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Everything you Want to Know about Electric Car Battery Swapping and Recycling

Electric Cars are still innovating, and every day there’s more amazing things you can do to extend battery life and be softer on the environment. So what’s the newest gizmo? EV battery swapping, recycling and disposal!

This guide will do the heavy lifting for you, so put your feet up and let’s get learning!

What is EV battery swapping and which car companies are doing it?

Battery swapping is an alternative to charging that will attempt to cut the waiting times from half anhour to around 5 minutes by replacing your battery in a battery swapping station.

With range and charging increasingly becoming a hot topic with the growth of EVs, it will be used more and more as it gives you the option to drive an older EV with new and up to date batteries as well providing today’s EVs a more flexible way to charge with the ability to store 2 or batteries that you can charge when you’re using the current battery.

Let’s say the year 2030, and ICE cars have stopped being produced, and the potential of more stringent taxes in place to smash the CO2 curve closer to Net Zero.

Billions of people around the world will enter the EV market with more familiarity of EVs and how to use them but they won’t be using the newest EVs, they’re most likely to be buying used cars that are cheaper, but the batteries could be slower to charge and harder to get the full range from them.

This is where battery swapping comes in. Imagine you could drive any old EV, and simply swap the battery every time you needed to charge it?

Basically making every electric car reusable because you won’t need a Rapid charger or a super strong battery if you can swap it easier than you would at a petrol pump. Now that would be amazing, and that’s what makes Nio such a great story to cover.

How much will battery swapping cost?

Nio currently has one operating swap station in Norway, so we can use that as our best estimate, but you can assume current will go down as Nio scales throughout Europe. Here’s how it would cost:

These findings come from Driving Electric :

“The basic subscription includes two full battery swaps or up to 200kWh of Rapid charging per month, and anything over this costs extra; in Europe, NIO charges €0.20/kWh, plus a €10 flat fee for using the swap station.

In theory, then, the maximum cost for a 100kWh battery swap stands at €30 – roughly half of what you’d expect to pay at a conventional Rapid charger. ”

How good is that? You get 100% charge for almost half the price, without waiting like a plum at a charging station!

What is a Nio Battery Swap Station?

First off, let’s see Nio in action. Watch this video from Driving Electric on Nio Battery Swap Stations:

Nio is an EV manufacturer, and has been known as one of Tesla’s longest standing rivals, achieving 65,000 sales in 2021 although they are still a way off of Tesla’s 911,000. but Tesla has achieved worldwide scale already.

You can see Nio’s cars in action in this video:

Nio’s growth plans are really ramping with 836 swap stations already in China, and with plans for 1300 globally, Norway already has one but they plan to build up to 20 there and expansion plans in Germany will be Nio’s first taste of a big European market.

Once this has been achieved you can certainly expect Britain to be one of the next on their hit list,and it’s hard not to find that exciting.

Nio has also been in talks with major OEMs to license their battery swap technology. doing something similar to what Tesla has done by opening up its supercharger network to all EVs in the UK. Its latest deal saw them sign with Shell to enter Europe.

It looks like Nio will be an established world wide brand in the next few years, but maybe not for their cars?

Are there any Nio battery swap stations in the UK?

Currently the only option in Europe is Norway’s capital Oslo but their partnership with Shell. will almost certainly mean you’ll be hearing a lot more in 2023.

News just in: Nio has published it’s plans to enter the European market. Read about the news here.

Are Tesla battery swap stations coming soon?

It doesn’t look like it. Tesla piloted a scheme back in 2014, but quickly shut off the programme after 2 years. They felt that their supercharger network was more successful and was more in demand at that point, it’s hard to know if they will bring this back.

Here’s a statement from Tesla in 2021 :

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“The company believes electric vehicle charging is the best way to power its vehicles, and that battery swapping is riddled with problems and not suitable for wide scale use.”

Time will tell who’s right on this one. Will Nio’s battery swap stations be the final form of Electric Car Charging? Or will it be Tesla’s Supercharger network?

Now, you’ve got a taste of what’s to come. We’ll move on to electric car battery recycling and disposal.

Electric Car Battery Recycling

There’s about to be a huge wave of pollution if there isn’t a viable solution to how to dispose of electric car batteries. Millions of EVs have been sold just this year, and with a reported 5% of batteries actually being recycled, it’s still a major concern, but one that can certainly be fixed.

