Ducati – charging into the world of urban e-bikes

David Winterbourne 03/08/2020

Ducati – charging into the world of urban e-bikes

The hardcore of the mountain bike fraternity took a little bit of persuading before they began to adopt the pedal-assist technology that is now taking the biking world by storm, in the same way we believe motorcyclists will soon begin the transition to electric power. One traditional motorcycle manufacturer, who has teased us with electric motorcycle designs, but yet to launch an electric motorcycle is Ducati. They are however, charging forward (feet first) into the world of electric bikes. Ducati in collaboration with the Italian e-bikes specialist Thok created the MIG-RR  (c.£6250.00) and is set to release this urban pedal-assist bike (c.£3500.00) shown above, into the Ducati Scrambler range of e-bikes, followed swiftly we hope, with the recently unveiled fold-up bikes, for take anywhere, electric travel. The Fold up electric bikes recently unveiled show off Ducati’s design prowess, with beautiful curves and attention to detail. Rear LED light built into […]

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New York State to rollout a 700 Million dollar EV Make-Ready Programme

David Winterbourne 20/07/2020

New York State to rollout a 700 Million dollar EV Make-Ready Programme

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a package of major clean transportation initiatives, including a “Make Ready” order approved by the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) to advance New York’s commitment to accelerate its transition to cleaner mobility. The EV Make-Ready Program will be funded by investor-owned utilities in New York State. It creates a cost-sharing program that incentivizes utilities and charging station developers to site electric vehicle charging infrastructure in places that will provide a maximal benefit to consumers. The PSC order caps the total budget at $701 million and will run through 2025, with $206 million allocated toward equitable access and benefits for lower-socio-economic and disadvantaged communities which will also be eligible for a higher incentive supporting up to 100% of the costs to make a site ready for EV charging. The Long Island Power Authority, with its service provider, PSEG Long Island also announced a goal to support […]

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Croatia subsidises Electric Vehicle purchasing with €5.8 million

David Winterbourne 19/07/2020

Croatia subsidises Electric Vehicle purchasing with €5.8 million

Croatia finds demand for EV incentives crushing: In Croatia, the online application procedure for the new call for funding for electric and hybrid vehicles had to be canceled after only two minutes. They received so many applications within just a few moments that the 2020 budget for the funding programme of 2.9 million euros was exhausted. Continue reading on electrive.com

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France and Germany speed ahead as electric cars subsidies make them ‘almost free’

David Winterbourne 16/07/2020

France and Germany speed ahead as electric cars subsidies make them ‘almost free’

France and Germany have sought to soften the coronavirus pandemic’s blow to the badly hit car sector with generous subsidies. With both the governments’ boost for electric vehicle incentives, their purchase subsidies are now among the most favorable in the world. Source: Bloomberg Car buyers in Europe can now get their hands on a brand-new electric vehicle for less than the typical cost of a mobile-phone contract. Thanks to newly generous subsidies, some are even free. Shoppers have swarmed virtual showrooms in Germany and France — the region’s two largest passenger car markets — after their national governments boosted electric-vehicle incentives to stimulate demand. Their purchase subsidies are now among the most favorable in the world. The state support is allowing Autohaus Koenig, a dealership chain with more than 50 locations across Germany, to advertise a lease for the battery-powered Renault Zoe that is entirely covered by subsidies. In the 20 days […]

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Electric Scooters – Trials begin in Middlesborough

David Winterbourne 16/07/2020

Electric Scooters – Trials begin in Middlesborough

Rental e-scooters have at last become legal on UK streets Today, Middlesbrough in north-east England become the first city in the UK to begin trials to allow electric scooters on to our streets. The region’s Mayor Ben Houchen, praised the initiative as “clean energy, socially distant mode of transport”.  An initial 100 scooters are set to appear in Middlesbrough later this month in a partnership with a new UK-based operator, Ginger, rolling it out across Teesside, Darlington, and Hartlepool The scheme which it is hoped will be part of a green economic recovery, is seen as a way of improving air quality and reducing congestion.  The coronavirus crisis was instrumental in forcing the government to speed up the pace of change so that all local authorities will now be able to set up their trials. The transport minister, Rachel Maclean, said: “As we emerge from lockdown, we have a unique opportunity […]

