Robert drives the Tesla Model S 100D from London to the Orkney Islands off the North Coast of Scotland.
A common question I get asked about electric cars.
‘Can I drive to Scotland in it.’
To which the answer is a very simple ‘Yes.’
Warning: Contains scenes of mild immaturity.
Jonny Smith drives the 2017 plug in hybrid VW Golf GTE and he likes it.
Recent Fully Charged filming:
Tesla Model s 100D.
Orkney: Electric vehicles, tidal turbines, affordable homes with solar PV and Tesla Powerwalls.
Electric classic car conversion: Porsche 911.
Biggest Wind Turbines…… In The World!
Dynamic induction charging.
Renault Zoe factory.
Paris Formula E.
01:53 Electric vehicle sales up!
02:31 Germany breaks record: 85% of energy from renewables.
03:05 Daimler’s answer to the Tesla Gigafactory.
03:25 More on battery tech soon: Tesla Powerwall 2.
03:32 Coal Baron BS.
05:10 Global wind turbine increases.
05:43 Patreon thanks and name checks.
Electric car sales increasing
Germany renewables record
Daimler battery factory
Ridley coal baron BS
What’s behind the wall? pic.twitter.com/tFIuZcUXdz
*The cable locks at both ends while the vehicle is charging*
The simple and very commonplace lamp post will soon become a ubiquitous charge point for electric cars.
They charge at about 5 kW, or 16 amps, not super fast but overnight charging is all most drivers need.
Ubitricity is a German based company who've come up with a simple, cheap to install and well-managed system for more people on more streets to adopt electric cars.
Yes, I didn't wear a helmet, I rode the scooter 500 meters on private roads and I should have worn a helmet to avoid people ignoring what the episode was about and only commenting on my lack of helmet.
This episode isn't about the scooters themselves, made in China of course, where there are an estimated 45 million on the roads.
This is about a very ingenious electric scooter ride share system in Berlin. It's expanding fast and is already very popular, and you never have to plug them in!
Part one of our amazing day at EUREF in Berlin. It was an inspirational place to visit, this is only a taste of what's going on there. More to come soon.
Vanda Electrics are a Singapore based electric mobility company. The Dendrobium hypercar is a 100% electric, 200 mph teardrop shaped 2 seater with a no doubt eye watering price tag.
It was developed by Vanda Electrics and Williams engineering, and although they won't release any technical details just yet, it's clearly not going to be a G-Wizz.
A British company making a world-beating product, fuel cells. Cheap abundant materials, existing manufacturing technology, disruptive technology coming into the energy market. Pure genius.
Robert and Jonny chew over recent news from the world of electric
Since recording this a McLaren P1 LM hybrid has beaten the Nürburgring record set by the
It was fun while it lasted.
Good Energy, an electricity and gas supplier in the UK have a very different view of how we produce and consume energy.
They are running some extraordinary schemes that are changing the landscape for businesses today and one day, normal people in their houses. Exciting stuff.
More info: www.goodenergy.co.uk
Jonny Smith takes the Motochimp for a spin. I want one!
A short announcement about a conference in London on 13th July at County Hall, London.
Jonny Smith and I will be interviewing speakers.
Links: Twitter @FISITAhq
News update from the stern deck of the Scrabster to Stromness ferry
Fully Charged travels to Berlin to meet the inspiring Artur Sychov and see the launch of a truly ingenious solution to installing electric car charge points in multi story car parking.
The Leviamp from Easycharge, simple.
More info: http://leviamp.easycharge.me/
Wiebe Wakker is an amazing Dutch explorer who had the some might suggest insane notion of driving from the Netherlands to Australia in an electric car. And not even a new electric car.
We met up with him in Dubai where he updated us on his journey through Europe, Turkey and Iran.
He’s now traveling across India.
You can follow his adventures on: http://www.plugmeinproject.com
Jonny and Robert discuss recent developments in the electric vehicle world. Having Jonny on board is a massive bonus as he actually knows things about cars.
News from the wonderful world of renewables, the reality of 'subsidies' for Nuclear power, wind turbines being decommissioned, oil companies and some very dirty money. Lovely.
It took driving 300 miles to fall in love with the Tesla Model X,
I was a bit sniffy at first but this is a genuinely amazing machine.
And you can turn off the auto front door systems.. which I learned when I handed the car back to Tesla.
Shot on the hoof, in fact shot in three distinct sections due to constant interruptions outside the control of the presenter.
A lot of corrections, apologies, some coal mines and Patreon shenanigans
Redflow batteries are a fascinating development in energy storage.
CEO of Redflow Simon Hackett shows me around his home and office, both of which are all mainly running on solar PV and Redflow ZCell batteries.
Some latest news, some old news, and some general solar-
As they say in the catering industry - enjoy.
