Renault scheme transforms EVs into energy storage units

Pilot scheme beginning today aims to cut electric vehicles’ running costs and reduce energy usage from 2020 Renault has launched a revolutionary pilot scheme that aims to prove the feasibility of vehicle-to-grid charging systems by placing energy storage units aboard electric vehicles (EVs). A fleet of Zoes have been adapted to enable reversible charging, which

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New Nissan LEAF digital ads scan number plates to warn drivers about emission charges

TBWA\London and MGOMD have created a tech and data-driven campaign for Nissan that highlights how the brand’s 100% electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, is exempt from London’s impending ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) charge. The campaign uses the latest DOOH (Digital Out of Home) technology with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) at congested traffic light

EU Toughens CO2 Limits for Cars in Bid to Spur Electric Vehicles

New caps clear last political hurdle with EU Parliament vote Reductions of 15% in 2025, 37.5% in 2030 versus 2021 limit The European Union tightened caps on carbon dioxide from cars in a bid to accelerate the development of electric vehicles. The European Parliament set a 37.5 percent CO2-reduction target for 2030 compared with the

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Supermarket Morrisons turns to ChargePoint Services for nationwide EV charging rollout

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to install rapid EV chargers at its sites nationwide after partnering with EV charging provider ChargePoint Services (CPS). CPS, which owns and operates the GeniePoint Network, will install 50 – 100kW specification rapid chargers at supermarkets up and down the country. The first are to be installed by the end of

Octopus and Engenie team up to accelerate EV fast charge roll-out

Engenie is partnering with Octopus Energy to source renewable power in support of its plans to install 400 rapid charge points at 200 Marston restaurants by December 2020 Octopus Energy has announced it is partnering with electric vehicle (EV) charge point distributor Engenie to supply 100 per cent renewable electricity to its growing rapid charge

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GRIDSERVE unveils £1 billion ‘Electric Forecourt’ EV infrastructure programme

GRIDSERVE has unveiled plans to install a UK-wide network of ‘Electric Forecourts’, delivering ultra-fast EV charging for the public. More than 100 forecourts are to be developed at strategic locations under a five-year plan valued at around £1 billion. Each forecourt will feature dedicated zones for both private and fleet vehicles such as taxis, buses

Renault rolling-out V2G trials across Europe

First vehicle-to-grid projects live in the Netherlands and Portugal. Renault has launched the first large-scale bi-directional charging pilot projects in Europe, starting in Utrecht, the Netherlands and on the Portuguese island of Porto Santo. Similar projects will follow in five more European countries with the aim to develop services and gather learnings for future harmonisation.

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How the UK is falling behind in the global electric car race

After a decades-long renaissance, worrying signs are emerging for Britain’s motor industry In the global electric car race, Britain is struggling to keep up with its rivals. Fresh investment is dwindling as manufacturers prioritise their home markets.. A battery innovation centre, part-funded by £80m of government money, is planned in Coventry that will help businesses