Posts Tagged ‘electric cars’


08
OCT

Theresa McManus says:
Electric cars not green if coal used to generate energy


Category: Electric Transport
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The BBC reported last week that a study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology study found that greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically if coal is used to produce the electricity.

For me this is not really news – anything we do using electricity is bad news if that electricity was generated using fossil fuels. I think this just emphasises the need for a rapid transition away from fossils fuels in electricity production. Maybe as local authorities and others start rolling out electric vehicle charging points, renewable generation can be co-located ?

One key message which is currently underplayed is that to achieve this switch away from fossil fuels in anything like an appropriate timeframe, not only do we need to increase investment in renewables but we also need to focus on reducing our energy demand.

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19830232 for details of the article.


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  • Ian Howard comments:
    "The benefit of electric cars is that it will reduce pollution in towns and cities. However if the electricity to recharge them is the increased use of coal fired power stations then all we are doing is moving the problem. Which then leads me to ask the question how green are they? "
    October 8, 2012 a 2:01 pm

  • Nathan Shaw comments:
    "As David Mackay states in his book ‘Sustainable Energy – without the hot air': Using grid electricity for electric cars produces emissions equivalent to fossil fuel cars. So, why not change? Its no worse for the environment and the greater strain on our grid will be a catalyst for investment in renewable energy. Then, renewables will be seen as ‘heroes’ for saving the car and the world will quickly embrace them – or maybe im getting carried away! "
    October 8, 2012 a 11:15 am


03
OCT

Wendy Pillar says:
Rare earth elements in renewable energy


Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Living
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I have heard it said that electric cars and other renewable energy technology use rare earth elements and that this is a reason why they are not really ‘green’. But is this true?

Dysprosium, terbium, europium, neodymium and yttrium are all extremely rare and are vital in renewable energy and electric cars, especially in batteries. The economic crisis has meant that the super-rich have a shortage of profitable outlets for their billions, with a sluggish stock market and a worldwide depression in consumption. One of the few areas that is booming is renewable energy, and the rarity of these elements has led to a modern ‘goldrush’. While much of the production comes from countries like Australia, there are also cases of land being ‘grabbed’ from indigenous people, and open cast mining in environmentally sensitive areas such as the Amazon. It is perfectly obvious to most of us that destroying rainforest to make a ‘green’ car makes no sense, but not it seems to big business.

So is this a reason not to buy renewable energy products? No. It is the same issue of regulating multinational corporations and preventing them from exploiting poor countries and the environment in their short-term grab for profits that is largely what got us into this mess in the first place, both financially and environmentally! The same problems occur for elements in the screens of your laptop and mobile phone, components in conventional cars, and even something as common as aluminium, not to mention coal for conventional power generation.

One thing we can do about it is to always recycle electrical products by taking them to the recycling centre, rather than letting them go to landfill in the domestic rubbish. The more components are recycled, the less has to come out of the ground. We can also help by placing our financial business with ethical funds or an ethical bank, since many of these environmental crimes are committed with the collective money from our pension funds and savings.

The issue also highlights that merely switching to another kind of consumption is not the whole answer. Buying an electric car instead of a conventional car is good, but so is doing half as many miles in your existing car and making it last twice as long, or waiting until your mobile breaks, instead of until it goes out of fashion, before replacing it.

Check out our pages on Energy Efficiency on: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/energy-efficiency and Sustainable Living: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/sustainable-living

We can all also support the work of charities such as Greenpeace, Christian Aid and Oxfam in fighting ‘land grabbing’.



01
OCT

Vince Adams says:
Ecotricity announce new DC fast charge technology for the Electric Highway


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Real progress!

I have just been informed that Ecotricity have announced their new DC fast charge technology for the Electric Highway.

They have teamed up with Nissan to roll out fast charge technology at 40 Welcome Break motorway service stations.

