IEA: Electric vehicles on the world’s roads exceed three million mark

The uptake is said to be driven by strong government policies and falling battery costs

Drivers put off EVs ‘due to high insurance costs’

Higher insurance premiums are putting off most drivers (70%) from switching to hybrid or electric vehicles (EVs). New research conducted on behalf of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) found while 40% of people are concerned about air pollution and see ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) as a solution, they are unwilling or unable […]

Dubai unveils strategy to boost hybrid and EV use

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has launched a strategy to boost the use of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) by 2020. The ‘Dubai Green Mobility’ initiative aims to ensure at least 2% of new cars sold in the next four years are low emissions vehicles. It is set to increase to 10% by 2030. The […]

Volvo aims to sell one million EVs by 2025

Volvo Cars has announced it aims to sell up to one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2025. To achieve the goal, the car manufacturer has planned to launch at least one new chargeable vehicle per year. The Swedish firm added it will allow them to offer two plug-in hybrids or EVs per model. It also plans to […]

Californians dig hybrid wheels

California is trumps for green cars. The Golden State topped the figures for sales of clean diesel and hybrid cars with a whopping 24% rise during 2014. The stats released by IHS Automotive data to the media in New York yesterday, showed overall hybrids and energy efficient motoring was on the rise across the whole […]

World’s hybrid electric car sales ‘to double by 2020’

The world’s hybrid electric car sales will double within seven years according to a new forecast. Sales will grow from 2% of global light duty vehicles to almost 4% by 2020 according to business advisors Navigant Research. The prediction sees a much stronger few years in store for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) than straight electric […]

Northern Ireland to build 600 new hybrid buses for London

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has officially opened a new manufacturing plant in Northern Ireland where part of the new hybrid buses for London is being built. Wrightbus will build 600 of the Mayor’s new buses over the next three years at the chassis plant in Antrim. The bus is claimed to be more […]

Does your business fleet fit with electric?

Are your business fleets a good fit with electric cars? You could soon find out if your business is picked as one of 100 organisations given a free analysis of their fleets to see if and how EVs will work for them. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) which is a charitable advice group wants firms […]

Inventor of hybrid car battery dies, aged 89

The inventor of the hybrid car battery has died, aged 89. American Stanford Ovshinsky paved the way for low carbon transport by designing the first nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. The Ni-MH battery is a rechargeable power source used in laptops, mobile phones and other devices including hybrid cars. Described as the “Edison of our age”, the Michigan-based, […]

Price more off-putting than range for electric cars

The price of low carbon cars is more off-putting than range, claims a new survey. Just 52 per cent of people polled by TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk said they would be more likely to buy a hybrid models than a full electric vehicle (EV), if they were similarly priced. Hybrid cars use an electric motor and switch to […]