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Volkswagen subsidiary to install 2,800 charging points

2 months ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen Group subsidiary, Electrify America, is to install 2,800 electric vehicle charging points in 17 of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States during the next 18 months.

DfT to raise weight threshold for electric vans

2 months ago / 0 comments

The Department for Transport is to raise the weight threshold for electric light commercial vehicles from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes, removing administrative burdens for operators and making them more competitive to run.

Commercial fleets missing out on £14bn saving, says Hitachi Capital

2 months ago / 0 comments

Despite a growing appetite for hybrid and electric cars, government policy needs to do more to encourage commercial vehicle fleets to move to alternative drivetrains, according to new research from Hitachi Capital UK.

Toyota and Panasonic to collaborate on EV batteries

2 months ago / 0 comments

Toyota and Panasonic are to begin laying out the foundations for a joint venture building batteries for electric vehicles, extending a relationship which dates back to 1953.

Chargemaster launches multi-user accounts for fleets

2 months ago / 0 comments

Chargemaster is launching a fleet-specific subscription of its 6,000-strong Polar electric vehicle charging network, enabling usage for multiple drivers to be billed to the same account.

First Drive: DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4×4

2 months ago / 0 comments

Three years into life as a separate brand, DS not only wants to define itself as a little different to its more conservative German rivals, but as the most technologically advanced line-up in the … Read More »

Government must focus on rapid chargers for fleets, says new report

2 months ago / 0 comments

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.

PHEVs now “over 25%” of 3 Series Fleet volume

3 months ago / 0 comments

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.

Long Termers: Toyota C-HR Hybrid Excel

3 months ago / 0 comments

Forget sport mode, stiff suspension and power upgrades. When it comes to making high mileage more enjoyable, I think I’ve found something better. I’m totally hooked on the C-HR’s JBL audio system.

Shades of grey: The road to electric mobility

3 months ago / 0 comments

The UK government’s proposal to ban the sale of conventional petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 isn’t as daunting as it seems – there’s already a huge spectrum of electrified drivetrains to suit most … Read More »

Porsche launches PHEV chauffeur fleet in London

3 months ago / 0 comments

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.

Europe’s largest forecourt operators to host 350kW EV chargers

3 months ago / 0 comments

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’s first PHEV police car aims for all-electric shifts

3 months ago / 0 comments

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.

Long Termers: Toyota C-HR Hybrid Excel

3 months ago / 0 comments

Maybe I’m noticing it more now that I’ve got one on my driveway, or perhaps it’s because they’re hard to miss, but there seem to be masses of C-HRs on the road. More than … Read More »

Tesla Model 3 production still far behind global demand

4 months ago / 0 comments

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.

DS to launch £50,000 plug-in hybrid SUV in 2019

4 months ago / 0 comments

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.

Eon’s pan-European charging network due by 2020

4 months ago / 1 comments

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 wants to make charging easier

4 months ago / 0 comments

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.

Enel enters U.S. electric mobility market

4 months ago / 0 comments

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 offering free rapid chargers for fuel forecourts

4 months ago / 0 comments

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.