Fleetdrive help energy giants get smart about electric vehicles

Fleetdrive have been selected by Southern Electric Power Distribution & EA Technology to help deliver a £4.2 million innovative project which aims to help make the UK’s electricity distribution network smarter and meet the challenges of moving to a low carbon economy.   The project involves trialling a technology that will allow a cluster of electric vehicles to re-charge without stressing the distribution system.   Working in partnership with Nissan, Fleetdrive will be providing the UK’s largest fleet of electric Nissan LEAF cars to fulfil this project.   The main aims are to; trial an ‘intelligent socket’ charger that is controlled remotely to manage demand on the system examine the willingness of electric vehicle customers to adopt intermittent charging gather learning on the effects of clusters of electric vehicles on the distribution system   Following rigorous assessment from an independent expert panel, the project has now…

Changes to London's congestion charge

Car-makers have been too good at making CO2 efficient ‘green’ cars – so many cars are entering London’s Congestion Charge zone with a 100% discount, congestion has…well, risen!   So the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is proposing a new Ultra Low Emission Discount, to provide improved air quality benefits for Londoners.   And the change to the London Congestion Charged, first introduced in February 2003, is planned for next year.   The proposal from Transport for London is that an Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) would come into effect in July 2013.   In order for cars and vans to qualify for the newly proposed 100% Congestion Charge discount, vehicles would have to be electric or emit less than 75g/km CO2 emissions as well as be Euro 5 emissions standard compliant.   However, TFL says that the 19,000 cars and vans currently registered for…

Volvo increases production of V60 Plug-in Hybrid ahead of 2013 launch

  Volvo Car Corporation is now ramping up production of the new Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid ahead of first customer deliveries in early 2013. After the initial batch of 1,000 model year 2013 cars, production will increase to 4,000-6,000 cars from model year 2014.   The assembly of the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid has been successfully integrated on the same production line as the regular powered V60, V70, XC70, S80 and XC90 models at the Torslanda plant in Gothenburg.   Volvo are first in the industry to integrate a plug-in hybrid in an established production flow together with other car models. Doing so gives the plug-in hybrid buyer the possibility to choose in principle all options available for the standard V60.   All the additional equipment and additional systems in the plug-in hybrid have led to parts of the final assembly line being…

Electric Vehicle market set to boom

Research released by British Gas reveals a predicted boom in the take up of electric cars in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Epsom and Brighton.   The study, which draws on Mosaic consumer classification data and references Green Segments insights from Experian, found that London’s East End is set to see a big boom in electric cars; with nearly one in six – more than 36,000 – Stratford residents likely to buy one.   And with the recent regeneration of the area resulting in the development of a number of new eco homes, the electric car is expected to gain a higher profile.   Research identifies an emerging trend for electric cars in areas across the UK. It analysed the most likely types of people to buy an electric car, and then mapped out where in the UK these people live. The top five towns or…

UK motorists confident of electric car safety

A majority of UK drivers (84%) believe that electric cars are at least as safe as a typical combustion car, new research shows.   A poll conducted by TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk reveals that nearly half of drivers (45%) believe that electric cars are as safe as their fossil fuel counterparts while a further 39% said they thought they were actually safer.   Hard evidence from safety authorities such as Euro NCAP and The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that new generation electric cars are among some of the safest cars available. Euro NCAP gave the Vauxhall Ampera and Nissan LEAF a five star rating for crash safety while even the small Mitsubishi i-MiEV scored four stars. NHTSA gives identical star rating to these models.   “Because electric cars are still a niche product, whenever there is a problem, it hits the headlines,” says TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk’s…

Electric Van Lease Case Study – See the Kangoo ZE at work…

  Tatiana Fokina, CEO of high-end wine and spirits retailer Hedonism Wines, explains how they use electric Renault Kangoo ZE vans to offer 1 hour delivery to clients in London from their store in Mayfair. Please click the image to watch the video.  

Electric Vehicle fast-charging network

Check out Europe’s largest electric vehicle fast-charging network… in Estonia! (Why is the UK so far behind??)    

Honda unveils micro electric car prototype

Honda has unveiled the ‘Micro Commuter Prototype’, a micro-sized short distance EV commuter.   The vehicle was developed in light of the vehicle categories for micro-sized mobility products that are currently being discussed under the initiative of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in Japan, as well as for the regulations for the L7-category in Europe.   Using vehicles based on this prototype model, Honda will begin demonstration testing in Japan in 2013.   The demonstration testing will verify the potential of the vehicle in various uses including supporting everyday short-distance transportation for families with small children and for senior citizens, home delivery services, commuting and car sharing.   The Micro Commuter Concept that was first introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. This prototype model advances the concept in terms of cabin space. By changing the rear seat, it is…

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