At the SMMT 2012 International Automotive Summit at Canary Wharf, London, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing BMW, announced that the new generation of high-tech, 3-cylinder petrol engines for the future BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be produced exclusively at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham. Ian Robertson said: "Our Hams Hall engine plant, which last week celebrated produc... [more]
Elektromotive Limited, Europe’s leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charge points, is to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go, ‘open source’ network of public access charging stations for EVs, based upon the development of its proven pay-by-phone technology. The initiative comes as the result of a new joint venture with Charge your Car (North) Ltd. The new company – Charge Your Car Limited – will expand the existing Charge your Car (No... [more]
The design and building of a LCAP monocoque has been the driving force behind JSC Ltd, based in Newquay, for the last year, after winning the design award from the Niche Vehicle Network in 2012 and now the lightweight chassis was launched at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, on the Niche Vehicle Network Stand (stand 11). “Our ethos is very simple; we wanted to provide a solution that took away not only the excessive costs in R&D for SME ... [more]
Based in West Yorkshire, Ploughcroft Training, has launched an exciting new Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station installation course, which has had a great response from electricians. The first one day course, held at its training centre in Brighouse was attended by a number of electrical engineers looking to take advantage of this potentially lucrative new income stream, as the number of homes, public buildings and workplaces requiring ele... [more]
Recent research carried out by the Department for Transport showed that 30 per cent of consumers surveyed said that the availability of public charging points put them off buying an electric vehicle. Two leading renewable organisations have therefore formed a partnership to help overcome this major obstacle to buying an electric vehicle. Renewable energy company Ploughcroft and charitable trust Zero Carbon World are working together to make ch... [more]
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GM Chevy Spark electric car's price 38 percent less than sibling hybrid Volt's
DETROIT (Reuters) - The Chevrolet Spark all-electric subcompact car will cost U.S. buyers as much as 38 percent less than what it takes to buy its larger sibling, the hybrid Volt, General Motors Co said on Thursday. The 2014 Spark EV, which goes on sale next month in California and Oregon, will sell for as low as $19,995 after accounting for the full federal tax credit of $7,500, GM said. The ...
Nearly Free Electric Car Leases in a State Near You?
Accustomed to their gas-guzzling companions, many Americans are hesitant to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle. But dealers and government incentives are luring drivers into the fold. John O’Dell, senior green car editor for Edmunds.com, has leased a Nissan Leaf with his wife for the...
MPG Car Rental Adds the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van to Their Green Fleet
LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Since their inception, MPG Car Rental has focused exclusively on electric, clean diesel and hybrid rental options. Over the course of their existence, the esteemed ...
Porsche’s Entry in the Science Fair
The Porsche 918 Spyder, an $846,000 gasoline-electric hybrid supercar with all-wheel drive and 4-wheel steering, is what can happen when management lets its white-coated engineers run loose.
GM Chevy Spark electric car to cost 38pc less than sibling hybrid Volt
DETROIT, May 23 — The Chevrolet Spark all-electric subcompact car will cost US buyers as much as 38 per cent less than what it takes to buy its larger sibling, the hybrid Volt, General Motors Co said today. The 2014 Spark EV, which goes on sale next month in California and Oregon, will sell for as low as US$19,995 (RM59,985) after accounting for ...
Slow road for Turnpike's electric-car charging stations
Q: The planned Turnpike car-charging stations you wrote about some time ago raise a few questions. How much will the Turnpike Commission be charging car owners to 'charge up' their plug-in hybrid or electric cars? Are there reliable studies showing that a sufficient number of electric vehicles will be using the toll road for these charging stations to be self-sustaining, or will this be yet ...
VTC offers free class on hybrid, electric car work
Vermont Technical College is holding a free workshop on how to maintain hybrid and electric drive vehicles. The workshop will be held Thursday and Friday at the school's Randolph campus. The Valley News reports that class is open to auto technicians, service personnel and others involved in maintaining such vehicles. The class is offered through the schools office of continuing education and ...
State Senate targets electric, hybrid owners in budget
An annual fee of $100 for electric car owners and $50 for hybrid car owners would be levied on state residents.
China’s hunger for electric car technology may give Fisker a second chance
This article has been corrected. Fisker may have designed the hybrid car sometimes called the “most beautiful of the 21st century,” but that hasn’t stopped it from teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. ...
State to charge hybrid owners special fee
ASHEVILLE — Hybrid car owners would pay a special fee to recoup lost gasoline taxes under the state Senate’s budget.