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Alex Grant

Vauxhall partners with British Gas for Ampera fast-charging

6 years ago / 0 comments

The agreement furthers the utility company’s near monopoly on manufacturer-approved home charging solutions. British Gas already has similar agreements to install charging equipment for the Nissan LEAF, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid and Renault’s Z.E. … Read More »

Tesla takes first fleet orders for Model S electric luxury saloon

6 years ago / 0 comments

The two companies have already worked together to offer the Roadster and Roadster Sport in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands last year, while the Model S will also be available in … Read More »

Smith Electric Vehicles unveils Newton Step Van in United States

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Newton Step Van was unveiled at this week’s NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, and uses a walk-in body made by Indiana-based converter Utilimaster. It offers a 100-mile electric range, with a gross … Read More »

Volkswagen introduces diesel-electric hybrid SUV concept

6 years ago / 0 comments

Given its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the revisions offer a 50% economy improvement compared to the Tokyo concept car, which returned 104.6mpg and emitted 62g/km CO2. But it’s also more powerful, … Read More »

Audi begins electromobility trial in United States, using electric A3 e-tron

6 years ago / 0 comments

Unveiled at the TED2012 engineering conference in Long Beach, California, the A3 e-tron offers a fully electric range of 90 miles and 199lb-ft torque from its motor. Audi said the powertrain has resulted in … Read More »

British Gas trials Nissan electric van

6 years ago / 0 comments

The vehicle, one of only two ever made, was handed over at Nissan dealer Glyn Hopkin in Milton Keynes, having recently completed a similar trial with FedEx in London. Ahead of the production vehicle’s … Read More »

Mitsubishi Partners with AeroVironment for US Charging Points

6 years ago / 0 comments

The company will provide a nationwide installation and support service for the vehicle’s indoor and outdoor charging units, including training, 24/7 customer helplines and a three-year warranty. MMNA is waiving the $99.99 site consultation … Read More »

Revised Volt Gains Tax and Convenience Incentives

6 years ago / 0 comments

Originally designed for vehicles with two or more occupants, in 2004 the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes were opened to individual occupancy cars capable of running on electricity alone and with 45mpg or greater … Read More »

Fleet Demand Driving Ampera Sales in Europe, says Opel

6 years ago / 0 comments

The carmaker said these clients were mainly big leasing companies who had ordered the Ampera as part of a car plan.  Big names included are Leaseplan, ALD Automotive and Europcar, while a number of large … Read More »

Time for sensible EV advice

6 years ago / 0 comments

The main issue is a complete lack of neutrality about electric vehicles, in all forms, which I think is breeding blurred perceptions of the whole market. While the concept itself isn’t new, the reality … Read More »

Edinburgh College EV Test Fleet to Double in Size

6 years ago / 0 comments

Led by Jewel and Esk College, the project launched with four cars last August, based at its campuses in Midlothian and Edinburgh, with one each at Stevenson College Edinburgh and Midlothian Council’s headquarters in … Read More »

Study Shows Chinese Grid Emissions Counteract EV Benefits

6 years ago / 0 comments

The study, which was undertaken by the university’s assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering, Chris Cherry and graduate student Shuguang Ji, analysed emissions for five vehicle technologies in 34 Chinese cities and focused … Read More »

Lexus GS 450h UK Pricing Announced

6 years ago / 0 comments

The model was unveiled at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, featuring the carmaker’s new ‘spindle grill’ front end as shown on the popular CT 200h compact hybrid. As well as its traditional rival … Read More »

Volkswagen Developing Diesel-Electric CC Hybrid

6 years ago / 0 comments

The CC hybrid’s low emission diesel-electric hybrid system would have to at least compete, if not better, PSA Peugeot-Citroen’s offering, which means CO2 emissions around the 100g/km mark, if not lower if mated to … Read More »

First Drive: Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

6 years ago / 0 comments

Volvo sees this as a corporate-focussed car in the UK, at least once it reaches full production. The first 1,000 cars begin leaving the line next November, but even as one of its biggest … Read More »

One-off Ampera Debuts Latest Police Technology

6 years ago / 0 comments

Wearing full livery, the car was presented at the Police and Security Conference in Farnborough in response to an ACPO competition, and was used to display the latest technology to delegates. Some of the … Read More »

First Drive: Range Rover Range_e Prototype

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Evoque has paved the way for the new generation – a smaller car made with more widespread use of lightweight materials and, like the Freelander, a front wheel drive option. And, next year, … Read More »

SEAT Partners With Spanish Business School to Research E-Mobility

6 years ago / 0 comments

The collaborative research project was part of a course taught by IESE professor Marc Sachon, and was aimed at analysing how the growth of e-mobility in Spain could happen, and the effects on the … Read More »

Nissan LEAF joins Europcar's London and Paris Rental Fleets

6 years ago / 0 comments

Customers renting a LEAF will have the vehicle handed over by a Europcar representative, who will explaining the car’s functions, and Nissan will offer a free hotline for any other queries.  The cars will … Read More »

Fluence Z.E. Joins London-based Hybrid Taxi Fleet

6 years ago / 0 comments

The eco-friendly taxi company, which was founded in 2007, has a fleet made up almost entirely of highly-specced hybrid vehicles and caters for over 700 business customers across London and its surrounding airports. It … Read More »