Go Ultra Low at Fleet Management LIVE

28th September 2015

On 6th and 7th October, we’ll be at Fleet Management LIVE running one of the Best Practice workshops designed to tackle key industry issues. The 45 minute session will provide practical advice and information on how you can ensure the smooth integration of ultra low emission vehicles into your fleet.

Topics covered in the session will include:

  1. Spoilt for choice – more than 35 vehicles on the market
  2. Grants and incentives for the business and the driver
  3. Operational and whole life cost analysis – find the “sweet spots”
  4. Case study – this will look at charging at home, the workplace and using public infrastructure, as well as driver acceptance and training

To register to attend, and to find out more about the sessions being run over the course of the event, just visit http://fleet-management-live.fleetnews.co.uk/for-visitors/best-practice-sessions#Go

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Go Ultra Low holding Fleet Summit – 22nd October

21st September 2015

On Thursday 22nd October, we’re running a Fleet Summit from 15:30 – 18:00 at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (71 Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2BN).

The purpose of the Fleet Summit is to bring together the fleet-influencer and operator community and discuss uptake of ULEVs in the fleet market, and the relevant issues at hand. Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport at the Department for Transport, will be in attendance, as will experts from leasing companies, analysts and representative bodies.

The Summit will involve a series of short presentations on various issues related to fleet uptake of ultra low emission vehicles, followed by a Q&A session where all attendees will be invited to join in discussion. A free 48-page ‘Go Ultra Low guide to introducing ULEVs to your fleet’ will be provided to all attendees, featuring contributions from many of the fleet experts in attendance.

We’ll be serving light refreshments for everyone on arrival, with drinks and canapés served at the end of the event.

 
Places are limited, so if you would like to register your interest in attending, free of charge, please be sure to email GoUltraLow@pfpr.com and/or call James Parsons on 01622 766 526 as soon as possible.

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Who will be the UK’s first Go Ultra Low Cities?

17th September 2015

Twelve cities from across the UK have been shortlisted to be awarded a share of £35 million of Government funding to promote ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in their city. The cities are currently finalising their bids, and if chosen, will be given ‘Go Ultra Low’ status and be able to deliver wide reaching and innovative local initiatives to support the take up of ULEVs.

The proposals that the cities are putting forward will enable them to compete internationally on ultra low emission vehicle uptake. The cities and authorities shortlisted for a share of the funds are:

  • City of York Council
  • Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland
  • Dundee City Council
  • Greater London Authority
  • Leicester City Council
  • Milton Keynes Council
  • North East Combined Authority
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Sheffield City Council
  • West of England
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The winning cities will be announced in late autumn, so keep a close eye on our social media channels to see who has been successful!

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Charge me up: how to find the best chargepoint and connector type for your ULEV

16th September 2015

The simplest way for an electric car owner to charge their ULEV is overnight at home via a dedicated domestic chargepoint – and then topping up on one of the 7,000+ publicly accessible chargepoints around the UK when necessary.

EV drivers need to know the basics to help them get the most out of the public charging infrastructure. Chargepoints are categorised into three power ratings: Slow (3kW), Fast (7-22kW), and Rapid (43kW AC and 50+kW DC).

Generally-speaking, a chargepoint’s power rating (in kilowatts or kWs) is directly related to the speed at which they will charge an electric vehicle, taking into account battery capacity also. A plug-in hybrid with a smaller sized battery, such as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, will take less time to charge than a vehicle with a larger battery.

A ‘slow’ chargepoint takes around 8-10 hours to charge a pure battery electric ULEV, a ‘fast’ point between 1-4  hours depending on the model, and a ‘rapid’ (AC or DC) will typically provide an 80% charge in under half an hour.

‘Slow’ chargepoints, which usually use a standard 3-pin plug, are being phased out. In their place, ‘fast’ chargepoints now form the backbone of the UK’s public charging network. Not only do they charge vehicles much more quickly but there is also now a near-universal connector standard that all the main vehicle manufacturers work with: the ‘Type 2’ standard. Most vehicles are now supplied with a cable for use with ‘Type 2’ fast chargepoints. But if yours isn’t then these cables can be easily sourced from a range of online retailers.

In a recent blog post, we introduced Zap-Map and the Zap-Map Connector Selector, which shows the full range of charger and connector options available for each EV model, as well as identifying which type of cable is required. Using this will help you to feel connected to the closest chargepoints around you, 24/7.

Charging your EV has never been easier. Find out more about how to power your electric car today at: https://www.goultralow.com/how-do-i-power/equipment/.

