AA and Chargemaster team up for EV services

July 4th, 2016 § Comments Off on AA and Chargemaster team up for EV services § permalink

The new partnership will deliver a range of benefits, including bespoke home charging units, access to thousands of charging points and preferential charging rates.

Under the partnership, drivers will be able to install a Chargemaster electric charge point at home for around £300 with the help of the 75% grant from OLEV.

The solution will also provide a 10% discount for membership of Chargemaster’s POLAR Plus charging scheme – taking the cost down to £6.85. Plans are also in place to install chargers at all 2,500 AA-rated hotels across the UK.

The two companies will also work together to highlight the benefits of EV ownership.

David Martell, Chargemaster CEO, said: “This new relationship with the AA will see hundreds more AA branded charging points installed. They’ll go in at AA-rated hotels and other accessible public places such as supermarkets, public car parks and town centres while we will be embarking on a public awareness campaign to show that charging a vehicle at home is neither difficult nor costly.”

Edmund King OBE, AA president, added: “We think that the EV revolution is about to take off and we want to help consumers understand the benefits of low cost, low emission driving and to show them it is accessible and affordable. Per mile driven an EV is five times cheaper than the average petrol car and carries no vehicle excise duty.

“The vast number of car journeys are under 25 miles and a third of households have two or more cars. Hence, we estimate that more than two million second cars could be electric tomorrow, with no disadvantages and many cost-saving benefits.”

Plug-in car grant extended with extra £400m until March 2018

December 21st, 2015 § Comments Off on Plug-in car grant extended with extra £400m until March 2018 § permalink

The Government have vowed to extend the grants given to electric and hybrid car buyers
The government has announced that it is to extend the grants given to buyers of electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) until March 2018, with the extra £400m package aimed at trebling the number of low-emission vehicles on Britain’s roads.

The grants, administered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), should mean more than 100,000 car buyers should benefit from the grants.

Those purchasing cars with a battery range of more than 70 miles and CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km will receive a grant of £4,500 off the list price (a reduction of £500 compared to the previous £5,000 grant).

Meanwhile buyers of plug-in hybrids – technology that will become increasingly widespread in the next few years, as manufacturers introduce new models – will qualify for a grant of £2,500 (which is half of the previous £5,000 grant) if it falls into two new categories: Category 2 cars will need to have a range of between 10 and 69 miles and emit no more than 50g/km of CO2, while Category 3 vehicles must have an electric range of at least 20 miles and emit between 50g/km and 75g/km.

Hybrid cars GETTY

At least 100,000 car buyers will benefit from the grants
To get the full benefit of owning an EV, a home charger is vital
David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster
However plug-in hybrids costing over £60,000 will not be eligible for the grant (although full EVs with an electric range of over 70 miles, such as the Tesla Model S, will still qualify).

The grant is part of a total £600m investment in supporting the expansion of low-emission motoring, which also includes funding for chargepoints, grants encouraging low emission buses and taxis, and R&D funding for innovative technology such as lighter vehicles and longer-lasting car batteries.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and the plug-in car grant has been key to that success.

Extending the grant in a sustainable way ensures more than 100,000 people will benefit from financial support when purchasing these cheap-to-run and green cars. We are determined to keep Britain at the forefront of the technology, increasing our support for plug-in vehicles to £600m over the next 5 years to cut emissions, create jobs and support our cutting-edge industries.”

Support for electric charging at the homes of EV and PHEV owners will also continue, but is to be cut in half, a move that some have criticised, suggesting that it will reduce the incentive for plug-in owners, in particular, to have a charger installed.

David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, a provider and operator of charging points, said: “Reducing support for electric car owners to install a charger at home is premature and a step backwards for UK carbon reduction and the necessary push towards air quality improvement.

It means that many plug-in hybrid vehicle drivers will simply not bother fitting a charger at home and run their cars on fossil fuel instead. To get the full benefit of owning an EV, a home charger is vital.”

“Support for home charging offers much better value for money than many other areas that OLEV spends its resources on. It is also most regrettable that this change has been made giving little more than two months’ notice.”

