New electric cars coming for 2018 onwards

October 5th, 2017 § Comments Off on New electric cars coming for 2018 onwards § permalink

The next couple of years promise to be quite interesting for electric cars.

A minimum of six new models are expected in that time period, all promising ranges of 200 miles or more—which until a few months ago had been the exclusive province of Tesla Motors.

The list includes two affordable 200-mile electric cars: the second-generation Nissan Leaf, and the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3.

It also includes the first production long-range battery-electric cars from Audi, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz.

Finally, the BMW i5 could prove to be a crucial model for the German automaker’s “i” sub-brand, which has been in a holding pattern.

Here is a quick look at each of these models, and a summary of what we know so far.

2018 Nissan Leaf

Along with the Chevrolet Bolt EV and the Tesla Model 3, the 2018 Nissan Leaf is one of three affordable electric cars with 200 miles of range or more that’s expected to go into production this year.

The second-generation Leaf has big tire tracks to fill: the version it replaces was a major part of the first wave of modern electric cars, as well as the best-selling electric car in history.

The 2018 Leaf is expected to offer at least two battery-pack options, though only the largest is likely to provide the marquee value of 200-plus miles of range.

The new Leaf will also be offered with Nissan’s ProPilot technology, which the automaker says will offer limited self-driving capability.

Styling will likely be inspired by the Nissan IDS concept that first appeared at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, and will bring the Leaf more in line with other current Nissan models.

Expect the 2018 Nissan Leaf to be revealed this summer or fall, while retail sales will likely start at the very end of 2017 or perhaps early next year.

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Cheapest Electric Car lease 2017: Hyundai Ioniq 3+35 Term 10k/annum @£374/month

October 3rd, 2017 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car lease 2017: Hyundai Ioniq 3+35 Term 10k/annum @£374/month § permalink

Personal Lease Deal
£374.62

Per Month, INC VAT

Rental Profile 3+35
Annual Mileage 10k Miles p/a
Initial Rental £1,123.86
Additional Fees £199.00

By Leasing Options Limited

 0161 820 6539

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri  to 

Address :

Options House, Atkin Street, Worsley, Manchester, M28 3DG

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https://www.contracthireandleasing.com/independent-brokers/leasing-options-limited/hyundai/ioniq/236129224/

Cheapest Electric Car lease 2017: BMW i3 94ah with Range Extender* 3+35 term, 10k/annum £395/month

October 2nd, 2017 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car lease 2017: BMW i3 94ah with Range Extender* 3+35 term, 10k/annum £395/month § permalink

Personal Lease Deal
£395.94

Per Month, INC VAT

Rental Profile 3+35
Annual Mileage 10k Miles p/a
Initial Rental £1,187.82
Additional Fees £198.00

Range extender is a 650cc petrol generated designed to extend your electric range, by maintaining the charge levels whilst driving sub 60mph(as owned & tested)

There is only a 2 gallon tank for petrol reserve, but it provides additional 80 miles approx range supplemented to your Electric Battery Range.

Offer by Nationwide Vehicle Contracts Ltd

 0161 660 6303

Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri  to 

Address :

Unit 9, Christie Way, Christie Fields, Manchester, M21 7QY

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https://www.contracthireandleasing.com/independent-brokers/nationwide-vehicle-contracts-ltd/bmw/i3/220734201/

KIA Soul EV drives 2,500-miles across UK & Ireland

October 31st, 2016 § Comments Off on KIA Soul EV drives 2,500-miles across UK & Ireland § permalink

Earlier this year, motoring journalist Jess Shanahan drove the Route 57 Road Trip entirely by electric car, specifically a KIA Soul EV. The route was created by hotel chain Jurys Inns as a rival to the USA’s Route 66 and it was done in an EV to disprove various preconceptions the general public still have of them. These include:

  • That EVs don’t have the range capability to drive long distances
  • The charging network in the UK & Ireland is not good enough for an EV road trip

According to a recent poll from the AA, just 55% of drivers considered environmental sensitivity as an important reason when purchasing a new car. Only one in eleven considered going hybrid or electric when buying a new car in the next three years. This shows that many still believe that EVs don’t have the same capability that fuel powered cars have but this couldn’t be further from the truth as proved by this road trip.

Using Zap Map to plot the charging points she’d use throughout her journey, Jess averaged 95 miles per charge in the KIA Soul EV which varied depending on her speed and the terrain she travelled on. This was more than enough range to get to the next charger on the network as they were sufficiently spread out enough across the country to complete the road trip. Jess even came to appreciate the time spent charging as it allowed for her to take in the surrounding scenery more.

Of the KIA Soul EV, she mentions that although it’s a heavy car, most of the weight is located underneath giving it a low centre of gravity and “amazing handling through city streets and country roads”. It was also so quiet that Jess had a problem with road crossing pedestrians unable to hear it coming!

The entire Route 57 Road Trip was finished in 20 days, having driven 2,500 miles across 4 countries. It proved that not only do modern EVs have a sufficient driving range but also that a road trip across the UK & Ireland can be done in an environmentally friendly way.