So what can be done if your battery can’t be used? The best option is to recycle your batteries.

How does EV battery recycling work and how can you do it?

Essentially, the parts of the battery that are still functioning to some degree will be used again on smaller mobility objects. like forklifts and other machinery but if there’s nothing left of the existing battery they will be ground into a fine powder where they will be extracted of rare earth minerals like lithium and cobalt.

It’s still cheaper to mine these materials but investment in recycling could ease some pressure on harmful mining production that is CO2 extensive and uses workers in poor working conditions.

If you want to recycle your EV battery you can search for your local recycling plant, just search ‘EV battery recycling near me,” and you should find one nearby.

Can EV batteries be reused?

EV batteries even when they are ‘dead, still have vital parts which can be used on any type of machinery, an example of this is Audi’s Ingolstadt factory, where they are reusing parts to be repurposed for factory fork lifts. Other examples of reusable batteries are:

  • As a backup for outages and natural disasters.Renault recently partnered with Powervault to use their used car batteries to power home storage units, giving the national grid some protection as the UK transitioned from the more reliable fossil fuels, to sometimes intermittent renewable energy sources.
  • Support renewable energy. An example of this is Britain’s Connected Energy which recently built a storage facility at the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Campus.

How long do EV batteries usually last?

We all know from the frustration with our phones that batteries can deplete very quickly, but electric car batteries are about 100 times bigger, and more powerful so they do last longer. You can expect your battery to last up to 10 years! The warranties on EVs are actually longer than on petrol cars, with some being 7 years with unlimited mileage.

Are there EV battery recycling companies coming?

There’s a few startups looking to crack this problem, the most notable ones included Veolia. a French waste management company who have just built their first plant in the east midlands. Another is Glencore and its partnership with the start up, Britshvolt.

From the outlook, it seems that there aren’t many companies starting in this space, and the players that are haven’t reached scale in the UK, but you can still recycle at your usual recycling plant and await the new-comers in the market from established brands like Tesla.

What about Tesla battery recycling?

Yes, you can recycle Tesla batteries. As you’d from a brand at the forefront of making the world more sustainable. You have two options if you want to dispose or reuse your battery, either recycle the battery if it’s dead, then Tesla will use all the parts of the cell that are still usable and re-use it or service your battery if it’s still got some life in it, regardless of your warranty, but they will replace your battery if it is still in warranty.

Tesla has stated that their batteries are recyclable up to 92%! There’s another plus if you’re a Tesla owner!

Thanks for reading this guide on battery swapping and recycling, the future looks cloudy but give it a few years and there will be green skies on our way to Net Zero.

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Battery swapping or fast charging: which is the better solution?

Battery-swapping facilities are cropping up across Europe. Could they provide an alternative to fast-charging electric-vehicle (EV) technologies? Autovista24 journalist Rebeka Shaid takes a closer look.

The future of transport is electric and countries around Europe are in a race to expand charging infrastructure. Batteries for electric vehicles rely heavily on valuable raw materials, meaning their use needs to be as effective as possible.

Most EV drivers are accustomed to plugging in at home or in public, and as the number of fast chargers grows, this experience is becoming more efficient and convenient. But could battery swapping be a viable alternative? According to some industry experts, the answer is a cautious yes.

What is battery swapping?

Battery swapping allows users to replace a depleted battery for a fully-charged one at a dedicated swapping station, of which there are not many in Europe. Yet. One carmaker betting on this service is Chinese EV manufacturer Nio.

The company has built a solid presence in EV-friendly Norway, where it started operating battery-swapping stations as part of a pilot project. ‘Battery swapping is a bonus in addition to the home and fast-charging options and forms an absolute unique selling point,’ Nio told Autovista24.

In China, battery swap facilities are not an unusual sight, with Volvo owner Geely also investing in this service. Nio aims to develop 1,000 power swap stations outside of its home country by 2025, but the question is, will this service catch on?

‘In Europe, we are going to be able to offer a charging network and also a swapping network. At the same time, we are going to work together with third-party charging providers,’ Nio said.

‘We believe the other objective is to provide the best holistic charging and swapping experiences for users. In this case, we will need to build our own charging and swapping network, as well as connect with third-party charging networks.’

Nio reportedly opened its second battery-swapping station in Norway this week, indicating that the initial trial went well. In September, the EV maker will start operations at its first overseas plant in Hungary. The move signals another important step for Nio as it will now launch the production of battery swap stations in Europe.