“Until now, the UK government has led the way in supporting charging at home. This move is difficult to understand when the market is still fragile and only just starting to gain momentum.

It is even more surprising considering government’s recent announcement that it will allocate £600m to support ultra-low emission vehicles over the next six years. To reduce its annual support for charging at home from £12m to £7.5m is unfortunate at this stage of the development of the market.”

As Seen on http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/627976/Hybrid-electric-car-grants-Government

UK to have Tighter rules for Plug-in Car Grant

December 21st, 2015 § Comments Off on UK to have Tighter rules for Plug-in Car Grant § permalink

The UK Government is to continue its Plug-in Car Grant, intended to encourage motorists to buy electric cars – but the criteria are being tightened up.

Introduced in 2011 and previously extended until February 2016, the scheme will now continue until at least the end of March 2018.

However the most an electric car buyer will be able to claim back will be £4,500, instead of £5,000 as currently.

Also from March 2016 grants will be made in two categories. Cars offering a zero-emissions range, effectively all-electric, of more than 70 miles will be known as Category 1 and qualify for the £4,500. The vast majority of today’s plug-in hybrids, however will qualify for Category 2 and 3, in which the grant will be worth only £2,500.

Also Category 2 or 3 vehicles retailing at more than £60,000 will not be eligible for any grant.

According to Government figures around 50,000 owners have claimed payments under the grant since it was introduced, with numbers growing – 29 ULEVs (Ultra Low Emission Vehicles) are now available on the UK market, some five times more than in 2011 when the grant was introduced.

“Extending the grant in a sustainable way ensures more than 100,000 people will benefit from financial support when purchasing these cheap-to-run and green cars,” Transport Minister Andrew Jones says.

“We are determined to keep Britain at the forefront of the technology, increasing our support for plug-in vehicles to £600 million over the next five years to cut emissions, create jobs and support our cutting-edge industries,” he adds.

The announcement is being welcomed by UK motor industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, CEO Mike Hawes saying the grant has helped Britain become the fastest-growing market for ultra-low emission vehicles in Europe.

“The recently agreed global climate change targets underscore the important contribution ultra-low emission vehicles make – and will continue to make – to reducing carbon emissions,” Hawes adds.

“Manufacturers are offering increasing numbers of these vehicles – but a consistently applied incentive regime is still needed over the coming years to help consumers adopt these ground-breaking technologies.”

Those who want to charge at home will still be supported, but with less money.
Those who want to charge at home will still be supported, but not to the same extent as previously.
Home charge grant cut

The Government has also said that it will continue to offer ULEV owners who want to install a home charging point a grant of up to £500 towards the cost. This is around half of the likely cost and down from the current £700 maximum grant, and has been criticised by David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, the largest provider and operator of charging points in the UK.

“Reducing support for electric car owners to install a charger at home is premature and a step backwards for UK carbon reduction and the necessary push towards air quality improvement,” Mr Martell says.

“It means that many plug in hybrid vehicle drivers will simply not bother fitting a charger at home and run their cars on fossil fuel instead. To get the full benefit of owning an EV, a homecharger is vital.”

Chargemaster to expand network and replace broken charging points for free

July 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on Chargemaster to expand network and replace broken charging points for free § permalink

Electric vehicle charging point operator Chargemaster has announced it will expand its network by installing 2000 new points across the country.

The new points will join the firm’s existing network of 4000 charging stations.

Chargemaster said the move intends to resolve issues where several third-party charging points installed under the Government’s Plugged in Places scheme have been unserviceable.

Chargemaster is offering to replace these units for free to enable the nation’s infrastructure to be upgraded.

The company said it will install around 1000 points in London, some of which will replace non-functional stations, while 600 stations will be placed in new locations with a focus on hotels, supermarkets and health clubs.

Chargemaster is committed to making electric vehicles a viable option to people across the UK, and this latest move solidifies that intention,” said David Martell, chief executive of Chargemaster. “By growing our network nationwide, but also focusing on traditionally poor areas of service, such as London, we are confident we will make a marked difference for EV owners wanting to charge on the move”.

