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    World’s Biggest Commercial Electric Vehicle Project Announced In UK

    The world’s biggest trial of commercial electric vehicles (EVs) has been given the green light by UK energy regulator Ofgem, bringing together leading power, technology, fleet and transport companies to test and implement the best approaches to the EV rollout for commercial enterprises.

    With businesses buying 58% of all new vehicles in the UK, it will be commercial vehicles that determine the speed of the transition to low carbon transport.


    This three-year innovation project will come up with practical ways of overcoming the up-front costs that are currently holding back many of the country’s biggest commercial vehicle operators from making the switch to EVs.


    Led by global data technology solutions provider Hitachi Vantara and electricity distributor UK Power Networks, the trial will see up to 3,000 electric vehicles from Centrica, Uber and a large UK depot-based parcel carrier take to the road, supported by distributor Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.



    The project will deliver an end-to-end overview of what the switch to EVs means for the cables and substations that deliver electricity to the community, for the businesses that need to invest in new infrastructure, and for the end users that need to power their vehicles. It is intentionally vehicle agnostic and includes depot, home, and on-the-road charging scenarios.


    Using large, real-life datasets and Internet of Things technologies, the project will create a detailed picture of the demands of electric fleet and private hire vehicles. This will make it possible to develop solutions that cut the cost of owning and running electric vehicles, such as charging EVs outside the electricity network’s peak times.


    Electric vehicle technology has now reached a maturity where the vehicles themselves are ready for day-to-day and long-distance commercial use. However, moving the energy source for transport from combustion engines is not something the electricity grid was designed for, whether charging happens in concentrated locations — such as depots — or is widespread at employees’ homes or in public places.


    The UK’s big commercial vehicle operators must overcome several obstacles before they adopt electric vehicles on a large scale – all the way from the up-front capital hurdle to managing charging times.

    Network operators, meanwhile, need to get a better understanding of the impact of commercial EVs on the country’s electricity grid. They are also looking to understand whether these vehicles can support the electricity network and help keep costs low for customers by discharging during peak times and recharging off-peak.

    The project is also vital if the UK wants to meet its carbon reduction targets. The accelerated adoption of commercial EVs will save 2.7m tonnes of CO2, equivalent to London’s entire bus fleet running for four years, according to Finn Coyle, environmental manager (Transport Emissions) for TfL. The flexibility provided by the project will also free up enough capacity on the electricity network to supply a million homes.


    Electric cars and vans must increase from 1.7% of new car sales today to 60% by 2030. Around 3,000 electric vehicles will take to the roads in Greater London as part of project Optimise Prime to gather vital information that will help the UK to prepare for and speed up the transition to a greener and more efficient future.


    The project will launch early 2019. Following a programme design and build phase, the first Optimise Prime vehicles will be on the road during the second half of 2019. The test area will include a range of urban, suburban and rural scenarios across the South East, South Central and East of England.

    https://www.pmvmiddleeast.com/equipm...nnounced-in-uk

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    Meanwhile, in other news, UK power supplies expect to fail as they struggle to keep up with the rise in Electric vehicles.

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    With businesses buying 58% of all new vehicles in the UK
    Presume that includes rental companies but even then strikes me as surprisingly high.

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    And sorta kinda not really on the topic...



    ...I get the distinct impression this bird was trying to tell me something when it sent me this, errm, 'Tweet'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    Meanwhile, in other news, UK power supplies expect to fail as they struggle to keep up with the rise in Electric vehicles.
    One major problem with the know-all whackjobs: They struggle to comprehend.

    "The flexibility provided by the project will also free up enough capacity on the electricity network to supply a million homes.".

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    FFS CNNHarry you really can not read or comprehend anything can you? What was written before that?

    Network operators, meanwhile, need to get a better understanding of the impact of commercial EVs on the country’s electricity grid. They are also looking to understand whether these vehicles can support the electricity network and help keep costs low for customers by discharging during peak times and recharging off-peak.
    So, like you when you see more than half a "The Sun Speak" style paragraph, they DO NOT KNOW.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus View Post
    FFS CNNHarry you really can not read or comprehend anything can you? What was written before that?



    So, like you when you see more than half a "The Sun Speak" style paragraph, they DO NOT KNOW.


    Writing "DO NOT KNOW" in capitals does not magically make it appear in the the actual story, you bozo.

    They run a few cables to charging depots and Hey! Presto!


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    how much UK power is imported or exported from the EU

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    ..and to think all those years ago when milk was delivered by an electric vehicle!

    ..and the milk was in a recyclable container.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    ..and to think all those years ago when milk was delivered by an electric vehicle!

    ..and the milk was in a recyclable container.

    Good point there.

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