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  1. Published on: 08/07/2017 03:44 PMReported by: roving-eye
    A £20 million government investment will help develop electric vehicles capable of returning electricity to the grid.



    The new investment will support vehicle-to-grid projects as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy and create a smarter energy system, while increasing the numbers of electric cars on UK roads.

    The projects will investigate technology that allows plug-in electric vehicles to not only draw power from the grid when charging but return it to people’s homes or back to the grid.

    There are already 100,000 electric cars and 11,000 chargepoints thanks to government support. As this number grows they become a resource for a smart electricity grid – bringing benefits for drivers and creating a more flexible and efficient energy system.

    Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry said:

    The government is a world leader in tackling climate change and we are committed to investing in clean energy innovation to support the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy.

    Vehicle to grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in research and development which is at the heart of our ambitious Industrial Strategy. This competition could unlock significant economic benefits for the UK - helping to create jobs in this burgeoning sector while helping to reduce our emissions.

    The new funding from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) underlines the government’s commitment to innovative technologies. Financial support for energy innovation will double by 2021 and over £600 million is already being invested to accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles.

    The £20 million announced today will be awarded to three types of innovative vehicle to grid projects:

    feasibility studies – investigating the ways vehicle to grid technology can be used in the future
    industrial research or experimental development - for example, to develop vehicle-to-grid charging equipment
    demonstrator trials in the real-world environment - projects that trial vehicle to grid technology in different locations across the country
    Transport Minister Jesse Norman said:

    Electric vehicles are already helping thousands of motorists cut their fuel costs, and now there is an extra financial incentive for motorists to go green.

    The number of ultra-low emission vehicles on our roads is at record levels, with the latest figures showing that there are over 100,000 plug-in cars and vans registered.

    The government’s ambition is that nearly all cars and vans on our roads are zero emission by 2050.

    The competition process will start in the next few weeks with the aim of winners being notified in December and projects starting in early 2018.

    Simon Edmonds, Manufacturing and Materials Director at Innovate UK, said:

    These competitions present ground-breaking opportunities for UK businesses to develop the next stage of vehicle to grid products and services. The potential of these technologies are huge, both for businesses and consumers.

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  3. royh says:08/07/2017 06:00 PM
    Trying to get of road parking to buy electric car and having a battle with the council will give up if nowhere to charge the car

  4. Ceam says:08/07/2017 07:14 PM
    Might consider a Tesla model 3 as my next car. I'll certainly be looking at them when I'm after a new car.

  5. Little Londoner says:08/07/2017 08:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by royh View Post
    Trying to get of road parking to buy electric car and having a battle with the council will give up if nowhere to charge the car
    Can you try again in English please!

  6. bigdavesdad says:08/07/2017 11:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Little Londoner View Post
    Can you try again in English please!

    What part of it was not English?

  7. Steve_728 says:08/07/2017 11:57 PM
    The biggest problem with electric cars is the driving range of around 30 miles them, 30 mins for an express recharge and stop again after another 30 miles. So how do they make sense especially as free charging is coming to an end? Also the problem with hybrid cars is that they are among the highest polluters when running on petroleum alone so, not environmentally friendly at all. Hence why the Toyota Prius is no longer allowed in London charging zone for free.

  8. Ceam says:09/07/2017 01:14 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_728 View Post
    The biggest problem with electric cars is the driving range of around 30 miles them, 30 mins for an express recharge and stop again after another 30 miles. So how do they make sense especially as free charging is coming to an end? Also the problem with hybrid cars is that they are among the highest polluters when running on petroleum alone so, not environmentally friendly at all. Hence why the Toyota Prius is no longer allowed in London charging zone for free.


    30 mile? what year was that in?

    Leaf is around 90 miles, Tesla 3 is going to be around 220 miles.

  9. pedoja says:09/07/2017 10:58 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceam View Post

    Leaf is around 90 miles, Tesla 3 is going to be around 220 miles.
    I really can't see this catching on, big scale. too much aggro trying to find somewhere to recharge!

  10. cotton man says:09/07/2017 11:09 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by bigdavesdad View Post
    What part of it was not English?
    I think he means to say, Trying to get off road parking. Plus no punctuation.

    The standard of grammar, spelling and punctuation on this site is dreadful.

  11. Coastal99 says:09/07/2017 12:41 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceam View Post
    Might consider a Tesla model 3 as my next car. I'll certainly be looking at them when I'm after a new car.
    With a max range of 215 miles, you go on a long trip and when you get there some prat in a 4x4 has parked in the charging bay so you're stuffed with a car that won't move.

  12. gazaprop says:09/07/2017 01:55 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceam View Post
    30 mile? what year was that in?

    Leaf is around 90 miles, Tesla 3 is going to be around 220 miles.
    In a report I heard this week, a respected motoring journalist commented on the need to make cars that actually achIeved such figures in the real world, as opposed to artificial test conditions.
    He further commented that actual range rather than advertised range was still the biggest factor putting people off electric cars.

  13. Ceam says:09/07/2017 09:08 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by gazaprop View Post
    In a report I heard this week, a respected motoring journalist commented on the need to make cars that actually achIeved such figures in the real world, as opposed to artificial test conditions.
    He further commented that actual range rather than advertised range was still the biggest factor putting people off electric cars.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywaTg1dpNS0

    75KW battery in the one above. Half and hour for a recharge at a tesla super charger. So a coffee and pee brake and your car is good to go again. It is early days but you can say that about any new technology. Some are leaders some are followers ;-) .


    Coastal99 I agree it's not ideal as an 'only' car but plenty for many, many drivers including me. Seriously considering as my next car in two and a half years.


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