Government to accelerate the rollout of chargepoints for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England

Electric vehicles: Following extensive consultation with car manufacturers and sellers, the Prime Minister has confirmed that the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, ten years earlier than planned. However we will allow the sale of hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with … Read more

Electric car sales doubled in October 2020

The registrations of Electric vehicles (almost) doubled in October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019, bringing them to 6.6% of the market. And sales of Pluggable Hybrids increased by 50%. SMMT New car registrations report for October 2020

Charging Multi-network payment card

A major problem with charging networks has been that each has had their own payment method. With so many there’s been a major concern about which one(s) to sign up to. However Octopus Energy has launched a multi-network card with the aim of covering many different networks to make this easier. Octopus Energy’s Electric Juice … Read more

UK EV leasing grows by 91% due to new tax incentive

UK EV lease boom The number of UK drivers opting to lease an electric vehicle has almost doubled in the first six months of 2020 since a new tax incentive was introduced, according to EV specialists Octopus Electric Vehicles. The growth in EV leasing has contributed to an increase in total EV registrations of 157% so … Read more

September Electric car sales triple their market share!

SMMT report The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reports that the sale of Electric cars in September 2020 was 6.7% of new car sales, treble the share in the same month in 2019 (2.2%). Full details from SMMT. Diesel sales dropped the most, with Petrol next.

Britain’s first electric car forecourt nears completion with 30 chargers and ‘Best of British’ retail partners

The first of a £1billion nationwide network of ‘electric forecourts’ will open before the end of the year in Essex  A 2.5-acre site is due to be completed in Braintree with links to Stansted Airport and the M11 motorway There will be 24 rapid electric car chargers and 6 Tesla Superchargers specifically for Tesla cars It … Read more

World EV day – Government announcements

£12 million in funding announced to propel groundbreaking electric vehicle research projects on first World EV Day future government plans could see green-coloured parking spaces, charge points at popular destinations and dedicated EV sites for buying and selling cars Highways England to provide local authorities with £9.3 million in funding to encourage businesses to switch to electric vans Parking … Read more

Relief as Connector Plug formats are finally converging

At last the great connector plug wars are finally coming to an end, it has been accepted that multiple incompatible charging plug types is not a realistic way to promote Electric vehicles. Such convergent situations have existed many times in the past, the best known being the video-tape wars where VHS finally won. CCS charging … Read more

New tariff that allows customers to separate electric charging cost UK and standard home energy

Tonik Energy’s new ‘Home & Smart EV’ bundle will provide the growing number of UK households purchasing EVs with “transparency and control” over the running costs of their zero emissions vehicles by allowing them to benefit from competitive fixed overnight charging rates. Smart data from EV chargers installed at customers homes by Tonik’s in-house charger … Read more