To see and read more about the journey, check out the online journal and video.

Leicester council buys £287,000 fleet of electric cars to replace polluting diesel vehicles

June 30th, 2016 § Comments Off on Leicester council buys £287,000 fleet of electric cars to replace polluting diesel vehicles § permalink

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, with the new fleet of all electric vehicles that Leicester City Council have taken delivery of.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON

Cllr Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, with the new fleet of all electric vehicles that Leicester City Council have taken delivery of.PICTURE CHRIS GORDON

Councillor Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, with the new fleet of all electric vehicles Leicester City Council has taken delivery of.

Leicester council bosses have collected the keys for a £287,000 fleet of new electric cars.

The ultra-low emission Nissan Leafs will replace some of the cars council’s ageing diesel fleet as a small step in the drive to cut air pollution in the city.

The ten vehicles which have a range of around 80 miles per charge, will be used by a range employees for getting about on their duties

Five larger van versions of the Nissan Leaf will join the fleet in the coming weeks.

They purchased through the council’s spend to save budget. This includes the installation of associated charging points at council offices, depots and other key locations.

The council says each vehicle will save around £1,000 per year in running costs compared to the older diesel models they are replacing.

After a six month trial the council will seek to replace a further 95 diesel vehicles, from it 800-strong fleet, with ultra-low emission alternatives.

Assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability Councillor Adam Clarke said: “Increasing the number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is one of the agreed actions in the city’s plan to improve air quality of the next ten years.

“It is important that the council is seen to be leading the way by replacing our old diesel vehicles with clean, all-electric alternatives as far as possible.

“Putting these new all-electric vehicles into service across a wide range of council teams will give us the chance to thoroughly check their suitability for different uses.

“That will help determine how we roll this out in future months and years.

“We also hope it will encourage other organisations to do the same with their own fleet vehicles.”

The council currently has around 800 diesel vehicles in its fleet. More than 650 of these are larger or specialist vehicles for which suitable ULEV alternatives are not currently offered.

The council is currently reviewing its fleet with a view to reducing vehicle numbers to around 600.

An ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) is one that produces 75g of less of carbon dioxide from the exhaust pipe.

Currently, the only vehicles that achieve this are either electric or plug-in hybrid, which attract a ‘money-off grant’ of between £5,000 and £8,000 administered by the Government’s Office for Low Emissions Vehicles.

The council made an unsuccessful £11.7 million bid for Government cash to set up 800 electric car charging points across the city to encourage drivers to switch to low emission cars.

Coun Clarke said the bid was strong but was overlooked by the Government.

The council now intends to set up a charging network in partnership with the private sector but that means it will not be able to provide free electricity as planned.

Read more: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/leicester-council-buys-287-000-fleet-of-electric-cars-to-replace-polluting-diesel-vehicles/story-29457675-detail/story.html#ixzz4D4lGAWZ6

Lancashire set to invest £15 million on electric car chargers

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Lancashire set to invest £15 million on electric car chargers § permalink

The scheme would see 150 charging points be installed across the county by March 2018, but some people wonder if the money could be spent elsewhere.


Lancashire County Council successfully bid for the £14.8m from the Department for Transport.

But some community leaders have spoken out, saying the money should be used to save bus and library services that are being callously cut across Lancashire.
With libraries and bus services in every town across the county facing cuts, many believe this would be the better option.
However, others think we need to invest in the future of energy saving.
It is hoped the first machines will be installed in early 2017 once contract providers have been appointed.
Money secured from the Department for Transport will also go to replacing street lights with new LED bulbs, which could save up to £500,000 a year.
Source: http://www.2br.co.uk/news/local-news/2018180/lancashire-set-to-invest-15-million-on-electric-car-chargers/

Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London § permalink

Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with Westminster city council to bring fifty Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid electric cars to its members in London.
Westminster will receive 40 cars and 10 additional cars are to be sent elsewhere in London, such as Tower Bridge and Old Oak.


Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 of Westminster city council’s club parking bays.

The city council has installed electric charging infrastructure in 40 of its car club parking bays.

Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster city council cabinet member for parking and sustainability, said: “Electric vehicles are key to helping address pollution. Giving more people the chance to drive an electric car in London, and on a shared basis, is a big step towards creating a greener city.

“We are delighted that residents and visitors to Westminster will have the opportunity to try out these vehicles. Car sharing makes so much sense in central London, where a private car is not often needed.”

Price

The cars are available to drivers for £7 an hour, which is the same rate as a petrol Volkswagen Golf.

According to Zipcar Figures suggest that one in 10 UK car club members have used an electric vehicle, which is up on just 4% in 2014.

Mark Walker, Zipcar UK general manager, said: “At Zipcar, we are all about simple and responsible urban living. The Volkswagen Golf GTE fully supports that ethos and is ideal for our members. The combination of pure electric vehicle driving in the city and fully flexibility to escape anywhere in the country, without compromise, is compelling. We believe our members will thoroughly enjoy driving this car in electric mode and will become keen advocates for electric vehicle driving in London.”

