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Alex Grant

Daimler boosts PHEV ranges with new battery tech

5 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz has boosted the range and charging times of the S-Class plug-in hybrid, previewing technology likely to be rolled out across its other plug-in models in the near future.

GKN reveals two-gear bolt-on hybrid system

5 months ago / 0 comments

GKN Driveline will begin on-road tests of a two-speed electric axle in early 2018, offering a ‘bolt-on’ solution to add hybrid drive to existing vehicles, or for developing new models.

Bosch e-axle to cut cost, R&D for electric vehicles

5 months ago / 0 comments

Bosch has developed an electric axle claimed to cut the cost and development time for electric and hybrid vehicles, predicting “billions” of sales for the technology.

Road Test: Smart ForFour Electric Drive

6 months ago / 0 comments

The pace of evolution in electric vehicles is rapid. Less than a decade ago, most were either low-volume, hand-built cars, or quirky short-range city runabouts. As battery ranges have grown, and vehicle choice has … Read More »

Scotland aims to phase out petrol and diesel by 2032

6 months ago / 0 comments

The Scottish Parliament has outlined plans to phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2032, supported by part of a £60m funding pot for low-carbon technologies.

Spotlight: Nissan LEAF

6 months ago / 0 comments

The second-generation of Nissan’s pioneering electric hatchback will arrive in Europe early next year, offering more range, extra power and less controversial styling. Alex Grant finds out more.

Long-range EVs could require “charging forecourts”

6 months ago / 0 comments

A national network of high-powered electric vehicle charging stations will be essential as new models start to offer hundreds of miles of range, according to a new report by the National Grid.

Electric and diesel variants drive H1 uplift for Nissan GB

6 months ago / 0 comments

Nissan GB has seen little slowdown in demand for diesel engines, despite the electric LEAF accounting for almost a third of its UK sales growth in the first seven months of 2017, according to … Read More »

Volkswagen Bus to return as an EV

6 months ago / 0 comments

Volkswagen has greenlighted production of an electric van and MPV, said to be inspired by the split-screen Transporter and Microbus of the 1950s.

Q&A: Simon Lonsdale of ChargePoint

6 months ago / 0 comments

With the first of a network of its 200 easily-upgradable ultra-fast charging points about to be deployed in a partnership with InstaVolt, Simon Lonsdale, vice president, business development at Californian manufacturer ChargePoint explains the … Read More »

Port of Southampton deploys first EVs

6 months ago / 0 comments

Associated British Ports has deployed 13 electric vehicles at the Port of Southampton, in a move aimed at improving local air quality in the city.

Q&A: David Martell of Chargemaster

6 months ago / 0 comments

As Chargemaster moves to renewable energy sources for its POLAR network, and opens the first multi-brand, all-EV showroom in Milton Keynes, CEO David Martell says it’s a case of ‘when’ instead of ‘why’ for … Read More »

National Grid: only 8% rise in peak energy demand by 2040

7 months ago / 0 comments

Charging the UK’s electric vehicle fleet in 2040 would only require a 5GW increase in peak energy demand – six times lower than some news reports have suggested, according to the National Grid.

Hybrids could soon change driving mode to suit local air quality

7 months ago / 0 comments

Hybrids could soon be remotely switched to drive on electricity when local air pollution is high, using technology which is about to undergo on-road trials in Leeds.

Shell extends its hydrogen filling network

7 months ago / 0 comments

Shell has added four hydrogen filling stations to its network in Germany, bringing the country’s strategically-deployed network to 32 sites.

Toyota and Mazda to co-develop electric vehicles

7 months ago / 0 comments

Toyota and Mazda have formed a partnership to co-develop electric vehicles, in a move aimed at increasing the speed at which new technology can be brought to market.

ULEVs added to government greenhouse gas data tables

7 months ago / 0 comments

The UK government has included plug-in vehicles on its greenhouse gas conversion tables for the first time, aimed at helping fleets to better understand their environmental impact of new drivetrains.

Study suggests estimated grid demand from EVs is exaggerated

7 months ago / 0 comments

Moving to 100% electric vehicle sales in the UK by 2040 would only cause a 10% increase in demand on the electrical grid, according to a study from Cambridge Econometrics.

Cenex to overhaul National Chargepoint Registry

7 months ago / 0 comments

Cenex is to take charge of the UK-wide database of charging points, in a move aimed at providing better live data to drivers and routing companies.

Queensland to get 1,000-mile electric highway

7 months ago / 0 comments

Queensland is to get a network of rapid electric vehicle charging points spanning the 1,000-mile Bruce Highway along the state’s east coast.