November 10th, 2016 § Comments Off on Electric car charge point use doubles § permalink
The use of electric car charging points across Scotland has more than doubled in the last year.
Chargers were used 26,119 times during August, up from 12,939 in August 2015 and nine times the usage in August 2014, ChargePlace Scotland said.
Electric vehicle drivers appeared to favour rapid charge points, with many standard charge points not used at all.
Recent figures showed there were 3,575 electric vehicles licensed in Scotland, up from 2,050 the previous year.
The evidence suggests that it is rapid chargers that are getting a disproportionate amount of use
There are 870 public and commercial charging points in the ChargePlace Scotland network with a total of 1,772 connectors or sockets between them, up from 694 charge points and 1,373 sockets a year earlier.
According to ChargePlace Scotland, the majority of public charge points will fully charge most electric vehicles in between four and eight hours.
Rapid chargers – which make up 18% of the charging total – can charge cars up to 80% in half-an-hour.
Despite the overall increase in usage, a quarter of charging points around the country were not used at all during August.
Of 76 charge points in Glasgow, 68 were used in August, while of 68 in Edinburgh only 46 were used at least once during the month.
The lowest usage was in Dumfries and Galloway where just eight of 20 charging points were used.
The figures were revealed as part of RAC Foundation analysis of data collected from the ChargePlace Scotland network. The data does not include domestic charge points.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “They say that when it comes to buying a house, location, location, location is everything.
“So it goes with electric charge points. Facilities need to be in places where people will use them.
“But there’s something more. The evidence suggests that it is rapid chargers that are getting a disproportionate amount of use, which bears out the view that improving the convenience and speed of ‘filling’ up with electricity is mission critical to the wider take-up of these vehicles.”
WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: “Independent analysis has shown that for Scotland to meet its future climate change targets, one in three cars, and half of all buses, will need to be electric by 2030, in line with the long-term need to phase out fossil-fuel vehicles entirely.
“The Scottish government’s forthcoming energy strategy and climate action plans provide the ideal opportunities to bring forward the policies needed to deliver such a transformation.”
January 25th, 2016 § Comments Off on 100 electric car charging stations to be installed around Oxford in world’s biggest scheme § permalink
ONE HUNDRED new charging points will be created in residential streets in Oxford to make electric vehicle ownership possible for 16,000 extra homes.
The largest pilot of its kind in the world will begin when 30 trial points of various kinds are installed in pavements and lampposts by the end of this year.
The most successful types of charger points will then be rolled out in 100 residential streets around the city, probably from 2018.
Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council hope to encourage thousands more people to buy electric cars to help cut emissions in the city.
City executive board member for climate change, John Tanner, said: “Climate change and poor air quality are two of the biggest issues facing Oxford and we all need to do everything we can to cut vehicle emissions.
“However, for people living in Oxford’s beautiful but narrow terraced streets, charging an electric car is a real problem. This project aims to remove that barrier.
“By installing 100 electric charging points, we are going to turn the Oxford into a city filled with electric avenues.” » Read the rest of this entry «
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.
May 19th, 2015 § Comments Off on Cheltenham Bikes installs electric car charging points at its Railway Station HQ § permalink
Cheltenham could now become a hub for eco-conscious drivers with the successful installation of electric car charging points.
Cheltenham Bikes has added the car charging points at its Railway Station HQ and will enable those with carbon-conscious cars to stop off for a boost.
The business, which now runs the first RAPIDcar charging point in Cheltenham, and one of only four in the county, will enable drivers to fully re-charge their car in just 40 minutes.
Steve Short, director of Cheltenham Bikes and Compass Holidays said: “We’re really pleased to have the new car charging points, and we think they’ll prove really popular as a rapid charging solution.
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November 10th, 2013 § Comments Off on As #evmeerkat gets limited ITV News’ airtime: A few thoughts about “2/3 charging points in London are not being used” #news #Ev #ElectricCar #pollution § permalink
Recently I was fortunate enough to be given opportunity to pop into ITV news’ mini report and give my thoughts on “why Recent Figures show that 2/3 of Charging Points in London (Source London Scheme) are not being used”.
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September 1st, 2013 § Comments Off on What with all Electric Car Charging points “lack of use” bashing on the Media. Here is what I think on this… (Draft) § permalink
It’s interesting how recent newspaper (mirror) articles mention how little some EV Charging point been used, without due consideration to the location and type of charging point involved.
While I wholeheartedly dismiss these publish stories as mere newspaper’s politician playtime gimmick, it is not all That doom and gloom at taxpayers’ expense.
