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Ford Fiesta UKs best ever selling car24.07.2014

The Ford Fiesta has officially overtaken the Ford escort to become the bestselling car of all time in the UK. Launched in 1976, the Fiesta has led the UK’s small car segment for 27 of the 37 year more »

Toyota DARV showcases latest safety tech24.07.2014

In the past, there was little to draw a car driver’s attention away from the road beyond the windows, mirrors and speedometer. Today, even a regular mid-market car can feature a plethora of displays, c more »

Skoda reveals new Fabia23.07.2014

Skoda has unveiled the first design sketch of the new Fabia that shows a young, crisp, urban small car with typical Skoda genes and lots of character. This is the first time in a series production vehic more »

Mazda unveils new Mazda 223.07.2014

Mazda has revealed its next-generation supermini, the all-new Mazda2 at its Hofu plant south-east of Hiroshima. The fourth member of Mazda's current model generation features the full range of SKYACTIV more »

Hackers gain access to Tesla Model S22.07.2014

A group of hackers in China claim to have discovered a flaw with the Tesla Model S, which allowed them access to the electric cars internal computers. The news emerged via a social media post from Quihoo more »

New XC90 to be one of the safest cars22.07.2014

The new Volvo XC90 – which will be fully revealed in August – will offer one of the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety packages available in the automotive indu more »

New Fiat Panda Cross details released21.07.2014

In 2006 SUVs accounted for around seven percent of the total car market in Europe whereas today they account for approximately 20 percent, and yet despite the proliferation of models in the past decade the ne more »

Govt fleets funded to introduce EVs18.07.2014

Transport minister Baroness Kramer has announced that all of the government’s fleets will be supplied with funding to introduce electric vehicles into their ranks. The £5 million 'Ultra Low Em more »

Tesla announces new Model 317.07.2014

Tesla Motors will take on the compact executive market, directly challenging the BMW 3 series, with their next electric car: the Model 3. The Tesla Model 3, CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk has confirmed, w more »

Toyota Prius Plug-in sets new MPG record16.07.2014

In a real world test at the Nürburgring, designed to demonstrate the Toyota Prius Plug-in’s fuel economy, the plug-in hybrid accomplished a record-winning 698mpg lap of the infamous Nordschliefe. more »

EV battery leasing in demand from dealers15.07.2014

Shoreham Vehicle Auctions has voiced concerns over the lack of battery leasing options for electric vehicles (EVs), maintaining that the uptake of EVs would be greatly accelerated if more hire schemes were av more »

New Citroën C1 launched in the UK14.07.2014

The latest edition of the popular Citroën C1 is now available in the UK, with prices starting at £8,245 OTR. The C1 has racked up more than 780,000 sales worldwide since its initial launch in 2005, more »

Hydrogen Hyundai ix35 makes record trip11.07.2014

Hyundai Motor's ix35 Fuel Cell has driven a record distance for a hydrogen-powered production car on a single tank, covering 700 kilometres across three countries. The economy drive was conducted by independe more »

Oldham Council to get new EVs10.07.2014

Oldham Council is taking delivery of seven new electric vehicles in collaborating with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police. The local authority has underlined its gre more »

Tweakker App to accelerate connected car09.07.2014

Billions of dollars are being invested in what is seen as the next big digital playground - the 'connected vehicle'. Central to the mass roll-out of new and subsequently used connected cars and trucks is more »

Wireless charging the future for EVs09.07.2014

BMW group and Daimler have announced a joint venture to develop a standardised form of inductive charging, ultimately enabling electric vehicle drivers to recharge their cars wirelessly. Both manufactu more »

Entries open for 2014 MPG Marathon09.07.2014

This year’s eco-driving extravaganza, the MPG Marathon, is now open for entries. In previous years, the lean-driving challenge has attracted celebrities, motoring journalists, academics and senior more »

New Volvo XC90 plug-in hybrid08.07.2014

Volvo new XC90 will offer a combination of power and clean operation when it is launched later this year. The all-wheel drive seven-seater offers drivers up to 400 horsepower with official carbon di more »

Audi smartphone integration due in 201507.07.2014

Audi has announced that, starting in 2015, the Google Auto and Apple CarPlay software platforms will be integrated into the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI). Audi intends to begin integrating smartphone more »

