Light-duty trucks electrify the clean vehicle market

The trucks are hitting the roads in the UK, Germany, Japan and the US

More than 10,000 motorists went electric in 2016

More than 10,000 motorists in the UK bought fully electric vehicles in 2016. That’s according to the latest statistics released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), which show the figure is a 3.3% rise on 2015. On a wider scale, alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFV) have seen a rise from 2.8% of market share […]

Driving style can significantly affect emissions

A vehicle trade association says driving style can significantly affect emissions and mileage. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes major brands such as Ford, BMW and Toyota, has released a series of simple of steps to improve fuel efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. It includes a variety of advice gathered from industry experts, including […]

New finance initiative aims to decarbonise Europe’s transport

A new finance initiative aims to decarbonise the transport sector in Europe. The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have come together to create the Cleaner Transport Facility (CTF), a project which will support investment in alternative fuels and technology. It will help channel money into the deployment of not only cleaner vehicles […]

Hydrogen cars could be used to power homes

Hydrogen cars could soon be used to power homes and offer a back up off grid. ELN spoke to Jon Hunt, Toyota Mirai Champion, about the high-tech vehicles’ potential to solve energy security concerns. He explained that owners can park their Mirai in their driveway and wire power from the fuel cell into the home, meaning it can cover […]

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 […]

London firms could save £200m if just 10% used electric vans

London businesses could save almost £200 million if just 10% switched to using electric vans according to figures released by the Energy Saving Trust. The body’s analysis of business fleets found individual businesses could save 75% on fuel costs by using the plug rather than the pump. It said tax breaks through the 100% capital […]

Reporter’s Blog: Vauxhall’s new car is a hybrid, even if they say it’s not

Vauxhall says their new electric car ticks all the boxes. The Ampera runs on an electric motor, costs around £2 to charge, has space in the back for the kids and even comes with an eight-year warranty on the battery. The makers even go as far as saying the car, which “is not a hybrid”, […]

Calculator predicts impact of electric cars

Scientists have created a ‘calculator’ to predict the impact of electric carson the country’s power supplies. The experts at Northumbria University developed the ‘grid capacity calculator’with a formula to see how electric vehicles (EVs) will affect the national grid. It measures an area’s existing energy consumption and then works out the likely future effect of […]