Electric Vehicles

UK’s first electric vehicle experience centre opens in Milton Keynes

Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes

The UK’s first multi-brand electric vehicle showroom – the Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Centre, operated by Chargemaster – has opened recently in the Centre:MK shopping centre. It's be run by a team of professionally-trained EV gurus, providing information and advice, and visitors will be able to test drive the latest electric cars. Read more »

Hyundai Ioniq named 'Best Green Technology' in fleet awards

A panel of fleet industry experts has named the Hyundai IONIQ as the ‘Best Green Technology’ for businesses. Judges of the 2017 BusinessCar Fleet Technology Awards said the choice of three electrified powertrains for fleets was the most significant factor in giving it the top prize.

The Hyundai IONIQ is unique in offering separate hybrid, full electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains within one body type. It enables business car decision-makers to specify the IONIQ that best meets the needs of their drivers, depending on driving style, travel frequency, and the distances typically covered. Read more »

Polar electric vehicle charging network to be powered with 100% renewable electricity

The UK’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, POLAR, which includes Charge Your Car sites, is switching to 100% renewable electricity from 1st August 2017. The electricity consumption of the POLAR network, operated by Chargemaster, will be certified and matched to energy generated from renewable sources; meaning every mile driven by EVs charging on the POLAR network will be matched by renewable energy. Read more »

Smart charging provides solution to challenge of electric vehicles

Keith McLean is helping to trial smart charging technology

Electric vehicles could create an additional peak electricity demand of up to 18 GW by 2050, equivalent to an additional 30 per cent on top of today’s peak demand of 60 GW, according to one scenario in National Grid’s recently published ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ (FES).

In all the scenarios bar one, the report predicts a dramatic rise in electric vehicles (EVs), with sales being more than 90 per cent of all cars by 2050. Read more »

APC launches competition to facilitate funding for the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development centre

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has launched a competition to facilitate funding of the UK’s first automotive battery manufacturing development centre, in conjunction with Innovate UK. The funding opportunity is a major step forward in ensuring the UK becomes a global leader in the development and production of electric vehicles (EVs). Read more »

The number of Toyota hybrids sold moves past six million, as sales speed up

While electric car sales may not be lighting up the world, the steady progress of Toyota's hybrid power technology has reached another landmark with cumulative global sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles reaching 6.072 million units at the end of December 2013.

Sales are speeding up as this latest latest million-mark has been reached in the fastest time yet, just nine months since the figure moved past five million. Read more »

Audi reveals an allroad shooting brake concept car at Detroit Motor Show

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The Audi allroad shooting brake - an all-purpose e-tron crossover that represents a glimpse at the future of Audi design

Audi has pooled the genes of its rugged allroad models and its forthcoming e-tron hybrids to create a striking and fittingly futuristic new crossover concept for this month‘s 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Read more »

BMW i and Good Energy partner to supply green electricity in the UK

BMW has formed a new partnership with Good Energy Ltd to supply 100 per cent green electricity to owners of its electric cars in the UK*. The arrangement allows purchasers of the recently launched BMW i3 and BMW i8 to charge their new vehicle using renewably sourced electricity whilst at home. Read more »

Kia Motors confirms worldwide sale of electric Soul in 2014

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Kia Motors has confirmed that a new all-electric version of the Kia Soul is scheduled to go on sale in export markets during the second half of 2014. The 'Kia Soul EV' will be Kia's first electrically-driven, zero-emissions family car marketed outside Korea. The Soul EV promises a range of more than 125 miles (200 km). Read more »

Volkswagen and Ecotricity team up to provide the complete eco-electric driving package

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Volkswagen e-up! city car

Volkswagen Group in the UK and Ecotricity have signed a partnership deal to provide 100 per cent green energy to all customers purchasing an electric-powered vehicle from one of VW's brands.

Ecotricity became VW Group's preferred supplier for the partnership after discussions with several other energy companies in January earlier this year. The scheme means that any customer purchasing an electric vehicle from one of the Group’s brands will be offered, at the point of sale, the option to adopt Ecotricity’s 100 per cent green tariff for their home and vehicle energy supplies. Read more »

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