Volkswagen reveals new Passat models07.07.2014

Volkswagen has unveiled the eighth-generation Passat at a ceremony at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam, Germany. Everything in this car is new: its design, technologies and engines. The Passat more »

UK pricing revealed for Nissan Pulsar04.07.2014

Nissan has revealed that prices for the new Pulsar will start at £15,995 OTR and will be available in the UK this autumn. The new Nissan Pulsar is an exciting addition to an already expansive range o more »

New Volkswagen Golf Match announced04.07.2014

Volkswagen is ensuring that the Golf hatchback remains a hot seller with the introduction of the new Golf Match, which comes out of the box with even more specification than the SE model it replaces at no ext more »

Connected vehicles key to fleets' future03.07.2014

According to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), connected and more integrated smartphone systems will have a huge impact on the way fleets choose, operate and manage their vehicles. more »

Toyota reveals new Yaris spec and prices02.07.2014

Toyota has revealed new specification and pricing for the Yaris, which is hopes, will help broaden the appeal of the model to a more diverse customer base. The Yaris line-up now offers more choice, mo more »

Real vs test MPG gap continues to grow01.07.2014

The gap between official miles per gallon and real world mpg has grown to 22% according to Emissions Analytics. Up 5% since they first started testing fuel economy almost three years ago. The average off more »

Android Auto launched by Google01.07.2014

Google has launched Android Auto, its new connected car platform at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco. The "glanceable", interface designed especially for drivers is a simplified versi more »

June 2014

Research suggests longer battery life30.06.2014

Research carried out by North-east car dealership, Simon Bailes Peugeot, reveals far better than predicted battery reliability, economy and durability - surpassing all expectations and predictions. The more »

Volkswagen XL1 pricing announced27.06.2014

The Volkswagen XL1, the world's most energy efficient production vehicle, is now available to UK customers at £98,515 (RRP OTR). A total production run of around 200 VW XL1s are being built at Volkswa more »

E-class travels Africa to UK on single tank27.06.2014

A Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid has driven 1,223 miles from Africa to the UK non-stop on a single tank of fuel. British journalist Andrew Frankel was behind the adventure. Averaging 73.6 mpg (3.1 l/ more »

OLEV revises EV home charging grant26.06.2014

The government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced that it will continue to support the installation of domestic charge points with a new £9 million plug-in car grant scheme. Transpo more »

New look Nissan Juke enters production26.06.2014

Featuring fresh design features and new technology, Nissan’s new look Juke has entered production for Europe. Already a popular choice in the crossovers segment, with over 540,000 Jukes produced i more »

Toyota reveals look for Fuel Cell Sedan25.06.2014

The final exterior designs for Toyota’s Fuel Cell Sedan have been unveiled, in anticipation of its 2015 release. In April, Next Green Car reported that Toyota were on track to put a viable and su more »

Ford reveals new SUV ?? The Edge25.06.2014

Ford has revealed a new SUV, the Edge. Dubbed as a high tech smart utility vehicle that will go on sale across Europe for the first time in 2015. The Edge has been designed from the ground up to be visua more »

Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles 201424.06.2014

A new study from the Department for Transport – Public Attitudes to Electric Vehicles – has uncovered continuing anxiety towards the purchase of electric cars and vans from consumers. When more »

SCC to reduce fleet CO2 with hybrids24.06.2014

SCC, Europe's largest independent IT services provider, is promoting the benefits of Toyota hybrid vehicles in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of its 350-strong user-chooser fleet. The company, more »

Outlander PHEV to tackle Asian Rally 24.06.2014

A Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV entered in the T1.3 4x4 Electric class of the FIA-certified Asia Cross Country Rally 2014 (AXCR) will be supported by a team of technical support engineers from Mitsubishi Motors C more »

LowCVP publishes low carbon fuel roadmap 23.06.2014

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has published twin reports which set out how the UK could meet the targets for 2020, defined in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and proceed on a p more »

Peugeot unveils remodelled 50819.06.2014

Peugeot has unveiled the latest evolution of its grand tourer the 508. The new Peugeot 508 bears a new grille, emblematic of the Brand’s future models, and is fitted with the latest equipment, li more »

'Fashioned fuel cell' designs revealed19.06.2014

The winning designs for London College of Fashion and Hyundai’s collaborative campaign “Fashioned Fuel Cell more »

