Gwynedd community electric car scheme to connect locals. Two rural communities in Gwynedd are unveiling new electric cars to be shared by people for job interviews, hospital appointments or shopping. One will be based in Bethesda and the other in Abergynolwyn for when buses, trains or taxis are not available or cost too much. It is the latest in a string of schemes in Wales run and funded by a mixture of voluntary, private and public bodies. The vehicles – named Carwen and Carwyn – will be unveiled on Saturday.
BBC 7th Nov 2019 read more »
Britain faces a new waste crisis from a ” battery mountain” caused by the growing use of electric cars, according to an academic study. Researchers have calculated that the one million electric cars sold in 2017 alone will produce 250,000 metric tons, or half a million cubic metres, of unprocessed battery pack waste when they reach the end of their lives in seven to ten years’ time, enough to fill 67 Olympic swimming pools. At present, the one million cars account for just 1.3 per cent of annual worldwide sales but it is projected that electric cars could make up more than half of all new sales by 2040 as part of efforts to combat climate change. The researchers say landfill is not an option for waste lithium batteries which are flammable and could release toxic chemicals such as cobalt, nickel and magnesium into the environment. Professor Andrew Abbott, of Leicester University and co-author of the paper, said it was vital to find ways of recycling the batteries to safeguard the environment and extra precious metals and materials that could be reused.
Telegraph 8th Nov 2019 read more »
The private equity firm appointed by the government to manage as much as £400m in investment in electric car charging points has awarded millions of pounds to a company in which it holds a controlling financial interest. Zouk Capital is the largest shareholder in charge point builder Instavolt, having made an £18m investment in the company. Now Zouk has chosen Instavolt as the charge point fund’s first beneficiary, a decision criticised by the Labour party. The Conservative government announced its intention to establish a charging infrastructure investment fund in the autumn budget of 2017, amid plans to encourage drivers to choose electric cars, which emit lower or zero carbon dioxide. The £400m government-backed fund initially aims to deliver 3,000 additional rapid-charge points for electric cars, more than doubling the number of electric car charging points in the UK. However, the fund’s rollout, which hoped to match £200m in private-sector investment with public money, was delayed by almost two years, amid difficulties in recruiting an investment manager.
Guardian 8th Nov 2019 read more »