Who said you can go for a quick weekender in a #twizy…
Ok, so we had to get from A to B really, but with 45odd mile range I’d get on my Renault twizy, you can see the convenience,(or not and I won’t blame you) of the ride, vs public transport lugging all this and change several times along the way. And Before you ask: No, I don’t have another car at the moment. So twizy or train&tube&bus.
Cost of this travel option: £1 in electricity.
Cost of would be alternative public travel for two people would be £20 (+ time inconvenience)
The electric hatchback will have a 155-mile range when it goes on sale in December with a new 30kW battery option
The Nissan Leaf has been fitted with a new 30kWh battery to extend its driving range to 155 miles, a 25% improvement over the 24kW unit. The car will go on sale in December 2015 with minor exterior changes and a new colour option.
No Thanks to Outdated 200-year-old legislation, specifically section 72 of the Highway Act 1835, which essentially means that riding [any] electric segways, scooters, hoverboards, skateboards “personal vehicles” is basically banned for use on public pavements and roads in the UK.
Now there is some confusion about this being enforced, where some owners of these tech-electric transportation devices were fined, while others were not. Either way, we, members of public require full clarity and amendment to this legislation.
This legislation is too old and outdated.
Basically, i looked and looked and realised enough is enough.
No one knows for certain if you Are or Are not to get fined for Breaking or maybe not breaking the law on this.
I have been drooling and contemplated the likes of solowheel, OneWheel, Marbel and Boosted for a longlongtime.
We, in the UK, are out of luck. US, Canada and i am sure many other countries which do cares about nuances of such personal-portable-commuter-gadget have embraced the tech. It is here to stay. Time to do away with the 200-year old law.
I think solowheel is as “safe as a jogger”. Takes minimal space on the pavement. Not fast* enough for global panic, but useful enough for commuters to nip the “last mile or so” in/within/around London or other city. Imagine traffic it would cut down on and emissions
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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.
The feat was accomplished in 10.84 seconds, beating the Tesla’s previous 11.5-second benchmark
The Enfield 8000 electric city car – which was built on the Isle of Wight and designed as a runabout during the 1970s oil crisis – was transformed by Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith over a three-year period from an 8hp city car to a lightning-fast 1,000hp minibeast.
The process also upped the top speed from 40mph to the 121mph it was clocked at as it completed a quarter-mile sprint during the FIA European Finals at Santa Pod in Northamptonshire.
The feat was accomplished in 10.84 seconds, beating the Tesla’s previous 11.5-second benchmark.
Smith entered the car – which he calls the Flux Capacitor, after envisioning the idea of going Back to the Future of an electric car – in the Street Eliminator category, in which some of the fastest drag racing cars compete.
However, in order to qualify for the category and prove their road legal credentials, cars have to take part in a mandatory 25-mile street cruise around the Northants countryside prior to racing.
“This doesn’t sound much for normal cars, but these are vehicles treading the fine line between all-out dragsters and Sunday cruisers,” said Smith.
“If you break down and can’t get back to the race track without outside help, you’re disqualified. Harsh, but we managed to keep our charge and complete the event.”
After qualifying with an 11.27 second quarter mile at 118mph, Smith decided to fit taller axle gears to try to go even faster.
“We had two hours to recharge after the gruelling cruise before heading into race one. It wasn’t a lot of time.
“To be honest I was happy to have qualified at all, given most of my competitors are running over 1,500bhp twin-turbo V8s,” said Smith.
“This would be a serious feat for a modern supercar, let alone something 2.8 metres long that was designed for a maximum of 40 mph.
“The numbers showed we’d got the thing from 0-102mph in 6.9 seconds. When new it couldn’t even do 60.
“They measured performance in the brochure quoting 0-30mph in 12.5 seconds. Mind you, it had 6kW of power then. Now it’s got 600kW.
“I was racing against a 2000bhp Nissan GT-R, so I knew I’d need some miracle to win.
“With a 10-second quarter mile in a tiny electric car in front of thousands of spectators, I couldn’t have been happier to lose.”
More from : http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/cars/604670/Europe-fastest-electric-car-40-years-old-British
A street-legal electric car built in 1974 is aiming for a European speed record this weekend.The cult British-built Enfield 8000 was built as an attempt to woo drivers during the decade’s oil crisis, but only 120 were built before cost killed off production.
Motoring journalist Jonny Smith is hoping to beat the 11.5 second record for a 1/4 mile dash in his car – The Flux Capacitor – at Santa Pod Raceway, on the Bedfordshire-Northamptonshire border.
Smith spoke about his record attempt during qualifying with BBC Look East’s Jonathan Park.
Caretaker Gary Chalke demonstrates his electric works van which he can keep and charge on his driveway at home in Longbridge
A caretaker from Longbridge has been selected to test out electric cars for the whole of Birmingham City Council.
The authority has installed a charging point in Gary Chalke’s home to see if it can save thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash from its budgets.
Over the next three months, Gary, a district neighbourhood caretaker, will be tasked with using a low carbon Nissan e-NV200 van to measure its cost-efficiency.
If the trial is successful, and money is seen to be saved, more council staff will be asked to drive electric vehicles and offered the British Gas charging points, either at home or their workplace.
What is an electric car?
An earlier trial involving a pool car, a Nissan Leaf, used by care workers found that, as well as having zero carbon emissions, the car cost £1,660 less to maintain and tax over five years compared to regular council vehicles, and saved 6.2p per mile on running costs – cositng 3.3p instead of the 9.5p per mile for diesel.
Council cabinet member for neighbourhood management John Cotton said: “The results from the initial trial are encouraging and show there are clear advantages to making our fleet of vehicles greener.
“But we need to test a number of different scenarios to get the most out of such technology. Doing this the right way will save the council and the taxpayer money, while also helping to address issues relating to air quality and the health and wellbeing of our citizens.
“This latest trial will help shape a green vehicle fleet for the council in future.”
Andy Butler from British Gas added: “Innovative trials like this demonstrate that using electric vehicles as part of a council’s fleet can bring significant benefits – from saving money to improving local air quality.
“Electric vehicles are also really convenient for council staff as they can be charged at home or at work while they’re parked. The charging point we’ve installed is as easy to use as plugging in a mobile phone, so we’re confident that it will support the neighbourhood caretaker in their duties.“
We are proud to introduce the Model S 70D, an all-wheel drive electric car with a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds and a 275 mile range (NEDC).
At the starting price of £55,380, Model S 70D offers you a broad and compelling set of features. Taking into account only fuel and road tax savings, the 70D could save an average driver £10,500 GBP over 5 years compared to an equivalently priced combustion engine car – company car drivers or those who drive into London can save substantially more.*
In addition to having independently operational front and rear motors, the 70D includes Supercharging to enable free long-distance travel, Autopilot hardware, navigation, blind spot detection and many other features. As with every Model S, the 70D will receive free over-the-air updates that add functionality and improve the driving experience for years to come.
70D also qualifies for a number of incentives** in the United Kingdom
£5,000 UK Government grant for every Model S (grant included in list price of Model S)
No Road Tax
5% Benefit in kind for a company purchase
100% First year allowance for company purchase until April 2018
Exemption from London Congestion Charge, potential saving of £2,520 per annum
2016: “The government’s current air quality plan with respect to London is based on the very limited ambition of the previous mayor to tackle air pollution and isn’t enough to protect Londoners health,” said Khan. “I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health as I suffer from adult-onset asthma myself.”
Khan’s first major policy announcement after winning the mayoral election for Labour were new plans to tackle the capital’s air pollution. These include more than doubling the size of the planned Ultra Low Emission Zone.