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Dale Vince Eocotricity Nemesis

Talking to Dale Vince from Ecotricity. Powering all the EV’s..

Here’s part two of my conversation with Dale Vince from Ecotricity.

10,000 windmills could power 30 million cars over 250 billion miles per year. That’s it. A fully sustainable transport solution for the UK.

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Dale Vince Electric Cars Eocotricity Kewet Buddy EV Nemesis

Talking to Dale Vince from Ecotricity about the ‘wind car’.

Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, a very successful wind energy electrical power company here in the UK, is building an electric car in 7 months flat. You can follow it’s progress on Dales blog over at Zero Carbonista. I filmed this interview with him last month. The first part (above) is a discussion around the ‘wind car’ and electric cars in general. Click on the image to view video.

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Lightning GT

Lightning GT in action

Amidst the misery of Think and Nice disappearing, let’s celebrate a fully blown EV sports car in action. The Lightning GT. The people that sent me this video say that because the wind noise on the day was so much greater than the car they’ve made most of the film mute, so dont worry if you dont hear anything…! Merry Christmas everyone. Reckon there’s still plenty to look forward to in 2009.

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Power

Good news, but is my power renewable?

Good news from Camden Council. I was wrong about them not doing anything – they just hadn’t told anyone about it. They’ve introduced free parking for electric vehicles along with more charging points. If you charge your car from a renewable source you don’t even have to pay for the permit, otherwise they are £50 per annum! It got me thinking about my power from juice. I was on the phone talking bills with them on Saturday (as everyone is these days) and they told me that they “guarantee” to replace any electricity drawn from the national grid with energy drawn from renewable sources. Great! Thing is, there seem to be some questions out there over whether the green power we are being sold actually is green power. Take a look at this recent article.

I’m going to talk to some of the people involved in power generation to find out more. Whilst we are all gearing up to rush into the showrooms to buy all these electric cars, we may as well know they are being powered in the most efficient way.

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Tango Tesla

Tango vs Tesla Drag Race

httpv://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QwiS4t8TMlI&feature=email

Jorg, my Tango owning friend has posted this great video of a drag race between a Tango and a Tesla EV. Not any old cars, but the fastest production electric vehicles in the world. Check out these times;

“In this race, the Tango got 92.15mph in 14.480 seconds, beating its 14.7 “dial” handicap and thus losing the competition; the Tesla got 101.23mph in 14.666 seconds, slower than its 14.5 “dial” handicap and allowing it to proceed to the next round. (Two rounds later, the Tango’s driver got behind the wheel of the Tesla and also beat its “dial” handicap… and thus lost!)”

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NICE

Nice Car Company goes into administration

I’ve heard that Nice Car Company are going out of business. I sincerely hope this isn’t the case. I’ve been following their fortunes along with those of goingreen who sell the GWiz since I started this vlog in spring 2005. If it’s true then it’s a huge blow to the electric car industry here in the UK. Whilst the major manufactures are asking for bailouts in the UK and US, smaller innovative businesses are left to go broke. We’ve had empty promises for years from the larger car makers and the Government.  All in the same week that the climate change report states that electric cars are the only way for a sustainable transport solution…

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Electric Cars G Wiz

The reality of charging EV’s in London

“Motorists will have to drive electric cars for UK to meet climate change targets.” So runs the Telegraph headline today.

The reality of driving an electric vehicle here is getting harder as time goes on. There are more than 1000 vehicles on London’s roads now. Charging facilities are extremely limited, and most people do not have the luxury of a garage or off street parking. Since my local car park closed,  I can never guarantee a charging space in the west end as the bays are permanently full.  This makes life difficult in a limited range car such as the GWiz. The City of London has started to charge for EV’s to park in their garages and they haven’t added any further charging points. Camden Council who promised to bring in free parking for electric vehicles more than 2 years ago have still done nothing… and so the list goes on.

I’ve had to resort to charging at home. Not ideal as I have to run a cable across my pavement. If the Government is serious about getting Electric Vehicles on the roads here then lets start with a proper infrastructure now.

