Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has constructed a new dual-fuel station with eight dedicated 150kW electric vehicle (EV) charging bays. This is alongside eight traditional petrol pumps, with the former petrol station on the site located on the A3 in Putney, south west London, having been demolished. MFG has also developed 1,500 sq ft of retail space, with the site containing Costa Coffee, Budgens and an Amazon drop box and home delivery location.
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Are electric vehicles the way forward for Edinburgh? There is a head of steam – or perhaps clean energy – building behind the switch to electronic vehicles (EVs). Do they represent the way to achieve Edinburgh’s carbon reduction targets, and if so, what are the implications for our streets and neighbourhoods? With COP-26 scheduled for Glasgow later this year, this seems a good time to think through these questions. In 2018, the Urban Design Group and Living Streets London held a conference Electric Vehicles: A Threat to Cities? It came at the EV issues from a different angle. They asked whether EVs were the solution to urban movement – and came away unconvinced. Viewed in this way, adapting Edinburgh to accommodate the needs of EVs is not automatically the way to go. The City Mobility Plan 2021-2030 envisages regional transport hubs ‘evolving’ on the edge of the city that will include EV charging points, where longer distance commuters can top up their cars while taking public transport for the last leg of their journeys or embarking on active travel. The move to phase out petrol and diesel is clearly a step to a greener future, but elides the wider question of how Edinburgh is to handle traffic, enhance its streets, improve residents’ health and wellbeing, and continue to function as a leading city for business and innovation? Answers are not easy, but there needs to be more discussion with and amongst citizens than we have had so far. The advent of EVs needs to be the start, not the end, of more searching thought about the future of our city.
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‘False choice’: is deep-sea mining required for an electric vehicle revolution?
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