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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plug-in hybrids will cease to be eligible for the UK’s Plug-in Car Grant on 12 November, under a reformed system focused on increasing uptake of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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-in hybrid and electric vehicles will be able to plan routes using real-time charging point availability, as part of a partnership with TomTom.
Ford will launch a petrol hybrid version of the Mondeo estate, as part of an ‘enhanced range’ due next year.
Fleet operators looking to add electric vehicles or charging points to their business are invited to discuss the technology with experts, at an event hosted by energy company, Alfen.
Toyota has shown full hybrid versions of the Corolla, Camry and RAV4 at the Paris Motor Show, each offering lower CO2 emissions than the diesel models they replace.