Hopwood Park, South Mimms and Oxford Welcome Break Service Stations are up and running. This means electric car owners like myself will be able to charge a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi iMiev in under 30 minutes.

Use of Ecotricity’s charging network is currently free – they want to encourage the take-up of electric vehicles and being able to recharge quickly is obviously a big part of this.

View the Ecotricity Electric Highway online map for which ones have been installed already and those coming next: http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/for-the-road/our-electric-highway


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  • Lucy Chant comments:
    "Thought you would be interested to know that our electric car charging point is now fully operational and we have been loaned a Nissan Leaf from F J Chalke in Wincaton! Come along to our official launch event on Saturday 24th November at the CORE, hope to see you there, regards
    Lucy "

    November 13, 2012 a 2:01 pm


28
SEP

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Ebike Innovation


Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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So we have a bicycle, and it has two wheels, a seat and pedals, and it gets you from A to B. Bicycles, they’ve been around a long time and perhaps it seems little is new in the world of cycling. But in the Ebike sector, innovation is bursting out everywhere – perhaps this is understandable, it’s a relatively new field and a growing market for manufacturers to sell to? (In Holland now the latest data shows that 1 in 5, or 20%, of a ll new bicycles sold are electrically assisted – and the Dutch do know a thing or two about cycling after all. See here for full story: http://www.bike-eu.com/Sales-Trends/Market-trends/2012/9/E-Bike-Marketshare-Grows-to-20-in-Holland-1068901W).

Of course the innovations that we are seeing maybe in part due to the legislative restrictions that Ebikes have to conform to? After all legislation can create a market – thus in the majority of the EU (inc the UK) a standard electrically assisted bicycle must be limited to 250watts (nominal power) and the motor is only permitted to power the bicycle up to 15mph (25kph). This presents challenges – how to make the motor perform well on the hills (give it lots of torque), how to get the motor to run without too quickly draining the battery, and so on. Various manufacturers meet these challenges in different ways – and although a motor may be limited to 250watts nominal power, many at peak power are producing nearer a 1,000watts (and all quite legally). Another factor in some parts of Europe is that there are now different permitted classes of Electric Bicycle – for instance in Germany beyond the standard 250w/25kph class, there are others including a 45kph/28mph class which are still permitted on bicycle paths (within local speed limits), but the rider is required to wear a helmet and to have motorcycle insurance. So far in the UK we only have the one type of electric bicycle standard (250w/15mph) but many are lobbying to include more flexibility, such as they have in Germany. The faster bikes making things such as longer distance Ebike commuting a more practicable possibility maybe?

Here’s an example of such an Ebike in action – the Grace One: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFfqJ9hh9b0&feature=player_embedded

Of course innovation is not only driven by legislation, sometimes new solutions to existing problems are sought, or simply new ways of doing things that might work better, or need less maintenance, or maybe just look better?

From Germany a couple of new innovative bike systems are coming along – new ways of propelling the bike along.

Firstly, and already in production and shortly to be available from Wisper Bikes in the UK, are Grace Ebike’s with Belt Drives. A Belt Drive being oil free is one way of reducing the chances of getting mucky on your bike, and they do tend to require less maintenance than a chain as well – and on these bikes they also look pretty cool.

Here’s a video of one in action: http://www.grace.de/produkte/grace-mx/?L=1

Secondly, and shortly to be in production, how about shaft drive? Something you see on some (top end) motorcycles, and of course the standard system on cars, but on bicycles not a common thing – there have been one or two shaft drive bicycles, but the new system from a company called Protanium is the first in which the shaft is driven by an electric motor (as well as by the pedals). A shaft drive electric bicycle, will mean little maintenance, no dirty chain, potentially “cleaner lines”.

Now there is innovation, have a look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDAfvgAuh48&feature=player_embedded

Bikes using such innovative technology perhaps won’t be the cheapest, but they will be made to a high standard and last well (with a good guarantee). Perhaps the saddest thing is the paucity of British manufacturers in this sector – maybe, and returning to the legislative aspect, if we had other and faster classes of electric Bicycles then they would become more of interest and more widely purchased and encourage British manufacturing companies to get involved?

