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Alex Grant

DfT mulls changes to gross weight limits for electric vans

7 months ago / 1 comments

The Department for Transport is considering raising the weight threshold for light commercial vehicles from 3.5 tonnes to 4.25 tonnes to offset their heavier drivetrains, in turn making them more cost-effective to operate.

Government air quality plans: what you need to know

7 months ago / 2 comments

As the UK government sets out its plans to curb air quality issues across the UK, Alex Grant picks out the key points for fleets.

POLAR network switches to renewable energy

7 months ago / 0 comments

Chargemaster’s POLAR network of 5,600 charging points will be supplied by renewable energy from the 1st of August, aimed at cutting carbon emissions for users.

Battery-electric MINI due in 2019

7 months ago / 0 comments

MINI’s first electric vehicle will be based on its three-door hatchback, and launch in 2019, the company has confirmed.

Hyundai to electrify several core models by 2020

7 months ago / 0 comments

Hyundai will add 14 electrified models to its line-up by 2020, including hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, according to its European COO, Thomas Schmid.

AA Trust to offer free EV driver training

7 months ago / 0 comments

The AA Trust is to begin a pilot programme, offering free electric vehicle driving lessons in Milton Keynes to demonstrate how to get the best performance of the technology.

Shell to offer EV charging in the UK

7 months ago / 1 comments

Selected Shell service stations in the UK and Netherlands are to gain rapid charging points for electric vehicles, due to go live by the end of 2017.

Mercedes-Benz to launch diesel PHEV next year

7 months ago / 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz will launch its first diesel plug-in hybrid next year, likely to be a derivative of the facelifted C-Class, with UK head of fleet, Rob East, stressing that diesel still has a place in … Read More »

Peer-to-peer network makes revenue from idle charging points

7 months ago / 0 comments

Businesses and residents in California will soon be able to offer their charging points to other drivers through a mobile app, in what’s said to be the first network of its kind in North … Read More »

Audi A8 plug-in hybrid due in 2018

7 months ago / 0 comments

Audi will launch its first plug-in hybrid A8 saloon early in 2018, a few months after the arrival of the rest of the new-generation range.

Norway now buying more plug-in cars than diesels

8 months ago / 1 comments

Almost half of all cars registered in Norway in the first six months of this year were hybrid or electric models, with plug-ins outpacing petrol or diesel sales for the first time.

£20m boost for Vehicle-to-Grid technology

8 months ago / 0 comments

The UK government is to provide £20m funding to projects which will develop and test technology enabling electric vehicles to return energy to the grid during periods of peak demand.

France moves towards petrol and diesel ban

8 months ago / 1 comments

France is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, under plans outlined by the country’s newly-appointed environment minister.

Slough Borough Council deploys first electric pool cars

8 months ago / 0 comments

Slough Borough Council has deployed three Renault ZOE electric pool cars and six e-bikes, aiming to reduce the cost and environmental impact of its staff travel.

Volvo to launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021

8 months ago / 1 comments

Volvo’s line-up will gain five fully electric cars – including two high-performance models – by 2021 in line with its plans to use electric motors in all cars from 2019.

Honda and Hitachi form EV motor joint venture

8 months ago / 0 comments

Honda and Hitachi have formed a £34m joint venture company, which will develop and manufacture motors for the growing global electric vehicle market.

First Drive: MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4

8 months ago / 0 comments

For a brand built around upmarket small cars, the first plug-in MINI feels a long time coming. 

Q&A: Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi Motors UK

8 months ago / 0 comments

Lance Bradley, managing director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, on the changing role of diesels for a 4WD-heavy manufacturer, and government support for the EV sector.

First drive: BMW 530e iPerformance

8 months ago / 0 comments

How quickly times change. A plug-in hybrid 5 Series would have looked like a niche oddity when the last-generation model launched in 2010, but BMW is so confident about demand for the 530e in … Read More »

Volvo to launch high-performance EV sub-brand

8 months ago / 1 comments

Polestar, the performance arm of Volvo Cars, is to be repositioned as a standalone manufacturer of high-performance electric vehicles, its parent company has announced.