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.

Chargemaster to open EV showroom in Milton Keynes

June 15th, 2017 § Comments Off on Chargemaster to open EV showroom in Milton Keynes § permalink

Chargemaster will be opening an EV showroom in Milton Keynes on Saturday July 22.

The 4,000sq ft showroom based at centre:mk will sell the latest EVs from a range of manufacturers, in what the company believes to be the first multi-brand centre in the UK.

Its electric vehicle experience centre’s (EVEC) official founding partners BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, will display a range of EVs. Visitors will be able to discuss all elements of owning and running an electric vehicle.

Managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ go ultra low city scheme, the EVEC has been established to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. Milton Keynes’ target is for 23% of all new cars registered locally to be electric by 2021.

Chargemaster’s chief executive David Martell said, “Opening the electric vehicle experience centre will be a landmark day, not only for the electric vehicle sector, but also for Milton Keynes residents. Becoming the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom, it will provide a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision.

“We hope that this platform will change the way that electric vehicles are sold in cities and we’re proud to be working with Milton Keynes and Go Ultra Low to deliver this to the public.”

The EVEC is one of a number of initiatives being launched by Milton Keynes Council under the Go Ultra Low City scheme to promote the uptake of electric vehicles. These include significant investment in infrastructure, including the creation of several EV charging ‘hubs’, free parking for EVs and further grants for workplace and home charging.

Milton Keynes Council’s head of transport innovation Brian Matthews said: “The EVEC is a centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and is a good example of the innovation that Milton Keynes is using to lead the way in transport innovation. We are delighted to be working with Chargemaster and six founding car manufacturers to bring this about.”

 

source: http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/car-industry-news/2017/06/14/chargemaster-to-open-ev-showroom-in-milton-keynes

Chargemaster announces Electric Vehicle Experience Centre launch and vehicle partners

June 12th, 2017 § Comments Off on Chargemaster announces Electric Vehicle Experience Centre launch and vehicle partners § permalink

A defining moment for the electric vehicle (EV) sector, the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom will open its doors to the public on Saturday 22 July.

Located in a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art showroom at Milton Keynes’ centre:mk, the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC) will help inform the town’s residents and visitors about the benefits of electric vehicle ownership in a relaxed setting. Showcasing the latest EVs from a range of leading vehicle manufacturers, visitors will be able to discuss all elements of owning and running an electric vehicle, as well as having the option to test a range of cars on local roads.

The EVEC’s official founding partners BMW i, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen, will display a range of leading EVs to suit all budgets and buying needs in a relaxed shopping centre environment.

Managed by Chargemaster and funded by Milton Keynes’ Go Ultra Low City scheme, the EVEC has been established to increase the number of EVs sold in the area. Milton Keynes’ target is for 23% of all new cars registered locally to be electric by 2021. Chargemaster is the UK’s largest manufacturer and operator of electric charging points.

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster said, “Opening the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre on 22 July will be a landmark day, not only for the electric vehicle sector, but also for Milton Keynes residents. Becoming the UK’s first multi-brand EV showroom, it will provide a destination for visitors to make an informed decision about owning an EV, without the pressure of having to make an immediate purchase decision. We are delighted to receive the support from six key electric vehicle manufacturers as founding partners of the EVEC.

“We hope that this platform will change the way that electric vehicles are sold in cities and we’re proud to be working with Milton Keynes and Go Ultra Low to deliver this to the public.”

The EVEC is one of a number of initiatives being launched by Milton Keynes Council under the Go Ultra Low City scheme to promote the uptake of electric vehicles. These include significant investment in infrastructure, including the creation of several EV charging ‘hubs’, free parking for EVs and further grants for workplace and home charging.

Brian Matthews, Head of Transport Innovation at Milton Keynes Council commented, “The EVEC is a centrepiece of our thrust to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles and is a good example of the innovation that Milton Keynes is using to lead the way in transport innovation. We are delighted to be working with Chargemaster and six founding car manufacturers to bring this about.”

Source: http://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/chargemaster-announces-electric-vehicle-experience-centre-launch-vehicle-partners/

Electric car charging fees on UK motorways to change

June 7th, 2017 § Comments Off on Electric car charging fees on UK motorways to change § permalink

The UK’s sole motorway charging provider for EVs is scrapping its £6 flat fee, and replacing it with a pay as you go pricing struture. 

