Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Electric Avenue project attracts big name interest

Brand new electric car trial is charged into life, as the unique neighbourhood project aims to discover how clusters of EVs will affect local substations.
My Electric Avenue is seeking ten such clusters of EV households, each with a minimum of ten neighbours to each drive an electric vehicle for 18 months, to measure the impact on the local grid. Now Oxfordshire-based Drayson Racing Technologies- renowned for its record-breaking electric racing car-is the latest to seriously consider becoming one of the first workplace charging clusters to be formed for the project.
A Nissan electric vehicle test drive event took place at Drayson Racing Technologies on 18 July 2013, which was designed to give staff at the company, together with employees from other local businesses BH Blackmore Ltd and BINIBI Tiles, an opportunity to try an all-electric Nissan LEAF for themselves.
Former government minister Lord Drayson, owner of Drayson Racing Technologies, says: “Electric vehicles have a key role to play in helping to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, so it is essential to carry out research to ensure that the local electricity network can cope with increased numbers of EVs. Drayson Racing is pleased to be leading the way in bringing together a cluster of local businesses to test the impact of EV charging in a workplace environment.”