Wednesday 24 April 2019

Identifying the most beneficial places to locate new rapid-charging points

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Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The reality for most people switching to an electric car is that they already have a way of charging it at home, or at work, or both.

But what about the times they need a boost from another source?

And what about the rest of us who would have to rely on a non-domestic source for their power?

Experience has taught me many Murphy's laws when it comes to finding and using charging points.

With the current much-proclaimed regeneration of the network under way it would be churlish of me to whinge too much but the fact of the matter is that relying on public charge points has been something of a lottery.

In other words when you get there the devices are already in use or out of order.

That may be about to be a less frequent experience, but taking a look down the line at more comprehensive usage Ford reckon that they have come up with a concept to help allay some concerns.

And if it works for them in London why should it not work in Dublin?

They are using big data to identify the most beneficial places to locate new rapid-charging points.

Data gurus at the company have developed an algorithm to bring chargers nearer to where most people can avail of them.

Based on more than one million kilometres of driving data - especially including where vehicles stopped - they can pinpoint where drivers can best integrate charging within their driving areas, rather than making special journeys to relatively remote locations.

After in-depth analysis in the Greater London area, the data scientists concluded it is possible to greatly improve access to on-the-go charging by having a relatively small number of strategically positioned rapid-charging stations.

* And so after 14 years the world's best-selling saloon returns. Yes, the Toyota Camry (pictured) has gone on sale as a 2.5-litre hybrid.

It costs from €39,750. That translates into repayments from €304 a month.

There are three grades (hybrid, hybrid Sol and hybrid Platinum).

They are claiming that the new car produces up to 90pc fewer NOx emissions and lower CO2s compared to a diesel car.

Fuel economy of up to 5.3litres/100km or 53.3mpg under the latest Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emission test is claimed. Road tax, therefore, starts at €180.

* More motorists are 'horrified' by the idea of driverless cars, new research has discovered.

More than half say the idea 'horrifies' them. That's a fall off in support from two years ago according to retail specialist BuyaCar.co.uk which has tracked consumer attitudes to the concept of autonomous vehicles since April 2017.

I wouldn't be too worried about the whole autonomous driving thing if I were you. It's going to take a long, long time for them to be sanctioned for widespread use on our roads.

In the meantime we should concern ourselves with cars that do have people in them - often far more dangerous in their modes and patterns of behaviour.

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