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Natalie Middleton

Over 350,000 home chargers expected in UK by 2025

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Surging interest in plug-in cars will see more than 350,000 homes across the fitted with an electric home charging system in the next five years.

SEAT el-Born electric concept to arrive as Cupra hot hatch

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SEAT performance spin-off Cupra is to launch a hot hatch version of the SEAT el-Born concept next year in a change of plan for the brands.

Oxford’s first rapid charger marks cornerstone in ‘world-first’ charging project

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Oxford’s first rapid charger in Oxford has now gone live; part of plans to deliver a ‘world-first’ charging network to support widespread EV adoption.

LEVC VN5 range-extender electric van: pricing, specs and range revealed

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LEVC’s VN5 range-extender electric van is now on sale, bringing an electric-only range of 58 miles (93km) and a total range of 300 miles (484 km).

Ford Transit Custom PHEV vans to automatically switch to electric in CAZs

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New geofencing technology in the Ford Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid will automatically switch the van to emission-free electric mode in controlled zones such as Clean Air Zones – bringing air quality benefits.

Over half of UK fleets running EVs already or adopting them soon

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Fleet intentions to adopt electrified vehicles have risen rapidly in the last 12 months, in particular for plug-in hybrids.

British Gas orders 1,000 EVs from Vauxhall

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British Gas has ordered 1,000 of the new electric Vivaro-e van from Vauxhall for its engineers – a deal said to mark the largest electric vehicle order for a commercial fleet in the UK.

Royal Mail to put LEVC’s range-extender van to test

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Royal Mail has become the latest organisation to sign up for trials of LEVC’s forthcoming range-extender van, putting its eco benefits to test in the real world.

Electric and hybrid car registrations trump diesels in June

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Ultra-low emission vehicles saw more new car registrations than diesels in June, giving credence to ongoing reports that ULEVs hold the key to new car market recovery.

Volvo extends free electricity offer for plug-in hybrid drivers

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Volvo has extended its reimbursed electricity offer for plug-in hybrid customers as take-up of its PHEV vehicles soars in the UK.

Alphabet ties up with NewMotion for fleet charging solutions

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Alphabet has partnered with NewMotion to offer fleets and drivers smart charging solutions, as well as access to UK-wide public charge points, as it reports fast-rising demand for plug-in vehicles.

Suzuki adds ‘Across’ rebadged RAV4 PHEV to European line-up

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Suzuki has revealed its new ‘Across’ model; a rebadged version of the Toyota RAV4 PHEV SUV that goes on sale in Europe this autumn, further reinforcing its fleet proposition.

New Jaguar Land Rover subscription service enables drivers to go electric

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Drivers looking to trial the latest plug-in vehicles can now make use of a new Jaguar Land Rover subscription service that enables them to change vehicles every six months.

Audi reveals flagship versions of e-tron and e-tron sportback

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Audi is introducing range-topping ‘S’ versions of its e-tron and e-tron sportback this summer, bringing up to 503hp of power and 973Nm of torque along with increased range.

Tritium readies for global fast-charging growth with new CEO

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EV fast-charging solutions specialist Tritium has appointed Jane Hunter as its new CEO in line with plans for rapid growth across the globe and into new markets.

FCA and Engie start work on largest-ever vehicle-to-grid plant

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has pressed ahead with planned work on a pilot project, set to create the largest vehicle-to-grid plant in the world at its plant in Mirafiori, Turin.

Drivers lack confidence in government EV ownership advice

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The fleet and automotive industry should collaborate to inform drivers on the benefits of electric vehicles to help drivers make the shift away from petrol and diesels.

Europe central to Kia plans for EV sales growth

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Kia has outlined further details of its electric vehicle strategy, which will see many of its forthcoming EVs launch in Europe.

Fleet interest in EVs fast-rising but awareness low of % BiK

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Fleet take-up of electric vehicle is fast-accelerating but awareness of the 0% Benefit-in-Kind on EVs is worryingly low.

Paul Kirby to lead electric vehicle strategy at Vanarama

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Former LeasePlan head of commercial vehicles Paul Kirby has joined Vanarama to head up its electric vehicle strategy.