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 «

The Sorry State of SourceLondon Charging Network but Uptime is reported to improve soon.

November 25th, 2014 § Comments Off on The Sorry State of SourceLondon Charging Network but Uptime is reported to improve soon. § permalink

SourceLondon has a network of some 1300+ chargers in London and it is supposedly growing, – all very welcomed facts. But there is an issue, a serious Stick-in-wheels of progress, and that is the network’s charging points uptime.

This latter has been plaguing EV Drivers in London for some time now.

With some 25+% of the charging infrastructure down, The Issue with the charging network such as SourceLondon, especially following the takeover by the French group Bollore, is that it is not entirely clear who is still supporting the infrastructure. Who do EV Drivers need to contact to get charging issues resolved, as often, despite best attempts of contact and reporting issues, the chargers are left in disrepair for months.

Not all is gloom, as there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Things are changing.

Evidently not fast enough for the average EV Drivers, but there is hope. There is now a whole new, suffice to say, well-designed website and even an iOS and android app to go along that, but the LIVE status for these charging points is not (yet) guaranteed.

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Chargemaster confirms free wallbox offer to continue

August 12th, 2014 § Comments Off on Chargemaster confirms free wallbox offer to continue § permalink

The company said it will continue to install 3kW wallboxes at no cost to the end user, including six months’ membership to the POLAR charging point network and free online usage monitoring, which usually costs £20 per year.

An extension of the original Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, OLEV provides 75% of the cost of a charging point up to the cost of £900, rather than the original £1,000 cap.
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You’re wrong Baroness Kramer. Electric Car is actually intended for ALL trips: both short and Long! #BBCRadio4

June 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on You’re wrong Baroness Kramer. Electric Car is actually intended for ALL trips: both short and Long! #BBCRadio4 § permalink

Dear Baroness Kramer, Electric Car is actually intended for ALL trips, this DOES also does mean travelling many trips without limiting the owners’s freedom of movement, away from Home “night-time charging”.

However in recent BBC Radio 4 interview, “You and Yours” – You, Baroness Kramer, UK Minister of State for the Department of Transport suggested that electric cars are “not designed for long travels”, forgive my paraphrase…

The public rapid chargers are intended for occasional use. They’re not a standard way of recharging your car

– said Baroness Kramer.

It’s a bad way to “start the sell” by implying you should not be venturing out far from home due to charging [infrastructure] limitation(s).

To give you context, this interview was taking place along with David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, which recently introduced Rapid Charging price tariffs, with half hour of charging a typical nissan leaf at eye watering £7.50!

Drawing the full picture here in example; nissan Leaf 2011 rapid charging from 10%-80% (you always arrive with “some” charge, and 80% -that’s the advised limit to keep batteries healthy) – so some 70% of charge (70% of 24kwh battery pack that is) – is done in under half hour at such a “Rapid Charger.
Thus their great convenience on long distance & [any] frequent travel.

Translating this “70%” roughly into miles and we get some 60 odd miles on the motorway VS a very sensible 60! (Keen) MPG diesel car, which would cost roughly £6 per such gallon.

Yes that’s roughly £1.50 odd more expensive than a tank of diesel!

And yet Baroness Kramer suggest this is an odd-trip cost…. While not even owning a electric car to base the “odd”-ness of that driving cost on.

Let me make it clear.
It’s a car, just like any other car, which just happens to be electric.

Charging at home, if even possible for many flat/leasehold properties which so not have garage/drive for parking or lease-property home charger installation limitations, as you can see may not be appropriate for everyone.

We, drivers have cars for the purpose of FREEDOM of mobility, and not to be limited to a particular town or in this case “home charging” as Baroness Kramer suggests.

Thus. It’s utter nonsense.
A trip from London to Manchester would cost More in an electric Car than a conventional Car.
I have done this trip in my nissan leaf. It’s great. It merely adds a hour to the trip,
But I’m willing so deal with it thanks to free charging (thank you Ecotricity!) and will pay sensible dues when it comes to time.

