June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Council aims to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford § permalink
Council aiming to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford
AN ATTEMPT to jump-start Oxford’s slow uptake of electric vehicles is now in motion, with up to 30 new charging points arriving in the next 12 months.
People and businesses across the city are being called on to help develop the plan and find suitable places for the trial stations, which will be bought in the summer.
In April this year Oxford City Council received an £800,000 grant to add an extra 100 charging stations to the city – where only 85 people currently drive electric cars.
John Tanner, the council’s board member for climate change, said: “What we have at the moment is the early adopters, the enthusiasts.
“But with more plug-in points around the city, I think more people are going to take the plunge and buy electric vehicles.”
There are currently 13 on-street charging stations around Oxford, of which three, Summertown Car Park, Cowley Road and Worcester Street Car Park, have reported faults.
It is hoped the 100 new devices will begin to be rolled out in 2018, making make electric vehicle ownership possible for 16,000 extra homes.
Mr Tanner added that another barrier to more people making the switch was the initial cost of a vehicle, which he said was comparatively “quite high”.
But he added: “We have to get into our heads that although these vehicles cost a lot to buy in the first place, they are very cheap to run, and don’t pollute the atmosphere.
“A petrol or diesel vehicle is pumping nitrogen dioxide into Oxford’s atmosphere. To switch to renewable energy from fossil fuel is the right way to go.”
Those already driving an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) could struggle to get around Oxford due to a lack of available charge points.
Low Carbon Hub CEO Barbara Hammond, who lives in a terraced house on Osney Island, bought a Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid – which can switch between electrical power and fuel-burning – three years ago.
She said: “When we get the space outside we would like to plug in from our house and use a ‘cable gully’ – a safe means of getting the cable across the pavement.
“If you live in a city being able to charge it is an issue. A lot of people would have an electric vehicle if they could be sure of charging it.”
Research recently carried out by the city council suggested one in five people would consider going electric with their next vehicle.
Giles Dobson, 37, the owner of Oxford River Cruises based at Folly Bridge, said he would definitely buy an electric car if there were a place to charge it.
The Lake Street resident said: “My introduction to electric vehicles was the boats we operate – they’re electrically propelled themselves.
“To me the attraction of electric vehicles is the environmental benefit primarily, but also they have company car and tax benefits.”
Mr Dobson was among a small group of Oxford residents who met with the council on June 8 to discuss having a charging point on their street.
He added: “Lake Street is one of the worst for on-street parking because of the community centre, the health centre and the swimming pool.
“This scheme would make it feasible for me to get an electric car.”
June 8th, 2016 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car Lease deal: BMW i3 Rex Lease Deal from £270/mth – because I signed up for it :D § permalink
Behold, my up and coming BMW i3 is nearing the delivery date.
BMW I3 Platinum Gray! Gorgeous!
Officially deal started on 6+35 Lease term and at the cost of £274/month – i quickly added up extras….
BMW i3 5 Door Hatch eDrive Range Extender Auto
Metallic or Fluid Black Paint, Standard Neutronic Interior, 19in
Streamline Alloys & DC Rapid Charge Preparation
10k/annum mileage term
6+35 month Rental Hire/Lease
Ironically i got in touch with a few leasing specialists in the past, and they tried to rubbish the deal! Shocking (not really)
Yes, VAT is included,
Yes its a Personal Lease,
Yes, you can just give the car back at the end of the term and that’s it.
But, another thing that i found baffling, is that insurance has actually dropped 40% compared to our Nissan Leaf ex-lease.
I know there are only 3-4 insurance group difference but this bites the biscuit. So, my monthly saving is even greater despite signing up for this great ride for the next 3 years.
This is why i lease EVs i guess, – No headache/hassle and i get to have a new ride every few years, without worry of resale(depreciation)/warranty issues.
So far i’ve had Citroen czero (mitsubishi imiev), Nissan Leaf, and now I3
(i did buy my twizy – cheaper to buy&sell, than lease on that one!)
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May 18th, 2016 § Comments Off on German cabinet gives green light to electric car incentives § permalink
The German cabinet approved new incentives and tax breaks on Wednesday to boost demand for electric cars in an attempt to
meet its target of bringing 1 million of them onto its roads by the end of the decade.
Under the new plans, electric cars will be exempt from paying vehicle tax for ten years with retroactive effect from Jan. 1, 2016. This is up from a previous exemption of five years.
Employees who charge their electric vehicles at work will also pay a reduced tax rate of 25 percent on this non-cash benefit, the Finance Ministry said.
The tax breaks come on top of plans agreed last month between government ministers and the car industry to give buyers of electric cars a 4,000 euro incentive, while buyers of plug-in hybrid cars will get a premium of 3,000 euros.
The costs of about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) will be shared equally between the government and the car industry.
The program includes 300 million euros of spending on charging stations.
“The key for a breakthrough in electromobility is nationwide charging infrastructure,” Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement.