Last year, Ecotricity introduced a £6 flat fee for a 30 minute charge on its 300 strong network of EV charging stations across the UK’s motorway network. The company has now scrapped the flat fee rate and replaced it with a new pay as you go system. 

Electricity will now be charged at £0.17p per kWh, with an additional £3 fee everytime you plug your car in. The maximum amount of charging time has now also been increased from 30 to 45 minutes and the new rates will apply from 26 June onwards.  

In an e-mail, the company said: “The new model that we’ve developed will give more flexibility and typically lower charging costs across all makes and models. The main issue we’ve been wrestling with is the fixed time period charging and the different amounts of energy that various models can use in that time – coupled with the need to reflect in the pricing model the costs of installing and running the infrastructure, not just the energy.” 

“To better balance these issues we are separating the cost of energy from the cost of providing the service. The new energy will be charged at 17p per unit, which is pretty much the rate that people pay at home and the cost of providing the service will be via a £3 connection fee for all sessions.” 

Ecotricity also said that its customers will still benefit from 52 free charges per year, and even after the free charges run out, won’t face the £3 connection fee. 

Chargie: Airbnb for EV charging points

May 8th, 2017 § Comments Off on Chargie: Airbnb for EV charging points § permalink

Concerns around running out of power during long journeys for electric vehicle (EV) drivers could be a thing of the past, thanks to a new initiative.

Chargie is a peer-to-peer service which allows people to rent out their charging points in a similar way to renting out rooms or homes through Airbnb.

An EV owner wanting to charge their car can find a domestic charge point on the website and send a booking request to the homeowner, who then reviews the profile of the person making the booking before accepting or declining it.

While owners of charge points can register with the service, bookings can only be made from the 16th of May.

The service has been set up by a couple from Maidenhead, Jan Stannard and Jeremy Coulter, who recently invested in their first EV.

They came up with the concept after realising there wasn’t a public charging point anywhere near their UK holiday destination.

Mrs Stannard said: “We want Chargie to help make electric cars the dominant form of transport in the UK, not just for short local runs, which is how many electric cars are currently used.

“For that to happen, you need to be able to go a distance and know for sure that you can charge at the other end. At the moment, that’s simply not possible. Other than major cities and motorway service stations, most areas of the UK still have no meaningful charging infrastructure.”

Based on current electricity prices, a full recharge of an electric car costs the homeowner between £2 and £4.

Earlier this year, new research revealed higher insurance premiums are putting off most drivers from switching to hybrid cars or EVs.

Source: https://www.energylivenews.com/2017/05/04/chargie-airbnb-for-ev-charging-points/

Peer-to-peer electric car charging site launches in the UK

May 8th, 2017 § Comments Off on Peer-to-peer electric car charging site launches in the UK § permalink

In the UK, a new startup called Chargie is aiming to take this informal network of infrastructure and make it accessible to the public. The idea is simple: Much like AirBnB, charge point owners can list their unit and location, set a price, and then let EV owners book a scheduled time to top up their charge. If popular, it could help EV drivers switch from using their car for an occasional run-around to more long distance driving.

Of course, there are a few caveats. Typically, home chargers still take a significant amount of time to charge. So these arrangements may be better suited to folks who need a place to regularly charge while they are at work, or where they are stopping for a longer period of time.

Also, the fact that many of us EV owners rarely need to charge may mean that listing your charge point results in very few bookings. It will be interesting to see whether people really make any money from such arrangements. It will also be worth watching whether longer range EVs, combined with growing public infrastructure, mean the need for services like Chargie is temporary. Only time will tell.

Finally, it’s also worth noting that a large number of private vehicle owners and businesses already make their charge points available at no cost to members of the public, and list them on existing apps for locating a charging spot. But what a model like Chargie does is it provides predictability in the form of bookings, it incentivizes those of us who might otherwise be cautious about letting strangers park in our drives, and it provides a structure for formalizing those arrangements—complete with licensing agreements and a pathway to recourse if the arrangement is abused.

Source: https://www.treehugger.com/cars/peer-peer-electric-car-charging-site-launches-uk.html

Apple Maps update for Europe includes electric car charger spots

April 20th, 2017 § Comments Off on Apple Maps update for Europe includes electric car charger spots § permalink

Apple is expanding the capabilities of its Maps app in Europe to help users charge their electric vehicles or find bike rental hubs.

