UK To Invest $49 Million Into Charging Infrastructure By 2020

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UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Department for Transport announced plans to spend £43 million ($65.5 million) for infrastructure and research and development of plug-in electric vehicle funding.

The part tied to infrastructure is larger – £32 million ($49 million) and includes:

  • £15 million to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. ULEV drivers will receive a 75% grant of up to £700 towards installation from 13 April 2015
  • £8 million to support public charging infrastructure across the UK which, alongside £15 million Highways Agency funding announced in Autumn 2014, will deliver chargepoints on major roads and across towns and cities- bidding for these schemes will open in May 2015
  • £9 million to address other infrastructure priorities, for example, ensuring that the UK’s world-class chargepoint network remains accessible and open for users – further details will be announced later this year

The first part, the £700 (over $1,050) incentive for home charging stations, seems to result in a free charging station.

There will be also a lot of new charging points, this to an area that already has one of the most dense networks in Europe.

Separately, £11 million ($16.8 million) will power 15 R&D projects, but not all of them are directly related with EVs. Three projects were revealed in the press release:

  • the creation of a novel recycled carbon fibre material that will bring lightweight, low cost vehicle chassis structures to the mass market (led by Gordon Murray Design Ltd)
  • development of a zero emission electric bus with hydrogen fuel cell range extender at a fraction of the cost of the current generation of hydrogen buses (led by Magtec)
  • a prototype zero-emission power and cooling system adapted from a cutting-edge liquid nitrogen powered engine that will dramatically reduce the CO₂ emissions from refrigerated trucks and air-conditioned buses (led by Dearman Engine Company Ltd).

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8 Comments on "UK To Invest $49 Million Into Charging Infrastructure By 2020"

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10 million per year should cover their needs for many many years

The USA needs to deploy more chargers. But with the current GOP Congress, we know that no such program can be pursued at the Federal level. Hopefully states, automakers, and utilities can pick up the slack.

We need combo SAE-CCS/Chademo DC fast-chargers installed in more places.

We do not need to build any < 100 kW DC chargers in the U.S. Total waste of money.

We do need 40A to 80A J1772 for a long time. As battery packs hit 50-100 kWh and BEVs become more common, we need faster L2 charging. We need lots of them… at government buildings, at hotels, at parks, and so forth. All sorts of places where cars are parked for a long period of time.

As battery pack sizes increase, we do not need slow DC chargers. We can install 10x more realistically usable J1772s per 50 kW CHAdeMO/CCS charger.

level 2 is simply not practical for traveling or people who cannot charge at home

He is talking about 80A fast AC charging not regular level 2 slowish 15-32 A charge.

He is also correct in saying that you could install more AC chargers than DC fast chargers for the same money. 10x is probably a bit of a stretch but absolutely more charging points for your money than if you go with DC fast charging.

The only problem being that pretty much only Tesla’s and the Zoe can use the higher current AC charging neither of which use the J1772 plug.

IMO, at some stage I think someone needs to think about what’s needed and not what’s possible. For a road trip across the US 120 kW fast chargers and a 200+ mile range are pretty necessary. For a London to Edinburgh trip in the UK (400 miles) a 60 kWh battery gets you half way add in 4, 20 min food and pee breaks at 50 kW chargers and things don’t look bad for a 6 to 8 hr trip (traffic isn’t great in the UK).

Nothing wrong with 50kW charging. What limits it usefulness are small batteries that only draw 50kW for about ten minutes. Over 35 minutes the energy transferred is around 11-14kWh. If the battery had been say 85kWh, then the energy transferred would be around 29kWh, that’s 100 miles of range. You could literally cross continents with this.

Yep. This is a thing that Tesla seems to have realized that others have not. The reason you need big batteries is not JUST for long range. It also means the batteries can be charged much faster, the batteries wear out much slower, and you get better power performance.

So big batteries matter. I don’t think everyone needs 85KWH. But 24KWH is too small to obtain good EV adoption.

Well, the vast majorities of EVs on the road and in the pipeline do not have chargers that can take advantage of >40 Amp charging with a J1772.