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.’
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).
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 batteriesused 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. » Read the rest of this entry «
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?
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. » Read the rest of this entry «
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.
GREEN motorists will be now able to recharge their electriccars 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.” » Read the rest of this entry «
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.
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.