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Charging for your electric car might be getting more convenient

(I’ve had to repost this as the original title included a reference to Musk. That seemed to attract so called ‘Entrepreneurial Bloggers’ like flies to shite as these con-artists tried to use this blog to publicise their scams. I’m hoping a retitle cuts down the ‘smell’, and their number.)

This thought dates back some years now, but when Elon Musk started to seriously cover the US with his Tesla Supercharger network, I always thought it was a pity he didn’t pull a marketing trick, and swamp Scotland with them, and be able to claim to have had the first electric vehicle network that covered and entire country, and (for that brand at least) had ended so called ‘Range Anxiety’.

I’m not sure, but I think Norway (looking outside the US) probably landed that one first, although Scotland’s smaller size, and main transport corridor through the more densely populated area just might have made it the first if bases on simple range criteria. By that, I simply mean that you might have had to use all your available range to get to a Supercharger, then having driven home, had to go back to the Supercharger to fill up again.

Please don’t start overanalysing that, correcting me on range, or start babbling about home charging etc. That’s not the point.

In fact, Teslas aren’t really the point, I only mention them in passing as a couple of news articles reminded me of my little fantasy.

First was a claim that “Scots are closer to their nearest electric vehicle charger than drivers in England”:

Scotland has a higher density of electric vehicle charging points than England with more than 1,000 now available to the public, transport secretary Michael Matheson announced today.

He said they formed one of the most comprehensive networks in Europe, with one an average of 2.8 miles away compared to 3.8 miles south of the Border.

This is believed to reflect the high number in urban areas, as drivers in rural areas are likely to be far more distant from their nearest charging point.

Mr Matheson said a further 800 points were planned.

According to Zap Map, there are 3,289 publicly-available individual chargers, three in four of which are publicly-run.

They include nearly 200 rapid chargers (50 kilowatt).

The others are privately-operated charging points available to the public, such as in shopping centres.

Scots are closer to their nearest electric vehicle charger than drivers in England

The second is probably the more interesting though:

in the UK. According to Nissan UK, there are about 9,300 public charging stations, as opposed to 8,400 gas stations.

The number of gas stations has been on a slight decline for the past 50 years in the UK, and some places are becoming petrol deserts. Just four gas stations exist in London’s congestion-charge zone, for instance, while Transport for London has installed more than 1,000 charge points in the past year.

Nissan notes that according to Zap-Map, two new fast-charge stations were opened every day the last month. Zap-Map also points to a current total of 290 Tesla Superchargers in the UK.

Charging stations now outnumber gas stations in Britain

Yes, sorry, ‘gas’, I know, but it is an original American article.

Their graph…

Fuel stations versus charging stations in the UK [Nissan UK]

Fuel stations versus charging stations in the UK [Nissan UK]

My interest is purely technical, having been priced off the road years ago, and having no prospect of getting a nice, cheap to run BEV, while they’re still new and priced at a premium.

Fuel stations have been disappearing around me for years, with quite a few of the sites now being snapped up by those gangs of ‘Guys with Bucket’ who like to wash cars. Their number is remarkable around here.

Every time I see them I wonder if SEPA (or Scottish Water) knows about them, as they don’t seem have any environmental controls in place.

The hoses just run onto the ground all day when they are open, and drain away into the street, then all the detergents and other chemicals they spray around just go the same way, down the drain, or soak into the surrounding ground.

Seems very un-Green and environmentally unfriendly to me, yet I don’t see any Green Loonies protesting around these places, demanding car drivers boycott them, or even Greta Thunberg sailing around them (in the water from all those hoses), calling on nearby school to have the local kids go on strike to protect their health from those nasty chemical being washed into the ground under their homes.

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17/08/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pop-up electric vehicle chargers – not looking good (so far)

I recently came across a news article heralding the arrival of a pop-up street charger scheme to be trialled in Dundee: I hope these ‘Pop-up Electric Charge’ people realise Dundee is in SCOTLAND!

While I wasn’t being negative, at the time I couldn’t lay hands on any illustrations of the proposed chargers, so didn’t know how practical they were for use in Scotland’s cold/wet/freezing climate.

From tech ‘toys’ I’ve built and installed out of doors, rain, frost, and freezing rainwater (plus snow) all combine to ruin anything designed on the bench and which works well in warm and dry conditions – only to be wrecked when place outside. Even just left outside in a sheltered position can see items deteriorate if not made of appropriate materials. Sunlight destroys plastics not designed for constant UV exposure, and condensation plus high humidity and freezing conditions can lead to ice formation, and destruction of items where water can collect in small spaces, and expand repeatedly.

