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Plug-in and EV sales surge in 2016

Sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids grew by almost a third in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier. New registrations during the six-month period totalled 19,252, up by 31.8%. In the first half of last year, sales of plug-ins and EVs totalled 14,612 – at the time […]

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BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrids on sale in UK

Plug-in editions of the new BMW 7 Series executive saloon went on sale in the UK last week. Two versions are available: a long-wheelbase four-wheel drive 740Le xDrive and a slightly shorter 740e with drive to the rear axle alone. These two new options expand the line-up of plug-in hybrids available from the German manufacturer, […]

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Tesla master plan: Electric trucks and buses

Electric vehicle pioneer Tesla plans to add electric trucks and buses to its product line-up, according to the company’s founder and chief executive Elon Musk. Announcing the company’s “Master Plan, Part Deux” via a blog post at the Tesla.com website, Musk also confirmed plans for a compact SUV smaller than the Model X, and an […]

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ECOTRICITY CHARGING FEE TO DETER PLUG-IN HYBRIDS FROM MOTORWAY CHARGING

Charging infrastructure provider Ecotricity this week put a price on usage of its Electric Highway fast chargers, which were previously free to use. Electric car drivers will need to pay £6 for a 30-minute session, using an Android or Apple smartphone app to make payments. Longer charging times are possible but will incur additional fees […]

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VOLKSWAGEN GROUP LAUNCHING 30 NEW ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Volkswagen Group has adopted “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025”, aiming to become a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility through new electric vehicles. Special emphasis will be place on e-mobility. The Group is planning a broad-based initiative in this area: it intends to launch more than 30 purely battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) over the next ten years. […]

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CHADEMO EV CHARGING INCREASES TO 150KW

CHAdeMO has announced its plans and ongoing activities towards bringing high power CHAdeMO chargers to the market. The Association plans to release an amendment to the current protocol, which will enable charging with up to 150kW (350A), this year. The revision of the protocol, announced already last year, is still ongoing with technical consultations with […]

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BMW I3 NOW WITH 195 MILE DRIVING RANGE

The BMW i3 is now available with a 195 mile driving range thanks to the introduction of the 94Ah battery on both the BMW i3 and the BMW i3 Range Extender models, delivering an equivalent of 470.8mpg. The BMW i3 94Ah replaces the current 60Ah model and has a capacity of 33kWh thanks to the […]

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RECORD NISSAN FLEET SALES IN EUROPE

A new record for Nissan fleet sales in Europe for electric vehicles (EVs) – comprising of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 – up 45 percent in 2015, climbing for a fourth consecutive year. Nissan sold more than 7,500 LEAFs and e-NV200s to fleet operators and municipalities in Europe, commanding a 28 percent share of the […]

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RENAULT ZOE LANDMARK – 50,000 PRODUCED

A new Renault ZOE landmark as the 50,000th Renault ZOE has rolled off the production line at its specialist plant at Flins. The milestone vehicle was sold to Sylvie, a French citizen from Saint Cloud, Paris. Guillaume Berthier, Electric Car Sales and Marketing Director, presented Sylvie with the keys to her ZOE at the Flins […]

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VOLVO TO SELL 1 MILLION ELECTRIFIED CARS BY 2025

Volvo has announced that it aims to sell a total of up to one million electrified cars by 2025. The Swedish company plans to achieve this aim by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing its first all-electric car in 2019. “It is a deliberately ambitious target,” said […]

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