Month: December 2015

McLaren P1 Production Ends

All 375 of the P1 models that were scheduled for production have now been made and so their manufacture is at an end. Production started in mid 2013, with the entire production run being sold out before the first car was delivered. Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer at McLaren Automotive commented: ‘The McLaren P1™ has achieved more than we ever…

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Mitsubishi’s PHEV of the Year Awards

Mitsubishi’s recently refreshed Outlander PHEV has already picked up a couple of annual awards. The first is the Plug-In Vehicle of the year, as awarded by The Scotsman; the second award is from the website NextGreenCar.com for the SUV of the Year. Scotland’s national newspaper, The Scotsman, called the Outlander PHEV ‘an exciting prospect for anyone looking for an SUV…

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Jaguar to Compete in Formula E

Jaguar has announced its decision to compete in next season’s FIA Formula E Championship. This is a world championship, running from autumn until the following summer, for single-seater electrically propelled race cars. Jaguar believe that the championship will aid it in providing technological developments in the heat of racing, which will be directly fed back into its road cars. Nick…

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Hybrid versus Plug-In Hybrid

I have implied many times on this web site that I do not consider the hybrid car to be a sensible option when the technology can be optimised by the simple expediency of plug-in functionality. With a change in my work, I now have the ideal opportunity to test this theory on a daily basis using my Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV….

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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme Changes

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced last week that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) grant will be extended for a further year from the beginning of March 2016, but the subsidy has been reduced to £500 from the current £700. Any Electric Vehicle Homecharge Unit that has not been installed by the end of February will therefore…

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Solar Panel Funding Cuts

For owners of electric or plug-in hybrids who are considering solar panels to generate their own green energy, they need to get their installations completed by 14th January 2016; the income from generated energy has been slashed by 53% after that date. Any income, whether from prior to the cut-off date or after, is guaranteed for twenty years, so the…

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Solar Panel Funding Cuts

Solar Panel Funding Cuts On 17th December, 2015, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has released its response to the Review of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme. For owners of electric or plug-in hybrids who are considering solar panels to generate their own green energy, the report is significant. Basically, they need to get their installations completed by 14th January…

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Toyota’s Plug-In Advertising Farce

Toyota, once in the vanguard of hybrid technology, has been very slow to react to the development of  plug-in functionality. The only currently available plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) across the whole Toyota and Lexus range is the Prius, which costs a surprising £3,099 more than the non-plug-in variant. The car also struggles against it’s plug-in peers, the short 15…

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Porsche to Produce All-Electric Mission E

Yesterday the green light was given for Porsches first all-electric car. Dr. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board, Porsche stated the car, due by 2020, was “beginning a new chapter in the history of the sports car.” He went on to say “We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche…

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