Wireless chargers that can power up electric cars without the hassle of plugs and leads are to be introduced on British streets for the first time. The Department for Transport will run a £3.4 million trial on a taxi rank next to Nottingham railway station to assess the convenience, speed and time-saving benefits. The project will also develop the first vehicle identification and billing process, enabling the commercialisation of the system. If successful, it is likely that grants will be given to local authorities to introduce it on residential streets and off-street parking sites as well as taxi ranks in coming years.
Times 17th Jan 2020 read more »
The car industry is bracing itself for 2020 to be a breakthrough year for pure electric cars, with the number of models in British showrooms set to more than double and annual sales of zero-emission passenger cars potentially breaking through the 100,000 mark. By the end of last year, 19 battery electric plug-in cars were on general sale in the UK, ranging from the sub-£20,000 electric Smart cars with ranges of less than 70 miles to the top of the range Tesla around £80,000, claiming a range on a single charge of more than 300 miles. A pure electric car derives all its power from rechargeable batteries and thus has no internal combustion engine and produces zero emissions.
Times 16th Jan 2020 read more »
Smart battery developer Moixa and auto manufacturer Honda have launched the first stage of their electric vehicle (EV) charging partnership with the installation of chargers at Islington Town Hall, the firms announced yesterday. The five bi-directional vehicle to grid chargers, manufactured by EVTEC and Honda, will be installed alongside Moixa’s Gridshare smart charging software. The system charges EV batteries when power on the local network is cheapest and cleanest, while also allowing for power to be discharged from the car batteries back to the grid when grid power is at its most expensive and carbon intensive. With five vans plugged in, the system is capable of powering the entire town hall, which draws roughly 50kW, Moixa said.
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Batteries on wheels and smart charging – National Grid ESO’s Marcus Stewart explains the road ahead for electric vehicles and the electricity system. I own an electric vehicle. I’m lucky enough to be able to have a charge point at home and an EV works for me and my lifestyle. More and more people are making the same choice and finding an EV works for them too. In 2017, the UK Government’s announced that sales of diesel and petrol cars would stop in 2040 and National Grid ESO’s 2019 Future Energy Scenarios predict 35 million more on GB’s roads by 2050. For the last 8 years I have worked at National Grid planning for the future, analysing demand for electricity and predicting trends, making sure the industry is ready for the changes ahead. Throughout that time our position on electric vehicles has become clear – they can have a positive role and help decarbonise both transport and electricity supply for Great Britain. That’s why we’re pleased to see today’s report from the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce, and their recommendations for government and industry to enable the EV transition – including prioritizing smart charging.
National Grid 14th Jan 2020 read more »