New build homes to have EV charging fitted as standard

59 / News 2021
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UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has recently announced that all new-build homes will be required to have Electric Vehicle charging stations installed from 2022. This has come about with the government banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans by the year 2030. Hybrids will be available for sale until 2035.

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LESS CASH FOR TFL AS ULEZ COMPLIANCE UPTAKE SURGES

55 / News 2021
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Transport for London has revealed that because of the higher than expected surge in drivers switching from non-compliance ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) cars to Ulez compliant vehicles, the forecast revenue that was expected to generate for the TFL has dropped dramatically. Initial figures were a daily revenue stream of approximately £2m a day. This would have been generated by a mixture of levies and £130 fines for non-compliance or failure to pay charges as enforced. 

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NI awarded £3.37m electric charger funding

61 / News 2021
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ESB which is the company that operates the electric vehicle charging network for Northern Ireland has been awarded the government’s Levelling Up Fund of £3.37m which has been set up to support infrastructure projects such as electric car Charge Points. Northern Ireland up to now has been the only part of the UK which had yet to apply for government funding. 

A statement from ESB announced their mission will be to expand and enhance the EV charging network. This will also mean the introduction of the high-power 200kW charging, which will be a first in Northern Ireland. ESB plans to install five high-power charging stations in strategic locations throughout Northern Ireland.

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Warning signs to change your car

37 / News 2021
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As the old saying goes, ‘it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.’ A quote by Charles Dickens that could easily describe the experiences we’ve nearly all had with our cars. From personal experiences, I’ve owned cars where I had to hope and pray something would break on my journey and also recall a few times I was stuck in a petrol station and on a dual carriageway waiting for an hour or more for the breakdown truck to come and rescue me. For me personally, the latter incident told me it was time for a change.

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One of the best used electric cars

117 / News 2021
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Every now and then, it’s only right to highlight stand-out used cars that have been tried and tested, unlike brand new cars that have no history in the various forums online which can either be very positive or very damning for the car involved.

One such used electric car that seems to always get good reviews and great feedback is the Renault Zoe. This car has been around since 2013, so it’s stood the test of time and any faults or recalls are most likely a thing of the past now.

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