Fuel company Shell hell-bent on charging stations

LONDON, England – Royal Dutch Shell has partnered with top automakers to deploy ultra-fast battery charging on Europe’s highways and so gain the lead over rivals in the race to remove one of the biggest obstacles to widespread battery-car use. Reuters reports that Shell’s agreement with a company called Ionity (a joint venture involving BMW,…

Renault Samsung SM3 Z.E. goes longer-range electric

Renault Samsung Motors show off new electric SM3 Z.E. Driving range increased to five days’ driving Groupe Renault continues electric vehicle progress DAEGU, South Korea – Renault Samsung Motors has unveiled the SM3 Z.E. at a Future Auto Expo in this South Korean city, its maker keen to upgrade its electric vehicle range to meet…

Merc switching on to city-friendly electric vans

Start of a Mercedes strategy for clean city deliveries Customers’imagination to be involved in developing Electric power will follow for other Mercedes commercials STUTTGART/ BERLIN, Germany – It seems to be only in Germany for now but the Mercedes eVito van are in showrooms as a leader for what should become a common sight across…

Diesel: Perhaps it’s not so bad after all?

Big savings on fuel over three years ‘Vehicle buyers should make informed decision Diesel car costly – but big saving on fuel LONDON, England – Vehicle owners could save a minimum of £380 a year (about R7000 in Nov 2017) by sticking with their diesel vehicle according to vehicle data expert Cap HPI. The company…

Nissan Canto: It’s a beautiful noise for drivers

TOKYO, Japan – Not only did Nissan debut a concept vehicle at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show – it also surprised the crowd with the introduction of Canto, the brand’s idea for countering the boring sound of silence in battery-powered cars. Drivers like to hear their engine working – something until now regarded as tough…

VW going electric for 2018 ‘Race to the Clouds’ record

Aiming for record on Pikes Peak hill-climb Electric prototype has tech of tomorrow Comeback for VW after three decades WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen is developing an all-wheel drive, all-electric, race car to challenge in the world’s most renowned mountain race – the death-defying race to the top of the 4300m Pikes Peak in Colorado on…

China build for Volvo partner’s Polestar battery sportster

‘Vision of a new electric vehicle brand’ Hybrid 450kW version first, then pure electric There’s even an SUV lurking in the future VOLVO CAR GROUP’S new performance brand Polestar has revealed (Oct 17, 2017) its future as a standalone electric/hybrid performance brand with plans for its first three models. They will be assembled out of…

GT-R grows up! Gazoo racing brand honoured by GR HV

GR HV to honour Toyota motorsport and sport cars Second show car for people who love work and play World premier will be at 2017 Tokyo auto show TOKYO, Japan – Toyota is about to unveil what it calls “a dramatic open-top sport car concept”, said to have been inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance…

Skip the trolley – just go to the mall for luxury DS E-Tense(V)

Formula E ace plays midnight mall cowboy Super-luxury DS launched with night drive Closed mall becomes test track for superlimo LONDON, England – DS? It’s a French brand born in Paris in June 2014 to revive a tradition of assembling premium vehicles in the French automotive industry and inspired by the innovation and distinction inherited…

Audi impresses in Formula E track tests at Valencia

  Team AudiSport puts in most laps of all teams Positive assessments by drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi Getting set for next season of quiet auto competition VALENCIA, Spain – The new Audi e-tron FE04 has left a strong impression at the official pre-season testing of the Formula E electric racing series at…

Fuel engines hit back at battery in MPG marathon

Winning Ford Fiesta diesel gets 2.44 litres/100km Honda Jazz smashes its official figure by 60% Electric Hyundai Ioniq makes 227km on charge LONDON, England – Awesome results have come from a Fleet World/ALD Automotive fuel-economy run in the UK that scoff at internal combustion engine nay-sayers. For instance, one petrol-fuelled entry recorded 2.83 litres/100km and…

Prototype 9: Marty McFly and Doc’s dream machine

Volunteer team re-designed history Race car, yes, but completely silent Time-leap back to Nissan’s racing roots PEBBLE BEACH, California – Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti  unveiled a race car prototype at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – not one with huge tyres and aero wings but instead inspired by race vehicles of the 1940’s. The…