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There are only a few tickets left for the EV conference at Wyboston Lakes.

Register now if you want to attend this free event!

The conference will cover practical, informative and ‘real-world’ aspects of adopting alternative fuel vehicles.

Our inspiring line up of top speakers involved with the EV sector includes:

– the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

– representatives from EValu8

– General Motors

– charging networks Source London and Source East

– Energy Savings Trust – Fleet 100 initiative

– Future Transport Systems

– Centre for Sustainable Communities

– ElectrAssure

– a behaviour change expert, University of Hertfordshire.

Booking is essential – click here to reserve your place. See you there.

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A new package of practical help and financial assistance is available for small and medium sized businesses. This two year grant programme from Grants4Growth aims to help businesses reduce costs, increase competitiveness and improve resilience. Two grants are available:

Capital grants covering up to a maximum of 28% of eligible capital expenditure (up to £6,300 or more).


What kinds of things could the capital grant support?

–       Investment in technology/processes that facilitate growth, improve resilience or create/safeguard jobs

–       Efficiency initiatives in the form of waste, water or energy efficiency, recovery or reduction

–       Investment in technology and processes that reduce the environmental impact of your operations

Revenue grants covering up to a maximum of 30% of eligible revenue expenditure (up to £1,666).

What kinds of things could our revenue grant support?

–       Specialist consultancy and/or support and studies related to the promotion, marketing or mainstreaming of low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) sector products and services – clean tech and/or green tech.

Here’s a thought:

Consider using the Grants4Growth capital grant to purchase an Electric Vehicle.

EValu8 can also help with a 25% reduction in the cost of your Electric Vehicle charging point.

Plus – if you offer low carbon good and services – how about working with EValu8 via the revenue grant for marketing support?

It’s win-win! Talk to the EValu8 team to find out more details.

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Wireless charging of electric vehicles is getting real.

A company is the US is to supply two wireless charging points for electric buses in Long Beach, California, reports

WAVE Inc.’s inductive chargers can recharge vehicles with an air gap of eight to ten inches. The vehicle can also be misaligned up to 6 inches on either side. WAVE said it demonstrated a 90-percent electrical transfer efficiency of 5 kilowatts over an air gap of 10 inches.

Those claims are based on results from a prototype 40-foot transit bus using WAVE’s wireless charging already in operation at Utah State University. Representatives from Long Beach Transit went to Utah to check out the demo bus and make sure the chargers worked before committing to using them.

System communication will be key to success: “The big issue is making sure the recharging system talks to and properly recharges the batteries that are on the (Long Beach) bus, a fairly complicated issue,” said a Long Beach Transit representative. “They have to make sure the engineers on both sides are communicating with each other to make sure this works.”

There’s a long way to go, but wireless EV charging is getting closer. Are you tempted to drive an Electric Vehicle? Would you like information on ‘driving green’ and financial incentives? Talk to the EValu8 team. Plus – come along to our free Electric Vehicles conference next month. You’ll learn everything you need to know about Electric Vehicles. Book now!

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EVs have become the smart choice for fleet cars: both Microsoft and West Midlands Police have just announced that EVs are their choice of fleet vehicle.

Following a successful trial in Birmingham and Coventry, West Midlands Police have signed up for 30 Nissan Leaf EVs, to be leased over three years. Not intended for emergency response, the Leaf can be charged for a cost of just £1.75 (compared with a £50 fuel bill).  It has an average range of 80 miles. (The new model being produced in Sunderland claims an impressive range of 124 miles.)

Two Nissan Leaf models have also been selected by IT giant Microsoft UK for its company car fleet. 500 staff were involved with internal testing of several EVs before the popular Leaf was selected. It is the first EV to feature in Microsoft UK’s car fleet. Charging points have been installed at the company’s Head Office in Reading.

With impressive sales figures reported this year, the Nissan Leaf really is going from strength to strength. If you are interested in driving green and would like to know more about EVs or charging points, please talk to the team at EValu8. We’re here to help and may be able to offer financial grants to help take your plans forward.

EV Survey


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Electric Vehicle Survey

Would you consider buying an electric car? 


As part of a countywide project called ChargeAhead we are interested in your views on how we can encourage the use of electric vehicles and where best to install charging posts in Essex.  This is your chance to help us improve sustainable transport in the region and make the use of electric vehicles easier.


ChargeAhead is run in partnership with EValu8, a not-for-profit organisation focused on developing low-carbon transport technologies and promoting sustainable urban transport.  The survey is also being run in collaboration with European group SUM (Sustainable Urban Mobility).  The group who will use the results to help guide them on developing future sustainable transport policy.


Please click here to take part in the survey about electric vehicles and charging posts in Essex.

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