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.
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.
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.
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 is readying a range of ‘electrified’ SUVs, including a standalone battery-electric model, following strong demand for its second-generation Leaf.
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 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.
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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 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 9 November, under a reformed system focused on increasing uptake of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.