AA and Chargemaster team up for EV services

July 4th, 2016 § Comments Off on AA and Chargemaster team up for EV services § permalink

The new partnership will deliver a range of benefits, including bespoke home charging units, access to thousands of charging points and preferential charging rates.

Under the partnership, drivers will be able to install a Chargemaster electric charge point at home for around £300 with the help of the 75% grant from OLEV.

The solution will also provide a 10% discount for membership of Chargemaster’s POLAR Plus charging scheme – taking the cost down to £6.85. Plans are also in place to install chargers at all 2,500 AA-rated hotels across the UK.

The two companies will also work together to highlight the benefits of EV ownership.

David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said: “This new relationship with the AA will see hundreds more AA branded charging points installed. They’ll go in at AA-rated hotels and other accessible public places such as supermarkets, public car parks and town centres while we will be embarking on a public awareness campaign to show that charging a vehicle at home is neither difficult nor costly.”

Edmund King OBE, AA president, added: “We think that the EV revolution is about to take off and we want to help consumers understand the benefits of low cost, low emission driving and to show them it is accessible and affordable. Per mile driven an EV is five times cheaper than the average petrol car and carries no vehicle excise duty.

“The vast number of car journeys are under 25 miles and a third of households have two or more cars. Hence, we estimate that more than two million second cars could be electric tomorrow, with no disadvantages and many cost-saving benefits.”

UK & Ireland’s answer to Route 66 to be driven… in an electric car!

March 24th, 2016 § Comments Off on UK & Ireland’s answer to Route 66 to be driven… in an electric car! § permalink

2,500 mile bucket list road trip is being driven for the first time this April.

The official ‘Route 57’ electric car will be hitting the road and heading through 57 must-see destinations across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The road trip runs from 6- 26 April, starting in Plymouth and ending in Galway, visiting villages, towns, and cities along the way.

Route 57 was designed as the UK and Ireland’s answer to US Route 66, by Jurys Inn Hotels who are supplying accommodation along the way, to the driver, motoring journalist Jess Shanahan. Jess will be doing the road trip in a KIA Soul EV supplied by electric car leasing company DriveElectric, and stopping at charging stations along the route, mapped out by ZapMap.

As well as promoting local tourism, the campaign’s use of an electric vehicle (EV) seeks to challenge common myths around electric cars. A recent survey by the AA (infographic available for use as long as credit with a link to source is given) shows that the ‘range’ of an EV is one of the top reasons why people are not buying electric cars. The Route 57 campaign will show that these perceptions do not match reality with today’s green car technology, and that an electric car can drive more than 2,580 miles across four countries.

Jess will be posting updates on the Route 57 website: www.route57.org.uk along with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – and taking driving music suggestions through the Twitter hashtag #route57, or adding them directly to the Route 57 Spotify playlist. Audiobook suggestions are also welcome – Jess will be fittingly listening to Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island’ to begin with.

More information & contact:

See Route 57 Media Pack and/or contact: Ardziv Simonian asimonian@agenda21digital.com
Phone: +44 (0)2070360774, Mobile: 07735808868
Additional notes:

Jurys Inns Hotels designed the original Route 57 road trip as an equivalent to US Route 66, which has a similar mileage and drive-time, to help people explore the UK & Ireland, and encourage local tourism
An estimated 200,000 people travel from across America and the world every year to drive all or part of the iconic Route 66 (1) stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, providing jobs and revenue from tourists which generates millions of dollars for locations along the route. (2)
Route 66 has great historical and cultural significance, forming part of a ‘bucket list’ for many people, and ranked by Britons in the top 10 of ‘things to do before you die’. (3)
(1) Route 66 Recommissioning Initiative: http://www.bringbackroute66.com/theplan.html

(2)Route 66 Economic Impact Study, by Rutgers University: https://www.wmf.org/publication/route-66-economic-impact-study-synthesis-findings

(3) Average British bucket list 2014, survey by Engage Mutual: http://www.onefamily.com/our-story/media-centre/2014/surprises-in-average-british-bucket-list/

UK: Motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles

May 21st, 2014 § Comments Off on UK: Motorways to have charging stations for electric cars to encourage more people to switch to battery-powered vehicles § permalink

Motorways are to become ‘electric superhighways’ in an attempt to persuade drivers to switch to battery-powered cars.

