Posts Tagged: Electric Vehicles in UK

Irish charging provider to convert 180 telephone boxes to charge points

Irish charging operator EasyGo, which boasts a network of 1,200 charge points and 7,000 customers, has formed a partnership with telecom company Eir to replace 180 telephone kiosks around Ireland with Tritium DC fast chargers. EasyGo Director Gerry Cash said the idea of transforming phone boxes came about because of their locations around the country…. Read more »

European truck-makers pledge to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2040

Several of Europe’s largest truck manufacturers have promised to stop selling ICE vehicles by 2040. The chief executives of Daimler, Scania, MAN, Volvo, DAF, IVECO and Ford have signed a pledge to phase out combustion engines and focus on hydrogen, battery technology and “clean fuels.” The industry will invest some 50 to 100 billion euros… Read more »

New battery “gigaplant” promises to be an economic boon to northeastern England

Battery startup Britishvolt has announced plans to build its first battery factory, on the site of a former coal-fired power station in Blyth in northeastern England. Construction is to begin next year, and production of lithium-ion batteries is to start by the end of 2023. The company plans to invest 2.6 billion pounds ($3.5 billion)… Read more »

Octopus Energy’s roaming service now includes over 1,000 chargers across the UK

Octopus Energy, a UK retail supplier of renewable electricity, launched a roaming service for EV charging called the Electric Juice Network in May—charter members included charging providers Char.gy and Osprey (formerly Engenie). Now four more charging firms—Franklin Energy LiFe, Hubsta, Alfa Power and Plug-N-Go—have joined the Electric Juice Network, bringing the total number of participating… Read more »

New survey finds only 40% of UK drivers likely to consider an EV

UK parking app provider RingGo recently conducted a survey of UK drivers, which found that only 40% of respondents would consider an EV for their next car. Price appears to be the main objection, but charging infrastructure and range are also factors—almost a third of respondents who are open to EVs said they want to… Read more »

London V2G pilot includes 28 electric double-decker buses

V2G is one of the hottest topics in the EV world. Using EVs as a giant virtual battery is a promising prospect for electric utilities—it would offer them an efficient, cost-effective way to manage demand and facilitate the integration of more renewable energy sources into the grid (and create a powerful incentive for them to… Read more »

UK utility EDF aggressively pushes EVs to its customers

Electric utilities have always been pretty keen on EVs, for obvious reasons. However, now that the possibilities of V2G technology are coming into focus, some utilities are becoming fervent EVangelists. Aggregating large numbers of EVs into giant “virtual batteries,” which is already taking place in pilots around the world, facilitates the integration of renewable energy… Read more »

Plug-in market share powers past 8% in the UK, Germany and France

What a difference a few years (and some judicious government policy) makes. Back in 2014, the US was the center of the EV scene, and sales in Europe had yet to crack the one-percent mark. Now the Continent has left us behind. In June, the market share of plug-in vehicles exceeded 8% in all of… Read more »

London firms partner to convert 1,000 storage units to EV charging hubs

The plight of urban dwellers who have no assigned parking spaces is emerging as the next big roadblock to faster EV adoption. In London, an estimated 78% of households have no private parking spaces, and Mayor Sadiq Khan has set a target of deploying 50,000 charging points in the city by 2025. With encouragement from… Read more »

EDF partners with UK Royal Mail Group to deliver EV charging solutions

The UK’s Royal Mail Group, the owner of one of Europe’s largest vehicle fleets, has signed a deal with electric utility EDF to deliver electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Under the 3-year agreement, EDF will provide charging points, associated maintenance and ancillary items such as signs, bollards and wheel stops. In the first phase, the company… Read more »