Industry News 25th February 2022

As further warnings are issued about the pace of rapid charging infrastructure roll out, new technology on the horizon could allow multiple vehicles to be charged simultaneously from one charging station. We take a look at some of the stories that caught our attention over the past seven days

Supply chain shortages impact January car output, but EV production continues to surge

UK car production fell to its lowest level since 2009 dropping over 20% in January according to new figures revealed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. However production of Battery Electric Vehicles role by 37.6% to 6,326 units, with zero emission vehicles no accounting for 1 in 11 UK produced cars.

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Slow charger rollout may hinder EV adoption – RAC

The slow rollout of electric car charging points in the UK will hinder sales growth according to a new warning from RAC. According to RAC analysis the number of public electric chargers rose by 7,600 across the UK last year, an increase of 37%, however only 17% of new chargers were either rapid or ultra rapid devices that can charge at 25 kW or more

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New partnership announced to simplify fleet EV transition

Octopus Energy and Elmtronics have announced a new partnership to provide a suite of additional services to business customers which will include the supply, installation and maintenance of charge points along with the back-end software. The partners will also collaborate to educate and support businesses in their mission to introduce EVs to their operations.

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GoEve to transform global EV charging infrastructure with new technology

GoEVe a joint UCD and Imperial College London spin out set up in February 2021 has developed DockChain, an innovative charging technology that it says can replenish EVs at scale by allowing multiple parking spaces to be rapid electrified from one base power source. GoEVE is currently assessing potential revenue models and is seeking to raise investment of €3,000,000 to build out the team and initiate manufacturing and software development.

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Government to scrap the age limit for e-scooters in Ireland

The Irish Government has approved amendments to the Road Traffic and Roads Bill 2021 which will allow the removal of an age limit for e-scooter ownership and the establishment of a new office to oversee the country’s EV infrastructure growth.

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Great Wall Motors to launch Ora Cat compact Electric Car in UK market

Chinese car-maker Great Wall Motors has announced plans to launch a new compact electric car under the Ora brand later this year. Prices for the model are expected to start at £25,000 with two battery options planned, 48 kWh and 63 kWh offering 201 miles and 261 miles respectively. The model will be a rival for electric cars including Peugeot’s e-208, the Mini Electric and Fiat500e.

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