Triodos Bank is to join with Tesco and Volkswagen in providing funding for hundreds of electric vehicle (EV) charge points across the UK, which are set to be deployed and operated by charging infrastructure specialist Pod Point. The ethical banking firm announced today it is to provide its first debt facility for an EV charging project in support of Pod Point’s plans to deploy EV chargers at 600 Tesco stores. The deal – the financial details of which were not disclosed – provides a further boost to Pod Point’s partnership with the supermarket and Volkswagen, which was announced in 2018 and effectively created a new, sponsorship-based business model for EV charging.
Business Green 17th March 2020 read more »
Wireless charging technology being trialled outside Nottingham train station may offer a glimpse of the future for electric vehicles. In 2020 it feels safe to assume most people are by now familiar with battery-powered cars, even if only a few have actually ever driven one. There are, after all, more than 270,000 plug-in vehicles on UK roads, and the EV charging points dotted across the country now outnumber petrol stations. But, how about an EV that forgoes physically plugging into a power supply, and instead charges up its battery wirelessly, simply by briefly parking over a panel on the floor? To some in the green tech world it may sound like the latest inevitable milestone in fast-moving technological progress which has already seen cars drive themselves hundreds of miles across the UK. But for many people, drawing energy up through the road to power a car no doubt looks and sounds like a futuristic piece of sci-fi kit, most likely to be found on the streets of Silicon Valley.
Business Green 16th March 2020 read more »
If we are to deliver on the promise of renewable energy, we need to lift the veil off corrupt governments, dirty environmental practices and atrocious labour violations. The green revolution must come to terms with this inconvenient truth and address it head on. The global demand for clean, renewable energy is increasing at an unprecedented pace, driven by advances in technology and declining costs. This is a story of innovation and inspiration, yet also graft and exploitation. Media reports detail stories of child miners toiling in unsafe conditions, polluted landscapes and predatory investors. But it does not have to be this way. We should all consider how and where minerals are sourced when making purchasing decisions in the energy sector. Did they come from a mining process that is environmentally damaging or exploitative in labour practices? Did they fuel conflict or corruption? Are they supporting local communities? These questions should concern us deeply, because the environmental and societal harms from mining done poorly are serious and near term.
FT 17th March 2020 read more »
An “electric avenue” has been developed where lampposts have been converted into chargers for battery-powered cars. In what is thought to be the first of its kind, a street in the capital has been transformed into a hub for the vehicles to promote their use in residential areas. Twenty-four lampposts over a half-mile stretch of Sutherland Avenue in Maida Vale, northwest London, have been converted to contain chargepoints, allowing residents without driveways to power up electric vehicles overnight. The project, led by Siemens, which was completed yesterday, is the first time a street has been fully converted to cater for on-street car charging.
Times 17th March 2020 read more »