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Transport for London (TfL) has announced today that IER has been selected to take over the management and operation of Source London, the capital’s electric vehicle (EV) charge point network and membership scheme.

The French organisation, which is a subsidiary of the Bolloré Group, will take over the scheme from summer 2014. IER will be responsible for all ‘back office’ functions including handling enquiries and membership registrations, from its UK offices. By working with new and existing Source London partners, IER aim to expand the charging network and provide a strong long-term commitment to EV drivers in London.

IER has extensive experience of implementing and operating EV schemes based on its role in delivering the Paris Autolib which was launched in 2011. It currently has over 30,000 active subscribers making between 6,000 and 10,000 car journeys each day.

IER’s vision for Source London is to build on the legacy of what has been achieved so far while also introducing new value added services that will meet the needs of scheme partners and members in the long term. Their new proposals include the introduction of “Pay As You Go” charging, identifying new opportunities to expand the scheme across London, revenue sharing with partners and increased marketing/promotion of the scheme.

TfL with work closely with IER and scheme partners to ensure a smooth transition to the new operator.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change has awarded EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd (on behalf of the EVEREST Consortium) a £3.4 million contract to develop and build the technology demonstrator system. The contract is part of the UK Government’s drive to support energy storage research and implementation across the UK.

 

EVEREST (Electric Vehicle Embedded Renewable Energy Storage and Transmission) aims to address the issues associated with the need to upgrade electricity networks when installing Plug-In Vehicle rapid charging infrastructure, by reinforcing existing networks. This modular solution offers a lower cost and more flexible alternative to network infrastructure upgrades.

The Lotus Engineering headquarters and automotive test centre, situated at Hethel in Norfolk, has been selected as the site for the demonstration system to be installed.

 

Keith Bevis, Managing Director of EValu8 Transport Innovations, said: “Low carbon and renewable energy technology is essential for the economic growth of the country. We are delighted to be working with this excellent consortium that brings innovation to support  the expansion of Plug-In-Vehicle infrastructure and rapid charging. We see real potential for this energy storage solution to extend into a variety of other markets.”

 

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “The ability to store energy for use at peak demand will become increasingly important in the move towards a low carbon economy.

 

“This investment will give EVEREST the boost it needs to develop energy storage designs, helping cut costs and bringing new technologies to market in this sector”. 

 

EVEREST will in part utilise ‘end of first life’ electric vehicle batteries and will be connected to a comprehensive range of vehicle re-charging equipment compatible with all major motor manufacturer’s vehicles.

 

In addition to its automotive charging functionality, the device can operate as a renewable energy storage hub, as well as support a host of other applications, where peak energy demand exceeds the electricity network capacity. 

 

The EVEREST consortium includes:

Evalu8 Transport Innovations - Recharging network provider and Consortium lead.

Future Transport Systems - Technical lead, back office integration and programme management.

Lotus Engineering – Control Systems, design, construction, test and development.

Goodwolfe Energy – Cell integrator and battery specialist, battery build and test.

APT Technologies - EV charging equipment provider

Circontrol – Power electronics supplier, power conditioning and monitoring equipment

 

For more information on the EVEREST project, contact us at info@evalu8-ti.org.uk

 

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Last week, the European Parliament’s Transport Committee gave instruction for negotiations to include wireless charging stations within the target for publicly available charging points set for each Member State.

A target of eight million charging points installed across the EU has already been agreed for 2020. The report accepted by the Committee on 26 November supports the idea of including wireless charging.

Progress requires a development of a single standard for wireless charging. A transition period is anticipated until December 2018.

The insufficient number of charging points has traditionally been one of the main deterrents when it comes to buying an Electric Vehicle. Setting targets across the EU will impress upon business and consumers that EVs are truly a realistic alternative to traditionally fuelled cars. Targets for Member States include the electrification of public transport and provisions to reduce urban congestion.

The Cars21 report states that a final decision on policy and targets is expected in spring 2014.

If you are thinking of buying an EV or installing a charging point at your location, please contact us: http://evalu8-ti.org.uk/contact-us/ . We have information, advice and possible funding for you.

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