Government earmarks additional funds for domestic EV chargepoints

Additional support for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home has been announced by Transport Minister Baroness Kramer. In February 2013, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) launched a £13.5 million grant scheme subsidising householders wishing to install technology to recharge ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) at home. The original funding for domestic chargepoints has now been fully allocated and, to ensure continued support for both consumers and the industry, a new grant scheme is to be put in place. Baroness Kramer said: “Uptake of plug-in vehicles is gathering pace and we want to make sure that people thinking about becoming part of this technological revolution have the confidence that they will always have somewhere to charge their car. “Our scheme has been tremendously popular and we are keen to continue the roll out of chargepoints to driveways and garages across…

EV battery reliability & economy proves better than expected in extensive two-year trial

Electric vehicles have shown better-than-expected results for predicted battery reliability, economy and durability in research carried out by North East car dealership, Simon Bailes Peugeot as part of the SwitchEV project. Working with Peugeot, the company analysed data collected during a two-year trial that saw 20 of Peugeot’s fully electric iOn vehicle take part. Over the trial period, the 20 cars covered a total of over 200,000 miles and the Peugeot team found that EV battery efficiency ratings were over 99% – peaking at 99.99% – showing that EV batteries have a drop off level of less than 1%. With battery life has being amongst the biggest concerns for potential users, this new data suggests that the iOn in particular is cheaper, more eco-friendly and more reliable to run than even Peugeot experts could have predicted. Simon Bailes said: ‘This research is a UK…