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Elektromotive Project Better Place

California switches to an electric future..

..and continuing our Californian theme, here’s a big better place announcement. Come on London. You’ve some catching up to do. Don’t forget, Elektromotive already have an infrastructure here.

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Featured Tango Tesla

Tesla vs Tango

The Tesla zips along at a fair old pace, especially when a Tango turns up.

I want to live in California – the sun shines and (a few) people get to drive great EV’s.

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Web/Tech

Apologies.. It was the traffic..

Apologies to anyone trying to access my site recently and found nothing here. It went down due to a surge in traffic. Everything’s fixed now, so it shouldn’t happen again.

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Tango Tesla

A spin in The Tesla Model S. Part 1

On my visit to their showroom in Menlo park, I got a chance to go out in a Tesla and talk to one of their (impressive) sales people.  I’ve been seeing these cars stationary for a while now on stands at various motor shows, and I was beginning to think it didn’t move. Well, no worries, it does!   Keep an eye out for that flying Tango too. Here’s the first part. Click on the image to view video.

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Tango Tesla Vlogging

Tesla EV meets Tango EV

Whilst in The Tango, we stopped by the Tesla showroom. Yeah, right….and then I woke up….Actually, I wasn’t dreaming.

Here’s a look around the Tesla Showroom in Menlo park. I got a go in one too and I’ll be posting that soon. I know Tesla have been having trouble recently (along with everyone else in the credit crisis), but hats off to them. To walk into a proper electric car showroom with no sign of an internal combustion engine is a real accomplishment, and something I was beginning to think would never actually happen.

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Elektromotive Project Better Place UK Motor Show

Elektromotive. The Elektrobay Street Charging Posts

Calvey Taylor-Haw is a man with a mission. He runs Elektromotive, a company that produces The Elektrobay street charging posts. They’re very popular around the West end of London where I work. You get free parking and a chance to grab some much needed juice. Whilst there is much talk of Project Better Place and the like, this is one scheme that’s up, running, and proving that electric vehicles are a viable transport alternative. Keep ’em coming Calvey! I got a chance to catch up with him at The Motor Show back in July. Click on the image to view video.

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Nissan Paris Motor Show

Nissan NuVu Concept EV

Nissan invited me to Paris the other day to take a look at the NuVu Concept EV, ahead of it’s debut at The Paris Motor Show. Blimey! That’s a sign of the times. A major manufacturer ready to make claims about release dates on EV’s. Things are looking up! It’s a very promising concept. Let’s hope the city car they produce will bear some resemblance to this one. Looks to me as though Nissan may leave the other manufacturers standing in the race to get a commercially sold EV runabout on the market.

Lithium Ion
125 KM Range
120 KMH Speed
3-4 Hour charge time with a 80% Quick charge in 10-20 mins.

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Honda Hydrogen Cars

Honda FCX Clarity.

Talking to Honda’s Environmental Manager, John Kingston, about the FCX Clarity Hydrogen car. Hmmm. Still no plans for a pure EV Honda? Click on the image to view video.

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Tango

The Tango. Solar Recharging at Google HQ.

When he gets to work at Google, Jorg plugs his Tango into one of the many charging bays that are powered by solar panels. EV’s are popular with Google. You may have heard about their rechargeIT scheme. Even Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Googles founders, drive Tesla’s to the office. And I thought us Londoners were doing well with the odd street charging point….Click on the image to view video.

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Tango

The Tango. A trip. Part 1.

Jorg’s a lucky man. He gets to drive a Tango to work each day. I was lucky enough to get a trip in the car with him. The film is in 2 parts with the second part below.
Part 1. First look at the car. Part 2. Take it on the freeway and open it up.
Thanks Jorg. It was a lot of fun. Click on the image to view video.

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Tango

The Tango Electric Car. A trip. Part 2.

Part 2. A Tango on the Freeway.

Some specs for you.

0-60: 4 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph
Width: 41 inches.
Seats: 2.
Wow.