Oxford Mini plant installs solar PV system18.06.2014

A solar PV array consisting of more than 11,500 panels has started generating renewable energy to power Oxford’s Mini Plant. At more than 20,000 square metres, the plant’s new bodyshop now more »

Kia Soul EV gains environmental certificate18.06.2014

The Kia Soul EV has become the latest model from the Korean brand to earn important certification for its outstanding whole-life environmental credentials. TÜV Nord, an independent technical inspectio more »

Eco tyre performance questioned17.06.2014

According to research from Emissions analytics, the economy ratings on tyre labels are not revealing the full story on fuel efficiency. Preliminary tests have shown that, at certain speeds, tyres with a more »

Vauxhall signs vehicle recycling contract 16.06.2014

Vauxhall Motors and Autogreen have announced the signing of a new long term, vehicle recycling contract. The contract ensures that all Vauxhall vehicles handled by Autogreen that have reached the end of more »

Tesla opens patents to grow EV market13.06.2014

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, has released a statement on the company’s blog saying he has removed all Tesla patents to catalyse the advancement of electric vehicle (EV) technology. This news co more »

New EV taxi service for businesses12.06.2014

eConnect Cars have become one of a few London chauffeuring companies to manage a fleet of 100% electric vehicles (EVs). Since January this year, eConnect Cars have taken delivery of 7 Nissan LEAFs with a more »

Kia Soul EV enters production12.06.2014

Production of the battery electric Kia Soul has begun at Kia’s Gwangju facility in Korea, where annual output of the electric car is initially planned to reach 5,000 units. A landmark in Kia more »

£1m for electric car clubs in Scotland11.06.2014

Carplus, the environmental transport NGO that promotes accessible and low-carbon alternatives to traditional car use in the UK has welcomed the announcement of £1 million of new government funding for elec more »

NGC launches new Zap-Map website11.06.2014

Next Green Car has launched a new EV and charging website built around Zap-Map, the established UK charging point map. In addition to Zap-Map live, the searchable charging point map, the Zap-Map website more »

New Toyota Aygo to launch in July10.06.2014

Never before has a Toyota offered so many opportunities for personalisation in a small car, with a wealth of features inside and out that can be specified in different colours and finishes. From the new more »

Tesla launches Model S in UK09.06.2014

The first right-hand drive Tesla Model S, has rolled into the UK at a special launch event, hosted by Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. Since its US release in June 2012, Tesla has sold more than 25,000 of the five more »

Transport major cause of UK air pollution06.06.2014

A new report published by the RAC Foundation points out the reasons for poor air quality in the UK and suggests how the government can move forward in tackling the problem. The UK is failing to comply wi more »

Renault reduces carbon footprint by 10%06.06.2014

Renault has achieved a public commitment it made in 2011 to reduce its carbon footprint by 10% between 2010 and 2013. The policy is part of the Group’s determination to reduce the greenhouse gases more »

NCAP raises quadricycle safety concerns05.06.2014

According to Euro NCAP, a special safety campaign that tested four heavy quadricycles has produced very poor results. Quadricycles, originally derived from motorcycles, are small and fuel-efficient vehic more »

MINI announces first ever 5-door hatch05.06.2014

MINI has continued to expand their range with a new 5-door Hatch, the first in the brand's history. Practicality has often been a chink in the iconic MINI Hatch’s armour, however, BMW who own MINI more »

Volvo V60 PHEV targets business users04.06.2014

Volvo claims the new V60 Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) R-Design is the most affordable premium executive hybrid in its class. At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking that the V60 PHEV R-Design is a li more »

TomTom confirms rise in traffic congestion04.06.2014

Many cities across the UK are suffering from increasing levels of traffic congestion compared with 2012, according to a new industry report. The fourth annual Traffic Index from TomTom shows average jou more »

EU tyre ratings could be misleading03.06.2014

Preliminary tests held by Emissions Analytics have shown that the current tyre rating system in the EU may be misleading. Two contrasting sets of 175/70 R14 tyres were tested on the road; one rated B for more »

Innovative EV lease scheme to launch 03.06.2014

South Yorkshire businesses have the opportunity to trial lease an electric car or van for a discounted rate through an innovative new scheme. The new scheme, launching on the 4th June 2014, is the first more »

UK pricing revealed for Chrysler Ypsilon02.06.2014

Pricing for the revised Chrysler Ypsilon in the UK has been released by Fiat Group Automobiles. The range now offers new entry and premium versions, additional equipment on the mid-range car, fresh colou more »

