Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

Rotherham Council offers free electric charging

In a bid to attract new users of electric vehicles and early users of charging points, Rotherham Council are making electric vehicle charging available for free until the end of the financial year.

From 1 October 2019 until the end of March 2020, electric car owners will be able to charge their vehicles for free at all Rotherham Council owned charging points.

Since 2015, the council has been installing charging points in car parks throughout the borough. The new charging points came from a series of government grants as a way to improve air quality and reach climate change targets.

Normally, users will require a membership charge card or smartphone app to operate them, through which they can pay for their charges. However, the next five months will offer free charging for the people of Rotherham. Charges for actually parking in these car parks still apply.
Electric vehicle numbers are on the rise and they are providing a cheaper and cleaner alternative to traditional cars.

Per mile, electric cars are an average of 13.9p cheaper to run than their petrol counterparts.

Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for Jobs & the Local Economy, Councillor Denise Lelliott, said:
“There are many benefits to owning an electric car including lower running costs and no road tax. The introduction of more charging points across the borough will make it easier to charge your vehicle in the future, with the added benefit of free charging until March 2020.

“The charging points are part of the Council’s continued investment into our communities, and supports our ongoing commitment to reduce emissions. Electric cars are more sustainable and less polluting alternative, particularly compared with diesel cars.”

The charging points included in the scheme are:

  • Drummond Street (town centre)
  • Scala Car Park (town centre)
  • Wellgate Multi-story Car Park
  • Walker street Car Park, Swinton
  • Clifton Park Museum
  • Rawmarsh Library
  • Aston Library and Neighbourhood Hub
  • Wath Upon Dearne Community Library Car Park
  • Thyrbergh County Park
  • Rother Valley Country Park – Visitor Centre

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Government EV charging fund to kick off with Masdar-backed spend to double rapid charging network

Government EV charging fund to kick off with Masdar-backed spend to double rapid charging network

The UK government has formally unveiled its new £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF), boasting a maiden investment from UAE renewables investment group Masdar.

That investment, provided by both the government and Masdar, is valued at £70 million and will be used to more than double the UK’s rapid charge point infrastructure over the next five years.

It’s intended that the investment will take the number of rapid chargers installed in the UK to 5,000, of which 2,000 are already installed.

The CIIF was first announced in July 2018, prompting a lengthy search for a fund manager. Zouk Capital was then announced as the government’s preferred bidder in February this year, and has now been formally handed the reins to the CIIF.

Speaking to Current± after that news, Zouk senior partner Colin Campbell said its fundamental interest would remain in charging networks and EV charging technologies.

Government has also today announced a review to explore EV charge point infrastructure across major road networks, which is aimed to educate investment destinations.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said that while there is already a rapid chargepoint at almost every motorway service station in the UK, he wanted to see “thousands more” installed.

“This fund will help drum up further investment in charging infrastructure from the private sector, so charging an electric car becomes as easy as plugging in a smart phone,” he said.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, chief executive officer at Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, otherwise known as Masdar, said that the announcement built on its existing track record of successful partnerships in the UK, which includes investments in floating wind, battery storage and R&D.

“As one of the cornerstone investors into the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, working alongside the UK’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Zouk Capital, we hope to encourage closer collaboration between government and the private sector in promoting the wider use of electric vehicles and green transport – here in the UK, the United Arab Emirates, and other counties,” he said.

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DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express brings electric vans to London

DHL Express has launched 10 electric courier vans in London as part of its UK fleet. The rollout of the Renault ZE Masters vans is the first stage in DHL Express’ plan to run 400 electric vehicles in its UK-wide fleet by 2025.

The vehicles have a range of approximately 75 miles (120km) and a payload capacity of 10m3 (350ft3). They are fully direct-load capable, which is the operating standard for DHL Express, with parcels stored on shelves in the vehicle to protect them from damage and increase delivery efficiency. This first group of vans will be serving customers from service centers around London.

Richard Crook, director of fleet at DHL Express, said, “We’re delighted to be able to announce the roll-out of 10 new best-in-class electric vehicles as part of our UK courier fleet.

“In our ambition to become the most environmentally friendly provider on the market we have to balance the needs of customers with protecting and respecting the planet. Recent innovations in battery range and battery technology mean we can now deploy these more sustainable vehicles as part of our fleet and be confident in their ability to meet operational requirements, reducing our reliance on internal combustion engines.”
Both these vans and the existing best-in-class Euro VI diesel fleet are fully compliant with the London Ultra Low Emissions Zone standard, and ongoing investment has seen more than 900 vehicles replaced over the past three years.

