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Podcast 251

Podcast 251

Matt Cleevely, Cleevely EVs – The great battery EV repair challenge | The Stop Burning Stuff Podcast

This week, Quentin Willson continues our fact-sharing mission with special guest Matt Cleevely of Cleevely EVs, one of the country’s most established and experienced EV servicing and repair specialists.

There has been much speculation about EV repairs, particularly when it comes to the battery. Many believe complexity, cost and safety concerns make EV batteries difficult to maintain and fix, but Matt argues that this is not at all the case, sharing many examples from his own busy workshop and national mobile repair business.

Quentin and Matt also explore where the real EV repair challenges lie, and talk about the work Matt is doing to share his business model within the service and repair industry, helping other garages and dealerships become EV-ready.

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Renault 5 – The New King Of CHEAP Electric Cars?

Renault 5 – The New King Of CHEAP Electric Cars?

Imogen is at the Geneva Motor Show to take a first look at the production version of one of the most hotly anticipated new cars of the decade: the new Renault 5 E-Tech.

With a tantalising price tag, eye-catching design and surprisingly generous helping of tech included, is this the new king of affordable EVs?

Timestamps

0:00 Intro
1:56 Design overview
4:31 Tricky boot
5:16 Smart cocoon!?
7:47 Back seat Bhogz test
8:47 The big numbers


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STRUGGLING TO SELL EVs? THIS SHORT VIDEO SHOWS THE MAGIC FORMULA!

STRUGGLING TO SELL EVs? THIS SHORT VIDEO SHOWS THE MAGIC FORMULA!

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Turning An Old Engine Block and Lava Into A Heat Battery!

Turning An Old Engine Block and Lava Into A Heat Battery!

How do we decarbonise industrial processes when a heat pump won’t do? Processes, like making chemicals, or paper, food processing, beer brewing, textiles – in fact most of the things around you; require temperatures that are much higher than those needed for a hot shower or warm radiator and so currently aren’t well suited to the realm of the trusty heat pump. Fortunately Caldera thinks they may have the solution with their modular heat battery made using old melted down engine blocks and volcanic rocks. Intrigued?!

We were too and wanted to meet the team behind this cool, or rather, very hot solution to find out more!

Timestamps

0:00 Introduction
1:12 Caldera Heat Cells – Renewable Energy on Tap
2:07 Beyond Heat Pumps
3:00 Modular Heat Batteries
3:43 Engine blocks and Volcanic Rocks!
4:28 Let’s have a go!
6:02 Recycled Aluminium
7:07 High Temp Heat Pumps?!
7:50 Home Energy too?!

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This VW Van Powers Your House AND The Grid!

This VW Van Powers Your House AND The Grid!

We’ve all heard the stat, your car spends 90% of its time parked so if a large chunk of EVs were vehicle to grid, or V2G, enabled in which electrons are sent backwards and forwards between the battery and the grid, that could supply all of the world’s short-term grid energy storage requirements by 2030.

Sounds good right?! But it’s not totally straightforward. The hardware exists, but standardisation, communication protocols and getting all the car companies, charging operators and energy companies and various grids on the same page has proved somewhat of a stumbling block. So what do we need to do?!

In this episode Imogen finds out what it will take to get to this electric vehicle utopia and when we can all expect to enjoy a little bit of V2G!

Timestamps

0.00 Why We Need V2G!
1:15 Introducing Classic E Cars…
1:36 What Can This VW T2 Bus Do?
2:51 How Does It Work?
3:35 Why Haven’t Other Companies Done This?
4:21 What Do You Need For V2G To Work?
6:08 What Are The Benefits Of V2G?
6:37 Chademo VS CCS
7:14 What Is Needed To Accelerate V2G?
8:14 V2L
8:49 ID. Buzz
9:11 Intermediary Steps

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Fully Charged LIVE confirms its return to Vancouver Convention Centre as Everything Electric CANADA this September

Fully Charged LIVE confirms its return to Vancouver Convention Centre as Everything Electric CANADA this September

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Podcast 250

Podcast 250

100% in 15 mins – How India Has Cracked Rapid Charging with Arun Vinayak

Do we need big batteries in all our EVs? And what would happen if we sized the battery to the need and then supported the need with ultra rapid charging? Well, in this week’s podcast Robert is joined by Arun Vinayak, co-founder of Exponent Energy in India, an energy startup that have done just that, and in the process they have unlocked a 15 minute charge for EVs.

The move to electric is a global phenomenon, and this podcast is a great insight into what’s happening in South Asia.

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Podcast 249

Podcast 249

Rt Hon Chris Skidmore – Making EVs decisive not divisive | The Stop Burning Stuff Podcast

In our very first #StopBurningStuff Friday Takeover podcast, campaign co-founder Quentin Willson is joined by the Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE to talk about clean energy, EVs, politics and the future of UK Industry.

Many have hailed Chris Skidmore as a ‘Politician with principles’ following his resignation from UK Government over its decision to grant new oil and gas licences. Since authoring the Government’s independent Net Zero review in 2023, Chris has advocated for the transition to cleaner technologies.

In this episode Chris talks about the need for greater political backing of EVs and clean energy solutions, what is at stake for UK industry and the economy if we don’t embrace these new technologies, and how we can all help influence positive change at a grassroots level.

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EV Charging Experiences Don’t Get Much Better Than This!

EV Charging Experiences Don’t Get Much Better Than This!

In this episode Robert takes us to the latest in premium charging stations – the GRIDSERVE Electric Forecourt at Gatwick International Airport in the UK.

From his early EV charging experiences with non-functioning chargers stood at the far end of a dark car park, to this cutting edge, future proofed, 30 charger strong forecourt – Robert is truly in his element!

GRIDSERVE’s CEO Toddington Harper updates Robert on how they are focussed on bringing a fulfilling charging experience to the masses.

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Is THIS the Solution to Tackling Fuel Poverty?

Is THIS the Solution to Tackling Fuel Poverty?

In the UK we are currently facing a significant housing crisis in addition to an increasing number of people living in fuel poverty.

In this episode Imogen and the team went to Halton in Lancaster to talk to the Lune Valley Community Land Trust.

Having identified the lack of housing and the poor standard of the housing available in Halton, the Lune Walk Community Led Development came about. The development is made up of 13 affordable rented and 7 shared ownership homes. Each home is Passivhaus accredited and generally needs 90% less energy for heating and hot water than standard UK buildings meaning that running costs are very low helping to reduce fuel poverty for residents.

To find out more about the project

Timestamps

0:00 Intro
0:12 The housing crisis
0:59 Lack of housing and fuel poverty
1:34 What is fuel poverty?
2:15 How the Lune Valley Community Land Trust came about
3:59 What is a Community Land Trust?
5:25 The role of South Lakes Housing
5:53 Why Passive Houses?
7:10 Eliminating fuel poverty
7:53 Construction of the houses
8:58 Regulatory changes and the future
9:59 Why passive houses just make sense

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