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200th eVolt Rapid EV Charging unit to be installed at Heathrow Airport

eVolt’s 200th electric vehicle (EV) Rapid Charging unit has been supplied to Heathrow Airport, after the charge point supplier was awarded the contract to provide the UK’s largest airport with 18 of its units in phase one.

The significant milestone has been achieved as a result of the hard work of Freemantle Electrical – the selected EV charger and infrastructure installer for the initial phase of works. The chargers were installed using a specific new designed EVCI-Go modular plinth system developed by Freemantle that allows wiring through the plinth system, which avoids any major civils works and speeds up the installation process. The Airport selected eVolt as its supplier of EV charge points following a competitive tender where multiple suppliers were reviewed.

The new Rapid charging units have been installed at eight of the airport’s airside locations including the Airside Operations Facility (AOF). They will be used by Heathrow Airport’s growing fleet of EVs run by Heathrow Airport Limited and its tenants assisting in everyday operations.

Richard Freemantle, Managing Director at Freemantle Electricals, says eVolt came highly recommended:

“The reliability of eVolt’s charging units is well known and that was key to Heathrow Airport Limited’s selection,” he says. “Its units are well maintained and have a high up-time, meaning the Airport’s EVs will be able to operate with maximum performance.”

Three Compact Rapid charging points, that can simultaneously charge two EVs to 80% battery capacity in 30 minutes at 50kW DC and 43kW AC, have been installed, taking the number of eVolt Rapid charging units installed in the UK to over 200. A Semi-Rapid Raption 22kW Triple charging unit that charges an EV to 80% in one hour has also been installed. This is ideal for fast top-up charges and utilises the latest modular power technology for enhanced reliability and performance.

Read more: Gravity London Email Press Release via Fuel Included news

Ecotricity Change Cost Structure of their Rapid Chargers.

Ecotricity recently changed the cost structure for their rapid chargers. Below is a summary of the letter they sent to their customers explaining the changes.

It is about a year since Ecotrictity introduced ‘charging for charging’ on the Electric Highway, after being free to use for five years. Charging was set at a rate of £6 for 30 minutes, with intention to monitor use and later produce “a more sophisticated approach to charging”.

With that now done a new model has been developed and rolled out, promising to give

“more flexibility and typically lower charging costs across all makes and models”.

The new rates are charged at 17p per unit, which they explain is

“pretty much the rate that people pay at home”

the cost of providing the service is administered via a £3 connection fee for all sessions.

Dale Vince wrote

“In our modelling this will typically lower the cost of charging for all makes and models as well as charge more proportionally for energy taken.”

They have also increased the maximum length of charging sessions to 45 mins, it is hoped this will offer greater flexibility to those customers who need a bit longer to charge up.

For Ecotricity customers there currently is no connection fee, this reflects their opinion that their customers’ energy bills help them build the network.

Those existing Ecotricity customers that benefit from the offer of 52 free charges in a year will continue to benefit from this arrangement until their first anniversary with the company, or their first 52 charges (whichever comes first). After this they will be automatically transferred to the new charging model.

The new rates and process came into effect on 26th June 2017, it is recommended that customers of update their mobile phone app’s to pick up the new tariff changes.

Source: Email from Ecotricity via Fuel Included blog

Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC) Preview Event

We [Fuel Included Limited] were grateful to Chargemaster for inviting us to their Preview Event ahead of the opening of the new Electric Vehicle Experience Centre (EVEC).

The event took place on Friday evening 21 July 2017 ahead of the official public opening on Saturday 22 July. The EVEC is located on Crown Walk in the main Central Milton Keynes shopping centre.

The event ran from 6-8pm and included welcome speeches from David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster, and Ted Foster, EVEC Manager.

For more details see our EVEC news page.

Source: Fuel Included blog


UAE’s Farnek adds Renault Zoe electric vehicle to fleet

Farnek has become the first company in the GCC region to purchase a Renault Zoe electric vehicle.

The Renault Zoe will save more than 17 tonnes in carbon emissions during its first year of operations, according to Farnek.

The UAE-based facilities management (FM) firm has added the environmentally friendly model to its 200-strong transportation fleet.

When compared to the saloon cars in its existing fleet, which travel approximately 72,000km annually, Farnek expects the Renault Zoe to save more than 17 tonnes in carbon emissions during its first year of operations.

Commenting on the purchase, Markus Oberlin, chief executive officer of Farnek, said:

“It is part of our strategy to have a more energy efficient fleet, in line with the UAE government’s recommendation to ensure that 10% of our transportation fleet is electric by 2030.

We also wanted to show leadership within the FM sector, and inspire other organisations to do the same,”

he added.

Powered by a Z.E.40 battery, the Renault Zoe boasts a New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) range of 400km, which equates to approximately 300km in real-world driving conditions.

The battery can be charged from 0% to 80% within the space of an hour, owing to the patented Chameleon Charger.

Read more: Construction Week Online

China just built a 250-acre solar farm shaped like a giant panda

The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China. China Merchants New Energy/Panda Green Energy

The Panda Power Plant in Datong, China.

Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid.

A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda.

The first phase, which includes one 50-megawatt plant, was completed on June 30, according to PV magazine. The project just began delivering power to a grid in northwestern China, and a second panda is planned for later this year.

Read more: Business Insider via Fuel Included news