Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london

June 4th, 2016 § Comments Off on Twizy Travel: 2 people, 2 suitcase, 1 bag, 1 twizy #electricCar #ev ride #commute #london § permalink

Who said you can go for a quick weekender in a #twizy…

Ok, so we had to get from A to B really, but with 45odd mile range I’d get on my Renault twizy, you can see the convenience,(or not and I won’t blame you) of the ride, vs public transport lugging all this and change several times along the way. And Before you ask: No, I don’t have another car at the moment. So twizy or train&tube&bus.

Cost of this travel option: £1 in electricity.

Cost of would be alternative public travel for two people would be £20 (+ time inconvenience)

Uber equivalent would be £50

—- so, can #twizy holiday be done?

 Yes —-

Would I do it again? 

Not really – my i3 delivery is nearly upon us. 🙂

VW plans radical new electric vehicle

February 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on VW plans radical new electric vehicle § permalink

leading engineers have been challenged by company boss Herbert Diess to create an electric car that can be as iconic as the Golf.
The secret plan, uncovered by Autocar, has been hatched by Diess as a crucial pillar in the firm’s attempts to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the emissions scandal and is described as a watershed project similar in depth to the multi-billion-pound engineering undertaking that spawned the i3 at BMW, his former employer.
Diess has told Volkswagen’s engineering bosses to create “the Volkswagen for the digital age”, and the top engineering talent at the firm’s Braunschweig R&D centre is already working on the new car, which is tentatively due in 2019.
Diess has challenged his team to set new benchmarks for electric performance as well as developing cutting-edge connectivity and infotainment systems and style the car so it stands out as a statement of VW’s technical capabilities.
The hand-picked team of engineers is currently defining the packaging of the new zero-emissions model, which is understood to be around 4400mm in length. That compares with the Golf’s 4255mm and suggests that it will fight for sales in the same segment while offering a unique powertrain, interior environment and look.
“It will make a huge statement,” a senior engineer with knowledge of VW’s research and development plans revealed. “It’s planned to use cutting-edge technology but at a price that makes it attainable for the average motorist,” the source added.
Autocar has been told the dedicated electric car will be the first to use the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB architecture, which has been developed specifically for electric cars.
The platform was showcased on the Budd-e MPV concept at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, with VW claiming the architecture “heralds a fundamental change in electric cars, and thus for the car in general, because the MEB throws all fossil fuel ballast of the present overboard, having been designed specifically for electric cars”.
As a result, Volkswagen says the body design, interior design, interior packaging and drive characteristics of electrically powered cars will change dramatically. 
Changes compared with current car design are said to focus on the opportunity to have a far more spacious interior in a car with a much smaller footprint, greater agility and greater connectivity opportunities. In addition, Volkswagen has targeted a significant growth in electric range through the use of compact electric motors and high-performance batteries.
While Volkswagen is banking on a range of up to 300km (186 miles) for the next-generation e-Golf due in 2018, the engineering parameters for the new electric model are claimed to call for a range exceeding 500km (311 miles) – the same distance claimed by Porsche for the production version of its Mission-E saloon.  
Despite the apparent parallels between the Budd-e concept and the stand-alone electric car, a key source at Volkswagen’s R&D centre said they were being developed separately, albeit off the same MEB platform.
VW Group CEO Matthias Müller has confirmed that there will be 20 electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the VW Group’s range by 2020.
“We are using the current crisis to fundamentally realign the group,” he said. “I feel we now have the chance to build a new and better Volkswagen.”
To date, with the exception of the ultra-high-tech XL1, Volkswagen has concentrated its electric car developments on existing models such as the Up and Golf. Prior to the emissions scandal, it had been taking a cautious approach to electric car sales.
From http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/vw-plans-radical-new-electric-vehicle-2019

Kudos: Heathrow Airport increases fleet of electric cars in bid to improve CO2 emissions

November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Kudos: Heathrow Airport increases fleet of electric cars in bid to improve CO2 emissions § permalink

Danielle Paton, from Langley, is a member of the sustainability transport team at the airport and is featured in a video which was released this week.

In the video Danielle explains Heathrow’s 2020 ambition for every car and small van used within the airport to be ‘electric or plug-in hybrid’.