The company has added the locations of the UK’s electric vehicle charging stations by incorporating data from Munich-based Cirrantic’s Moovility service, which lists re-juicing points for cars made by Tesla and Nissan, among others.

It has also added public bicycle rental and drop-off points to maps of London, New York and Paris in a catch-up to long-time mobile navigation leader Google, which has listed such stations in multiple countries for some time.Apple laid out its updates to Maps in a briefing in London on Wednesday.

Improving its mapping products has become a key focal point for Apple in its battle with Alphabet’s Google. Apple introduced electric vehicle charging points in Maps in the US in December.

 
Improving its mapping products has become a key focal point for Apple in its battle with Alphabet’s Google. Apple introduced electric vehicle charging points in Maps in the US in December. Apple

In May last year, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook said his company would open a new Indian development centre in Hyderabad, with a specific focus on speeding up the development of more competitive mapping tools. It plans to employ as many as 4000 people in that facility.

In December, Bloomberg reported that Cupertino, California-based Apple is assembling a team to use drones to create and update map information faster than it can currently do with camera-equipped road vehicles.

‘An enormous undertaking’ 

“There are thousands of layers of useful information that could be added to digital maps as an overlay,” said Martin Garner, an analyst at CCS Insight, “and there’s a benefit in becoming known for adding as many as possible. But adding overlays like this is an enormous undertaking and needs an industrial approach in order to source, manage and maintain the information for a large number of layers across many countries.”

Apple first integrated transit information for the UK into Apple Maps in December, which includes route information for trains and buses across the nation, as well as London Underground services in the capital.

According to data compiled by Zap-Map, there are just under 4400 locations in Britain for recharging an electric vehicle. More than 3000 of these will now be marked in Apple Maps. To identify these, Apple is using live data provided by Munich-based Cirrantic, a mobility services company founded in 2014, and pinpointing EV charge points on a map.

Google lists charging points globally but doesn’t explicitly label them with easily identifiable icons.

“We think that consistent, live information of the growing charger infrastructure increases the confidence of EV drivers and, especially with Apple Maps, attracts new user groups to sustainable mobility offerings like EV cars,” said Arne Meusel, CEO and co-founder of Cirrantic.

“In the UK we started with supporting the major charger operators, including Podpoint, CYC, Ecotricity, NPower and NewMotion. Any interested operator is welcome to set up a connection with us.”

Source london (#ev charging network) Easter Discount offer: 6 months free membership

April 14th, 2017 § Comments Off on Source london (#ev charging network) Easter Discount offer: 6 months free membership § permalink

I have just found this email in my inbox. With the offer to sign up for membership (again) and get 6 months free of this £4/month membership. Mild saving but useful.

 
The membership typical fee of £4/month is not exactly extortionate but charging cost are a Lot Higher. 3.6p/minute charging on top of this paperwork affair of £4/month is off putting.
Needless to say, despite having(had) two electric vehicles in the household, I do charge at home 90% of the time. And I would* consider topping up where possible, in town,
Even paying this 3.6p/minute rate, – as it deals with dilemma of parking sometime. Thus worth the pennies so to speak. 
The £4/month is a more of how you say, hindrance, not here, not there but I don’t feel like £4/mont payment for “what if”. Worst case I’d sign up right before I need to get to town to use one. And being that “case” not really
Happening, I was content to let go of my membership, and keep zee pennies where they ought to me. In my pocket.
Now this Easter offer: – meh, why not. Maths for “what if” and now that summer is coming, makes more of a likely probability of when not if I would need to top up. Yep. I signed up. 
I personally think it should be silly cheap – to get EV drivers to pay member costs contently when not using the scheme for a while. Scrapped altogether perhaps, better yet, since at-the-point charging fees are not exactly cheap. 
Rough maths tells that in basic 3kw charging that’s, 10-12 mile range for your average Leaf would cost 3.6px60=£2.16!!!!! Without going further I would like to remind you that 1L of petrol would get you some 10 odd miles also (50mpg avg) – yet that would cost £1.15 today! 
That’s £1 over the top making the EV charging more expensive at these points that merely driving a petrol car. Capish?!
Anyway, like I said. I signed up, for that “what if” moment, and I can charge i3 on 7kwh making MY personal charging costs on par with a petrol car, mind.
Anywhoo, read on the good mail from yours truly, Source London:
We have already installed close to 500 new charge points across London and aim to have 1000 installed by the end of the year.

