Carmakers join Clegg’s £9m low carbon car scheme

Major manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all joining a new ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign to persuade drivers to get greener cars. Launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today (pictured), the scheme puts more than £9 million towards creating hundreds more charging points across the country. This includes 140 new rapid chargepoints […]

Electric racing could help flog 77 million EVs

The new all-electric Formula E Championship will help the car industry sell an extra 77 million electric vehicles (EVs) over the course of 25 years. That’s according to a new report by accounting firm EY, which was launched at an event in London this week where Renault’s Formula E car (pictured) was shown off for […]

Renault wins €400m for eco-friendly project

Car manufacturer Renault has been granted a €400 million (£343m) loan for research and development into affordable and environmentally friendly vehicles. The project is aimed at improving Renault Group’s ecological credentials and exploring the options of making the vehicles significantly lighter by using different materials. Renault is also seeking to develop new concepts for “next […]

Electric car battery switching firm calls it a day

An Israeli car firm which aimed to replace petrol stations with electric battery switching stations has called it a day after just a year in operation. Better Place pioneered the idea of switching batteries to counter the problems with electric cars. It had a network of charging points and battery switch stations in Denmark and […]

Electric cars will shuttle leaders at Durban

Delegates at the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP17) will be shipped around in a fleet of 100% electric vehicles. The Renault-Nissan Alliance aims to use the platform to show the success of their respective fleets.Nissan has sold more than 20,000 LEAFs on three continents, making it one of the […]

SSE in £4.5m deal with Nissan

Scottish and Southern Energy has clinched a deal to provide the power for a new Nissan electric car battery plant in Sunderland. The deal is for an embedded electricity network – a bespoke power system operating outside a supplier’sregulated distribution areas – and the Nissan deal is the 100th such contract signed by SSE. Nissan […]