It’s unquestionably clever, but the Prius PHV has a major sticking point, explains Alex Grant.
Former Plugged-in Places charging scheme, Source East, is to close at the end of the month, with Chargemaster offering hosts complimentary upgrades to join its own POLAR network.
Insurgent luxury brand Tesla can only widen its appeal with an electric SUV, reckons Alex Grant.
For all the notoriety it gained with its extraordinary acceleration and all-digital dashboard, the real achievement of the Tesla Model S is how much it’s normalised electric driving.
The UK remained Europe’s largest market for plug-in hybrids during 2016, accounting for almost a quarter of the total volume, figures from manufacturers’ association ACEA reveal.
Swedish power company Vattenfall is to convert its 3,500-strong fleet to electric vehicles as part of aims to be climate neutral by 2050.
Doubling the ZOE’s range takes it into the mainstream company car market, says Steve Moody.
Tesla has launched its longest-range Model S to date, capable of travelling 393 miles to a full charge under European test cycle conditions.
Over 40% of Norway’s new cars were a hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel cell models last year, with plug-ins set to overtake petrol and diesel volumes during 2017.
Samsung SDI has developed an electric vehicle battery said to offer a range of 360 miles and recharge to 80% in 20 minutes, and expects to begin mass production by 2021.
Ford will launch an electric SUV and hybrid versions of the Transit Custom, Mustang and F-150 by the end of the decade, as part of plans to broaden its line-up of electrified options.
Commercial vehicles and the start of a broader mobility solution are driving new opportunities for Nissan’s electric range, explains Gareth Dunsmore, electric vehicle director at Nissan Europe.
A network of 400 ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles along major European routes is to begin construction next year, equally funded by a joint venture comprising BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group.
The Autumn Statement has identified several new incentives for businesses to run plug-in vehicles, including tax breaks for charging equipment, additional public infrastructure and a new Benefit in Kind system from 2020.
POD Point and Airparks have partnered to offer free electric vehicle charging at Birmingham and Luton airport car parks.
Hybrid and electric vehicles will be required to emit an audible warning at low speeds, following a new federal safety standard set in the United States.
Defying that idea that electrification is mainly a technology for small cars, BMW’s first plug-in hybrid 7 Series perhaps makes a better case for itself than some of the brand’s similarly-powered compact models.