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No Thanks to Outdated 200-year-old legislation, specifically section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, which essentially means that riding [any] electric segways, scooters, hoverboards,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This legislation is too old and outdated.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

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

Green motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits)

January 20th, 2015 § Comments Off on Green motorists motivated by money (and environment benefits) § permalink

Research released today by Auto Trader has found that money, not the environment, is the main driver of interest in environmentally friendly cars.

The majority of UK motorists (73%) would consider going green to save money on fuel expenditure, compared to 41% of drivers motivated by environmental concerns.

However, reducing emissions is still an important objective for motorists as 57% consider the impact of their driving habits on the environment at least once a month, with 16% of these thinking about their carbon footprint every time they step into the car. Only 23% claim that the environment never crosses their mind when on the road.
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*Thinks* Source London use Slow/1-phase fast/3-phase and rapid charging (400v) too liberally causing mixup and confusion http://tinyurl.com/source1ondon

December 28th, 2012 § Comments Off on *Thinks* Source London use Slow/1-phase fast/3-phase and rapid charging (400v) too liberally causing mixup and confusion http://tinyurl.com/source1ondon § permalink

One such bad example was listing specification for Mitsubishi Imiev, Peugeot Ion and Citroen CZero with varied ranges and top speeds. Surely, they are the same car, with Mitsubishi own##Q##s being tad better, but such difference on paper. 100 miles for Mitsubishi… (top distance) and only 80miles for cZero and iOn. Despite on paper – that##Q##s right, the actual official paperwork, they all “do” 95 miles. Did anyone bother to check before pasting these random figures?

Talk about public confidence? I say if i was merely researching electric cars myself and came across the “official” Source London list of electric cars, such as this one, – what a turn off. Its peppered with wrong figures and incorrect charging types for most cars.

The term “Fast charging” – reserved for mere 2A 3-phase “fast charging” option at 7Kw – available around London – is used same as “Rapid Charging”, – 70kw 400v 50k costing power stations, which indeed charge up the car to 80% within 20-30 minutes, from nil. The newest one will slow down – to prevent any battery damage – and deliver charge at “Fast Charge” rate of 2A and top the car up to 100% (that 20% alone will take another 20-30 mins however :S )

Regardless, Take a look at screenshots taken on 28th Dec 2012, – Just Now.

PS did i mention all those electric cars have incorrect Top Speed? You Guessed it. They are all “technically” limited to 84MPH, – on paper anyway.

Spot the Wrongs and you get a cookie.

Incorrect official range stated: its 95, not 80.

Fast charge in 20-30? This Probably means RAPID Charging

Ion. Wrong Range. Should be the same 95. Fluence Fast Charge should be Rapid Charging to get those minutes!


Fisker loses $32m in EVs to Hurricane Sandy

November 8th, 2012 § Comments Off on Fisker loses $32m in EVs to Hurricane Sandy § permalink

Hurricane Sandy damaged at least 15,000 new cars parked at a New Jersey port, including 320 Karmas, the luxury plug-in hybrid electric vehicle by Fisker Automotive.

The loss might not sound like much. Nissan, for example, estimates more than 6,000 of its cars and light trucks are will have to be scrapped. And the superstorm may have damaged as many as 200,000 vehicles, including used autos and those of individual owners, National Automobile Dealers Association Senior Analyst Larry Dixon told Bloomberg.

For Fisker, 320 vehicles is a lot, considering the new automaker has sold more than 2,000 cars to wholesalers and dealers as of September, reported WSJ’s Venture Wire.

Plus, these aren’t your run-of-the-mill economy vehicles. The Karma sells to consumers for more than $100,000, making this a $32 million loss for the company.

A Fisker spokesman has said the loss won’t have a material impact on the business because the cars were insured. U.S. consumers could experience a shortage, in terms of variety. Although more cars will be shipped from Europe, where they’re made.

This isn’t Fisker’s first hiccup. The company has run into a number of challenges with its cars over the past year.

Electric car battery manufacturer A123 Systems, which supplied batteries to Fisker Automotive and GM’s Spark electric car, filed  for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and announced it would sell off its automotive business to Johnson Controls in a deal valued at $125 million.

In March, Fisker announced it would swap out drive batteries for 2012 Karmas free of charge after customers experienced unsatisfactory performance. This was the second recall for Fisker, which preemptively recalled faulty A123 systems batteries late last year for posing a fire hazard.

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, the original headline to this post — “15,000 electric cars lost to Hurricane Sandy” — was inaccurate. More than 15,000 cars were indeed damaged, but only 320 of them were electric. It has been fixed. We apologize for the confusion.

Photo: Fisker Automotive

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