He added that fast-charging technology is highly flexible, with the opportunity to charge a wide range of vehicles. Arshad believes the only viable case for battery swapping is for two or three wheelers. He also cautioned that there is no global standard for battery swapping. ‘[That technology] necessitates changes in the way OEMs design and manufacture their vehicles and would only deliver an OEM a specific solution rather than a solution for cross-sector infrastructure,’ he said.

So, while fast-charging technology seems to offer certain advantages compared to battery-swapping facilities, fast chargers are not yet widely available. An industry analysis by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) found that only one in nine charging points in the EU is fast, accounting for 11% of Europe’s infrastructure network.

Granted, plans are in place to increase the number of fast-charging points in Europe, with carmakers, utility providers and big-oil companies eager to build more of these in the coming years. E.On will set up 2,000 ultra-fast charging stations in Europe by 2024. Infrastructure provider Ionity is jointly investing €700 million in its fast-charging network across the region. BP is also planning a joint investment of up to €1 billion to deploy 11,000 fast-charge points across Spain and Portugal.

Energy demand

Another point to consider is the additional need for electricity that comes with powering electric cars. The European Environment Agency (EEA) said the share of Europe’s total electricity consumption from EVs will rise from 0.03% in 2014 to 4-5% by 2030 and to 9.5% by 2050.

Until the end of the decade, the additional energy demand from electric vehicles will not have a significant impact on the grid. In the longer term that could change, and this is where battery-swapping services could offer advantages, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, found that battery swapping has the least impact on the grid imbalance and is one of the best solutions for balancing energy demand and supply.

Large investments needed

One of the main advantages of battery swapping is tied to its flexible energy demand. But researchers suggest that swapping batteries involves many stakeholders and would require huge investments, policy stimulus, and industry participation as there are no universal standards for battery shape, insertion, and electrical connection.

‘For battery swapping to succeed, it cannot be a single brand, or even a single country, venture,’ the Portugal-based researchers said, cautioning that past ventures to roll out the service have failed.

One example would be Better Place, which partnered with Renault to install and sell battery-swapping services in Israel and Denmark in 2012. Despite funds of 850 million (€834 million), Better Place had to file for bankruptcy a year later, mainly because of high capital costs. Tesla is another company that looked into battery swapping but abandoned the concept in 2015 to FOCUS on fast chargers instead.

‘For the battery-swapping transport revolution to happen there is need for involvement not only from the automotive and battery industries, but also the robotic and electrical-device industries, the electrical-grid operators and national authorities, present fuel-service station owners, and, of course, consumers,’ the researchers said.

The findings are clear though, with the scholars arguing that battery swapping is a valuable tool to help decarbonise road transport and balance electric-power systems.

Changing or charging?

For consumers, swapping batteries on the go holds an appeal as an additional way of keeping their EVs powered. Nio has completed more than 10 million battery swaps and is on an expansion course in Europe, where it wants to enter the region’s largest automotive market, Germany, in the last quarter of the year.

Having partnered with Shell, the manufacturer has grand plans to build more battery charging and swapping facilities, including on German roads. Does this mean battery swapping could replace EV charging as a new and innovative business model?

Battery swapping could take off if car manufacturers would build standard EV batteries, but that is unlikely to happen. Still, various research projects are now investigating the pros and cons of battery swapping and charging, looking at the resource efficiency of charging versus changing.

One such project can be found in Germany, with researchers jointly studying the merits of battery swapping as an alternative to charging. As the project has only recently kicked off, participating parties from the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) were unable to comment on the findings.

‘We cannot yet give an assessment of whether and when battery swap stations can be ecologically and economically advantageous compared to fast-charging stations,’ the institute told Autovista24.

‘The market for electric vehicles will grow strongly in the coming years,’ added energy expert Jan Wiesenthal from the IÖW. ‘Therefore, answers are now needed to the question of which battery system best suits the urgent goals of the energy and resource transition. Because this results in fundamental directional decisions for the development of the charging infrastructure.’

NIO and the Tuk Tuk embattled in a race for the swappable battery

Mobility. A Chinese electric car manufacturer is going to set up battery swap stations in Europe. But does the swappable battery really have a future?