Alex Williams, TfL’s director of city planning, said, “Freight and servicing are the lifeblood of London’s economy, but it is important that we work to reduce its impact on our capital’s toxic air and global climate change. Alternatives to diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as electric vehicles and cycle freight, can help to make London healthier and safer for everybody and I’m pleased to see companies such as DHL investing in new ways of doing freight.”

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Whistl trialing the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE

Whistl trialing the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE

Whistl trialling the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE to be licensed on UK roads

Delivery management company Whistl has announced that it is trialling the first electric Renault Trucks Master ZE to be licensed on UK roads.

The all-electric 3.1 tonne van has a range of around 100 miles (160km) and is being trialled in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Whistl on day-to-day operations, collecting business mail and parcels.

Working with Renault, Whistl is looking at ways of reducing emissions across its 400 strong fleet of vans and HGVs and is keen to embrace new technology to enable it to reach its goal of a sustainable transport strategy.

Phil Brown, depot manager at Belfast, said, “The vehicle is a revelation and the drivers love it. It is quiet yet the acceleration is immediate and driving it is no different from a normal van. The emissions are zero and the anticipated cost of running it are so much lower than traditional diesel.”

Baz Barrett, Whistl’s national fleet and compliance manager, added, “It is vital that we as a business continue to look at new technologies and adapt our fleet in this way. We already have an excellent relationship with BRS/Renault Trucks and so when we knew this 100% electric vehicle was coming to market, we wanted to see how we could integrate it into our fleet in core urban areas. From the feedback so far, it works really well and there is great scope to introduce it into our fleet now to enable us to reduce our carbon and NOx footprint.”

Graham Neagus, head of LCV on behalf of BRS and Renault, said, “Renault Trucks and BRS are delighted to be working with Whistl to help them enter the world of electromobility with the new Renault Trucks Master ZE.

“This vehicle is available in a wide range of styles, is ideal for parcel deliveries carrying over 1,000kg [2,200 lb] payload, and is able to cover 100 miles [160km] per charge – and all with zero emissions.

“Our clients in cities across Europe are placing orders now for the Master ZE, which is one of three full-electric products from Renault Trucks, including both 16 and 26 tonne rigid HGVs.”

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Tories pledge ‘green’ funding for electric cars and new forests

Tories pledge ‘green’ funding for electric cars and new forests

Tories pledge ‘green’ funding for electric cars and new forests

Ministers say the measures will help achieve the target of making the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

The Government is promising to invest up to £1 billion in developing electric cars while planting a million new trees as part of a package to help make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, ministers said the measures were the latest step towards delivering a science-led “net zero” in line with the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.

They include the creation of a new fund to invest up to £1 billion over five years to boost the production of key “green” technologies in the motor industry, including batteries, electric motors, power electronics and hydrogen fuel cells.

Minsters said that as well as helping to achieve the 2050 net zero target, they would create hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, high paid jobs.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom says the measures will reduce emissions while creating low carbon jobs (Jonathan Brady/PA)

At the same time, the Government is promising to establish a new Great Northumberland Forest, as well as creating more green spaces across the UK.
It will begin with the planting of three new forests in Northumberland, with up to a million trees between 2020 and 2024, reducing damaging carbon emissions while improving biodiversity.

Ministers are also pledging to support a programme to develop new “pocket parks” – while regenerating existing ones – on small pieces of derelict or undeveloped land in urban areas.

In other measures, the Government is committing £200 million to the initial development phase of the planned nuclear fusion power station which offers the prospect of limitless electrical power with minimal waste from 2040.

The Government has also said it is introducing new home-building standards, improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions from 2025.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “Addressing climate change is a top priority for the Conservative Party, and today’s announcements will not only help us reach our net zero 2050 target, but will benefit communities and households – and improve wildlife and well-being – while doing so.
“The Conservatives are doing this properly: creating hundreds of thousands of low carbon jobs and growing our economy while successfully reducing emissions.”

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers added: “The planting of one million trees will be fundamental in our commitment to be the first generation to leave the natural environment in a better state than we found it.