I found a US article taking a look at the idea, and they did have an illustrative pic – I’m afraid things look good for dry and warm places, but Scotland?

Street charger tucks away for pedestrian access during the day

Pop-up charger concept

Pop-up charger concept

I tried a quick search on that name. While it brought up many hits, none of them linked to this concept, and I gave up.

Unless they change the design, or make something with greater water/weatherproofing – which would probably mean increased complexity, and ongoing maintenance needs to keep seals etc functional – I don’t really this is appropriate.

Far better to go with suggestions to utilise existing street furniture such as lampposts, distribution boxes, and other item already found on the footpath, and which avoid trailing cables.

I’d suggest another option – a sealed post hinged at its base, lying flat, which rotates 90 degrees to stand vertical.

This provides a lever effect to help break frozen rain/snow, and with no sliding elements can be sealed.

However, I remain practical and aware of lawsuits – and suspect something would have to be done with regard to the hole left behind when it is raised. Unfortunately, a simple hinged cover isn’t really the answer, as it could freeze shut. A little though does suggest it can be dealt with though.

Well, we’ll see.

It might last longer than…

Solar powered bus stops

 

10/08/2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

I hope these ‘Pop-up Electric Charge’ people realise Dundee is in SCOTLAND!

I saw this a few days ago, but couldn’t get it out of my head without a mention.

Dundee is to be one of two places in the UK to trial “pop-up” electric car chargers.

The chargers, designed to help drivers without access to off-street parking, will be built into the pavement.

Each hub will have three to six chargers and can be pushed back into the pavement when not in use.

The new technology is part of a £3m UK government-funded scheme and they could be installed in Dundee and Plymouth within a year.

Dundee to trial pop-up electric car chargers

I’ve never thought to stop and take pics, but can say that I’ve lost count of the number of my neighbours, and nearby developers of flats, who have installed powered gates and doors over the years, and have had them fail once they have been installed for a while, are not maintained regularly, and hit their first Scottish winter, be that a wet one, or a freezing one.

I’ve also seen such installation fail due to be installed on a busy road, where the road dirt and mud is constantly being splashed up and spread on those toys.

I won’t even bother suggesting that any installed in a seaside or shore location area (like Dundee perhaps) will have a corrosive salt atmosphere to contend with as well.

If these electrical chargers are going to descend into the pavement, then they’re going to HAVE to provided with reliable drainage.

The will have at least 240 V mains on them, and a decent fast-charger should be 3-phase, so that means around 400 V.

They’ll presumably need heating as will, since we have been known to have ground frost, ice, and snow lying on our pavements too – not to mention any rain freezing down  there too, during cold and frosty nights.

Still…

They will have thought of all that when designing their pop-up chargers.

Won’t they?

This may be extreme, but if you’ve ever had your doors frozen shut by frost after rain, you’ll appreciate how little it takes to freeze hardware solid.

Frozen cars and ice

Frozen cars and ice

21/07/2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Oh dear, looks like the UK remains 5 years behind the US regarding electric vehicles

Looks like a made a grave mistake recently, when I suggested the UK might be shortening its 5 year retarded view of EVs (electric vehicles) compared to the US.

While the US seems to be embracing the concept, with even the big car makers joining the party and showing EVs that will be on offer to compete with the few which are now in demand, stories from the UK continue to promote and dwell on the same various myths and fantasies that used to be spun in the US a few years ago.

It’s hard to see who’s behind this.

Not the car makers. They’re gearing up to comply with global legislation which will see the demise of fossil-fuelled vehicles in coming years. If they DON’T have EVs (or some non-fossil alternative), then they’ll be out of business).

Not the oil companies. Vehicles are not the only users of oil derived products, and increasing scarcity of oil, price problems, and environmental legislation regarding fuel use only serve to reduce the fossil-fuel market.

I’m tempted to say that leaves idiots and naysayers.

The reasons they give suggest I may, sadly, be right.

Before I reach the story that triggered this, I’d like to mention one I spotted recently, suggesting people did not want EVs because “Electric Charging Stations are Ugly”.

Seriously? There’s people out there trying to convince others that an electric charging station is ugly compared to a petrol station, and that’s a reason NOT to have an electric car!

