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CCT man raises over £5k for Teenage Cancer Trust

Company Car Today Publisher Dave Wallace has raised more than £5000 for Teenage Cancer Trust by completing a 100-mile cycle ride in the Brecon Beacons.

Dave Wallace Dragon Ride 2021Taking part in the Dragon Ride, which takes in almost 8000ft of climbing over the 100-mile route, Wallace rode with CCT Editor Paul Barker, contributor David Motton and automotive journalist John Challen, completing the event in just over nine hours, and undertook the challenge after a friend’s teenage son was taken ill with Hodgkins Lymphoma.

“It was by far the hardest challenge I’ve undertaken but knowing it was for such a good cause and in the name of such an inspirational young man made it a must to complete,” said Wallace after completing the event. “A massive thank you to everyone who has sponsored/supported me with this challenge and given so generously in Freddy’s name for the Teenage Cancer Trust – you are all awesome!”

You can still add to Dave’s tally by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/freddys-story

 

Public charging point numbers up 6% in Q3

Public EV charging point numbers increased by 6% in the third quarter of 2021, a rise of 1553, 372 of which were rapid charge devices, an 8% uplift on the figure at the end of Q2.

All regions saw an increase in numbers, although the growth is slowing compared to the average since 2015 of 9% for all chargers and 13% for rapid charge – described as 25kW and above. Year-on-year, the figures are 7% and 9% respectively.

The most populated area for public charging is London, with 87 points per 100,000 people, with Scotland second on 49 and the UK average 39 points. Lagging behind are Northern Ireland on 18 per 100,000 people, the north west on 23 and Yorkshire and the Humber on 24.

Scotland leads the way on rapid chargers with 12.5 per 100,000 people, well clear of the north east on 8.5, and the UK average of 7.3. Again Northern Ireland tails the rest of the country, well behind any other area on 1.1 rapid charge points per 100,000 people, with the north west second-bottom on 5.3.

New guide to help EV drivers develop the right mindset

A new guide to help prospective electric vehicle drivers develop the right mindset to make the most of their vehicle and avoid range and charging anxiety has been released by Tusker.

Available via the tuskercars.com website, the guide focuses on what it called “subtle changes to behaviour” required to make the most of EV ownership, and covers the financial benefits as well as tips for drivers that don’t have home-charge capability and planning holidays or longer journeys. Driving style changes are also addressed, as well as how to best maintain the range figure by actions such as pre-heating the car.

Vicky Anderson, Tusker's marketing director“We produced the guide after feedback from drivers which highlighted there are still some unknowns on how to get the cost from their EVs,” said Tusker marketing director Vicky Anderson.

“Our aim is to maximise the number of people in emission-free vehicles and enjoying them as well.” “The majority of drivers haven’t had to change their driving style or mindset since they passed their test at the age of 17 so we wanted to provide some helpful hints to help them enjoy the experience and get more value from their new technology,” Anderson continued. “The transition from an ICE to an EV is worrying for some drivers but with new longer range EVs being launched and more chargers being introduced this change of mindset will quickly become the norm.”

 

Big changes to grants for EV charging points

 

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