‘Supercharging stations’ are to be installed on several major roads by the end of the year, enabling electric cars to travel across the country in one trip for the first time. Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is fitting the devices, which can charge the Tesla electric cars his company makes in 20 minutes, giving a range of 130 miles. This is far faster than most current electric cars, which often require overnight charging and have a range of under 100 miles.

Tesla sIt means electric car owners will be able to drive large distances across Britain without concerns about running out of power, known as ‘range anxiety’.

The first network will stretch from Dover to London along the M20, cover the entire M25 and follow the M4 from London to Bristol and the M1 and M6 to Manchester via Birmingham.

Tesla declined to say which service stations would be used, but installation work was reported to be almost complete on the South Mimms services at the junction of the M25 and the A1 in Hertfordshire.
The network will also expand across much of Europe to enable owners to take the Channel Tunnel and drive on the Continent.

Tesla hopes motorists will be able to take its cars from northern Norway to southern Spain by the end of 2014.

Drivers will be able to get a range of 240 miles for 40 minutes charging or 300 miles for 75 minutes charging with a Tesla Model S Performance Plus car, which costs £70,000.

Motorists do not have to wait with the car while it is charging. Tesla drivers will have unlimited access to the network for either a one-off fee or included in the top price of the cars.
Mr Musk was announced as the Government’s ‘electric car tsar’ in November. Despite efforts by the Government’s Office for Low-Emission Vehicles, which has £900 million of taxpayers’ cash to play with, electric cars have so far failed to spark much interest in the British motoring market.

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Only 1,547 pure electric cars were registered in Britain from January to April this year, just 0.18 per cent of total car sales.

A major drawback has been problems for motorists who are trying to find a public charging point on the street or at a supermarket and making sure they have the right cable for it.
Edmund King, president of the AA, said that Tesla could be a ‘game changer’ for the top end of the market.
He said: ‘The car looks good and is desirable. If it can be partially charged in 20 minutes and has a 300-mile range, then it should satisfy 98 per cent of drivers.’
Ecotricity and ChargeMaster are also expected to develop high-speed charging networks, but cars using them are not expected to have such a long range.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2632233/Super-motorways-charging-stations-electric-cars-encourage-people-switch-battery-powered-vehicles.html#ixzz32LPPy5KM
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Tesla promises electric car revolution

May 21st, 2014 § Comments Off on Tesla promises electric car revolution § permalink

Tesla electric car owners will be able to drive 300 miles without stopping and restore almost half of battery life in just 20 minutes, company claims

Drivers of Tesla electric cars will soon be able to drive the length of the country with only one 20-minute recharging break, according to the company’s billionaire founder Elon Musk.

Next month the first right-hand-drive models of Tesla’s £70,000 Model S Performance Plus car will arrive in Britain, with the company claiming it can travel 300 miles on a single charge.

Drivers will be able to add an extra 130 miles’ worth of charge to their vehicles in just 20 minutes
The company is placing supercharging stations along an “electric highway” stretching from Dover and Bristol to the M25, and north along the length of the M1, The Sunday Times reported.
It says drivers will be able to add an extra 130 miles’ worth of charge to their vehicles in just 20 minutes, meaning it could be possible to drive the length of the country with just one break.

In contrast, most electric cars currently available in Britain have a range of up to 100 miles and must be plugged in overnight to recharge their batteries. Conquering the “range anxiety” of drivers is seen as the key to boosting the vehicles’ popularity in Britain, and one of the main reasons why expensive government campaigns aimed at promoting the market have fallen flat.

Similar charging networks in America, leading from Canada to the Mexican border and from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts, have helped make the Model S the third highest-selling luxury car in California.

One of the first charging stations to be installed in Britain will be at South Mimms services in Hertfordshire, at the junction of the M25 and A1, with construction work close to completion. Drivers of the most expensive Tesla models will reportedly be able to recharge for free, while others will pay a one-off fee for unrestricted access to the charging network.

Mr Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, was appointed as an “electric car tsar” by the government last year, with ministers hoping he would be able to ignite demand after years of disappointing sales.

Only 1,547 electric cars were registered in Britain between January and April this year despite the government spending millions on charging points, publicity campaigns and financial incentives for drivers. Edmund King, president of the AA, said Tesla could prove a “game changer”, adding that if the Model S meets the company’s claims on charging time and range, it would satisfy 98 per cent of drivers.

