Posts Tagged: Electric Vehicles in UK

New survey finds Brits warming up to EVs 

Consumer awareness of EVs in the UK has grown significantly over the past few years. A 2014 government survey found little interest in going electric: 56 percent of those questioned hadn’t thought about buying an EV, 14 percent said they had decided against it, and 23 percent said nothing could ever convince them to buy… Read more »

UK environmental group calls for a better government plan to tackle air pollution

England’s Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has criticised the central government’s air quality plans for unfairly shifting the burden to local authorities. According to CIEH, the government has failed to recognise that poor air quality is a national issue, offloading responsibility onto local authorities, who are being set up for failure if proposed plans… Read more »

Tritium names first UK distributor for its Veefil fast chargers

Australian EVSE manufacturer Tritium is expanding into the UK market, and has signed up the first UK distributor for its Veefil line of fast chargers: Electric World Enterprises (EwE). Tritium’s Veefil fast chargers support both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo standards.  All are liquid-cooled, and feature a stylish, high-visibility design. “The UK is an ideal EV… Read more »

London Taxi opens plant to build plug-in taxis

The London Taxi Company (LTC) has opened a new plant to produce what it says is the world’s first purpose-built, mass-market plug-in taxi. LTC, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely, has invested £300 million ($374 million) in the next-generation London taxi, which will be produced at the plant in Ansty, Coventry, and exported around the… Read more »

Volvo sells 8 electric buses to Harrogate in the UK

The Harrogate Bus Company of the UK has placed an order for eight Volvo 7900 electric buses. The vehicles will operate in Harrogate, 90 km northeast of Manchester. When the vehicles enter service in 2018, the project will be the first in the UK to use opportunity charging via the common interface OppCharge. The charging stations can also be… Read more »

London to phase out dirtiest diesel buses, unveils hydrogen bus

London Mayor Sadiq Khan recently presided at the unveiling of a hydrogen-powered double-decker bus, as he committed to phasing out the procurement of diesel buses. No more pure diesel (non-hybrid) double-decker buses will be added to the capital’s fleet from 2018, and all new single-deckers for central London will be zero-emission. London already has 79… Read more »

UK government extends Plug-In Van grants to larger trucks

The UK government has announced an investment of an additional £4 million ($4.9 million) to the Plug-In Van grant scheme, extending eligibility to larger electric vehicles. Electric trucks above 3.5 tons will now be eligible for grants of up to £20,000 ($24,300). The grant amount is automatically deducted from the price of the vehicle by… Read more »

English government invests £35 million to promote “ultra-low emission vehicles”

The UK Department for Transport has announced a £35 million package to boost the uptake of “ultra-low emission vehicles” (defined as vehicles that produce less than 75 grams of CO2 per kilometer, including EVs, PHEVs and fuel cell vehicles). The latest round of funding is part of £600 million that the government has committed to… Read more »

UK offers £24 million in funding for low-emission freight and logistics vehicle trials

The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles has launched a new £24-million funding competition to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles and related technology for the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries. The competition consists of two streams. Stream 1 will fund real-world trials of vehicles and on-vehicle technology, supporting small trial… Read more »

Nissan: There will be more EV charging stations in the UK than petrol stations by 2020

As EV adoption accelerates, some parts of the world already have more charging facilities than gas stations, including Japan and Manhattan. Now Nissan is predicting that the UK will follow suit by 2020. The maker of the LEAF (and a tireless promoter and financer of public charging stations) forecasts that in 2020 there will be… Read more »