London: New electric car-charging bays as Hammersmith council steps up fight against pollution

The battle against pollution is being stepped up with the introduction of 40 new electric car-charging bays across Hammersmith and Fulham by end of next year.Planning applications for 10 new on-street car-charging points, each with two bays, have been submitted to H&F by service providers Source London Network, with applications for a further 10 charging points expected to follow shortly.

The new facilities are being considered in response to growing demand from residents as the popularity of low and zero-emission cars continues to rise in Hammersmith and Fulham, with numbers tripling year on year.

H&F revealed earlier this year that air pollution kills more than 200 people in the borough every year.

And before that, a cycling group carried out tests which revealed pollution on the in the borough was worse than thought, with children being hit hardest .
Cllr Wesley Harcourt is head of transport and environment at the council. He said: “We are committed to improving air quality by driving-down harmful emissions in H&F. These new on-street charging points will help power the welcome growth of low-emission vehicles in the borough.

“More residents using electric cars will see a reduction in CO2, NOx and particulate matter emissions that have detrimental effects on health and the environment.”

The first ten charging points, if granted planning permission, should be installed in early 2016, with the remaining ten expected to be up-and-running before the end of the year.

With Westfield shopping centre having 40 charging bays in its car park, it will bring the total in the borough to 80 by the end of 2016.

Residents who are keen to have a charging point in their street can notify the council online. If sufficient requests are made the H&F will investigate installing one.
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*Applauds* California Zero Emissions Car Target May Hit 100% By 2030

California is shoring up its status as the USA’s leading state when it comes to fostering the usage of environmentally friendly vehicles, with a leading civil servant now advancing plans to make all of its new cars zero-emission by as early as 2030.

Mary Nichols, the chair of the California Air Resources Board, recently told Bloomberg that she hopes to implement new rules in the state that would eventually prohibit the sale of new cars that are equipped with internal combustion engines – the core propulsive technology of the modern automobile nearly since its inception.
Continue reading *Applauds* California Zero Emissions Car Target May Hit 100% By 2030

If works…Electric car sharing service in London to revolutionise travel… and clean up toxic air

A £100 million electric car revolution to turn London into the “green driving” capital of the world and clean up its dangerously polluted air will be launched this week.

The ambitious plans involve a massive overhaul of London’s network of notoriously unreliable charging points and the start of a city-wide electric car sharing service by early next year, it can be revealed today.

They come as Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, who yesterday took the first step to a mayoral bid, said it was “extraordinary” that there are not more electric vehicles on the capital’s streets and called for all new minicabs and delivery vans to be electric-powered.

Responsibility for transforming the use of electric cars in London has been given to French firm Bolloré, behind the successful four-year-old Autolib scheme in Paris — which is used by 220,000 drivers.

A right-hand-drive version of the Autolib cars painted in “double-decker bus red” will be revealed in central London on Friday by Vincent Bolloré, the operator’s chairman and chief executive.

He will announce ambitions to have 6,000 charging points across London and as many as 3,000 battery-powered cars on the roads here by 2018.
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Well done Leeds: Electric car charge point for Otley car park

AN OTLEY car park could become one of the first in Leeds to get an electric vehicle charging point.

Leeds City Council has received Government funding to create a network of charge points across the city – but only three are to be in council car parks.

The Licks site in Otley, off North Parade, is in the running to be named one of the three, to the delight of the ward councillors.

Cllr Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “We would love to have an electric vehicle charging port in Otley.

“The technology is great for the environment but, before fully electric cars can become a viable alternative to petrol engines, this kind of infrastructure needs to be in place.”

Cllr Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) added: “This scheme would be a good start and, in time, will help to reduce air pollution. I hope that the parking department settles on the Licks as one of the three council car park sites.”


Ecotricity’s Electric Highway Grid in UK is to grow and cover entire UK motorway network

With over 2000 registered electric car drivers in the UK, the aim is to ensure the entire uk motorway network with (twin) redundancy by the end of 2014.
This is all great news, especially that it is all free.

Potential Electric Car “charging” fees to come in from January, 2015? We are hopefuly they are to be quite reasonable, and big thanks SO far with FREE charging already to Ecotricity Energy Supplier as it is.

More interesting points to note of Electric Car and the cost of electricity and the whole point that “electric cars receive massive subsidies/funds to even exist at other’s taxable expense…” which basically isn’t good math. While 500 Million IS recently given to Boost the Electric Car and Ultro Low Emission car uptake, as well as fund the rapid charging infrastructure and big chunk of Transportation upgrade to “green” alternative, – its all for the benefit of the masses – Cleaner Air: reduced traffic noise  and air pollution for all to enjoy. Not just the electric car owners/drivers/operators.

And Besides, if you wish to get picky, – Dale Vince does make a good point that even Privatised” Train network is subsidised at £4 Billion a year! More here

This is rarely mentioned on the media EV-Bashing posts, aghem, Clarkson.


Green Good: Electric car sales speed up as UK plugs in to global trend

If you live in west Manchester and have a plug-in electric car, one of the few places you can charge it is the Irlam and Cadishead leisure centre. But since the public point was installed a year ago, only one car has used it, according to centre manager Natalie Wareham.

That may soon change. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that, while there was just a handful of electric cars on the road three years ago, there are now nearly 10,000, with 1,200 electric vehicles sold in March, compared with 270 in the same month last year. Meanwhile 10,200 hybrid cars – using electricity and petrol or diesel – have been sold in Britain this year, up 45% on last year. Continue reading Green Good: Electric car sales speed up as UK plugs in to global trend

Paris restricts car use after pollution hits high

Alternative driving days are being introduced in the French capital, Paris, in an attempt to tackle dangerous levels of air pollution.

From Monday, drivers will only be able to use their vehicles every other day.

This is only the second time since 1997 that such a restriction has been enforced. Continue reading Paris restricts car use after pollution hits high

French company to put 3,000 electric ‘Boris cars’ on the streets of London

A French company today announced plans to put 3,000 electric rental cars onto London’s streets.

Londoners will be able to hire the cars and drop them off at any one of thousands of charging points in a system billed as the automotive equivalent of the “Boris bike” scheme. Continue reading French company to put 3,000 electric ‘Boris cars’ on the streets of London