But to outright suggest that this ChargeMaster penalising charging tariff is “normal as expected”, with more-expensive-that-diesel-alternative fees? It’s just cruel. It’s backwards logic here.

Furthermore, To add insult to injury, all these RapidCharger points being installed, by ChargeMaster were as a result of government grants! So where are the tax-payer benefits on this? Especially if such systems are to be “shunned”.
https://speakev.com/threads/chargemaster-polar-and-mk-council-2014-ev-charge-and-park-pricing.1410/page-13

So Where is “fair”?
Such lacking apparent support of the scheme as it seems and it will halt the growth of this electric car generation in it’s tracks!

Contrary, inter-town and intercity electric car travel should be welcomed and indeed celebrated.

There are enough “range anxiety” speculations and misconceptions which limit the speed of Ev industry growth. As a transport minister advising that “electric car is not “designed” for long trips, is foolish.

Let me remind you on proven cases that it IS:

http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/first-across-us-supercharger
See coast to Coast in a Tesla – which is a better bigger Ev but indeed covers a vastly larger distance of the whole continent!

= and =

http://pod-point.tumblr.com
#catuk campaign partnering with Renault and Pod-Point has done over 2000 such miles as well.

What Now
The point of the matter, as an UK Minister of State for the Department of Transport, Baroness Kramer, I would implore you to promote and encourage the uptake of ZeroEmission vehicles for your environment sake; pollution, health implications and noise pollution reduction by incentivising convenient of “long” electric vehicle travel and not suggesting limitations to “charging at home”.

As an electric car driver, we understand that incentives are not free forever and we should consider paying our dues. That’s fine. What’s fair is fair. One such company CYC http://chargeyourcar.org.uk [allows] started charging pro-rata 0.15-0.20/kWh.

Other examples include £5 per such rapid charge or 45 minutes (kWh rate of charge varies with external temperatures and battery health status)

In short, Electric car driving in it’s ideal configuration should be on par with petrol station convenience AND cost at the very LEAST, if not cheaper to encourage such vehicle transition from fossil to electric vehicles, not the other way round if this is to work!

I would go one further to suggest that gov decision makers regarding electric car schemes and grants Have to own/Drive an electric car themselves, to understand the nuances of this industry. Otherwise there will be always a disparity between the facts and “suggestions”, the feet and the brain.

Yours,
@evmeerkat

agreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner

June 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on agreed: More charging points for electric cars needed in Gloucestershire, says campaigner § permalink

MORE electric car charging points are needed in Gloucestershire to fuel the transport of the future, according to a campaigner.

Gareth Beard has driven his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera from his home in Chaddleworth, near Newbury, to his work in Gloucester Business Park every day since taking up the job in February. But he has noticed a lack car of charging points in public spaces throughout the county.

Gareth Beard with his hybrid Vauxhall Ampera

Now, he is calling on organisations such as Gloucestershire County Council, large retailers such as Tesco and The Victoria Pub near the business park to consider improving the infrastructure for hybrid and electric cars.

Gareth said: “Electric cars are currently caught in a ‘catch 22’ because organisations won’t install car charging points because not many people have electric cars, but if the infrastructure isn’t there to support them, not many people will buy electric cars. » Read the rest of this entry «

Electric vehicle charging point launched at Coleshill Parkway

April 15th, 2014 § Comments Off on Electric vehicle charging point launched at Coleshill Parkway § permalink

AN ELECTRIC vehicle charging has been installed for commuters in North Warwickshire at Coleshill Parkway train station.

Electric car owners can charge their vehicles for free in one of the train station’s two charging bays, thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council and Cenex, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies.

The installation of the electric vehicle charging point was achieved in partnership with station operator, London Midland, Chargemaster, which provides electric charging solutions, and project management from John Laing plc.

The rapid charging point at Coleshill Parkway can supply an electric vehicle with 80 per cent charge in just 30 minutes. There are currently around 40 electric vehicle charge points around Warwickshire, paving the way for a substantial rise in low carbon travel, with estimates suggesting that there will be 1.7 million electric vehicles on the road in the UK by 2020. » Read the rest of this entry «

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