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…

Excited customer takes delivery of new Tesla Model S

One very excited new customer, Robert Llewellyn, takes delivery of his Tesla Model S from West Drayton whilst filming for his YouTube channel, Fully Charged, and for a live broadcast on Periscope. [youtubevideo id=”iw-m5fkwNWU”]

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…

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…

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…

Nissan e-NV200 Rapid-Charging Electric Vans now available to lease

Fleetdrive Electric are pleased to announce that the new Nissan e-NV200 Acenta Rapid rapid-charging electric van is now available to order from £299+vat a month for a 48 month (3+47 payments) leasing option. Based on the NV200 – voted International Van of the Year 2010 – and using a similar drivetrain to the LEAF, the e-NV200 is offered in both panel van and five-seat combi form with two trim levels and is said to deliver exceptional running cost savings over a conventional diesel van. Both models qualify for the Government grant – up to £8,000 Plug In Van Grant (PiVG) for the panel van, and up to £5,000 Plug In Car Grant (PiCG) for the five-seater combi. According to Nissan, the e-NV200 offers class-leading running costs of 2p per mile along with reduced maintenance costs based on servicing, parts and wear and tear. In…

RAC launches first mobile electric vehicle charging unit

The RAC is launching its first mobile electric charging system onto the streets of Birmingham to assess the feasibility of widening the pilot scheme to more patrol vehicles in busy urban areas. A standard RAC diesel VW Transporter van has been fully equipped with an “EVRESCUE” totally portable fast charging unit which can deliver around 15 miles of range to a stricken electric vehicle in less than half an hour. Equivalent to a “gallon of electricity”, the RAC believes this should be sufficient to get the driver safely on their way home or to the nearest charging point. The 5kW unit, which is capable of completely recharging an electric vehicle’s battery in less than four hours, is being deployed in the Birmingham area first as the city has a well-established progressive EV record as a result of its charging infrastructure. RAC spokesman Tim Hartles…

Europe-wide eRoaming platform launched for electric vehicles

          A new approach to providing users of electric vehicles with easy access to public charge stations throughout Europe has been launched at the International Emobility Conference in Berlin.   Intercharge is a joint venture by BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler AG, EnBW, RWE and Siemens and allows users of electric vehicles to charge at a Europe-wide network of charging infrastructures connected via eRoaming under a single contract.   Managing director of the venture, Andreas Pfeiffer, said: “By starting the eRoaming platform we and our partners have provided the solution to a fundamental emobility issue. Intercharge will enable all users of electric vehicles to charge easily and anywhere.”   Member of BMW’s board of management, Dr Herbert Diess, added: “It is our aim that users of electric vehicles can charge anywhere and easily. This joint initiative enables us to leave national…

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