Month: July 2015

VW Adds Passat to Plug-In Family

Due in September, Volkswagen’s latest plug-in hybrid comes in saloon and estate formats. The new car has strong performance, accelerating from 0 to 62mph in around 7.5 seconds with a maximum speed of almost 140mph. Starting in E-Mode, the Passat can run in electric-only power at speeds of up to 80mph or a distance of up to 31 miles. Volkswagen…

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Budget Undermines Electric Growth

With a five-fold increase in in the sales of plug in hybrids in just the first half of 2015, George Osborne’s 2015 budget had to recover lost income. He has done so, with interest. The key changes, effecting all cars purchased from April 2017, are: All cars with a retail price of at least £40,000 to be taxed at £320…

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV announced

Mitsubishi have announced that the Outlander PHEV will be revamped in time for the 2016 season. Included in the revisions will be an increased electric-only range, plus efficiency gains for the engine. Further performance improvement come from the introduction of a CVT gearbox to replace the existing one-speed arrangement. Increased structural rigidity, enhanced suspension and better sound insulation make for…

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