Cheapest Electric Car Lease deal: BMW i3 Rex Lease Deal from £270/mth – because I signed up for it :D

June 8th, 2016 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car Lease deal: BMW i3 Rex Lease Deal from £270/mth – because I signed up for it :D § permalink

Behold, my up and coming BMW i3 is nearing the delivery date.

BMW I3 Platinum Gray! Gorgeous!

BMW I3 Platinum Gray Lease Deal!

Officially deal started on 6+35 Lease term and at the cost of £274/month – i quickly added up extras….

BMW i3 5 Door Hatch eDrive Range Extender Auto
Metallic or Fluid Black Paint, Standard Neutronic Interior, 19in
Streamline Alloys & DC Rapid Charge Preparation
10k/annum mileage term
6+35 month Rental Hire/Lease

Ironically i got in touch with a few leasing specialists in the past, and they tried to rubbish the deal! Shocking (not really)
Yes, VAT is included,
Yes its a Personal Lease,
Yes, you can just give the car back at the end of the term and that’s it.

But, another thing that i found baffling, is that insurance has actually dropped 40% compared to our Nissan Leaf ex-lease.
I know there are only 3-4 insurance group difference but this bites the biscuit. So, my monthly saving is even greater despite signing up for this great ride for the next 3 years.

This is why i lease EVs i guess, – No headache/hassle and i get to have a new ride every few years, without worry of resale(depreciation)/warranty issues.

So far i’ve had Citroen czero (mitsubishi imiev), Nissan Leaf, and now I3

(i did buy my twizy – cheaper to buy&sell, than lease on that one!)



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Go Aberdeen: Electric vehicle no charge cost to continue in Aberdeen

March 17th, 2016 § Comments Off on Go Aberdeen: Electric vehicle no charge cost to continue in Aberdeen § permalink

People can continue to charge their electric vehicles at no cost apart from the on-street or car park charge for a further 12 months after it was agreed at committee yesterday (Tues 15 March).

Aberdeen City Council’s Communities, Housing and Infrastructure committee approved a report on the service.
Aberdeen City Council’s Communities, Housing and Infrastructure convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: “This is a fantastic scheme and will help to encourage more people to change to electric vehicles.
“We hope many more motorists will go electric and will make use of our facility of not charging for the electricity.”
The report to committee said the supply and installation of the EV Charging Units has, to date, been 100% grant funded by Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government Transport Agency, OLEV, the UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Energy Saving Trust Scotland. Funding has been awarded to Community Planning Partnerships in each local authority area with Community Planning Partners (CPPs) the recipients.
Since the Aberdeen public network was installed in 2013, the cost of providing the electricity for these units has been absorbed by the City Council.
Figures obtained from EDF, the City Council’s energy provider, reveal that, since they were installed, the cost of running the 34 charge points that the Council has figures for is £13,116.
The Aberdeen Air Quality Action Plan (2011) identifies road traffic as the main contributor to poor air quality in Aberdeen. Given that Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs) offer zero and reduced tailpipe emissions respectively when compared with 100% Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, facilitating the use of such vehicles could make a difference to Aberdeen air quality.
The report to committee further said evidence suggests that people choose EVs and PHEVs partly for their environmental credentials and partly due to the low running costs. An 80 mile journey in an EV typically costs around £2.50 in electricity, around a quarter of the price of an equivalent fossil fuelled vehicle. Still, only 1% of new car sales in Scotland are EV and PHEV and it is argued that the current low cost of petrol and diesel at the pumps is doing little to help uptake.
The free use of the charging infrastructure could be considered as a significant incentive to stimulate interest. If this is not offered, the uptake could be limited and this could have a detrimental impact upon sustainability and environmental issues.
Aberdeen City Council won a Scottish Transport Award in 2015 for its work “Powering ahead with electric vehicles”, and is regarded by the Electric Vehicle Association Scotland (EVAS) as the best EV Council in Scotland. By continuing to present the city as EV friendly, the Council aims to uphold this reputation both with users and transport professionals alike.


Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the ‘electric car of the people’

February 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the ‘electric car of the people’ § permalink

The Model 3 would be the most important moment in Tesla’s history to date. It would be the car that takes Tesla from a niche company into the mainstream by offering a fully electric car with a range of more than 200 miles and a price of less than £30,000.
With a release date falling somewhere in 2017, the Model 3 would likely arrive just as traditional car manufacturers get their own all-electric offerings into gear and off the end of the production line. With just a few weeks to go until the big reveal, here is everything we know so far.
The reveal might not be all that big… for now

Last year we heard that the Model 3 was coming in March, and with the world-famous Geneva Motor Show opening to journalists on 1 March, this appeared to make perfect sense. However, now we are not so sure. Tesla is attending the Geneva show – in Hall 4 with Honda, Renault and Toyota – but boss Elon Musk recently said the car would not be revealed until the end of the month.

