40kWh Nissan Leaf: Chargepoint Roulette – Why can't all chargers be contactless?

This is the second video in the Chargepoint Roulette series where I turn up at a random charger and see if I can get a successful charge

The video also shows my first encounter with a contactless payment charger. Compared to my experience in the previous Chargepoint Roulette video, this was a breeze. Why can’t all chargers be like this?

Engenie have partnered with Marstons to install 400 rapid EV chargers powered by 100% renewable energy across their sites nationwide.

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2018 Nissan Leaf – Episode 037 – Trying the new 350kW Fastned Chargers in Sunderland

Was in Sunderland today so took a quick detour to the new Fastned charging hub, where they’ve recently installed 350kW charging!

Excuse the wobbly camera work, this was an impromptu video that was totally unplanned, so I only had my phone with me!


Nissan Leaf – 40k Mile Battery Health Check & Update

I’ve now had my Leaf 30kWh Acenta for 40,000 miles and it’s time for another update on the state of health of the cars batteries, have a little rant at Nissan and tell you about the first warranty problem I’ve had since new!


Testing the Battery Charging of my Nissan Leaf

Last week I tried to charge the Nissan Leaf in a shopping centre and it didn’t work. I thought it would be a good idea to go to a local charge and plug in and make sure it was working as it should be. I went to the local bus station where there is a charger and it puts out up to 7 kW. I plugged in and everything worked perfectly. Not like last week where after plugging in, it lasted for about 30 seconds and then stopped. The problem was with the chargers in the shopping centre and not with the car.

While I was testing the charger another guy turned up with a 2018 Nissan Leaf. I had a quick chat with him and he loves his car just as much as I love mine. Driving electric vehicles is the future, but now. It sometimes amazes me how cheap it is to drive. Apart from there being very little maintenance required the cost of the electric means it’s extremely cheap to run. The cost of the energy is nothing, especially when you plug into a free charger. Today the electricity cost me nothing at the charger at the bus station in St. Feliu de Guixols.

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EV Chargers, an informal discussion with James (“James and Kate”)

Informal discussion about chargers and charging needs for the future. Being significantly more experienced I was keen to pick Jame’s brain on a few things that have been on my mind.

Although, not staged for videoing and sharing the cameras were rolling and I thought many others might be interested in the discussion.

With thanks to James for his views and permission to share.

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30 Oct 2018 | Electrify America Up To 30 Locations, China Speeds Up EV Infrastructure and…

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 30th October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.


Thank you to MYEV.com for helping make this show, they’ve built the first marketplace specifically for Electric Vehicles. It’s a totally free marketplace that simplifies the buying and selling process, and help you learn about EVs along the way too.


And hello to two new Patreon supporters, as new Producers of the Podcast at $5 (the one posh coffee a month level) its ANDREW MURPHY and EV SOLID STATE aka MATTHEW WILLIAM HART.



A quick stat on the rise and fall, and fall and fall of Diesel from Matthias Schmidt @auto_schmidt: “European #diesel mix of new passenger car sales fell below one third in September… Sep YTD: 9% Last 4 qtrs: Q3 ’18: 35.2% Q2 ’18: 36.7% Q1 ’18: 38.5% Q4 ’17: 41.6% Last time annual diesel mix fell below 1/3 was the year 2000 (32.3%)”  


A new update today about Electrify America progress ahead of the on onslaught of EVs which should be coming 2019, at least early 2020. They have 30 fast charging stations now online and a huge task ahead of them to spend the $2bn settlement with the EPA and California Air Resources Board over dieselgate. Of those 30 stations, most have 7 CCS chargers plus a 1 CHAdeMo point. This weeks question of the week is where would you put a charger – if you were thinking Walmart, they’ve beaten you to it. Over 100 off the Electrify America chargers will be at a Walmart store. But that’s still a drop in the ocean with more than 2,000 Ultra Fast chargers in place by June 2019. “Electrify America DC fast charging stations display clear, up-front pricing. Electrify America charging will include the following elements: $1.00 session fee + per minute charging cost + idle fee of $0.40/minute (if applicable). Our introductory charging cost pricing is $0.30 to $0.35 per minute of charging”  




