Charging points at 72% of motorway stations

February 16th, 2016 § Comments Off on Charging points at 72% of motorway stations § permalink

Research made by the RAC Foundation revealed most motorway stations had charging points – 72% of the total 97 sites.
Of the 165 individual charge points, 92% are rapid, allowing batteries to be almost fully replenished in around 30 minutes, informed RAC.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Electric car drivers might still struggle to drive from Land’s End to John o’ Groats but they can now travel from Southampton to Perth in a relatively straight line and be confident of being able to ‘fill up’ along the way.

England had the highest percentage of charging points within 20 miles of the whole road network at 82 per cent, while at 28% Scotland represented the least EV-friendly territory on the United Kingdom.

“Though many of the charge points are rapid, it will still take at least 20 minutes to fully charge a battery, which is fine if you’re first in line but could be a challenge if the hoped-for take up of electric cars materialises and you’re stuck at the back of a long queue,” added Gooding. 

Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehicles

January 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehicles § permalink

Lynn councillors to decide fees for electric vehiclesNew Electric Car Charging Points at St James Car Park King’s Lynn
Brian Long (Cabinet Member for Environment) launches the new facility, with Scott Walker (Nissan Sales Manager at West of King’s Lynn. ANL-150611-160211009

The fees for electric vehicle charging in Lynn will be decided by councillors in the coming weeks.

Members of West Norfolk Council’s cabinet are being recommended to agree a maxium of three hours parking with a 5p per KWH fee for charging up.

Last year the council received a grant from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles to fund the installation of charging points in Lynn and Hunstanton.

But the authority does not currently have a policy for charging electric vehicles.

A report to the next cabinet meeting on February 2, states that the council will incur a 60p transaction fee every time the charge point is used along with a £300 annual charge.

The report states: “Irrespective of any use there is a daily standing charge fee fo the electricity supply to the metre. This is circa 25p per day in Hunstanton (£91 per year). In Lynn the Maximum Demand Tariff is an additional £200 per month (£2,400).

“The chargers can deliver a charge from 0 to 80 per cent of battery capacity in approximately 30 minutes. It is unlikely that a charge point would be used for more than 1 hour for vehicle charging.

“Users have a registered credit card with CYC that operates the charge point.

“At the end of the initial three year period the cost of maintenance of equipment will fall to the council.”

The report states that the charging points have been used 41 times during November by six unique vehicles.

It also adds: “Over time it is likely that the number of visits for electric vehicles will increase. A further 640 visits would equate to breakeven on current costs.”

The charging points can be found outside the multi-storey car park in St James’ Street and at Hunstanton’s Central car park.

Breathing batteries for electric cars

December 21st, 2015 § Comments Off on Breathing batteries for electric cars § permalink

On paper, electric cars sound so good; cheap to ‘fuel’ and packed with green credentials. But there is one major downside, you can’t get very far.

For example, the Nissan Leaf – one of the most popular electric cars – has a maximum range of 155 miles. This plummets if you don’t drive at a ‘leisurely speed’ or use heating or air con. To ‘refuel’ the car needs plugging in. A rapid charger – now installed in many motorway service stations, supermarkets and city car parks – takes 30 minutes to get to 80% of full charge. Plug it in to a standard socket at home and a full charge takes nearly 12 hours. In short: they don’t suit everyone’s needs.

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Another ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes…

September 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Another ILS tech startup development: Charge your Car In minutes… § permalink

Researchers at startup StoreDot work on a new type of battery.An Israeli startup is planning on bringing its fast charging batteries to electric cars.

Tesla’s fast chargers can add about 170 miles worth of electricity to its cars’ batteries in about 30 minutes. If an Israeli startup achieves its goal, electric cars could travel hundreds of miles after only five minutes of charging.

On Wednesday three-year-old startup StoreDot, said that it’s raised $18 million in funding from the investing arm of Korean electronics giant Samsung and Russian investor Roman Abramovich. The company, which has raised $66 million in total, plans to spend the latest investment on getting its fast-charging battery into electric cars.

Many companies are focused on various ways to boost the range of the batteries used to power electric cars. Some companies like Tesla and Panasonic are focused on making lower cost batteries that can store more energy in a single charge. Others, like the now defunct Israeli startup Better Place, have tried to build stations that use a robotic arm to quickly remove empty batteries from cars and replace them with charged ones. Still others are building out networks of electric car chargers in shopping centers and office parking lots that drivers can use to refill cars when necessary.
Whatever technology can help make electric cars more competitive with, or even superior to, gasoline-powered cars could be a significant and valuable innovation. Batteries, the most expensive part of an electric car, can offer up to 265 miles on a single charge. Using a standard charger, those best-in-class batteries take several hours to fully charge. With a much more expensive fast charger, called a DC charger, those batteries can still take over 30 minutes to top off.

Concerns over slow and inconvenient charging is partly to blame for the limited adoption of electric cars. Americans bought only 118,000 electric cars last year compared to 16.5 million new vehicles of all types sold last year.

StoreDot, founded in 2012, is working on a rather unusual way to try to tackle this battery problem. It’s developed a brand new type of lithium-ion battery that it says can be fully charged in just a few minutes. In theory that would make filling up an electric car as fast and convenient as filling up with gas at a service station.

The company, and its team of scientists, have used nanotechnology to make new organic materials that make up a battery that can be charged and discharged more rapidly than standard lithium-ion batteries. The company has 50 employees, including 20 researchers with PhD’s.
One problem with a standard lithium-ion battery is that there are various elements — due to both the materials used and the design of the battery — that block the flow of the current inside the battery and make it more difficult to deliver spikes of power. This is called a battery’s internal “resistance.”

