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Green Hero: California

Green Hero: California

Less than half a year has passed since we awarded our Green Hero title to the California Air Resources Board (see Green Hero: California Air Resources Board) to celebrate its remarkable achievements with the Advanced Clean Cars Package; and the progression of H2USA. However, this month we are shinin[...]

Nissan LEAF powers London artwork to highlight city pollution

Nissan LEAF powers London artwork to highlight city pollution

Nissan has used its LEAF to graffiti a part of London, in a depiction of the city’s battle with air pollution. Don’t worry, it is not as bad as its sounds; instead of using nasty chemical sprays, the carmaker has partnered with a UK artist to essentially clean a piece of the capital. Teaming w[...]

Ford releases new Mondeo including hybrid model

Ford releases new Mondeo including hybrid model

Ford has opened the order books for its new generation Mondeo, including a new hybrid model. The new model will be available in five-door and four-door (hybrid model only) bodystyles in the UK as well as an estate developed specially for Europe. Prices will start from £20,795 for the new Spani[...]

Volkswagen confirms fifth plug-in vehicle with Passat GTE

Volkswagen confirms fifth plug-in vehicle with Passat GTE

Volkswagen’s eighth generation Passat will be offered as a plug-in hybrid when it arrives in the UK from October 2015. Available in saloon and estate bodystyles, the Passat GTE combines the power of a 156PS 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an 85kW electric motor for a 218PS power output. This is enough t[...]

Kia to show off Optima T-Hybrid concept in Paris

Kia to show off Optima T-Hybrid concept in Paris

Kia has announced that it will debut the new Optima diesel-electric mild hybrid at next week’s Paris Motor Show. The Optima T-Hybrid is powered by the existing 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine and a small electric motor powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery, allowing the car to be driven in electric onl[...]

BMW could celebrate centenary with improved i8

BMW could celebrate centenary with improved i8

BMW is working on an even-faster version of its i8 hybrid to be released in time for the German brand’s 100th anniversary in 2016, according to Autocar. Considering the i8 already has 357bhp and sprints to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and hits the electronic buffers at 155mph, a ‘hot’ version may seem u[...]

Germany approves new incentives for electric car drivers

Germany approves new incentives for electric car drivers

The German government has agreed a new package of measures designed to promote the uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid cars. Perks will include free parking privileges and the freedom to use bus lanes. The government will also hand out more money to fund research and development into electric ve[...]

Nissan teams with Dongfeng for LEAF-based electric car

Nissan teams with Dongfeng for LEAF-based electric car

Nissan has released a new version of its LEAF electric hatchback, especially designed for the Chinese market. Produced in association with Chinese native, Dongfeng, the new Venucia e30 is clearly heavily based on the Nissan LEAF, yet with some important adaptations to make it more suitable for the[...]

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Transport open for 2015

Ashden Awards for Sustainable Transport open for 2015

It seems like five minutes ago since Dale Vince, CEO of Ecotricity was collecting the 2014 Eurostar Ashden award for Sustainable Travel, for establishing the UK’s Electric Highway – a network of rapid chargers, located at motorway service stations across the country. Yet it is that time of the yea[...]

Rapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds

Rapid charging not as damaging as first thought, new study finds

Fast charging electric cars might not be as bad for their lithium ion battery packs as first feared according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford University and the Stanford Institute for Materials & Energy Sciences (SIMES) found that the benefits of slow draining and charging compared to r[...]

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