“While battery-powered vehicles may be cheaper to run and maintain compared to their petrol- and diesel-powered cousins, the European Union isn’t yet the perfect place to charge them and keep them going because more than three quarters (76 percent) of the EU’s charging points are concentrated across just four countries – the Netherlands, Germany, France and the UK. What’s more, those countries only make up 27 percent of the Union’s total area” reports Motor1.com: “The country with the most dense concentration of electric vehicle charging points in the EU is currently the Netherlands, where 28 percent of charging points cover one percent of the total area of the EU. The Netherlands also has solid fast charging networks like Fastned. There is currently around 100,000 charging points the in the European Union according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), and that number should multiply at least 20 times by 2025 giving the EU 20 million charging points to handle the anticipated rise in sales of plug-in cars. To meet that target, 1.9 million charging points need to be produced and sold within 7 years.”  




“The Chinese government has come up with a plan to accelerate infrastructure construction for electric vehicles (EVs). Chinese premier Li Keqiang at a state council meeting last week released a guidance plan for the EV industry, aimed at building sufficient charging poles to meet demand from at least 5mn EVs by 2020.” according to Argus Media: “The plan requires all parking spots at new residential buildings to have charging poles and at least 10pc of spots at public parking facilities to have charging poles. This is to ensure one charging pole in a public area for every 2,000 EVs. China is the world’s largest EV producer and consumer. It produced 795,000 EVs last year and is on target to produce 1mn EVs in 2018. Beijing is aiming to double production of EVs to 2mn by 2020 to save energy and curb pollution. China produced only 8,200 EVs in 2011. China as of August has installed at least 662,000 charging poles across the country — 275,000 public poles and 387,000 private poles. The central government’s guidance plan comes after many Chinese provinces introduced regional plans to boost the use of EVs.”  





27 Oct 2018 | Interview: EO Charging Founder Charlie Jardine

How To Start A Charging Company | The Opportunities For Electric Vehicles | Why Chargers Look The Way They Look | The Future For A Connected Grid | Solar, Storage And EV Charging | How Charging Fits Into Autonomous Mobility


A Guide To Electric Car Charging Networks (UK)

Charging your car at home is easy, but on the road it’s a minefield of different networks and ways of accessing them. This is a UK guide to the national networks across the UK.


22 Oct 2018 | New Kia Soul EV Almost Ready, Porsche Confirm Wagon Version Of Taycan and Audi…

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Monday 22nd October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.


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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles–providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up. The wireless system transfers 120 kilowatts of power with 97 percent efficiency, which is comparable to conventional, wired high-power fast chargers. In the laboratory demonstration, power was transferred across a six-inch air gap between two magnetic coils and charged a battery pack. ORNL researchers created and demonstrated the world’s first 20-kilowatt wireless charging system, which is being modified for applications such as commercial delivery trucks. To achieve 120 kilowatts, the ORNL team created a new coil design co-optimized with the latest silicon carbide power electronic devices for a lightweight, compact system. The system’s architecture takes energy from the grid and converts it to high-frequency alternating current, which generates a magnetic field that transfers power across a large air gap. Once the energy is transferred to the secondary coil, it is converted back to direct current and stored in a vehicle’s batteries.  




“We’ve seen spy photos of the next-generation Kia Soul a couple of times in the last few months and it’s only natural that a debut is imminent.” reports Anthony Karr from Motor1.com: “Our friends from The Korean Cars Blog report the standard ICE-powered and fully-electric versions of the car will make their official premieres at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the second half of November this year. Nothing is confirmed at the moment, but it is believed sales in the United States will kick off in the second quarter of 2019. As far as the Soul EV is concerned, it will use the powertrain of the Niro EV, which means two battery packs will be on sale – with 34 kWh or 60 kWh. The larger of the two should provide a range of approximately 300 miles (485 kilometers) between two charges.”  




