McDonald drive-ins to offer EV rapid charging

McDonald drive-ins to offer EV rapid charging: Hungry customers who pop into one of McDonald’s drive-in branches, will soon be able to have their electric vehicle (EV) rapidly charged while waiting for their Big Mac. This comes after a collaboration between InstaVolt and the fast-food giant. Both new and existing drive-through restaurants will be included…
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Good Energy buys majority stake in EV charging map app

Good Energy buys majority stake in EV charging map app: Good Energy will be increasing its share in Zap-Map, the app for electric vehicle (EV) charging sites it has announced. In March 2019 the energy supplier had previously invested £1.08 million in the company taking a 12.9% share in Zap-Map’s parent company Next Green Car.…
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EV’s must grow by 11,000% for net zero UK

EV’s must grow by 11,000% for net zero UK: There must be an increase of 11,000% in electric vehicle ownership if UK is to reach net zero. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) have undertaken research with sustainable energy experts Regen, which forecasts electric vehicle ownership will increase to five million from 44,000 in the…
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Free EV charging for taxis from ENGIE

ENGIE is offering free charging to registered taxis and private hire vehicles and expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across West Midlands. 13 new EV chargers across the district won government funding via Bromsgrove District Council, for the deployment of EV charging taxi infrastructure who partnered with the energy company for installation. ENGIE will…
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Lockdown Smart EV charging could have saved £133m

Smart electric vehicle (EV) charging and other intelligent energy systems if they were more widely adopted could have saved as much as £133m in electricity grid costs during the Covid-19 lockdown period. Flexibility First Forum suggests, which includes organisations from across the cleantech industry such as Octopus Energy, Centrica, E.ON, Moixa  Kaluza and the Solar…
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Irish electric vehicles sales lag behind 2030 target levels

Irish electric vehicles sales lag behind 2030 target levels: Research into Irish electric vehicle (EV) uptake by Cornwall Insight Ireland shows that EV sales are up 53% year-to-date. However, this still lags behind the Irish government’s Climate Action Plan 2019. The plan set a target to have 950,000 EVs on the road by 2030. The…
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Cornwall Insight Ireland comments on the half-yearly Irish EV sales

Irish EV sales: Although the Irish passenger car market is down 7.36% on 2018 for the year-to-date (YTD), the sales for alternatively fuelled (BEV, PHEV and hybrid-electric) passenger cars have shown steady growth. 9,582 alternatively fuelled vehicles have been sold for the YTD, a 69% increase on 2018’s total. The below graph compares monthly alternative…
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The rise of collaboration in the electric vehicle space

The rise of collaboration in the electric vehicle space   Electric vehicle (EV) collaborations between global automotive manufacturers have started to gather pace. In fact, the latest research from Cornwall Insight’s Charged Up: Future Fleet shows that these ventures have steadily grown since December 2018. With eight of the 13 major car manufacturers having either…
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Pixie Energy’s analysis of UKPN’s Optimise Prime

In March, Hitachi confirmed that 2019 would see London and the South East play host to Optimise Prime – a UK Power Networks (UKPN) project. The project aims to understand the charging patterns of commercial (fleet) electric vehicles (EVs) and their impact on networks. The Optimise Prime project seeks to answer how the network impact…
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Fleets could lead the electric vehicle roll-out

Not only are fleets not being considered adequately in the current EV debate, but there is also a gap that needs to be bridged between the fleet industry and the power sector to build mutual understanding of key objectives and opportunities for collaboration. These challenges will need to be overcome before this vital sector of…
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