May 2014 (Click to show items)

Outlander PHEV launch weekend in June30.05.2014

Taking place on the 7th and 8th June 2014, Mitsubishi dealerships will be welcoming people to see the new 4x4 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), learn more about it and arrange test drives. more »

New Toyota Yaris for Summer 201429.05.2014

Europe’s best selling car, the Toyota Yaris, has undergone the most significant changes since the current generation was launched. Toyota has announced a new and improved Yaris will go on sale thi more »

Congestion Charge to rise by 15%29.05.2014

Motorist in central London will see a 15% rise in the Congestion Charge from £10 a day to £11.50. The increase, the first since 2011, will take effect from 16th June, Transport for London (TfL) sai more »

UK scientist foresees solar EV future28.05.2014

Leading scientist, Keith Barnham, claims that petrol stations will die out giving way to a new era of solar powered electric cars charged from home. Keith Barnham, Professor of Physics at Imperial Colle more »

Google reveals prototype driverless car28.05.2014

Google has revealed its first prototype driverless car and plans to build 100 of the vehicles for testing, aiming to "bring this technology to the world safely". For several years Google has been refinin more »

Ecotricity wins sustainable travel award27.05.2014

Last week Ecotricity triumphed at the 2014 Ashden Awards, merited for the company’s contribution to sustainable travel. The Ashden Awards were established in 2001 to support sustainable projects b more »

Madrid introduces smart parking meters27.05.2014

Parking charges for electric, hybrid and low-emission vehicles are about to become considerably cheaper for motorists in Madrid while their more polluting counterparts are set to rise. Using smart parki more »

Kia reduces emissions from car plants23.05.2014

Kia has announced that global manufacturing operations reached their greenest and most sustainable output to date, despite growing sales figures. Kia’s focus on recycling, employee initiatives, gr more »

Tesla and Ecotricity fallout over EV sites23.05.2014

Ecotricity has accused Tesla of 'bullying' after attempting to take over several of its Electric Highway electric vehicle charging stations. Tesla CEO, Elon Musk who was appointed as an electric vehicle more »

ChargeatmyHouse now with 800+ points22.05.2014

A peer-to-peer network of publicly available EV chargers has been gaining momentum in the UK now with over 800 registered points. ParkatmyHouse.com launched the ChargeatmyHouse initiative last year, in a more »

Intelligent Energy unveils Gen4 fuel cell22.05.2014

Loughborough based, Intelligent Energy has introduced its Gen4 air-cooled fuel cell power unit, developed in collaboration with the Suzuki Motor Corporation. Designed for use in both two-wheel and four- more »

Nissan announces new Pulsar hatchback21.05.2014

Nissan has a history of shaking up the family car landscape. Now it’s expanding its range with a new family hatchback, the Pulsar. The Pulsar's combines bold design, technical innovations and inte more »

Tesla installs 100th Supercharger station21.05.2014

The latest installation of a Supercharger in Hamilton, New Jersey, brings the global number of Tesla Supercharger stations to 100, with 86 in North America, 17 in Europe and two in China. In 2012 Elon Mu more »

Model S deliveries to UK start in June20.05.2014

The first right-hand-drive models of the Tesla Model S will arrive in the UK in June 2014. Tesla has announced that the first deliveries of their groundbreaking Model S will arrive in the UK next month. more »

Nissan announces e-NV200 UK pricing20.05.2014

Nissan has announced full UK pricing and specifications for the e-NV200 range, a 100% electric van that is likely to shake up the global low emission van and taxi market. The new model combines the capab more »

Toyota reaches 100,000 UK hybrid sales 20.05.2014

Toyota GB celebrates 100,000 hybrid sales, fourteen years after launching the first generation Prius. Earlier this month, Next Green Car reported on a more »

Ford Fiesta crowned Car of the Year20.05.2014

The Ford Fiesta has been crowned Car of the Year by the Telegraph’s readers, beating a range of more expensive alternatives. Readers were asked to vote for their favourite cars in seven categories more »

Fashion students help to promote FCVs 19.05.2014

Hyundai is collaborating with the London College of Fashion (LCF) to promote fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) and encourage student creativity. Hyundai UK has confirmed an exciting partnership with LCF called more »

