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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, I 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. I 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

A Tale Of Two EVs

August 24th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

It was nearly a year ago that I wrote an article on CleanTechnica about taking a 300 mile journey in a relatively short-range car, the Peugeot iOn, which is capable of only 50 to 70 miles at the absolute most on a single charge. The idea behind it was to say to people, “Look at me doing this. If I can do it in this little car, anyone can make use of an EV for a longer journey, especially a modern EV with 100 to 300 miles of range.” I thought it might give people more confidence to consider getting an EV, knowing it can be used for any journey, and knowing that you do not need 400 miles of range to make an EV practical for everyday use


MG, A Sporty Ghost From The Swinging ’60s, Rides Again

July 31st, 2019 | by Andy Miles

Considering its fairly low profile, it was something of a surprise to me to hear that MG was to produce a fully electric vehicle. Precise details have been hard to come by, but it appears to be based on a conventional vehicle design -- a medium-sized, SUV-style, family hatchback -- rather than anything like the VW MEB or Tesla “skateboard.” It is named the MG eZS, but is identical in appearance to the MG


Turning Over A New LEAF

July 14th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

This article is not literally about turning over a new leaf, nor about turning over a new leaf, specifically, as opposed to an old leaf. Nor is it about rolling a Nissan LEAF onto its roof. I can honestly say that no Nissan LEAF was harmed during the making of this article, and no Nissan LEAF got turned over, rolled, flipped, totalled, trashed, wrecked, wasted, or whatever other words might come to mind


Charging On Without A Plan In The UK

May 25th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

The UK government, like the eccentric Don Quixote, is charging on without a rational plan for charging infrastructure. What has been required since 2010 when the first viable EVs started to emerge is a central government plan and policy for charging infrastructure. In the absence of any such planning, charging points of all kinds have sprung up like weeds in a neglected garden, with no specifications for siting, for access, or for payment


London ULEZ — Ultra Low Emission Zone

May 11th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

This article is about the London ULEZ (or Ultra Low Emission Zone) and the Congestion Charging Zone. Both are reducing traffic and pollution in London


Electrohead Electric Car Rally In London, UK

April 1st, 2019 | by Andy Miles

On April 6, 2019, the UK's very first electric vehicle rally is taking place. It is named the Electrohead Rally, starting out from London at 10:30 in the morning and travelling via Oxford and the Cotswolds to the Celtic Manor, a luxury five-star hotel near Newport in South Wales


50% Of Brits Ready To Go Electric? Be Cautious About Headlines

January 27th, 2019 | by Andy Miles

From my own experience, I would say that it is definitely the case that electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in the UK. Not long ago I would very rarely see another electric vehicle at the charging station on my travels. Now it is rarely the case that I have a charging station all to myself and I am lucky to not have to wait for others to finish charging before I can get on


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



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