Gas stations OK, electric-car chargers too ugly?

It really does seem as if there are people out there whose sole purpose in life is to say ‘NO’ to anything.

So, turning to the story that triggered this post, it’s amazing to read the same old arguments against EVs being trawled up here, as if they were something new, and not years old – and dispelled long ago.

Here we see arguments based on EVs being ‘Silent Killers’.

Yet it seems Rolls Royce can be silent, and its never been a problem.

Then there’s the old moan based on that great invention of the naysayers, ‘Range Anxiety’.

Yet we now have cars with anything up to 350 miles of range, and chargers coming on line that can dump 80% of an EVs range back into it in 10 minutes.

And I spotted a new one in this article – I’ve never heard of anyone not liking/wanting an EV because “They don’t know it’s on“!

Such imagination.

What will they come up with next?

However, the head of Scotland’s biggest car-sharing club has made the surprising admission that its members don’t like electric vehicles.

Diane Mulholland, Scotland general manager of Enterprise Holdings, said they were put off by the vehicles’ limited range, charging time – and even their silence.

But Mulholland told a transport forum last week: “Electric vehicles (EVs) are used least. People do not like it that they make no noise.”

She later told Scotland on Sunday: “They don’t know if the car is on or not.”

Mulholland said hybrid electric-petrol cars were more popular because drivers could hear the engine.

Mulholland said electric cars were also disliked because drivers were worried how far they could go before running out of power.

She said: “They have range anxiety. With hybrids you have that safety net. And also that you have to stop to charge. People just stress.”

Car-share club snubs electric vehicles over sound of silence

From the Moron Comment section after the article…

Anteaus • a day ago

I was walking through a car park the other day when an EV started out of a parking space just after I passed. It was bit scary because I realised the only thing which had saved my life was that the driver had seen me. (Which was good, but it does not mean that the next EV driver I encounter will do so) It was not easy to see that it was occupied, and there was no way to tell that it was about to move.

Seriously Anteaus: “the only thing which had saved my life was that the driver had seen me“.

Would you have made the same point if it had been a nice Roller that glided silently out of that same parking spot?

Sadly, this supposed objection is dead in the water too, since various protests over the years have led to legislation enforcing the use of electronic noise-makers in EVs, which must operate at low speed to warn people around them that the vehicle is moving, or may move.

Apparently I’m not allowed to criticise this, because of blind people, and PC.

So…

Silent Killer Car

Silent Killer Car

04/12/2018 Posted by | Transport | , | Leave a comment

At least SOME people are open to forward thinking

I have to confess to being a reasonably well-qualified electrical/electronic person, so I find it hard to understand the general negativity and hostility I get whenever I dare mention electric or battery powered vehicles.

The response, before even considering the subject is almost always the joke about milk-floats, or the the media hyped lack of range (aka the wonderful invention of ‘range anxiety’ which is about as useful a concept as ‘road rage – both give the media a tag to hang stories on, but mean nothing), followed by the claim that there’s nowhere to charge a BEV (battery electric vehicle), so you will be stranded with a dead car if you dare go further than the end of your street.

I just don’t bother arguing, especially when they start quoting the loony claims about how EVs will NEVER work, and, since I can’t afford a car of any sort, don’t have the option of countering with, ‘Here, look at mine’.

I generally feel we’re around 5 years behind the US in this, which is a shame, but probably not a surprise in a country now famous for having great engineering ideas, but failing to capitalise on many of them.

Glasgow is at least trying – as I find myself saying all too often, Glasgow City Council comes in for a lot of negativity, but the reality is that this is ‘institutionalised’, probably from the same few disgruntled sources (with their own agendas, or personal issues), and has little basis in fact. The council may not be perfect (what council is?), but I suggest not listening to its detractors, who have had years/decades of fun at it’s expense, and use your own brain, not theirs.

MORE than 60 new charging points for electric vehicles are to be provided in Glasgow over the next six months.

Glasgow City Council has started work on an electric vehicle strategy and was recently awarded £625,000 from Transport Scotland to further develop the charging network.

There are currently 101 public charge points at 36 locations throughout the city. This is to increase to around 165 by the end of March

During the last 12 months (November 2017 to October 2018), nearly 33,000 charging sessions were initiated by more than 2,530 distinct users in Glasgow.  This was a 15 per cent increase in the number of users compared with the previous 12 months (up from 2,200).

