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‘Electric Vehicles: Evolution, Revolution and the road to both (What you need to know about EVs)’

EValu8 have organised a free conference, kindly supported by the East of England Regional Transport Forum, to be held on Wednesday 12th June at Wyboston Lakes.  The conference will have key industry and leading figures from the sector covering everything you need to know regarding EVs.

Electric vehicles and hybrids are the fastest growing sector of the vehicle industry and they are transforming travel as we know it.  They offer fantastic opportunities for you, your organisation and your stakeholders.  Talks at the conference will concentrate on  practical, informative and  ‘real-world’ aspects of adopting alternative fuel vehicles.

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for those both familiar with electric vehicle technology and those who have little experience of them.  You will leave the conference with all the information required to make key decisions regarding EVs, as well as a view of where the market is going. This will be of particular interest to those of you who would like to take advantage of the generous cost savings, carbon reductions and business opportunities to be derived from low carbon vehicles.

Speakers include Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Dr Keith Bevis from EValu8 Transport Innovations, Ian Allen from GM, Ian McDonald from Future Transport Systems.  Further speakers and event activities will be confirmed soon.

This Electric Vehicle conference is FREE to attend but you must register a place as numbers are limited. Please register your place here


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Norfolk P&R

Smart card technology is arriving in Norfolk! Ticketless travel will start in 2013, when it will be introduced across the entire bus fleet.

For passengers the smart card would replace an ordinary ticket and allow travel on vehicles that have smart ticket machines, with easy transfer between services. Customers will be able to buy and top up on-line, check the credit left on the card, or buy a card at outlets across the county.

Intelligent Mobility reports that the pilot will last for three years but will be evaluated throughout so that the benefits can be understood and used nationally before the end of the trial.

Norwich Park and Ride will be one of the first services to use the new smart cards. The pilot will produce a series of outputs including:

– An evaluation of the benefits for passengers, local authorities and operators.

– Frameworks to procure services and supplies which other local authorities could use.

– Modular guidance for other local transport authorities to use.

– A technical specification for smart equipment and support services suitable for use by smaller operators.

As well as the many public transport benefits, Norfolk County Council said the Smart card has the potential to become a ‘citizen’s card’ to provide multiple services such as libraries, school meals and other services.

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EV manufacturers were keen to show off their latest models at the Geneva Motor Show this month.

There were impressive world debuts from Audi, Chevrolet, Volkswagen and Peugeot-Citroen and a European first for Lexus, amongst many others.

The Infiniti LE concept was also at the show, offering wireless charging, 100% luxury and zero emissions.  Its 2014 release is eagerly anticipated.

Toyota’s new i-ROAD personal mobility vehicle (PMV) made its world debut, offering ultimate flexibility for city driving. Seating two in tandem and under cover, i-ROAD offers quick acceleration and almost silent running. It has a range of 30 miles, after which the battery can be fully recharged from a conventional domestic power supply in three hours.

Citroën presented a C3 powered by a full-hybrid solution combining a petrol engine, compressed air and hydraulic power for exceptional fuel economy.

The car pictured (above) is the BMW i3 Concept Coupe. This EV will be available later this year. Full details on Geneva exhibitors can be found at Cars21 and Fleet News.

With EVs growing in popularity, most major manufacturers have EV options to consider. Now is definitely a great time to book your test drive! If you would like to know more about driving and charging EVs, please talk to the team at EValu8. We can help with information, contacts and you may be eligible for financial grants too.

Quick Start to 2013


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Ford Focus Electric

With a boost in projected sales figures and plans for new cars unveiled, (including Ferrari), 2013 has already been exciting in the world of Electric Vehicles.

A recent analysis by reports encouraging findings:

– Breakthroughs in battery technology could push EVs over cost-performance tipping points, enabling mass adoption.

– Rapid decreases in battery costs and increases in energy density by 2030 enable the production of electric vehicles with 300 mile range and a total cost of ownership lower than that of internal combustion vehicles.

– This leads to EVs, Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) and Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PHEV) achieving 90% market share for light duty vehicle sales, reducing oil consumption by 26% (1.1 billion barrels) per year by 2030 — or more than Canada’s entire 2009 oil production.

Find out more! The team at EValu8 has details on all you need to know about driving Electric Vehicles, plus the contacts and financial grants to make this happen. Contact us for more information.

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