FIRST SHARED CITY ELECTRIC CAR SCHEME LAUNCHES IN THE NORTH

The global leader in the provision of shared electric vehicles, GreenMobility, has launched its unique service in the North of England, appointing Franklin Energy as its preferred charging installation provider.

Sustainable car sharing in major cities is a fast-growing trend. The Copenhagen-based enterprise has consolidated its unique service provision in its home city and is now rolling the concept out in Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, all cities that have recently revealed details of their ambitious environmental targets.

Depots and charging stations will be installed at strategic locations within each of the cities with users having access to the cars via the GreenMobility app and fees charged per minute. GreenMobility operate 400 electric vehicles in Copenhagen, a figure that is rapidly rising.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “Shared electric car driving is part of the next natural step in the electric vehicle evolution. Our Scandinavian neighbours are undoubtedly leading the way in terms of EV driving, and GreenMobility, pioneers in this area, are now pushing this concept out across Europe.

“We’re incredibly pleased to partner with GreenMobility on their UK expansion and will be installing some charging points in the three designated cities across the coming 6-9 months.”

Franklin Energy has supported the specification of the EVBox business line charger, chosen for its rapid and efficient charge qualities.

Rob continued. “We look forward to building further on our experience in the installation of charging points through a brand new, innovative and unique EV service in the UK. We are seeing a lot of exciting developments in the electric mobility space and are proud to be part of the movement that is helping our cities reach their ambitious climate goals.”

FRANKLIN POWERED UP WITH £1.7M GOVERNMENT FUNDING

Franklin Energy has secured £1.7million of funding under the Department of Transport’s latest drive to improve electrical vehicle charging technology for on street environments.

Franklin is the sole charging provider under the trail-blazing Innovate UK programme and will deliver smart on street charging in cities throughout the UK. In a bid to address concerns surrounding usability, cost, speed and accessibility for EV drivers, the new fast EV charging system EnSmartEV, has been developed under a partnership with Entrust Microgrid, the project lead, based at the University of Lancaster.

Under the ambitious scheme, Franklin will trial the technology across two sites in Merseyside through Halton Borough Council. This will see two EnSmartEV charging hubs introduced into the local area to enable local residents to have improved access to EV charging as well as support the town centre in having publicly accessible EV charging points.

Uniquely, the charging hubs will be able to charge any type of EV – with the ability to charge up to 6 EV’s simultaneously.

Robert Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy commented: “This is a ground breaking scheme that addresses the very real issues surrounding EV charging in public spaces. In order to meet government targets and roll out the drive towards EV ownership, we must have the infrastructure in place that meets the needs of modern life. This technology will provide highly efficient, incredibly low-cost charging solutions.”

The project is being piloted in Halton, Merseyside from September 2019 and is being implemented via Halton Borough Council and the Liverpool City Region.

Many existing public EV chargers operate using peak power, burning excessive amounts of fossil fuels and are slow when compared to high speed chargers and are therefore considered inefficient. The new EnSmartEV system solution addresses each these issues, integrating lithium batteries able to charge EVs with off-peak or low tariff electricity offering premium, the chargers offers ultimate efficiency at rapid speeds.

Physically, the charging post has been developed under a subtle compact design, serving two electric vehicles with multiple uses, such as street/pavement lighting whilst indicating the status of the charger. The system will be modular and have the ability to charge up to 20kW enabling quicker charger.

Rob added: “This project will demonstrate what a huge difference efficient charging will have on existing EV drivers whilst encouraging others to make the shift to electric when weighing up options and viability. It’s great to be part of this pioneering scheme, and selected as the technology provider of choice, that will undoubtedly set a precedent for the EV UK movement.”

Xiongwei Liu – Founder of Entrust Smart Home Microgrid Limited and the EnSmartEV charging technology system:

“This is game changing technology. Whilst using battery storage to charge EV’s is nothing new, we are able to maximize the use of DC to DC technology which leads to ultra high efficiency and very little corresponding power losses that are inherent in current systems.

“Further, we are able to fast charge up to six EV’s simultaneously with the ability to charge all makes and models of EV. Easy to use and operate, the EnSmartEV will be great for EV users and for the electricity grid network too.

“At the moment, very few people are talking about the impact of EV’s on the electricity grid but the reality is that the grid will simply be unable to cope with demand from EV charging. Our solution will ease the burden on the grid and manage electricity loads at peak times.

“We are grateful to Innovate UK for the funding and look forward to working with our partners to deliver the EnSmartEV project in Halton.”

FRANKLIN MD NAMED IN SHORTLIST
FOR NATIONAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

Franklin Managing Director, Robert Byrne, has made the shortlist in the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards under the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category.

The awards acknowledge the hard work and inspiring stories of British entrepreneurs and businesses in Great Britain and in past years have celebrated outstanding entrepreneurs who have gone on to become major household names.

