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Alex Grant

Know Your EV

6 years ago / 0 comments

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) Battery electric, or pure electric, vehicles are only ever powered by electricity, meaning zero CO2 emissions at the point of use. The drivetrain usually consists of one or more electric … Read More »

Nissan's steep learning curve

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Nissan broke new ground last year when it brought its first electric vehicle, the LEAF, to the UK. Though rivals were already offering electric cars, the LEAF’s blend of practicality and unchallenging ownership experience … Read More »

VIP delivery experience planned for Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

6 years ago / 0 comments

Vehicles will be delivered in a sealed trailer to the driver’s work or home address, with a handover process explaining the car’s powertrain. This is designed to boost awareness of the technology, and to … Read More »

Evatran begins wireless charging trial

6 years ago / 0 comments

The units use electromagnetic induction to transmit electricity wirelessly, similar to the way electric toothbrushes recharge. Evatran’s work has centered on allowing this to transmit over seven inches, and the completed product does so … Read More »

GE and PayPal partnership aims for easier recharging payments

6 years ago / 0 comments

Drivers will be able to find their nearest charging point using an iPhone application, which also shows whether it is in use, and the cost of recharging. Each location will have a QR code, … Read More »

Free electric vehicle charging at Radisson Blu Stansted

6 years ago / 0 comments

The units join a growing network of public access charging points installed at hotels around the UK by Zero Carbon World. Each offers two-speed charging, at 13 or 32 amps, and is listed on … Read More »

Nissan LEAF joins Portuguese police fleet

6 years ago / 0 comments

Portugal’s Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP) will be the first police force in the world with the battery-electric vehicle on fleet, and will use them mainly for its Safe School initiative. Each LEAF is … Read More »

FedEx Express to test electric Nissan e-NV200 van in Japan

6 years ago / 0 comments

The global delivery company, which recently announced it would extend its global EV fleet by 87 vehicles, has already tested the e-NV200 in London, and said widespread use of low-carbon transport had resulted in … Read More »

Hybrid focus for Toyota and Lexus fleet

6 years ago / 0 comments

The manufacturer announced a resurgence in its fleet efforts at its annual conference last December, launching a new customer charter to ensure strong aftersales service and a new tax calculator available as a smartphone … Read More »

Two new quick chargers join North East England electric vehicle project

6 years ago / 0 comments

The posts, which can recharge a battery to 80% capacity in around 30 minutes, are located at Belmont Park and Ride in Durham and Cablecom Training in Stockton and join a network of 400 … Read More »

Mazda to lease electric Demio supermini from October

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Demio EV uses a motor developed in-house and offers 100bhp, just less than the power output of the 1.5-litre Sport model, and adds around 200kg to the equivalent conventional car. Mazda claims no … Read More »

In Detail: Honda FCX Clarity Fuel Cell Stack

6 years ago / 0 comments

Instead of carrying a large on-board battery, hydrogen fuel cells use a chemical reaction to generate their own electricity, and this then powers an electric motor. Refuelling takes less than five minutes, the range … Read More »

First Drive: BMW ActiveHybrid 3

6 years ago / 0 comments

This is a car which very definitely has a market, specifically Japan and North America where air quality standards make diesels a hard sell, but it’s a bit of a square peg in the … Read More »

Continental showcases latest EV technology

6 years ago / 0 comments

Built in six months, the car is compliant with all the safety regulations of a production vehicle and features 40 of the German manufacturer’s own electric vehicle components, including some which are already in … Read More »

U.S. households ready for "significant" electric vehicle uptake, says study

6 years ago / 0 comments

Totalling some 49.6 billion homes, the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey showed suitability is focused on specific areas and housing types. Newer houses, built after 1990, were most likely to have … Read More »

Smaller wheel option brings all DS5 models under 100g/km

6 years ago / 0 comments

Until now, the entry-level DSign trim was the only Hybrid4 model to come in under the all-important threshold. With 17-inch wheels, instead of the 19-inch versions fitted as standard, the DS5 Hybrid4’s CO2 emissions … Read More »

Nissan launches predictive battery charge service in Japan

6 years ago / 0 comments

Already under development for the United States and Europe, the new functions are aimed at helping LEAF owners plan journeys on the most suitable routes. Using the smartphone app or website, users will be … Read More »

Lotus Evora range extended electric vehicle begins dynamic and durability tests

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Evora 414E is built as a demonstrator to show the technology Lotus is working on, and is claimed to have reached its testing phase earlier than expected. It uses two EVO electric motors … Read More »

Audi R8 e-tron electric vehicle sets Nürburgring lap record

6 years ago / 0 comments

A small scale production run of the R8 e-tron will begin at the end of this year, using exactly the same powertrain as the record-setting car. This uses two electric motors, powered by a … Read More »

Honda to lease Fit EV electric supermini from July

6 years ago / 0 comments

The Fit EV uses a 123bhp electric motor with 189lb.ft of torque, suppled with electricity from a lithium ion battery pack with a range of 82 miles on a combined cycle. Drivers can select … Read More »