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Vauxhall hydrogen fuel-cell car

Government launches hydrogen motoring task force

The UK government hopes Britons could be motoring in Hydrogen-powered cars as early as 2014, Business Minister Mark Prisk said today. Speaking in London at the launch of UKH2Mobility, an initiative to evaluate what Britain needs to make that vision a reality, Prisk admitted that the e-car is still part of the government's CO2 …
Tony Smith, 18 Jan 2012
GM Ampera

Car safety agency sparks e-car battery probe

Two further Chevy Volt lithium-ion batteries have caught fire during tests carried out by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after a separate crash-test Volt's battery burst into flames more than three weeks after the impact. The NHTSA said it was formally opening a safety defect investigation as a result. …
Tony Smith, 28 Nov 2011
GM Ampera

E-car crash leads to battery blaze

A GM Volt e-car has burst into flames following a crash. To be fair, the crash was intentional. It was a side-impact test performed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May, but has now prompted a probe into e-car battery safety, Reuters reports. And the fire broke out more than three weeks after the …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

E-cars: unaffordable until 2030 (or later)

It'll take at least 20 years for electric cars to become an economic alternative to the gas-guzzling variety, according to a new study. The total cost of ownership (TCO) for hybrids and pure electrics will stay high for the next two decades – despite soaring fuel prices – because of their hefty price tag, consultancy Element …
Ford Evos cloud-connected concept car

Ford unwraps Evos cloud-connected concept car

IFA 2011 Now, we're not sure we entirely approve of a cloud-connected car capable of resetting your alarm clock - also net linked - because a colleague has delayed a meeting, but that's the vision Ford pitched today at IFA. It gave a taster of Evos, a concept car it will be unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show in a few weeks' time, …
Tony Smith, 1 Sep 2011
Renault Fluence ZE

Renault pledges Fluence ZE will be UK's cheapest e-car

Renault has price up its Fluence ZE to claim the EV will be the cheapest e-car in the UK when it arrives next year. Its cost to you: £17,850 on-the-road after the government's £5,000 e-car grant, a price that "undercuts every other electric car in the UK". Renault Fluence ZE True, that is rather more than the £6690 Renault …
Tony Smith, 28 Jun 2011
Peugeot iOn e-car

Peugeot iOn e-car

Review Back in 2009, I took one of the first pre-production Mitsusbishi iMiEV’s in the UK for a spin. Spool forward to 2011 and you can now have the e-car with a Peugeot or Citroën badge on the nose. But there have been enough, albeit subtle, changes to warrant a another shufti. Peugeot iOn Peugeot's iOn: a familiar shape that …
Alun Taylor, 20 Jun 2011
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive e-car

Review If the key to making a good e-car is keeping the size and weight down then the Smart Fortwo - a fine example of what can be achieved with a clean sheet of paper, an open mind and no regard for such bourgeois eccentricities as rear seats or a boot - should make an ideal candidate for electrification. Smart Fortwo iPhone app …
Alun Taylor, 7 Jun 2011
Renault Twizy

Renault readies sub-£7000 e-car for Blighty

Renault is pledging to put an e-car on Britain's roads for as little as £6690. That total will undoubtedly have been calculated with the government's £5000 e-car purchase grant. Even so, it's still well below the five-figure price tag other e-cars, from the likes of Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Nissan, have been set at. There's a …
Tony Smith, 13 May 2011
Jaguar C-X75

Jaguar hybrid supercar gets green light

Hybrid Jaguar supercar, anyone? Yours for £700,000-plus, though you'll save your VED payments, if you want to put your name down for one of the 250 that Jaguar will build. We're talking about the C-X75, a beast capable of 200mph and beyond, yet pumps out less than 99g of CO2 each kilometre it drives. Jaguar C-X75 Jaguar …
Tony Smith, 6 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Hertz offers Londoners e-cars for hire

Hertz is to give the chance to hoon around London Town in an e-car for just four quid an hour. The catch: you have to join the rental company's Connect by Hertz pay-as-you-go club. Membership cost £50 a year even if you never drive one of the firm's cars. Hertz Connect iMiEV Eye-MiEV Sign up, though, and you can now hire …
Tony Smith, 15 Apr 2011
Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf electric car

First Look You'll either love the Nissan Leaf's look or hate it, but as the UK's first mass-market e-car - if you can call 500 or so vehicles, all pre-sold, a readily available product - it doesn't deserve ignoring for its Micra-on-the-rack exterior. Nissan Leaf New Leaf: the headlamp design reduces wing-mirror airflow noise, …
Tony Smith, 12 Apr 2011
The Register breaking news

Porsche punts e-car pre-orders

Porsche is now taking orders for its plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder sportscar, if you have €645,000 (£562,000) lying around. Porsche 918 Spyder That's before the extra 20 per cent George Osborne now makes you cough up, though he may, of course, give you five grand toward the cost of the vehicle, thanks to the government's e-car …
Tony Smith, 21 Mar 2011
BMW i8

BMW e-car spied in testing

BMW's upcoming hybrid e-car, the i8, has been spotted on ice, running through the motions in cold weather testing. BMW i8 Give us a twirl Source: Bimmerpost Enthusiasts will be pleased to finally see some imagery rather than just the vague concept sketches of the BMW's i sub-brand, we posted last month. There's some …
Caleb Cox, 14 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

Tree-keen Toyota plans major e-car roll outs

Toyota is banking on a big jump in the price of oil: it said today that it plans to launch rather a lot of new e-cars by 2015. The strategy will see the Japanese car giant "expand [its] line of hybrid models, launching about ten more by 2015". "About ten", eh? Nice to see Toyota likes to be precise. In addition to the …
Tony Smith, 9 Mar 2011
Ford CEO Alan Mulally

Ford CEO talks up e-car future

Interview Ford's five-year e-car plan will see the motor maker's eco-friendly vehicles spring from its existing lines, not as new, bespoke designs, company CEO Alan Mulally has told Reg Hardware. Speaking one-on-one to Reg Hardware just ahead of his CeBit keynote yesterday, Mulally revealed that the battery powered members of Ford's C1 …
Alun Taylor, 2 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

GM declares Ampera e-car 'production ready'

General Motors will show off what it calls the "production ready" Vauxhall Ampera at the Geneva Motor Show this week - even though the e-car won't actually go on sale here for another ten months. GM will price the Ampera at a whopping £33,995, though Brits will get £5000 of that paid by the government. And buyers won't have to …
Tony Smith, 28 Feb 2011
The Register breaking news

Nissan readies ultra-low CO2 petrol engine for Micra

Nissan's presence at next month's Geneva Motor Show may be dominated by its Leaf e-car and ESFlow concept e-sportster, but it will also be unwrapping a petrol engine it claims will deliver the world's lowest carbon output. Dubbed the 'DIG-S', the engine, which is being designed for the Micra, pumps out 95g of CO2 for every …
Tony Smith, 21 Feb 2011

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