StoreDot has optimized its battery to have as low a resistance as possible. Working at the tiny molecular level, StoreDot has used its new materials to make very thin battery electrodes, which is the part of the battery that charges and discharges. The thin electrode layers — so thin they’re “almost transparent” says StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf — help reduce the resistance, and the current can rapidly flow through the battery within minutes.

The startup is now testing its batteries in cell phones and with a handful of big cellphone makers. Myersdorf says he expects to sign a commercial deal with a cell phone maker within “a couple of quarters,” and get the company’s batteries into the consumer cell phones sometime next year.

For electric cars, though, it will take much longer. StoreDot is using the funding to create a division to focus on retooling its cell phone batteries for electric cars. Even if everything goes well, StoreDot’s batteries wouldn’t be ready for commercial electric cars for at least another five years.

But as any battery startup can attest, many things can wrong between now and then. It’s very difficult to move battery tech from the lab into the commercial marketplace, and it’s still unclear whether carmakers would be interested in its yet-to-be-developed battery alternative.

Other startups that are working on new types of electric car batteries include Sakti3, QuantumScape, Seeo, XG Sciences, Envia Systems and SolidEnergy Systems. According to research firm Lux Research, Panasonic holds 39% of the marketshare for batteries for electric cars, while LG Chem and Samsung SDI are also big players.

Electric B-Class now available to order

December 8th, 2014 § Comments Off on Electric B-Class now available to order § permalink

The first volume production electric car by Mercedes-Benz – the B-Class Electric Drive – is now available to order.

Split into two model lines – Sport and Electric Art – the B-Class Electric Drive is capable of travelling up to 142 miles on a single charge and can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds thanks to its 180 hp and 340 NM of torque generated by an electric motor.

The new electric version retains the versatility of the B-Class on which it’s based, including the ability to carry five adults and a 501-litre boot – rising to 1,456-litres if you fold the seats down. In fact, according to Mercedes the B-Class Electric Drive boasts greater versatility and luggage capacity – with the seats both up and down – than any of its direct rivals.
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Closing the Essex Gap: Electric car charge point to be installed at George Yard Car Park in Braintree

September 8th, 2014 § Comments Off on Closing the Essex Gap: Electric car charge point to be installed at George Yard Car Park in Braintree § permalink

GREEN motorists will be now able to recharge their electric cars in Braintree.

And the rapid chargers installed at George Yard Car Park will enable cars to be re-charged in around 20 to 30 minutes, rather than the ‘trickle’ ones installed at homes that take hours.

Cllr Robert Mitchell, Braintree District Council deputy cabinet member for Place, said: “Local councils, in their role as community leaders, need to be proactive in developing the necessary infrastructure to encourage the public to use electric or electric hybrid vehicles.”
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Finally upgrade for Essex: Electric car charge points to be set up in Chelmsford and Braintree

May 29th, 2014 § Comments Off on Finally upgrade for Essex: Electric car charge points to be set up in Chelmsford and Braintree § permalink

The first electric car charger network in the county is set to go live at the end of next month.

Four electric vehicle rapid chargers are to be installed – one each in Chelmsford, Braintree, Colchester and Saffron Walden after the county council was awarded £150,000 funding for them.

Speaking at a recent green transport seminar, Cllr Rodney Bass, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: “This is the first network of its kind in the county.

“It will contribute to the goal of creating a nationwide network of charging points. I am glad that the county council is leading the way in the county to make it easier for drivers to use electric vehicles.”

The council was granted the money by the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to go ahead with the scheme and hopes to have the chargers running by the end of June.

Exact locations of the chargers, which can recharge a car in 20 to 30 minutes, are currently being finalised.

Great Stuff: Electric car charging points coming to West Berkshire

May 21st, 2014 § Comments Off on Great Stuff: Electric car charging points coming to West Berkshire § permalink

TWO electric car charging points will be installed in the district in the next financial year.

Each charging point will cost £10,000 to install – with the majority of that figure being met in the form of a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and the rest being funded by the council.

The ‘fast chargers’ will allow an electric car to be fully charged within two to four hours, as opposed to the more expensive ‘rapid’ version, which can charge a car within 30 minutes. » Read the rest of this entry «

BMW i3 Challenges Tesla for Hollywood’s Luxury Electric Car Crown

May 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on BMW i3 Challenges Tesla for Hollywood’s Luxury Electric Car Crown § permalink

The first car from BMW’s division dedicated to “sustainable mobility” is a masterful blend of performance and green aesthetics with a price — $41,000 — that could make it Hollywood’s next electric car du jour.

The first thing you notice about the BMW i3 — if you’ve wondered what, exactly, BMW was thinking fielding a stubby all-electric hatchback — is that it is much more plausible in person than in print.

Yet even as it finally arrives in U.S. dealers this week after years of development, the i3 remains a koan of a car, and it reveals the answer to the riddle of its existence by degrees as you experience it.
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Harrogate Borough Council secures funding for electric vehicle charging points

April 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on Harrogate Borough Council secures funding for electric vehicle charging points § permalink

Drivers of electric vehicles in the Harrogate district are to be given a much needed boost after Harrogate Borough Council secured government funding towards the installation of two electric vehicle rapid charging points.

The awarding of a £69,000 grant by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) follows the recent launch of the national ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign, a jointly funded partnership between the government and car industry, which encourages motorists to learn more about ultra-low emission vehicles and consider switching to pure electric, plug-in hybrid, or extended-range electric vehicles. » Read the rest of this entry «

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