UK awards £7.5m for greener cars

The UK Government has awarded a £7.5 million grant to bring more green cars to the roads in England. Four local authorities in the West of England will share the funding for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), including electric and plug-in hybrids. They will convert up to 25% of their light vehicles to ULEVs, which is […]

Small cars ‘deliver same fuel efficiency as big motorcycles’

Some small cars use as much fuel per gallon as larger motorcycles, according to a new article in Ward’s Auto. This was brought to light in an article which looked at modern plug-in electric cars almost five years after they first hit the market. Author, Drew Winter said: “One-fifth of Fords sold in Europe are […]

UN switches to EVs for Paris climate conference

The United Nations will be provided with a fleet of 200 green cars during its COP21 climate conference in Paris later this year. The Renault–Nissan Alliance will give its electric vehicles (EVs), which have zero carbon dioxide emissions. Around 50 charging stations – all powered by renewable energy – will also be installed in and around […]

New corridor of power for electric cars

A corridor of “fast chargers” for electric cars will soon link Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. By the end of 2015, major motorways will get a total of 155 chargers: up to 30 in the Netherlands, 23 in Denmark, 35 in Sweden and 67 in Germany. The EUR 8.4 million (£6.7m) project, co-funded by […]

Electric car firm renews promise of free home charging

The maker of electric car charging points has renewed its promise of free home charging for customers. Chargemaster said it would go on installing the Homecharge i 3kW charging point without charge thanks to a new £9 million government scheme. The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme requires homes to own or have on order a plug-in […]

Panasonic and Tesla plan electric car battery factory

Japanese electric goods giant Panasonic is to build an electric car battery factory in the United States with Tesla Motors. Yesterday they signed an agreement on the Gigafactory which will manufacture cylindrical lithium-ion cells. By 2020 a planned workforce of 6,500 people could be churning out 35GWh worth of cells and 50GWh of packs each year. […]

“Record” time for USA Tesla roadtrip

Two motoring journalists claim to have broken the current record for a cross-USA road trip in the Tesla Model S electric car last week. They clocked in at 67 hours and 21 minutes, around eight hours quicker than testers at Tesla made the journey from the East to the West Coast. The Tesla team made […]

F1 legend Alain Prost says electric cars are “normal”

  French racer and Formula One legend Alain Prost told ELN getting involved with electric cars is “part of the normal way of thinking”. The four–time F1 winner was speaking at the global launch of a new all-electric racing series, the FIA Formula E Championships, which begin in Beijing this September. Prost is at the […]

“I was born ready” – racer Katherine Legge is primed for Formula E

  British racing driver Katherine Legge has told ELN she was “born ready” for the challenge of Formula E. The slickest-looking electric cars yet designed will hit ten cities around the world for the new racing series starting in September, ending in London on 27 June 2015. Jetting between the UK for FE tests and […]

Fans, parties and fast cars – Formula E has it all says series boss

There’s just two months until the chequered flag goes up for hotly anticipated new electric racing series Formula E. But two years ago “nobody thought it would happen” says Formula E boss Alejandro Agag. ELN hit the global launch in London to get the inside track from why the self-confessed petrol-head is so keen on green […]