A report updating councillors states: “This trend is set to continue and, if local trends follow national projections, this figure will rise to approximately 25,000 users over the next five years.”

The charging sessions over the 12 months consumed more than 281,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough for nearly one million miles of emission-free travel.

GLASGOW To Get Plugged Into Becoming An “Electric Vehicle-Friendly Destination”

Oh look…

Same charging site as in the quoted story, but a different charger! (I think mine is older – I got there first 🙂 )

Electric Charging

Electric Charging

24/11/2018 Posted by | council, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Was this electric bus headline just clickbait? (Updated)

While I don’t mind fun clickbait headlines, I find opportunist clickbait on serious issues to be very, no, make that VERY, irritating, and even counter-productive.

When I saw this story, I assumed the story was going to be some sort of political or policy related negativity ranting regarding BEVs (battery electric vehicles).

Plug pulled on Glasgow’s pioneering electric bus service

In fact, it’s no such thing, and far from being a decision being made to cancel this electric bus service, it was actually about the service having to end as the warranty on the bus and gear had come to an end, potentially rendering it uneconomic.

Glasgow’s only electric bus service is to be scrapped just two months before the start of a crackdown on the most polluting buses in the city centre, The Scotsman has learned.

The operator of the service between there and the Riverside and Kelvingrove museums said costs had risen significantly because the four-year-old vehicles’ warranty had expired.

(It would be interesting to know the numbers, but obviously I don’t have access to the contract, so it’s not possible to make sensible comments about this, but it is worth adding that the economics of running this type of vehicle are completely different from those of a fossil-fuelled equivalent.)

Although this has NO RELATION whatsoever to Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ), the media used the withdrawal as a link, and usual moronic political opportunism was tacked on.

The four-year-old link will end next Saturday, seven weeks before the launch of Scotland’s first low emission zone (LEZ) in the city centre.

That will phase out all but the cleanest engine vehicles over the next four years.

Dr Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said “The service was ahead of its time, providing the only zero-emission buses in the city, but it is ironic Glasgow’s pioneering electric buses will disappear shortly before the LEZ comes into being.

“Sadly, the warranty issue means Glasgow’s first modern electric buses will not be part of the bus revolution Glasgow will see over the next few years.”

Martha Wardrop, Greens council environment spokeswoman said: “The SNP council is showing their commitment to sustainable transport is just hot air by axing the city’s only electric bus service.

“Even the cleanest diesel buses still burn climate-wrecking fossil fuels. This is backwards thinking from a carbon-timid SNP administration.”

Nice one politicians. Green council environment spokeswoman is an utter farce/embarrassment making the statement “axing the city’s only electric bus service” (the rest of her diatribe is little better).

All out there too busy scoring points – and forgetting the REAL issue.

100 service at Riverside Picture Garelochhead Coaches

100 service at Riverside Picture Garelochhead Coaches

Update

After the offending (to me at least) article was published, another story followed a few days later.

An electric bus scheme is among more than a dozen projects sharing £6m from a green economy fund.

The £20m fund, established by SP Energy Networks, supports low-carbon transport and heating schemes.

The first round of funding has seen £1.5m awarded to establish Glasgow’s first permanent electric bus routes, the M3 First Glasgow service.

Two electric buses, manufactured by Alexander Dennis, will operate between Milton and the city centre, serving an estimated 200,000 passengers a year.

The council-operated 100 service connecting the Riverside Museum with Kelvingrove, the SEC and the city centre will meanwhile receive three months’ funding of £25,000.

Andrew Jarvis, managing director of First Glasgow, said: “The award will allow for the purchase and operation of our first electric vehicles in Glasgow while also future-proofing our depot for more widespread electric bus operation.

New electric buses get motoring on Glasgow routes

Things seem to move fast in this sector nowadays.

And… now for some FUN!

Almost as fast as this little electric milk float!

Yes, that IS a BEV (battery electric vehicle), the ‘Tesla Model 3 Performance’ which has just been given a new ‘Track Mode’.

Specifically for closed circuits (a warning screen that users must agree to before engaging Track Mode cautions about narrower safety margins with a pointed warning: “Do not use on public roads”), it’s primarily a series of updates to the vehicle dynamics controller to allow more ‘steering’ of the vehicle using the front and rear motors., and includes stronger cooling for the vehicle’s power systems, and higher regenerative braking levels.

