Nice one: 15 year leases granted for electric charging points

Cheshire East Council has agreed to grant a fifteen year lease for the electric vehicle charging points.

The Council secured Government grant funding for the provision of six Rapid Electric Vehicle Charging Points within the Borough, two of which are in the Sainsbury’s car park off South Drive, where some parent’s parking spaces used to be. The others are in Princess Street car park in Congleton and Love Lane in Nantwich.

The grant funding covered 75% of the costs of procurement, installation and maintenance of the units.

ABB Ltd was appointed to provide and install the units and as part of this contract the Council required ABB to provide 25% of the funding. The Electric Vehicle Charging Units have therefore been provided at no cost to Cheshire East.

In order to secure this funding, ABB partnered with an operator of Engenie Ltd, and they required an assurance from the Council that they will be able to operate the units for a reasonable tenure to secure a return on their investment.

Cheshire East Council therefore approved the granting of fifteen year leases and a sub-lease to Engenie, to allow them to operate the six EVCP’s in three of Cheshire East’s Car Parks

  • From: http://www.wilmslow.co.uk/news/article/12846/15-year-leases-granted-for-electric-charging-points

More rapid chargers coming to Northumberland

Another 20 rapid electric vehicles chargers will be added to Northumberland’s growing EV charger network, the County Council has announced.

Located at key locations across the county, the ABB Terra 53CJG rapid chargers will be able to charge electric cars from empty to 80 percent of their battery capacity in under half an hour.

The multi-standard, triple-outlet rapid chargers will also be connected to Charge Your Car’s Pay As You Go national network.

These latest charger installations form part of a nationwide network of more than 500 rapid chargers, funded in part by Department for Transport’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles. It represents one of OLEV’s largest rapid charging electric vehicle projects and was awarded to ABB by Jewson, on behalf of Northumberland County Council. Continue reading More rapid chargers coming to Northumberland

Rapid EV chargers coming to North East

Northumberland County Council is installing 20 multi-standard electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB to provide the county’s electric car drivers with convenient charging locations to extend their range.

The installation is part of a network of over 500 rapid charge points nationwide, part funded by OLEV (Department for Transport’s, Office for Low Emission Vehicles). It is one of OLEV’s largest rapid charging electric vehicle projects and was awarded to ABB by Jewson on behalf of Northumberland County Council. Continue reading Rapid EV chargers coming to North East

ABB inks CLEVER Danish electric car charging deal

Denmark’s position as one of Europe’s leading electric car markets is to get another boost, after engineering company ABB announced that it has been selected to deploy a further 50 charging points across the country.

The Swiss conglomerate confirmed yesterday that is has signed a deal with Danish electric charging network operator CLEVER to install 50 CCS (Combo) compatible DC fast chargers, taking the total number of chargers the company will deploy in the country to 100.

Continue reading ABB inks CLEVER Danish electric car charging deal

Estonia launches national #electriccar #Rapid #Charging (400v, 80w) network – “30 minutes charging”

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The electric vehicle charging network in Estonia is operated by ABB. Photograph: Arno MikkorElectric car charging network in Estonia

Estonia##Q##s reputation as one of the most wired-up countries in Europe has been boosted further with the opening of what is being billed as the world##Q##s first nationwide electric car charging network.

The sparsely populated Baltic state with a population of just 1.3 million hopes the 165 “fast chargers” will overcome the “chicken and egg” problem facing the take-up of electric cars worldwide.

The network of charging points, which was opened officially on Wednesday but has been running for several months, uses direct current (DC) to charge cars in less than 30 minutes, rather than around eight hours to recharge a car##Q##s battery as is the case with most of the more than 3,000 points in the UK.

There are believed to be around 650 electric cars in Estonia, more than 500 of which were Mitsubishi i-MiEVs given to social workers by the government in 2011. Motorists can get grants of up to€18,000 (£15,700) off electric cars, compared to the £5,000 cap for the UK##Q##s electric car grant. The average full price for a new electric car is around £30,000.

Estonia##Q##s minister of the environment, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, said: “The fact that recharging is so easy is one of the main reasons more and more Estonians will decide in favour of electric cars in future. Our entire transport policy should be based on the notion that environmentally friendly travel is the cheapest and simplest option there is.”

The charging points are no further than 60km apart, and were paid for by the Estonian government. Whether the push to electric cars will come with environmental benefits, however, remains to be seen: the former Soviet republic gets more than 90% of its electricity from carbon-heavy oil shale.

Ulrich Spiesshofer, head of discrete automation and motion at ABB, the Swiss company that makes the charging points and won the tender for the network in January 2012, said: “Having a nationwide fastcharging network will encourage motorists to switch to electric vehicles and it will motivate other countries to invest in their own charging infrastructure.”

The distance electric cars can go between charges was the subject of heated debate in the US media in the last week, following a war of words between the New York Times and US electric car company Tesla Motorsover its new Model S car.

This week the UK government announced it would cover up to 75% of the cost of installing charging points for electric vehicles in garages and driveways.