EU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions

February 25th, 2014 § Comments Off on EU: Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions § permalink

New rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 were endorsed by Parliament on Tuesday. The text retains this target, albeit with a one-year “phase-in” period in 2020. It also allows “super credits”, whereby the cleanest cars in each manufacturer’s range count for more than others, to apply from 2020 to 2022.

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Letter to Barnet Council: Re: Council ask where to install more electric car charging points

August 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on Letter to Barnet Council: Re: Council ask where to install more electric car charging points § permalink

Decided to jot down a quick email to our Barnet Council as a result of “good news” in Funds being made available £200k for charging infrastructure development in the borough. See link Here.

Join me, by writing your Emails to suggest/encourage  appropriate and suitable charging infrastructure. In my view: Rapid Charging would do really well for the area. 2 or 3 of these in the area and we’re good. Otherwise high-street street-level based slow “local” chargers would do as well, for residents and commuters alike.

————- Sent to kim.wynne@barnet.gov.uk on Sunday 18th August ————-

Hi Kim,

I hope this email find you well.

Indeed i have come across an article on Barnet-Today that you seek to seek suggestions from EV community as to the appropriate installation for EV Charging point.

You are in luck so to speak, – We live in the Borough of Barnet, and indeed Great London at large, and I have been driving my electric car for just over a year now, with yet up-and-coming upgrade already underway to the All-new Nissan Leaf electric car.

…..

Regarding the installations;

As much as i would like to see more charging points typically setup by “community centres”, budget is a limited, and we need to establish one fact, – Electric Car drivers are just like any other car drivers, – typical needs come first in so called hierarchy of needs.

In short, Shopping centres car-parks are first to be encouraged, subsidise these car charging facilities installations …

High streets and appropriate charging for one to two cars on the Street level, not NCP, is next to receive priority
For example, beside Waitrose, from Hendon to High Barnet, there is possibly an odd 1 charging location “en route”, from Hendon Lane via Finchley Lane.

And the one available is the slow charging located really out of typical main route’s way.
In essence, as an electric car growing community we are much overlooked in Barnet, being said, to date.

…. I have personally seen a dozen electric cars in the area, with some owners not being able to have a car-drive to ease and convenience of charging. The resident-local location would really benefit from the charging.

Considering that Charging points typically they are Slow options (type 1), at best Fast Charging (type 2, halving the charging time), please consider the activities in the area.

This is usually overlooked when deciding where to install a charging point. While EV User waits for their car to charge, typically longer than a hour, it would be well suited for the area if there are local amenities, businesses which could mutually benefit from this prospect.

While Shopping centres mentioned are indeed an ideal location for these charging points, they usually operating within certain Open/Close hours, while Street-level car charging options are easier to locate – “Bright Green Beacon of Hope” – as its usually described. This is ideally suited for High Street locations.

I personally would like to see charging points come up “en route” Finchley Central, Hendon, and Totterige side.
This street level view would self-promote the Electric Car as mode of transport in Barnet, lower the emissions, as well as enable EV Drivers to conduct daily business in the area, be it Bank visits, shopping, or otherwise.

Concerning the charging types;
All electric cars come with the typical “home-standard” 13A Plug connector. This is Type – 1. Slow charging. Would take 0-100% in 7-8 hours.
If there are more of these, its very straightforward for most EV Drivers, new alike.

There is an option(a £200-£700 per cable privilege) which is not common, a cable for some car models to enable Type 2 charging. This is Fast Charging. 32A, halving charging type. While i wish to use these facilities for mere speed of charging, it may be prudent to establish their use (expensive extra cables), as installed by Waitrose. I wonder if they let you know their usage data for FYI.

Finally, There is Rapid Charging, This is a little more expensive to install, however immensely useful on any real Electric Car Commuting. At 400V 80A, this DC charging is compatible with vast number of cars, charging cars from 0%-80% within 25-30 minutes.

This makes Electric Car living very comfortable, and i would urge you to seriously consider installing one or two in the area to put Barnet as a serious Electric Car Friendly location. This would only bring more EV Drivers to the community.

These one or two rapid chargers could be installed By Libraries or Council Car Parks, to ensure the maximum benefit and security for the installation.

As an example, Ecotricity project, which aims to installed these rapid chargers across all Main UK Highways is making good, with recent installation at IKEA, Wembley car park. I can’t thank them enough for saving me stress and offering such convenience.

Needless to say, they get all the appropriate appreciation via twitter.

And one more thing, when you decide on the location on these charging points, here is the nationwide electric charging map for your reference. www.zap-map.com – Barnet should get a definite improvement with this 200k grant.

Dont hesitate to get in touch should you have ANY questions, – i would be happy to answer any queries and offer feedback,

Best Regards,

##name##

Electric Car User Experience Blog

www.evmeerkat.com
@evMeerkat
info@evmeerkat.com

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Will update you if i hear anything.