Don’t worry though, this milk float will not be crawling around our roads for some time, getting in your way and holding you up. in your super fast diesel tank SUV.

14/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

At last – Allison Drive charger caught in use!

It’s a massive FIVE YEARS (almost to the day) since I first searched for the nearest EV (electric vehicle) charging point to me.

That find was followed by a little walk to Allison Drive just behind Cambuslang’s main street to fetch a pic, back in 2013.

Ever since, I’ve wandered along there repeatedly to see if it was ever in use.

Finally, last night – I actually found it in use for the first time!

I really expected to find a Nissan Leaf there long before this (there’s a growing number of them around me), but it was a BMW i3 that broke dry spell here.

You can look up the details yourself if interested, but the i3 is reported to have become the third best-selling EV (at the time of writing), and with model variations, and different testing methods, I’m NOT going to give anything relating to range, other than note it is not massive – think around at least 100 miles give or take. But I say that not as criticism, as the 300+ miles demanded by EV naysayers is not needed for most daily journeys.

In fact, it’s quite sad trying to discuss EVs in the UK, as most ‘ordinary’ people (and much of the media) is something in the order of 5 years behind those who dropped the notion that EVs are just ‘milk floats’. Look to the US or Norway for accounts closer to reality.

Now, more local chargers have been added, but I’ve yet to catch them in use (but they are in much quieter places).

Cambuslang Allison Drive BMW Charging

Cambuslang Allison Drive BMW Charging

22/02/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More vehicular electrickery – at Celtic (car) park of all places

You could be forgiven for thinking I was looking for electric vehicle related tales yesterday, but it really was all just chance.

While the previous posts were all city centre finds, this was miles away, and I almost missed it. It can occasionally be a place to find expensive cherished registration, if a footballer makes it there before being breathalysed.

I didn’t look closely, but think it’s an Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) as these seem to be popular.

What’s more interesting is the presence of the mains connection, so far from the parking spot it needs a warning board lest anyone fall over the cable and sue the club for millions! I don’t really need to mention where it is – locals will be well aware.

Seems a little badly thought out, there are walls with closer parking spots, so no real reason for the hazard. Or they could have marked the area appropriately, and allowed/placed qualifying vehicles parallel to the fence. That footpath is hugely wide, and the gate on London Road is permanently locked, never used, and probably rusted shut or seized. Interestingly, Google’s satellite view dates from this year (2017) and has sufficient detail to show (possibly the same) a vehicle connected to the socket.

Still – that a really tall kerb, and it’s debatable if a modern SUV like that one could climb anything so high, and get next to that fence (irony).

There are public charging stations installed in the car parks of the (deserted? – does anything happen in this giant shed?) arena across the road, but whenever I check I have enough water on hand, and trek across their vast empty expanse, not only are there almost no vehicles in the car parks themselves, I’ve never seen a charging station in use.

Mitsubishi Celtic Charge

Mitsubishi Celtic Charge

07/10/2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | | Leave a comment

Not the plate this time, but the car

Some things are weird.

While my occasional wanders into Glasgow mean I’m getting used to seeing PHEVs (plug in hybrid electric vehicles) quietly charging on the city’s streets (yet never once to be seen on a charger in the burbs), I can only count one neighbour’s Leaf, and one Tesla Model S that took me by surprise as it passed me at Parkhead, as the only real EV (electric vehicle) sightings, until the past week or so.

Suddenly, it’s “i3s, i3s everywhere!”.

A week ago, one surprised me as it came out of a pub car park (full of football supporters).

And in the past couple of days, two walks into Glasgow netted at least another four more, usually moving, but the one below was parked.

I was a little surprised to see this was a 2015 plate. While I haven’t really been paying close attention (much as I might like one, an EV is not within current budget plans), most of the mentions I’ve come across for this car have been from the other side of the pond, and based on US buyers (they are way way ahead in this respect).

Interestingly, EVs come with ‘magic’ installed as standard. For example, one of the i3s I came across was stopped on one of our steeper hills, pointing uphill at traffic lights. While the ‘normal’ vehicles  generally did their usual ‘hill start’, EVs just don’t care, and the electric motor controller just holds them stationary with static motor torque, no real effort needed by the driver – who just presses the pedal to move off when desired. No drama, no throttle/brake/clutch juggling, no sliding backwards.

BMW i3 EV

BMW i3 EV

07/10/2017 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | 1 Comment

My second PHEV (that’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle)

This is only the second vehicle I have caught in the act of being charged at a public street charger (yes, we really do have these in Scotland).