Black cab drivers plan Uber protest19.05.2014

Black-taxi drivers are planning a mass protest in the London against Uber, a mobile application which is changing the way people hail cabs. The Uber app allows people to use an application on their sma more »

NTU adds fully electric van to fleet16.05.2014

Nottingham Trent University has purchased a zero-emission on-site vehicle as the university presses on with plans to decarbonise its fleet. A fully electric Renault Kangoo ZE has been delivered, paid in more »

Outlander PHEV cold tested in Russia16.05.2014

As part of its global rollout, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has just completed eight weeks of sub-zero testing. Mitsubishi Motors’ engineers ticked another box after the completion of a two-m more »

Self-driving cars tested in cities14.05.2014

Both Google and Volvo have made giant strides with their driverless car projects with the vehicles now getting to grips with city driving. Google recently announced that they had developed new software more »

IPPR calls for motor taxation reform13.05.2014

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has released a report concluding that the current system of UK motor taxation is unfair and unsustainable. A report authored by Mark Rowney, a research fel more »

LeasePlan EV fleet reaches 150 mark13.05.2014

In celebration of hitting 150 electric vehicles (EVs) on fleet, LeasePlan have launched an initiative encourage more businesses to lease EVs. As part of its "Take a Leaf Out of Our Book", LeasePlan will more »

Future LEAF to increase range by 50%12.05.2014

Nissan executives have let slip that the next generation LEAF will offer more 'mainstream styling' as well as a significantly larger capacity battery. The Nissan LEAF has been and continues to be the fla more »

WHO calls for action on air pollution09.05.2014

The World Health Organisation have released figures showing that air pollution is ‘too high’ in most of the world’s cities. WHO collected air quality data from 1,600 cities in 91 coun more »

Audi to offer plug-in hybrids by 202009.05.2014

Audi plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of every one of its cars by 2020, it has been revealed. Speaking at the International Vienna Motor Symposium, Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Managem more »

Toyota promote smooth driving hybrids08.05.2014

Toyota has launched a new media campaign to highlight the relaxing and comfortable drive of their hybrid models. No manufacturer has invested in hybrid technology as heavily as Toyota, with 6 models avai more »

EV taxi fleet clocks up 150,000 miles08.05.2014

A Cornwall taxi company has clocked up 150,000 miles and more than 37,000 individual fares in its fleet of electric Nissan LEAF taxis. St Austell-based C&C Taxis added the first Nissan LEAF to its 10-str more »

Nissan e-NV200 EV enters production07.05.2014

Nissan has started the production of its second all-electric vehicle the e-NV200. The ceremony was attended by Spanish Ministry of Industry, José Manuel Soria, Catalan President, Artur Mas; and the M more »

Growth in UK new car market continues07.05.2014

SMMT today announced that new car registrations in the UK rose by 8.2% in April to 176,820 units, marking the 26th consecutive month of growth. The new car data shows a direct correlation between improvi more »

Congestion Charge could be £50 per day06.05.2014

Some of the most polluting cars could be driven off London's roads by a series of increases to the London Congestion Charge. Under plans being drawn up by Transport for London (TfL) to combat the capital more »

UK electric fleet set to pass 10,000 mark06.05.2014

With the announcement from OLEV that 8,724 claims have been made through the Plug-in Car Grant scheme, the total number of electric cars and vans in the UK is about to exceed 10,000 vehicles for the first tim more »

Google refines driverless car technology06.05.2014

Google has got one step closer in their bid to create a marketable driverless car. The search giant has announced that they had made significant headway in their driverless car project. They say that the more »

Half million charge-up on Electric Highway02.05.2014

Ecotricity have released figures that show over 500,000 charging events have been completed on their public charging network, The Electric Highway, in the last year. The Electric Highway is one the larg more »

Air-con estimated to reduce MPG by 8%02.05.2014

A US study of over 100 passenger cars provides evidence that use of air-con reduces MPG by 8% in European cars. The detailed study by the automotive data company Emissions Analytics was conducted in Los more »

Pricing revealed for new Juke and X-Trail02.05.2014

Nissan have announced that pricing for the second generation Juke and new X-Trail will start at £13,420 and £22,995 respectively. The brand new Juke, promised by Nissan to arrive in UK dealerships more »

LEAF EVs in 'silent ride' road race01.05.2014

To mark International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) Nissan raced four LEAFs in a 'silent' race around one of Europe’s quietest villages. The World Health Organization (WHO) say that at least 13% of E more »