Heck Bosch now make on of the best Ebike Motors – a crank drive (as pictured above) – http://www.bosch-ebike.de/en/ebike/homepage.html (as used in the belt drive bike mentioned above, as well as in many others), so perhaps Dyson or someone similar might one day get involved? (Interestingly some German manufacturers who initially shipped the production side of making electric bike systems, to the far east, are now bringing production back home – it seems the Made in Germany badge increases sales, as does the Made in Britain – if you can ever find it!).



27
SEP

Sharon Fay says:
Introducing FJ Chalke’s New Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager


Category: Electric Transport
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My name is Sharon Fay and I am the new Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager at Dorset Energized’s partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton.

I have worked for FJ Chalke previously as Receptionist and then as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager, but having been out of the car industry for a year and missing the buzz of sales, the role came up again as Electric Vehicle Relationship Manager [as Beverley has gone onto pastures new] and as they say… the rest is history.

I am looking forward to taking the Nissan LEAF on the next stage of its journey and introducing new electric vehicles to the Nissan EV range. So if you would like to arrange a test drive, ask a question or have a chat about the LEAF please do not hesitate to contact me on 01963 34335 or sharon.fay@fjchalke.co.uk and of course there is lots more information on our website on: www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.



14
SEP

Nathan Shaw says:
Electric Car Movement Picks Up Speed!


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Not quite news from Dorset, but a bit further north the electric car movement has picked up some speed (apologies).

On Monday, Michael Eavis, of Glastonbury fame, was seen plugging his Nissan LEAF [leased from Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke in Wincanton] into Bristol’s first free green public electric vehicle charger.

Solar Sense installed the point and has confirmed it is for use 24 hours a day and, on top of this, they have just invested in a fleet of electric cars. If the demand is high enough, then hopefully more will be implemented within the Bristol area.

Also, British Gas last week announced a new 6 month scheme with POLAR, through which the companies will install 1500 free charge points for people living in London, Milton Keynes and the Midlands as well as providing electric car owners with a free home charger and installation.

In Wales, Zero Carbon World, in association with Good Energy, have just installed 2 electric charging pumps at the Centre of Alternative Technology, with plans for more to hopefully increase the potential of electric transport across the border.

Finally, the Department of Transport has published figures showing that 473 new electric cars were purchased between April and May 2012 – double the figure for the same period last year. This can attributed to the plug-in grant scheme offering buyers £5000 of the 10 electric car models.

It seems that the issue of what comes first: the electric car or charging point is beginning to be solved. Hopefully this can increase demand, reduce cost and bring the relevant infrastructure to areas away from the major cities, places like Dorset. Of course, this all means very little if the electricity is not coming from renewable sources but action to create a sustainable transport network is being taken, and sometimes action creates change.



06
SEP

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Buildings & electric cars to be charged by moonlight


Category: Electric Transport, Solar Energy
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One complaint about solar power sometimes raised, is how unattractive solar energy installations appear. They so often, some say, do little to enhance the appearance of buildings or indeed the landscape.

Well from Germany comes a new design by architect André Broessel for a beautifully-striking spherical glass solar energy generator that could revolutionise the appearance of electric vehicle recharging posts! It’s for producing either solar electric power, or hot water from solar heat and looks very different from what we are used to. It utilises the focusing power of a sphere – in the same manner a drop of water can focus the sun’s light – to produce useful energy. It is claimed by the inventor to be up to 35% more efficient than existing designs and could conceivably (it is claimed) produce electricity from the light of the moon as well as the sun.

An extraordinary possibility and one offering the chance of making solar power more viable and cost effective – and to my eyes at least larger versions might well enhance the landscape or a cityscape, while a smaller installation could bring something interesting to a garden or roof.