And this is what I think…(from the local Starbucks)
This, was, is, a successful scheme to incentivise private individuals to invest their personal time, life style, and finances, motivating enough, to go after an alternative car, for the sake of greater good. I.e. Environmental benefits.
It’s a resound “Yes, Benefits” from me, without further comparison argument “how Eco/green” it is, because on Green electric tarrif AND the fact that electric car produces 0 carbon emissions at Non-existent tail-pipe coupled with minimised noise pollution, it’s always a winner in the city/towns, more specifically closer to subject matter – London at large.
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February 15th, 2013 § Comments Off on Much to know about #Noway and their #ElectricCar Population – learned on the very recent trip… § permalink
As of October 2012, a total of 9,212 electric-drive cars have been registered in Norway, the largest fleet of electric cars in Europe, making Norway the country with the largest EV ownweship per capita in the world, with Oslo recognized as the EV capital of the world. EV registrations are concentrated in three counties, Akershus with 2,512 units and 620 charging points; Oslo with 1,993 units and 836 charging stations; and Hordaland, with 862 electric cars and 518 recharge points.
January 28th, 2013 § Comments Off on Hospitals do need #ev charging points (like WhipsCross) unlike Barnet hospital @BarnetCouncil – barren as far as #charging points concerned § permalink
December 11th, 2012 § Comments Off on Scotland – Leading the charge on electric cars – gladdens EV users UK-wide § permalink
Transport Scotland says there are just over 300 charging posts installed across the country through the Scottish Plugged in Places (PiP) scheme, part of a UK-wide fund aimed at boosting the number of points.
It##Q##s aiming for a network of more than 500 posts by the end of 2012/13.
It##Q##s also looking to add all Scottish PiP-funded public charging points to a National Charge Point Registry, which is available online.
The Scottish government, keen to promote take-up of electric vehicles, has set up a body called E-cosse to address some of the issues facing public and private users.
E-cosse is drawing up a roadmap to boost EV use in Scotland
E-cosse, which has brought together Transport Scotland with car manufacturers, power companies, local authorities and WWF Scotland, is in the process of developing an EV roadmap to highlight key actions required.
It is already aware of the obstacles holding back growth in electric vehicle use.
Transport Scotland says: “The main barriers viewed are initial vehicle cost, range anxiety, a lack of public charging points and lack of public awareness.
“All these points are currently being addressed by the Scottish government, most notably in the recent formation of the E-cosse partnership.”
According to Transport Minister Keith Brown, Scotland is “embarking on a path that will lead to a revolution in motoring”.
“The Scottish government has a world-leading climate change target and we want to see the almost complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050, with significant progress by 2030 through wholesale adoption of electric cars and vans,” he maintains.
The Scottish Hydro Centre in Glasgow offers one of the few DC fast-charging stations in Scotland
“As well as the obvious improvements to air quality, electric vehicles also help to cut noise pollution and drivers benefit from the cheaper running costs – a single £1.50 charge can get you from Edinburgh to Glasgow and right now electric vehicles are exempt from road tax.”
The Electric Vehicles Association Scotland joined E-cosse to ensure that the interests of private EV drivers are taken into account when the roadmap is published.
For chairman Adrian Loening, a key issue is the development of more DC rapid charging points so drivers like Mr Reeves can venture further afield in their vehicles.
At the moment most charging is done through slower AC points, which take several hours to charge a vehicle fully.
Only four places in Scotland – including the Scottish Hydro Centre for Renewable Excellence in Glasgow – offer a DC charger which can charge a battery to 80% of its capacity in 20-25 minutes.
Transport Scotland says part of the £2.2m available in the latest round of Plugged In funding will “specifically focus” on the creation of a network of rapid chargers on the trunk road network.
There was a time when mobile phones were seen as an executive luxury and now we would not be without them
Adrian Loening Chairman, EVA Scotland
It aims “to cover all vehicle manufacturers##Q## charging technologies and target this issue”.
For Mr Loening, that can##Q##t come soon enough.
He tells me: “If you want to go any distance, DC rapid charging is needed and there are only a few usable.
“Some 95% of charging is done at night while you are asleep – but not everybody has a house with a driveway.
“Also, psychology says I would like to get into my car and drive 500 miles at will. In order to get around that psychology, you need a wider spread of charging infrastructure.”
Mr Loening says that despite the major challenges ahead, he remains optimistic that electric vehicles will eventually be a common sight on Scotland##Q##s roads.
“I think we have to look at the growth of all of these technologies we have seen over the last few years,” he says.
“There was a time when mobile phones were seen as an executive luxury and now we would not be without them.
“So it is not without its challenges but they are not that different to the development of other technologies.”