Germany, the biggest carmaker in Europe, currently has only about 50,000 purely battery powered vehicles and plug-in hybrids among the 45 million cars using its roads.
The government hopes the new incentives will help sell an additional 400,000 electric cars.
Other countries in Europe already have incentive schemes in place to get more consumers to buy electric vehicles, including Norway, the Netherlands, France and the UK.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley and Andreas Rinke, editing by Louise Heavens)
November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on lronic Issue: The Big Problem With Electric Cars: They’re Too Reliable § permalink
Matt Richtel has an intriguing article today in the New York Times about electric cars. The question is: why aren’t they selling better? Is it because they have weak performance? Because they can only go a hundred miles on a charge? Because they’re expensive?
Those are all issues.1 But it turns out that people who want to buy an electric car anyway have a hard time getting dealerships to sell them one:
Kyle Gray, a BMW salesman, said he was personally enthusiastic about the technology, but…the sales process takes more time because the technology is new, cutting into commissions….Marc Detsch, Nissan’s business development manager for electric vehicles said some salespeople just can’t rationalize the time it takes to sell the cars. A salesperson “can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf,” he said. “It’s a lot of work for a little pay.”
He also pointed to the potential loss of service revenue. “There’s nothing much to go wrong,” Mr. Deutsch said of electric cars. “There’s no transmission to go bad.”….Jared Allen, a spokesman for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said there wasn’t sufficient data to prove that electric cars would require less maintenance. But he acknowledged that service was crucial to dealer profits and that dealers didn’t want to push consumers into electric cars that might make them less inclined to return for service.
I suppose this makes sense. And to all this, you can add the fact that none of these cars can fly. There are so many hurdles to overcome before we make it into the Jetson’s future we were all promised.
1We are, of course, talking about the non-Tesla market here.
September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Frankfurt: New Plug-in BMW X5 xDrive40e PHEV § permalink
Since BMW’s X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid has already been heavily covered by the media these past couple of months, it’s time to write down some numbers and see how it stacks up against its direct rivals.
With the world going one way, it was always important for SUV manufacturers to make sure they didn’t fall behind in terms of technology, efficiency and performance. We’re all headed towards an all-electric future, and even those who seem to resist the notion, probably know that it’s bound to happen some day.
Premium full-size SUVs are currently hybrids, not all-electric, which is fine for now, especially since we get to compare different philosophies and performance figures, fuel consumption, dry weight and so on.
The BMW X5 has always been, well, the very tip of the spear in terms of where it was positioned as both a sporty and an efficient SUV. Don’t forget, these BMW folks have always been high on the word “efficient”, so falling behind the competition now, would be somewhat embarrassing.
It turns out that the X5’s 3.3 l/100 km (71 mpg US/85 mpg UK) average fuel consumption is…actually average itself, compared to how good the Q7 and the XC90 look on paper. The Audi is by far the most fuel efficient SUV here, with its 1.7l/100 km (138 mpg US/166 mpg UK) average.
Sure, good luck getting anywhere close to those numbers in the real world, but for some people specs do matter a lot. We buy most of our smartphones based on who’s got the best specs, even though we rarely use all that processing power – the same mentality can be used to analyze rival cars.
More from: http://www.carscoops.com/2015/09/new-plug-in-bmw-x5-xdrive40e-ends-up-in.html?m=1
September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on #ev proud: Scotland hosts first electric car rally § permalink
The sixty mile round trip cost drivers around £1.50 compared to £9 for a petrol-powered journey.Sixty electric cars took part in a rally between Stirling and Glasgow over the weekend to celebrate the launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) subsidy.
The sixty-mile round trip, led by Scrapheap Challenge presenter Robert Llewellyn in his Tesla, cost drivers around £1.50, compared to £9 for a petrol-powered journey.
Taking place on Saturday, the convoy set off from George Square in Glasgow, and toured Stirling, before returning to Glasgow.
The rally was hosted to promote the recent launch of a £2.5m electric vehicle loan fund from the Scottish Government. Businesses can now receive interest-free loans up to £100,000 to cover the cost of an EV, with individuals qualifying for loans up to £50,000.
The new Scottish loan can also be used alongside the existing UK Government Plug-In Car and Van Grant scheme, which offers grants of up to £5,000 for those buying a new electric car and £8,000 for a van.
Scotland’s Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “It is fantastic to see so many enthusiastic participants and such a variety of cars taking part in Scotland’s first ever electric vehicle rally. With no dirty exhaust fumes or revving engines, this must be the quietest and most environmentally considerate rally spectators will see this year.
“This event challenges old perceptions about the range and performance of electric vehicles and may perhaps encourage those in the market for a new car to consider going electric.
“The recent launch of the £2.5million EV loan fund means we’re enabling even more people than ever before to make the switch and buy one – saving money, reducing emissions and making our communities greener, cleaner and healthier.”
