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BMW EVs go wireless for Formula E championship

BMW EVs go wireless for Formula E championship

The world’s first global racing series for electric cars won’t just be ground-breaking because of its fleet of fully electric race cars, but also because of its supporting vehicles, which will all use wireless charging. BMW has been confirmed as the official supplier for support vehicles for the n[...]

Tesla expands drive unit warranty for Model S owners

Tesla expands drive unit warranty for Model S owners

Good news for Tesla Model S owners this morning, as the Silicon Valley start-up announces that it is to expand its drivetrain warranty to match that of its battery pack. For the more popular, 85kWh models that means that a new eight year, infinite mile warranty is applied to both the battery pack [...]

Forget your range prediction display: Guts, familiarity, planning and common sense are your best aids to long-distance driving

Forget your range prediction display: Guts, familiarity, planning and common sense are your best aids to long-distance driving

Right now, I’m sitting in my three-year old Nissan LEAF at a rapid charging station on the M6. I’m on my way back to Bristol after making a quick trip to Norwich to see family, and my LEAF has happily travelled some 425+ miles on this trip without a single problem. On this particular trip, my 2011 [...]

Germany plans new EV incentives to spur uptake

Germany plans new EV incentives to spur uptake

Germany’s government appears to be trying to replicate the success that electric cars have had in Norway, by introducing a range of new incentives to encourage their uptake. The country’s government recently unveiled new draft legislation which could see electric cars allowed into bus lanes, offer[...]

Hemp could make cheap alternative to graphene for EV batteries

Hemp could make cheap alternative to graphene for EV batteries

Scientists have found a cheap alternative to graphene which could be used to build supercapacitors to power electric cars – good ol’ hemp. According to researchers, fibres from the plant are packed with as much energy and power as graphene – the miracle material, long-touted as the ideal based to [...]

Tesla expands UK Supercharger network

Tesla expands UK Supercharger network

Tesla has opened new Supercharger locations in the UK as the carmaker continues to realise its plans for a network of public charging locations across the entire country. Compatible only with the carmaker’s own Model S fully electric saloon car, the chargers are free to use for owners, and can rec[...]

Chargemaster confirms homechargers still free, despite grant changes

Chargemaster confirms homechargers still free, despite grant changes

Unlike its rival, British Gas, UK charging points provider, Chargemaster has confirmed that it will still offer free domestic charging solutions in spite of the reduction in the value of a Government grant to help cover the cost. Back in June, the Government confirmed that its new Electric Vehicle [...]

Formula E runs first test race at Donington Park

Formula E runs first test race at Donington Park

The new FIA-approved electric car racing series, Formula E has run its first event trial run ahead of its first real race in Beijing this September. At the championship’s headquarters at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, the series ran two event simulations, to test the cars, drivers, IT and operat[...]

Robert Llewellyn: Should I raid the pension pot to buy a Tesla Model S?

Robert Llewellyn: Should I raid the pension pot to buy a Tesla Model S?

In January I drove a Nissan LEAF from London to Edinburgh, it was cold and we had the heater on. We stopped to charge eight times. Twenty minutes charge each time, we never got close to empty. We did it in 13 hours, it wasn’t difficult in any technical or range anxiety sense, but it was quite a sc[...]

Is paying for electric car charging actually better for us?

Is paying for electric car charging actually better for us?

Today, there are more public charging stations across the UK than ever before. What’s more, we have the largest number of fast and quick charging stations of any European country. Considering the UK’s tiny size, this should, theoretically, make travelling from one side of the country to the other by[...]

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