.

From: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/number-of-electric-car-charging-points-in-london-to-double-a3602891.html

Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill

June 21st, 2017 § Comments Off on Queen’s Speech introduces Electric Vehicles Bill § permalink

Motorway services and petrol stations may be forced to install electric charging points as part of Government plans to ensure the UK “remains a world leader in new industries”.

An Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill will be introduced to encourage the use of electric and self-driving cars, the Government announced in the Queen’s Speech.

The first all-electric car to be built in the UK rolled off of the production line in 2013, and the Government wants “almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050”.

Of more than 36.7 million licensed vehicles in the UK, just over 100,000 have been purchased with help from a government plug-in car grant.

The speed of adoption has been slowed by a number of factors, including the perceived cost of electric vehicles, according to Dr Ben Lane, a director at charging-point company Zap-Map.

However, the perception of their expense is not always accurate, Dr Lane told Sky News, as the relative newness of most of the electric car models made their price seem higher than other vehicles.

The availability of second-hand electric cars is making them more affordable.

The distance electric cars are able to travel on a single battery charge has also discouraged consumers, as has the availability of charging points and the speed of recharging.

Dr Lane said he “strongly welcomed” the Government’s proposed law.

“Together with more open access, it’s exactly what the market needs and electric vehicle drivers will welcome this development,” he said.

Registrations of electric vehicles are increasing, with 13,800 being registered in the first quarter of 2017, a 17% rise on the same period the year before.

Plans to fund the additional electric charging points have not yet been announced, although the Government said it was committed to spending £600m during this Parliament to support the ultra-low emissions market.

The new law also aims to support British manufacturing and innovation by allowing self-driving cars to operate in the country.

Earlier this year, tests of electric self-driving cars by manufacturer Nissan took place on public roads in London.

Official research has indicated the market for automated vehicles in the UK could be worth £28bn by 2035.

This would be supported by making it compulsory for motor vehicle insurance to cover automated vehicles so that compensation claims can be paid quickly in the event of any accidents.

 Source: Sky new

Nottingham Gets First Electric Home Charger

June 16th, 2017 § Comments Off on Nottingham Gets First Electric Home Charger § permalink

.On National Clean Air Day (15 June), a Nottingham resident has become the first person in the city to have a home smart charger installed for his electric car. The smart charger has been installed free of charge through the Electric Nation project.

Nottingham gets its first electric vehicle home smart charger

Nottingham is part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme and the city is leading the way with many initiatives that are improving local air quality, which is benefiting people’s health. Such efforts are being recognised today, as former US vice president turned eco activist Al Gore presents Nottingham City with the Ashden Award for Clean Air in Towns and Cities, for developing greener transport that has helped Nottingham achieve the lowest emissions per head of population of all large UK cities outside London.

Air pollution is associated with 40,000 early deaths each year, and the annual costs to the health service and society are more than £20 billion. Air pollution increases the risk of some serious illnesses, and can make existing conditions, like respiratory disorders, worse. It increases the risk of getting lung cancer, and contributes to about 1 in 13 cases. National Clean Air Day is raising awareness about how to reduce the amount of air pollution we create, encouraging discussion and collaboration to beat pollution together, and providing tips about how to avoid harmful air pollution.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have zero tailpipe emissions and therefore help to provide a solution to the challenge of poor local air quality. The UK Government has ambitious targets for the uptake of EVs, and sales are currently increasing at a rapid rate.

While the UK electricity system has plenty of capacity to deliver energy to EVs currently and for the foreseeable future, smart charging can play an important role in ensuring electricity network upgrades are kept to a minimum as the number of EVs increase.

Smart chargers can provide added functionality for electric car owners too, and enable charging to be managed at peak times while ensuring that their vehicle is still charged when they need it. In order to trial how smart chargers can help address the challenge of increasing number of EVs on local electricity networks, the Electric Nation project is recruiting new EV owners and providing a free* smart charger, so it can learn from the data – and the feedback – from trial participants.

Nottingham’s first Electric Nation participant, Peter Slack, comments: “I am excited to be part of this forward-thinking project run by Electric Nation. Our old family car had come to the end of its working life, and with second-generation electric vehicles available, the time felt right to go electric. I researched the available EVs and settled for a new Nissan LEAF. The electric LEAF is easy to drive; there are no gears, so you just press and go! It’s quiet, comfortable and quick. Our LEAF will primarily be used for urban and ‘extra urban’ travel (up to 100 miles a day) meaning almost all of its charging will be done at home.”

“The Electric Nation project has provided and installed a high quality smart charger which is now in regular use. This has been a great success so far and we look forward to contributing to Electric Nation’s research, especially into the ‘human factors’ aspects of electric vehicle ownership and charging patterns. I hope this research will ensure that many more people can enjoy the electric vehicle experience, providing us all with a clean air urban environment and cost-effective travel.”

Cllr Jon Collins, Portfolio Holder for Strategic Infrastructure, Nottingham Council, said: “The health of people in Nottingham is a top priority for us which is why we are keen to show support of the National Clean Air Day to highlight what is being done to improve air quality in the city. We are really proud that Nottingham has been recognised as an exemplary core city which has been pioneering green and clean initiatives that are rapidly developing to improve the air in Nottingham.”

“Nottingham has an excellent reputation for providing sustainable travel solutions which in turn will help reduce congestion and air pollution in the city. Travelling on our clean buses and trams, together with cycling and walking, helps improve air quality, has health benefits and can also improve access to jobs, education and training. Working with the pioneering project, Electric Nation, this supports Nottingham’s Go Ultra Low project in increasing the uptake of electric vehicles to improve air quality in the city.”

Electric Nation is a Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Network Innovation Allowance funded project. WPD’s collaboration partners in the project are EA Technology, DriveElectric, Lucy Electric GridKey and TRL.

The Electric Nation trial is taking place in the WPD network areas in the Midlands, South West and South Wales. This area includes Nottinghamshire and Derby, which will use £6 million of Go Ultra Low funding to install 230 charge points and offer ULEV owners discounted parking, as well as access to over 13 miles of bus lanes along key routes across the cities. The investment will also pay for a new business support programme, letting local companies ‘try before they buy’.

The Electric Nation project is seeking to recruit 500-700 people buying or leasing new electric vehicles (of all makes and models, pure electric and plug-in hybrids) to take part in the largest trial of its kind. Trial participants will get a free* smart charger installed.

Places on the trial are now filling up fast, so any new EV owners who want one of the latest smart chargers installed free of charge are advised to apply as soon as possible.

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