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By Ewout Kieckens

NIO will soon be putting into operation the first integrated station for charging and exchanging batteries in Norway. This was announced earlier this autumn by this Chinese manufacturer of electric cars (EVs). In fourteen months time, twenty such stations should be operating in Norway. The plan is for NIO to enter the German market after that.

In China, NIO is already working in earnest on battery exchange stations. To date, NIO claims to have built 301 so-called NIO Power Swap Stations in China and has exchanged more than 2.9 million batteries.

Battery swap stations

Battery swap stations seem to be the future in China. “Although only 763 stations are currently operational, Aulton has announced it will install 10,000 by the end of 2025,” says Kevin Mak, Principal Analyst automotive electronics at Strategy Analytics, an international technology consulting firm. Aulton is the leading provider of battery exchange infrastructure in China.

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‘Battery swap’ refers to the method by which a driver of an EV has her or his (almost) flat battery exchanged for a charged battery at a charging station. This can be an effective method for resolving the autonomy problem.

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Battery swapping (instead of charging) is not a new idea. As early as 2007, the Israeli company Better Place introduced exchangeable batteries to the market. However, the idea did not catch on and the company went under six years later. According to Mak, one of the reasons for this had to do with the market. “In Israel, distances are not big,” he says. That argument would also hold true especially for ‘small’ European countries, such as the Netherlands, where the charging infrastructure is already excellent at any rate

Other arguments can be made as to why the future of battery swapping is uncertain. “If the technology of the 800 Volt or 900 Volt battery system continues to develop and fast charging becomes a matter of a coffee break, then that poses a real threat to battery swapping,” says the 48-year-old Mak. “But then that kind of fast-charging technology must not come at the expense of battery life.”

Dynamic wireless charging

Another potential threat to battery swapping is dynamic wireless charging, whereby an EV is recharged while driving. “But the concept has not yet matured, and the cost of building a dynamic charging infrastructure mounts up,” the UK analyst explains.

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All things considered, this kind of exchange station infrastructure, which is also costly, does not seem to be a very obvious option in Europe. Nevertheless, Mak believes that ‘swapping’ definitely stands some chance. It is simply an additional option for the user. Because the batteries are being offered as an extra service, dubbed Battery-as-a-Service (Baas), the bar for buying an EV is lowered. NIO, for example, offers its ES8 model without a battery. This makes the purchase price a lot lower. The user does then need to buy a subscription for the use of the batteries (including swapping).

Swapping can also be a solution to public charging infrastructure problems, such as vandalism and poor maintenance of charging stations and drivers hogging the charging poles.

Standardization of battery sets

Mak nevertheless sees a third threat to ‘swapping’. Each manufacturer has its own battery set, and these are not interchangeable. Only NIOs can be handled at a NIO swap station. The Chinese authorities, who like to control the free reign of their economy, have not (yet) issued any indications that would point to standardization of battery sets. “Last Monday, new government regulations on battery swapping came into effect,” says Mak, who has a sound knowledge of the Chinese EV market. “But this only concerned safety regulations.”

In the world of two (and three) wheels, on the other hand, things are heading towards the standardization of batteries. It is not for nothing that four major motorcycle manufacturers have joined forces. Following the signing of the declaration of intent last March, the Italian Piaggio, KTM from Austria and the Japanese Honda and Yamaha officially signed the agreement two months ago to set up a consortium for swappable batteries for motorcycles.

The consortium will be working on standardizing swappable batteries, their charging systems and the surrounding infrastructure. Piaggio is already far advanced in the field of interchangeable batteries. Since 2019, the Italian manufacturer has been selling in India the electric Piaggio Ape, a three-wheeler with swappable batteries, also known as a ‘tuk tuk.’ The market is ripe for interchangeable batteries, as charging infrastructure is virtually non-existent in India. Last week, Piaggio announced a partnership with BP in the provision of charging and battery swap stations in India and also in Europe.

Two- and three-wheelers

Mak feels that swapping in the case of two- or three-wheelers is an idea that will catch on. “The battery of a motorcycle or scooter is lighter in weight and portable. It’s easy to swap them. In principle, the driver can also do it themselves. The disadvantage of batteries in EVs is that they are large and that taking out and replacing these batteries is not a simple procedure. You need special personnel for that, among other things, to prevent any damage.”

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NIO ramps up UK team for swap station launches

Hello and welcome back to the first Fast Charge newsletter of 2023.

