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by MB
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Checking the carbon footprint of the National Grid
Replies: 10
Views: 7952

Hi All If someone can tell me how far you get on a single kilowatt of electricity in a Berlingo or 106, I'll gladly add that to the website. In December and January the carbon footprint of our nations electrickery is much, much higher than at any other time of the year. Its noticeable that as the te...
by MB
Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Checking the carbon footprint of the National Grid
Replies: 10
Views: 7952

Thanks for the feedback, guys. I really appreciate it. Based on what has been said here, I decided I needed to have another go at the page in order to explain more clearly what the fuel savings actually are. Go and have another look - I've added a new table on the bottom right hand side that shows w...
by MB
Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Checking the carbon footprint of the National Grid
Replies: 10
Views: 7952

Currently, it's showing 587g/kWh. That means, if my car did 5km/kWh, I'd be contributing similar emissions to a BMW 116d. That's a lot higher than I expected! I'd be better off with a Citroen C1 or a Mini Diesel than an EV today. Oh no you wouldn't. The chances are your ev is doing more than 5km/kW...
by MB
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: Grip in the snow?
Replies: 7
Views: 5105

I used to have a mid-engined Fiat X1/9 (many years ago!) and that was a fantastic car in the snow. The only problem was the front spoiler was so low the car ended up being a snow plough! :lol: I think that driving in snow is as much down to the driver as it is to the car. I've had people tell me tha...
by MB
Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: General
Topic: Checking the carbon footprint of the National Grid
Replies: 10
Views: 7952

Checking the carbon footprint of the National Grid

I've written an online application that allows you to check the carbon footprint of the National Grid. The data feed is updated every five minutes and monitors the carbon footprint and the grid utilisation, and reports on what sort of power station is producing the energy (coal, gas, nuclear, etc.) ...
by MB
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Grip in the snow?
Replies: 7
Views: 5105

Both my G-Wiz and my iMiEV are very good in the snow. I think with the G-Wiz it is very much dependent on tyres - some people get on well with them whilst others struggle. The low centre of gravity helps (the batteries in both vehicles are low down, close to the centre of the vehicle) and this, alon...
by MB
Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:45 pm
Forum: Cars,Vans and other road vehicles
Topic: Mitsubishi iMiEV
Replies: 4
Views: 5505

Mitsubishi iMiEV

I pick up my brand new Mitsubishi iMiEV electric car at the weekend. 25 people have been selected to test them, so it will become my wife's main car whilst I continue with the G-Wiz. It'll be great to be a two electric car family. The iMiEV will be the main family car, replacing an MG ZS. I'm gettin...
by MB
Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:42 pm
Forum: Links
Topic: Electric Vehicle Inductive Automatic Charging
Replies: 6
Views: 11106

ARUP are developing this technology at the moment. My understanding is that there will be trials in Milton Keynes.

I'm writing up an article on this technology at the moment. I'll post it up when I'm complete.
by MB
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Low Tech Charge Points Required.
Replies: 2
Views: 3119

It depends on what you want, but there are a lot of companies that manufacture 'street furniture', and many of these do electric hookup bollards. They are typically used for council workers who need a power supply at the side of the road, but they could work equally well for people requiring chargin...
by MB
Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:35 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electric cars are dirty????
Replies: 21
Views: 17955

Actually, from what I have managed to find out, the manufacture of batteries may not be as bad as the critics would have you believe. For sure, they are the 'dirtiest' part of an electric car manufacture, but not considerably so. From the charging point of view, of course, you can always measure the...

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