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Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

KIA NIRO PLUG-IN HYBRID

The Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and is due to have an all-electric range of 34 miles. The Niro Plug-in Hybrid will go on sale across Europe during Q3 2017, pairing an economical 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine with an electric motor and lithium-polymer battery pack. The latest addition […]

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Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid

KIA OPTIMA SPORTSWAGON PLUG-IN HYBRID

The new Kia Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show and it promises a pure electric range of over 37 miles, along with 188mpg. The Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid combines the versatility of the conventional Optima Sportswagon with the high-efficiency powertrain found in the Optima Plug-in Hybrid saloon, introduced in the third quarter […]

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Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept

BENTLEY EXP 12 SPEED 6E CONCEPT

The electric Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show aims to “gauge public and customer feedback to shape Bentley’s future luxury strategy”. The concept showcases future Bentley exterior and interior design direction, but details about the specification and performance of its electric powertrain are scarce. Bentley’s vision is for customers to benefit […]

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Volvo XC60

NEW VOLVO XC60

The new Volvo XC60 has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show and includes a T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid powertrain in the model line-up. The new car replaces Volvo’s original XC60, which in the nine years since its launch became the best-selling premium mid-sized SUV in Europe, with nearly a million units sold globally. The […]

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Electric Nation Matt Tupper

More electric cars to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, but are the UK’s local electricity networks ready?

This year’s Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the press on Tuesday 7 March, features new electric vehicles (EVs) from a range of manufacturers, with larger battery capacities offering greater driving ranges, but will motorists be able to charge them? Research suggests that some of the UK’s local electricity networks will need intervention to enable […]

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UK low emission cars

ALMOST 37,000 PLUG-IN ELECTRIC CARS REGISTERED IN THE UK IN 2016

The UK is currently the EU’s biggest market for plug-in electric cars, with 36,917 registered in 2016, and there are currently 83 different alternatively-fuelled cars and vans available to British buyers. The UK automotive sector demonstrated its commitment to developing the latest low emission vehicles during a special display in London recently. Set against the backdrop of […]

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Electric Nation

Installation of free smart chargers gets underway for electric vehicle owners

Electric vehicle owners are starting to have free smart chargers installed as a result of their participation in the Electric Nation project. The latest smart chargers will future-proof their electric vehicle (EV) home charging, and they will play an important role in a research project to ensure that the UK’s local electricity networks can cope […]

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Diesel exhaust

OLDER DIESELS TO PAY T-CHARGE TO ENTER CENTRAL LONDON

Owners of diesel and petrol vehicles manufactured before 2005 that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards for nitrogen oxide (NO2) and particulates will be required to pay an extra ‘T-Charge‘ £10 fee to enter central London from 23 October 2017. This could affect around 10,000 vehicles per day. A free online vehicle checker on […]

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Renault ZOE

Renault-Nissan Alliance now sold 425,000 electric vehicles worldwide

The Renault-Nissan Alliance, with Mitsubishi Motors, has now sold a total of 424,797 electric vehicles worldwide, as its global sales almost hit 10 million in 2016. The Nissan LEAF, the first mainstream, mass-marketed electric vehicle, remains the world’s best-selling EV with more than 250,000 vehicles sold since its launch in December 2010. In addition to the LEAF, […]

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Electric Nation Test System low res

Testing of the Electric Nation smart charging control system

In the last version of our newsletter we reported that we’d commissioned the Electric Nation test rig at EA Technology’s office in Capenhurst. Since then the system has been extensively tested. The purpose of the test system is to: Test the operation of demand control before roll-out to trial participants Check the reliability of sending […]

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