FLEETDRIVE ELECTRIC HELP BUSINESSES GET SMART ABOUT WORKPLACE EV CHARGING

To accelerate the UK’s transition to ultra-low emission vehicles, Fleetdrive Electric, the sustainable vehicle leasing specialists, introduce ‘Crowd Charge’, a smart electric vehicle charging solution designed specifically with business users in mind. Launched at the edie LIVE 2017 event at Birmingham NEC this week, the bespoke charging solution enables Fleetdrive Electric to provide clients with the complete EV fleet package – a unique, easy to use system for introducing, implementing and managing EV’s at the workplace. Providing workplace charging can effectively double the range of a pure electric vehicle and therefore can significantly increase the potential number of zero emission drivers at any business. It makes sense that when an electric vehicle is stationary for a period of time, it should be charging. Workplace car parks therefore present the perfect opportunity for businesses to support the use of electric vehicles and enable their employees…

Workplace EV Charging Grants now available

Details have been released on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) £7.5 million workplace electric vehicle charging scheme which will provide £300 per installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging socket. Operating as a voucher scheme, the aim is to provide enough funding for 25,000 new installations at workplaces across the UK. Applications are accepted from all UK businesses, charities and public sector organisations provided they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use only. The installations (of up to 20 charge points) must be completed within 4 months of the application date and the charge points must be maintained for a minimum of three years thereafter. More details on the scheme can be found at the OLEV website. If you have employees who already own an electric car and will be looking to use the workplace charger for a free charge,…

Share your views on EV charging with the Government

As part of the Government’s commitment to making transport greener and improving air quality, the Department for Transport is consulting on a series of measures that will make chargepoints for electric vehicles more accessible, making it easier for drivers to recharge as demand for plug-in vehicles increases. The measures are due to be included in the Modern Transport Bill. The measures being proposed would give government powers to support the roll-out of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access to the network by: making information about the location of public charging stations more accessible to the public, potentially via an online database and through mobile phone apps ensuring drivers can access chargepoints without the need for multiple memberships from individual providers giving powers to set common standards for all public chargepoints to ensure electric car owners can recharge anywhere, anytime making consumer…

CarConnect to harmonise home plug-in-vehicle charging

CarConnect, a pioneering project that will help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles (PIVs) charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are becoming a practical choice for drivers, with the variety of makes and models available on the market continuing to increase. In the last two years alone, the UK has seen a 716% increase in PIV registrations. With increases in battery size and charger rating, PIVs and hybrids are set to become commonplace, with a widening mass appeal. By the early 2020s there could be as many as one million ultra-low emission plug-in-vehicles on UK roads. This is all good news for air quality and the environment. It is known from other projects that clusters of PIVs will have an impact on our local electricity networks; this…

UK & Ireland’s answer to Route 66 to be driven… in an electric car!

A 2,500 mile bucket list road trip is being driven for the first time this April. The official ‘Route 57’ electric car will be hitting the road and heading through 57 must-see destinations across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The road trip runs from 6- 26 April, starting in Plymouth and ending in Galway, visiting villages, towns, and cities along the way. Route 57 was designed as the UK and Ireland’s answer to US Route 66, by Jurys Inn Hotels who are supplying accommodation along the way, to the driver, motoring journalist Jess Shanahan. Jess will be doing the road trip in a KIA Soul EV supplied by electric car leasing company DriveElectric, and stopping at charging stations along the route, mapped out by ZapMap. As well as promoting local tourism, the campaign’s use of an electric vehicle (EV) seeks to challenge common myths…

MY ELECTRIC AVENUE WEBINAR TO DELIVER USEFUL INSIGHT TO AUTOMOTIVE AND EV CHARGING SECTOR

The £9m My Electric Avenue project, hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and led by EA Technology, is testing the impact of electric vehicles on the local electricity network. Now entering its reporting phase, the My Electric Avenue project team will be hosting their first webinar specifically for the automotive and EV charging sectors to begin sharing the findings of this pioneering research. Over the next six months My Electric Avenue will be disseminating its findings so that energy companies, car manufacturers and others can learn from the project. Managed by EA Technology, and supported by partners which include Fleetdrive Electric and Zero Carbon Futures, My Electric Avenue is an innovative Ofgem funded project trialling ‘Esprit’, a technology to manage and remotely control EV charging with the aim of alleviating stress on local electricity networks. More than 200 people have been successfully…

My Electric Avenue trial update at Low CVP conference

My Electric Avenue, a project examining if local electricity networks can cope with charging a cluster of electric vehicles (EVs) at peak times, has provided a taste of some of its data at yesterday’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (CVP) Conference in London. The project is now entering its reporting phase and it already has some interesting facts and figures, including that the trial participants have driven their Nissan Leafs more than 2.7 million km in less than 18 months – almost the equivalent of driving to the moon and back eight times. My Electric Avenue, an Ofgem Low Carbon Networks Fund project, is testing a new technology, Esprit, which can control the charging of EVs if the local electricity grid becomes overloaded. The project needed groups of neighbours to come together and each lease an all-electric Nissan Leaf for 18 months, with an original…

Tesla continue to supercharge the UK

Tesla has opened its 20th Supercharger station in the UK, continuing the rapid expansion of the fast-charging network to enable long-distance travel in Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. Tesla Superchargers span routes from Exeter to Edinburgh, allowing access to Europe. The latest Supercharger station puts Tesla on course for full UK coverage by the end of 2015. Supercharger stations are now available at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Winchester, Exeter and Bristol. Tesla also recently opened stations at Junction 15 of the M1 near Northampton and Brent Cross shopping centre in North London. Model S has a range of 312 miles per charge (according to its NEDC rating), which is more than enough to cover daily commutes and the majority of daily driving scenarios. Tesla Superchargers replenish half a charge in 20 minutes and are placed along well-travelled routes to enable long-distance travel. A limited number of places…

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