[img] Messy way to charge your car: hope it’s a one-off. 

June 19th, 2016 § Comments Off on [img] Messy way to charge your car: hope it’s a one-off.  § permalink

Typically charges are well tested to get o confirm to well known and relied-upon standards. But the issue I experienced is not with he unit per se, but acceptable plug dimensions.

You see, in my, Twizy charging joy – plug comes straight out the charging port – there is “only one”, as you may say, yet it is sized tad bulkier than what the replaceable plugs you may find, say at the kettle unit. For durability: wear and tear purposes, the charging unit does not support it.

In my case; original twizy plug didn’t plug in all the way, due to the extra bulk on the [particularly] width of the charging plug. This in turn would not let the pod close. This, in turn would not initiate the charging cycle. #fail.Luckily, a fellow EV driver did mention the issue in the past (which went in one ear and out the other with me – sorry) not that it was very helpful at that very point even if I realise what’s pears and what’s apples at time.


Luck has it, my trusty and emergency extension lead. You never know… Sorted the trick. See “after” photos with the White plug. That sorted it.

But it did leave the twizy being on charge in a very peculiar state of “look-like”…a mess.

Anyways, little birdie tells me these charging units (pod point?) are OEL? Will confirm. I also see new simikar(upgraded units being fitted about town, replacing both faulty and other units (which I used in the past without a hiccup) due to a possible support contract re-negotiation with Bollore(Source London)

Live and see. Comments? Leave below or DM. Otherwise do share along.

London Commuting: #ElectricCar #twizy for sale with a private plate “TW11ZY” – London – £3700 – DM :)

September 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on London Commuting: #ElectricCar #twizy for sale with a private plate “TW11ZY” – London – £3700 – DM :) § permalink


  
  
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Owner says:

It’s a 2012 white Twizy with doors and LEXON hard windows,

it comes with the PRIVATE TWIZY plate TW11ZY – I have been pestered for this plate as every Twizy owner wants it,

The plate can be sold between £1000 – £2000 to the right person Im giving it away with the car!!!!!

…so for someone looking this is ideal, its had new brakes recently and a 2015 charging unit fitted as the old charging units had a fault.

To me it the nicest Twizy available especially with the number plate, a real head turner looking for around £3999

Im currently in the West End or IG10 Loughton so if anyone interested please let me know.

One full charge takes 3 hours which gives you a range of 40 – 50 miles

Free parking in Westminster and surrounding areas,

 

Wilmslow one of first to get charging points for electric vehicles

June 22nd, 2015 § Comments Off on Wilmslow one of first to get charging points for electric vehicles § permalink

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Cheshire East Council has secured government grant funding to provide electric vehicle recharging points for local road users.

The grant funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (Olev) will enable the Council to provide six 50kV rapid charging units – two of which will be in the Sainsbury’s car park off South Drive. The others will be in Princess Street car park in Congleton and Love Lane in Nantwich. » Read the rest of this entry «

Renault ZOE range boosted to 149 miles

March 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on Renault ZOE range boosted to 149 miles § permalink

The ZOE R240 will be sold alongside the existing model, recognising that there are two distinct user groups for its electric supermini. 

This new version is tailored for those who don’t need rapid charging ability for motorway trips.

It uses a new drivetrain, previewed late last year, which features air cooling and improved packaging to reduce overall volume. The all-new motor produces the same power, yet consumes less energy as a result of improved electronic management, contributing to the longer range. 

 Charging is optimised for urban drivers. Its new Chameleon charging system means it takes 10% less time to charge when connected to low output power supplies such as a domestic or workplace wallbox, improving flexibility when using inner-city infrastructure.

However, the ZOE R240 does not support rapid charging at 43kW like the version offered to date. 

Though it can still connect to the rapid charging units, it takes a maximum power output of 22kW and reaches 80% capacity in 60 minutes – twice as long as its counterpart.

UK pricing and availability for the ZOE R240 will be announced later this year.

