Unique Nottingham 30-day ‘try before you buy’ electric vehicle loan project

The following from a DriveElectric blog post about one of their programs.

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DriveElectric has managed the EV trials for the Nottingham ULEV Experience including providing the vehicles, booking the 30-day loans, providing a handover about the vehicles and charging, being available throughout the trial to answer any queries, and even arranging insurance if required.

The vehicle fleet included some of the very latest EVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia e-Niro, which are long-range EVs, capable of between 250-300 miles per charge, and these vehicles proved to be the cars that were most in demand. A total of 52 organisations in Nottingham have enjoyed 72 EV loans over the last 18 months, with 20 EVs being adopted as a result so far.

As well as businesses, public sector organisations can be successful ULEV early adopters for a range of reasons, including due to the driving cycles of their fleets often being ideally suited to electric vehicles. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is one example of such an organisation, which trialled EV loans from the ULEV Experience. The project provided Renault Kangoo and Nissan e-NV200 electric vans for a month to allow the Transport and Logistics team to assess the suitability of the vehicles.

Following the trial, positive feedback was received about the larger Nissan e-NV200 van in particular. As well as the electric vans having zero emissions, lower whole-life costs, and being suitable for the required duties, employees preferred the driving experience of the EVs. The Trust now operates two Nissan e-NV200s and based on running these vehicles to date, 40 vans could be swapped to EVs. […]

How the U.K. budget affects to EV market

On March 12, 2020, the British government announced it’s annual budget which brought about changes for the electric vehicles market.

The following government grants are in effect for the next three years until 2023, starting March 12, 2020.

  • The grant to purchase a new EV, with a minimum range of 70 miles (112 km), is now £3,000, down from £3,500. This grant can now only be applied to new cars that cost less than £50,000.
  • Zero emission Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) are now also eligible for government grants. New EV vans are eligible for up to £8,000 in grants. Large vans and trucks can apply for up to £20,000.
  • Electric taxis can access up to £7,500, and electric motorcycles up to £1,500.
  • Grants for electric vans, large vans, trucks, taxis, and motorcycles are extended until 2023.
  • Zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) will be exempt from the Vehicle Excise Duty ‘expensive car’ supplement from 1 April 2020 until 31 March 2025. This is good news. Ordinarily, this tax applied to all vehicles that cost over £40,000. Removing this for EVs is step in the right direction to encourage the uptake of EVs and support the road to zero in the UK.
  • The U.K. government has committed to a £500 million investment in the rapid charging network over the next 5 years, to ensure that drivers are never more than 30 miles from a fast charging station. This will provide further comfort for drivers to make the move to EVs, which has largely been hindered by a perceived lack of charging facilities.

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New York Governor announced details for 21 large-scale renewable energy projects

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled the details of the awards for 21 large-scale solar, wind, and energy storage projects across upstate New York, totaling 1,278 megawatts of new renewable capacity. These projects, which New York Energy Research and Development Authority and other State and local agencies will ensure are sited and developed responsibly, will spur over $2.5 billion in direct, private investments toward their development, construction and operation and create over 2,000 short-term and long-term jobs. The awards accelerate New York’s progress towards Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal goal to obtain 70 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, as codified by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and supports the State mandate for a 100 percent carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

Québec budgets $6.7 billion for emissions reduction, EV purchase rebates, EV battery recycling programs, transit electrification, electrification adoption


Luke Sarabia, Electric Autonomy »

The government of Québec unveiled its 2020-2021 provincial budget Tuesday, which will commit $6.7 billion of funding over the next six years to a number of initiatives designed to combat the climate crisis and encourage the continued electrification of transportation.

The new funding, $322 million of which will be spent in 2020, constitutes part of the province’s “plan for a green economy” (PGE). According to Québec’s Minister of Finance, Eric Girard, the PGE is designed to reduce Québec’s greenhouse gas emissions by 37.5 per cent below the level they were at in 1990 by 2030, and by 80 to 95 per cent below that level by 2050.

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UK abandons its opposition to subsidizing new onshore windfarms

Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian »

The government will remove a block against onshore wind projects by allowing schemes to compete for subsidies alongside solar power developments and floating offshore wind projects, in a new auction scheme announced on Monday.

The U-turn follows the government’s pledge to cut emissions to virtually zero by 2050, a feat that its official climate advisers believe will require the UK’s onshore wind-power capacity to triple in the next 15 years.

The auction will take place in 2021, allowing new renewables projects to be up and running from the mid-2020s if they manage to clinch a contract that guarantees a price for the clean electricity they generate.