Top stories in today’s bumper edition… NIO rapidly grows its UK team as it plans to open battery swap stations, Giles Coren goes back to petrol (or has he ), and are we in a charger drought? The latest figures say it’s actually getting better.

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NIO gets ready for UK launch

New team : The Chinese EV manufacturer NIO is rapidly growing its UK team. In the last two months, several new people have joined its team – with a Power Rollout Lead, Network Development Manager, and a Head of User Development all joining in the last week alone.

Background : NIO, which is a premium carmaker, confirmed last year that it would launch in the UK in 2023 alongside building out its battery swapping technology.

Two cars : The first cars which are coming to the UK include NIO’s EL7 – an SUV – plus its ET5 – a saloon. It’s thought these will be challengers to Tesla’s Model 3 and Y.

Battery swapping: The unique selling point of NIO is all its car batteries are chargeable, swappable, and upgradeable. This has allowed NIO to develop a ‘battery-as-a-service’ model – meaning drivers effectively only have to buy their car and can then lease a battery of varying ranges from NIO. The carmaker currently operates 1,300 battery swap stations worldwide with most of those being in China. By the end of 2023, NIO plans to have 120 such stations across Europe. so far it has 10.

UK launch : In a post on LinkedIn last week, NIO UK’s Network Development Lead confirmed that “this year NIO will begin the UK roll out of Power Swap Stations.” She added that the carmaker was “actively seeking sites throughout all cities in the UK” to build its swap stations.

Where first : It’s not clear when we can expect the first swap station to open and I’m informed that there are no finalised dates. According to reports last year, it’s thought the first will be located in Oxfordshire.

Implications : While the company is definitely innovative, it’s important that we keep in mind where this company is from… China. Rishi Sunak only recently described the country as a “systemic challenge to our values and interests”. How comfortable will the UK government be allowing a Chinese business to establish potentially critical infrastructure in the UK – and undercutting European rivals in the process?

Giles Coren swaps his EV (for an EV)

Getting rid: The contrarian columnist for The Times and TV presenter, Giles Coren, revealed in a fiery article over the weekend that he is selling his EV – a Jaguar I-Pace. Read it here (paywall) or excerpts in The Sun.

Long struggle : Giles had been an early adopter of EVs, having bought his I-Pace in 2020. However, he encountered many difficulties. The car itself was stolen twice – before being retrieved – and constantly had issues. Giles, who lives in Hampstead, doesn’t have a driveway, so he struggled with charging too. I interviewed him about his experiences in April last year (link below).

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Hello and welcome back to The Fast Charge, a weekly British EV newsletter. In this morning’s edition… I hear from TV presenter and columnist Giles Coren about his experience living with an EV without off-street parking in London. Elsewhere, BMW’s boss cautions on EV rollout pace, Tesla scales back customer offers, and I find Shell selling engine oil at i…

Timely critique: The commentary by Giles comes at a poignant time for the EV sector, as over the festive period videos and reports of charger queues went viral over social media. on that below, but it’s widely viewed that charger installations are not keeping pace with EV deliveries.

But! Despite claiming in his column that “electric cars are not the answer” and that he is “going back to petrol while there is still time”, I can reveal that this isn’t strictly true. On Saturday, Giles told me that while he’d swapped his I-Pace for an E-Pace, the Coren household is looking to buy a second-hand small electric runabout for use in the city. I recommended a Renault Zoe.

Are we suffering a charger drought?

Busy Xmas: Over the festive season, there was a notable surge in critical articles about EVs. Much of this seemed to relate to viral reports of devices not working, people being stranded, and even reports about three-hour queues at Tesla Superchargers. Like Giles above, I’ve seen many Комментарии и мнения владельцев and first-hand conversations with EV owners who are packing it in because of awful experiences over Christmas. So, why did it get so bad?

Rapid growth : According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, December was one of the biggest months ever for EVs – it meant battery electrics were the second most popular powertrain for the entirety of 2022. In total, according to my analysis using SMMT’s data, there are now well over 600,000 fully electric vehicles registered in the UK.

However… while it’s superb people are making the switch, the Rapid rise in cars is adding increasing pressure on the public charging network. At the end of the year, Zap-Map published its latest statistics suggesting the UK has over 37,000 chargers available – note that official government data is published on 25 January. This data plotted on a graph (below) gives the immediate impression that chargers are surely not keeping pace with the surging EV population. As such, there have been several articles recently suggesting this, including The Sunday Times over the weekend which wrote a piece titled ‘ Britain’s EV revolution risks coming unplugged ’.

