Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London § permalink

Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with Westminster city council to bring fifty Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid electric cars to its members in London.
Westminster will receive 40 cars and 10 additional cars are to be sent elsewhere in London, such as Tower Bridge and Old Oak.


Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 of Westminster city council’s club parking bays.

The city council has installed electric charging infrastructure in 40 of its car club parking bays.

Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster city council cabinet member for parking and sustainability, said: “Electric vehicles are key to helping address pollution. Giving more people the chance to drive an electric car in London, and on a shared basis, is a big step towards creating a greener city.

“We are delighted that residents and visitors to Westminster will have the opportunity to try out these vehicles. Car sharing makes so much sense in central London, where a private car is not often needed.”

Price

The cars are available to drivers for £7 an hour, which is the same rate as a petrol Volkswagen Golf.

According to Zipcar Figures suggest that one in 10 UK car club members have used an electric vehicle, which is up on just 4% in 2014.

Mark Walker, Zipcar UK general manager, said: “At Zipcar, we are all about simple and responsible urban living. The Volkswagen Golf GTE fully supports that ethos and is ideal for our members. The combination of pure electric vehicle driving in the city and fully flexibility to escape anywhere in the country, without compromise, is compelling. We believe our members will thoroughly enjoy driving this car in electric mode and will become keen advocates for electric vehicle driving in London.”

The car club strategy for London announced last May by councils, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London is targeting 50% of car-share fleets to be electric vehicles by 2050.

Source: http://www.airqualitynews.com/2016/06/09/zipcar-to-bring-50-electric-vehicles-to-london/

Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London

June 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London § permalink

Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with Westminster city council to bring fifty Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid electric cars to its members in London.
Westminster will receive 40 cars and 10 additional cars are to be sent elsewhere in London, such as Tower Bridge and Old Oak.
Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 of Westminster city council’s club parking bays.

Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 parking bays

The city council has installed electric charging infrastructure in 40 of its car club parking bays.
Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster city council cabinet member for parking and sustainability, said: “Electric vehicles are key to helping address pollution. Giving more people the chance to drive an electric car in London, and on a shared basis, is a big step towards creating a greener city.
“We are delighted that residents and visitors to Westminster will have the opportunity to try out these vehicles. Car sharing makes so much sense in central London, where a private car is not often needed.”

Price

The cars are available to drivers for £7 an hour, which is the same rate as a petrol Volkswagen Golf.
According to Zipcar Figures suggest that one in 10 UK car club members have used an electric vehicle, which is up on just 4% in 2014.
Mark Walker, Zipcar UK general manager, said: “At Zipcar, we are all about simple and responsible urban living. The Volkswagen Golf GTE fully supports that ethos and is ideal for our members. The combination of pure electric vehicle driving in the city and fully flexibility to escape anywhere in the country, without compromise, is compelling. We believe our members will thoroughly enjoy driving this car in electric mode and will become keen advocates for electric vehicle driving in London.”
The car club strategy for London announced last May by councils, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London is targeting 50% of car-share fleets to be electric vehicles by 2050.

Nissan claims the world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal with 110 new LEAF 30 kWh in Madrid

May 19th, 2016 § Comments Off on Nissan claims the world’s largest electric taxi fleet deal with 110 new LEAF 30 kWh in Madrid § permalink

Today, Nissan announced a deal to provide 110 Nissan LEAFs with the new 30 kWh battery pack to La Ciudad del Taxi, a Madrid-based taxi company. The automaker is calling the transaction “the world’s largest 100 percent electric taxi fleet deal”.

The new 30 kWh battery pack option for the 2016 models gets 107 EPA-rated miles on a single charge.

It looks like Nissan is referring to a single purchase of an electric taxi fleet since other cities and taxi companies have growing all-electric fleets like Schiphol Airport’s 167 Tesla Model S taxis in Amsterdam, or Montreal’s growing fleet of Soul EV and Tesla Model S via Taxelco.

