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Source East responds to the Government’s £37m electric vehicle drive

Evalu8 Transport Innovations, the company behind Source East, the East of England’s electric vehicle recharging network, has welcomed the announcement made today by the Secretary of State for Transport to support the uptake of electric vehicles in the UK with a £37m initiative, stating it is an ‘encouraging scene for drivers to take up electric vehicles’.

The new funding package will provide 75% of the cost of installing new posts for home and on-street parking and for people parking plug-in vehicles at railways stations.

In response to the announcement, Dr Keith Bevis, Managing Director of EValu8, owned by the University of Hertfordshire, said: “This announcement is good news for the Source East network and our Local Authorities. There are Source East charging points with every Local Transport Authority in the East of England and we have secured funding to support those authorities who are committing components of their Local Sustainable Transport Funding to Electric Vehicles.”

Benefits to the Source East network, which covers counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex together with Peterborough, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Luton, Thurrock and Southend, includes a funding injection for the installation of rapid charging points across the region over the next year.

Dr Bevis continued: “This new initiative means there is now greater scope to work together with other transport providers. We are working closely with regional train operators and are currently installing charging points in three stations. We also have plans for ‘eMobility Hubs’ to support the important nodes in the transport map.”

“New electric vehicle models are coming to market this year, and with the Government’s new funding, the Source East network will develop and become more accessible, opening up to international roaming and to Pay as you Go options. Altogether it is an encouraging scene for drivers to take up electric vehicles.”

Click here to view the full Government announcement, made earlier today.

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Source East and green energy uk partnership

One of the concerns that many face about driving Electric Vehicles is the charging infrastructure available to them. With an average range of 100 miles, it’s important that drivers of EVs are reassured about where they can recharge or ‘top up’ their vehicle.

The European Union’s Clean Power for Transport Package is an €8 plan which aims to add 0.5 million EV charging stations by 2020. Achieving this goal would make charging stations almost as common as traditional fuel stations within the EU.

Britain is amongst the most ambitious on the EU countries with plans to have seven million EVs on the road by 2020. Our green driving plans are matched by France, Spain and Germany.

As fuel prices are consistently high within a tight economy, Electric Vehicles and the huge saving in running costs they offer are an inviting option for many. Manufacturers are launching exciting electric models; the electric Ford Focus and BMW i3 are planned for 2013 for example. An increased charging infrastructure is the final piece needed to encourage many people to consider driving EVs as a truly realistic option.

Source East, the East of England’s electric vehicle recharging network, shows ‘live’ charging availability throughout the East of England. Evalu8 manages Source East, supporting the growth of this infrastructure. If you would like to install a charging point at home or at work, financial support may be available. This grant will be ending very soon though, so please contact us asap.

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Twitter link to EValu8

Last week the EValu8 team hosted our first live Twitter debate. This was the perfect chance for our growing number of Twitter followers to ask us anything about Electric Vehicles, sharing thoughts, observations and queries.

We were delighted with the number of people who joined in. The debate lasted for an hour, during which topics discussed included:

– Financial support to start driving Electric Vehicles

– Fast and slow vehicle charging

– Different charging units available

– The charging infrastructure – the practicality involved and growing range of charging points available

– EV conferences

We received some interesting feedback and look forward to our next Twitter debate. To follow us on Twitter, please click here.

 

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Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, confirmed today he is considering plans to turn London into “the world’s first big city ultra low emission zone”.  He would like all vehicles driving in the centre of London during peak times meet zero or low emission standards from 2020.

With increased sales of Electric Vehicles already predicted, these plans will also offer a real boost to sales of electric and hybrid commercial vehicles including HGVs and buses.

The Business Green report states that Mr Johnson added: “My vision is a central zone where almost all the vehicles running during working hours are either zero or low emission. This would deliver incredible benefits in air quality and stimulate the delivery and mass use of low emission technology.”

This goal will also influence fleet operators such as courier and taxi companies to consider using low carbon vehicles.

If you are considering driving an Electric Vehicle, talk to Evalu8. We have contacts, information plus you may be eligible for financial grants.

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