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Alex Grant

GM delivers Volt test car to Tianjin Eco-City

6 years ago / 0 comments

The delivery follows a memorandum of understanding, signed in April between GM and the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City Investment an Development Company (SSTEC) to investigate how an electric vehicle could be integrated into a smart … Read More »

Electric smart fortwo production begins at Hambach plant

6 years ago / 0 comments

Demand for its predecessor outstripped Daimler’s initial planned production run of 1,000 vehicles. The new model will be sold in almost twice as many markets, with a five-figure production run of an unconfirmed size. … Read More »

Dust to dust EV benefits

6 years ago / 0 comments

Green Illusions, a book by a California-based scholar, claims the process of manufacturing electric and part-electric cars is carbon-rich. Factor in the mining of rare-earth metals, used in batteries, and the book says electric … Read More »

Driven: Citroën DS5 D-Sport Hybrid4

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So there’s an air of familiarity to the DS5. It’s as streamlined, technology-rich and futuristic as its closest predecessor, and home to Citroën’s latest innovations. This is a leftfield alternative in a straight-laced segment, … Read More »

Midlands EV owners to get 60% discount on home charging units

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The partnership offers the reduction at point of sale, with an equal discount on installation by a British Gas engineer, plus a free electrical survey, advice on which charging point best suits customers’ needs … Read More »

First portable EV charger gets UK government funding approval

6 years ago / 0 comments

Unveiled at the Fleet World EV and Low CO2 Fleet Show in April, the Charging Solutions EVRESCUE unit has attracted the attention of roadside assistance companies, as well as car manufacturers and dealerships. It … Read More »

Diesel-rivalling Lexus GS hybrid confirmed for 2013 launch

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The model will launch as part of plans to grow GS sales to 2,500 units in 2014, of which 60% are predicted to be conquest buyers according to Toyota GB president and managing director … Read More »

In Detail: Mercedes-Benz Modular Hybrid System

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Unlike some other hybrid systems, this is completely modular and very compact. It adds 100kg to the kerb weight of the E250 CDI on which the model is based, and fits an unmodified bodyshell … Read More »

Hybrid to boost Yaris fleet appeal

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Speaking at the press launch, Toyota GB managing director Jon Williams said carbon-based taxation meant the majority of choices were made on CO2 output, and that the carmaker would be launching hybrid versions of … Read More »

First Drive: Toyota Yaris Hybrid

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So while most manufacturers are bringing electric vehicles to market, Toyota has stuck to its core technology and is broadening its hybrid family worldwide. European buyers will get this in its smallest form with the … Read More »

Korean-built Fluence Z.E. scheduled for 2013 domestic launch

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Badged as the SM3 Z.E., the car will be built alongside the conventionally-powered SM3 at the carmaker’s Busan factory, instead of the Bursa, Turkey facility where the mechanically near-identical Fluence Z.E. is built. The … Read More »

New ActiveHybrid 7 offers 158gpkm CO2 emissions

6 years ago / 0 comments

Many of the changes come from the new engine. The new ActiveHybrid 7 uses the same six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine as the 740i, instead of the V8 used in the first generation model. A … Read More »

First Drive: Honda FCX Clarity

6 years ago / 0 comments

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles share a few basic components with a pure electric car. There's an electric motor powering the wheels, no reliance on petrol or diesel, and a lithium ion battery storing power. … Read More »

Nissan to build electric van in Barcelona

6 years ago / 0 comments

The battery-electric vehicle uses powertrain components from the LEAF, and will be offered in a choice of passenger or panel van versions, both built in the same facility as the conventionally powered NV200 on … Read More »

SEAT delivers three plug-in test vehicles in Barcelona

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The manufacturer is developing both technologies for a production car in the coming years, and has already loaned electric Altea XL test vehicles to Spanish utility company Endesa and the Catalan Energy Institute for … Read More »

Zipcar adds Ampera to London fleet

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The company, which already offers a growing fleet of the mechanically identical Chevrolet Volt in Chicago, will add the Ampera to a 9000-vehicle global fleet, of which 1,700 are based in London. It was … Read More »

AEON Retail begins one-month Nissan e-NV200 trial in Japan

6 years ago / 0 comments

The company is the second in Japan to trial the battery-electric van, following a trial last July by the Japan Postal Service in Yokohama. Nissan in the UK has also recently carried out pre-launch … Read More »

How low can you go? The sub-50g/km fleet

6 years ago / 0 comments

City cars Traditionally a bread and butter segment for electric cars, the city car segment has near mechanically identical battery-electric offerings from Mitsubishi, Citroën and Peugeot. Renault’s futuristic Twizy two-seater will also launch this … Read More »

Audi opens EV and Hybrid battery centre in Germany

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The 3,500 metre-squared facility took two years to complete, and is based in Gaimersheim, two kilometres from Audi’s plant in Igolstadt. It employs around 100 newly-hired electronics experts, and is home to Audi’s electromobility … Read More »

In Detail: Lexus Hybrid Drive

6 years ago / 0 comments

Last year, UK sales were dominated by hybrid technology, with some 77.3% of all cars sold here featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive. Contributing heavily to the carmaker’s 33% sales uplift in 2011 was the CT … Read More »