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A new electric for under €8,000?! Only in Rotterdam

A new electric for under €8,000?! Only in Rotterdam

The Dutch city of Rotterdam is offering incentives to scrap older vehicles, which will help the latest zero-emission vehicles sell for a fraction of their original cost. According to Nissan, for its newly-launched e-NV200 electric van, that means a price tag of under €5,000 for business buyers – l[...]

The emergency trip: How to be prepared as an electric car driver for when that phone call comes

The emergency trip: How to be prepared as an electric car driver for when that phone call comes

As a happy EV owner of many years, I’ve never really worried about having an EV with a range of less than 100 miles. After all, my Nissan LEAF — now with 60,000 miles on the clock — can quite happily manage any trip in the UK with enough time and a few stops a CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations alon[...]

Electric cars and home solar could replace power plants, say analysts

Electric cars and home solar could replace power plants, say analysts

Increasing home energy production, cheaper electric cars and improved battery technology could see large-scale power stations become redundant over the next 10-20 years according to market analysts at UBS. In a new briefing paper sent to investors this week, the world’s largest private bank says i[...]

Electric car fleet joins UEFA Champions League

Electric car fleet joins UEFA Champions League

Nissan has electrified the UEFA Champions League this year by introducing its fully electric LEAF hatchback and e-NV200 electric van to the official championship fleet. As the championship’s official vehicle sponsor, the carmaker brought a fleet of these electric vehicles (EVs) to Monaco for yeste[...]

BYD shares recover after mid-year blip

BYD shares recover after mid-year blip

Chinese electric car maker BYD saw shares drop 8% this week after posting worse than expected mid-year earnings. The Shenzhen-based company announced that net profit for the six months to June fell by 15.5% to $58.6m (£35.3m). Despite the 8% decrease, shares later recovered to close up by 2.24%. [...]

UK electric car charging network welcomes 3,000 user

UK electric car charging network welcomes 3,000 user

The UK’s largest public network of charging points for electric cars has just passed a major milestone – welcoming its 3,000 user. Recently applications to the pay-as-you-go network have topped more than 20 per day, as more and more electric car owners look to make use of the 1,600 Charge Your Car [...]

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[...]

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