Breathing batteries for electric cars

December 21st, 2015 § Comments Off on Breathing batteries for electric cars § permalink

On paper, electric cars sound so good; cheap to ‘fuel’ and packed with green credentials. But there is one major downside, you can’t get very far.

For example, the Nissan Leaf – one of the most popular electric cars – has a maximum range of 155 miles. This plummets if you don’t drive at a ‘leisurely speed’ or use heating or air con. To ‘refuel’ the car needs plugging in. A rapid charger – now installed in many motorway service stations, supermarkets and city car parks – takes 30 minutes to get to 80% of full charge. Plug it in to a standard socket at home and a full charge takes nearly 12 hours. In short: they don’t suit everyone’s needs.

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The Twizys are back! Electric cars return for New Forest visitors

November 8th, 2015 § Comments Off on The Twizys are back! Electric cars return for New Forest visitors § permalink

THEY are being hailed as the perfect way to save money – and carbon. 
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A fleet of 26 all-electric cars called Renault Twizys have been launched in the New Forest for the second time in two years.

The multi-coloured two-seaters have a top speed of 52mph and can travel for 50 miles before they need to be re-charged.

They made their debut in the Forest in 2013 but have been off the road for several months.

Now Hire A Twizy, based at Setters Farm in Lymington, has bought the vehicles from the previous operator and is also planning to launch a similar venture on the Isle of Wight.

The “funky” vehicles were paraded at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu – scene of the original launch.

People can hire a Twizy for £49 a day. The package includes free use of all car parks owned by New Forest District Council and a complimentary Brand New Forest card, which entitles the user to discounts in shops, pubs and restaurants across the district.
But the environment is set to benefit just as much as Twizy users.

Chris Beach, owner of Hire A Twizy, said: “The idea is to get people out of their cars and into a sustainable form of transport.
“We’re going to roll out another 20 charging points not only for Twizys but for electric cars as a whole. When you use a Twizy you will never be more than two or three miles from a charging point.”

Representatives from the council and the National Park Authority gathered to celebrate the launch of a new business with a zero carbon footprint.
Anthony Climpson, the council’s employment and tourism, said: “Twizys are great fun to drive – and so silent you can enjoy and really ‘feel’ the Forest in a way you can’t in an ordinary car.”

Ben Fletcher, of Renault, said he was attending an event in Scotland when someone mentioned the Forest’s fleet of Twizys.

“It shows what a great job Hire A Twizy are doing – they are putting the New Forest on the map as a tourist destination,” he said.

“We can talk about how manoeuvrable they are and how easy they are to park, but the chief thing about them is that they’re fun to drive.

“Once you’ve been in a Twizy you will know that they’re the perfect way to explore the area.”

For details call Hire A Twizy on 01590 675675.

Statistics are here: Usage of Exeter electric Car Park chargepoints

June 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on Statistics are here: Usage of Exeter electric Car Park chargepoints § permalink

Figures obtained from Exeter City Council reveal the usage of electric car charge-points in the first year of their operation.

During this time-frame the council has seen the overall use of Car Park charge-points increase steadily, however certain charge points aren’t seeing very much uplift at all.

The two most popular Car Parks for electric car charging are the John Lewis Car Park and Magdalen Street Car Park.

John Lewis saw 80 individual charges in the year, and Magdalene Street saw 55.

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Circontrol brings together over a hundred experts from all over Europe to discuss the current situation and future of the electric vehicle

May 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Circontrol brings together over a hundred experts from all over Europe to discuss the current situation and future of the electric vehicle § permalink

Over a hundred electric vehicle industry experts from around the world met on 23 April at the Hotel Don Cándido in Terrassa to participate in the eMobility Workshop Network Event organised by Circontrol. Encouraging the use of electric vehicles and sustainable mobility is essential for energy efficiency and improving the environment, which are key challenges in the 21st century. This is clear to Circontrol, a manufacturing company based in Viladecavalls (Barcelona) founded in 1997. » Read the rest of this entry «

Well done Leeds: Electric car charge point for Otley car park

April 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on Well done Leeds: Electric car charge point for Otley car park § permalink

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.”

From: http://www.wharfedaleobserver.co.uk/news/12620029.Electric_car_charge_point_for_car_park_/

Prolific ICEing in Bradford: Access blocked to Keighley car park electric charging point

February 19th, 2015 § Comments Off on Prolific ICEing in Bradford: Access blocked to Keighley car park electric charging point § permalink

Access blocked to Keighley car park electric charging point

MOTORISTS are blocking access to Keighley’s first electric car charging point, according to a regular user of the town’s Scott Street Car Park.

Sue Wilkinson claims drivers are regularly parking in the two spaces allocated for electric car owners wanting to charge their vehicles.
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Tesla takes UK supercharger network to Sainsbury’s

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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Great! : First electric car charging points in Plymouth now live

December 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Great! : First electric car charging points in Plymouth now live § permalink

PLYMOUTH’S first public electric car charging points are now live.

Charge points have been installed at three city centre car parks, three park-and-ride sites and even at a Plymouth further education college.

There are an estimated 10,000 electric cars already on British roads, with around 800 more coming out of factories each month. » Read the rest of this entry «

Electric car charging bays to be rolled out across Inverclyde

October 1st, 2014 § Comments Off on Electric car charging bays to be rolled out across Inverclyde § permalink

ELECTRIC vehicle charging bays will be ready to power driving throughout Inverclyde in a little more than six months.

A total of five eco-friendly ‘refuelling’ points — which will occupy existing car park space — are to be made available.

The low emissions move comes after Inverclyde Council was offered a £78,000 grant to join a nationwide network of charge units.

A report on the innovation to the local authority’s environment and regeneration committee has been welcomed by elected members.

Councillor Jim MacLeod, depute leader of the district’s SNP group, said: “I am very enthused by this.”

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New electric car club in Stratford is first of its kind in UK

September 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on New electric car club in Stratford is first of its kind in UK § permalink

The future is looking brighter – and greener – for Stratford as it launches its own Electric Car Club.

Stratford’s pay-per-use E-Car Club is the first of its kind in the UK – offering residents all the benefits of electric travel at a fraction of the cost of owning a vehicle, writes Jessica McKay .

E-Car Club managing director, Chris Morris, said: ‘We’re confident the programme will reduce transport emissions and provide a cheap, fun, flexible way to get around the town and county.”

The club currently owns four cars, each of which has its own specifically designated parking space and electric charging point at locations including town centre car parks and at Stratford Parkway station.

Two Renault ZOEs are available to hire from the town centre locations, and two Nissan Leaf vehicles are based at Stratford Parkway rail station. The cars can travel 90 miles when fully charged, making them ideal for short, regional journeys.

Any driver over the age of 19 can book an E-Car for £5.50 per hour or £45 per day by phone or online. The fees include tax, insurance and maintenance, so there are no ‘hidden costs’ for drivers.

Mr Morris added: “We’re committed to ensuring that the vehicles are a cost effective option for those that need them most, including low income households and the younger drivers who might not otherwise have access to a car.”

The E-Car Club has been backed by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council with money from the Department of Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund to support it.

Coun Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio holder for transport, said: “Schemes like this take cars out of circulation, reduce pressure on parking, make savings for families, reduce overall car use and encourage active travel. I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to bring this initiative to Stratford.”

Coun Mike Brain, Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s portfolio holder for technical services, also highlighted the positive enviromental impact the E-Car Club would have, adding: “The project delivers on the district council’s core aim of minimising the impact of climate change.

“It is a perfect catalyst to boost the number of electric vehicles on our region’s roads.”

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