Nissan made the announcement at the Madrid Motor Show. Gareth Dunsmore, Head of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe, said:

“Cities across the globe are facing huge challenges in terms of poor air quality and increasing greenhouse emissions. Adding zero emission vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF to taxi services operating in major cities is vital step to tackling these challenges head on.

“La Ciudad del Taxi shares the same pioneering spirit as Nissan and I am thrilled to see the city of Madrid at the forefront of the electric revolution with this landmark deal that will see more than 100 Nissan LEAFs providing clean, sustainable taxi services for people across the city.”

The automaker says that it has sold almost 800 electric vehicles (LEAF and e-NV200) to taxi owners and operators across Europe and the top three markets are Netherlands, UK and now Spain.

La Ciudad del Taxi’s President, Jesús Ramos Fernández, also commented on the announcement:

“This operation will set the standard for the mobility of the future as far as the taxi industry is concerned. Zero emission transport will play a large role in this sector and this fleet deal with Nissan will help put Madrid at the forefront of sustainable mobility services.”

The deal coincides with Madrid’s upcoming grant program for electric vehicles scheduled to be presented in June. Taxi drivers are expected to be eligible to the program.

source: http://electrek.co/2016/05/19/nissan-electric-taxi-fleet-110-leaf-madrid/?pushup=1

Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025

April 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025 § permalink

Times are changing folks and yet human attitude towards worsening air pollution and climate change is all slow behaviours which, unless have the tangible impact, are rarely well pondered upon.

This is why I personally gotta commend Duth government on their effort, forced hand, in fact to make legal steps to ensure that Changes are Made and Made Now rather than later, and promote zero emission transportation, with this proposal to make it illegal to sell pure fossil-fuelled car from 2025 in the country.

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Europe’s developing market in on-street charging points and hydrogen fuelling stations will be given a boost if the Dutch parliament passes a law that would ban the sale of non-electric cars by 2025.
The bill was initiated by the Labour party, and has attracted sufficient support in the lower house of the Dutch parliament. It will become law if it gains the approval of the Dutch senate.
If introduced, the law would give a regulatory push to the market for electric vehicles. At present, consumers are deterred from buying non-petrol or diesel vehicles because of the lack of charging infrastructure, and companies are deterred from installing the infrastructure because of the lack of cars to use it. 
There are signs that this chicken-and-egg problem is beginning to be overcome in the battery car market, particularly in the Netherlands. Last year, 43,000 new electric vehicles were purchased in the country, giving them a 10% share of the market. In Norway, the leader in electric vehicle adoption, that figure is 22%. By contrast, electric vehicles make up only 1% of UK sales and 0.35% of Canadian sales. 
Howerver, hydrogen fuelled cars still face barriers. At present there are few ways to refuel a fuel-cell-powered car.
Shell has made a start on installing hydrogen stations, having set up a partnership in Germany with industrial gas manufacturers Air Liquide and Linde, car maker Daimler and energy companies Total and OMV, to develop a network of 400 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2023. However, only three stations have been set up.
The UK government last year made £6.6m ($9.5m) available to set up 12 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK, including new Brentford and Croydon outside London, and a mobile station that will be used across the south of England.
Despite the lack of a fuel network, production model hydrogen cars are beginnign to appear. Yesterday, 21 April, Toyota annouced that it would introduce the Mirai to the UK. The £66,000 ($95,000) four-door Mirai (it means “future” in Japanese) is part of the car maker’s plan to shift to alternative fuels as soon as possible – a decision that will be vindicated if the Netherlands enacts its law, and other countries follow suit. 
So far, the city of Oslo is looking to ban private cars by 2019 and the mayor of Paris has announced that the city will be rid of diesel cars by 2020.
The process of building a hydrogen refuelling station is shown here.
Toyota’s take on the rapidly changing car industry is shown here.

