Council aims to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford

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.”

Source: http://m.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14567364.Council_aiming_to_turbo_charge_electric_car_use_in_Oxford/

London: New electric car-charging bays as Hammersmith council steps up fight against pollution

November 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on London: New electric car-charging bays as Hammersmith council steps up fight against pollution § permalink

The battle against pollution is being stepped up with the introduction of 40 new electric car-charging bays across Hammersmith and Fulham by end of next year.Planning applications for 10 new on-street car-charging points, each with two bays, have been submitted to H&F by service providers Source London Network, with applications for a further 10 charging points expected to follow shortly.

The new facilities are being considered in response to growing demand from residents as the popularity of low and zero-emission cars continues to rise in Hammersmith and Fulham, with numbers tripling year on year.

H&F revealed earlier this year that air pollution kills more than 200 people in the borough every year.

And before that, a cycling group carried out tests which revealed pollution on the in the borough was worse than thought, with children being hit hardest .
Cllr Wesley Harcourt is head of transport and environment at the council. He said: “We are committed to improving air quality by driving-down harmful emissions in H&F. These new on-street charging points will help power the welcome growth of low-emission vehicles in the borough.

“More residents using electric cars will see a reduction in CO2, NOx and particulate matter emissions that have detrimental effects on health and the environment.”

The first ten charging points, if granted planning permission, should be installed in early 2016, with the remaining ten expected to be up-and-running before the end of the year.

With Westfield shopping centre having 40 charging bays in its car park, it will bring the total in the borough to 80 by the end of 2016.

Residents who are keen to have a charging point in their street can notify the council online. If sufficient requests are made the H&F will investigate installing one.
Original post:

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/new-electric-car-charging-bays-10439889

Good news at last for Leeds drivers (but only if you drive an electric plug-in car)

October 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Good news at last for Leeds drivers (but only if you drive an electric plug-in car) § permalink

LEEDS could introduce free parking for electric cars as civic leaders try to forge a path to creating a clean, green and modern global gateway.   
 Environment bosses are considering the parking perk for green-minded drivers in the city centre as part of a raft of measures to urgently improve air quality.

It follows revelations that Leeds is at severe risk of missing its European emissions targets for 2020 – and could face fines of millions of Euros if it doesn’t up its green-friendly game.

It also comes just days after civic decision-makers unveiled ambitious plans to revitalise parts of Leeds city centre, boost the public realm and update the creaking highways network as part of a 20 year vision.

Oslo, Los Angeles and the London borough of Westminster are among a handful of world cities to have already introduced free parking for plug-in electric vehicles – with mixed levels of success.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for environmental protection and community safety, said: “With the immensely positive health benefits people could experience and the possibility of severe financial penalties, doing nothing is not an option.

“We want to put the emphasis on rewarding people who make a positive contribution to improving the city’s air quality, such as offering free or discounted parking for ultra-low emission vehicles.

“This alone isn’t going to be enough.

“So we need to think about and act on what we can all do as businesses, communities and individuals about our travel habits that will cut pollution and improve air quality.”

He added the city was already doing some good work – with a quarter of all Leeds’s municipal vehicles set to run on new technologies.

Friends of the Earth’s Simon Bowens, who lives in Leeds and drives an electric car, said the plan was “a step in the right direction” but stressed it wasn’t “the whole solution”.

“Certainly the encouragement of less polluting vehicles in the city centre is welcome, but I don’t know whether electric cars are the whole solution,” he said.

“The question is how do you get more people walking and cycling – and better public transport.

“A lot of problems come from car traffic in the city centre, so if you remove that, it is positive.

“But there are other things – such as areas like Burmantofts and Harehills getting the most HGVS – which are very polluting as well.”

He said improving charging points in the city centre was also vital as “the ability to charge your vehicle is difficult” in Leeds.

Leeds currently has around a dozen public electric car charging points, amongst them the Elland Road Park and Ride, Leeds Arena, the council-run Woodhouse Lane multi-storey and Asda in Middleton.

Public charging points can power a car up to 80 per cent in half an hour – enough for an 80 mile drive.

Mr Bowens added Leeds has some way to go before catching up with promotion of low polluting vehicles, and the North East had been “particularly good” at encouraging usage, partly due to the Nissan Leaf – the leading EV (electronic vehicle) brand – being manufactured in Sunderland.

Opposition leaders from Leeds City Council’s’s Tory and Lib Dem groups welcomed the proposals, but called for “firm action”.

Coun John Procter, Tory group deputy leader, said a free parking initiative for plug-in cars, like Norway’s trailblazing and highly successful scheme in Oslo was the sort of “imaginative approach” that Leeds should look at, and encouraged his Labour colleagues to lobby Central Government to provide extra funding.

Coun Stewart Golton, leader of the Lib Dem group, warned that the city’s emissions readings could get worse before they get better, because new plans to pedestrianise some parts of the city centre would divert traffic to the inner ring road, one of the city’s worst hotspots for poor air quality.

He urged more “firm action” by the council rather than ideas.

UK sales of electric cars have seen a massive boom in the past year.

From January to September this year, Nissan’s Leaf model sold 43 per cent more than in the first nine months of 2014, and year-to-date sales are already dwarfing the 2013 total of 1,812 by more than double.

Sales of the firm’s e-NV200 electric van have also more than doubled since last year, according to a Nissan spokeswoman.

Then and Now. Recapping history, admiring Renault #Twizy. How i came to own one.

August 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on Then and Now. Recapping history, admiring Renault #Twizy. How i came to own one. § permalink

Came across some shots of Twizy loan “back in a day” a year or so ago actually, when i was given one for a few-day loan. I take it that marketing ploy paid off. i ended up owning one.

