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Meet Sparky!

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2014
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Sparky is a Nissan LEAF crossed with a Nissan Frontier, brought to life by Nissan’s Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet.

This is a truly unique Electric Vehicle; a one-of-a-kind creation with a specific mission in life.

He supports operations at Nissan’s proving grounds located on 3,050 acres in Stanfield, Arizona,

Originally created as part of a team building exercise, Pure Green Cars reports that Sparky has proved to be extremely useful, carrying supplies and people around the site.

“We tried to keep it a secret and be exciting for everybody. But we have visitors and they come and they see that truck and they go straight to ‘what is it?’ and they start looking at it, and it makes great conversation,” said Roland Schellenberg, Nissan Durability & Reliability.

Meet Sparky…

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A consortium of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) manufacturers is creating a UK Rapid Charging Network.

Lead by Nissan, partners also include Renault, BMW and VW. This joint project is co-funded by the European Union’s Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme.

This programme aims to improve transport infrastructure across Europe.

The scheme is expected to cost over €7 million. It will be co-funded by consortium members.

This is the first time that leading BEV manufacturers have worked together to improve the EV charging infrastructure. The pooling of such experience is seen as a big step towards achieving zer0-emission mobility.

The state-of-the-art charging points will be inter-operable and multi-standard, making them compatible with Electric Vehicles using 44kW CCS, 44kW CHAdeMO or 43kW AC systems.

When complete, the UK Rapid Charge Network (RCN) will comprise more than 70 multi standard rapid chargers, reports Pure Green Cars. These will cover some 1,100km of major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports.

Ten rapid chargers have been already installed with a further 28 sites soon to be commissioned. The start of the project’s deployment was officially marked on 9 September 2014 at a ceremony at the Corley Services on the M6 motorway in Coventry, UK.

The Rapid Charging Network will ensure the EV drivers in the UK will never be far from a rapid charging point.

To find out about charging options and incentives, contact the team at EValu8.

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In the UK, 515 plug-in vehicles were registered in August, up from 118 just twelve months ago. 234 of them were pure electric vehicles. In August 2013, it was just 71.

Most major manufacturers offer an electric model. The market leader is the Nissan with its top selling Leaf. Sales of the industry-leading Leaf grew to 3,186 in August, a 32% increase from a year ago. This figure is a new all-time monthly record for any pure electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, EV Fleetworld reports that the Electric Highway rapid charging network has had almost a four-fold rise in the number of vehicles plugging in over the last nine months. (Levels have been published by green utility company Ecotricity, which is responsible for running it.)

A total of 4,080 cars used the network in the last quarter of 2013, more than doubling to 8,891 in the first quarter of this year, and 15,152 in the second quarter – a 271% rise, as plug-in car registrations in the UK continue to climb.

The network, which now spans 90% of all UK motorway service stations and includes 170 charging points, has so far provided 250,000 kWh of 100% renewably sourced electricity, or over a million miles of electric driving, for free.

Are you thinking of driving green? EValu8 can help with details of a range of incentives to consider. Contact us for an informal discussion.

On The Buses!

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2014
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London Mayor Boris Johnson is determined that London will be the world’s first Ultra Low Emission zone by 2020.

Several steps have been taken towards this, including the city’s iconic red buses.

London has a fleet of 800 hybrid buses with 900 more to be introduced during the next two years. London’s bus fleet will then be 20% hybrid.

Plus – wireless charging will be tested by TfL in four stops in east London from next year. Inductive charging will be built into the bus stops for the special Enviro400H E400 hybrid buses, with wireless charging capabilities.

In addition, six pure electric buses are working in London. The buses need a charging period of five hours, which can happen overnight. Each has a range of up to 100 miles.

Mike Weston, Transport for London’s Director of Buses, told Charged EVs: “The introduction of these new pure electric vehicles is part of our continuing assessment of the technology, to ensure it can handle the capital’s challenging operational environment.  We will be closely monitoring the results of the trials, which may help us adopt this new clean technology more widely in London.”

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