Dyson plots electric car with breakthrough battery

Tech firm Dyson is secretly working on an electric car, which would give Britain an answer to the EVs in development from heavyweight Silicon Valley giants, Google and Apple. And the Dyson car could have double the energy density and range of today’s EVs, thanks to a breakthrough solid-state battery.

News of Dyson’s EV was accidentally leaked in the government’s recent National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016-2021 which stated: ‘Dyson [is] to develop a new battery electric vehicle at their headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire… This will secure £174m of investment in the area, creating over 500 jobs, mostly in engineering.’

Source: http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/tech/dyson-plots-electric-car-with-breakthrough-battery-car-june-2016/

Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park

Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park

‘Drive The Future’.

The tagline used by Formula E; the revolutionary global electric racing series of which the inaugural season came to a conclusion in London over the weekend.

About 60,000 spectators gathered at Battersea Park to watch Team China’s Nelson Piquet Jr win the first ever drivers’ championshipfollowing 10 months of races, promotion, persuasion and plenty of power units.

Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, wanted to attract a new, younger audience and reduce its carbon footprint while boosting the green economy. Continue reading Formula E: First season of electric car racing ends in Battersea Park

8 ppl, 2 cars, 1 night, 1 family trip: Nissan and Zoe Electric Car on a quick getaway family trip. #lifetest

  • It just happened family dropped by with a plan “Let’s all go on a family trip“.
  • It also just happened that my twizy went into service and i ended up with a zoe electricCar which i have been after for a thorough test drive (not those half hour “we let you drive and hope you buy this car” sort of thing, but a real life test).

Continue reading 8 ppl, 2 cars, 1 night, 1 family trip: Nissan and Zoe Electric Car on a quick getaway family trip. #lifetest

Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance graphene charges batteries in 4 minutes

The problem of limited range has been an important factor curbing the wide-spread adoption of electric cars. But scientists in South Korea have developed a new technology which could solve the problem.

The lithium-ion batteries used in most of the current generation of electric cars have limitations. They are expensive and store insufficient power for the needs of many drivers, requiring frequent top-ups. And when they have to be recharged the charging process is time consuming.

The technological breakthrough could solve these problems. And in the process, Dr Lu Wu of the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea has discovered a new use for the miracle substance graphene.
Continue reading Breakthrough for electric cars: Supercapacitors from miracle substance graphene charges batteries in 4 minutes

Dumfries and Galloway Council staff electric car ‘anxiety’

A Scottish local authority has admitted that its staff are reluctant to use its pool of electric cars for fear of being stranded with a flat battery.

Dumfries and Galloway Council said some workers were wary of the cars’ 100 mile range in the sprawling rural area.

It came as new figures obtained by BBC Scotland revealed that the local authority had spent £57,600 on four electric Nissan Leafs since 2011.

Yet, in total, the cars have covered fewer than 26,000 miles in that time.

A spokesman for the local authority insisted the scheme had been “relatively successful” but admitted levels of usage were “considerably lower” than for conventional cars in its pool.

He added: “Staff have been asked to comment on use of the vehicles, and ‘range anxiety’ is certainly a consideration.

“The quality of the drive is seen as surprisingly good by those who have not driven an electric vehicle before.”

Continue reading Dumfries and Galloway Council staff electric car ‘anxiety’

WhatCar? : Group test – BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf

Electric cars are still a rare sight on our roads, but as the UK’s charging infrastructure grows, so does the number on sale.

The BMW i3 is the best. Our reigning Green Car of The Year is extremely well thought-out, with its sci-fi looks, high-quality cabin and surprisingly punchy performance at all speeds.

By simply swapping a standard Golf’s engine for an electric motor, Volkswagen has ensured its e-Golf retains most of the standard car’s impressive practicality, but with the bonus of cheaper running costs. So, which of these similarly priced electric cars is the better buy?

  Continue reading WhatCar? : Group test – BMW i3 vs Volkswagen e-Golf

Super fast electric car chargers to come to Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh in Cotswolds

Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to tour the Costwolds and know that not only can they charge their cars in they get low on power, but do so quickly.

Cotswold District Council is to install rapid charging points in two locations in the area, one at the Beeches car park in Cirencester in the south of the district and the other further north in Old Market way in Moreton-in-Marsh. Continue reading Super fast electric car chargers to come to Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh in Cotswolds

IMPORTANT READ: Proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone to be 24/7

We would like your views on the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone which will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same area as the Congestion Charging zone. The zone would be introduced in 2020 and aims to encourage the use of newer, cleaner vehicles, reducing vehicle pollution by half.

All cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, and heavy vehicles would need to meet a new emission standard or pay a daily charge to travel within the zone. The proposed daily Ultra Low Emission Zone charge will be in addition to the existing Congestion Charge.

To find out more and to have your say please visit tfl.gov.uk/ultra-low-emission-zone

This consultation will run until Friday 9 January 2015.

Closing the Essex Gap: Electric car charge point to be installed at George Yard Car Park in Braintree

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.”
Continue reading Closing the Essex Gap: Electric car charge point to be installed at George Yard Car Park in Braintree

Bluepointlondon now Manages Source London #ev Charging network

We are pleased to announce that Bluepointlondon now manages the network on behalf of Source London partners.

We will now be taking responsibility for the Source London contact centre. Our customer service agents are available at 0203 056 8989 to provide assistance if you have any problems using the scheme and to report any faults.

We have also developed a new website and mobile app which allow you to access Source London services on the go.

In order to access to your client area, you’ll need to replace your password here: https://membership.sourcelondon.net/account/password/reset/

As a gesture of good will, we are offering you an automatic extension of your membership until December 31st 2014.

Yours sincerely,
Source London Customer Service