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15 Jan 2010 12:01:08

Low carbon electric transport revolution led from north

Low carbon electric transport revolution led from north
City planners, vehicle manufacturers, and electricity providers have joined forces to submit a proposal that could see low carbon vehicles become commonplace on European roads.

The north-east regional development agency One North East will collaborate with 19 European cities and regions in the EVA consortium (Electric Vehicles for Advanced Cities) to present a demonstration to the European Commission of the potential of low carbon vehicles.

Results will be based on surveying the impact across Europe of over 9,500 electric vehicles in real life road conditions, and assessing how the vehicles affect drivers, mobility networks and grids.

If the project is funded, it will lead to the market roll-out of electric vehicles across Europe.

Chris Pywell, One North East head of strategic economic change, said: "This would integrate north-east England into the largest European electric vehicle research programme to date.

"The proposals from the EVA Consortium would greatly increase the number of electric vehicles on Europe's roads and accelerate the development of key technologies like Smart Grids."

Cities participating in the project include north-eastern cities in the UK, Berlin, London, Edinburgh, Paris and Stockholm.



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17 Jan 2010

The 'drive' towards more electric vehicles is going to be powered by what? More coal, gas and nuclear power stations? If electric vehicle charging at night can take the daily generating spikes out of the generating system, then great. But if you start to have too many electrical vehicles on the road, then the whole generating system is going to have to change dramatically.

My fear is that the generating systems are currently having to learn to cope with high proportions of intermitent renewables. How are they going to cope with electric vehicles too.

In the UK we do 650,000,000,000 km/year, (yes that is billion), to get ourselves and our good from A to B. If we convert to electric we need to more than double our existing burgeoning generating capacity.

If we do that then it will put too much power in the hands of the unions representing the workers of these power stations and that can only be bad.

I should confess, that I am a big proponent of hydrogen as a future fuel. So I would like to see not only a hydrogen highway, but a ethanol/methanol and electric highway too in the future.

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