One change that has already been made is switching its pool car fleet, which is used by workers to get around the airport, from diesel to electric.

“We have lots of environment challenges at Heathrow and I am helping with plans to improve CO2 emissions,” Danielle said.

“Encouraging people to leave their cars at home is a challenge but we are working to show people the savings they can make if they opt for an alternative mode of transport.

“However the main focus of the video is to show what we are working towards and what we have done to lower emissions at Heathrow.”

Heathrow already has one of the largest fleets of electric airside vehicles in Europe with almost all of its 830 baggage tugs being electric.

The airport has also committed £5m to its electric vehicle charging infrastructure and are trialling a specialised rapid charger which would allow vehicles to be charged quickly.

FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK

October 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK § permalink

Edit the Form below as necessary to work out your Fuel Costs.

Right now it defaults to a typical assumptions of 1000 mile ( near one month of estimated driving) trip, which suffices an average household. Change figures as you see fit.

One assumption is that electric car’s average travel is 70 miles – appropriate for mk1 generation of electric cars typically released prior to 2013. Czero/Imiev/iOn/Leaf/ However, Newer and updated higher-Trim-levels like Nissan’s LEAF Acenta & Tekna are mk2 (post-2013)/Bmw i3 are more efficient – averaging 85 miles on a single charge.

Another assumption is that you will charge at home for 40% of your charges, and paying for your electricity. The remaining 60% charging will be done at public charging networks like Source London and Ecotricity, – which currently are free.

 


Cheapest Electric car Lease: Renault Twizy from £125.36 + VAT/Mth 36month optin 10k/annum

July 13th, 2015 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric car Lease: Renault Twizy from £125.36 + VAT/Mth 36month optin 10k/annum § permalink

TWIZY COUPE
13kW Expression 2dr Auto Lease

Renault Twizy

 

Technical Information:

  • Insurance: Group 10A
  • Engine power: 17 PS
  • Fuel consumption: N mpg (combined)
  • CO2 emissions: 0 g/km
  • Max occupancy: 2 seats

£125.36

 

Get in touch

Now that you have a vehicle in mind please specify the contract length, the mileage you would need per annum and whether or not you would like maintenance included. This will change the price quoted. When you’re happy with the profile delivery options and customisation of your TWIZY.

 

Up Up and away: Electric Car Sales In UK are Up Almost 500% In February

April 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on Up Up and away: Electric Car Sales In UK are Up Almost 500% In February § permalink

 

InsideEves Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – February 2015

InsideEves
Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – February 2015

 

February was the 36th consecutive month of car sales growth in UK – registrations went up by 12% year-over-year to 76,958.

The numbers themselves are low as February is one of the slowest sales months of the year ahead of a number plate change in March.

Despite this, electric cars grew like crazy by 497% year-over-year to 728 new registrations. Market share was 0.95%.

There were 216 BEVs (up 167%) and 512 PHEVs (up 1,066.7%).

As previously mentioned, February is a slow month, so now we look forward to what we hope to be a record-setting March. 5,000? Maybe 7,000?  We’ll find out soon enough.

If you’re looking to sell a used Twizy (with Doors) DM Moi. Cash ready, but for a sensible price.

August 18th, 2014 § Comments Off on If you’re looking to sell a used Twizy (with Doors) DM Moi. Cash ready, but for a sensible price. § permalink

I know it’s a risky business, but I’m thinking winter twizy range (30miles) may still be, just about ok with me, on my daily 25 odd mile return commute.

I already have a Nissan Leaf, so Twizy would be a welcome addition to our Electric household.

I am sticking to £4k price until I get one, or not/change mind/cook-up some alternative. Meanwhile £4k for a used twizy, especially during autumn/winter season – it’s just about amount I’m willing to “risk” for winter range/commute.

Naturally, Twizy is not for everyone, – not quite a car, yet not quite a motorbike. This “inbetweener” and it’s practicality is something I’m looking to ascertain over a long-er term ownership, on London’s streets!

Happy to carry your branding/logo for any “special consideration/cases”.

@evmeerkat

USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range

July 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range § permalink

INSIDEEVS recently exclusively broke the news that the 2015 Chevrolet Volt came with something a little unexpected. A larger capacity battery.

