Rapid charging points for electric vehicles are a more cost-effective way to reduce air pollution than slower on-street units, despite the latter being cheaper to install, new research has revealed.
BMW is aiming to double sales of the 530e plug-in hybrid in 2018, following a year where the 330e will have taken “well over a quarter” of 3 Series saloon volume in fleet.
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Porsche is launching a six-month trial of a fleet of plug-in hybrid chauffeur cars in London, offered through Volkswagen Group owned ride hailing service, Gett.
Four of Europe’s largest forecourt operators have signed up to host ultra-fast electric vehicle charging points under strategic partnerships with the manufacturer-backed pan-European Ionity network, securing half of the 400 sites planned by 2020.
Ford has developed its first plug-in hybrid police car, which it says could enable officers to carry out an entire shift without using any petrol.
Tesla has pushed back its production target of 5,000 Model 3 electric saloons until January, blaming bottlenecks in manufacturing and diverting staff to help speed the process up.
French luxury brand DS is to launch a 300bhp plug-in hybrid SUV in 2019, with pricing set to be around £50,000 in the UK.
Utility company, Eon, is to install a network of 10,000 charging points across Europe, including ultra-fast units on key routes, creating a network connecting the UK to Romania by 2020.
Nissan is assessing locations for additional rapid charging points across the UK, with a view to supporting drivers without off-street parking and reducing bottlenecks in the existing network.
Italian utility company, Enel, has acquired charging point manufacturer eMotorWerks, with a view to incorporate its vehicle-to-grid technology platform as part of its global product offer.
InstaVolt is offering free installation of rapid chargers on fuel forecourts, enabling operators to make money from selling energy to plug-in car drivers without the outlay for the equipment to do so.
Ecotricity’s Electric Highway rapid charging network is to roll out 30 “electricity pumps” on fuel forecourts across London next year, targeting key commuter points on the capital’s biggest roads.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has revived its Evolution high-performance line with a fully-electric crossover, revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show.
Toshiba Corporation has developed a new battery technology said to enable a compact vehicle to offer a 200-mile range and six-minute recharging, set to come to market as soon as 2019.
Growing demand for electric vehicles and changing regulations in China may be about to cause a worldwide shortage of graphite, a key component of electrodes in lithium-ion batteries, experts have warned.
A collaborative project in the Netherlands has installed its first vehicle-to-grid charging point, for a trial using a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as a backup energy store.