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Alex Grant

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

1 month 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

2 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

2 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

2 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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

3 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.

EV deployment not just a fleet manager’s job, industry told

3 months ago / 0 comments

Fleet managers shouldn’t have sole responsibility for deploying electric vehicles on corporate fleets, according to legal firm Burges Salmon, with new technology necessitating co-operation with other departments.

Long-term clarity needed to grow EV fleets, says LeasePlan UK MD

3 months ago / 0 comments

The leasing sector needs long-term support from both manufacturers and Government if the ultra-low emission vehicle sector is to take off in the UK, according to LeasePlan UK managing director, Matt Dyer.

Don’t overlook rural charging needs, National Grid warns

3 months ago / 0 comments

Rural communities could face inadequate charging infrastructure if it develops based on market demand, the National Grid has warned, adding that Government support will be needed to put in high-powered connections in some areas.

Jeep confirms plug-in hybrid Renegade

4 months ago / 0 comments

Jeep is readying its plant in Melfi, Italy to build the first plug-in hybrid Renegade compact SUV, due for launch in 2020 as part of ongoing plans to phase out diesel in its range.

MEPs vote for 20% ULEV sales target by 2025

4 months ago / 0 comments

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a 20% targeted reduction in new car and van CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2025, with sub-50g/km vehicles to account for at least a fifth of … Read More »

£4.1m fuel cell research centre opens in Manchester

4 months ago / 0 comments

Manchester Metropolitan University has opened a £4.1m research facility, which will develop next-generation energy storage and hydrogen fuel cell technology for vehicles and buildings.

New research could cut the cost of fuel cells

4 months ago / 0 comments

A research project between Volkswagen and Stanford University has developed a new manufacturing process for hydrogen fuel cells, which could cut costs and improve both durability and efficiency of the technology.

BMW Group plug-ins to get real-time charging point information

4 months ago / 0 comments

BMW Group plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles will be able to plan routes using real-time charging point availability, as part of a partnership with TomTom.