Nov 30, 2016

Next EV launches the world’s fastest electric car

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Formula E team Next EV has laun...

Formula E team Next EV has launched the NIO EP9, a super car that’s being dubbed as the fastest electric car in the world. The NIO brand is new from NextEV and its flagship car the EP9 generates exactly one megawatt of energy, that’s the same as Koenigsegg’s One:1.

The one MW of power is equivalent to 1341bhp, which will get the EP9 from 0-60mph in just 2.7 seconds and 0-124mph in 7.1 seconds. The top speed is limited by the speed at which you can spin the electric motors but the EP9 will still do 194mph.

While consumer pricing is yet to be confirmed, the car will cost around £970,000 ($1.2 million) to produce and only six are going to be built in the first production run. However, more may be built if the demand is there.

The EP9 is powered by four on-board motors, one for each wheel and each of those is controlled by its own gearbox. The monocoque chassis is built to the same stringent standards as an LMP1 car and there’s space for two people.

It runs on special slick tyres and has twice the braking force of a GT3 car, this is thanks to six-pot callipers and massive 408mm disks. As for aerodynamics, the EP9 has an active rear wing that sits in three positions, flat when parked, low drag and high downforce. The low-lying bodywork is made of carbon and the front splitter is adjustable, helping to direct air into a full-length underfloor diffuser.

As for range, the EP9 features two interchangeable lithium batteries and it’s claimed they can be charged in as little as 45 minutes for a range of 265 miles. The whole thing weighs just 1735kg, which is impressive considering the two batteries have a combined weight of 635kg.

The NIO brand plans to be known for so much more than ridiculous hypercars. They intend to create a range of electric and autonomous cars that focus on smart features that bring joy to whoever sits behind the wheel.

Read more: How has Formula E affected the electric vehicle market?

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

Dominic Ellis
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Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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