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Royal Mail to trial Electric Vans

David Winterbourne 07/07/2020

Royal Mail to trial Electric Vans

The Royal mail is to trial using electric vehicles for its deliveries, using a retrofitted London Electric Cab initially as supplied by the London EV Company Limited.  An automotive engineering company The company is famous for its London black taxicabs with its headquarters near Coventry, England, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely, who also own Volvo and their electric car company Polestar. The first van will be tested in Birmingham, then Leeds, Derby, Edinburgh and Bristol. With a new survey announcing that one in three fleet managers electrifying at least half their UK fleet by 2025, we expect a lot of interest in the results of the Royal Mails tests. See the full Royal Mail article here:  https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-53321006

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E-scooters to be made legal in the UK from July

David Winterbourne 30/06/2020

E-scooters to be made legal in the UK from July

In a bid to reduce pressure on public transport during the current coronavirus crisis, the Department of Transport has set out new rules that could launch scooter-sharing schemes in UK towns and cities from this Saturday the 4th of July. Under these new rules, it will be legal to ride one of these e-scooters on the road, and it is hoped the first rentable e-scooters could be up and running in Middlesbrough from early next week. Some 50  local authorities have expressed an interest in the Government about having their own e-scooter trials.  Vehicles will be limited to a top speed on 15 miles an hour and although they will not be mandatory, it is expected that it will be recommended that helmets be worn. E-scooter firms vying for licenses in the UK say the vehicles offer an environmentally friendly alternative to short car journeys, but campaigners warn they could […]

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BORIS JOHNSON, GREEN REVOLUTIONARY?

David Winterbourne 09/06/2020

BORIS JOHNSON, GREEN REVOLUTIONARY?

The planet has benefited from us staying home due to the coronavirus and has made us all a bit more conscious about our environmental footprint.  We all know we need to help the movement towards zero emissions and reduce our carbon footprint, but it must be our countries industry leaders and governments that help us to do so. Come on Boris! The Telegraph recently reported that Boris Johnson could be about to announce a scrappage scheme to help promote the purchase of Electric Cars and kick start the auto industry post lockdown.   It could mean that when you scrap your old internal combustion engine car, the price of the British-built Nissan Leaf electric vehicle falls from £26,845 to just £20,845 and would see a new VW ID.3 zero-emission hatchback cost around the same as an entry-level petrol-powered Golf. This move would see cost, possibly the last barrier to going electric, […]

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How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

David Winterbourne 17/04/2020

How Much Does It Cost To Charge An Electric Car?

Car sales are down in general however, the demand for electric vehicles is rising dramatically in the UK. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that Electric vehicle registrations were up by 197.4 per cent year-on-year in March, so what’s the bottom line when it comes to cost?  We all know that converting to an electric car makes sense for the local and Global environment that’s obvious. Charging using green energy even increases the electric cars green credentials, I get it! But is there a financial cost-benefit too? How much cheaper is an electric vehicle to run compared to petrol or diesel? How much does an Electric Car cost to charge? Like cooking for yourself at home is cheaper than eating out, so is charging your electric car. What model you own and who is providing the electricity will have an impact on the cost to charge, but […]

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Business (Busy-ness) and COVID 19 – What Next?

EV Nana 16/04/2020

Business (Busy-ness) and COVID 19 – What Next?

Suddenly the busy-ness (business) of life has been put on hold, for others life has changed and will never be the same again. All of us have had to take a step away from what we have known until now as our ‘normal’. Since the lock-down, we have seen a dramatic reduction in pollution. Less planes, and fewer carbon heavy vehicles on our roads has resulted in clearer skies, cleaner air and even our countryside is reaping the benefit with the natural world is taking a well-deserved deep breath. We know that the world can’t sustain us if we continue to rely on fossil fuels.  The climate is changing, we are running out of water and the animal and plant kingdoms are suffering and being depleted and lost. The move to electric vehicles, away from the pollution of the combustion engine is just a very small cog in an enormous […]

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