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One question we often get asked at EVIOM is how many Electric Vehicles there are on the Isle of Man. We've asked Vehicle Licensing a few times over the years recently we got the figures sent though. It's tough to know the exact number as not all vehicles are Manx registered due to being recently imported or maybe if someone has a UK address a car would be registered there to benefit from the UK's Plug-in car grant. Other issues with counting EVs is that the vehicle categories used when registering on the Isle of Man. Some EVs seem to end up being registered as Category B, some Category L and some hybrids seem to have made it through to Category L regardless of whether they have a plug or not.

All this makes a true count impossible but we can report on the number registered as an 'Electric Vehicles' and Category L. These include cars, vans motorcycles and mopeds all lumped in together.

At present there are 93 registered EVs on the island. There are 63 hatchback cars, 10 vans, 7 motorcycles and 3 mopeds. There are also a handful of vehicles classed as quadricycles and agricultural vehicles along with one very interesting vintage car circa 1916. If the owner of this vehicle would like to get in touch EVIOM would be very keen to take a look. As many makes and models are singular we won't publish a complete list of each but the over 50% of the total are Nissan, 43 Leafs and 8 eNV-200 vans. After that we are into single digits for Peugeot, BMW, Tesla and Renault.

Cars and bikes aren't differentiated, so along with the others we have a total of 10 electric 2 wheelers including mopeds, maxi scooters and the famous Saroléa Manx 7.

Strangely there is at least one or two vehicles on the list that are hybrids of the non-plugin variety so it's strange they make the Category L list but it has become clear that vehicle category can be somewhat hit and miss here on the island. Plug-in Hybrids shouldn't be on this list either and we have no way of knowing how many there are presently. This is a shame as plug-ins are rapidly increasing in numbers on our roads.

It's a small number compared to the large amount of vehicles per head on the Isle of Man. Given many discrepancies in vehicle registration categories, however, it doesn't seem that the count is complete or indeed accurate but does give an indication of the numbers.

If you own or know of any of the interesting or unique EVs on the island please get in touch as we would love to learn a little more about them and you.

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Photo sourced from Jersey Electricty Website
Photo sourced from Jersey Electricity Website

Following an 18 month trial Jersey Post has added 15 all-electric Nissan e-NV200 vans to replace some of it's fleet of more than 110 vehicles. Jersey Post say they expect the vans to reduce their carbon emissions by 35 tonnes a year.

 

The Nissan e-NV200 was the right vehicle for us on every level. The vans are going to make a very significant contribution in our ambition to lower the environmental impact of our fleet and help preserve the beauty of our island – both in terms of carbon emissions and noise – and they’re also ideal for the short distance, stop/start driving that the job involves.

Andy Jehan, director of operations at Jersey Post

These 15 vehicles are just the start as the company intends to replace other diesel vehicles as they come to the end of their warranty. Over four years they expect to save 40% in operational costs over the vehicles diesel equivalents.

Jersey Electricity have installed a new dedicated electricity supply and metering equipment to supply the eight new dual Rolec charge points at Postal Headquarters. They will also take advantage of Jersey Electricity's Commercial Economy 7 tariff.

To have a large fleet owner like Jersey Post transition to electric vehicles is a major step for the Island. As a result of Jersey Electricity’s long-term strategy to import low carbon electricity from France, Jersey’s electricity supply is ten times cleaner than that distributed in the UK. We have already helped reduce Jersey’s overall carbon emissions by a third over the last few decades and we have central role in helping the Island achieve the target set in the States’ Energy Plan – Pathway 2050 of an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.

JE CEO Chris Ambler

EVIOM applauds Jersey Post and is sure the new vans will prove a success. Hopefully this will inspire others who operate vehicle fleets on British islands to do the same to help reduce costs, carbon emissions and improve air quality.

Source: Jersey Post (http://www.jerseypost.com/electricvans/) & Jersey Electricty (https://www.jec.co.uk/about-us/latest-news/jersey-post-switches-on-to-low-carbon-deliveries/)

IMG_20160130_140244Here's an update to the previous update: We can confirm that the public charge point in Castletown is now working. We have tested both Type 2 sockets that were tripping out whether you were charging at the low or high rate. We had a Leaf charging at 3.3 Kw and a Zoe charging a 7.7Kw for over an hour with no problems.

Still no sign of the new charger promised by Port Erin Commissioners in, erm, Port Erin. It's understood that this will be installed outside the commissioner's building for use with their Nissan eNV200 as well as the public. We hope this one arrives before the summer.

Ramsey Market Square hasn't been commissioned yet, we understand that the damage cause by a vehicle driving into the post will delay this one going live even more.

I checked out the new CP in Ramsey today. The bay's are marked (both of them!) but there's still no power to the charge post. Any news on when we can expect it work Ramsey Town Commissioners?#EVIOM #iomcharge

Posted by EVIOM on Thursday, 10 December 2015

Also, please also remember that the casing on the Northern Swimming Pool charger has been damaged so take extra car when plugging in and out of that one.

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If you're out on your travels and spot anything regarding the islands charging infrastructure submit a post via the Facebook page, on Twitter @EVIOM77 or send us an email to mail@eviom.im and we'll post it here.


Update to the update of the update:

The Ramsey Swimming Pool charger has been damaged further, as a result Manx Utilities will probably have to power off the post until they can get replacement parts and schedule the repairs.

12523176_898342433620324_1957568532800540642_nThe post has either been deliberately or accidentally damaged but the facility clearly hasn't been respected and unfortunately will now be out of action for everyone for the the time being.

Most EV drivers charge their vehicles primarily at home. It's most convenient as it charges overnight while you're asleep and is ready to go with a full battery the next morning. Also, if you're on the Manx Utilities EV Tariff it's cheaper overnight too.

Different vehicles have different types of sockets, charge at different rates and there's plenty of new jargon to learn too. All this can seem a bit daunting especially as one of the main appeals of running an EV is it's simplicity.

Signature Electrical

EVIOM has been contacted by Signature Electrical (formerly Phoenix) who supply and install EV charging stations here on the Isle of Man. They have been in business since 2007 and employ four full time staff, one of whom is an apprentice they are putting through the Isle of Man College apprenticeship scheme.

SE rolec1They are NICEICregistered, this means their work is inspected annually and all work is backed by NICEIC’s six year guarantee.
Signature Electrical install Rolec charging stations for Nissan/Motability on the island. They also understand the different charging and lead types needed for different vehicles. Before they undertake any works they complete a full site survey to ensure the customer's electrical installation is up to scratch and current regulations and can handle the additional load of an EV point.

SE van2Having an interest in all things ecological and electrical they have decided to go down the route of Electrical Vehicles for the company and have purchased a Nissan e-NV200.

Signature Electrical can be contacted on (01624) 624400 or at ev@signature.co.im.  Their website can be found at www.signature.co.im.

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