Fairness: #Hybrid and sub 100g/km cars to lose exemption from #London #Congestion #Charge. take that wannabees!

January 29th, 2013 § Comments Off on Fairness: #Hybrid and sub 100g/km cars to lose exemption from #London #Congestion #Charge. take that wannabees! § permalink

  • Soaring sales of Congestion Charge exempt eco-cars making air quality worse
  • Diesels emit 22 times more soot particles than petrol cars

So-called eco-friendly cars are facing a crackdown in London after a scheme to encourage motorists to switch to ‘greener’ alternatives has started to make air more toxic.

Transport for London is to remove the Congestion Charge exemption for diesels and some Hybrids because soaring sales has increased pollution and traffic.

Diesels now account for one in two sales, but emit 22 times more soot particulates than petrol cars.

End of the road: Diesel and Hybrid cars are set to lose their London Congestion Charge exemption because booming sales has led to increased polutionEnd of the road: Diesel and Hybrid cars are set to lose their London Congestion Charge exemption because booming sales has led to increased polution

The U-Turn has provoked an outcry from motoring organisations, who accused authorities of moving the ‘green goalposts’.

And the move is also expected to cause anger among motorists who bought their cars to take advantage of the exemption.

Edmund King, AA president, told the Evening Standard: ‘We do have real concerns about “green goalposts” being moved after drivers and businesses have invested in low-emission hybrid and diesel vehicles. We need to encourage the take-up of a range of greener vehicles.’

Out of favour: Toyota Prius is one of more than 50 ##Q##greener##Q## cars which are set to lose their Congestion Charge exemptionOut of favour: Toyota Prius is one of more than 50 ##Q##greener##Q## cars which are set to lose their Congestion Charge exemption


  • Audi A3 1.6TDI
  • Citroën C3 1.6HDi
  • Citroën DS3 1.6HDi
  • Fiat 500/500C
  • Fiat Punto Evo 1.3 16V Multijet
  • Ford Fiesta ECOnetic 1.6TDCI Duratorq
  • Ford Focus ECOnetic 1.6 TDCI Duratorq (below)
  • Hyundai i10 1.0SOHC
  • Mini One D
  • Mini Cooper D
  • SEAT Leon 1.6TDI
  • SEAT Ibiza ST 1.2TDI
  • Skoda Fabia hatchback and estate 1.2TDI
  • Smart Fortwo CDI Coupé and Cabrio
  • Smart ForTwo Coupé and Cabrio
  • Toyota Auris T4 and T Spirit
  • Toyota Prius T3, T4 and T Spirit
  • Toyota IQ 1.0 VVT-i
  • Vauxhall Corsa 1.3TDI
  • Volvo S40 DRIVe
  • Volvo V50 DRIVe
  • Volvo C30 DRIVe
  • Volkswagen Polo 1.2TDI
  • Volkswagen Golf 1.6TDI

More than 50 ‘green’ models, which includes the petrol/electric Toyota Prius — a favourite among environmentally conscious drivers  – will no longer be exempt from the £10 charge.

The move will come into force in July if approved by Boris Johnson.

It is understood the changes to the pricing will generate up to an extra £2 million a year.

The additional revenue will go some way to plugging the £60 million lost since the abandoning the Congestion Charge’s western extension.

About 70,000 motorists a day enter the congestion zone, with 2,500 qualifying for Transport for London’s Greener Vehicle Discount because they emit less than 100g/km of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

TfL wants to scrap this limit and replace it with a much tougher 75g/km maximum in a new scheme — which effectively rules out all hybrid and diesel vehicles now on the road.

David Bizley, the RAC’s technical director, said that only pure electric cars are likely to meet those new rigorous pollution restrictions.

Applications for the Greener Vehicle Discount would cease to be accepted from July. But drivers already registered would continue to qualify for the exemption until June 2015.

TfL, which made a £136.8 million net profit from the congestion charge in 2011/12, believes the existing system ‘creates an incentive’ for owners of hybrid and diesel cars to enter the zone.

It fears the number could more than double to 6,000 ‘free’ cars a day by the end of this year.

The new rules would sit alongside a £10 increase in penalty fines — taking them to £130 — and the closure of C-charge payment points in shops and petrol stations.

These changes would generate a further £2.5 million a year.

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