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Alex Grant

Skoda Begins First Electric Vehicle Trial

7 years ago / 0 comments

The Octavia Green E Line is based on a conventional Octavia Combi, with its modular chassis allowing easy fitment of the battery, electronic controllers and electric motor. Using the Golf Blue-e-motion’s 114bhp electric drivetrain with … Read More »

Infiniti Announces Range-Extended Electric Sports Car

7 years ago / 0 comments

Details so far are limited, but the manufacturer said it will preview a new design language for the brand and explores the idea of an engaging sports car drive, but with an electric powertrain. … Read More »

Continental And SK Innovation Begin Battery Joint Venture Discussions

7 years ago / 0 comments

The agreement was announced at a ceremony held at the Detroit Auto Show, and the completed joint venture is expected to be finalised mid way through 2012. Managed by a team of executives from … Read More »

CT 200h Boosts Lexus Sales In 2011

7 years ago / 0 comments

Introduced early last year, the CT 200h has proved to be a strong conquest proposition for the carmaker, with two thirds of all owners trading in from other brands. The manufacturer is expecting continued … Read More »

Detroit Concept Previews Near-Production Nissan Electric Commercial Vehicle

7 years ago / 0 comments

The e-NV200 concept takes strong styling cues from the LEAF, including its Aqua Blue paintwork, blue accents and charging flap on the front. But it’s not only a visual similarity, as the van also … Read More »

GM Upgrades Volt And Ampera To Reduce Post-Crash Fire Risk

7 years ago / 0 comments

The modifications address concerns raised by GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last November, after two crash-tested Volts caught fire at its storage facility. As a result of its investigation, GM … Read More »

Kia Launches Korea's First Production Electric Vehicle

7 years ago / 0 comments

The Ray EV is manufactured alongside the conventional Ray, and the carmaker said it plans to build 2,500 units in 2012 for use by government agencies as part of a long-term real-world research programme. … Read More »

Renault UK Delivers First Electric Vehicle

7 years ago / 0 comments

The all-electric compact commercial was sold through Marshall Renault in Milton Keynes, one of the first dealerships to become part of the carmaker’s Z.E. Expert scheme. Another 20 dealers have invested in the required … Read More »

Siemens Extends Nissan LEAF Fleet By Seven Cars

7 years ago / 0 comments

The company already has three of the all-electric cars operating at its Industrial Turbo business in Lincolnshire, and recently installed its own high-power charging points at its Ruston Works facility and the Lincoln School … Read More »

Nissan and FedEx Partner For London Electric Van Trial

7 years ago / 0 comments

The vehicle, which uses the same powertrain and battery setup as the LEAF, joins a 43-strong fleet of electric commercials in use globally by FedEx of which more than half were added as recently … Read More »

First Drive: Renault Kangoo Z.E.

7 years ago / 0 comments

For a start, it doesn’t shout about being revolutionary. Almost indistinguishable from a conventional Kangoo, electric versions of the compact commercial are only marked out by the discreet charging socket on the grille and … Read More »

British Gas Becomes Toyota's Preferred Charge Point Supplier

7 years ago / 0 comments

For British Gas, it’s the third such manufacturer partnership, and follows preferred supplier deals with Renault and Nissan, making it the preferred choice for more than 70% of the UK electric vehicle market in … Read More »

Aptera Motors Closes Its Doors

7 years ago / 0 comments

In its statement, Aptera said it had spent the last two years in a due diligence process with the DOE to secure a $150m (£96m) Advance Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan, and recently received a … Read More »

Orkney Island Council Goes Electric With Peugeot iOn

7 years ago / 0 comments

Funded by Transport Scotland, the iOn’s 90 mile range allows it to cover most trips across the island, and as a bonus it can be powered from the abundant renewable energy sources available locally, … Read More »

NHTSA Begins Battery Safety Defect Test On Chevy Volt

7 years ago / 0 comments

In its statement, the agency said it was too early to tell whether the investigation would lead to a recall of vehicles or parts, but added that it would be notifying consumers if it … Read More »

Ampera Electrifies Euro Disney Fleet

7 years ago / 0 comments

The cars are part of a recently signed partnership between General Motors France and Euro Disney Associates, which will allow the carmaker to promote its vehicles using the Disney brand and showcase them at … Read More »

Nissan Predicts Thousands Of Orders For Cut-Price Fast Charger

7 years ago / 0 comments

The unit was developed with Sumitomo Corporation and will be wholesaled, retailed and installed by Nissan’s home charging partner AeroVironment, with the first installations expected in early 2012. Nissan said it will launch an … Read More »

SEAT To Launch Electric Vehicle In 2015

7 years ago / 0 comments

The manufacturer is also heading up the CINIT VERDE project, a public-private partnership between manufacturers, universities, research centres and the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, aimed at supporting the development of a suitable … Read More »

First Drive: Audi A6 Hybrid

7 years ago / 0 comments

But mass-market electrification arrives first with this A6 hybrid, due in Germany next winter ahead of a 2013 UK launch. Seemingly designed to offer a balance of performance and economy, it’s not an out-and-out … Read More »

Driven: Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Prototype)

7 years ago / 0 comments

Production models are a few months away, but Toyota has a few remaining demonstrators from its year-long global trial, and we had the chance to sample it for a few days to see the … Read More »