Tuesday newsbriefs #2: EVs go to EDF; £15m for green cars; EV charging integrated

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m running with this story because I like a good Brighton picture. EDF Energy has taken delivery of 35 Mini Es for use across its UK sites. The cars will be based at offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Gloucester, Hove (actually*), Worthing, Crawley and Doxford (near Sunderland). Charging points have been fitted at each of these sites. 30 of these cars will subsequently be seconded next year onto the BMW Group London 2012 Olympic support fleet; EDF is the official energy supplier to the Games, and will be working with LOCOG (the Olympic Organising Committee) and Source London on an EV recharging infrastructure for the event.

*Brighton joke, for the uninitiated. Anyway, in other snippets for today:

  • The UK government’s to invest £15million into the development of lower-carbon cars via the Technology Strategy Board and Office for Low-Emissions Vehicles. Announcement from Energy Secretary Vince Cable at the Innovate11 conference in London v. shortly.
  • The German car-makers – Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Daimler, BMW – are showing off their Combined Charging System at a congress in Baden-Baden this week. The CCS is a universal interface for EV charging. More at Green Car Congress.
  • London black cabs are getting into biodiesel, made from waste cooking oil, on a fairly big scale; output of the fuel is increasing. Nice story – plus video – at The Guardian; thanks to @onewaytheatre, operators of a mobile solar-powered cinema screen, running their van on waste oil for a long time now.
  • Electric cars are to be built in Bulgaria; Litex Motors of Lovech will start manufacturing next spring, reports Novinite, a Sofia-based news agency. Plants in Sofia, Plovdiv and Varns are gearing up to make charging points (thanks to @cleancartalk). For further detail; here’s a lengthy and rather interesting history of EV-making in Bulgaria. No word yet as to what these EVs will be, but Litex has signed a deal to build ICE models by China’s Great Wall Motor Company.
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