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Innocent Looking thing. Takes 1/3rd of the parking spot too.Renault-Twizy-.JPG

That was a very memorable experience, plenty comments, wow, and all the attention. » Read the rest of this entry «

First electric vehicle charging point for Bute

July 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on First electric vehicle charging point for Bute § permalink

Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.

The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.

That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that 2013 discount scheme is still in place.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.

It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.

The new charging point’s arrival coincides nicely – if, apparently, accidentally – with the unveiling of a new hybrid car for the fleet of Rothesay-based car club Car Bute, taking place in Guildford Square today (Saturday, July 4).

After noticing the charging point for the first time we rang Fyne Futures, the local social enterprise which runs Car Bute, to find out more, and discovered they knew nothing about the new facility.

The nearest operational charging points to Bute are located at Kennacraig in Kintyre and Brodick on Arran, with marginally less inconvenient facilities at the Braehead shopping centre and Irvine.

First electric vehicle charging point for Bute

July 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on First electric vehicle charging point for Bute § permalink

Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.

The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.

That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that 2013 discount scheme is still in place.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.

It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.

The new charging point’s arrival coincides nicely – if, apparently, accidentally – with the unveiling of a new hybrid car for the fleet of Rothesay-based car club Car Bute, taking place in Guildford Square today (Saturday, July 4).

After noticing the charging point for the first time we rang Fyne Futures, the local social enterprise which runs Car Bute, to find out more, and discovered they knew nothing about the new facility.

The nearest operational charging points to Bute are located at Kennacraig in Kintyre and Brodick on Arran, with marginally less inconvenient facilities at the Braehead shopping centre and Irvine.

Electric car users praise new Accrington charging point

May 22nd, 2015 § Comments Off on Electric car users praise new Accrington charging point § permalink

The electric car charge point installed outside Accrington Town Hall. From left, Councillor Clare Cleary, Paul Mattinson, council leader Miles Parkinson and Nick Gaskell

Electric car drivers have been trying out the new charge point in Accrington town centre.

The equipment was placed outside Accrington Town Hall earlier this year.

It is capable of charging an electric car from zero to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.

Paul Mattinson, of Clayton-le-Moors, welcomed the charge point, saying: “I have an electric powered Nissan Leaf and am a regular user of the charge point.

“It’s the only town centre one in East Lancashire and I hope more are installed across the area as electric cars become more popular.”

Nick Gaskell, from Great Harwood, also has an electric powered car.

He said: “This is a great idea, our Nissan Leaf is two years old now and has done 20,000 miles in that time.

“Now there’s a charge point in the town centre I can nip into town and grab a coffee and do a spot of shopping whilst the car is charging.”

Green car sales in the UK jumped from 3,500 in 2013 to 14,500 in 2014.

Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson said: “The market for electric vehicles is growing and we want to make sure that users are able to charge up locally.”

Good Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire

April 17th, 2015 § Comments Off on Good Growth: New electric car chargepoints springing up across Worcestershire § permalink

THREE electric vehicle chargepoints have been installed in Worcestershire by the county council as part of a government-funded initiative to encourage more people to switch to using the more environmentally friendly motors.

The chargepoints at County Hall in Worcester, Webbs garden centre at Wychbold and Evesham Leisure Centre were recently switched on. » Read the rest of this entry «

My nissan is built ergo “Made in Sunderland” … Hmmm

March 10th, 2015 § Comments Off on My nissan is built ergo “Made in Sunderland” … Hmmm § permalink

i know I have had my Nissan Leaf Acenta for a while (first batch of 2013’s release) delivered in November 1st 2013, All made in the UK, Sunderland plant, it made me quite proud to own a “home-made” piece of “high tech”.

I don’t make apologies for nerdiness.

What I failed to “pick” on I suppose are some subtle, well, nuances which made room to hope for a better quality product all round. Then again, it could be just a picky self and I should actually keep it to myself.

The issue I’m referring to now is general Quality Control/Assurance for my shiny white Leaf with Acenta Trim.

And more pedantically I am referring to, the … Body work. Ironically this aspect falling below par (in my scrutiny) and has nothing to do with the fact that the car is electric.

I love my Leaf, and if you know me, I boast about it left, right and centre, and to date it’s the most comprehensive, all round well completed and mass produced electric car which is actually affordable and he beat bang for your buck, hands down. (Sorry i3, you’re also great but tad smaller and tad more expensive for me)

But the body work; the face of the car. Great classic Leaf, recognisable from far away instantly; if you have one, look closely at the alignment of your headlamps now, if you do have a Leaf.

The spacing between the seals.

Trace the ridge of the headlamp, does the connecting indicator attachment also in the same ridge line?

Mine aren’t. Not fussed all in all. But again, this is with my QA hat on and a ruler out. Well, so to speak, you can indeed see the issue with a naked eye.

Front Right headlamp seal mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via EvMeerkat.com Front Left  headlamp seal mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via EvMeerkat.com Front Left headlamp & indicator shell mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via EvMeerkat.com

Now, the tail lights …

Left Rear Tail Light Nissan Leaf  via EvMeerkat.com and Right Rear Tail Light Nissan Leaf  via EvMeerkat.com

 

I don’t mean to be….mean, but I have a mouldy fish tank going on, in Both rear tail lights.

My leaf has done 16k-ish miles to date and is officially 17 months “old”. It should not have reached this “stage” for years to come.

Merely listing my “user experience here folks”, I am sure this (latter) is covered by the warranty anyway, so nothing to worry about. Just hoped it wouldn’t need to come to this is all.

QA folks, take notes.

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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