Awards nominee and founder of Franklin Energy, Robert has driven the fledging firm to become one of the leaders in the rapidly growing market of electric vehicles and is delighted to be recognised as part of these prestigious awards.

Robert has made the shortlist in the Northern region and the winners will be revealed at a glittering event to be held Manchester on the 15th November. He commented: “It’s great to see Franklin Energy recognised as part of these prestigious national awards. The shortlist is made up of many exciting businesses and individuals who I’m looking forward to meeting and celebrating with on the night.”

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said: “We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has yet again seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.”

“We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “Following another record-breaking year, I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

“Entrepreneurial spirit is still clearly alive and well, and NatWest is thrilled to be able to continue to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

ROAD TO ZERO

The government has recently announced it commitment to investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2020 through the ambitious Road to Zero Strategy.

Franklin Energy, one of the UK’s fastest growing electric vehicle charging technology companies, has welcomed the measures outlined under the initiative including a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes whilst all new lampposts are to include charging points.

Robert Byrne of Franklin Energy explained:

“We see the Road to Zero strategy as a major push from central government in ‘future proofing’ new housing across the UK. We have existing relationships with housing developers, vehicle manufacturers and smart home charging point providers and are keen to explore opportunities under these new measures.
We are also looking to add a lamppost charging point to our product portfolio in the near future enabling residential on and off street charging to be provided and meet the demands of future EV drivers.”

Additional subsides for electric vehicle users are welcomed with a £500 grant for electric vehicle owners to install a charge point in the workplace.

Rob added: “The introduction of an install grant is great news for the industry and makes the switch to electric vehicles even more economical for businesses looking to install workplace charging points to power staff vehicles. Every pure electric vehicle comes with a government subsidy of £5k – £7.5k depending on whether it’s a car or van, the funding helps reduce up-front costs for drivers and has been a huge incentive for early adopters of EVs.”

He concluded: “These measures are incredibly important to help government meet stringent targets around carbon emissions and increase number of EVs on the road. Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure is the biggest piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is currently missing and Franklin Energy was launched to support and facilitate the transition by deploying a national network of charging infrastructure.”

EV SAVINGS EXPLAINED – WHEN WILL YOU MAKE THE SWITCH?

Whilst we are learning and hearing more and more about electric vehicles with pressing government targets and manufacturers scrambling to develop new models to keep in line with competition, relatively little is known from a driver perspective, particularly in terms of the issues surrounding charging and costs. Rob Byrne, Managing Director of Franklin Energy explains and unearths the true cost of EV driving:

“In the past , there have been a lot of unknowns and perhaps negative connotations surrounding EV driving particularly in relation to cost and alimited battery life with few charging points. These issues are all now almost a thing of the past.

“Firstly the cost of an electric vehicle is considerably lower than ever before and whilst not on a par in terms of like for like, is comparatively in sync when considering the savings made through the use of electric and support available through various government schemes. Next year, Tesla , the pioneer of the electric vehicle brings out its mark 3 model. At £35,000 and with a range of 250 miles through a single charge, this makes the brand an affordable option for the mid-range driver. At the lower end of the market the new 2018 Nissan Leaf can be purchased for £21,000 whilst having a real-life range of 160+ miles, making Electric Vehicles affordable for all motorists.

“The government is driving forward the EV concept as part of a wider green agenda and there are several funding and grant opportunities available to anyone including…”

CHARGING GRANTS

UK residents (with the exception of those living in Scotland) can receive up to 75% off the cost of a home charging point to a maximum of £500 from OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). In Scotland you can receive that as well as up to £300 from Energy Saving Trust Scotland.
https://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/grants-loans/domestic-charge-point-funding

PLUG-IN CAR GRANTS

  • Vehicles that can travel up to 70 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 35% up to a maximum of £4500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Vehicles that can travel up to 10 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 35% up to a maximum of £2500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Motorcycles that can travel up to 31 miles and mopeds up to 19 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 20% up to a maximum of £1500 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.
  • Vans that can travel up to 10 miles without any C02 emissions will receive up to 20% up to a maximum of £8000 to the cost of a new or used vehicle.

https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants 

TAXABLE BENEFITS

Rob continued: “There are also benefits for businesses who are able to deduct the full costs from your profits before tax https://www.gov.uk/capital-allowances/first-year-allowances

LOWER RUNNING COSTS

“Considering an eclectic vehicle from a personal or business perspective, the savings in terms of petrol or diesel compared to electric are pretty staggering. Whilst the cost per mile of petrol or diesel can range from 9p to 21p, the average cost of electricity in the UK is around 13p kWh which works out at around 3p per mile. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advisory-fuel-rates/how-advisory-fuel-rates-are-calculated

EXTRA PERKS

“Currently exemption from the congestion charge in London is currently open for any vehicle which has less than 75g/km of C02 which accounts for almost all electric and hybrid vehicles. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge/discounts-and-exemptions#on-this-page-1.

