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…

Jaguar i-Pace: One charge, underwater, London to Brussels

Jaguar I-Pace does London-Brussels on a single charge Chunnel service tunnel used for 50km underwater bit Jaguar i-Pace will be available in SA first quarter 2019 PRETORIA, Gauteng – Jaguar’s i-Pace has shown its real-world usability by driving 369km from London to Brussels on a single charge. And without using a ferry… what, it can…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

Volvo just took ‘autonomous’ to a whole new level. Want one?

Volvo Cars’ new 360c autonomous concept. Re-imagining work/life balance and future Door-to-door continental travel envisaged WHERE WOULD would you choose live if you could commute each workday in an autonomous-driving, fully functional, connected, comfortable, mobile office? What if the service was provided through an on-demand subscription? Or step alone into a car in Johannesburg, snuggled…

Ready to roll: Audi hoping e-Tron’s silence will be golden

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Audi Belgium has started line assembly of the Audi e-Tron, the brand’s first all-electric SUV, here in Europe. The automaker says the occasion is ”a major waypoint” on the journey towards electrification of Audi range and that the vehicles can be charged for ”a long-distance journey” in only 30 minutes. The cars…

Just shocking! Meet the Jaguar E-Type E-Lectric

Zero-emissions conversions get production go-ahead Decision follows 2017 debut of E-type Zero concept Cars’ debut at Californian Monterey Car Week LONDON, England – Jaguar Classic has confirmed production for sale of all-electric E-Types for sale a year after the iconic EV sport-car’s successful debut in concept form at a Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest in…

Hot electric Jaguar leaps to Laguna Seca lap record

Knysa hillclimb racer Randy Pobst lapped in 1min48.18 I-Pace  to  be shown at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours Twin Jaguar motors make 294kW / 696Nm LONDON, England – Jaguar has set a production electric-vehicle lap record of 1min48.18 on the WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca with its all-electric I-Pace performance SUV. The runs came ahead of the…