New Vehicle to Grid Charging Service for EV owners

Mike Potter from DriveElectric signing the MOU for V2G chargers with Masahiro Ishiyama, Senior General Manager, and Hiroshi Seki, Business Group Leader, NICHICON CORPORATION, at LCV2017   At the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle event (LCV2017), September 7th at Millbrook, DriveElectric signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japanese manufacturer NICHICON CORPORATION to sell and operate the company’s V2G chargers in the UK. NICHICON CORPORATION is a leader in the Vehicle to Home (V2H) market in Japan. OKAYA & CO. LTD will be marketing the V2G equipment outside Japan. DriveElectric’s CrowdCharge platform will be able to connect and manage large numbers of EV batteries using V2G chargers, to act as one large battery to support the grid. This will help to avoid the need for non-renewable sources of power to be used at times of peak energy demand. V2G could play a vital role in decentralisation…

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…

West London Businesses invited to join electric vehicle trial

Under the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, the London Borough of Hillingdon and its partners (the London Borough of Hounslow, Heathrow Airport and GSK) are offering local businesses the opportunity to trial electric vehicles in the workplace at no cost, other than providing their own insurance. The trial will give participants the opportunity to: Test an electric vehicle over a two- to four-week period. Gain first-hand experience of utilising an electric vehicle (EV) for your day-to-day business use. Understand whether using an EV meets your usage requirements and whether it could be beneficial for your company. The trial has been made possible through funding from the London Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) and is open to all businesses with a company vehicle in the Borough of Hillingdon and surrounding area. It is being coordinated by Ricardo Energy & Environment, with vehicles provided by Fleetdrive Electric….

West London Van Operators invited to Join Electric Van Trial

Under the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund, the London Borough of Hillingdon and its partners (the London Borough of Hounslow, Heathrow Airport and GSK) are offering local businesses the opportunity to trial electric vans in the workplace at no cost, other than providing their own insurance. The trial will give participants the opportunity to: Test an electric van over a two- to four-week period. Gain first-hand experience of utilising an electric vehicle (EV) for your day-to-day business use. Understand whether using an electric van meets your usage requirements and whether it could be beneficial for your company. The trial has been made possible through funding from the London Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) and is open to all businesses with a company vehicle in the Borough of Hillingdon and surrounding area. It is being coordinated by Ricardo Energy & Environment, with vehicles provided by Fleetdrive…

Introducing the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Fleetdrive are pleased to introduce Kia’s first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Optima PHEV. Instantly recognisable as part of the Optima range, the exterior design features a series of visual enhancements that also give it a unique look of its own and improve aerodynamic efficiency. These include re-profiled front and rear bumpers for enhanced air-flow over the body, special eco blue inserts for the dedicated front grille and side sills, distinctive full LED headlamps and, of course, the integrated charging port. Offering enjoyable driving and low running costs with minimal environmental impact, thanks to its advanced new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Optima provides a compelling proposition for green-minded motorists. CO2 from 37g/km 2.0 Petrol engine and 9.8kWh battery combine to deliver 202bhp Up to 176MPG combined fuel consumption* 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping Reversing Camera System harman/kardon Premium Sound System with…

CarConnect to harmonise home plug-in-vehicle charging

CarConnect, a pioneering project that will help the electricity industry better understand how plug-in electric vehicles (PIVs) charge at home in harmony with the electricity grid, is now underway in the UK. Electric and plug-in hybrid cars are becoming a practical choice for drivers, with the variety of makes and models available on the market continuing to increase. In the last two years alone, the UK has seen a 716% increase in PIV registrations. With increases in battery size and charger rating, PIVs and hybrids are set to become commonplace, with a widening mass appeal. By the early 2020s there could be as many as one million ultra-low emission plug-in-vehicles on UK roads. This is all good news for air quality and the environment. It is known from other projects that clusters of PIVs will have an impact on our local electricity networks; this…

New Brand Makes it Easy for New Car Buyers to Drive Electric

DriveElectric has launched with a desire to help people identify electric cars not only as an environmentally friendly transport solution, but as a practical and affordable option when choosing a new car. With the UK’s public charging-point network growing everyday, advances in battery technology making electric cars more affordable (and with greater mileage range) than ever before, anyone looking to buy a new car now has the realistic option to consider an electric version and move away from traditional fuel engines. Having undertaken market research, which included a survey with more than 180 respondents and a focus group of existing and potential electric vehicle users, Fleetdrive Management Ltd, the parent company, have worked to develop a consumer brand which reflects the market needs and provides specialist support to nurture this growing sector. DriveElectric will focus exclusively on making it simple for new car buyers…

Fleetdrive Electric leading Britain to a cleaner future

A new initiative launched this week will recognise UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a new government and automotive industry initiative run by campaign group Go Ultra Low. As part of the announcement, Fleetdrive Electric has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, in recognition of how the organisation has already opened its vehicle fleets to plug-in cars and vans and made a commitment to boosting their uptake over the next five years. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by our Go Ultra Low companies and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to…

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