From http://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/netherlands-may-ban-sale-n7on-elec7tric-c7ars-2025/

Bath electric cars: Broken charging points to be replaced

February 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Bath electric cars: Broken charging points to be replaced § permalink

Some electric car charging points in Bath are to be replaced following complaints from drivers they do not work.
Several public charging points in the city, which are owned by Bath and North East Somerset (Banes) Council, have recently been reported as broken.
One driver told the BBC “only three of about 15” were working last week.
Banes said it was “aware of some issues” and it planned to install new units by the end of March.
The BBC found at least three charging stations – at Charlotte Street car park, and at Lansdown and Newbridge park and rides – were currently out of service.
Electric car owner Will Guyatt said: “To find a public charge point is not working, you really are stuffed, because you then need to find somewhere else to charge.”
‘Very unreliable’
Calvey Taylor-Haw, from Charge Your Car – which oversees charging points in the UK, said there had been problems in Bath for a while.
“We’ve had numerous calls about those particular charging stations and they are very unreliable.
“We’ve taken the decision to mark them as ‘off-line’ on our map.”
Erik Fairbairn from the charging point supplier POD Point, which supplied many of the machines in the city, said reliability was “not perfect” and said discussions were taking place with the council about upgrading them.
“These were charge points sold a number of years ago to the council. They haven’t necessarily had the relevant support contract in place.
“Now a number of them are not perfect. We’re hoping the council will say ‘come in and sort them out’.”
A council spokesman said Banes was “in the process of switching its supplier and replacing electric charging points” in the Charlotte Street car park and Lansdown park and ride.

from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-35639000

Looking back at #twizy #ev ownership and always-on attention on the streets of London :)

February 12th, 2016 § Comments Off on Looking back at #twizy #ev ownership and always-on attention on the streets of London :) § permalink

Some planned, some unplanned, some random, some surprised, but one thing is guaranteed for sure, if you live in a town, …city,… and there are other people who live around you…, – the  you Always get “the looks”… When driving this “is it a car, mate?”…” Err, no, more like a quad-bike thing” QnA starter.

“It gets me from A to B. Yes it’s electric. No, it’s not actually a car”

Here are just a few to keep this post going

  
    
    
    
   
 

RT PETITION: Allow Electric scooters/skateboards on pavements and streets in the UK – Sign here https://goo.gl/dZtqgm

October 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on RT PETITION: Allow Electric scooters/skateboards on pavements and streets in the UK – Sign here https://goo.gl/dZtqgm § permalink

No Thanks to Outdated 200-year-old legislation, specifically section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, which essentially means that riding [any] electric segways, scooters, hoverboards, skateboards “personal vehicles” is basically banned for use on public pavements and roads in the UK.

Now there is some confusion about this being enforced, where some owners of these tech-electric transportation devices were fined, while others were not. Either way, we, members of public require full clarity and amendment to this legislation.

This legislation is too old and outdated.

Basically, i looked and looked and realised enough is enough.

No one knows for certain if you Are or Are not to get fined for Breaking or maybe not breaking the law on this.
I have been drooling and contemplated the likes of solowheel, OneWheel, Marbel and Boosted for a long long time.
We, in the UK, are out of luck. US, Canada and i am sure many other countries which do cares about nuances of such personal-portable-commuter-gadget have embraced the tech. It is here to stay. Time to do away with the 200-year old law.

Please Share my Post/Petition on Change.org

E.g.
I think solowheel is as “safe as a jogger”. Takes minimal space on the pavement. Not fast* enough for global panic, but useful enough for commuters to nip the “last mile or so” in/within/around London or other city. Imagine traffic it would cut down on and emissions

French electric car-sharing service launches in US

September 5th, 2015 § Comments Off on French electric car-sharing service launches in US § permalink

An electric car-sharing service took to the streets of Indianapolis on Wednesday as its French owner hopes to plug into the vast US market.Bollore Group of France said its BlueIndy service is the first of its kind in the United States, and begins with an initial fleet of 50 electric cars that it plans to expand to 500.

