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About Andy Miles

Andy Miles As a child, I had the unrealistic expectation that I would learn about, and understand, absolutely everything, during the course of growing up. Now, at the other end of life, I am fully aware of how much I have not learnt, and do not understand, and yet, remain interested in everything. My education, starting with an arts degree, and going on to postgraduate studies, in everything from computer science, to hypnotism, reflected my broad interests. For 20 years, I worked in local government, and am now retired, living in North Leicestershire in the UK, with plenty of time for doing whatever I like. I have always had a keen interest in everything alternative, which includes renewable energy and energy efficiency and, of course, electric vehicles. So, naturally, I have taken ownership of an EV, now that they are affordable and practical forms of transport. Writing is also one of my great pleasures, so writing about EVs and environmental issues, is a natural evolution for me. You can find my work on EV Obsession, and CleanTechnica, and you can also follow me on twitter.



Author Archives: Andy Miles

RU An EV Noob — Part 1, Why Buy An Electric Vehicle?

November 10th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

The popularity of electric vehicles is becoming very apparent in so many ways. In many places, the price of used electric vehicles is actually increasing, because demand is so high. In the case of the Tesla Model 3, some people are paying more for a recent used car, than the price of a new one. This is because they are not prepared to wait in the reservation list to get one. In my own experience, I see more and more electric vehicles on the road. Where I used to have the charging stations to myself when on my travels, now I see more and more electric vehicle drivers charging alongside me. I think I will soon be joining a queue, as there will be more drivers needing a charge than available chargers


Wireless Charging At 120kW By Electromagnetic Induction

November 6th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (ORNL) have now come up with an induction charging system capable of operating at a power of 120 kW, with up to a 6-inch gap between the primary and secondary coils, and at an efficiency of about 97%.


Home, Home On The Range: Homing In On Electric Vehicle Ranges

October 17th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

A while back, I got into a conversation in the CleanTechnica comments. The other person was lamenting the fact that the range of any electric vehicle is always given as an average. They were saying that they would mainly be driving about town, and so would want to know not the average range, but the sort of range they could expect to get when driving about town. They were saying that prospective electric vehicle buyers should have the full information to help them with choosing which model and make to buy.


Space Station Earth

September 22nd, 2018 | by Andy Miles

On Space Station Earth, there are millions of untrained, careless people, knowing nothing of the intricate balances that maintain the life-support system, creating mayhem and destruction on a daily basis. We obviously need an intensive training program to make all personnel aware of the safety protocols, and to have some idea of how the life-support system on Space Station Earth operates.


Test Out A Tesla At Electric Vehicle Experience Day (#CleanTechnica Interview)

September 13th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

At CleanTechnica, our purpose is to keep readers informed of the true facts about renewable energy, EVs, and all things clean and green. So, when we heard about a new startup in the UK, “EV Driver Ltd,” which provides Level 2 electric vehicle charging to homes and businesses, it clearly seemed like a company for us to write about


The Cancer Of Corporations

September 8th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

The equivalent of a cancer cell in our society is a corporation that has lost all sense of social responsibility. It is an entity which has forgotten that it is part of an organized society where all of its members work together for the benefit of all. That cancerous corporation sees its purpose in life as only to gain as much as it can for itself, and to grow, multiply, and prosper, at the expense of the society it is meant to serve


The Secret Life Of An EV Battery

August 26th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

I have read comments by electric vehicle detractors gleefully declaring that anyone buying an electric vehicle (EV) will find that their EV battery is defunct within a couple of years — because, typically, a lithium battery only lasts for 600 cycles, as just noted. Let's explore why that's not the case


Dale Vince, Eco Warrior: Part 2, The Journey To The Electric Highway

August 14th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

This is the second article in the series where we delve into the compelling story of how Dale started the UK fast charging network on our motorways (freeways) as early as 2011. Dale Vince, the founder and Managing Director of Ecotricity, gave this interview on 16th November 2017, and I am very pleased to present the second part of it, here


What Is The Optimum EV Range?

August 5th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

There is much discussion about the level of range needed for an electric vehicle to achieve longer journeys. The idea that an electric vehicle requires the same range as a liquid-fueled vehicle is arbitrary, and irrational.


Bridges & Roadblocks To Electric Vehicle Adoption

August 3rd, 2018 | by Andy Miles

Apart from everybody giving up eating meat, everyone ditching their diesel and petrol cars to drive a shiny new electric vehicle is the best contribution we can make to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The ideal, therefore, is for it to be as easy as possible for everyone to get their hands on an electric vehicle, but what are the bridges and roadblocks on the road to making that a reality


Is Insurance A Roadblock To Electric Vehicle Adoption?