Our first ride in a fully autonomous car on public roads in the UK. Nissan very kindly arranged this experience, I'd particularly like to that Tetsuya Iijima, who is 'not' driving the car, he had been showing this vehicle to numerous journalists before we arrived but still showed great enthusiasm.
Music by Paul Mottram
This is the 260th episode of Fully Charged and just possibly, the very first proper, informative and clear car review. This is very much down to the talent and experience of Jonny Smith, his first time on the series (but definitely not the last)
After watching this, I know I have to up my game, I'm so thrilled Jonny could do this show with us and I'm really intrigued to hear your reaction.
We spent an amazing day at the Sustainable City, a housing development in Dubai with 3,500 people already living there and it's still not quite finished.
This truly is a remarkable achievement, a stark lesson to building contractors the world over. It's not more expensive to build and it's hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in.
Spread the word if you know any builders!
A news update, hopefully the first of many.
The Emirates Electric Road Trip was an amazing experience.
A combination of educational exercise, motivation to open new charging stations throughout the Emirates and a wonderful tour of an incredible area of the world.
The Emirates are investing more in renewables than you can literally poke a stick at.
They extract huge amounts of oil that they sell to us and they are using the money to create a long term, viable and sustainable energy infrastructure.
Okay, and they are building some ridiculously tall towers.
The EVRT team are organising a pan-European trip later this year. Details here
Generate realistic amounts of electricity as you merely walk along the street? Science Fiction surely! This is the idea from the amazingly energetic and inventive Laurence Kemball-Cook, founder and CEO of Pavegen, a London start-up company that's doing amazing things.
Conflicted about plug-in-hybrids. Me too but this is a lovely car to drive. I know, I claim that sort of thing doesn't matter and it's all about clean tech and energy efficiency, but I'm conflicted, the 330e is a lovely car to drive.
A bit of an apology, then amazing electric trucks and buses, and 20 new nuclear power stations.
We need them, the Daily Mail and the Times said so, before retracting their ludicrous claims and almost apologising.
Many regular viewers will know of Dale Vince, the founder and CEO of Ecotricity, a renewable energy company that have installed the their 'electric highway' rapid chargers the length and breadth of the UK.
Not satisfied with renewable electricity, now Mr Vince and his amazing team are venturing into the gas market.
The all new (well, an important bit is new) BMW i3 fitted with a larger capacity 94 amp hour, (or 33 kilowatt hour) battery is a major step in the right direction. I love this car.
A news update, live (ish) from Sydney Australia. Lots more Australian news coming soon.
It's only special because I recorded it (rather amateurishly) on my phone but I explain why there'll be a short delay before the next episode is out.
They are coming, like it or not. There are amazing advances taking place and this is a technology that could transform the world we live in. It could also be incredibly disruptive in ways we can't yet envisage.
This will clearly be the first of many reports on this topic as things are changing fast.
The recent launch of the Lucid Air luxury electric car was almost drowned by the din of global political news, but I think it's worth mentioning.
The new 2017 Renault Zoe, double the battery capacity, double the range, double the fun!
A new news update for a new year!
(contains interpretive dance that some viewers may find disturbing)
A special short news update on the recent launch/reveal of the much hyped Faraday Future FF 91.
Hint: It's not slow.
A roundup, look back, and some mild,
Merry Christmas, happy new year and here's to a wonderful, sustainable, equitable 2017.
This is a test of a 4 wheel drive car that is not exactly new. The
Barrie Gledden / Jason Pedder
This is a Fully Charged exclusive! Not something that has ever happened before.
We present the prototype Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid personal transport system. A pedal assist car? A four-wheeled bike?
So easy to move along and just enormous fun to drive/ride. Let's hope they develop this into a fully fledged product.
The very sophisticated Kia Optima won me over. At first I was unimpressed, just another plug in hybrid, big petrol engine, all the usual caveats.
However after many miles driving it, I started to appreciate the effort that has clearly been put into this car to make it stand out.
And yes, it's the CLIFTON suspension bridge, not Bristol... duuuur, everyone knows that.
GKN are a big British engineering firm whose components and technology is in millions of cars and most of us don't know about it.
They kindly gave us the opportunity to test drive some of the technology they have developed.
It's not often that Fully Charged gets the chance to let rip on high-speed circuit. Well, there's not much
Hard not to put this at the top of the list for new elecrtric cars. An excellent machine, very sophisticated and cheaper than a 30kWh Nissan Leaf.
Hopefully this time I've put a lot of information in the episode. Enjoy.
Ever since I did a rant about 'hydrogen is the future' 6 or 7 years ago, I've had my suspicions. But we should not have closed minds about any new clean tech.
What ITM Power are doing is brilliant, efficient, counter-intuitive and is thankfully catching on.
