January 26th, 2016 § Comments Off on Will this work? – We hope so: “Electric cars to use bus lanes in UK cities” § permalink
From Guardian Website
UK cities are to allow electric car drivers to beat congestion by using bus lanes, as part of a government drive to encourage uptake of the cleaner vehicles.
Milton Keynes and Derby will copy similar measures in Norway and allow the cars to drive in miles of bus lanes, while owners in Hackney will be able to plug in at street lights. York drivers will be able to recharge their batteries at a solar-powered park-and-ride and electric car owners in Bristol and Milton Keynes will be allowed to park for free.
The schemes were announced by the Department for Transport on Monday as part of a £40m pot shared out among eight towns and cities. Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London are the main beneficiaries, but Dundee, Oxford, York, Derby have also won funding.
Electric cars are seen as a key way for the UK to meet its carbon budgets and cut the illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution that blight many British cities. While still relatively niche compared to combustion engine cars, the number of 100% electric cars registered in 2015 nearly doubled on the year before, to 9,934.
In Norway, incentives including generous tax breaks and allowing electric cars in bus lanes have spurred uptake of the cars which now account for nearly one in five of all new cars sold.
London, which suffers the worst air pollution in the UK, gets the lion’s share of the funding. The Go Ultra Low fund will give the capital £13m for “neighbourhoods of the future” in several boroughs, where electric cars will be prioritised over other vehicles.
The transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin , said: “I want to see thousands more greener vehicles on our roads and I am proud to back this ambition with £40m to help the UK become international pioneers of emission-cutting technology.”
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, gave the initiatives a cautious welcome but said ultimately it was up to industry to drive take-up.
“We are all in favour of encouraging drivers to go ultra-green, but the risk of relying on perks such as access to bus lanes, free parking and exemption from London’s congestion charge is that they can be at odds with other policies such as promoting public transport and easing congestion,” he said.
The government has pledged to continue a long-running electric car grant, but it will decrease in April from the maximum £5,000 currently available to between £2,500 and 4,500, depending on which models buyers choose.
January 25th, 2016 § Comments Off on Lamp posts with charging points and free parking for green cars: Four cities get £40m pot to improve electric-car infrastructure § permalink
A fund of £40 million will be spread across four towns and cities in a Government bid to promote the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, it was announced on Monday.
Local authorities competed for a share of the pot, with Nottingham, Bristol, Milton Keynes and London being the big winners of the electric-vehicle investment, the Depart of Transport confirmed.
The money from the Go Ultra Low City Scheme will now be used to boost the infrastructure for alternative-fuel vehicles in the UK new new proposals predicted to save commuters up to £1,300 a year.
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February 3rd, 2015 § Comments Off on Tesla takes UK supercharger network to Sainsbury’s § permalink
Tesla has opened its 20th supercharger in the UK, putting the company on course to provide coverage to the whole of the country by the end of this year.
The three stations added in Winchester, Exeter and Bristol are all in Sainsbury’s supermarket car parks, allowing drivers to charge while they shop.
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January 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on Siemens delivers EV infrastructure packages in South Tyneside and Dorset § permalink
Siemens is supplying and installing two electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging networks in South Tyneside and Dorset in early 2015.
The charging points will be connected to the Charge Your Car network and back office system as part of two complete EV packages with three years maintenance support provided by Siemens.
Funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the network in South Tyneside will consist of 20 QC45 triple-outlet, rapid chargers.
In Poole and throughout Dorset, Siemens’ local field services team will be responsible for project management, installation and commissioning of 19 QC45 rapid chargers.
The project will be the first rapid charging network installed and operating with fully integrated bay sensors providing real-time detection of both the availability of bays and information for parking enforcement teams of any non-charging vehicles.
Siemens will also install two rapid charging points in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh for Cotswold District Council (CDC) in 2015.
New rapid charging projects in Scotland include five new multi-standard chargers installed and commissioned for Scottish Borders Council and a further two new chargers in Stirling as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a network of public charging points for electric vehicles across Scotland.
The scheme, which includes Transport Scotland grants through the Energy Saving Trust, will deliver charging points within every 50 miles on trunk roads and an integrated network will join electric vehicles with public transport.
The company’s largest EV project to date is also well underway in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.
October 2nd, 2014 § Comments Off on More and Merrier: M4 Green Park Supercharger is Now Open § permalink
Incredibly Fast, Always Free Once Supercharger Enabled
Supercharging is free for the life of Model S, once the Supercharger option is enabled. In as little as 20mins half the capacity of Model S can be recharged, and Superchargers are strategically located – providing a greater choice for journey planning. Green Park is the first route enabler located along the M4 corridor supporting return trips between London and Bristol, with more coming soon facilitating inner-city, long distance travel and convenience charging for free, for life.
The planet’s fastest charging station is now just a road trip away. We are excited to announce our sixth Supercharger is now open.
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.
October 11th, 2013 § Comments Off on Electric vehicle charge-point installed at Fleet Services on the M3 § permalink
THE first of 10 fast-chargers for electric cars has been installed at Fleet Services on the M3.
The Electric Highway fast-charger will allow electric vehicles to re-fuel in 20 to 30 minutes.
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September 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on The expanding Electric Highway now has 26 fast-chargers at motorway service stops– linking London to Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and now Leeds. § permalink