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Nissan representatives have been highlighting how Electric Vehicles have played an important role in disaster situations.

A recent UN conference on Disaster Risk Reduction heard how Nissan’s EVs have already provided valuable assistance in areas affected by earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Nissan’s own factories and dealers were affected – they and other Japanese car manufacturers offered much-needed support.

When natural disasters strike, electricity is almost always the first service restored. This is achieved far more quickly than petrol supplies can be reinstated.

Inside EVs reports how Nissan LEAFs were used in Japan after an earthquake in 2011. The EVs became mobile medics, transferring supplies to patients and clinics whose petrol supplies had run out. The LEAFs also worked alongside traditional vehicles with other rescue efforts.

Typically, the area experienced power blackouts – however these were mostly during the day when the EVs were on the road. Overnight, they recharged, ready for another day’s rescue efforts.

Nissan LEAFs were also used to provide light, charge mobile phones and keep radios on.

In America, EVs proved to be essential transport in the aftermath of super storm Sandy as petrol became increasingly scarce.

There’s more information about the role of EV’s in disaster recovery in Nissan’s video below:

So – EVs are incredibly versatile as well as being cost effective and sustainable. Are you thinking of driving green? Talk to the team at EValu8 – we can help with sustainable transport planning, advice and incentives. We’re here to help.

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The 312 bus route Northwood Junction – South Croydon will be the first fully electric bus route in London.

A successful trial took place using two electric buses. This has given Transport for London and route operator Arriva London confidence that the technology involved will meet the demands of London’s intensively urban driving environment. Confirmation of the all-electric route means a further seven buses will be introduced.

The 312 service carries 4,700 passengers each day. The pure electric bus offers lower noise and vibration levels with zero emissions. It also significantly reduces running costs.

In addition, the introduction of the new electric buses contributes towards London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to make central London the first Ultra Low Emission Zone, planned for 2020.

Daniel Box is a driver with Arriva London and enthuses about the electric bus: “Driving an electric bus is an exciting time for the drivers on the 312, as the electric buses are the future. It’s quite a privilege to be on the first route that’s going fully electric”

He also says: “They are very smooth and efficient and they pick up speed easily. They’re also comfy to drive and the passengers find them very comfortable as well.”

This development is a planned sustainable transport policy, championed by Boris Johnson. If you are interested in a sustainable travel plan for your organisation, let’s talk!

The EValu8 team can offer the advice and contacts that you need to turn green transport plans into reality.

 

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Nissan LEAF

Last month, 6,114 new electric cars were registered in the UK.

That’s an increase of over 400% compared with sales in March 2014 – wow!

A higher number of new car registrations are expected as we see number plate changes in March and September each year. Impressive March sales figures for electric cars were anticipated and did not disappoint.

 

The graph below, from Inside EVs, shows the dramatic achievement for the EV industry:

Inside EVs Sales Graph

 

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) 1,905 of these vehicles were pure electric, domestic cars:

smmt table

 

 

Nissan continues to dominate the UK market achieving 1,254 new LEAF sales during March – 65% of total plug-in sales.

6,104 of the pure electric and plug-in cars sold during March were eligible for the government’s plug-in car grant.

Are you thinking of driving green? Talk to EValu8 about the incentives available.

Our team has expert, current knowledge of the funding opportunities for purchasing and charging your electric vehicle. Let’s talk!

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The location of electric vehicle (EV) charging points is key to the successful take up of electric vehicles and use of charging points. There are various and often conflicting criteria to consider when deciding where to site an EV charging point. This blog by Loyd Davies of ElectrAssure offers expert advice about what’s involved with choosing a good location.

ElectrAssure carries out surveys for commercial EV charging points and then goes on to specify and install a large proportion of these – well over 100 so far.

We often visit sites to carry out a survey where the proposed location proves not to be viable.

This blog will help you to find the ideal location. The key criteria are usually:

  1. Cost
  2. Safety
  3. Access
  4. Compatibility
  5. Electrical capacity
  6. Communications
  7. Disruption
  8. Installer

The factors that affect these criteria are as follows:

  1. Cost

EV Charging Point. What type of charge point would be best for you? Wall mounted standard 16 amp or fast 32 amp charge points are the least expensive but there are fewer options available. Post mounted fast chargers are more expensive but provide more options. Rapid chargers will charge an EV in 15 minutes but are the most expensive to buy and to install.

Cabling is much simpler and cheaper with wall mounted units as the cable can be clipped to the wall . Post mounted and rapid chargers usually require trenching so are more expensive to install and cable.

Distance. The costs of the trenching and supply cable rise exponentially with the distance from the supply. The cable size has to increase with longer cable runs and a longer trench has to be excavated.

Surface. What is the surface to be trenched through? Soft soil or grass is the cheapest and easiest but there may then be landscaping costs. Paving or block work are the next easiest but there may be concrete below the paving! The most difficult and expensive are concrete and tarmac.

 

  1. Safety

Existing Installation. Is the existing installation safe? Has it been inspected recently and any remedial works carried out?

Charging Cables. Could the EV charging cables connecting the vehicle to the charger be a trip hazard?

Supply Cables. Can the supply cables be buried to a safe depth (~600mm) or safely clipped to a wall or similar?

Earthing. Is there suitable soft ground close to the EV charging point to install an earth spike?

Shock Protection. Is there a metal structure located close to the proposed site? If so more costly shock protection arrangements may have to be made.

 

  1. Access

Target users. Do your target users have easy access to the EV charging points?

Restrictions. Are there height or security restrictions that will restrict access to the proposed site?

Electric Vehicle. Can the EV charging point be used at the times required. Is it an exclusive EV parking bay or are other drivers likely to block the space?

 

  1. Compatibility

Charging options for your vehicle. What type of charger is required? Check compatibility with the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association.

 

  1. Electrical Capacity

Main Supply. Is an adequate supply available or will a new main supply be required? Is there available capacity?

Sub-main Supply. Is there a sub-main supply located close to the EV charging point location? Typical supply required by EV charging points (which can have one or two outlets) are as follows:

Standard – 13-16 amps per outlet

Fast –  32 amps single or three-phase per outlet

Rapid AC – 63 amps 3 phase per outlet

Rapid DC – AC input 80 amps 3 phase

 

  1. Communications

3G, GPRS network coverage.  Will your charging point form part of a charging network such as Source East or Source London? If so the charging point will normally be fitted with a SIM card and will require a good quality mobile phone signal.

Datacomms. Will the charging point be connected to the building network for control, monitoring or metering? If so a wireless connection or data cabling will be required.

 

  1. Disruption

Conflict. Will there be disruption to your business, the highway, footpath or cycle lanes during installation. Is this allowed? Are permits required?

Contention. Will there be contention for parking bays (see also 2 above)?

 

  1. Installer

Qualifications and Approval. Is the installer qualified to install EV charging points? ElectrAssure engineers have had City & Guild 2919 Level 3 qualifications in ‘Domestic, Commercial and Industrial Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Installation since it was first introduced in May 2013. ElectrAssure is also NICEIC and Safecontractor approved.

Experience. Does the installer have experience of installing the EV charging equipment you need? Can they help you to understand your requirements and the specific regulations for installing EV charge points? ElectrAssure has installed well over 100 sites including all types of chargers. We have frequently been asked to correct installations carried out by inexperienced contractors.

ElectrAssure is recognised as an industry expert in the installation of each type of EV Charging Points. It offers a specialist service to install, maintain and support your EV Charging Points. See more details here.

For information and advice about your charging infrastructure and funding talk to the team at EValu8.

Posted with kind permission of author Loyd Davies, ElectrAssure Ltd.

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