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Charge points for electric vehicles

  iscanut 20:06 17 Jul 2019
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It is being mooted by some government department that all new homes should have their own charging point installed when property is built. All very well but how does this work if you are in flats or apartments several floors up ?

  wee eddie 20:33 17 Jul 2019

It doesn't

  Forum Editor 22:47 17 Jul 2019

Increasing numbers of charge points are being installed in public places - motorway service stations, supermarket carparks, petrol stations, train station carparks etc.

We are all going to be driving electric vehicles in the future, and it's in everyone's interests to have as many available charge points as possible.

My son has an electric car, and has had a charge point fitted on the outside wall of his garage. he has solar panels on the garage roof, and is going to be able to charge the car with the electricity they will generate.

  Quickbeam 06:50 18 Jul 2019

The requirement to heat the cabin is something that always seems to be ignored when reviewers are testing cars. The heater in an internal combustion engined car provides copious amounts of free waste heat, heating an electric car reduces the cars range exponentially.

There is still some way to go yet before we'll be adopting electric cars beyond short commuting ranges, or isolated rural locations.

  oresome 08:18 18 Jul 2019

Lotus takes wraps off its new £2MILLION Evija.

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click here car has charging times that are more acceptable, but I doubt there is the electrical infrastructure to cope with such large demands over short periods. Fortunately the car is priced at a point where everyone won't have one.

Current 350kW fast charger: Full charge 18 mins, 80% charge 12 minutes.

Future 800kW charger: Full charge 9 minutes

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This

  wee eddie 08:25 18 Jul 2019

A couple of years back, while driving my Taxi, South Ayrshire Council tried to enforce the new Regulations regarding the non-running of engines on the Rank.

SAC responded to the question of maintaining the internal temperature of the Driver's and Passengers Compartment, during the winter months, they responded that the heater should be run from the vehicle's battery. When asked how long they expected the supplied battery would last, when running the heater, they backed down.

  Pine Man 08:34 18 Jul 2019

The requirement to heat the cabin is something that always seems to be ignored when reviewers are testing cars. The heater in an internal combustion engined car provides copious amounts of free waste heat, heating an electric car reduces the cars range exponentially.

I have a hybrid car and using the heater in winter reduces my range by about 5 miles. If I use the heated seats only it is only 2 miles. However over longer distances the petrol engine is used and that, of course, is then able to heat the car. A/C shortens the range by about 2 miles.

There is the benefit that while my car is being charged in the garage I can remotely turn on the heating so the car is hot when I get in without using the battery.

  Cymro. 11:29 18 Jul 2019

Has anybody figured out just how much extra electricity generation we will need if and when all cars are electric? It seems nuclear is falling out of favour as has all the carbon burning methods. Just how many more wind generators solar panels and such like will we have up and running by then?

  Pine Man 12:02 18 Jul 2019

Just how many more wind generators solar panels and such like will we have up and running by then?

Not enough, is the current view. (pardon the pun)

  canarieslover 12:36 18 Jul 2019

In the drive to provide more housing planning authorities don't even seem to worry about providing sufficient parking in developments let alone allow for any areas for vehicle charging. A development of 100 flats locally has only enough parking spaces for 90 vehicles. God help people who live in adjacent streets.

  Pine Man 12:48 18 Jul 2019

How would charging an EV work if you have to park on the other side of the road or away from your house?

There is a suggestion that charging points will be built into lamp posts etc in the near future and ultimately even in the road surface where conduction charging could take place.

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