In local news

March 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

After the global-impact glitz of the Geneva Motor Show, I’m going to get all parochial on you. This is my nearest on-street EV recharging point in Brighton, one of two charging spots unveiled last autumn to much fanfare. Brighton & Hove council took the brave step of installing these on a build-them-and-they-will-come basis, with only a couple of EVs known to be operating around town at the time, but I’m pleased to note that this bay, empty most of the time in its first few months, is now regularly used by this Aixam Mega van.

Parking’s very tight around Brighton, and there’s been much protest over the requisitioning of much-needed spaces – but at least someone’s now using the charging points, which are supplied by local firm Elektromotive. The remaining problem is that there’s a four-hour limit under the parking regulations, not long enough for a full recharge, and several EV drivers have already been ticketed for overstaying at the other bays by Brighton Town Hall.

Clearly there’s a few issues to be ironed out yet, and I’d like to see a few more, different EVs using these bays (that Aixam’s owner has a guaranteed free parking space at the moment), but slowly, the infrastructure should support wider EV usage in the city.

*I’m going to take a break from blogging here for a while, but plan to resume mid-April. Take a scan back through the archive for a pretty comprehensive round-up of green car news from the last month, much of it posted ahead of the established UK car magazines’ websites, and covering a wider variety of stories. Feedback thus far welcomed via the comments facility on this page.

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