New Green Electricity + Car tariff

Ecotricity has launched a special tailor-made tariff for electric car owners. It’s called ‘Green Electricity + Car’ and when you switch you’ll enjoy the equivalent of 1,000* free miles of electricity each year. For an electric vehicle to run emission free, one vital piece of the jigsaw is often overlooked – where your electricity comes from. Ecotricity think electric cars should be powered by 100% Green Electricity, so they’ve created this tariff to encourage and reward early adopters of this wonderful technology. Now you can power your home and charge your car with Green Electricity – made from the Wind and the Sun – when you’re at home or out and about. Each year you’ll get 1,000* free miles of electricity, compared with their standard Green Electricity tariff. Some great reasons to join ‘Green Electricity + Car’ customers enjoy 1,000* free miles of greener…

Electric car first drive reactions – watch the video

Fleetdrive are working with local communities as part of the ‘My Electric Avenue’ project to trial new technology that can monitor and control the demand on the local electricity network due to the recharging of electric vehicles.   A number of electric vehicle test drive events have recently taken place in areas around the country with potential ‘My Electric Avenue’ clusters. Mike Potter from Fleetdrive Electric, who has helped to organise the events, says that people have always reacted extremely positively to their first drive of an electric car.   “Sitting with people while they drive an electric car for the first time has been an interesting and very easy experience”, says Mike. “Everyone who has driven the Nissan LEAF has been really impressed with the performance, refinement and general driving manners of the car. I haven’t had to work hard to convince people…

Electric vehicle trial project is underway

Drive an electric vehicle as part of My Electric Avenue and help us shape a low carbon future – and save you money!   Electric vehicles (EVs) are starting to become more commonplace on our streets, and small pockets, or ‘clusters’, of EV owners are already forming, placing more demand on the local electricity network. Whilst there’s plenty of capacity to deliver power for EV charging across the UK, if the charging requirements are concentrated in small areas and during peak demand, local feeders can become overloaded. With the development of even faster charging times, this problem shows no signs of fading.   EA Technology and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) are working together with partners under the Ofgem Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund to develop an EV charge control system to balance out the charging cycles of EVs at times of network…

Indianapolis to replace fleet with electric, hybrid vehicles

Indianapolis intends by 2025 to become the first major U.S. city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.   Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating that the city replace its current sedans with electric vehicles. The city will also work with the private sector to phase in snow plows, fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and it will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car because one doesn’t yet exist.   The city hopes to complete the switch by 2025.   Ballard hopes that in making the switch, Indianapolis will help the country reduce its dependence on foreign oil. City spokesman Marc Lotter said the mayor considers it an issue of national security.   “The United States’ current transportation energy model, driven by oil, exacts an enormous cost financially…

Twizy Fleet for Wales

A Welsh beauty spot is at the vanguard of a new eco travel network which is utilising a fleet of Renault Twizy electric vehicles to encourage visitors to cut their transport emissions.   The recently launched Eco Travel Network is offering visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park the chance to explore the area in one of its six Twizy two-seater EVs. Powered by electricity generated by sun, rain and wind power, the vehicles are aimed at reducing the 50,000 tonnes of CO2 produced on average per year by visitors covering 300 miles during a one-week holiday.   Eco Travel Network founding director Alison Kidd said: ‘Most journeys in the UK are less than five miles but we do them in cars designed to go 500 miles at 70 mph.   ‘Changing attitudes starts with changing behaviour and the best way to trigger a…

Electric cars beat fuel crisis

Many people think of electric vehicles as being ‘quirky’, but a new study, by POD Point and ChoosEV, has revealed that many electric vehicles have been quickly adopted as the primary family car. For the average family driving 12,000 miles a year, this could result in fuel savings of £961 a year, based on a comparison between a new Ford Focus 1.6 TDCi and a Nissan LEAF being charged on British Gas Economy 7 night rate tariff. The study supplied 600 families with an electric vehicle as a second car, and recorded their mileage and electricity consumption over a 10 month period. The results showed that the electric vehicle users travelled much further than expected, and most reported that the EV had quickly replaced the petrol or diesel car as the car of choice for everyday driving. The study showed that range anxiety was not a…

Nissan Leaf trial with Oxford County Council

Electrc car in action – Oxford County council review Nissan Leaf John Pengelly of Oxford County Council shares his experiences of the Fleetdrive Electric Nissan Leaf.

Uk prices announced for Renault Twizzy

After being officially presented at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the French electric vehicle Twizy has finally been launched in the United Kingdom and Renault announced its price too, but its future customers will have to wait a little longer because the two-seater will be delivered next spring. Coming in two versions, the Twizy is powered by a 15 kW (20 horsepower) motor, while the variant that doesn’t require a driving license, depending on the country, is coming with a 4 kW (5 HP) motor. Renault says that the 7 kWh lithium-ion battery is located underneath the front seat and the total weight of the EV is just 450 kg, with a 100 km range in a combined cycle. The small urban vehicle has been priced at 6.950 British pounds for the UK auto market and comes in standard with two gloveboxes, heated tinted…