POLL: “Is it reasonable to charge £6 for 30 mins rapid charging?”

July 12th, 2016 § Comments Off on POLL: “Is it reasonable to charge £6 for 30 mins rapid charging?” § permalink

Show of hands if you think £6 for half hour charge is reasonable or not...

Electric Vehicle Driver Association has ran a similar Poll

How much "charging for charging" is reasonable?

What do you think? (click image to part-take in the poll)

My view is that this should be “charged for charging” (no one disputes there is going to be a fee after all), but with different scheme.

10 minute slots of £1-£1.50 (if this is time-duration driven). This allows some topping up for BEV while en-route making “long jumps” to the next charging points.

This works out as max £3 for 20 minute charging.

Else, if this 20-30 mins duration is a must-have to discourage PHEV owners from hogging the Rapid Chargers, still, financially, this £6 does not discriminate owners, and I think should still be halved.

Then there is a loyalty scheme with the actual MOTO Services partners option, hope someone considered. EV Drivers already forced to take a break at every station. Say spending over £5 at the Service station gets your BEV a Free charge? That would be a vastly better alternative

With good and welcomed uptake of EVs, last thing we want to see is “Killing [any] the demand” before it takes good hold. And there will be plenty money to be made for ecotricity as the Number of EV drivers increases.

Yes, this will work out a tad cheaper but also be competitive enough to own and drive such an electric car.

There are no gov grants to sponsor this business model, and maybe there should be some input, financial incentive, from OLEV. Make your thoughts heard – https://twitter.com/olevgovuk @olevgovuk https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/office-for-low-emission-vehicles

 

Its not all doom and gloom after all, you could always sign up with Ecotricity’s energy supply, and thats the bigger picture, the main objective. It you do make frequent  Trips via Ecotricity’s network, being a member could resolve all these charging and cost woes.

But it you are a casual Traveller, i am just glad i have a range extender… #notproud

 

 

Ecotricity’s Dale Vince: “£6 for 30 minutes” …read MORE

July 11th, 2016 § Comments Off on Ecotricity’s Dale Vince: “£6 for 30 minutes” …read MORE § permalink

Update:
Dale Vince on Your and Yours

This is now £6 for 30 minutes.

In regards to the programme,
I am not personally not so pro-PHEV (my personal view) for Rapid Charge point hogging – as featured in the programme (I have been stuck in the queue behind PHEV, while i had no choice but politely hang about, in line in my pure BEV)

But back to the point;
Free Charging was always appreciated and we/EV Folk, have always known that ‘charging’ will come, in one form or another, one day, sooner or later.

And let me make it clear, that I personally do not view the charging per se being an issue whatsoever.

However, it’s the particulars of “charging for charging”,
First,

it was £5 for 20 mins – feels like a rough get-go plan, which would put this cost-price for a sensible level of charging (typically 30mins charge time) at about £7.50. Thats for starters and this amount would really be felt at home, especially the new-ev-comers who potentially have gone electric, for more financial reasons. So [any] savings are out of the window.
Then we have the 20minute figure itself.. which barely would “top up” the average 24kwh nissan leaf in full.
Never mind the 30kWh Nissan Leaf.
30 minutes (10 minutes extra time) is indeed a welcomed change, but surely the fairest way to charge would be per kWh?
Otherwise, what would happen to the odd ev driver who needs to “add a few miles” to enable them for a “long jump” to their destination. that may not be anywhere close to 20 minutes even, albeit charge-per-duration rules to apply.

Not even mentioning the 24kwh vs 30kwh battery pack discrepancy and indeed the cold weather vs hot weather impact on the rate of charging (ideal battery temperature is about 18c)

In Short,

  • A more reasonable and Charging per kWh charging, is we want to see.
  • But maybe it is a move to discourage the PHEV drivers hogging the Rapid Chargers?

What are your Thoughts?

Updated: Ecotricity to start charging to charge “£6 for 30mins”

July 7th, 2016 § Comments Off on Updated: Ecotricity to start charging to charge “£6 for 30mins” § permalink

Update: the cost of “charge for charge” now changed to £6 for 30mins since this story was published.

These news just delivered through the electronic mail this morning…

I’m writing to you as a member of the Electric Highway to let you know of a significant change to our service.
After five years of providing charging for free, we’re moving to a ‘charging for charging’ model.
When we began in July 2011, there was a bit of a chicken and egg situation – people were reluctant to buy electric cars because there were no charging facilities being built, but nobody wanted to build those facilities while there were still so few cars on the road. That’s when we jumped in to help kickstart the electric car revolution in Britain.
And that’s going pretty well: today there are over 40 models to choose from and 64,000 plug-ins on the road. The Electric Highway itself comprises almost 300 electricity pumps – of the fast charging variety.
The combination of more cars on the road and faster charging means we’re now delivering two million miles of clean driving each month – all powered from the wind and sun. That’s a great result. It’s also a growing cost. And to keep pace with demand, we need to build more electricity pumps – at existing and new locations.
So the time has come for us to charge – for charging.
We’ve taken a lot of feedback from EV drivers in order to arrive at the right pricing model. We’ve decided that a simple flat fee of a fiver for a 20 minute fast charge strikes the right balance.