The car club strategy for London announced last May by councils, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London is targeting 50% of car-share fleets to be electric vehicles by 2050.

Source: http://www.airqualitynews.com/2016/06/09/zipcar-to-bring-50-electric-vehicles-to-london/

Council aims to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford

June 22nd, 2016 § Comments Off on Council aims to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford § permalink

Council aiming to turbo-charge electric car use in Oxford
AN ATTEMPT to jump-start Oxford’s slow uptake of electric vehicles is now in motion, with up to 30 new charging points arriving in the next 12 months.
People and businesses across the city are being called on to help develop the plan and find suitable places for the trial stations, which will be bought in the summer.
In April this year Oxford City Council received an £800,000 grant to add an extra 100 charging stations to the city – where only 85 people currently drive electric cars.
John Tanner, the council’s board member for climate change, said: “What we have at the moment is the early adopters, the enthusiasts.
“But with more plug-in points around the city, I think more people are going to take the plunge and buy electric vehicles.”
There are currently 13 on-street charging stations around Oxford, of which three, Summertown Car Park, Cowley Road and Worcester Street Car Park, have reported faults.
It is hoped the 100 new devices will begin to be rolled out in 2018, making make electric vehicle ownership possible for 16,000 extra homes.
Mr Tanner added that another barrier to more people making the switch was the initial cost of a vehicle, which he said was comparatively “quite high”.
But he added: “We have to get into our heads that although these vehicles cost a lot to buy in the first place, they are very cheap to run, and don’t pollute the atmosphere.
“A petrol or diesel vehicle is pumping nitrogen dioxide into Oxford’s atmosphere. To switch to renewable energy from fossil fuel is the right way to go.”
Those already driving an ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) could struggle to get around Oxford due to a lack of available charge points.
Low Carbon Hub CEO Barbara Hammond, who lives in a terraced house on Osney Island, bought a Toyota Prius Plug-in hybrid – which can switch between electrical power and fuel-burning – three years ago.
She said: “When we get the space outside we would like to plug in from our house and use a ‘cable gully’ – a safe means of getting the cable across the pavement.
“If you live in a city being able to charge it is an issue. A lot of people would have an electric vehicle if they could be sure of charging it.”
Research recently carried out by the city council suggested one in five people would consider going electric with their next vehicle.
Giles Dobson, 37, the owner of Oxford River Cruises based at Folly Bridge, said he would definitely buy an electric car if there were a place to charge it.
The Lake Street resident said: “My introduction to electric vehicles was the boats we operate – they’re electrically propelled themselves.
“To me the attraction of electric vehicles is the environmental benefit primarily, but also they have company car and tax benefits.”
Mr Dobson was among a small group of Oxford residents who met with the council on June 8 to discuss having a charging point on their street.
He added: “Lake Street is one of the worst for on-street parking because of the community centre, the health centre and the swimming pool.
“This scheme would make it feasible for me to get an electric car.”

Source: http://m.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/14567364.Council_aiming_to_turbo_charge_electric_car_use_in_Oxford/

Electric Car ownership Survey: Review – https://goo.gl/6B74GA #ev #electricCar

June 15th, 2016 § Comments Off on Electric Car ownership Survey: Review – https://goo.gl/6B74GA #ev #electricCar § permalink

Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London

June 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on Zipcar to bring 50 electric vehicles to London § permalink

Car-sharing service Zipcar is partnering with Westminster city council to bring fifty Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid electric cars to its members in London.
Westminster will receive 40 cars and 10 additional cars are to be sent elsewhere in London, such as Tower Bridge and Old Oak.
Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 of Westminster city council’s club parking bays.

Electric car charging points have been installed in 40 parking bays

The city council has installed electric charging infrastructure in 40 of its car club parking bays.
Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster city council cabinet member for parking and sustainability, said: “Electric vehicles are key to helping address pollution. Giving more people the chance to drive an electric car in London, and on a shared basis, is a big step towards creating a greener city.
“We are delighted that residents and visitors to Westminster will have the opportunity to try out these vehicles. Car sharing makes so much sense in central London, where a private car is not often needed.”

Price

The cars are available to drivers for £7 an hour, which is the same rate as a petrol Volkswagen Golf.
According to Zipcar Figures suggest that one in 10 UK car club members have used an electric vehicle, which is up on just 4% in 2014.
Mark Walker, Zipcar UK general manager, said: “At Zipcar, we are all about simple and responsible urban living. The Volkswagen Golf GTE fully supports that ethos and is ideal for our members. The combination of pure electric vehicle driving in the city and fully flexibility to escape anywhere in the country, without compromise, is compelling. We believe our members will thoroughly enjoy driving this car in electric mode and will become keen advocates for electric vehicle driving in London.”
The car club strategy for London announced last May by councils, the Greater London Authority and Transport for London is targeting 50% of car-share fleets to be electric vehicles by 2050.

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