Ruddington’s First Rapid Chargers

It’s been rather a long time coming, but our village is now offering rapid charging provision for use by the ever-increasing number of residents and visitors with electric vehicles (EVs). Two EV charging points have just been installed at the entrance to Rushcliffe Country Park, operating on the national BP Pulse network. These units offer up to 50kW charging speeds which, for a small car like the MINI Electric (pictured) means charging up from 20% to 80% will take only around 20 minutes. This compares with several hours to achieve the same…

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Ruddington’s New ‘Green’ Buses on Schedule

Back in March we reported the announcement by Ruddington’s main bus operator that its entire fleet of 78 single decker buses will be fully electrified from 2023. This includes replacing the three diesel-powered Navy 3 branded ‘Optare Solo’ buses which Nottingham City Transport (NCT) currently uses for its Nottingham to Clifton route via Ruddington. The operator has just announced that Pelican Bus & Coach will deliver the first 12 of the fully electric buses to join the NCT fleet, which are expected to enter service in late 2023. Unfortunately, these zero-emission vehicles are not…

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All Artex Lorries to be Powered by Vegetable Oil

By the end of 2023, the full Artex HGV fleet will run on hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO). HVO is a biofuel that originates from vegetable oils and reduces carbon emissions by 90% compared to diesel. The Artex team, based on Pasture Lane here in Ruddington, have been running a trial on HVO throughout 2022, with five of their vehicles, and are delighted with the carbon reductions they’ve seen as a result of the trial. It’s been so successful that they are now working to transition to HVO across their whole…

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Artex to be Fossil-fuel Free On Site by End of 2022

The Artex Ltd site on Pasture Lane in Ruddington will be fossil fuel-free by the end of the year, thanks to the installation of a biomass heating system. The new system will heat their warehouses, offices and hot water to remove diesel and gas and fully decarbonise their site. Pellet silos are currently being constructed and will feed wooden pellets into the furnace, warming the air in the system which is then distributed through air vents into the warehouse and fed into the office central heating system. Installation is in its final stages and…

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Blue Buses to Go Green!

Ruddington’s main bus operator has announced that its entire fleet of single decker buses will be fully electrified from next year. This includes replacing the three diesel-powered Navy 3 branded Optare Solo buses which Nottingham City Transport uses for its Nottingham to Clifton route via Ruddington. The city is to receive £15 million of Government funding towards the cost of 78 brand new buses in total, plus the additional required electric charging infrastructure. All NCT’s existing single decker fleet – serving 18 bus routes across the Greater Nottingham area – will then be replaced, starting…

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Charging Ahead in Ruddington?

You may be surprised to hear that there are now over 182,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered in the UK – and they’re becoming an increasingly common sight here in Ruddington, too, with dozens of drivers in our village having already made the switch from petrol or diesel. These national statistics are for cars and vans that are zero-emission capable by running only on electric power for a reasonable range – that’s to say pure-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). Both types are able to be recharged via a plug, unlike conventional hybrids.…

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