 

Here’s how it will all work and when it will all happen
First, we’ve created an Electric Highway app. You’ll need this app to use our pumps once we’ve changed over to the ‘charging for charging’ model.
The app will have other features that you’ll find useful. It will show you a live feed of our entire network so you can see the location and availability of your nearest pump, making it easier for you to plan your journeys. You’ll be able to track the progress of your charge with the app’s charging countdown, and there’ll be other features coming in the future.
The transition to ‘charging for charging’ will require a hardware upgrade of each pump. We’ll start that work on Monday 11 July and we’re aiming to have the entire network finished by Friday 5 August.
During this transition period, you’ll need the app for some pumps and your swipe card for others. The app itself will tell you which pumps have switched over to the new charging model.
Once the work is complete, our entire network will only be usable through the Electric Highway app.
We’ve updated the FAQs on the Ecotricity website to provide more information, should you need it.
I hope this is all clear and that you’ll understand our need to finally move to ‘charging for charging’ – it’s the next vital step in the evolution of the Electric Highway and it will allow us to continue to reinvest in improving and expanding the network.
Viva the EV revolution 🙂
Thanks for being with us.
Dale Vince
P.S. Nearly forgot … the Electric Highway will still be free to use for Ecotricity energy customers – so if you’re not already a customer, now is a pretty good time to switch. You’ll not only get free use of the Electric Highway, we’ll give you a discount on your energy just for having an electric car. 

Nissan Pushes UK Government For EV-Specific Road Signs

October 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Nissan Pushes UK Government For EV-Specific Road Signs § permalink

Nissan joined forces with Ecotricity green car charger network operator to call the UK government for official EV-charging road signs.   
The two companies created the campaign in order to accelerate the progress of the EV infrastructure, demanding from the UK government the introduction of official road signage than can be used to designate the different types of EV charging points available on British roads. 

UK currently hosts over 9,000 electric car charging stations across its road network with no official road signs leading to them. The campaign demands for specific EV-signs that will host new universal symbols for each different type of charger available to electric vehicle users, much like the signs used for fuel stations

Ecotricity, currently operating Europe’s biggest rapid charging network, says that the phenomenal 2015 growth in the use of electric vehicles demands the use of official road signs, as over a million electric miles have been driven every month.

Its Electric Highway members have now driven over 15 million miles since the charging network first established in 2011. “It’s time to introduce charging point road signs in Britain,” said Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity. “They’ll provide necessary direction for the thousands of electric car drivers in Britain as well as increasing public awareness that the infrastructure is ready for them to make the move to an electric car.”

Nissan has currently sold more than 11,500 Leafs since its UK debut and almost 200,000 on a global scale, making them the manufacturer of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle in the world. 

Further improving the electric vehicle infrastructure will not only make the lives of their users easier, but also drive more customers into purely electric mobility, as they will feel more secure about their new purchase.

FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK

October 4th, 2015 § Comments Off on FIXED:How much can electric car save me on Fuel Economy. Fuel vs Electricity Calculator. UK § permalink

Edit the Form below as necessary to work out your Fuel Costs.

Right now it defaults to a typical assumptions of 1000 mile ( near one month of estimated driving) trip, which suffices an average household. Change figures as you see fit.

One assumption is that electric car’s average travel is 70 miles – appropriate for mk1 generation of electric cars typically released prior to 2013. Czero/Imiev/iOn/Leaf/ However, Newer and updated higher-Trim-levels like Nissan’s LEAF Acenta & Tekna are mk2 (post-2013)/Bmw i3 are more efficient – averaging 85 miles on a single charge.

Another assumption is that you will charge at home for 40% of your charges, and paying for your electricity. The remaining 60% charging will be done at public charging networks like Source London and Ecotricity, – which currently are free.

 


Both Birmingham and Liverpool airports join Electric Highway

July 14th, 2015 § Comments Off on Both Birmingham and Liverpool airports join Electric Highway § permalink

Birmingham Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport have become the first two British airports to join the Electric Highway.
The two airports now offer fast charging for electric motorists as part of the network of charging stations run by utility firm Ecotricity, which now covers almost the entire motorway network in Britain.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: “Installing pumps at airports such as Liverpool and Birmingham is the next phase of our national network which enables electric cars to drive the length and breadth of Britain. Now e-drivers can charge up at the airport if they’re picking up, dropping off, or on their way in and out of the country.”