Free parking and use of bus lanes for electric cars is also available from some councils.
https://www.confused.com/on-the-road/cost-of-motoring/extra-perks-for-electric-car-drivers

Rob concluded: “It’s important that anyone considering an electric vehicle does their homework, understands the concept, the benefits and vehicles available. We know that electric is the future and that one day that will be the energy that drives all our vehicles – the question that really remains is ‘when you will get on board?”

To calculate your switch to EV visit franklinenergy.co.uk/ev-savings-calculator/

Choose LiFe

LiFe Charging NetworkWith more and more people making the switch to electric vehicles, it’s vital that owners have access to the necessary infrastructure and information in order to make this mode of transport work for them. Whilst companies such as Franklin are installing more chargers in both commercial and domestic locations, owners must perform a fairly significant step change in the way they approach their vehicle and daily journey if they are to enjoy the many benefits EV offer.

As a leading UK installer of EV charging solutions, the development of our products has been managed in conjunction with the development of equally important software. Franklin Energy’s ‘LiFe’ management information system allows us to monitor all aspects of the network ensuring a 99% uptime as well as real time status of all charge points, in turn allowing us to diagnose and fix issues as soon as they are flagged within our system.
This powerful software is at the epicentre of the operation and is crucial for maintaining a high up-time across the network. Charging is set by kWh at a fixed cost of £0.30 kWh with a minimum payment of £2. For example a 20kWh charge would cost £6. There are no subscription fees, you only Pay for the electricity you use and payment can be made by direct debit through your bank account.

Get LiFe here: 

LiFe allows you to manage charging points by recording and organizing all data in a centralized database. This allows us to control, monitor, and support all the connected charging points. LiFe offers wide-ranging reporting capabilities for the analysis of the charging behaviour and the use of charging points including: Energy consumption, Time-use reporting, Geo location frequency of use and Data Analytics. All this information is captured and displayed within our system and can be used to produce effective usage and status reporting for our customers.

Modern charging points offer numerous functions for remote control. LiFe supports a variety of functions, including firmware updates; configuration changes, and start/stop charging operations. Additionally, we are able to configure individual pricing tariffs for each individual point whether it be for commercial or domestic use. This functionality mitigates the need for on-site service and configuration as this can be controlled remotely via the software.

We are continually developing our software to ensure we deliver optimum uptime whilst introducing new benefits that will enhance customer experience. Through our new app you are now able to make on the spot payment via Stripe allowing you to generate revenue from EV charging as well as locating and navigating you to the nearest available charging point.

The time to make the move to EV is now. We all recognise this is the path that the entire modern transport industry is on and is a matter of when not if you will join it. By working with us and accessing our LiFe network, you are already one step ahead with the most sophisticated, simple and beneficial support system available on the UK market today.

FRANKLIN ENERGY HEARTENED BY UK GOVERNMENT BUDGET 2017

The recent 2017 budget by the Chancellor was heartening news for Franklin Energy and our customers. Home owners will continue to benefit from heavily discounted home charging point installation with the announcement of an additional investment of £100 million, the Plug in Car Grant which will continue until at least 2020. Franklin have helped many of its customers achieve a very low cost installation for our discreet, state-of-the-art home charging units.

£400 million will be invested in EV charging infrastructure, which will help Franklin Energy accelerate its investment in workplace charging stations and super-fast ‘instant’ charge points for service stations, Fleet management and taxi firms. With one eye on 2021 when driverless cars and automation hit the streets of Great Britain, Franklin Energy will be in prime position to start helping our customers make more from their work and home car charging through our SMART charging facilities. We are continuing to invest and play a big part of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution. We are part currently undertaking Research and Development (R&D) programmes with our partners as part of the Future Cities initiatives. We are also utilising our technology and the Internet of Things to help provide a greener more sustainable provision for customers and the national grid. The announcement of an additional £40m R&D funding for these programmes is welcome news for Franklin Energy.

It was also good news for our our workplace charging customers as employees will now see a freeze on any cuts to their Benefit-in-Kind (BIK). With it being confirmed that EV drivers charging their car at the workplace will not be hit by any BIK charge on the electricity used*. This is also the case for customers that take advantage of our car pool service renting from one of our Renault Zoe’s Electric Car Fleet.

After a very strong year from the sale of Electric cars and the 2040 ban on diesel on the sale of diesel cars the future for EV owners, both at home and workplace, is bright. The government has clearly set out front and centre that the drive towards automonous cars, electric vehicle ownership and will be a priority for the government for the next 20 years.

If you would like to understand further how home or workplace OLEV grants can effect you please contact us or take advantage now and sign up to low cost rates through the Franklin LiFe network.