Green light for Highways Agency reform01.05.2014

Changes to the way England’s major roads are managed moved a step closer yesterday after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin approved wide-ranging reforms to the Highways Agency. In less than 1 more »

New Peugeot 108 city car announced01.05.2014

Peugeot has announced the release of a new city car, the 108. The model will available as either a three or five-door hatchback with a choice of two fuel-efficient and low-emissions petrol engines. For more »

April 2014 (Click to show items)

Govt to fund UK rapid charging network29.04.2014

The Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced that a further £32m will be dedicated to expanding the UKs EV charging infrastructure in the period 2015-2020 with a focus on rapid charge points. more »

Govt continues ULEV support to 202029.04.2014

The Government has now finalised key elements of its £500 million package to continue its support of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the period 2015-2020. Announced by Deputy Prime Minister more »

XL1 running for 'Design of the Year' 201429.04.2014

The Volkswagen XL1 is in the running for the overall Design of the Year 2014 award after winning in the Transport Category. Having recently claimed top accolade in the Transport Category at the Design o more »

F1 inspires intelligent hybrid charging28.04.2014

Mercedes-Benz has developed an energy management system for hybrid vehicles to efficiently recoup energy and optimise benefits of the electric motor. The Intelligent HYBRID system features in the S-Class more »

Nissan develops first 'self-cleaning' car28.04.2014

Nissan have started tests on a paint technology that may make washing the car a thing of the past. Washing the car is not only tedious but also costly. Nissan is responding to this problem by testing an more »

Honda Jazz most reliable car 201426.04.2014

The Honda’s Jazz supermini has scooped the Most Reliable Used Car in the Auto Express Driver Power survey, with an impressive reliability score of 98 per cent. Up 1.2 per cent on 2013, the British more »

New Kia Picanto Quantum announced26.04.2014

The Kia Picanto range has been widened with a new special edition model, the Picanto Quantum. The Picanto Quantum is uniquely available as a 3-door but with the choice of a manual or automatic transmis more »

Dutch debut 'glow in the dark' roads25.04.2014

A 500m stretch of road in the Netherlands is the first to trial glow in the dark road markings. The paint contains a "photo-luminising" powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green g more »

RAC launches new EVRESCUE service25.04.2014

RAC will launch the first portable charging unit for electric cars at today's Green Fleet Scotland event. A standard RAC diesel VW Transporter van will be fitted with an EVRESCUE, which is the first ever more »

UK to trial dynamic charging for EVs24.04.2014

The Highway Agency has confirmed that trials to test the charging of moving electric cars will take place on a UK motorway. In 2011 Next Green Car reported on London trials of static wireless electric ve more »

EU to implement eCall from 201724.04.2014

Under EU plans, all new cars will be fitted with a tracking device that will automatically alert the emergency services in the event of an accident. In the event of a critical collision, this pan-Europea more »

Rural businesses trial electric vehicles 23.04.2014

Several companies based in Warwickshire have plugged-in to a new project designed to test the efficiency and performance of electric cars in rural areas. Ten rural businesses from a variety of sectors in more »

Car satisfaction hits new high in UK23.04.2014

The UKs leading motoring magazine, Auto Express, revealed that Britons are happier with their cars than ever before. The 2014 Auto Express Driver Power car owner survey, consisting of over 50,000 partici more »

BMW i3 named 'World Green Car' 201422.04.2014

The BMW i3 has been awarded both "World Green Car of the Year" and "World Car Design of the Year" for 2014. At this year’s New York Automotive show, now open to the public until 27th April, the BM more »

New models unveiled at Beijing Show22.04.2014

The start of the 2014 Beijing Motor Show sees the release of new models and concepts across all sectors. We managed to give you a sneak peak of the Bentley, Peugeot and Audi plug-in hybrid concepts ahea more »

Herts University launches EV car club17.04.2014

The University of Hertfordshire has become a pioneer for electric cars (EVs) by launching the first fully electric car club on an academic campus. The new scheme allows students (over 19), staff and the more »

Toyota to deliver hydrogen FCV in 201517.04.2014

Toyota has confirmed they are on track to introduce their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) to the market next year. Back in 2010, Toyota announced the next step in their technological development b more »

Electric LEAF boosts Nissan fleet sales16.04.2014

Nissan's global fleet sales rose by 30% in the last financial year as demand for the Nissan LEAF continues to grow. Over the last few years, the presence of more »