The rally was born from the same concept as Formula E – using motorsport to help change perceptions of EVs. These tactics, along with subsidy support, saw UK sales of EVs triple in the first half of 2015, from 4,096 in 2014 to 14,126 in 2015.
Last month, a Government study also found that ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) are increasingly being used like ‘normal’ cars. In households which own ULEVs, 82% use the low emission car as their main vehicle, while 20% of people who own electric vehicles use it as their only vehicle.
Electric vehicles are also steadily increasing in range, with Nissan announcing last week that its flagship LEAF model now has a single-charge range of 155 miles.
Since the Plug-In Car and Van Grant scheme was introduced in January 2011, more than 34,000 eligible vehicles have been registered across the UK.
July 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on UPDATED: Tesla Model S Gets New 90-kWh Battery, ‘Ludicrous’ Performance Mode § permalink
The Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan will get an upgrade of its highest-capacity battery pack, from 85 to 90 kilowatt-hours, as well as a new optional high-performance mode called “Ludicrous” mode..
The news was announced today by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk during a press conference (and followed one hour later by an update on the rocketry efforts of SpaceX, which he also runs).
Musk called the upgrade “pretty awesome,” as is his wont.
In “Ludicrous” mode in both P85D and new P90D variants–it’s above “Insane” mode, to be clear–the new software will reduce 0-to-60-mph acceleration from the current level of 3.1 seconds to 2.8 seconds, Musk said.
Its quarter-mile time is cut to 10.9 seconds, and maximum acceleration will be 1.1g–or, as Musk noted, “faster than falling.”
Tesla Model S P85D ‘Insane’ mode acceleration [frame capture from DragTimes video]
For the new performance mode, Musk described an “advanced smart fuse” for the battery that the company had developed, with its own electronics and its own very small lithium-ion battery.
The company also upgraded the main battery contacts from steel to a more advanced metal, resulting in a maximum power delivery from 1300 amps to 1500 amps.
Up to about 30 mph, the car is limited by the traction of its tires; above that, the limitation on acceleration becomes how much current can safely be drawn from the pack, with the performance improved by the increase to 1500 amps.
Musk called the new “Ludicrous” mode “an extension of Insane mode” past a speed of 30 mph.
Musk said no chassis or suspension changes were needed, noting that with the right tires, the car will corner at 1g–which, he said, “most people have no idea what that feels like.”
The cell chemistry for the upgraded 90-kWh pack includes a new anode that adds silicon to the graphite, permitting the increase in performance.
Tesla expects roughly a 6 to 7 percent increase in EPA-rated range for the P90D version, roughly equivalent to the increase in energy capacity of the new pack.
The 90-kWh battery, with its increased range, will be a $3,000 upgrade over the cost of an equivalent Model S with the older 85-kWh pack.
The longest-distance model in the Tesla range will become the 90D Model S, which Musk said will get very close to a highway range of 300 miles when operating at a steady 65 miles per hour.
As far as any increase in sales due to the new version, Musk said, “I have no idea” in response to a journalist’s question.
“We thought these would be pretty awesome, so we did it.”
For the next six months, existing P85D owners can buy the new pack for just $5,000 plus labor costs for the installation (which vary from location to location).
Musk said the company is in the process of finishing the safety validation for the new larger battery to be retrofitted into the company’s Roadster sports cars.
The first deliveries of that pack will probably be ready for field deliveries late next month, Musk said.
First delivered in June 2012, the Tesla Model S still offers–more than three year later–the highest range of any plug-in electric production car sold anywhere in the world.
July 2nd, 2015 § Comments Off on Bit overdue: Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution? § permalink
Carlos Ghosn, the fast-talking head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, is not keen to be drawn on targets for electric car sales. A 2011 prediction of 1.5m Renault-Nissan electric vehicles by 2016 turned out to be wildly optimistic. The group just passed the 250,000 mark.
Ghosn was not alone. President Barack Obama predicted 1m electric cars in the US by 2015: in January the total was 280,000. Virgin boss Richard Branson, adept as ever at grabbing headlines, said this week that “no new road cars will be petrol driven” within 20 years, calling combustion engines “complicated and antiquated”.
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June 27th, 2015 § Comments Off on 8 ppl, 2 cars, 1 night, 1 family trip: Nissan and Zoe Electric Car on a quick getaway family trip. #lifetest § permalink
- 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).
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April 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on ermm: Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars § permalink
First (Other OTC: FSTC – news) it was books, then household products; now you can buy an electric car from online shopping giant Amazon.
The Japanese unit of German auto giant BMW (Swiss: BMW.SW – news) on Wednesday started selling its i3 electric models on Amazon.co.jp
The high-end automaker’s small electric vehicle has been popular in European and North American markets, but BMW Japan wants to find more customers through the online retailer, a spokesman said in Tokyo.
“We have 46 dealers (which sell the electric model) in Japan, but we hope this e-selling will cover the entire market more thoroughly,” the spokesman said. » Read the rest of this entry «