Electric cars archive

  • The Kenguru electric car looks to give wheelchair users more freedom
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    The Kenguru electric car looks to give wheelchair users more freedom

    By 15 April 2014

    A new electric car designed specifically for wheelchair users is set to launch in the US later this year. Called Kenguru, the Hungarian name for Kangeroo and so called because it cuddles you like a pouch, the car will be only slightly bigger than a wheelchair...

  • Formula E free public tests slated for July at UK's Donington Park
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    Formula E free public tests slated for July at UK's Donington Park

    By 12 April 2014

    Donington Park has announced that you'll be able to watch racing tests of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car this summer at it's newly-completed headquarters. Formula E, the electric version of Formula One, is an auto racing-class sanctioned by the...

  • Electric car sharing service, like 'Boris bikes', to hit London by 2015
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    Electric car sharing service, like 'Boris bikes', to hit London by 2015

    By 13 March 2014

    London will soon be home to an electric car sharing service that'll let users book cars for short journeys between parking points. With London's rain this could be a brilliant, eco-friendly, alternative to a "Boris bike". Billionaire tycoon, Vincent Bolloré,...

  • Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green
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    Volkswagen Golf GTE pictures and eyes-on: Mean meets green

    By 7 March 2014

    We first wrote about the VW Golf GTE in late February when the hybrid car was announced. But after seeing it at the Geneva Motor Show it's impressed our retinas enough to feel the need to feature it once again. It's not the first electric car we've seen...

  • Wave is the aerodynamic micro-turbine powered truck of the future
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    Wave is the aerodynamic micro-turbine powered truck of the future

    By 6 March 2014

    Walmart has unveiled its concept truck, Wave (Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience), that uses aerodynamics and micro-turbines for super fuel efficiency. The concept truck, that looks like it's crushing a small car, is built to be 20 per cent more aerodynamic...

  • Fully electric Nissan Black Cab to hit London in 2015, redesigned NV200 petrol model will arrive in 2014
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    Fully electric Nissan Black Cab to hit London in 2015, redesigned NV200 petrol model will arrive in 2014

    By 6 January 2014

    The Hackney Carriage, or London Black Cab, has had a redesign by Nissan. The famous NV200 model has now been upgraded with a full electric version due to arrive in 2015. But before the electric-NV200 arrives a redesigned NV200, with 1.6-litre petrol engine...

  • London gets first pure electric buses for zero exhaust emissions travel
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    London gets first pure electric buses for zero exhaust emissions travel

    By 18 December 2013

    Transport for London has unveiled the country’s first zero emissions pure electric buses. The single-deck buses will run along the central 507 and 521 routes for a trial period from Thursday 19 December, connecting Victoria, Waterloo and London Bridge....

  • Hands-on: BMW i3 review
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    Hands-on: BMW i3 review

    By 9 November 2013

    After spending time in the company of the new, electrically powered BMW i3 we came away with a clear thought in our minds: we’d just driven the future. Not into the future, of course, as the i3 is a production car in the here and now. You can pop to...

  • Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review
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    Hands-On: Volkswagen XL1 review

    By 30 October 2013

    As a kid, if someone had asked you what cars were going to look like when you grew up, we’re betting you wouldn’t have imagined them looking like the Volkswagen XL1. If you were a child of the 60s - the era of Concorde and the space race - perhaps...

  • Tesla opens London showroom, commits to long term UK strategy for all-electric sports cars
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    Tesla opens London showroom, commits to long term UK strategy for all-electric sports cars

    By 29 October 2013

    US electric sports car manufacturer Tesla has opened its first showroom in the UK in the Westfield shopping centre in west London. And during a launch event yesterday, 28 October, confirmed that this is the first move into fully establishing the brand...

  • VW unveils electric e-Golf and e-up! cars with 190 km range and £2.76 / 100 km running cost
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    VW unveils electric e-Golf and e-up! cars with 190 km range and £2.76 / 100 km running cost

    By 11 September 2013

    Electric cars are well and truly here to stay now that mega manufacturer VW has unveiled its first full electric machines, the e-Golf and e-up! zero-emission four-door motors. Other than the usual things like auto climate control, remote-controlled parking,...

  • BMW i8: BMW's £100k plug-in hybrid sports car
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    BMW i8: BMW's £100k plug-in hybrid sports car

    By 11 September 2013

    BMW has used the IAA 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil the BMW i8, its plug-in hybrid sports car. Joining the BMW i3 electric car that was launched in July, the BMW i8 is designed to embody the same i values, with an uncompromised drive experience from...

  • Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on
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    Renault Zoe pictures and hands-on

    By 13 August 2013

    BMW has announced its i3 electric car - and by all accounts it's a cracker. But there's another company that has its eggs heavily invested in the electric car basket right now: the Renault-Nissan alliance and launch of the Renault Zoe. It's got us more...

  • BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car
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    BMW i3 pictures and hands-on: The premium electric megacity car

    By 29 July 2013

    If you were playing buzzword bingo at the launch of the BMW i3, then "megacity" would probably be the winning word, so keen was BMW to tell us exactly who should be buying the new BMW i3. It's a term that makes us think of Judge Dredd, throwing us into...

  • BMW i3: The ultimate driving machine is now electric, with a carbonfibre body
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    BMW i3: The ultimate driving machine is now electric, with a carbonfibre body

    By 29 July 2013

    BMW has pulled the covers off the new BMW i3, which it says revolutionises personal transportation. The new electric vehicle sees the company making a strong commitment to what it is calling the "next premium", and moving towards a sustainable future...

  • New electric car world speed record set by Drayson Racing, 204.2mph on batteries
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    New electric car world speed record set by Drayson Racing, 204.2mph on batteries

    By 26 June 2013

    A new world record has been set by an electric car designed by Drayson Racing. Managing a top speed of 204.2mph at RAF Elvington in Yorkshire, the Lola B12 69/EV is now the fastest electric car in the world. Previous records were held by the General Electric...

  • Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car
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    Nissan ZEOD RC: World's first 300kph electric racing car

    By 21 June 2013

    Nissan has pulled the covers off the Nisson ZEOD RC, the world's first electric racing car, making its entry into the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014. ZEOD stands for zero emission on demand and will be based on the same lithium battery technology found in the...

  • Electric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge
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    Electric car promised for 2014 that can do 1,000 miles on single charge

    By 20 March 2013

    A British electric vehicle manufacturer claims that, by next year, it will have a car on the UK market that will be capable of travelling up to 1,000 miles on a single charge.  It was first reported by online motoring magazine Motortrades Insight, with Ian...

  • Nissan e-NV200: Electric taxi to trial in London in 2013
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    Nissan e-NV200: Electric taxi to trial in London in 2013

    By 7 August 2012

    Not only is Nissan set to produce what it believes to be London's future black cab, it's also confirmed that an electric-powered taxi, built on its e-NV200 concept, is also in the works. Speaking at the NV200 London taxi launch in London, Andy Palmer,...

  • Lit Motors C-1 gyroscopically-stabilised vehicle
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    Lit Motors C-1 gyroscopically-stabilised vehicle

    By 5 July 2012

    A revolutionary new vehicle promising to fuse the practicality of a car with the two-wheeled manoeuvrability of a motorbike will reach the UK in 2014, the creators have told Pocket-lint. The Lit C-1 is the brainchild of Danny Kim, who says it is one of...

  • Jaguar XKX concept car
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    Jaguar XKX concept car

    By 7 May 2012

    The XKX, Martin Myftiu's concept of an electric Jaguar roadster, reimagines the classic E-Type Jag. While it may have more of a Judge Dredd than The Avengers feel to it – the latter the British series that helped make the original E-Type so iconic –...

  • Source London: The electric car scheme charging the capital
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    Source London: The electric car scheme charging the capital

    By 13 April 2012

    There are 2400 electric vehicles currently in service around London, with 1800 of those registered for the congestion charge. While that number pales in comparison to the number of petrol-guzzling cars on the road, it's something that Paul Cowperthwaite...

  • 7 days living with ... the Nissan Leaf
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    7 days living with ... the Nissan Leaf

    By 10 April 2012

    The cost of fuel is going up, the impact of emissions on the environment and our own health has been charted, but until recently, there really wasn't a viable and attractive alternative. This isn't the first electric car to appear by a long shot, but...

  • Fisker unveils its new hybrid car
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    Fisker unveils its new hybrid car

    By 4 April 2012

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Actually it’s neither. It is, in fact, Fisker Automotive’s latest plug-in hybrid car. which can run on either electricity or good old-fashioned gasoline. The Fisker Atlantic, thanks to the second-generation EVer (Electric...

  • Renault Fluence Z.E. pictures and hands-on
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    Renault Fluence Z.E. pictures and hands-on

    By 24 February 2012

    Renault has bet big on electric cars. Bigger than any other car company in fact - and by 2013 it’ll have four of them for sale in the form of the recently launched Kangoo Z.E. Van, Twizy scooter/car hybrid, Clio-sized Zoe and this, the Fluence Z.E....