Our new smart charge points are maintained 24/7 by our own in-house maintenance team, can be booked for free up to 40 minutes in advance and usually have free on-street parking whilst giving you access to the largest on-street charge point network in London.

As we do not want our customers to pay for a mediocre charging experience, older charge points remain free to use. Our new smart charge points incur a session fee of 3.6p/min (with a minimum session fee of 20mn and an overnight cap of £8.64 from 8pm to 7am.

We will be installing hundreds of additional new smart charge points over the next few months – an update will be sent to you shortly with our installation plans.

Kind regards,

Source London…

Government announces continued support for plug-in grant and EV home-charging

April 13th, 2017 § Comments Off on Government announces continued support for plug-in grant and EV home-charging § permalink

The Government has announced continued support for the plug-in car grant and the installation of EV home-chargers as it revealed who will receive funding to help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles.

People buying an electric vehicle (EV) will continue to benefit from up to £4,500 off the cost of an ultra-low emission car, up to £2,500 off a hybrid and receive £500 towards the installation of a charge point in their home.

Business secretary Greg Clark and transport minister John Hayes gave their backing to the schemes when awarding £109.7million to 38 automotive research and development (R&D) projects yesterday (Tuesday, April 11).

Hayes said: “This Government is investing £109m to support British businesses in developing innovative, important technologies which will greatly reduce our emissions footprint.

“The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is at record levels and our renewed support for these exciting technologies is yet another significant milestone.”

Seven projects will share grants from the latest round of funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-Government programme to put the UK at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology.

The projects will be led by BMW, CNH Industrial, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Penso Consulting, Westfield Sportscars and Williams Advanced Engineering.

Successful schemes include:

  • The development of a high power battery suitable for high-performance vehicles
  • A project to address gaps in and strengthen the UK supply chain
  • The development of the fuelling system for a concept gas tractor
  • Technologies to reduce the weight and improve electrification in SUV vehicle platforms

A further seven projects have won funding from the government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) to advance the development of a range of ultra-low and zero emissions vehicle technologies in the UK. These projects will be led by Equipmake, Ford Motor Company, Great British Sports Cars, Jaguar Land Rover, Ricardo Innovations, Romax Technology and Wrightbus.

Clark said: “The projects being awarded funding today will help extend our excellence in these cutting edge research fields, helping to safeguard jobs while ensuring the UK remains the go-to destination for automotive excellence.”

The Government also announced the first set of winners of the second round of its connected autonomous vehicles competition, CAV2, with projects set to receive a share of up to £31m, match funded by industry.

Twenty-four projects demonstrated clear commercial value and identified technical solutions for CAV technology, including how these vehicles will work within the UK transport system. Further successful projects from this competition round will be announced soon.

Funding is divided into four streams and ideas include projects using cars and pods platooning, or going in formation, to transport passengers from Stockport train station to Manchester Airport, create vehicles capable of driving in a range of road environments and technology which could make any car operate autonomously.

The CAV2 competition includes funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for 4 one-year research and development projects supporting CAV vehicle developments, specifically in the areas of energy reduction and air quality improvements. The government will launch its third CAV competition, CAV3, to fund further industry-led research and development projects later in the year.

Innovate UK chief executive Ruth McKernan said: “These successful industry-led R&D projects will further spearhead UK development of low emission, and connected and autonomous vehicle technology, building on our world-leading research and innovation capability in this area and the significant strength of UK businesses large and small in this field.”

The announcements follow the launch of the first phase of Government’s £100m CAV test bed programme at the end of March with a competition worth £55m.

In a speech to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Connected Conference in London, the business secretary outlined plans to create a cluster of excellence in CAV testing along the M40 corridor between Birmingham and London.

The test bed programme forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy commitment to develop world-class CAV testing infrastructure.

The programme will use some of the UK’s existing CAV testing centres to create a concentrated cluster of testing facilities in the UKs automotive heartland in the West Midlands, including; Coventry, Birmingham, Milton Keynes as well as Oxford and London.

Source: http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/environment/2017/04/12/government-announces-continued-support-for-plug-in-grant-and-ev-home-charging

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