Plug-In Hybrids Cause Resentment

I’ve often suspected that some motorists are resentful towards the hybrid. Sometimes they will close up gaps when I am indicating to pull out. Another trick which I previously put down to mere stupidity and ignorance may be more serious, where passing cars slow down when I am waiting for them to pass so that I cannot then pass a…

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PHEV Cars Contribute to Dangerous 70mph Driving

This is obviously (I hope) a tongue-in-cheek title, but it is also a little serious. One of the principle reasons for buying a plug-in hybrid is the cost savings, so the vast majority of purchasers will be driving at a more sedate pace on the motorway. With my other car being a Caterham, I get all the high-speed thrills that…

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Driving – Towing

I’m a racing driver and so need to tow my Caterham Seven Classic to circuits. I actually have another older MPV to take me afar, as I usually sleep in it at the circuit. So this is the first failure to report on the Outlander: there’s not enough space to sleep in it. Terrible! Never mind. But for journeys that…

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BMW 7-Series – First Impressions

The new sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series is due in October and will have a couple of plug-in variants to follow, in 2016. Expect prices in excess of £70,000. The ‘base’ 740e will have a standard wheelbase and will be rear-wheel drive, whilst the 740Le xDrive will come with the long wheelbase and four-wheel drive. Both models share…

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BMW X5 – First Impressions

Whilst BMW’s i-range has been getting all the plaudits, their more conventional range of hybrids have been mediocre at best. The new X5 promises to change all that in an instant. Welcome to the new BMW X5 xDrive40e. This operates a permanent all-wheel drive system, even in all-electric mode, through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Performance and Economy Between the engine…

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – Reversing Camera

The reversing camera was a must-have item for me. It is available from the GX4h upwards. I had first come across this technology when test driving a new Honda Civic, to replace my existing Civic. Because of the poor rearward visibility of the car, the camera transformed reversing and allowed me to park with millimetric precision. The Outlander’s camera is…

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs – Holiday Economy

Since my first economy report, I have been on holiday, during which time I drove around solely on battery power. Before that I did a week’s driving mainly on petrol, as after commuting from Burnley to Derby I spent the week taking advantage of the good weather by walking into work. Driving, all those miles would have been powered purely…

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