The new design is in its early stages as yet, so currently no pricing is available to compare with standard types of solar power installations, but it just goes to show that there is much more to come in the developing world of alternative energy technology.

Check out more information on the spherical glass solar energy generator: http://www.eta.co.uk/2012/08/31/electric-cars-charged-moonlight 

Check out Rawlemon’s B.torics system which is also being developed, to offer fully integrated building solutions with efficient solar energy generation (as pictured above): http://www.rawlemon.com/betatorics.html



17
JUL

Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show, August 15th 2012


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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The Nissan LEAF will be attending the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show with our team from FJ Chalke. You won’t miss us, our pitch will include the other franchises from FJ Chalke.

We would like to invite you to come and take a look at the Nissan LEAF, and if you like what you see, why not book a free no-obligation test drive. I will be there to answer all of your Nissan LEAF questions and show you around the car. I look forward to seeing you there!

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
Wednesday 15th August 2012
8.30am – 6.30pm

Turnpike Showground
Motcombe
North Dorset
SP7 9PL

For more information on the event visit their website: www.gillshaftshow.co.uk


10
JUL

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Eco Travel Taking Off in the Brecon Breacons


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Things Electric seem to be taking off in the Brecon Beacons – the tourist sector embracing the new technology to boost trade and to bring the joys of Electric Transport to holiday makers.

Here in Dorset we also have many visitors seeking to enjoy the countryside and of course those visitors wish to enjoy the rural scene in a way that keeps it the quiet and peaceful place that drew them here in the first place.

In the Brecon Beacons they are setting an example of how this might be done – using quiet electric vehicles so people can explore and enjoy without disturbing, tourism with a light footprint.

Of course what is needed to make this effective are more charging points so those using electric vehicles of any type, can recharge their batteries. Businesses seeking to boost trade might well profit from offering charging facilities, and of course feel good by doing so as well.

In Dorset there is signs of this Electric Transport tourism emerging as well – the electric bicycle hire available near Bridport – and of course the same factors apply, electric bikes need recharging facilities as much as cars – and while the vehicle recharges, well opportunity signals for the alert business people!

Of course as electric vehicle ownership increases, more and more people will need the charging facilities – surely an opportunity not just for the switched on people in the tourist industry?!

Check out the sites below for more info on eco travel and of course our page on Electric Transport.

www.ecotravelnetwork.co.uk – The Brecon Beacons project

www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk – Electric Bike Hire in Bridport



09
JUL

Theresa McManus says:
Green Car of the future? The Volkswagen Levitating Car


Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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What do you think of this video for the Volkswagen Hover Concept Car?!
It’s a pod-like zero-emissions vehicle that uses electromagnetic road networks to float above the road.

I love sci-fi, and can’t wait to see a real Dalek on an anti-grav disk (I’d be looking for a nearby sofa to hide behind, though!). But my question for this concept, and for any new technology, would be what are the cradle to cradle costs, including all the environmental impacts, not just of the cars, but of the infrastructure, and the potential health risks posed by EM fields? At the end of the day, I think it is better for the planet and for people to just take a walk instead of drive : )

However, here at Dorset Energized we want to encourage people, including technogeeks, to make small steps in the right direction, so we recommend getting an electric car like the Nissan LEAF before considering a Levitating Car!

Find out more about the current zero emissions technology available today: www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/energy/electric-transport.


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  • Len Herbert comments:
    "VW are clever at marketing, when people see this they think VW must be the Greenest car company, they couldn’t be more wrong! See this link for what they really get up to.
    http://www.vwdarkside.com/en "

    July 9, 2012 a 8:38 pm


05
JUL

Beverley Satchell says:
Vince’s Nissan LEAF Gets Dorset Energized with FJ Chalke!