But it’s only the first I’ve posted a pic of – due to some system changes I’ve lost the first on in the filing system, and really will have to go find it and post it one day, even if just to be awkward.

It’s strange, and something I can’t quite understand, but the mere mention of electric vehicles (EVs) is enough to bring out the loonies, or the Naysayer Brigade, and have mindless scorn poured over anything you say about them, or be facing some sort of rabid anti-EV activist that you’ve just transformed an otherwise normal, sane, person into.

I think the saddest aspect is their similarity to Flat-Earthers – no matter what evidence you present to them, they refuse to accept it and parrot all the myths about EVs in much the same way as Flat-Earthers continue to claim that NASA lied about all the space missions, and how even passenger flights are all lies, somehow managed by ‘Them’ to hide the fact that the Earth is flat.

I thought these folk had gone away, but was recently sent a pic of a van in the US with a big sign offering “$1,000 to anyone who can prove the Earth is not flat” and plastered with various “NASA LIES” stickers and clips from stories that ‘prove’ the Earth is flat.

Much the same as arguing with that van owner would be pointless, I gave up trying reason with any anyone who laughed at ‘Stupid EVs’ and said ‘They’ll never work’.

I was surprised to read that the Outlander is the UK’s best-selling hybrid, I has no idea. I’m more used to seeing the few Nissan Leaf’s (full battery EVs – no engine) that flit around my area. I had to dig up some specs:

The Outlander has a 12 kWh 300 volt battery said to be good for 30 miles, and is  a true series/parallel hybrid which means the front and rear electric motors provide primary motivation and are the only source of propulsion away from a stop. When the battery is depleted, the engine generates electricity for the motors. At higher speeds, when the driver calls for full power or when climbing a steep grade, the engine can turn the wheels directly, contributing its power more efficiently.  UK-spec models have two 80 hp electric motors and a 119 hp 2 litre four-cylinder engine. A full charge take 3.5 hours using a 16 amp 240 volt supply, while a quick-charge (CHAdeMO DC) to 80% is quoted at 30 minutes.

Having mentioned anti-EV loonies, it’s only fair to say I can get pro-EV loonies worked up by mentioning cars like this PHEV in their presence, and they will berate me for “Promoting that pointless option” as they believe only FULL BEVs should be promoted.

Loonies, don’t you love ’em?

(Preferably roasted, over a slow fire.)

Outlander PHEV Charging In Glasgow

Outlander PHEV Charging In Glasgow

 

Outlander PHEV Charging In Glasgow

Outlander PHEV Charging In Glasgow

07/08/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Guildford Square EV charging point reported

Car Battery

Afraid I can’t provide a pic (but there is one provided in the story referenced below), but I was intrigued to see that the parking area in Bute’s Guildford Square had sprouted an electric vehicle charging point recently.

And in addition to that, a comment after the story tells of one at the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal too.

Bute’s first public charging point for electric vehicles has been installed in the centre of Rothesay – although it won’t be ready for use for several weeks.

The facility will make the prospect of owning and operating an electric vehicle much more attractive for residents of, and visitors to, the island – not least because of a 50 per cent fare discount which is applied to electric vehicles on CalMac’s Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry crossing.

That discount was introduced by the Scottish Government in September 2013 – though, as we pointed out at the time, it was rendered effectively useless by the lack of charging points for vehicles which tend to have a range of only 50 miles or so.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson confirmed that that (sic) 2013 discount scheme is still in place.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said the new equipment, provided with funding support from the same Transport Scotland, would be operational “in a matter of weeks”.

It is expected to take two hours to fully charge an electric vehicle at the new facility, though the council is also working towards installing ‘rapid charging points’ at other locations in Argyll and Bute.

First electric vehicle charging point for Bute – The Buteman

The change may be incremental, but is happening despite the cries of the naysayers who seem to have some hatred of EVs.

I came across another new one a few days ago, by chance, in the outdoor parking space of new homes built in Glasgow’s Dalmarnock.

Might be time to wander around the list of those nearby, that one is not listed, and the last one I found had its guts removed when I passed it later (decommissioned, not vandalised).

Note for nit-pickers: I know EVs don’t use car batteries for power (pic at top of item), but I have to use copyright free images, and don’t have my own EV to take pics.

10/07/2015 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | 2 Comments

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