Furthermore, Musk said the company is being “a little coy” with the Model 3 and would not be showing the car off in full at the late-March event. This could mean we only see a teasing, shadowy photo or that Tesla would reveal an early, non-functioning concept car, possibly with blacked-out windows and no interior.
It is to cost less than £30,000

Speaking at the Prince’s Trust Leadership Dinner in London in January, Musk said the Model 3 would cost less than £30,000. He has also previously said it would cost less than $30,000 (£20,000), but the difference here would be cancelled out by UK tax and the cost of shipping cars over from California.
At this price, the Model 3 will be positioning itself against the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and Mercedes C-Class, all of which start between £25,000 and £30,000. This is arguably the toughest market for any car company to crack, and would open Tesla up to fleet buyers looking to order company cars in bulk for their staff.

The Model S currently stretches from £50,000 to a little more than £100,000. We don’t expect the Model 3’s price to double with options, but a spread of £30,000 to around £50,000 sounds reasonable. Will there be an £8,700 Ludicrous Mode to make the Model 3 Ferrari-fast? Possibly not, but…
It is to be faster than all of its rivals

Does anyone really expect Musk not to boast about the Model 3 being the faster car in its class? It might not have the 155mph top speed of some of its rivals, but it would still use that electric motor to launch off the line more quickly than anything else.
We suspect a 0-60mph time of four seconds (or three-point-something, if Musk really wants to brag) would be entirely possible, but don’t forget that a smaller car has to equal a smaller battery and less powerful motor. This is ‘the electric car of the people’, not a hot rod.

Render suggesting what the Tesla Model 3 may look like based on the Model S and XAuto-Moto

It would have a range of at least 200 miles

In March 2015, Musk said that 200 miles is the minimum expectation for an electric car. More specifically, he said this figure must be “real world” and not a case of the car only reaching 200 miles if the air conditioning is off and it is driven on a road as smooth as a snooker table. “Anything below 200 miles isn’t passing grade,” he added. “Most people [are] looking for 20% more than that.”
So let us take that to mean the Model 3’s target range is 240 miles – not far shy of the 275 quoted range of the cheapest Model S, the 70D, but a comfortable way behind the 340 miles of the 90D, which is twice the price of the Model 3.
But the Model 3 isn’t on sale yet, and battery technology is improving at an accelerating pace. The 200-240mph claim was made almost a year ago, and once the Model 3 goes on sale it would be two years old. Improvements between now and 2017 would likely see longer ranges across the board – but there is always be a gap to justify the higher prices of the S and X.
It is on schedule – for now

Momentum built up by the Model S was knocked back a peg by delays to the Model X. Adding cool but complex details such as the ‘falcon wing’ doors swallowed up time and money, delaying the new model and disappointing investors and consumers. Delays for six-figure cars built in small numbers by a niche company and sold to wealthy early adopters are to be expected – but Tesla wants the Model 3 to be its biggest seller and take a large slice of a forecast 500,000 annual sales by 2020, up from 50,000 in 2015.
Consumers do not expect delays when they order a new Ford, BMW, VW or Audi. In switching to Tesla, they are already taking a gamble that a small company will whisk them into the future; the last thing they will want is a delay – especially if a novelty feature such as a complicated door hinge is to blame.

The Model 3 platform is to be shared with the Model Y
Rumours spread in early 2016 claimed that Tesla was ready to announce two versions of the Model 3. This now seems unlikely, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the Model 3’s platform could be shared with other Tesla vehicles in the future. Cars made by the Volkswagen group – VW, Audi and Seat – have shared platforms and common components for some time. It’s an obvious cost-saving measure, and something that Tesla should also do. I would expect the Model 3 to be a small five-door saloon, followed by an SUV crossover like the Nissan Juke, entitled the Model Y.
In October 2015, Musk tweeted a fan asking if the “Model 3 crossover” would have falcon-wing doors. He said: “There will be a Model 3 and a Model Y. One of the two will.” Musk’s tweet was then deleted, but the story is a simple one: the Model Y will be to the Model 3 what the Model X is to the Model S.
It was supposed to be called the Model E

That last sentence made me angry at why carmakers don’t use fun, dynamic and interesting names any more. Instead of Daytona, Thunderbird, Cerbera and Spitfire, we have F12tdf, i10, C4 and Tesla’s range of seemingly unrelated Models. But hold on. In Tesla’s case we actually have Ford to blame for spoiling Musk’s joke: he originally wanted a line-up of Models S, E, X – with Y coming later. Geddit?