It's just possible that this is close to an actual car review. Many thanks to the very generous Andy Seal who lent me the car for the day.
It truly is a very impressive machine with one rather major drawback.
For the many people who've criticised my description of Nikola Tesla as being 'Serbian,' check this.
Wikipedia: Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist.
Okay, so he was in fact born in Smiljan, Croatia on July 10, 1856, so basically we're both right.
A bit of a relaxed, armchair ramble through some interesting electric vehicle, sustainable technology news.
Links to stories:
EV chargers at Shell filling stations
BMW and Bosch big battery
Small to medium sized wind turbines that could, given the right financial and planning environment, make an enormous impact in these Windy Islands.
And these are made in England.
Music by Dubi
Sunamp are an amazing company, they produce batteries that store heat, charged by solar panels.
It's just a test, we are not changing regular shows.
The 'awesome' 8.0 software update from Tesla, and an 'awesome' update using a 360 camera.
If you have a Google cardboard thing, slip in your Android phone and enjoy.
If not use the toggle button at top left to spin the image around.
It's mostly waffle but it's short and we had fun making it.
For some actual information about the Tesla 8.0 software update:
This episode is sponsored by Electric Nation
Electric Nation is a project to get 500-700 plug-in vehicles in the area covered by Western Power Distribution to fit smart charging systems that can control the time and amount of power being fed to the car's battery.
To check trial eligibility / register please visit www.electricnation.org.uk
The Mercedes C350e
Standing in a stubble field in Northamptonshire surrounded by a 14.4 megaWatt power station, enough for around 13,000 homes.
A wonderful discussion with Charles Haworth who is the Operations Leader for Onshore Wind for General Electric.
Drone footage by Lewis Martin
Music by Andre Louis
Latest global update in electric vehicle and renewable energy news.
To find out more, here's some links
Private Charity Schools
Opel Ampera e
OMG Battery news
A glorious drive through glorious Welsh countryside in a classic VW Beetle, that's also a really impressive electric car.
For more information about these fantastic electric classic cars, go to:
Music by Y Niwl
A small start to what could be a game changing technological shift. A visit to one of the first Tesla Powerwall installations in the UK.
For more info and prices
Encouragement to consider other ways of driving electric cars, as electric cars become more common,
Music by Pictish Trail
This episode is NOT SPONSORED by Ecotricity or anyone else.
Just thought I'd make that clear
A demonstration of how to use the new Ecotricity electric highway app followed by a chat with Ecotricity founder Dale Vince.
For more information about the system, please go to:
My first ride on a scooter, electric or otherwise. Great fun, makes complete economic sense and, oh yes, no toxic fumes for others to breath as you scoot along.
More info: http://vmoto-uk.com/
Music by Jonnie Common http://www.jonniecommon.com/
The story of a truly long haul EV road trip in the British Isles, Jess Shanahan and her Kia Soul EV actually drove over 3,000 miles on this trip.
More info: https://www.jurysinns.com/electric-ro...
Music by Landslide Purist
Free range and organic, and deeply joyful.
Riding around London on the newly opened cycle routes through the city on 4 different electric bikes.
For more details go to
Music by Pictish Trail
A visit to one of 51 FastNed solar-roofed rapid charge stations in the Netherlands. They have always charged a fee to use this system.
This episode was recorded just after the EU referendum and just before the UK Ecotricity 'charge to charge' announcement.
Music by Kinlaw
The depressingly common habit of parking a traditional car in an electric car charging space.
This episode is not about Ecotricity, their new charge for a charge system, that's coming in a couple of weeks, just thought I'd mention that because I know someone will ask about it :-)
Recorded before the recent #EUref in the UK, a fascinating Carpool discussion with Richard Bruce, the EV driving head of the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (who usually cycles to work).
We talk about future transport and contrary to many expectation, the fact that encouraging the uptake of electric cars, taxis, busses etc receives cross-party support.
Also, and I checked, OLEV has survived the recent political upheavals in the UK and still exists.
A gentle meander down the peaceful Thames river on a glorious summer day in Olde England, and there's no noise or vibration because this boat is electric.
It's the ALFASTREET ENERGY 23C and it's lovely
It's all about brand identity. I need professional help, here's what happened.
(I'm not changing the show's name, don't worry)
Air quality monitoring in your pocket. The CleanSpace Tag by Drayson Technologies is an electronic gadget that never needs to be plugged in but is always charged.
If you’re a Londoner and would like to help address pollution you can get a complimentary CleanSpace Tag
This was recorded before the news that Chris Evans is resigning from Top Gear, but it's my two penneth, for what it's worth.
I think I'll resign now. It's fashionable, everyone's doing it.
This remarkable project is still in its early stages but is clearly something we'll be following on Fully Charged.
A fully electric 300+mph racing plane.
