UK must be ready for rise of electric vehicles, says ABB chief

first_imgMotoring Energy Travel and transport Share on Pinterest Ethical and green living Electric, hybrid and low-emission cars news Share on Twitter Energy industry Share on Messenger Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this content Share on Facebook Formula E Support The Guardian Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp The UK should speed up preparations for the rise of electric vehicles, according to the chief executive of ABB, the world’s largest supplier of fast-charging points.Speaking as the Switzerland-based engineering firm became the first official sponsor of the electric street racing series Formula E, Ulrich Spiesshofer predicted a flood of consumer take-up of plug-in cars.And he added his voice to warnings that Britain must move faster to make sure owners of electric vehicles are not stymied by a shortage of charging bays.“E-mobility is unstoppable, it’s just a question of how fast and how deep it will be deployed,” he said. “The UK has a big population that really wants to contribute to a greener, more sustainable world. But there’s always a question of whether it’s quick enough. In the next couple of years, it’s in the interest of everybody to make sure the infrastructure is coming up.”He said this would include adding to the UK’s network of electric charging points, as well as ensuring enough energy capacity.There are 14,344 charging connectors in the UK, according to ZapMap, which charts the scale of the UK’s network.Those charging points served around 132,000 plug-in vehicles at the end of 2017, but the National Grid has predicted that the number of electric cars could surge to 9m by 2030.“In the next couple of years, it’s in the interest of everybody to make sure the infrastructure is coming up,” said Spiesshofer.He welcomed the government’s budget pledge to spend £400m on improving the UK’s charging point network but warned that the power grid also needed to be ready to meet the increased demand.Electric cars have been forecast to add about 18 gigawatts of power demand to the grid, the equivalent of six Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations.Spiesshofer said he hoped ABB’s sponsorship of Formula E, which will last until 2025, would help spur interest in electric cars and lead to technological breakthroughs.The Formula E season’s first “e-prix” is in Marrakesh on 13 January. Since you’re here…last_img read more

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New South Wales leave it late in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISNew South Wales led only once in the first game of the women’s open and it was at the time when it counted the most.The women in blue got some revenge from their 2012 series defeat when they defeated Queensland 6-5 at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Friday night.The two sides were never far away from each other, in fact you would have thought they were identical in many aspects.Only a touchdown separated the pair throughout the entire match.Queensland had a chance to send the match into drop-off when New South Wales player Kristen Boss found herself forced-subbed, and with a one woman advantage for the final 10 seconds, Queensland could not score the much-needed touchdown.It was a thrilling end to an entertaining match.It took seven minutes for the first touchdown to be scored, which came courtesy of Savannah Pratten for Queensland.New South Wales captain Louise Winchester showed her experience when she darted through a gap to even the scores a short time later.Queensland took a 2-1 lead into half-time when Kate McCarthy scored.While it was tight in the first half, both teams broke free of their shackles in the second half as they went touchdown for touchdown.Four touchdowns had been scored in as many minutes.Another two touchdowns for both teams and Queensland held a 5-4 lead with 10 minutes to go.Both teams were good in attack but even better in defence as any touchdown-scoring opportunity was foiled by some desperate touches on the line.But two long balls by New South Wales led to touchdowns.The first was thrown by Danielle Davis to Samantha Rodgers.The second was a superb right-to-left pass by Jessica McCall to Elisabeth Hewitt, which put New South Wales into the lead for the first time.It proved to be decisive as New South Wales held on for the win.NEW SOUTH WALES 6 (Samantha Rodgers 2, Louise Winchester 2, Yasmin Meakes, Elisabeth Hewitt touchdowns) def QUEENSLAND 5 (Savannah Pratten, Brooke Walker, Shenae Ciesiolka, Kim Sue See, Kate McCarthy touchdowns). HT: QLD 2-1; NSW lead division 1-0.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO Women’s openlast_img read more

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22 days agoAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalov

first_imgAgents admit Crystal Palace boss Hodgson remains keen on CSKA striker Chalovby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson remains keen on CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov.That’s according to his management team, with Hodgson in touch.A spokesman for Chalov’s reps said, “I talked to Roy Hodgson and for Chalov he likes him very much. “I cannot exclude a sale in the next summer market session.”Palace pushed hard to sign Chalov over the summer, but CSKA priced him out of a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Province announces funding to redevelop Dawson Creek Hospital

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix was in Dawson Creek Wednesday to announce funding to redevelop the Dawson Creek Hospital.The redeveloped hospital will include a new inpatient building, a bigger emergency department, modern operating rooms and more beds.  Northern Health and the Province are now working on the business plan and finalizing the details of the redevelopment, which should take anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Once that has been completed, the project will go to construction in early 2021.With support from the local community, Northern Health has identified the hospital for renewal, as a priority, since 2008. The Dawson Creek and District Hospital Master Program and Master Plan was completed in December 2013. Northern Health submitted a concept plan for a redeveloped hospital in September 2015, but it did not receive consideration for advancement in the capital planning process. Upon request of the government, Northern Health provided an updated plan in March 2018. “I am proud to announce that the government has approved the concept plan to redevelop and expand the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. That means the project is a go and we are moving full steam ahead,” Dix said.“This day has been a long, long, long time coming. Our government approved this project so patients can receive public health-care services in updated, state-of-the-art surroundings. The South Peace region, its patients and health-care workers deserves nothing less.”“We’re so pleased to receive this announcement from the Province of B.C. that commits to improvements to our facility, services and care of patients at Dawson Creek and District Hospital,” said Colleen Nyce, Northern Health board chair. “This project will support our pledge to take a person- and family-centred approach to everything we do in a modern and up-to-date setting.”“The Peace River Regional Hospital District joins in celebrating that the much-needed improvements to Dawson Creek and District Hospital are moving forward,” said Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional Hospital District chair. “A redeveloped and expanded hospital in Dawson Creek will ensure that health-care services meet the needs of our residents well into the future. I would like thank the City of Dawson Creek and the PRRD board of directors for working together with the Province to see this much-needed project come to reality.”last_img read more

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