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Dorset Energized’s very own Vince Adams came over to F J Chalke Wincanton today for his annual service… and to have the graphics done on his Nissan LEAF! Not only does it advertise the Dorset Energized website, but also gives people the opportunity to get directed via our smart phone QR reader, to our FJ Chalke – Nissan LEAF webpage for more information.

This is a brilliant idea, as we work closely with Dorset Energized, and this really seals the relationship! I think Vince is going to get a lot more interest in his Nissan LEAF then he does already (which I hear is a fair bit!), and with the car parked up, people can access the information whilst they are curious about the car.

If you see him driving around Dorset be sure to send us your comments, or maybe tweet us your photos @WincantonLeaf



02
JUL

Beverley Satchell says:
Win a Nissan LEAF + Help Dorset/Somerset to Win Rapid Electric Car Charging Stations


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Have you visited the The Big Turn On yet? Nissan LEAF aims to get one million people to Turn On to 100% electric driving on their fantastic The Big Turn On website at: www.nissan.co.uk/thebigturnon. Once ‘Turned On’ you will be entered onto a leader board where you could WIN a Nissan LEAF or an iPad2 as their weekly prize. You can then gain additional points by taking part in various activities and encouraging other people to ‘Turn On’ too.

Nissan will also donate rapid charging stations to the city with the most ‘Turn Ons’. Please help F J Chalke make Wincanton (in Somerset near Dorset) part of a low-carbon lifestyle for a more sustainable future, by turning on Wincanton!

Check out the Winning Cities board here: http://the-big-turn-on.co.uk/leaderboard/cities/united-kingdom.html and click the ‘TURN ON’ button for Wincanton or your nearest city. Southampton and Bournemouth are currently in the top 30!

Remember you can book your FREE Nissan LEAF test drive with us at F J Chalke to see how easy it is to make the change to 100% electric driving.
To book your 24-hour test drive at FJ Chalke Wincaton visit www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.



19
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Dorset Energized at the Sturminster Newton Show Saturday 23rd June


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Come and say hi to the Dorset Energized team at the Sturminster Newton Show, where we’ll have our Nissan LEAF, solar panels, heat pumps, and will be running a questionnaire to assess the local feelings and requirements of Renewable Energy.

Sturminster Newton Show
Saturday 23rd June 2012, 10am – 6pm
Sturminster Newton Recreation Ground, Ricketts Lane 

This is a great family day out with vintage cars and vehicles.
Displays by Stur Steppers Sturminster Newton Majorettes, Zumba, Dog Agility, High School Samba Band and many more. Craft stalls, Refreshments and Beer…
There’s also a tent and plenty to entertain the children!

Entrance: £2 adults; 50p children

We hope to see you there!



19
JUN

Vince Adams says:
Bridport Renewable Energy Group Meeting


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Last night I attended a Bridport Renewable Energy Group meeting at the new Core Showroom Centre art Bradpole just outside Bridport.

The meeting was extremely interesting as we were shown around the Centre by Dan a knowledgeable and likable young man in full command of his subject. I for one was amazed at the vast array of renewable equipment that is now available from Solar, Solar Thermal through to all kinds of Heat Pumps and on into bio-mass. The new equipment looks really sexy in its shiny new colours and will be quite a feature wherever it is installed.

The BREG people all showed their interest in everything and many were already running important schemes of their own. The new Biomass project at Pat’s field for example will go live very soon and give Pat and her visitors a constant supply of hot water.

Richard Toft their Chairman speaks softly and well and has a delicate hand on the tiller.

Lucy the wife of the founder needs everyone’s thanks for hosting the event and I for one will be going back to look more closely at one or two of the items and hear the infectious enthusiasm of Lucy and her staff for the New World that is Renewables.

Thanks for a great nigh, plus I got back home in my Nissan LEAF with 25 miles spare energy, wow!



