Demonising diesel: Shock/horror fades so interest returns

UK owners of diesel cars ban shock 10 months gone since govt ‘year 2040’ ban threat Ads interest slump over at Auto Trader LONDON, England – It’s been almost 10 months since “demonizing diesel” became the new “it” subject in the UK media, sparking speculation of a diesel scrappage scheme and the very future of…

Budding Leaf: Aero shape, longer range and WOW looks!

YOKOHAMA, Japan – The upcoming new Nissan Leaf battery car will feature an improved aerodynamic design to make it more efficient and able to travel further with a tanked-up battery – the bane of electric cars so far. The new Leaf looks nothing like its rather podgy ancestor – indeed, The Corner thinks it gives…

End-of-road for fossil cars – what will it mean?

Banning fossil-fuel engines – what does it mean? Could SA may benefit from foreign lessons? Will pollution move from petrol to power stations? JOHANNESBURG, Cape Town – The Automobile Association in South Africa says it’s received questions about Britain’s proposal to ban sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles… with some implications for South Africa….

Di Grassi 2017 Formula E champion

Brazilian wins season 2017 title in Montreal Scores win and seventh in two-day race meet Audi Sport vice-champions in the teams’ classification MONTREAL, Canada – Audi Sport driver Lucas di Grassi is 2017 Formula E World champion after winning on Saturday and finishing seventh in Sunday’s finale here (July 29/30). The Brazilian Audi Sport driver…

UK’s electricar clean-up: The hidden costs

LONDON, England – Britain’s plans to ban fossil-fuel vehicle engines in favour of electric power will threaten the UK’s national tax income. That’s the opinion of Mark Cunningham, a manager at London taxation experts Blick Rothenberg. Cunningham explained: “The government has for some years incentivised a move to low-emissions company cars through lower taxes and…

Latest Mini puts BMW in top gear for all-electric option era

Flexible architecture taking all models electric Fully electric Mini confirmed as three-door German electric drivetrain, car assembly in UK MUNICH, Germany – Electrification is one of the central pillars of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy and now it has been announced that all brands and model series will be electrified. A full-electric or plug-in hybrid…

Guess how many battery cars will be humming in UK by 2022

Million electric-cars sales by 2022 Falling prices, greater travel range Celebratory drive over 100 000m LONDON – British roads will be home to more than a million electric cars by 2022 according to Chargemaster, the UK’s largest provider of vehicle charging infrastructure. Chargemaster’s projection is based sales of electric vehicles being a little more than seven…

Yet another lazy-driver crutch – this time from Nissan

Autoparking Leaf for amateur drivers Normally abled people should be more skilled If you can’t park, how can you be a driver? YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan has announced that the upcoming Nissan Leaf will be the first vehicle in the automaker’s global product line-up to be equipped with ProPilot Park. The tech helps drivers to park…

Electricars: Did nobody think to ask the power stations?

Significant data about faster move to battery cars UK power networks can ‘cope’ – for now Smart ‘managed’ charging will be required LONDON, England – There was an explosion of news items in early July 2017 which raised what seem to have been previously unconsidered problems about the rising number of electric vehicles. France, for…

Volvo vows end of combustion-only cars by 2019

Radical promises from Swedish automaker No more Volvos with only combustion engine Tough targets set for next-decade cars STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Volvo Cars has announced that every new Volvo launched from 2019 will include an electric motor and so mark the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Electrification will from…

Nissan Bladeglider celebrates SEVENTY years of electric cars

2017 sees Nissan celebrate 70 years since its first EV Brand’s latest model on Hillclimb at Goodwod Festival Track sessions show potential of sexy three-seater PARIS, France / GOODWOOD, England – Exactly 70 years after the debut of its first electric vehicle on July 3 1947 (yes, that’s it above) Nissan’s most advanced EV yet took…

VW unbuttons Golf hybrid image myths

UK-created ‘The Button’ video shows off hybrid Golf GTE VW aims to bust myth that hybrids have to be dull 40% of buyers are interested in a hybrid/electric car MILTON KEYNES, England – Volkswagen will tomorrow (1 July) airing a new UK-created television campaign designed to bust one of the myths around the appeal of…