Image 1: Zap-Map Connector Selector

3. Connector-selector

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25% range increase for new Nissan LEAF

15th September 2015

The latest announcement from Nissan has revealed that the newest version of the LEAF will go on sale in the UK in December and will bring an increase in range of around 25%.

The new LEAF will have a 30kW battery, going on sale alongside the 24kW version, which will deliver a range of 155 miles.

Nissan has also increased the warranty for this new version to an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, giving drivers even more security when purchasing their electric car. The EV director for Europe, Jean-Pierre Diernaz, said” It’s a game changer for Nissan. This increased range will have an impact on the perception of our electric vehicles and will open it up to a wider market” – and we couldn’t agree more!

To find out more, check out http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-battery-nissan-leaf-deliver-155-mile-range

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Efficiency benefits of electric

4th September 2015

There are a whole host of benefits that come with an electric car, from the huge fuel savings that can be made, to the more relaxed driving experience created by an electric powertrain.  An electric car also has benefits when it comes to energy efficiency. Around 60% of the energy put into an internal combustion engine vehicle is wasted by the engine. Add that to the energy lost in other parts of the car, such as the gearbox, and only 17-22% of the energy originally put into the vehicle is actually used to move it. Compared to this, the electric powertrain in an ultra low emission vehicle is far superior. Very little energy is lost by the electric motor itself, with about 20% lost from the battery pack. Despite these losses, electric cars still have 63-65% of their energy remaining to transfer into movement.

 

All of this means that you can travel much further using less energy in an electric car. In fact, on just 1kWh, an electric car will be able to travel roughly 4.5 miles. This is over double the distance that the average petrol or diesel car can travel using the same amount of energy.

 
This improved energy means financial benefits for electric car owners, plus our latest figures show that drivers can save around £750 a year in fuel by switching to electric. Find out more about how you can save here: https://www.goultralow.com/owning-a-go-ultra-low-car/

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Over 400 miles for free – guest blog

2nd September 2015

Travelling over 400 miles for free wouldn’t even be an option for most drivers, but when Indira Chima, a member of our Owners’ Club, took a trip to Wales, that’s exactly what she did managed in her 100% electric Renault ZOE. A pure electric vehicle has a range of around 100 miles and can be perfect for everyday use, especially given that the average commute in the UK is around 10 miles. So when Indira took her ZOE much further afield, we asked her to share some details about her trip with us to see how she got on. When she got back, Indira was encouraged about the ZOE’s potential for longer journeys, having realised the importance of careful planning for such journeys, but, more than anything, she was thrilled that so many miles had been covered for free! For those regularly making longer journeys, plug-in hybrids like the Toyota Prius Plug-in or the Golf GTE could be the most convenient option, as these vehicles can travel more than 500 miles before needing to recharge or refuel. To find out more about more about how Indira’s trip with her ZOE went, read on…

 

Total mileage = 440 miles 

Cost for charging = £0

 

“We had a great trip to Wales. Our first really long journey in the Zoe, and we certainly learnt how to make the best use of the Zoe and the free rapid chargers.

On the outward journey we set out from home in St Albans with 5972 mile ODOM and a 76mile range.  We though we would stop and charge where we could and play safe.  We soon learnt that this wasn’t the best way to go as it was taking time waiting each stop, and the roads and stations were busier than we’d anticipated.

We left our final charging stop in Port Abraham with a full charge and 6190 mile ODOM.  From here on we knew we’d have no charging points until our return trip from Port Eynon on the Monday. I drove in ECO, except on any steep uphill bits until we reached Port Eynon to ensure we kept as much range as possible.  We arrived with a 37mile range at Port Eynon, which was more than enough for the journey back to a charging station.

With our learning, we revamped our EV charging strategy on the journey home.

On the return journey, we stopped to charge five times (roughly 50 miles apart) for a charging duration of 20-30 mins each time to full or almost full (96%-99%) and received a  total charging time of two hours.  Our total journey time was seven hours (including charging time) and we spent £0 on fuel and experienced no wait time.  It was slick and worked well and we would do it again.

Our learning points were to check with Ecotricity in advance of the journey to help us plan and to check the charging points at planned stops were all online.  Also – it is best to plan to stop at services where there are more than one charger to minimise the risk of waiting/queuing.  Driving at 65mph on the motorways elongated the range sufficiently to allow charging every 50 miles.

We were left heartened and would definitely consider taking our ZOE on our trip to Scotland next month.  The good news is Ecotricity is planning on extending the charging points at the services which will only make it easier for electric car drivers like us in the future!”

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