Britain may be on the verge of an electric car revolution but Welsh drivers wanting to change to greener personal transport may struggle: the eight counties in the UK with the lowest number of chargers per person in Britain are all in Wales, government data has revealed.
Guardian 2nd Nov 2019 read more »
Even the fastest chargers take much longer to replenish battery packs, meaning 30 or 40 minutes of unwanted downtime. For time-poor drivers, this is a major inconvenience—one you can already witness, in the form of bored-looking Tesla owners cooling their heels at Supercharger stations. You probably haven’t heard of NIO, because it doesn’t sell cars outside its Chinese homeland—yet. NIO’s other innovation tries to eliminate the inconvenience of recharging altogether with battery swapping stations. The idea sounds simple, but the reality is hugely complicated. Other manufacturers have considered battery swapping but have abandoned the idea as too difficult, not least because battery packs now play a major structural role in most EVs. But NIO has delivered it and the process – which I saw working at a swap station in Beijing – is pretty much effortless.
Yahoo 1st Nov 2019 read more »