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Mayor sets out plans for London’s electric vehicle future

Mayor sets out plans for London’s electric vehicle future

Epansion plans for London’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network

The mayor of London, as set out his plans for a major expansion of London’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network to ensure the capital continues to be one of the world’s leading zero-emission cities.

London’s plan follows the mayor’s establishment of the world’s first electric vehicle infrastructure taskforce, bringing together representatives from business, energy, infrastructure, government and the London boroughs. The past year has seen more than 140 organisations contribute to the work of the taskforce.

The new plan estimates the number of EV charge points required in the next five years, based on different scenarios for the growth of electric vehicles and looks at how this can be delivered with less public subsidy and without installing points which are underused or outdated.

The taskforce and other industry partners will support the mayor in driving forward a number of initiatives in the plan including:

  • Installing the next generation of ultra-rapid charging points at London petrol stations later this year.
  • Delivering five flagship charging hubs, with the ability for multiple cars to quickly be charged in one place. The first of these hubs will be operational in the heart of the Square Mile by the end of the year.
  • A new ‘one-stop-shop’ for Londoners to request new charging infrastructure from their local authority in areas of high demand led by London councils, making it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.
  • Expanding electric car clubs and bringing more vehicles to market, offering greater choice to Londoners and businesses.
  • New online smart tools to ensure London’s energy grid continues to keep pace with demand and to help unlock private sector investment.

Speaking at the launch of the London EV Infrastructure Delivery Plan at the Institution of Engineering and Technology today, mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “We need to reject the fossil fuels of the past and embrace an electric revolution in London’s transport. To truly transform the quality of our air and to tackle the climate crisis London must move away from petrol and diesel cars, with their catastrophic impact on the environment, and towards zero- emission vehicles.

“I want London to lead the world in this ambition, with all new cars and vans on London roads to meeting these standards by 2030, not 2040 as the government is proposing. To make this vision a reality we must make sure all Londoners have access to the essential infrastructure required to run and maintain an electric vehicle. This is a massive operation and can only be achieved if the public and private sector come together to deliver London’s electric future.”

National Infrastructure Commission chair, Sir John Armitt, said: “A zero-emission van and rapid-charging network will be welcomed by London’s drivers and highlights the importance of electric vehicles to improving air quality in our cities and reducing the impact of the growth in urban freight. But more action will needed – such as the ban on new diesel HGV sales by 2040 we recommended in our recent report on freight and reinforcing the electricity network – if we’re to meet the UK’s climate change targets and clean up the air in London and other cities. The government should charge Up Britain by committing to a truly national rapid charging network and give cities new powers over transport so they can follow London’s example.”

The plan outlines how London is on track to deliver the necessary infrastructure for a radical growth in electric vehicles, which estimates show could increase from around 20,000 today to over 330,000 by 2025.

Electric Vehicles and Rapid Charging

Zero emission capable (ZEC) vehicles have environmental and financial benefits, and will help London become a zero carbon city by 2050. We are working with partners to develop a network to help you charge them quickly and efficiently.

 

We need to clean up London’s air and rid the Capital of the most polluting vehicles. The Mayor has an ambition to make London’s transport network zero carbon by 2050 – this will bring improvements in air quality (see the Mayor’s Transport Strategy).

To achieve this we need to support and accelerate the shift to zero emission technologies.

Electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure

Speeding up the move to electric vehicles is critical to creating a zero emission future. The Mayor established the Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Taskforce in 2018. Experts from the public and private sector representing business, energy, infrastructure, government and London boroughs – supported by more than 350 stakeholders from over 140 different organisations – looked at ways to unlock barriers to expanding charging infrastructure and accelerating the switch to EVs in London.

The London electric vehicle infrastructure delivery plan shows fleets, businesses and London’s residents that there is a clear way forward towards the right type and amount of charging infrastructure to serve London’s needs.

Zero emission capable (ZEC) vehicles

ZEC is the collective term for vehicles that can operate with zero exhaust emissions. Most car and van manufacturers have ZEC models available, with more due to come to market in the next few years. Find out more about ZEC vehicles, and get help to choose the right vehicle for you, at Go Ultra Low.

There are three types of ZEC vehicles:

  • 100% pure electric vehicles are powered by a battery which drives the electric motor. They have no exhaust emissions. Battery electric vehicles typically have a range of around 80 miles but some can achieve up to 300 miles
  • Plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles also have a conventional diesel or petrol engine, meaning they have a longer range than with a battery alone
  • Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have a fuel cell which uses hydrogen to produce electricity and power the vehicle’s wheels. They typically have a range of around 300 miles

Benefits

By switching to a zero emission capable vehicle you can save money on fuel costs, reduce harmful vehicle emissions and help clean up London’s air.

