EV Charge Points at Motorway Services to be mandatory

EV Charge points will be required by law at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers under new legislation in the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The Queen’s speech revealed that the installation of public charge points for electric vehicles, as well as a set of common technical and operational standards, are required to ensure that EV public charging is convenient to access and works seamlessly right across the UK. The Government says it also plans to extend compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles, to ensure compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice. The provisions would apply to England, Wales and Scotland. Fleetdrive Electric have welcomed the news as charging infrastructure has been a barrier to EV adoption for a large percentage of the population that are unable to charge…

Driverless cars now technically feasible

// The Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project has shown it is technically feasible for a lead truck to control a convoy of vehicles driving behind it using wireless technology. The EU-financed project, which involved three years of research and trials, allowed representatives from the EU Commission and experts in transport technology from Europe, the US and Japan to see a fully functioning wireless road train in operation at Volvo’s proving ground in Sweden. The road train was led by a Volvo FH truck, closely followed by another Volvo truck and three cars. Wireless technology ensures that the trailing cars follow exactly in the track of the lead vehicle – as though the train consisted of a single vehicle. The result is that the driver in a trailing car can relax, perhaps read a book or watch TV, while the car drives…