BMW X5 eDrive concept refined for NY15.04.2014

BMW have announced that a refined version of the BMW X5 eDrive concept car will be displayed at the New York International Auto Show this Friday. The X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid that Next Green Car first an more »

Ford Fiesta is the MPG marathon king14.04.2014

The Ford Fiesta drives a lap of the London Marathon to celebrate its award winning fuel economy. Before the London Marathon got underway yesterday, the Ford Fiesta took a victory lap around the marathon more »

Bentley & Peugeot announce plug-in EVs11.04.2014

In the run up to the Beijing Motor Show, two car makers, Bentley and Peugeot, have revealed plans to bring a luxury plug-in hybrid model to their product line. The 2014 Beijing Motor Show is set to be an more »

Easter travel advice from Next Green Car11.04.2014

Easter is one of the busiest times of the year on the roads, as thousands of families prepare for the traditional Easter holiday getaway. At Next Green Car we’ve put together a handy guide of hi more »

Concept Audi Q4 to debut in Beijing10.04.2014

A new Audi Q4 concept is set to debut at the Beijing Motor Show featuring plug-in hybrid system and TT-inspired looks. The market for hybrid and plug-in hybrid crossover vehicles is growing, so it's sur more »

Businesses demand action on CO209.04.2014

A call for governments to take climate change more seriously has been made by 70 leading corporations. The Trillion Tonne Communiqué, signed by 70 of the world’s biggest companies, puts pressu more »

2000 mile EV trip heads to Scotland09.04.2014

Yesterday saw the start of a 2,000 mile, electric vehicle trip up through the UK to the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Organised by EV Matters, the trip aims to raise funds for the charity Help for Heroes an more »

Fuel price still top concern for motorists08.04.2014

While George Osborne confirmed in Budget 2014 that he would maintain the freeze on fuel duty, drivers still see the cost of fuel as their biggest motoring worry according to new data from British Car Auctions more »

Kia launches next generation Soul in UK08.04.2014

Kia has today released the second generation Kia Soul in the UK. The Soul’s face-lift is the most obvious upgrade Kia have made to the original 2009 version. However, this is by no means the only more »

Marlow selected as first Electric Avenue07.04.2014

The pioneering EV project 'My Electric Avenue' has announced that Marlow, in Buckinghamshire, will be the first to partake in their technical trials. Last month Next Green Car reported that My Electric A more »

UK new car sales hit 10 year high 07.04.2014

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show nearly 15,000 new cars a day took to the road last month as sales hit a 10 year high. A total of 464,824 new cars were registe more »

London Mayor launches HyFive initiative04.04.2014

A new European fuel cell vehicle (FCV) project costing £31 million is being coordinated by the Mayor of London. The so called "HyFive" (Hydrogen for Innovative Vehicles) project was signed yesterday b more »

Europe to limit vehicle noise from 202004.04.2014

New noise limits for cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles is set to be tightened to protect the public health of European citizens. The new rules, informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parlia more »

Golf GTE plug-in hybrid makes UK debut03.04.2014

Volkswagen will show off its newest plug-in hybrid, the Golf GTE, for the first time in UK next week. The Golf GTE will make its UK debut as part of Volkswagen’s display at the Gadget Show Live ev more »

UK car clubs see EV and hybrid roll out03.04.2014

The past year has seen an acceleration of the roll out of electric and hybrid vehicles across the UK according to the latest industry report. The launch of electric vehicle only E-Car club, the trial of more »

Outlander PHEV prices revealed for UK02.04.2014

Mistsubishi has announced prices for their ‘game changing’ Outlander PHEV will start at £28,249 in the UK. This is an automatic, 5 door plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that offe more »

Air pollution warning across southern UK02.04.2014

The Government's environment department DEFRA has advised that high levels of air pollution recorded Tuesday are set to move across southern parts of the UK. "Very high" levels of air pollution - a mix o more »

Tesla aiming to halve price of EVs01.04.2014

Tesla will make available a 'smaller version of the Model S at half the price' Elon Musk confirmed recently. Fans of Tesla, including Next Green Car, welcomed Tesla's announcement that they were develop more »

Renault leads EU CO2 table for 201301.04.2014

Renault Group has moved into pole position in Europe in terms of low CO2 emissions, with an average of 114.7g of CO2/km per vehicle based on its passenger car sales over the full year 2013. Renault Grou more »