There are also financial benefits:

 

How to charge your vehicle

Most people charge at home overnight or at their workplace, but some will need to charge while they are on the move. Grants are available for electric vehicle charging infrastructure at home and at workplaces.

Public charge points can be found on the street and in key destinations such as shopping areas. You will usually need your own charging cable to use public charge points, although rapid charge points have the cable built in.

Different manufacturers use different connector types. Check with your vehicle manufacturer to find out what type of connector your vehicle uses and whether it is capable of rapid charging.

Charge point maps by Zap-Map show where your nearest public charge point is, the connector types, charging speeds, which network the charge point is operated by and how much it will cost to charge. Frequent users can join network membership schemes. Most networks also offer pay as you go charging.

We have guidance and research about zero emission capable vehicles that will help us, the London boroughs and charge point providers put charging infrastructure in the right places. Find out about ULEV research.

Rapid charge points for London

Rapid charge points can charge an electric vehicle battery in 20-30 minutes. This is quicker than regular charge points that can take 7-8 hours for a full charge.

At most of these charge points you can pay as you go with a credit or debit card – you don’t need to be a member.

Rapid charging bays (e-bays) are designed to be used by electric vehicle users only while charging. Any other vehicle parked in the bay may be issued with a penalty.

We’ve created more than 180 rapid charge points across London – we’re committed to installing 300 by 2020.

Mayor’s map of electric vehicle charge points

The London Electric Vehicle Charge Points map is a simplified map of rapid charge points across Greater London and up to the M25. The map shows:

  • Your nearest public and taxi-only charge points
  • Charging speed
  • Which network the charge point is operated by
  • Operating hours
  • Charge points delivered with our support

The map does not currently show all non-TfL funded charging points across London.

Find your nearest charge point

We’re investing £18m and working with the boroughs and other organisations to provide the rapid charging points London needs. Sites are on arterial roads we own and maintain, borough roads, car parks and on private land, including Heathrow Airport and multiple Shell service stations.

Most networks also offer pay as you go charging (charge point costs will depend on the operator).

Other rapid charge points

Non-TfL funded rapid charge points are also available in London.

Taxi-only rapid charge points

The Mayor wants to establish London’s taxi fleet as the greenest in the world and to phase out diesel. New taxis need to be zero-emission capable to be licensed. Tighter requirements have also been introduced for private hire vehicles (minicabs). Find out more about our how we’re creating greener taxis and greener PHVs.

Rapid charge points will promote the greening of London’s iconic black cab fleet, with many charging points dedicated exclusively to their use. E-taxi bays in several places are being restricted to London licensed e-taxis only. Drivers of other electric vehicles who park in an e-taxi bay risk getting a penalty. Find alternative charging locations on the Zap Map website.

Rapid charging networks

Five networks will be responsible for installing, operating and maintaining rapid charge points on public land across London. These networks are ESB EV SolutionsFastnedGeniePointPOLAR and Source London.

Drivers will be able to pay to use rapid charge points without having to register or being a member of a scheme. Visit the network websites for more information on charging costs.

Customer support

Customers will be supported by network operators at 24-hour, seven-days-a-week call centres. They have access to the latest information, such as the location and availability of rapid charge points, both on the web and through apps. The location data is being made available to encourage developers to create more apps.

Go Ultra Low City Scheme

The Go Ultra Low City Scheme (GULCS) is a joint TfL and borough programme that aims to deliver over 1,000 on-street electric charge points for London’s residents and car club vehicles by the end of 2020. The residential charging network will help Londoners without access to off-street parking make the switch to zero emission capable vehicles. Car club charging points will help car club operators transition their fleets. Contact your local borough’s transport officer to register your interest in a charge point.

The GULCS project is also funding at least six ‘Neighbourhood of the Future’ (NoF) projects – these will act as a testbed for innovative EV charging technologies, initiatives and policies to support the growth of clean vehicles in London.

Commercial vehicles

Zero emission capable vehicles can help businesses and commercial drivers reduce costs, emissions and the level of servicing and maintenance required.

LoCITY is an industry-led programme with information to help the freight and fleet sector reduce emissions and switch to ZEC vehicles. 

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