BMW will launch a plug-in hybrid X5 next year, designed to do a higher percentage of driving on battery power than its predecessor, and previewing technology likely to go into other model lines.
Maxus is to launch a line-up of large electric vans at the IAA Hannover this month, as part of parent company SAIC Motor’s plans to extend its brands’ reach across Europe.
Hot on the heels of Audi and Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz’s rival for the growing electric SUV class marks the start of a new era for the world’s oldest carmaker. Alex Grant finds out more.
Audi has started production of the e-tron electric SUV at its factory in Brussels, ahead of the first deliveries due by the end of the year.
Japan’s Chademo Association is to develop an ultra-fast charging standard for global use, working with utility companies in China, the world’s largest electric vehicle market.
Japanese component manufacturers, Aisin and Denso, are to form a 50/50 joint venture to develop and sell full drivetrains for electrified vehicles, starting from March 2019.
HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed Advisory Fuel Rates valid from 1 September, including electric vehicles for the first time but not plug-in hybrids, despite ongoing calls from fleets to issue these too.
Transport for London has awarded contracts to some of the UK’s largest charging point manufacturers to roll out 1,150 charging points across the boroughs by the end of 2020, helping households without off-street parking … Read More »
Charging point manufacturer, Andersen EV, has launched a new-generation ‘premium’ unit designed to offer businesses full control over the way their vehicles top up.
Anglian Water has installed a network of Rolec EV charging points at six offices across the East of England, catering for its own fleet as well as other electric vehicle drivers.
The Volkswagen Group has notified Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) of a potential recall of its plug-in vehicles, having discovered poisonous cadmium in part of the charging system.
Honda has begun trials of a system which will automatically charge electric vehicles based on drivers’ usage patterns and the real-time load on the electrical grid, while offering financial rewards for doing so.
Two thirds of ALD Automotive’s company car drivers have opted for plug-in hybrids so far this year, according to the leasing company, almost halving its fleet-wide average CO2 emissions.
The Nexo SUV brings hydrogen fuel cells a step closer to mass market appeal, explains Alex Grant.
The Government is missing an opportunity to drive uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles by not addressing the needs of fleets with a joined-up strategy of incentives, industry stakeholders have warned.
Emissions Analytics has warned the Government not to focus on electric vehicles as the solution to improving air quality, with diesel engines already offering a viable solution to meeting the targets in a short … Read More »
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is warning recovery companies and emergency services that their personnel will need additional accreditation and qualifications before dealing with electric and hybrid cars.
Hyundai’s electric SUV marks a tipping point for EVs, but there’s a catch. By Alex Grant.