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Will Tesla be a Blockbuster

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Back in 2000 Blockbuster were everywhere. They were the kings of video distribution. They had global reach and looked set for world domination. Then along came competition, in the form of an unknown brand called Netflix. The Netflix CEO and co-Founder, Reed Hastings, approached Blockbuster to see if a partnership might be formed. His approach […]

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Hear, hear… the Electric Vehicle sings

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Nissan were pioneers of the Electric Vehicle industry when they brought us the Leaf some years ago. Since first appearing in 2010, sales have grown to over 250,000 world-wide and in Ireland the Leaf is the top selling Electric Vehicle by far. At the Tokyo motor show which started this weekend, Nissan launched their new […]

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Electric Cars in Ireland – Car Scrappage scheme overdue?

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In 2008, the Fianna Fáil-Green Party coalition Government promoted a switch to “clean” diesel. VRT and motor tax rules were changed to favour diesel engines and Irish motorists were further enticed to make the switch with generous car scrappage deals. It turns out, those clean diesels were not as good for the planet as we […]

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How fast charging works

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How fast charging work Car battery packs A car battery consists of many ‘cells’. A single cell is quite similar to a rechargeable battery you use at home only bigger. A Tesla Model S with a 85 kWh battery pack  contains 7,104 individual cells.  A BMW i3 with a 21.6 kWh battery has just 96 […]

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Irish EV Situation

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The number of electric cars in Ireland is pathetic. The Department of Transport published the official Vehicle and Driver Statistics Bulletin for 2015 today. It revealed that there are 1,985,130 private cars on our roads at the end of last year but that only 1,028 of them are electric. That is just 0.05 per cent […]

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A little about Plugs!

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The common standard for EV plug type is the IEC 62196. IEC 62196 is an international standard for set of electrical connectors and charging modes for electric vehicles and is maintained by theInternational Electro technical Commission(IEC). The standard specifies mechanisms such that, first, power is not supplied unless a vehicle is connected and, second, the vehicle […]

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ESB Charging for Chargers

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  Beginning later this month, new ESB ecars customers will be asked to sign up to a monthly fee of €16.99 (VAT inclusive). This is a direct quote from ESB.ie. From April 2016, a 30 cent per minute usage fee will apply to fast charging systems. ESB ecars is working on additional price plans that it […]