“Indianapolis is the perfect home for our first venture into the American market,” said Cedric Bollore, vice president for development of the global holding company.

“Indy has a vibrant downtown, thriving neighborhoods, and a population that demands innovation and cleaner alternatives to car ownership, and transit options.”

Bollore (Other OTC: BOIVF – news) , a industrial conglomerate that owns businesses in logistics, telecommunications and media, already operates car-sharing services in several other cities, including the world’s largest electric vehicle-sharing service, Autolib’ in Paris.

Indianapolis, with a population of about 850,000, is home to the annual Indianapolis 500 car race. The city is located abut 165 miles (265 km) southeast of Chicago.

Bollore launched IndyBlue with 125 parking spaces equipped with charge stations, with an expansion to 1,000 expected.

Customers swipe a membership card at kiosks to rent one of the battery-driven Bluecars, which can run as far as 120 miles (193 kilometers) without charging.

The standard monthly BlueIndy membership costs $9.99 (8.90 euros) and members pay $4 for the first 20 minutes and 20 cents for each subsequent minute.

“Indianapolis will benefit from technology and processes proven in Paris for the last four years. Now Indy will be the model for North America,” said Cedric Bollore. The company’s electric-vehicle sharing service also operates in Bordeaux, Lyon and Arcachon in France.

According to US media, although BlueIndy has the support of the mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard, it was opposed by certain members of the City-County Council, which delayed its launch initially planned for early 2015.

Brighton: Electric car charging points to be upgraded

July 11th, 2015 § Comments Off on Brighton: Electric car charging points to be upgraded § permalink

ELECTRIC car drivers are set to be able to charge up their vehicles much quicker after plans were agreed to upgrade facilities in Brighton and Hove.

Environment, transport and sustainability committee members have voted to upgrade on-street electric charging points within the city and to install new on and off-street charging points over the next four years.

The first of new high-speed chargers will be installed at Withdean Stadium as part of a £2.4 million government-funded scheme.

The council has also agreed to hand over the administration of charging points in the city to a national body.

Among the newly-agreed improvements to the network will be an initial upgrade of up to half of the existing eight on-street electric vehicle charging points.

Council officers have said the existing “first generation” charge points are “slow” at 13 amps. Recent technological advancements mean 32 amp chargers can halve charge times.

Withdean Stadium will be the first location in the city to offer rapid chargers as part of a £2.4 million programme installing up to 40 of the models across the southeast of England. Upgrading charging points cost around £9,000 a time while introducing new chargers cost around £11,000.

The council spends about £10,000 maintaining the existing charge points.

Peterborough gets first ever zero-emission vehicle for private hire

July 2nd, 2015 § Comments Off on Peterborough gets first ever zero-emission vehicle for private hire § permalink

The zero-emission vehicleFor the first time a zero-emission electric vehicle will operate as part of Peterborough’s private hire fleet.

The city’s first ever electric private hire is now picking up passengers after being granted a licence today (Wednesday, July 1).

The green light was given by the council’s licensing committee last month who agreed to change conditions to allow the licensing of electric vehicles.

Tod Howard of Green Leaf Cars initially approached the council’s licensing team expressing an interest in licensing all-electric vehicles.

His firm has a strong commitment to the environment and already operates a fleet of hybrid Toyota Prius’.

The Nissan Leaf can travel around 110 miles before it needs recharging and will be able to utilize a number of electric charging points around the city. As well as being more environmentally friendly, it also cuts fuel costs.

If the two month trial proves a success, the operator hopes to permanently introduce one of the vehicles into his fleet.

Donna Hall, the council’s public protection manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for the city and I hope further taxi and private hire providers look to broaden their fleet with electric cars.”

Councillor Nigel North, cabinet member for environment capital and communities, said: “This decision demonstrates our aspiration to become the UK’s environment capital as well as our commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the city.

“We have a number of charging points in the city so I hope this is the first of many electric private hire vehicles on our roads picking up fares.”

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