Tesla extends UK fast-charging network

Tesla has opened two new Supercharger locations, in London and Birmingham, providing free fast charging for owners of the Model S electric luxury car. Located at Hyatt Regency Hotels in Portman Square, London, and Bridge Street, Birmingham, the units offer an 80% charge in around half an hour – enough to travel around 200 miles without stopping in a Model S. Georg Ell, Tesla’s UK Country Director, said: ‘Both Hyatt Regency hotels offer a great base for Model S owners whilst charging. With everything from bars and restaurants through to business centres and gym facilities, there is plenty to keep you occupied for your 30 minute charge.’ Supercharging is included in the cost of the higher-capacity 85kW battery pack in the Model S, and the service is provided for free, for life. The site in Birmingham is the first outside London, and enables the…

BMW i8 electric car lease price announced

An entirely new concept of sports car, the BMW i8 is more efficient due to its intelligent lightweight construction with carbon and aerodynamic design. It’s more sustainable, with highly efficient BMW eDrive technology and recyclable materials in the interior. Yet with no compromise on dynamics and its sporting appearance, it creates the optimum combination of driving pleasure and efficiency. The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid that brings together the advantages of innovate electric motor and combustion engine technologies. The result is an extraordinary driving experience – with extremely low consumption and low emissions. Available to lease from just £1,099 +VAT a month (based on 36 months, 10,000 miles p.a.) Contact Fleetdrive Electric, the EV specialists, for a lease quote tailored to your specific requirements.

Your Homes Newcastle takes part in electric car trials

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) has reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability by taking part in the My Electric Avenue electric car trials. Thirteen employees were chosen for the 18 month long trial which involves taking on a private lease of a Nissan LEAF and monitoring the impact of charging multiple electric vehicles at any one time on the national grid. The My Electric Avenue project is designed to help understand the demand on the electricity network when electric cars are commonplace. In the North East the trials have seen overwhelming demand with 55 people across four residential clusters, and YHN’s business cluster, signed up to take part. David Henry, environmental sustainability co-ordinator at YHN said: “There were lots of people keen to get involved with the trials so when we heard that there was an opportunity to form a business cluster, and test the…