August 2nd, 2018 | by Andy Miles

Insurance companies in the UK are now seemingly reluctant to insure electric vehicles. Well, they will insure them, but they will charge drivers a premium to do so. We have no data to support a direct linkage between higher insurance rates on electric vehicles and lower adoption rates, but the logic is hard to deny


New Legislation To Revolutionize EV Charging In The UK

August 1st, 2018 | by Andy Miles

New legislation has been enacted in the UK on the 19th of July, 2018. Though this is UK legislation, and only applies here, it is important because it is one of the first attempts to enshrine the requirements for autonomous vehicles, and electric vehicle charging, into law. The legislation is the “Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018,” sponsored by The Secretary of State for Transport, Christopher Grayling


What Are The Most Efficient Electric Cars?

June 30th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

This question required a lot of technical research on a wide range of cars to come up with an answer. The basic idea is that an EV is there to convert electrical energy into kinetic energy, or less technically, electricity in for miles of travel out.


The Last Homely Hobbit-Hole East Of The Sea

June 30th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

ometimes, on CleanTechnica, I have seen articles extolling the virtues of futuristic designs for service stations for electric vehicle drivers that include full user facilities for their refreshment and entertainment. As Ringo Star said when asked about the new topless bathing costumes, “We’ve bin wearin’um for years.”


From The Internal Combustion Blues To EV Bliss

May 26th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

It was with a mixture of anxiety, and excitement, that I realised, about three years ago, that used EVs, were now available to buy, at an affordable price, and, which would serve my purposes. At the time, I was not totally sure that an EV would really suit me, and be practical, so, I was reticent to spend much money in buying one


Gas From Grass Could Be An Eco-Friendly Biofuel

May 24th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

Green gas would cut carbon emissions, help to create an an energy independent Britain, support food production by improving soils, creating wildlife habitats, providing an additional income to farmers and giving them natural fertilizer from the residues of the process


The Pros & Cons Of Biofuels

May 23rd, 2018 | by Andy Miles

The burning of any fuel will produce CO2, but also possibly pollution in the form of particulates, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, although the extent of these depends on the nature of the particular fuel and the efficiency with which the fuel is burnt


How EV Range Is Affected By Quick Acceleration

April 16th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

I was recently involved in a discussion about the effect of levels of acceleration an electric vehicle range. This was below one of the articles on CleanTechnica. I was arguing that heavy acceleration will reduce range, while another person was saying that it made no difference whatsoever.


EVs, Automation, & Artificial-Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats

April 16th, 2018 | by Andy Miles

It seems to me that levels 1 to 3 of autonomy have failure built into them. The autonomous system relies on the human driver to complete its functions, and the driver is relying on the autonomous system to complete the driver's functions. In other words, neither the driver nor the autonomous system has full responsibility for control of the vehicle


Electric Car FAQ & Answers — UK Edition

December 31st, 2017 | by Andy Miles

If, like me, you charge up your vehicle in public places, I am sure you will be familiar with what I am about to describe. I do my public charging at motorway service areas here in the UK. These are always busy. The car park is always nearly full, and there is a constant stream of people moving towards and away from the main doors, which lead to and from the restaurants, shops, and other public facilities


Our In-Depth Interview With Cleantech Rock Star Dale Vince, Founder Of Ecotricity

December 9th, 2017 | by Andy Miles

Many corporations, focused on the relentless pursuit of profits, make their money at the expense of the people, and the planet. The only proper purpose of any business is to serve the society in which it operates, and to contribute to the protection of the planet we all depend on for our existence. Ecotricity, founded by Dale Vince, is almost unique amongst UK energy companies in aiming to do just that. Although it makes money, that is only a means to achieve its main aim, environmental protection. Its main method of environmental protection is by supplying and developing renewable energy in the


EV Efficiency & Range at 60–65 mph behind Large Vehicles vs 60–65 mph Unshielded vs 70 mph Unshielded

November 26th, 2017 | by Andy Miles

Someone asked me for precise figures in the difference, in range, between driving slower, driving faster, and driving behind a large vehicle to reduce air resistance. I had to confess that I couldn't give him precise figures, as I had based my article just on my experience of driving an EV for a couple of years and noticing a definite difference in range in those three scenarios. I decided that, rather than leaving it open, I would perform some road trials to see exactly what the difference was


How Electric Cars Work, & Thus, How To Extend Range

October 1st, 2017 | by Andy Miles

Having owned an electric vehicle for just over 18 months now, I feel able to share my knowledge, which may be of help to those considering an electric vehicle for the first time, or those who have just started out on the road to electric vehicle driving



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