12
JUN

Beverley Satchell says:
Nissan LEAF coming to Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground 17th June


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FJ Chalke have had a great couple of trips over the last couple of weeks showcasing the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

Shane and I had a very successful trip to Jersey and are planning another trip there at the end of the month because we have had so much interest in the Nissal LEAF and test drives booked. We have been working closely with Jersey Electricity, and we shared our pitch with them as they themselves have a Nissan LEAF that we supplied to them! They have had so much response since we left the island it has been unbelievable.

We also had a great time at the Bath & West Show and met up with Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis who signed another 6 month lease with us on his Nissan LEAF!

Don’t miss us at our next event right here in Dorset…

Sunday 17th June 2012 (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground
The 1st Annual Showground Shindig Father’s Day Music & Ale Festival

Main Stage Programme:

12.00 Bell Street Jazz
1.05 Dave Harrington’s Bullet Band
2.10 Mustang Sally
3.10 Tom Clements
4.15 The Vibe
5.20 StopGoSixty
6.40 Average Wage Band
8.00 Moveable Feast

Pre Show Tickets are available up to 15th June at cheaper prices than on the day!
Adults: £12
6-17 years old: £6

On the day/gate the price will be
Adults: £14
6-17 years old: £7

Children under 6 years old will be free.

Its going to be a great day and we’d love to see you at our stand to answer all your questions about the Nissan LEAF.

For more information visit www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.


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  • Beverley Satchell comments:
    "The ‘Fathers day Shindig’ at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury showground was a great success. We provided demos in the Nissan LEAF so people got to experience first hand how fun it is to drive. It gave people that shock factor and that was what the demos were all about! People were left amazed. Even if these people were not serious Nissan LEAF buyers, their experience has left them with stories they can pass on to friends and family, and we hope this will stir interest in future test drivers. "
    June 27, 2012 a 9:29 am


21
MAY

Beverley Satchell says:
Look out for the 100% electric Nissan LEAF visiting a town near you!


Category: Electric Transport, Energy Events in Dorset
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Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May 2012
Jersey international Motoring Festival

Join FJ Chalke and the new Nissan LEAF at the RUBiS Jersey International Motoring Festival, the largest annual motoring event in the Channel Islands, comprising of competitive sprint and hill climbs for classic and vintage cars and motorcycles.

The full programme of events includes touring cars and motorcycles, ancillary trade stands and exhibits from all Jersey motoring clubs.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxed atmosphere on the beautiful Island plus there’s opportunities for car and motorcycle enthusiasts to display their “pride and joy” whether this is a veteran, vintage or classic, touring or competition car or motorcycle.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Look out for FJ Chalke Eco Team at these other Dorset events too:

Wednesday 30th May – Saturday 2nd June (9am – 6pm)
The Royal Bath & West Show

Have fun with the FJ Chalke Eco Team and the Nissan LEAF at the country’s biggest rural festival where there is something for everyone, from food lovers to families and farmers to fashionistas! There’s so much for you to see and do!

Sunday 17th June (12pm – 9pm)
Rotary Club of Gillingham, Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground

Enjoy a Fathers Day festival of music and real ale with FJ Chalke and the Nissan LEAF at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury showground.

Live music, father’s day activities, refreshments, classic car display plus other vehicles.

Its going to be a great day, don’t miss out!

For more information visit www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.

Don’t forget to take part in THE BIG TURN ON too! See my previous blog post all about the fantastic Nissan LEAF challenge: http://www.letsgetenergized.co.uk/archives/2012/04/05/the-big-turn-on-is-coming-to-fj-chalke-wincanton-win-a-nissan-leaf-ipad2-win-charging-stations-for-dorset



08
MAY

Simon Jonathan Naish Rayson says:
Zagato Volpe electric car video


Category: Electric Transport, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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Check out the video for the new single-seat electric Zagato Volpe car (classified as a ‘quadricycle’ or a micro-car).