Well, now it’s S-3-X-Y because Ford’s lawyers came knocking, reminded Tesla that it owns the Model E trademark, and that no, it isn’t for sale. Ford also produced a Model Y, back in the 1930s, so Musk’s plans might have been thwarted there too. Sorry, Elon.

Daniel Kim’s Lit Motors: The Fully Enclosed electric motorcycle is in testing phase

December 21st, 2015 § Comments Off on Daniel Kim’s Lit Motors: The Fully Enclosed electric motorcycle is in testing phase § permalink

Daniel Kim is a dreamer. Like all dreamers, he has an idea for a product he thinks the world could use. His dream is a self balancing, enclosed electric motorcycle that would serve as a safe, efficient transportation pod for urban dwellers.

Lit Motors says more than a thousand people have reserved one of its auto balancing electric vehicles (AEVs). When will they receive them? “The AEV’s development timeline and delivery date are dependent on several factors: engineering development & testing, design freeze, supply chain, assembly line development, and financing,” the company says. In other words, your machine may be ready in time for Christmas, just not this Christmas.

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Battery Breakthrough To Boost Nissan Electric Cars To One In 10 Sales Around 2020, Exec Says

November 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on Battery Breakthrough To Boost Nissan Electric Cars To One In 10 Sales Around 2020, Exec Says § permalink

Back in November 2009, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said 20 percent of his company’s sales would be electric cars by 2020–and that electric cars would make up 10 percent of global sales.
But Ghosn was widely pillored for his projections just a few years later, when Nissan Leaf sales proved slower than expected after its December 2010 launch.
As the car approaches its fifth birthday, around 200,000 Leafs have been delivered. It’s the best-selling electric car in history, but still just a tiny fraction of the company’s sales.

Global sales last year for Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault together were 8.5 million vehicles; battery-electric cars were 82,602 of those, or roughly 1 percent.

Nevertheless, Nissan said this week that it expects a major inflection point in electric-vehicle sales sometime between 2019 and 2021.

will ramp up sales of electric cars to 5 percent of the total between now and then, the company said–and 10 percent “in the near future” after that.

The statements came not from Ghosn, but from Nissan corporate officer Hiroto Saikawa, at an event at the company’s Yokohama headquarters on Tuesday.

The enabling factor will be a “breakthrough battery” that permits a range of 200 miles, he said, which Nissan will launch within the next few years.

That battery is widely expected to be offered in the second-generation Nissan Leaf, to be introduced as a 2017 or 2018 model.

The first-generation Leaf has been fitted with batteries that provide U.S. rated ranges of 73 miles, 84 miles, and now 107 miles.

But with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to launch before the end of 2016 with a promised range of 200 miles, the bar has been upped significantly.

BMW is also expected to boost the range of its i3 electric minicar, which its CEO Harold Krüger confirmed it would do next year, most likely for the 2017 model year.

Finally, Tesla has said it will unveil its $35,000, 200-mile Model 3 sedan next spring and put that car into production by the end of 2017.

The company’s track record of meeting deadlines in the past may argue for a more realistic volume production date of 2018 or 2019.

But it remains unclear what vehicles beyond the Leaf Nissan expects to achieve its 10-percent goal.

Still, Nissan clearly intends to hang onto its position as the world’s highest-volume producer of electric cars.

And it appears to be in no immediate danger of losing that crown, albeit perhaps at considerably lower volumes than Ghosn predicted five years ago.

Ultra Low Emission Zone

April 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Ultra Low Emission Zone § permalink

Following a public consultation, the Mayor has confirmed the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the Capital on 7 September 2020. This will encourage the use of newer, cleaner vehicles, improving the quality of life and health of Londoners.


The ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the same area as the current Congestion Charging zone (CCZ). All cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay an additional daily charge to travel within the zone.

There will be no barriers and tollbooths. Cameras will read your number plate as you enter, leave or drive within the zone and check it against the database of those who meet the ULEZ standards or need to pay the daily charge.

The ULEZ standards are in addition to the Congestion Charge and the Low Emission Zone requirements.
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ESCP Starts the electric car European #evTrip across it’s campuses in Nissan Leaf EV

March 17th, 2015 § Comments Off on ESCP Starts the electric car European #evTrip across it’s campuses in Nissan Leaf EV § permalink

The ESCP Europe Electric Vehicle Tour – Stage 1
Start date  : 21 March 2015
Start time  : 10:30 am
End time  : 05:30 pm
Location  : London


The students who join our Master in Energy Management (MEM) programme are committed, focused and incredibly smart. 

