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VW’s ‘dieselgate’ puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany

October 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on VW’s ‘dieselgate’ puts spotlight on electric cars in Germany § permalink

The pollution-cheating scandal that has engulfed auto giant Volkswagen is turning up the heat on the German government to make more determined headway in its self-declared “electromobility” goals, analysts say.
The “bitter irony” of the scam that has rocked the automobile sector around the world and plunged the once-respected carmaker into a major crisis, is that the billions of euros VW could potentially face in fines “could have been used to finance an entire electric car programme,” complained Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks recently.
Over the past six years, Berlin has put up 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for research into an electric car, the minister pointed out. And her ministry is looking into a series of measures to promote the electric car, such as tax incentives and purchase subsidies.
Her colleague at the Economy Ministry, Sigmar Gabriel, has said he was ready to support financial incentives, without specifying what form they should take.
And he is in favour of introducing quotas for electric vehicles in the car fleets of public authorities, with the aim of boosting demand.
Such ideas are enthusiastically welcomed by VDIK, the association of international motor vehicle manufacturers, which is calling for a purchase discount of “at least 5,000 euros” per electric car during a still undefined “transition period.”
In 2009, the German government formulated a goal to have around one million electric cars on the road by 2020. And it restated that target earlier this year.
But the goal is looking increasingly ephemeral and at the half-way point, the concrete numbers are woefully short of target, with a meagre 19,000 vehicles on the roads in Germany in September 2015.
The government’s goal “is quite simply not achievable,” said Stefan Bratzel, director of the Center of Automotive Research in Bergisch Gladbach.
There was “a lot of euphoria, but no vision for a feasible economic model” for the electric car in Germany, he complained.
– ‘Concerted action’ –
The VW scandal may provide a chance to restart the electromobility debate in Germany.
“But for that, real concerted action is needed between automakers, suppliers and the authorities,” Bratzel said.
Offering car buyers a purchase discount would likely prove only a flash in the pan with regard to kickstarting overall demand, the expert argued.
The main determining factors for the lasting success of electric vehicles would be considerations of “battery autonomy, infrastructure and price,” Bratzel insisted.
Public subsidy of any electromobility initiative remains controversial.
The opposition environmentalist Green party is calling for a general overhaul of the system of taxes for vehicles, arguing that powerful, big-cylinder and pollutant engines should face the highest levies.
But that is a road the government appears reluctant to go down.
Instead, Berlin announced, just a week after the VW scandal broke, the construction of 400 battery-charging stations for electric cars at motorway service stations by 2017, as well as a number of “privileges” for electric vehicles on public roads.
They would, for example, be allowed to use bus lanes and benefit from free parking in towns and cities.
However, at the end of the day, it is the local and municipal authorities that have the final word on such initiatives and they “have no interest in jamming the bus lanes with private cars, even if they are electric cars,” said Bratzel.
As time progresses and the dream of electromobility remains pie-in-the-sky, environmentalist groups are losing patience.
“Every year, Germany squanders seven billion euros on privileges for diesel, which is a pollutant technology,” said Daniel Moser, who is responsible for transport issues at Greenpeace Germany.
The activists believe it will simply not be enough to transfer the privileges to electric vehicles.
What was needed was an entire ecological urban transport system, ranging from trams, to bicycles and electric buses, “not just more private electric cars clogging up towns,” Greenpeace said.

First electric vehicle charging point for Bute

July 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on First electric vehicle charging point for Bute § permalink

Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.

The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.

That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that 2013 discount scheme is still in place.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.

It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.

The new charging point’s arrival coincides nicely – if, apparently, accidentally – with the unveiling of a new hybrid car for the fleet of Rothesay-based car club Car Bute, taking place in Guildford Square today (Saturday, July 4).

After noticing the charging point for the first time we rang Fyne Futures, the local social enterprise which runs Car Bute, to find out more, and discovered they knew nothing about the new facility.

The nearest operational charging points to Bute are located at Kennacraig in Kintyre and Brodick on Arran, with marginally less inconvenient facilities at the Braehead shopping centre and Irvine.

First electric vehicle charging point for Bute

July 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on First electric vehicle charging point for Bute § permalink

Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.

The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.

That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that 2013 discount scheme is still in place.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.

It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.

The new charging point’s arrival coincides nicely – if, apparently, accidentally – with the unveiling of a new hybrid car for the fleet of Rothesay-based car club Car Bute, taking place in Guildford Square today (Saturday, July 4).

After noticing the charging point for the first time we rang Fyne Futures, the local social enterprise which runs Car Bute, to find out more, and discovered they knew nothing about the new facility.

The nearest operational charging points to Bute are located at Kennacraig in Kintyre and Brodick on Arran, with marginally less inconvenient facilities at the Braehead shopping centre and Irvine.

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.

ULEV ZONE 2020

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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Good News Everyone! Plug-in Car Grant to rise to 35% of RRP from April 1st 2015. UK

February 23rd, 2015 § Comments Off on Good News Everyone! Plug-in Car Grant to rise to 35% of RRP from April 1st 2015. UK § permalink

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has altered the Plug-in Car Grant to provide additional funding for the most affordable electric models on the market, while hinting at future differentiation between plug-ins based on their range and CO2 emissions.

From the 1st April, buyers will be able to claim a 35% discount of the vehicle’s recommended retail price, up to the already existing £5,000 cap. Significantly, this means electric cars priced under £20,000 will be able to take advantage of most or all of the £5,000 discount for the first time.

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FRANCE’S FIRST NATIONAL NETWORK OF DC FAST CHARGERS TO START INSTALLATION

April 27th, 2014 § Comments Off on FRANCE’S FIRST NATIONAL NETWORK OF DC FAST CHARGERS TO START INSTALLATION § permalink

On 26 March, Auchan and Nissan have celebrated the installation of their first charger in the parking lot of Auchan Mantes, in the suburbs of Paris.
There are 3 EV-only parking slots around a dual-arm DBT-CEV charger (CHAdeMO + AC).
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“Things you should know” flyer about Tesla model S UK Benefits / Tax breaks #ev

January 29th, 2014 § Comments Off on “Things you should know” flyer about Tesla model S UK Benefits / Tax breaks #ev § permalink

UK Incentives

£5,000 UK Government grant for every Model S (grant included in list price of Model S)

No Showroom Tax or Road Tax

Exemption from London Congestion Charge
• Non-residents traveling into London can expect to pay a yearly subscription of £2,520

100% First Year Allowance for company purchase until April 2015

0% Benefit in Kind for a company purchase until April 2015, after which BIK is set at a rate of 5%
• A diesel powered executive car costing £49,900 with an emission rating of 150g/km CO2 would be taxed at over 24% BIK, and for individuals in the higher tax bracket of 40% this means that owning Model S could provide a saving of over £4,508 in the first year alone. (Cost comparison based on a £49,900 60kWh Model S at 0% BIK)

Model S emits zero tailpipe emissions so you will never pay for fuel again and have access to Tesla Superchargers across Europe for free, for life!

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