According to the car breakdown company ETA, as well as the fully electric version, the Volpe will be available as a petrol or LPG hybrid. They said, “A retail price of £5,600 would make the Volpe no more expensive than many of the larger petrol scooters and it would be a drier, safer and greener way to travel around a city.”


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  • Simon Rayson comments:
    "That`s the trouble with so many of these concept cars – so few make it to production. As far as I know, and you may know differently, the only Quadricycle type vehicle currently available to buy in the UK is the Renault Twizy. Which by all accounts is a lot of fun – and practical (if you don`t mind the lack of doors in the standard equipment – add-ons being available). "
    May 9, 2014 a 11:04 am

  • paul comments:
    "Great car, trouble is you can’t buy one, in any country I know of. Cannot make them or produce them, unless you know different? "
    April 27, 2014 a 11:19 am


26
APR

Beverley Satchell says:
Fuel Crisis… So What?


Category: Electric Transport, Fuel Poverty & Security
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With the talks of ‘fuel strikes’ to take place all over the country, we found this the perfect opportunity to promote the Nissan LEAF. With the Nissan LEAF being 100% electric, fuel buyer’s curiosity was going to be aroused. The realisation also became clear that we do rely too much on fossil fuels, and it’s not going to be in constant supply forever.

While people were wasting their time, queuing up at petrol stations, I was happily driving around in my Nissan LEAF that I had charged up at work. There was something quite satisfying about driving past those packed petrol stations, knowing the only reason I would have to go anywhere near a petrol station, was just to use the shop!

We did get more customers come in to our show room as a result, phoning up and asking for more information or to test drive the Nissan LEAF. The ‘fuel crisis…..so what?’ ad in the newspaper definitely stirred up a lot of interest. It was nice to see all the electric car doubters finally show a bit of interest.

Visit our website on www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.



18
APR

Theresa McManus says:
How Low Can You Go?


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Low emission cars are increasing in popularity, according to a BBC article today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17740356.

In 2007, only one in ten new cars sold was a low emission car, producing less than 130 grammes of CO2 per kilometre. In 2011, nearly half the new cars in the UK were low emission.
These low emission cars deliver an average of 54 miles to the gallon. Of course, some are much higher.

There is a close link between reduced fuel consumption and emission reductions, and the result of this trend is a big step towards a low carbon motoring future.



05
APR

Beverley Satchell says:
The Big Turn On is Coming to FJ Chalke Wincanton – WIN a Nissan LEAF, iPad2 + win charging stations for Dorset!


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Dorset Energized partners FJ Chalke Nissan in Wincanton are encouraging drivers in the area to ‘Turn On’ to a low-carbon lifestyle for a more sustainable future.

The Big Turn On is an online led campaign with the aim of getting one million people to Turn On to 100% electric driving and create their own profile page on The Big Turn On website.

Once ‘Turned On’ you will be entered onto a leader board where you could WIN a Nissan LEAF and also an iPad2. You can then gain additional points by taking part in various activities and encouraging other people to ‘Turn On’ too.

YOU COULD WIN CHARGING STATIONS FOR DORSET TOO!
Nissan will also donate rapid charging stations to the city with the most ‘Turn Ons’. Local councils and businesses will then find the best locations to install the stations – please recommend Wincanton!

The website at www.nissan.co.uk/thebigturnon will house content and allow customers to:

  • ‘Turn On’ to electric driving’ by simply clicking the ‘Turn On’ button, these will add up to reaching the one million ‘Turn Ons’.
  • Contribute to their citie’s chance of winning 30 charging points.
  • Book a 24-hour test drive so customers can enjoy the benefits of 100% electric motoring.
  • Create a participant page and earn credits in The Big Turn On competition for their chances to win a LEAF.
  • View video content on different people’s experiences of driving a LEAF.

Join the excitement and book your 24-hour Nissan LEAF test drive. See how easy it is to make the change to 100% electric driving.

To book your 24-hour test drive at FJ Chalke Wincaton visit www.fjchalke.co.uk/eco.



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