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Alex Grant

Autumn Statement should support ULEVs, not diesels, report says

2 years ago / 0 comments

Responding to Defra’s draft air quality plans, published in September, the Environmental Audit Committee has suggested next week’s Autumn Statement should include tax reforms which classify vehicles based on their nitrogen dioxide emissions, as … Read More »

U.S. Department of Transport joins workplace charging scheme

2 years ago / 0 comments

More than 240 employers have already joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge, but the DOT is the first Federal agency to do so. Joining the scheme means it will get … Read More »

Audi targets 25% EV sales by 2025

2 years ago / 0 comments

Speaking at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, Audi of America’s president, Scott Keogh, said the A3 Sportback and Q7 e-tron were the start of a move towards large-scale plug-in sales in the world’s … Read More »

New project to improve access to U.S. EV chargers

2 years ago / 0 comments

The ROEV Association, announced at the Los Angeles International Auto Show, is a collaborative project between BMW and Nissan with CarCharging/Blink, ChargePoint and NRG EVgo, accounting for 91% of the public charging points in … Read More »

North East Ambulance Service invests in smart chargers

2 years ago / 0 comments

The vehicles replace five conventionally-powered models, and will be supported by a network of nine charging points across the region, the first UK installations by Dutch company ICU. Installed by Elm Electric Vehicle Charging … Read More »

Military trials due for GM hydrogen technology

2 years ago / 0 comments

Working with General Motors, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) said the low-end torque, silent running and ability to produce electricity and water on the battlefield make hydrogen fuel … Read More »

Ford pilots free charging programme for PHEV customers

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Available to drivers in California and Maryland, the EV 1-2-3 Charge programme will offer unlimited four-hour charges at the 500 NRG EVgo and SemaConnect charging points across the country, with locations identified in the … Read More »

Toyota Mirai eligible for OLEV plug-in car grant

2 years ago / 0 comments

Available to order in three European markets – the UK, Denmark and Germany – the Mirai offers a 300-mile range using hydrogen to produce electricity which drives its wheels. Refuelling takes a few minutes, … Read More »

BMW and EVgo plan 500-strong U.S. rapid charging network

2 years ago / 0 comments

The initiative will add to BMW’s ChargeNow network, which offers two years of free charging for customers of the i3. So far, this totals 100 charging points, and the first 50 units from the … Read More »

Paris to get 90 new charging points ahead of COP21 summit

2 years ago / 0 comments

The project links the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which is supplying a fleet of 200 electric vehicles as shuttles for delegates, with French energy supplier EDF, which is providing low-carbon electricity, and Schneider Electric, which will donate … Read More »

New Toyota Prius to emit 70g/km CO2

2 years ago / 0 comments

Although these are pre-homologation figures, it the most efficient versions of the Prius will fall into the 9% BiK band and be exempt from the London Congestion Charge – one of only two models … Read More »

Kia hints at fuel economy for hybrid and plug-in Optimas

2 years ago / 0 comments

It’s unconfirmed as yet whether the Optima Hybrid will be available in right-hand drive markets this time, but Kia has said the new version will target a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to … Read More »

Kia previews <90g/km hybrid crossover

2 years ago / 0 comments

Unveiled as a pair of sketches, it’s likely that the Niro will be positioned in the B-SUV segment against the Nissan Juke, though Kia hasn’t confirmed this, and is said to offer the practicality … Read More »

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid priced from £26,195

2 years ago / 0 comments

On sale now, the hybrid uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine with electric motors at the front and rear axles, similar to the system used in the platform-shared Lexus NX 300h. CO2 emissions and fuel … Read More »

Driving, Unwired

2 years ago / 0 comments

Technology which could enable electric vehicles to charge is about to be trialled in the UK, and the benefits go beyond curing range anxiety, as Alex Grant explains.

Audi buys hydrogen fuel cell patents

2 years ago / 0 comments

The manufacturer has an ongoing co-operation with the company, which lasts until 2019, and says the patents will underpin developments in hydrogen fuel cell systems for the Volkswagen and Audi brands. Concept versions of … Read More »

BMW UK confirms four PHEVs by next summer

2 years ago / 0 comments

The first, the 225xe Active Tourer, arrives in March 2016 with a choice of Sport and Luxury trim levels. This uses a 134bhp three-cylinder petrol engine to drive the front wheels, and an 88bhp … Read More »

Californian EV manufacturer eyes first factory location

2 years ago / 0 comments

Faraday Future, which describes itself as a “well-funded” mobility company, said it is developing a full range of 100% electric vehicles with a technology-first approach and a high level of connectivity, claiming that “today’s … Read More »

First Drive: Nissan LEAF 30kWh

2 years ago / 0 comments

It’s indicative of the relatively low consumer understanding of electric vehicle technology that the most important update for the Nissan LEAF since it launched in 2011 isn’t flagged up by a badge or marked … Read More »

The UK is Europe's fastest-growing plug-in market

2 years ago / 0 comments

Figures from ACEA show the European market for electric, plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric vehicles grew 79.5% year on year, from 64,235 units in the first nine months of 2014, to 115,297 units in … Read More »