Council ask where to install more electric car charging points

August 14th, 2013 § Comments Off on Council ask where to install more electric car charging points § permalink

GREEN drivers are being asked where they would like to see more electric car charging points installed.

Barnet Council is planning to use part of a £200,000 grant from the Mayor of London to install four new points.

There are already six charging points in the borough, at High Barnet Station, Waitrose in Whetstone, Finchley and Mill Hill, Brent South Retail Park and Jemca in Edgware Road provided by Source London.

The grant funding has to be allocated to schemes to improve air quality.

According to the Department for Transport there were 351 electric cars registered within the Greater London area from January 2010 to February 2013.

Cabinet member for environment Dean Cohen said: “We have already shown a willingness to support electric vehicles in Barnet and over the coming months we will be looking at ways to increase the number of electric charge points if we can.

“Electric cars are becoming more popular around the country, especially in London and we want to make sure that Barnet is ahead of the curve. We are keen to hear from owners of electric cars about where they would most like charging points to be located.”

Motorists are invited to email kim.wynne@barnet.gov.uk with their suggestions for future locations for electric charging points.

Good News Manchester: Charging ahead with electric infrastructure

August 5th, 2013 § Comments Off on Good News Manchester: Charging ahead with electric infrastructure § permalink

250 plug-in points go live across Greater Manchester as green revolution moves up a gear.

The electric car revolution is now in full swing in Greater Manchester  after 250 charging bays went live today.

The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme, led by Transport for Greater Manchester, is being heralded a turning point in greener motoring.

Each bay will have enough space for two cars, taking about three hours to fill a battery, or 30 minutes on a ‘rapid’ charge.

Prices are estimated to be £6 for a three hour charge – which will take a car about 100 miles.

But users will be able to charge their cars for free until the autumn, when prices will be announced.

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Hospitals do need #ev charging points (like WhipsCross) unlike Barnet hospital @BarnetCouncil – barren as far as #charging points concerned

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

UK Electric Car Charging: Public charging points in West Sussex

December 24th, 2012 § Comments Off on UK Electric Car Charging: Public charging points in West Sussex § permalink

Electric vehicle charging points will soon be appearing at locations across West Sussex. Twenty points are being provided free of charge by SSE Contracting, in partnership with the County Council and the district and borough councils.

The first 2 charging points, located outside Crawley Town Hall, went online in December 2010. The table below indicates the current status and location of all the public charging points in West Sussex.

The West Sussex charging points are part of the Charge Your Car network. An interactive map showing the site locations is available on their website.

Membership costs £50 per year but the electricity is free. Members of the network also have access to charging points in other areas such as Brighton & Hove.

The County Council is encouraging developers to include provision for EV charging points at new residential and employment sites. Southern Rail is also planning to install charging points at some railways stations, including Shoreham.

 

Current status and location of all  EV charging points in West Sussex
Location Status Parking
Bognor Regis TBC Plans in progress TBC
Burgess Hill Cyprus Road car park Available for use 2 bays on site
standard charges apply
Chichester East Pallant car park, adjacent to the District Council office main entrance Available for use 2 bays on site – standard charges apply
Crawley Surface level car park outside Crawley Town Hall Available for use 2 bays on site – free
East Grinstead Chequer-Mead Theatre and Arts Centre car park Available for use 2 bays on site
standard charges apply
Haywards Heath Hazlegrove Road

Car park, Crescent Way

Available for use 2 bays on site
standard charges apply
Horsham Park House car park,
North Street
Available for use 2 bays on site
standard charges apply
Littlehampton TBC Plans in progress TBC
Storrington Storrington Library car park Available for use 2 bays on site – free with a parking disc (a small charge is made by the library for a disc)
Worthing Multi-storey car park, High Street Available for use 2 bays on site – standard charges apply
Worthing Brooklands Pleasure Grounds and Boating Lake car park Available for use 2 bays on site
standard charges apply 

Dropped Crawley Council an email regarding the charging points, lack of, in the area.

December 24th, 2012 § Comments Off on Dropped Crawley Council an email regarding the charging points, lack of, in the area. § permalink

I think its always prudent to be proactive and question so-called “green-motives” often displayed on the websites.

Naturally it does not hurt to have the latest from the Horse##Q##s Mouth so to speak, to ensure we are not mislead on the map.

Any resident in the Crawley Council Area, as per map, appears to suffer with only 2 charging points in the vicinity of the county##Q##s hall. That##Q##s it. No further installations are available.

Crawly is also strategically positioned between London and Brighton, and it would certainly and MUCH sought after, if thereabout location mid-way London-Brighton-London has had a rapid charging point. I can only imagine how much use those points would have by most keen EV Trip enthusiasts like myself and actually work-home-work commuters from SouthEast.

Even if its pound-coin operated!

Regardless. Just sent off a query to Crawley Council. Wait and See.

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