Zero Carbon World & Reducing Carbon Emissions

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The founder of the charity Zero Carbon World (ZCW), Kevin Sharpe is a man on a mission. He is challenging the way we look at business, our vehicles, the environment and the energy that we use. The vision is simple: to create an entirely zero carbon society.

Two of Zero Carbon World’s new initiatives relate to electric vehicles. Charge Points Everywhere is installing free charging points for electric car owners, whilst Open Charge Map provides an open database of charge points across the world.

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The charity has designed a low cost, high power (240 volt, 32 amp) public charge point solution that allows two electric vehicles to recharge at the same time.

These charging points are installed by certified electricians and are free to businesses and communities who wish to provide electric car charging facilities, but have been frightened off by the high cost of commercial solutions.

There are three main problems with the charging points being installed at the moment, says Sharpe. Firstly, they are closed systems, requiring drivers to register with whoever is running that particular charge point. Secondly, because many of them provide a low current supply (13 Amp), electric cars cannot be charged up quickly.

Thirdly, the initial set up cost is so high that many businesses and communities cannot afford to install them.

Zero Carbon World is providing both the equipment and installation free. It already has funding for 100 charging points with the intention of installing thousands more. The initial scheme is running in the United Kingdom and discussions to expand into other countries, including USA, India, Singapore and Spain, are already underway.

By installing charging points, businesses such as restaurants, shopping malls and hotels can differentiate their offering and attract new customers; whilst demonstrating their green credentials. Running costs are low and can easily be recouped through new custom.

There are great benefits for electric car owners, says Sharpe. Charge Points Everywhere is an entirely open system: you do not subscribe to a specific charge point scheme or need a special key to access the charge points. And with 32 Amp supply the charge rate is practicable

Zero Carbon World — Open Charge Map

Zero Carbon World’s second initiative is no less important. If you are out in your electric car, how do you know where to charge up?

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Around the world, there are currently over 50 proprietary databases listing charging point locations and capabilities; many of which are out of date, incomplete or poorly maintained. There is no standardisation or consistency and many plan to charge a subscription for the information. As a result, planning a journey is often a confusing, arduous and time-consuming process.

Open Charge Map aims to change this by providing a single worldwide database of charge point information; listing in detail their charging capabilities, directions on how to find them, charge point status, and site contact information. The database is completely ‘open’ and the information is provided free of charge to any individual, group or business that wants to use it.

Third party applications are being developed to allow anyone to access the information via their phone, sat nav system or computer. Dedicated staff at Zero Carbon World, backed up by an international network of contributors, ensure the database is accurate and will always remain up?to?date.

With these two initiatives, Kevin Sharpe and Zero Carbon World are promoting the take up of electric vehicles by ensuring that everyone can easily recharge whilst away from their home.

For further information contact www.ZeroCarbonWorld.org

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