New Chevrolet Volt Owners Say Their Cars Have More Range? Real Or Imagined?

Specifically, a 17.1 kWh pack versus the 16.5 kWh found in 2014.

And while the EPA range figures that GM has submitted for 2015 are identical between this year and last, many new Volt owners are reporting a slight increase in range – real or imagined?

We felt that this new development needed a little solid clarification from GM.

A) Was the lithium battery pack actually increased for 2015? Or was that a typo of some kind?
B) Was this extra battery capacity used as a reserve buffer to extend life?
C) Would this extra battery capacity result in any real world changes?
We spoke to Kevin M. Kelly who is the Manager of Electrification Technology Communications and he confirmed to us that the battery had increased in size, and that drivers could expect to see some range improvements.

“We did make an engineering change in the battery cell used in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which resulted in an overall storage capacity increase from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh.

This is a part of our effort for continuous improvement. As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range.”

This is the second time the Volt’s battery has been increased since its debut in late 2010. The 2013 model year Chevrolet Volt had its battery capacity increased from 16 kWh to 16.5 kWh, which translated to an extra 3 miles of range (up to 38) and 4 more MPGe.

Our tip of the cap to GM for their commitment to improving the Chevy Volt over time!

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USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range

July 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on USA: Confirmed: 2015 Chevrolet Volt Has Larger Battery, Drivers May See More Range § permalink

INSIDEEVS recently exclusively broke the news that the 2015 Chevrolet Volt came with something a little unexpected. A larger capacity battery.

New Chevrolet Volt Owners Say Their Cars Have More Range? Real Or Imagined?

Specifically, a 17.1 kWh pack versus the 16.5 kWh found in 2014.

And while the EPA range figures that GM has submitted for 2015 are identical between this year and last, many new Volt owners are reporting a slight increase in range – real or imagined?

We felt that this new development needed a little solid clarification from GM.

A) Was the lithium battery pack actually increased for 2015? Or was that a typo of some kind?
B) Was this extra battery capacity used as a reserve buffer to extend life?
C) Would this extra battery capacity result in any real world changes?
We spoke to Kevin M. Kelly who is the Manager of Electrification Technology Communications and he confirmed to us that the battery had increased in size, and that drivers could expect to see some range improvements.

“We did make an engineering change in the battery cell used in the 2015 Chevrolet Volt, which resulted in an overall storage capacity increase from 16.5 to 17.1 kWh.

This is a part of our effort for continuous improvement. As a result of this change, we would expect that some customers may see a slight improvement in overall EV range.”

This is the second time the Volt’s battery has been increased since its debut in late 2010. The 2013 model year Chevrolet Volt had its battery capacity increased from 16 kWh to 16.5 kWh, which translated to an extra 3 miles of range (up to 38) and 4 more MPGe.

Our tip of the cap to GM for their commitment to improving the Chevy Volt over time!

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The battery tech that could change electric cars

March 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on The battery tech that could change electric cars § permalink

Volkswagen is testing a new type of battery that it says could be four times as powerful as existing technology

Volkswagen is bench testing new battery chemistry capable of providing “between three and four times the power” from a given capacity. This would mean up to 80kWh from a similar volume occupied by the current Golf Blue-e-motion’s 26.5kWh battery pack.

That’s according to Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, VW board member responsible for development. Speaking at the Geneva motor show, he said that the company has tested lithium-ion batteries with its existing cell supplier (Sanyo) with between 24 and 28kWh and also up to 37kWh, but “an 80kWh unit is under development using our own technology. It would provide between three and four times the battery power in a given package.”

Neusser refuses to name the battery chemistry, but doesn’t deny it is a lithium-air unit, which are capable of delivering huge amounts of power, but are in the very early stages of development.

As to how far a plug-in hybrid or pure battery car could travel in electric mode with such a battery, Neusser says that depends on what the customer wants. He suggests that as a second car, most customers will settle for about 200km (124 miles) of electric range, but as the family’s main transport a battery would have to provide a much greater range.

Neusser also confirmed that VW’s fuel cell research has switched to a conventional water/hydrogen cell proton exchange membrane cell rather than the phosphoric acid high temperature cell research the company was engaged in some years ago.

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