Daily Archives: April 5, 2017

New fleet of electric cars contribute to energy efficiency at Portsmouth Naval Base

Portsmouth Naval Base will be welcoming a fleet of a different kind this week with the arrival of the first batch of 48 electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to support the Royal Navy’s operations at the base.

The electric vehicles have been ordered by BAE Systems on behalf of the Naval Base Commander as part of his commitment to investing in green energy on the naval base. The vehicles will be used by BAE Systems’ personnel to transfer stores, engineering and load-lifting equipment from warehouses within the Naval Base.

Nissan e-NV200 at Portsmouth Naval Base (image: BAE Systems)

The all-electric Nissan vans will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the naval base’s vehicle fleet by around 40 per cent.

The agreement, which also includes 59 standard diesel vehicles, will save the Ministry of Defence (MOD) an estimated £360,000 in fuel and other costs over the duration of the contract, which runs for two years with an option to extend into a third.

To support the new electric fleet and as part of BAE Systems’ commitment to reduce emissions and increase energy efficiency across the naval base, 26 charging points and 28 designated parking bays for electric vehicles are being installed.

BAE Systems’ agreement with Nissan and fleet management specialists Lex Autolease reiterates the company’s commitment to delivering value for money. It also supports the MOD’s drive to create a more modern and energy-efficient naval base, equipped with innovative technology, fit for the 21st century.

Nissan, e-NV200. Company guide (image BAE systems)

Portsmouth Naval Base Commander, Commodore Jeremy Rigby, said:

“I am very pleased to welcome the addition of these 48 electrical cars to our fleet in the naval base. It’s great for the Royal Navy, great for Portsmouth and great for the environment.”

Read more: BAE Systems

Record-breaking climate change pushes world into ‘uncharted territory’

Earth is a planet in upheaval, say scientists, as the World Meteorological Organisation publishes analysis of recent heat highs and ice lows

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into

“truly uncharted territory”,

according to the World Meteorological Organisation.

The WMO’s assessment of the climate in 2016, published on Tuesday, reports unprecedented heat across the globe, exceptionally low ice at both poles and surging sea-level rise.

A boat lies in the dry Cedro reservoir in Quixadá, Brazil. Climate change increases the risk of extreme weather events like drought. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Global warming is largely being driven by emissions from human activities, but a strong El Niño – a natural climate cycle – added to the heat in 2016. The El Niño is now waning, but the extremes continue to be seen, with temperature records tumbling in the US in February and polar heatwaves pushing ice cover to new lows.

“Even without a strong El Niño in 2017, we are seeing other remarkable changes across the planet that are challenging the limits of our understanding of the climate system. We are now in truly uncharted territory,”

said David Carlson, director of the WMO’s world climate research programme.

“Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere,” said Jeffrey Kargel, a glaciologist at the University of Arizona in the US. “In general, drastically changing conditions do not help civilisation, which thrives on stability.”

The WMO report was “startling”, said Prof David Reay, an emissions expert at the University of Edinburgh:

“The need for concerted action on climate change has never been so stark nor the stakes so high.”

The new WMO assessment also prompted some scientists to criticise Donald Trump.

“While the data show an ever increasing impact of human activities on the climate system, the Trump administration and senior Republicans in Congress continue to bury their heads in the sand,”

said Prof Sir Robert Watson, a distinguished climate scientist at the UK’s University of East Anglia and a former head of the UN’s climate science panel.

Read more: The Guardian

Spring has sprung and it’s not just my Renault ZOE that’s smiling

Summer is on its way, the sun is shining and I’m full of energy, much like my Renault ZOE.

On a beautiful sunny day last week, I returned to my fully charged electric car, did my usual reset of ‘Trip B’ on the right hand stalk and looked at my estimated range – it gave me a lovely reading of 89 miles (22kWh ZOE).

Although winter range isn’t a big problem (us eco warriors are made of sterner stuff), there is something quite satisfying when you see the estimated range increase by about 15 miles, simply because it’s warm and sunny outside, and it’s still only spring.

I’m told the range increases because chemical reactions work better at higher temperatures, and obviously a chemical reaction must take place to create energy. But I quite like to imagine my Renault ZOE as a true sun worshipper, rejoicing in the change of season 😊

Increase to Milton Keynes Parking Permits, Ultra-Low Vehicles remain FREE

From 1st April, and ‘only when you renew your permit’, Milton Keynes council will be increasing permit costs; but not for Ultra-Low emission Vehicles (ULEVs).

The decision was made following a public consultation on the matter that was first proposed back in December 2016.  The reason for the increase is being stated as ‘unprecedented budget cuts’, with revenue from parking permits along with parking charges and parking meters being used in other areas of the highways and transport services.

Renault Zoe, with ULEV Green Parking Permit in Milton Keynes

The good news is that all Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (under 75g CO2 per km driven), will continue to benefit from a ‘Green Permit’ allowing Free Parking in specified areas of the city centre.

However, Low Emission Vehicles will see an increase in their ‘Green Permit’ from £0/ Free to £195 per year. Still much lower than fully fossil-fuelled cars, which will see permits costing up to £1,688 per year.

The City’s ambition to become a Go Ultra Low City is evolving. With these changes to permit costs, and the ‘EV Experience Centre’ due to open this spring, I anticipate the city will see an uptake of more electric vehicles in the city centre for regular commuters.

Milton Keynes Parking Permits can be applied for online at: Milton Keynes Council

Read about:  The Milton Keynes, Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Centre