A short update on the UK housing crisis. Is there a crisis? (checks nearest tabloid headline) of course there's a crisis, there's always a massive, life-threatening crisis.
A quick spin around Coventry City ring road in a surprisingly swift rally version of the Renault Zoe.
For more information about the car,
Just a short news update with some interesting facts about renewables around the world.
An introduction to the Mahindra e2o. Quirky, nippy, turns on a dime/sixpence/cent. 120 kilometers range on a charge, rapid charging available. More info:
Test Drive: https://mahindrauk.com/drive
A quick news update, self-explanatory really.
"This here's the electric rubber duck!'
More info on the proposed Nikola 1
As will be obvious, we had a brilliant time with Eco Charger Quads at
This is an experimental video we made to put on the Fully Charged Facebook page. I've been learning that on Facebook, super short with text is a good idea.
So this is super short, with text.
This is NOT a test drive, this is a first look.
The Model X, Tesla's SUV was launched in the USA in 2015, the first 1,000+ right hand drive models are on their way.
It is an extraordinary machine, powerful-safe-comfortable and packed full of more technology than you can poke a stick at.
The 2016 RAV 4 is powered by the same drivetrain found in the Lexus NX 300h, meaning a 2.5-litre petrol engine, electric motor, continuously variable automatic transmission and a nickel metal hydride battery.
The model I drove costs around £30,000 so it's not cheap, it's not a plug-in-hybrid but I ended up really liking it.
Would you let a car drive itself? Is it even possible?
Will robots take over our lives, exterminate us and rule the world?
Are we doomed? Probably not just yet.
Tesla autopilot really does work though. And summon is very useful.
A bit of an extra episode to try and keep up with some of the new developments in the electric vehicle and energy transition news.
Not 100% SFW but very close. No swearing but I suppose if you are of a delicate, mildly repressed disposition it's a bit 'near the knuckle' at times.
An extraordinary company, headed by an extraordinary man.
Riversimple have a plan, and it completely changes the accepted model of the automotive industry.
Sell lots of cars, make sure it costs a lot to keep them going, make sure people pay for fuel.
No one can buy a Riversimple car, but you could pay to use one, and you'd never pay for fuel or repairs.
The unveiling of the Tesla Model 3 recently garnered enormous interest around the world.
When will they make them?
How will they make that many?
Where will the batteries come from and why do I have a crush on the French Minister of Energy?
A longer look at the very popular BMW i3
Thankfully some accurate maths supplied by the Fully Charged maths advisor.
The UK's brave step forward into a nuclear future.... oh dear.
There are nuclear alternatives which we'll look at in a future episode, and yes, there's Thorium, I know about Thorium, I'm always told Thorium is the future but for now, this one's a right mess.
This is SFW (safe for work) because I managed not to experience ludicrous mode 'potty mouth' when accelerating 0-60 in under 3 seconds. It's a very fast car.
Fully Charged has been going for 6 years. In that time I have created 189 videos on the channel. It costs money to make them, I've had support from energy companies and manufacturers over the years but now I'm turning to Patreon. With Patreon support I am free to cover any and all of the stories, breakthroughs, new vehicles and new energy systems that are rapidly appearing.
Rounding off the year, musings of what's to come in 2016 and a car wash that I have been assured by Tesla does NOT damage the paint. I await comments to the contrary.
Johnny Smith's utterly brilliant Flux Capacitor, the updated 1974 Enfield 8000 ECC.
The world's first designed from the ground up, mass produced hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vehicle.
Will Toyota's hydrogen fuelled offer be the start of the giant move away from fossil burning?
Will the fuelling infrastructure be developed?
A wonderful drive up a mountain in the South of France in the newly released 30kWh Nissan Leaf. No question, it's a big improvement in terms of range and driver interface.
A bigger battery that's not physically bigger, just 25% more energy dense.
My visit to the CENEX LCV show, 2015. Hydrogen Fuel Cell BMW's, 100% electric Land Rover Evoque and the amazing British built 4 wheel drive electric Delta E4.
Why make an electric lawnmower?
Because it's better, quieter and cheaper to fuel and maintain than a petrol one?
We find out.
First experience of Tesla's newly released version 7 software which includes the autopilot feature.
The update for my Model S won't arrive in time so we went for a ride in a Model S that has the full featured update.
A fascinating trip to the University of Oxford, Department of Materials, where scientists are doing amazing research into batteries of the future.
Professor Peter Bruce is wonderful at explaining the science behind battery research, even I understood him.
A ride in the ridiculously delightful Morgan ev 3, a production electric car that's like driving a comfortable motorbike.
WIth the use of a Bosch GRA 53 Professional lawn mower, I do a comparative test to see how much work you can get out of equal amounts of energy stored in a battery and petrol.