The truth about the future of electric cars just ain’t good

By NUNBEN DIXON Head of Gumtree Auto ANALYSTS around the world promised an electric future. Fine, but there’s a problem – the automakers might not be able to deliver. The reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions is high on the agenda of a number of nations – among them the UK, India and China – but the…

Kia’s ‘Plan S’: Highway to electric mobility for 2025

11 EVs by 2025 for 6.6% global EV market share First dedicated EV model expected in 2021 Global target a million eco-cars by 2026 SEOUL, South Korea – Kia Motors has announced a mid- to long-term ‘Plan S’ to dominate the automotive industry of the future through electrification, mobility services, connectivity, and autonomy. The company…

NisGo! Latest Leaf turns up with 240kW and RC badge

Nissan Leaf Nismo RC debuts at Ricardo Tormo ‘E’ in ‘EV’ ‘stands for exciting electric mobility Motorsport showcases dual-motor technology VALENCIA, Spain – Nissan’s ”world-leading expertise in electric vehicles and top-class motorsport experience” have been displayed at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Spain in the new, all-wheel drive, two-motor, Nissan Leaf Nismo RC (above). Say…

UK has a secret solution to making electric cars cheaper

LONDON, England – From April 2020 electric vehicles will be become cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel cars thanks to a deal in the UK called ”salary sacrifice”. Sound too governmental to be true? Read on… The state assistance could see a buyer save as much as £320 (about R6000) a month…

Analysts promised electric future – seems they’re wrong

LONDON, England – The reduction of carbon emissions is high on the agenda for several countries, among them Britain, the UK, India and China. The introduction of affordable electric vehicles (EVs) is held up as a panacea to the pollution problem around the world. In Norway, EV’s are exempt from purchase tax, VAT, tolls and…

Charge! VW prototypes to take high-tech to volt hole

VW presents a new and visionary charging concept Mobile robots will charge electric cars autonomously Every parking space can become a charging point WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen has produced a glimpse into a future in which the search for a charging station is no more by creating s mobile charging robots that take the plug…

Suzuki planning more hybrids for launch early 2020

LONDON, England – Suzuki Britain is to add three 48-volt self-charging hybrid derivatives to its range in early 2020 along with a K14D Boosterjet petrol engine. The automaker says its new Hybrid Powertrain is in line with plans to further reduce CO2 emissions across its entire model range. The changes will involve Swift Sport, Vitara,…

Driving Ohm for Xmas: Let it glow, let it glow, let it glow*

PARIS, France – Nissan will be dashing through the snow (in Europe, at least!) this Christmas with a bright and festive Nissan LEAF powered by its own regenerated energy. To bring Christmas cheer while celebrating the power of regenerative energy the special one-off was transformed into a Nissan (Christmas) TREE decked with a spectacular light…

Jaguar and GridCars launch live EV charge stations map

PRETORIA, South Africa – Drivers of all battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Africa can now plan their journeys to fit in with public battery-charging stations nationwide. A new live map displays the entire network of Jaguar Powerway and GridCars-supported public charging stations and indicates their current status – including whether any are online,…

Who’da thought? A RAV4 that’ll outdrag sport cars

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The fifth-generation Toyota RAV4, on the market for barely a year, is being overtaken by the arrival in South Africa of the first RAV4 TRD Off-Road model as announced at the 2019 Los Angeles auto show. It will, Toyota says, be a premium, fun-to-drive, RAV4 performance model with an estimated 225kW, advanced…

Mustang Mach-E set to volt-bolt with battery in its bum

DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford’s all-new, all-electric SUV will don the iconic pony badge and the name Mustang Mach-E when reservations for the vehicle open after it its November 17 launch here. The all-electric Mustang Mach-E was launched during an event in Los Angeles with actor Idris Elba as the frontman. Reservations for the battery Mustang…

Toyota zooms in on electricars for all – including the elderly

TOKYO, Japan – Toyota has revealed details of a production-ready, ultra-compact, battery-electric vehicle ahead of probable launch in Japan towards the end of 2020. Development chief Akihiro Yanaka told The Corner the vehicle, which is less than 2.5m long and 1.3m wide, is a next-generation mobility solution designed to cover short distances with little effect…