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Eligibility and access regarding funding for home charging of Electric Vehicles is changing from 1st September.

The Government aims to help private plug-in vehicle owners offset some of the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of a dedicated domestic recharging unit. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme which will be in place between 1 September 2014 and 31 March 2015.

 

Householders who own, lease or have primary use of an eligible electric vehicle may receive up to 75% (capped at £900, incl. VAT) off the total capital costs of the chargepoint and associated installation costs. The amount of funding available hasn’t changed. Eligibility criteria have; they now include individuals who:

– become owners of new and second hand electric vehicles from 1 July 2014 onwards
– are assigned a company vehicle which is eligible from 1 July 2014 onwards
– lease an eligible electric vehicle for longer than 6 months from 1 July 2014 onwards
– use an eligible commercial fleet vehicle and are named as the primary user for at least 6 months from 1 July 2014 onwards
– order an electric vehicle which will be received on or after 1 July 2014 onwards

An electric vehicle is eligible if it appears on the OLEV eligibility list for the Plug-in Car and Van Grants. A full list of eligible vehicles is available here.

In addition to owning, leasing or have primary access to an electric vehicle you must have off street parking facilities suitable for chargepoint installation (a survey prior to installation should be conducted by your installer). If you do not have off street parking, your Local Authority may be able to help via a central Government grant to install recharging infrastructure.

Are you eligible for Homecharge Funding? Talk to the team at EValu8. We’ll discuss the eligibility requirements with you and help you through the application process.

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VW and Bosch are developing an automated ‘park and charge’ system for EVs at public car parks.

Access will be via smartphones. When arriving at the front of the car park, drivers will use an app to instruct the car to park itself in a designated space.

The EV will also be programmed to go to a charging station whilst in the car park.

It is recognised that GPS signals are not always available inside garages and car parks. The technology used involves cameras, robotics expertise and environment sensing.

When the driver arrives back at the car park, the app will then instruct the fully charged car to return.

A successful trial took place at Stuttgart airport. Electric Vehicle News reports that €5.6 million of EU funding has been invested in the system. The project finishes in 2015. Current work involves fine-tuning for more tricky manoeuvres and ensured reliability.

If the connectivity of EVs is appealing and you would like to think about buying an EV, talk to EValu8. We can advice on the incentives available to you and answer your queries.

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From January 2015, up to three UK cities will trial driverless cars on their roads.

£10 million is available to host driverless car trials. A review of current UK road regulations will determine an appropriate system for testing driverless cars in the UK.

 

 

The review will concentrate on two key areas, reports Next Green Car:

  1. Cars with a qualified driver who can take control of the driverless car
  2.  Fully autonomous vehicles where there is no driver

Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “Driverless cars have huge potential to transform the UK’s transport network – they could improve safety, reduce congestion and lower vehicle emissions, particularly CO2. We are determined to ensure driverless cars can fulfil this potential which is why we are actively reviewing regulatory obstacles to create the right framework for trialling these vehicles on British roads.”

This Department for Transport announcement means that driverless cars will appear on mainstream UK roads in less than six months.

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BMW’s new plug-in super car became available last month.

This car is seen as a rival to the Porsche 911, in price and performance. It stays fully electric up to 45mph and has amplified engine noise.

The BMW i8 reaches 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and comes complete with 357bhp.

 

Electric Vehicle News reports that the BMW i8’s EU test cycle average fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100 km (134.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 49 g/km. The related electricity consumption was measured at 11.9 kWh per 100 km .

Take a look at auto-enthusiast Schmee’s test drive of the latest super car in town:

 

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A team of Australian students have achieved a new world record in an EV.

Their Sunswift car is the fastest EV over 500km on a single charge with an average speed of 62mph. (FIA to confirm.)

The students are from UNSW’s Sunswift, Australia’s top solar car racing team. Their car eVe is the fifth to be built and raced since the team was founded in 1996. (PureGreenCars)

There are plans to for the car to meet Australia’s road registration requirements within a year.

Have a look at the world record attempt, (Camstvmedia):
 

 
The Sunswift team has already claimed the records of ‘fastest solar car’ (Guinness World Record) and ‘fastest powered road trip from Perth to Sydney.

 

 

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