Nissan and EDF Group are stepping up their partnership to advance electric mobility and clean energy development, today announcing a new agreement aimed at accelerating the rollout of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies. The cooperation agreement focuses on developing smart charging solutions for EVs such as V2G capable charge points, which enable EVs to store and feed excess electricity back to the grid, thereby providing grid balancing services and opening up additional revenue and cost saving opportunities for car owners.
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One of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers has called for a national strategy for increasing the number of electric car chargers to prevent a patchwork system or redundant points. Michael Lewis, UK chief executive of Eon, also backed The Times’s campaign to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 to help to tackle air pollution by driving the switch to electric. He said the government needed to adopt the earlier deadline “soon” as well as improve energy efficiency and low-carbon heating policies to show that it was serious about meeting its 2050 net-zero emissions climate change target. Eon, part of the German energy giant of the same name, supplies more than three million households in the UK. Its profits have been hit by the government’s price cap on energy bills but it hopes to benefit from the push for greener energy and cleaner air by offering new products and services to its customers, focused on energy efficiency, smart technology and the electrification of heating and transport. He also called for central government to develop a “nationally co-ordinated programme” for the installation of electric vehicle chargers “so we know exactly where the demand is likely to be, how many charging points we are likely to need, so that by 2030 there are sufficient charging points”. At present chargers are being installed by individuals in their homes, by companies in places such as supermarket car parks, or by local authorities “on an ad hoc basis based on what they think is required”, he said. “The danger is you either get underbuild, and you get a problem where people get range anxiety and don’t want to get electric vehicles because they are uncertain about where they can charge them, or you might get overbuild in certain areas which is economically inefficient.”
Times 19th Sept 2019 read more »
Edinburgh’s electric hire bikes have been delayed till next year, Just Eat Cycles operator Serco announced today. The fleet of 168 bikes will not be available the the public until spring 2020 rather than this autumn. Officials had previously pledged they would go into service within a year of the hire scheme being launched last September.
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