Andrew Dutton, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s head of environment, said: “Liverpool John Lennon Airport is proud to play a small part in the electric car revolution. The journey to the airport can be one of the major contributors to CO2 emissions associated with our business.

“By installing this charging point we are now giving those customers with electric or hybrid cars the opportunity to use these vehicles on a potential lengthy journey to the airport, relaxed in the knowledge that we have a charging point for them to use for their return journey home. Just as important though, this will also help to reduce CO2 emissions.”

Jo Lloyd, commercial director at Birmingham Airport, added: “We’re always looking at new and innovative ways of improving the passenger experience at Birmingham Airport, which is why we have installed these electric charging points.

“The growing popularity of electric and hybrid cars means it is vital we provide the facilities that will enable our passengers to travel to-and-from the airport as easily as possible. We’re extremely proud to support this green form of energy and the obvious benefits it brings to the environment.”

And so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways

June 18th, 2015 § Comments Off on And so its done: Tesla settles legal dispute with Ecotricity to put its Superchargers on UK Motorways § permalink

One of the perks of being a Tesla EV owner is having access to the company’s Supercharger free refueling stations. Knowing a widespread network of Supercharger sites will be key to getting British bums in leather seats, Tesla said late last year that within six months, you’d be able to drive the length of the UK on complimentary juice. While that may already be theoretically possible if you fancy chancing the journey from Leeds to Edinburgh on a single charge, we haven’t heard a peep out of Tesla since January, when it declared 20 Supercharger sites were now live. Expansion is back on the agenda, though, with Tesla announcing fresh plans to build seven Supercharger banks at motorway service stations “to enable routes to the West of Scotland and Eastern England.” These will join the 22 currently operating sites, with more additions to the network due to be revealed soon.

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Excellent news: Airport installs Merseyside’s first rapid car charging point

June 10th, 2015 § Comments Off on Excellent news: Airport installs Merseyside’s first rapid car charging point § permalink

LIVERPOOL John Lennon Airport has installed Merseyside’s first rapid charging point for electric vehicles in partnership with green energy company Ecotricity.

The facility is part of Ecotricity’s Electric Highway which forms part of the UK’s national network of electric charging stations.

Powered with 100% renewable energy from sun and wind power, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles cars such as the Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid or Nissan’s fully electric LEAF, can recharge in 20 to 30mins – about the time it takes to have a cup of coffee.

The new charging point is free to use and located in one of the Airport car parks, close to the terminal building.

Whilst use of the service is primarily aimed at passengers using the Airport, it is available for anyone to use, with access to its location free of parking charges too.

Andrew Dutton, LJLA’s head of environment, said: “We are proud to play a small part in the electric car revolution.

“The journey to the airport can be one of the major contributors to CO2 emissions associated with our business.

“By installing this charging point we are now giving those customers with electric or hybrid cars the opportunity to use these vehicles on a potential lengthy journey to the airport, relaxed in the knowledge that we have a charging point for them to use for their return journey home. Just as important though, this will also help to reduce CO2 emissions.”

Good. Speedy charging driving a global boom in electric cars

September 3rd, 2014 § Comments Off on Good. Speedy charging driving a global boom in electric cars § permalink

Without a whisper or a whiff, electric cars seem to be gaining ground in the UK and elsewhere.

According to Ecotricity, the company that has installed a network of charging stations along the UK’s motorways, we are seeing a “revolution”.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders indicated that electric car sales have now topped the 10,000 mark in the UK.

As well as government incentives that have cut ownership costs, a key development is the roll-out of a network of superfast chargers at motorway stations.

Over the past year, Ecotricity say they have installed around 170 of these units, covering 90% of the network.

These allow you to charge your car battery up 80% in 20-30 minutes.

Just 4,000 cars used the system between October and December last year. In the three months to the end of June, this leapt to 15,000.

That’s impressive.

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136 Tonnes Co2 Saved!: Electric Cars Clock 500,000 Miles On Electric Highway Over One Year Period

May 16th, 2014 § Comments Off on 136 Tonnes Co2 Saved!: Electric Cars Clock 500,000 Miles On Electric Highway Over One Year Period § permalink

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We are entering a time in which every charging point network boasts of how much energy is being delivered or how many cumulative miles electric cars have gone courtesy of a charging network.

Ecotricity’s Electric Highway is no different and happily announces that over the last twelve months, electric cars traveled over one half million miles on juice from Electric Highway charging points.

“The Electric Highway, Ecotricity’s national network of electricity pumps for electric cars,and the biggest network in Britain, has grown rapidly in reach over the last year and by the end of this year there will be an Electric Highway pump at every motorway services in Britain.”

There are ~ 110 charging points in the Electric Highway network and probably most of them are dual output ones with 50 kW DC (CHAdeMO plug) and 43 kW 3-phase AC (Type 2 plug).

Interesting is that in another twelve months, the Electric Highway is expected to deliver energy for one million miles.

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