The reality is… when you measure the number of EVs to each charger – which has previously grown exponentially for years – it has actually improved for the first time since 2019. It’s only a minor change but it does indicate that, certainly at the end of last year, charger installations were perhaps catching up. Albeit there is a very, very long way to go.

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The latest EV news…

CLOSE CALL : Britishvolt, the struggling company wanting to build a battery gigafactory in Northumberland, is in talks to sell a majority stake to a consortium of investors for more than £150 million, according to the FT. This comes after many months last year when the firm looked set to fail. A decision will be made shortly by investors on whether to go through with it. Read more (paywall).

NEW FUND: The Department for Transport launched a £7 million tech fund (over three years) to help small and medium-sized businesses create innovative solutions to decarbonise freight. Read more on GOV.UK.

YOU FAILED : Speaking of the government, they officially failed to deliver their promised regulations to improve the consumer experience at chargers (such as 99% reliability at Rapid chargers). One assumes they will likely arrive alongside the wider postponed Transport Bill – which might not come until May, apparently. In encouraging news, though, buried within a policy paper on the ‘strategic road network’ published on 23 December, the government included a section on ‘provision for zero emission and hybrid vehicles’ (point 109) that covers the user-friendliness of public chargers. Hat tip to Jo Griffin from Wattif EV for the flag.

NOT SAFE : Research by car marketplace heycar has found that 87% of public chargers have poor lighting, and 77% are unprotected by security cameras. The research was conducted alongside ChargeSafe, the fab organisation set up to boost the safety and accessibility of public chargers. Read more.

NEW NETWORK : In better charging news, Mercedes-Benz announced a plan to build a 10,000 charger network by 2030 – following in the footsteps of Tesla’s Supercharger network. It will develop in North America first before coming to Europe. Read more.

IDLE FLEET : Here’s an odd one… a councillor in York has accused York Council of “hiding” some of its EVs because it was unable to use them due to lacking infrastructure. In response, the council didn’t deny the story saying 13 out of 43 were currently in operation. Read more.

FEELING IT: If you haven’t already, check out the new EV brand that was announced by Sony and Honda. It’s called the ‘Afeela’ – which is an interesting name choice – and at CES 2023 they revealed a saloon prototype. See it.

COMING UP: Autocar has pulled together a helpful list of every EV being launched this year (and when). See here.

OLD DOG: Speaking of Autocar… TV presenter James May has written an article for the Daily Telegraph about his experience with EV ownership – he has a Tesla Model S and previously owned a BMW i3. In his article, he suggests public charging is a “ball-aching inconvenience” and that we need millions of chargers, not the 300,000 ambition right now. This mirrors what he told me last year outside the local pub we share. At the time, he’d just tried to visit and use the new-ish Shell Recharge hub in Fulham, but James said it was busy so gave up. Bit of a shame really. Read his piece here (paywall).

FLEXI VOLTS : Dynamic pricing arrangements at public charging networks could be a model for all operators to follow, according to Cornwall Insight. It could potentially save drivers too, with charging aggregator Bonnet estimating that EV drivers using dynamic tariffs could save more than £238 this year. Read more.

BIG GROWTH : Data released by Zap-Map yesterday revealed that 106 EV charging hubs opened in 2022 – a 56% increase to 2021. In total around 8,000 charging devices were added to its map in 2022. The number of ultra-Rapid devices grew by a whopping 78%. Read more.

WATT DISNEY: Speaking of new devices, what on God’s green earth is this freaky-looking 7kW charger installed recently by BP? Have they taken inspiration from Mickey Mouse? Hopefully just a one-off…

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UPDATED POLICY : The government’s energy support scheme for businesses will be scaled back from March. when the current scheme expires. Under the new plans announced by the Treasury, the government will reduce energy costs rather than cap them. the level of support will also depend on what sector your business is in. Learn more.

NEW ANALYSIS: The RAC has found that the cost of using Rapid chargers has risen by 50% since May 2022. It now costs an average of 70.32p per kw to Rapid charge on a pay-as-you-go basis, up from 44.55p (58%) last May and from 63.29p (11%) last September. Read more.

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