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Alex Grant

Don’t turn your back on PHEVs, Government warned

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

Plug-in hybrid customers are five times more likely to be considering an electric vehicle for their next car than a petrol or diesel model according to Mitsubishi Motors UK, which has warned the Government … Read More »

A home for hydrogen?

3 weeks ago / 0 comments

A collaborative project in Swindon is tasking hydrogen fuel cell cars with the rigours of a life on fleet. Alex Grant dropped in to find out how it all works.

One in five Mondeos are hybrids, says Ford

2 months ago / 0 comments

Ford recorded a ten-fold year-on-year increase in Mondeo Hybrid registrations during 2018, reaching 10,000 units across Europe, as rising costs and political pressure continued to erode the business case for diesel engines.

New Ford Kuga to include 29g/km plug-in hybrid

2 months ago / 0 comments

Ford’s all-new Kuga SUV will include three ‘electrified’ drivetrains, including a plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions from 29g/km, alongside petrol and diesel versions.

Electrification could mean an end for diesel Clios, says Renault

3 months ago / 0 comments

Renault is expecting to gradually phase out diesel engines from the new Clio, predicting demand for its new hybrid system could be as high as diesel was in some European markets.

Nissan readies electric SUV as EV demand grows

3 months ago / 0 comments

Nissan is readying a range of ‘electrified’ SUVs, including a standalone battery-electric model, following strong demand for its second-generation Leaf.

‘Charging as a Service’ to help drive plugged-in fleet growth

3 months ago / 0 comments

Leasing companies could play a significant role in supporting electric vehicle uptake among fleets by funding charging points as an extension of the vehicle lease, according to consultancy firm Delta Energy and Environment.

Nissan to support high-power UK charging network

4 months ago / 0 comments

Nissan is working with infrastructure partners to deploy high-power electric vehicle charging points along major European routes, including the UK’s Electric Highway network, ahead of the longer-range Leaf arriving in June.

Charging 2.0: How the latest EVs are opening up electric motoring to fleets

5 months ago / 0 comments

With the first long-range, mass-market electric cars coming to market and plug-in sales continuing to grow, Alex Grant looks at how new technology could re-shape the UK’s charging network and the challenges ahead for … Read More »

Road Test: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 4h

6 months ago / 0 comments

With an increasingly crowded plug-in market, can a heavy update renew the Outlander PHEV’s driver appeal? Alex Grant finds out.

MG to target fleets with electric SUV

6 months ago / 0 comments

MG has previewed an electric version of the ZS SUV in China, with the newcomer set to re-launch the brand in markets across Europe in the first half of 2019.

Mitsubishi aims to double Outlander PHEV electric range

7 months ago / 0 comments

Mitsubishi is targeting a 100km (62-mile) electric range for the next Outlander PHEV, which could also share its plug-in hybrid drivetrain with the Nissan X-Trail and Renault Koleos SUVs.

Volvo invests in mobile rapid charging company

7 months ago / 0 comments

Volvo Cars has invested in charging point company FreeWire Technologies, which has developed a cheaper and less labour-intensive solution for installing rapid chargers for electric vehicles.

Eden Project renews electric Renault fleet

7 months ago / 0 comments

The Eden Project has renewed its fleet of Renault electric vehicles, having saved more than 17 tonnes of CO2 since their predecessors were deployed in 2016.

European Tesla Model 3 deliveries due early 2019

7 months ago / 0 comments

Tesla will start taking orders for the Model 3 in Europe before the end of this year, ahead of first deliveries due early in 2019, expecting sales of the compact executive electric car to … Read More »

Total to roll out forecourt EV charging

7 months ago / 0 comments

Total Gas and Power is to roll out electric vehicle charging stations at its UK forecourts, as part of a partnership with the global ChargePoint network.

Most fleets unprepared for on-site charging, survey reveals

7 months ago / 0 comments

Inadequate on-site charging remains a major barrier to deploying electric commercial vehicles, according to a study of more than 200 operators by UPS and Greenbiz, which was carried out earlier this summer.

Google adds EV charging points to Maps app

7 months ago / 0 comments

The Google Maps smartphone app now includes the ability to search for the nearest available electric vehicle charging points, displaying detailed information about connectivity and charge speeds at each site.

Climate change committee calls for urgent ULEV tax reform

8 months ago / 0 comments

The Committee on Climate Change has warned the Government to make urgent tax vehicle tax reforms in this year’s Autumn Budget, to stop uptake of ultra-low emission vehicle sales from stalling.

UK Government cuts Plug-in Car Grant

8 months ago / 0 comments

Plug-in hybrids will cease to be eligible for the UK’s Plug-in Car Grant on 9 November, under a reformed system focused on increasing uptake of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.