Frost & Sullivan: 351,900 Inductive Charging Units Top Be Sold Globally By 2020

June 23rd, 2014 § Comments Off on Frost & Sullivan: 351,900 Inductive Charging Units Top Be Sold Globally By 2020 § permalink

Frost & Sullivan have set a forward-looking goal for 351,900 inductive charging (wireless charging) units to be sold by 2020.

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The involved companies in this technology will expand partnerships with Original Equipment Manufactures (OEMs) during the testing phase to ensure and strengthen the value of these products.

An analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds the annual growth of the market for inductive charging will increase at a rate of 126.6%. Inductive charging will account for 1.2% of both public and residential charging in North America and more than 2.6% in Europe by 2020.

The market for inductive charging is claimed to grow the fastest in Europe due to several demonstration projects there, as well as commitments from OEMs and charging manufacturers.

To add, Prajyot Sathe, Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Senior Research Analyst, stated:

“OEMs such as Renault, Nissan, Daimler, Volvo, BMW and Toyota are working on the development of inductive charging for future EVs, and more than 10 automakers have announced trial tests.”

“As a result, inductive charging will soon be available in cars either as an additional feature or as an inbuilt feature.”

Inductive charging is currently available as an aftermarket solution with some appealing financing options. But the cost of purchase and installation is 30% higher than conductive charging. C

Sathe adds:

“While in the short-term 3.3 kilowatts inductive charging will be widely accepted to enable residential and semi-public charging, with time, vehicles will tilt towards 6.6 kW to enable faster charging”

“Inductive charging in stationary applications too will be most sought after in the near-term, whereas dynamic or on-the-move charging will gain traction post-2020.”

Silverstone Fleet Show 2014: Tesla signs up to Show

March 18th, 2014 § Comments Off on Silverstone Fleet Show 2014: Tesla signs up to Show § permalink

Electric vehicle manufacturer and fleet market new-comer, Tesla, is the latest car maker to commit to this year’s Fleet World Fleet Show on 9th April, when it will be making its stunning new EVs available for test driving around the world-famous racing circuit. » Read the rest of this entry «

Cross-country EV charging network launched

March 12th, 2014 § Comments Off on Cross-country EV charging network launched § permalink

A network of 14 electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers, forming Milton Keynes CrossLink, has been launched, four weeks ahead of schedule.

CrossLink is a Milton Keynes Council initiative and the charging units are sited at strategic locations connecting Cambridge and Bedford in the East with Milton Keynes and Cheltenham, Oxford and Buckingham with Milton Keynes to the South West. » Read the rest of this entry «

Electric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits

March 10th, 2014 § Comments Off on Electric vehicles: it’s time for businesses to wake up to the benefits § permalink

With new models, new technology, improvements in infrastructure, and Government subsidies, more and more consumers are realising the cost and carbon benefits of electric vehicles – it’s time businesses did too, says Andreas Atkins, head of Electric Vehicle Services, British Gas.
In 2013, sales of fully electric vehicles (EVs) doubled to more than 2,500, along with huge rises in sales of diesel and petrol hybrid cars. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts further growth this year, fuelled by a large public awareness push from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.
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Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Cheapest Leases with evmeerkat.com and now Piece of Mind Guarantees from Nissan!

November 27th, 2013 § Comments Off on Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Cheapest Leases with evmeerkat.com and now Piece of Mind Guarantees from Nissan! § permalink

Nissan will offer electric vehicle customers a range of additional services, including access to a petrol or diesel car, in an attempt to improve the ownership experience of the Nissan Leaf.

The Nissan Care-EV Leaf customer commitment scheme makes five cast iron pledges designed to provide reassurance and peace of mind, and answer many of the questions that customers face when considering EV ownership for the first time. » Read the rest of this entry «

Electric Highway links London to Leeds. Electric Car Drivers can celebrate.

September 30th, 2013 § Comments Off on Electric Highway links London to Leeds. Electric Car Drivers can celebrate. § permalink

The Electric Highway has now linked London to Luton, Leicester and Leeds for electric vehicles (EV) after green energy company Ecotricity and EV market pioneer Nissan installed new fast-chargers all along the M1 motorway.

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