Driven by these character traits, MEM students formed the ESCP Europe Energy Society to further enhance their time at the School. 

On 21st March 2015, they will be hitting the road in a Nissan LEAF electric car for the first stage of their multicampus tour. The plan is to drive to all five ESCP Europe campuses (Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Torino) in a vehicle powered by renewable energy, combining networking and a forward-thinking attitude with the international spirit of ESCP Europe.

This inaugural stage will not only provide first-hand experience with electric vehicles (such as charging e-cars and appropriate route planning), but will also be great opportunity to network with Alumni. 

Launch Event Schedule

10:30 – 11:00 Meet at ESCP Campus for photo shoot with electric vehicles
11:00 – 12:30 (Part 1) EV Route begins, stopping off at Buckingham Palace and Big Ben
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch (restaurant TBC)
14:00 – 16:00 (Part 2) EV Route stopping off at Millennium Dome and Thames Barrier
16:00 – 17:00 Drive home to ESCP Europe London Campus
17:30 – Networking drinks at the Black Lion pub, West End Lane. 

There are limited spaces to take part in this event. Book yours 

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My nissan is built ergo “Made in Sunderland” … Hmmm

March 10th, 2015 § Comments Off on My nissan is built ergo “Made in Sunderland” … Hmmm § permalink

i know I have had my Nissan Leaf Acenta for a while (first batch of 2013’s release) delivered in November 1st 2013, All made in the UK, Sunderland plant, it made me quite proud to own a “home-made” piece of “high tech”.

I don’t make apologies for nerdiness.

What I failed to “pick” on I suppose are some subtle, well, nuances which made room to hope for a better quality product all round. Then again, it could be just a picky self and I should actually keep it to myself.

The issue I’m referring to now is general Quality Control/Assurance for my shiny white Leaf with Acenta Trim.

And more pedantically I am referring to, the … Body work. Ironically this aspect falling below par (in my scrutiny) and has nothing to do with the fact that the car is electric.

I love my Leaf, and if you know me, I boast about it left, right and centre, and to date it’s the most comprehensive, all round well completed and mass produced electric car which is actually affordable and he beat bang for your buck, hands down. (Sorry i3, you’re also great but tad smaller and tad more expensive for me)

But the body work; the face of the car. Great classic Leaf, recognisable from far away instantly; if you have one, look closely at the alignment of your headlamps now, if you do have a Leaf.

The spacing between the seals.

Trace the ridge of the headlamp, does the connecting indicator attachment also in the same ridge line?

Mine aren’t. Not fussed all in all. But again, this is with my QA hat on and a ruler out. Well, so to speak, you can indeed see the issue with a naked eye.

Front Right headlamp seal mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via Front Left  headlamp seal mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via Front Left headlamp & indicator shell mis-aligned Nissan Leaf via

Now, the tail lights …

Left Rear Tail Light Nissan Leaf  via and Right Rear Tail Light Nissan Leaf  via


I don’t mean to be….mean, but I have a mouldy fish tank going on, in Both rear tail lights.

My leaf has done 16k-ish miles to date and is officially 17 months “old”. It should not have reached this “stage” for years to come.

Merely listing my “user experience here folks”, I am sure this (latter) is covered by the warranty anyway, so nothing to worry about. Just hoped it wouldn’t need to come to this is all.

QA folks, take notes.

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.

Siemens delivers EV infrastructure packages in South Tyneside and Dorset

January 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on Siemens delivers EV infrastructure packages in South Tyneside and Dorset § permalink

Siemens is supplying and installing two electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging networks in South Tyneside and Dorset in early 2015.

The charging points will be connected to the Charge Your Car network and back office system as part of two complete EV packages with three years maintenance support provided by Siemens.

Funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), the network in South Tyneside will consist of 20 QC45 triple-outlet, rapid chargers.

In Poole and throughout Dorset, Siemens’ local field services team will be responsible for project management, installation and commissioning of 19 QC45 rapid chargers.

The project will be the first rapid charging network installed and operating with fully integrated bay sensors providing real-time detection of both the availability of bays and information for parking enforcement teams of any non-charging vehicles.

Siemens will also install two rapid charging points  in Cirencester and Moreton-in-Marsh for Cotswold District Council (CDC) in 2015.

New rapid charging projects in Scotland include five new multi-standard chargers installed and commissioned for Scottish Borders Council and a further two new chargers in Stirling as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to delivering a network of public charging points for electric vehicles across Scotland.

The scheme, which includes Transport Scotland grants through the Energy Saving Trust, will deliver charging points within every 50 miles on trunk roads and an integrated network will join electric vehicles with public transport.

The company’s largest EV project to date is also well underway in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire.



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