“Volkswagen Group China is beginning construction in Anting of the Group’s first factory specifically designed for the Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) platform. The first model that will be produced in the factory of SAIC Volkswagen will be an electric Volkswagen brand SUV in 2020.” according to Green Car Congress: “Together with the FAW-Volkswagen factory in Foshan, which opened this summer, SAIC Volkswagen’s plant will begin to produce e-cars on the MEB platform directly after the first worldwide MEB-production starts in Zwickau, Germany.” Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Group, said: “Through Volkswagen’s MEB platform, we will be able to easily produce state-of-the-art electric vehicles for our Chinese customers on a high scale. The Volkswagen Group, its brands and their Chinese joint venture partners focus consistently on sustainable mobility and push the transformation of the automotive industry in China and worldwide. In this way, we emphasize the importance of the Chinese market for the Volkswagen Group.” “The facility is scheduled to be put into production by 2020 with a planned annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles. It will produce various new pure electric vehicles of SAIC VOLKSWAGEN, including medium- and large-sized pure electric SUVs, as well as battery systems. The factory will be supporting the Volkswagen Group’s e-mobility strategy in China. The vehicles being produced in Anting are based on the MEB, which is Volkswagen’s first pure electric automotive modular platform developed for mass production. ”  




“Transport Scotland says it has established a £700,000 investment to help people switch to…


16 Oct 2018 | Porsche Enters ‘The Electric Era’, Tesla’s Million Mile Drivetrain and Saudi…

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Good morning, good afternoon and good evening wherever you are in the world, welcome to EV News Daily for Tuesday 16th October 2018. It’s Martyn Lee here and I’ve been through EV story today so you don’t have to.


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“The Porsche Taycan is still roughly a year away from hitting showrooms, but Porsche has further tipped its hand toward what its electric vehicle future is going to look like” according to CNET: “The Taycan production car, which was previewed by a pair of Mission E concepts, is expected to bring more than 600 horsepower, a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and boast a driving range of about 300 miles to the party.” “The Taycan is one of biggest creators of jobs in the history of Porsche” those are the words of Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board responsible for HR and Social Affairs, Porsche. That’s because there’s a 6 billion euro investment in the electrification plan hiring 1,200 new employees. Some of the highlighted quotes from Porsche today: “By applying flexi-line production, Porsche will become the first vehicle manufacturer to use driverless transport systems in a continuous series production process. In addition to efficient processes, the revenue from digital products and services should also increasingly contribute to our economic success. We expect by 2025, roughly 50 percent of our products to be electrified, either with a fully electric engine or with a plug-in hybrid.” Meanwhile Automotive News Europe reports: ” its U.S. dealers will be required to shoulder a significant share. Porsche bumped up the number of high-speed chargers it would need to more than 700, or about 40 percent more than previously estimated. U.S. dealers will be on the hook for at least 200 of those. It’s a pricey ask of the 190-store brand. The chargers will cost retailers between $300,000 and $400,000 per store on average, Porsche estimated. The numbers of chargers dealers must install will be based on sales. Dealers are expected to install at least two fast chargers at each location along with a buffer battery that stores electricity from the grid and is less expensive than charging vehicles directly from the grid. The 350-kilowatt chargers can fill a vehicle battery to 80 percent — or about 250 miles (400 km) — in 15 to 20 minutes. Porsche is also in discussions with third-party networks, including Electrify America, ChargePoint and EVgo, to augment the network with additional nondealership chargers. That effort calls for at least 500 chargers along U.S. highways.” Todd Blue, CEO of IndiGO Auto Group: “We should walk slowly and allow healthy demand to dictate the future, not the government.”  




“Tesla says that the Model 3 drive system is designed and validated for over one million miles of range.” says Fred Lambert for Electrek: “Today, the automaker released impressive pictures of Model 3 drive units after testing, which Elon Musk says “drove 1M miles. The electric truck is using Model 3 drive units and it’s putting them to the test through long distance driving and pulling of heavy loads.”  


“6 Tesla owners club leaders from nine countries convened this week in Fremont, CA to meet, strategize, and plan for how clubs can continue to support Tesla owners across the globe.” in an article by Sean Mitchell for InsideEVs: “Tesla Club Owners are officially recognized by Tesla and have ongoing communication with Tesla representatives with the intent of enhancing the owner experience. Collectively, there are 60 officially recognized clubs in 17 countries and more than 28,000 members. ”  


“Northvolt, which is building Europe’s largest battery factory in Sweden, has joined forces with German luxury carmaker BMW and Belgium’s Umicore to develop a process for electric car batteries to be recycled.” according to a Reuters article today: “BMW had a funding investment of undisclosed size in the venture, the Swedish startup, which plans to build a factory in Sweden to produce 32 gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery capacity a year by 2023, said in a statement on Monday.”