Category: News

ULEV Grant Reduced

The government incentive towards the purchaser of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) is to change from 1st March, 2016. Currently the ULEV Grant is up to £5000 but, from this date, three categories will be established. Category One will provide a grant of £4500, with both categories Two and Three being provided with a grant of £2500. any car with a…

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Hyundai Unique Choices with Ioniq

Hyundai has announced a new family car to compete directly with the Toyota Prius. The Ioniq is to be powered by electricity alone, by petrol-powered hybrid technology, or via plug-in petrol powered hybrid technology. Details of the plug-in hybrid are yet to be revealed, but the hybrid will be fitted with a newly developed, 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine that produces 77kW…

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Mercedes Links Hybridisation to Record Sales Growth

Mercedes-Benz’s worldwide sales rose to 1,871,511 vehicles for 2015, a 13.4% increase. The United Kingdom alone saw a 17.0% rise to 144,474. One of the strands associated to this growth was termed Consequent Hybridisation, which is a concrete component of the Mercedes-Benz drivetrain strategy. In 2015 four new Plug-In Hybrid models were introduced: the C350e in both saloon and estate…

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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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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

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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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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