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Opel Flextreme Smart EV/ED Subaru Tango Tesla UK Motor Show

Opel Flextreme

A look at the Opel Flextreme – Europe’s version of the Chevy Volt. 40 mile range on the battery and a small engine purely for recharging purposes. They say we’ll have it by 2010. Gosh, that’s only 2 years away. Doubt we’ll even have the Smart ED and Subaru R1e by then, but there’s always hope….

I’m back to posting some of my remaining BMS footage. I have a ton of content to cutdown and upload (including a trip in a Tango and a Tesla. Yeeeeehaaaa!).

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Eclectic Venturi

Venturi Eclectic – Driving

The Venturi Eclectic runs via solar panels on the roof or an optional wind turbine. Here’s a film I made with Venturi, shot earlier this summer. Special thanks to Simon at Final Cut for his fine editing skills.

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NICE UK Motor Show

Nice – No Internal Combustion Engine

Taking a look at the new Nice Zeo, the My car and the all electric Fiat 500 with Julian Wilford, co- founder of the Nice Car Company. Click on the image to view video.

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Tesla UK Motor Show

Tesla Motors UK. Chatting with Darryl Siry.

Darryl Siry. Senior Vice President of Global Sales, Marketing, and Service at Tesla Motors. Nice bloke. I got the chance to have a chat with him in the EV Village at the British Motor Show. Click on the image to view video.

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Lightning GT UK Motor Show

Lightning GT – The Unveiling

Lightning unveiled the GT, their EV super car at the Motor Show today. I got a chance to talk to Chris Dell, from Lightning, and watch the launch. Click on the image to view video.

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Eclectic Fetish Tesla Venturi

Venturi Fetish

While the blogosphere buzzes with rumours of problems at Tesla, enter the Venturi Fetish. At a cool €300,000 you’ll need a bit stashed away, but what a car! Whilst I was visiting Venturi yesterday to do a piece on the Eclectic, I came across this Fetish under wraps. Click on the image to view video.

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Electric Cars Hydrogen Cars Morgan Life Car NICE

Morgan Life Car

I went to the Sexy Green Car Show at The Eden Project in Cornwall recently. The Eden Project was brilliant, but I’m not sure about their car show. They had very little of interest – just the usual major manufacturers rolling out their low emission models. But they did have the Morgan Life Car there on it’s UK debut. This is a Hydrogen fuel cell prototype that has four individual electric motors linked to each wheel. Top speed of 85mph and a 0-60 of 7.5 seconds. I’m hoping there might be something in these hydrogen fuel cell cars powering electric motors… could be a long wait though. Click on the image to view video.

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G Wiz Group Test

Kewet Buddy / Nice Megacity / G Wiz AC (Pt6)

Driving the GWiz AC to see how it compares. If you want to take a look at all the posts in the test click on the group test link under categories on the right. Click on the image to view video.

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Eclectic Venturi

Venturi

I’m planning to make a visit to Venturi next week. I’ll be filming the Eclectic. ‘The first energy autonomous vehicle.’ Right now, it seems as though we’ll all want one.

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Thorr

Evisol Thorr

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ieQ3jzaN3E

Evosil Thorr. Nice, isnt it? Built in Holland. Based on a Lotus 7. Lithium Polymer batteries. Don’t know how much yet, but less than a Tesla..

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Tesla coming to The UK Motor Show

Good News. Tesla are coming to The UK Motor Show this year. It’ll be on show in the ‘EV Village’ where there will be around twenty battery electric vehicles. Joining it will be the new Super Light from Nice (pictured) aswell as GWiz, Elektromotive (those great charging posts) and a new manufacturer known as Quiet Cars….

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Vlogging Web/Tech

Shifting to WordPress…

I’m in the process of shifting this site over to WordPress. The plan is to have a more user friendly site where you can view a wider range of video file options etc. Trouble is, to better understand WordPress, I’m trying to do it myself. That’s why there is only some video! Should have everything back up soon. Aaaaaaaaaargh