Archive for Electric Car Charging Stations
Carbon dioxide limit on new cars pushed back to 2021 from 2020, after months of lobbying by Germany
Zoe Williams is on the right track when she finds the behaviour of the big six energy companies, and the government, hard to comprehend (Want an energy revolution? 13 November). It only begins to make sense when you delve into the implications of a showdown between a system based on big centralised energy generation and one based on a huge number of small producers using a very large number of local but interconnected distribution grids.
As things are, it is clear how big money can be made, taxes (if not off-shored) levied and pension funds boosted. Not so if households and businesses start setting up local generation schemes via charities and other community benefit vehicles that channel money back into local schemes.
I am involved with a small fund that focuses on deprived areas, lending for renewable energy projects with social as well as environmental benefits. It is not short of applications. The way the money circulates in this sort of "distributed" system is the stuff of nightmares for the Treasury. So "greed" is indeed an unhelpful diagnosis of what is going on right now. Fear is the emotion gripping the big six and the government.
Founder director, Forum for the Future
• Surely the time for decentralising our energy market has come? Many local councils, responsive to those severely affected by fuel poverty, want to see a microgeneration revolution and the opportunity to develop local energy schemes for the local community. The Feldheim experience in Germany (Report, 30 May 2012) could be translated across the British Isles. So instead of a big centralised renationalisation of energy, which isn't likely to happen, government should be encouraging local councils, parish councils, schools, businesses and communities to take control of their own energy needs. A co-ordinated approach of energy efficiency, community consultations and a wide renewable energy mix can power our communities in a far more efficient and responsive way than a £16bn nuclear power station ever will.
Councillor Mark Hackett
Chair of UK & Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities
• Former energy secretary Chris Huhne is right to link the increased frequency of extreme weather events with man-made climate change (Comment, 18 November). But he is wrong to suggest that the solutions lie in either nuclear power or carbon capture and storage. We already know the answers: more clean renewable energy generation and better energy use and energy conservation measures. I hope the world leaders meeting in Warsaw this week will commit to making rapid progress on reducing emissions in the next few years, using technology that has been around for decades .
Jean Lambert MEP
• "With cheap batteries in the loft, home heat and light using low-carbon electricity will be attractive," Chris Huhne writes. Over the past 12 months my solar panels have put 2,142 kWh of electricity into the national grid (in the hours of daylight) and in the evenings I have drawn 2,177 kWh from the grid. So, if I had effective batteries I could be self-sufficient in electricity. As Huhne says, we need a massive research drive into storage batteries.
• Plug-in electric vehicles could help local authorities achieve healthy, prosperous and sustainable communities. The key issue is around having the infrastructure in place so that electric vehicle owners can charge their cars. The Department of Transport's £37m funding of charging points represents a step forward in this respect. Ensuring that charge points are installed correctly and are safe to use is essential to gaining consumer confidence. This is why the IET has published a code of practice for electrical vehicle charging equipment installation.
To stimulate investment in this area the IET will shortly be making its guidance freely available to UK local authorities.
We must integrate electric vehicle recharging with transport planning, network development and fleet procurement, to ensure that electric vehicles are a major part of future transport strategy.
Chair, standards committee, Institution of Engineering and Technology, London
- Renewable energy
- Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars
- Carbon emissions
- Energy industry
- Climate change
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Hot aluminium spills from casting press at Elon Musk's electric car factory, leaving three employees with injuries
Three Tesla Motors employees were injured when a casting press containing hot aluminium failed at its San Francisco Bay area factory, officials said.
One employee was seriously hurt and two other sustained minor injuries when the low-pressure machine spilled hot metal shortly before noon on Wednesday, said Greg Siggins, a spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Adminstration (OSHA).
"Hot metal somehow burned the workers," said Siggins, who added there had been no fire inside the plant.
The most seriously injured worker received chest and upper-body burns, OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. The three workers were taken to hospital with second-degree burns, Siggins said.
The high-profile Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, who also runs the private SpaceX consortium building spacecraft, said in an email that he would visit the workers and "personally ensure that they receive the best possible care".
The incident was being treated as an industrial accident, Siggins said. "We will be talking to any witnesses, reviewing training documents and manuals to see if they are in accordance with specifications as part of finding out what happened," Siggins said.
Tesla Motors, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, makes its all-electric Model S sedan at the Fremont factory. Tesla took ownership four years ago of the plant formerly jointly owned by General Motors and Toyota.
Wednesday's accident follows recent Tesla car fires in Washington state, Tennessee and Mexico. Two Model S sedans caught fire after hitting a metal object in the road and a third caught fire after a high-speed chase. None of the drivers were injured.
Musk said on Tuesday that there were no plans for a recall and described the Model S as one of the safest cars on the road.
- Elon Musk
- Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars
- Automotive industry
- United States
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Adam Vaughan: He's not vegetarian, his Bond car is going to get a state of the art upgrade, and BMW's electric car looks oddAdam Vaughan