In the coming weeks, a six month pilot is set to kick-off which will see 10 electric taxis charging up just outside Nottingham station via five specially-designed ‘pads’ installed on the ground, thanks to £3.4m of funding from the government. The project is being carried out via Innovation Gateway, a coalition of organisations set up to share knowledge and innovations to help reduce costs and environmental impacts from the built environment. The charging technology is situated within a taxi rank, and therefore ring-fenced solely for use by the 10 specially-modified taxis, made up of a combination of LEVC TX electric black cabs – which have now become an everyday sight on the streets of London – and Nissan ENV200 models. Similar trials have already taken place in other parts of Europe, while in the UK electric car charging tech firm Char.gy last year secured £2.3m from the government to deploy wireless charging on residential streets in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and the London Borough of Redbridge, in collaboration with Open University and the University of Warwick. But Nottingham train station marks the first major test of its kind for wireless on-the-go charging in the UK, explains Wayne Bexton, head of energy services at Nottingham City Council.
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Dutch fast charging company delivered nearly 8GWh of electricity to 42,800 customers in 2019, as financial results were overshadowed by coronavirus concerns. Fastned’s revenues from its fast charging network grew 175 per cent to €4.5m last year, according to results posted yesterday by the leading electric vehicle infrastructure specialist. In financial results that were somewhat overshadowed by the on-going coronavirus crisis, the Dutch fast charging company revealed it delivered nearly 8GWh of electricity to 42,800 customers in 2019.
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The UK is looking to transition rapidly to low-emission vehicles with a planned ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars by 2035 – brought forward from the original proposed date of 2040. But while there are emissions savings to be made by switching to more environmentally-friendly forms of propulsion, these battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could have a deadly downside: they’re very, very quiet. As of July 2019, EU legislation says newer models of ‘quiet’ electric and hybrid vehicles have had to have an acoustic sound system installed to prevent them being too quiet. From 1 July 2021, it will be required for all new registrations of ‘quiet’ electric and hybrid vehicles to have such systems.
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