Nissan Leaf e+ to widen top-seller’s market appeal

New Nissan battery-car trembling on the brink More power, quicker acceleration from bigger battery Bigger engine, more road-driving range YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has unveiled an addition to its model fleet badged as the Nissan Leaf e+, to, the automaker says, ”broaden the appeal of the world’s best-selling electric car”. The units have a new…

EV specialist warns: Electric vehicles in majority by 2030

Battery-car survey throws up surprises Conventional automakers ‘should be worried” Pure-electric models preferred purchases LONDON, England – “Only five percent of people driving battery cars would ever go back to a conventional car.” That’s the conclusion of what claims to be the most comprehensive clean energy/electric vehicle survey yet conducted. The UK survey of battery-car…

Going electric? Really? Then read this UK failure feature

LONDON, England – Louise Atkinson’s sorry diary of nightmare journeys, dud chargers, and maddening bureaucracy has resulted in this: ”Electric cars? They’re shockingly BAD!” BMW, Renault, Nissan, Citroen and Jaguar have joined Tesla in the electric car revolution, louse says, so she leased a Renault Zoe which claims to have a range of 160 miles….

Audi UK going high-tech with two e-tron launch editions

Under six secs to 100km/h, 400km range possible Fast charging (150kW points) to 80% in 30 minutes Virtual door mirrors, Matrix LED lighting LONDON, England – Audi’s e-tron Launch special edition due out in the UK in early 2019 will total only 30 units and come with two high-definition cameras instead of external mirrors. That…

Twice the power: Nissan’s new Nismo doesn’t need to growl

All-new, twice as powerful Nismo race car Motor on each axle doubles kW / torquepower New tech, new drivetrain for true race action TOKYO, Japan – The all-new Nissan Leaf Nismo race car, an electric race car with more than double the maximum power and torque output of its predecessor, was unveiled today (Nov 30…

Prius goes double-hybrid: Normal drive and 4×4 for snow

Next step in Toyota’s self-charging hybrid tech Styling, tech and performance improvements for 2019 Cleaner, more engaging, lines, revised front and tail LOS ANGELES, California – The 2019 Toyota Prius is on show at this city’s annual auto show today (Nov 28 2018) with, its maker says, advances in driving capability and appeal for the world’s…

New home charging box brings DC to the garage

MUNICH, Germany – Wallbox, a German electric-vehicle charging equipment manufacturer, is to introduce what is claimed to be the first direct-current home charger. The company says its also unveiling speech-recognition and artificial intelligence software to simplify management of vehicle charging. The new DC charger puts energy created and stored in the home straight into the…

UK report publishes huge savings on EV services

LONDON, England – Some road-users are set reap an eco-dividend thanks to lower service and maintenance costs for electric vehicles when compared to petrol equivalents. A study by automotive data expert Cap HPI shows maintenance costs are 23% less for electric than petrol vehicles over three years and 100 000km – and the gap widens…

Battery-car grants shocker from UK government

State aid to buy electric slashed Plug-in car grant hits sales Short notice on cut angers automakers LONDON, England – The British government’s decision to cut what has become known as ”the Plug-in Car Grant” will have far-reaching consequences for vehicle buyers, the environment, and the auto industry. That’s the view of the UK’s Society…

Growling Jaguar switches to a whine for battery i-Pace

Audible assistance praised by guide-dog group Spacecraft-movie engine sounds were tested… …reality is a whine that increases with speed CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Silence is not always golden… particularly for the visually impaired as they try to get around their neighbourhood and even farther afield. The arrival of mostly silent battery-powered cars, motor-cycles and,…

Mazda electrification plans – ‘taking the long view’

Mazda punting future electric power Support from small rotary engines Connectivity to help ‘social issues’ TOKYO, Japan – Automaker Mazda says it wants to develop electrification and connectivity plans based on a long view of technological development and badge it as Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 This mission, the automaker hopes, will ”preserve the beauty of Earth,…

Kia e-Niro: Korean giant strides further into e-mobility

Crossover practicality, zero-emissions, 485km range Efficient battery power, passenger space and practicality Advanced driving assistance systems available PARIS, France – Kia’s e-Niro, on the Kia stand at the 2018 Paris auto show, is Kia’s first fully electric crossover utility vehicle and boasts a 485km range on a varying route. Kia asserts eye-catching design, crossover utility…