Are AA-battery powered cars the future? 01.04.2014

Ground-breaking research by LipraLoof and City Car Club (CCC) has resulted in the world's first AA-style battery powered car. This revolutionary technology is not only environmentally sustainable due to more »

March 2014 (Click to show items)

Rapid EV chargers coming to North East31.03.2014

Northumberland County Council is installing 20 multi-standard electric vehicle (EV) chargers from ABB to provide the county’s electric car drivers with convenient charging locations to extend their ran more »

Nissan LEAFs join County Council fleet26.03.2014

Northumberland County Council has taken a step towards reducing its staff transportation costs by adding two 100% electric Nissan LEAFs to its vehicle fleet. The matching models, which cost as little as more »

Toyota i-Road starts first public trials25.03.2014

Toyota has launched the first public trials of its ultra-compact i-Road to find out how it shapes up under real-world driving conditions. Consumer testing of the electric three-wheeled ‘personal mo more »

Electricity MRP removed for EV charging24.03.2014

Ofgem has published its decision that the Maximum Resale Price (MRP) provisions do not apply to the resale of electricity from charge points for use by electric vehicles (EVs). In an open letter announci more »

Grand C4 Picasso voted best 7-seat MPV20.03.2014

The New Citroën Grand C4 Picasso was named ‘Best Seven-seat People Carrier’ at the prestigious Fleet News Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday. Martin Hamill, Citroën’s Dire more »

Budget 2014: New car and fuel tax rates19.03.2014

Next Green Car's in-depth summary of Budget 2014 as it affects vehicle tax, fuel duty, BIK rates and other motoring taxes. What the Chancellor, George Osborne, has confirmed and announced in today's Budg more »

Paris car ban stopped after one day17.03.2014

The plan was simple: from Monday this week, half of Paris’ diesel and petrol cars were to be banned in an attempt to reduce the health-threatening levels of air pollution in the French capital. As more »

London to get Autolib' EV rental scheme17.03.2014

London is to emulate the Paris Autolib’ car sharing scheme, with up to 3,000 electric ‘Bluecars’ available for short term hire across the capital from 2015. The French Autolib’ more »

New Ford Focus parks up at Geneva14.03.2014

At the Geneva Motor Show, which continues until 16 March, Ford is presenting the advanced new Focus, the first European Ford to offer perpendicular (as well as parallel) parking and the voice-activated in-car more »

UK passes new car CO2 target for 201513.03.2014

According to figures published today by the SMMT, new cars registered last year in the UK collectively met the EU’s target for CO2 emissions a year ahead of schedule. In its New Car CO2 Report 201 more »

My Electric Avenue EV trials underway12.03.2014

My Electric Avenue, the ground-breaking EV project led by EA Technology and hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD), has now signed up more than enough customers to allow it to move more »

Follow Budget 2014 with Next Green Car12.03.2014

Follow Budget 2014 live on Wed 19th March with Next Green Car as the Chancellor announces future levels of fuel duty and company car tax rates. On the day, Next Green Car will be following events live an more »

MK opens rapid EV charging network11.03.2014

A network of 14 EV rapid chargers, forming Milton Keynes CrossLink and supplied and operated by Chargemaster Plc, has been completed four weeks before the planned launch date. The new rapid chargers are more »

Nissan e-NV200 to join Taxi Electric fleet10.03.2014

Taxi Electric will be the first private taxi company to add the new 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 taxi to its green-energy-fuelled, zero-emission fleet. The combination of Nissan's zero-emission technolog more »

Top 10 EVs at Geneva Motor Show 201406.03.2014

With over 20 electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell models, there’s a green theme running through this year’s Geneva Motor Show which opens to the public today (06 March). In response to i more »

MPs quiz future of Severn tolls post 201805.03.2014

Newport East MP Jessica Morden has called for 'openness' from the Treasury about what it intends to do with the Severn tolls when the two bridges revert to public ownership in 2018. Leading the debate in more »

New Peugeot 308 is Car Of The Year 201404.03.2014

The new PEUGEOT 308 has been crowned with the prestigious title of 2014 ‘Car of the Year’, awarded by a jury of journalists representing 22 European countries. As part of the 84th Geneva more »

EU takes legal action over UK pollution03.03.2014

The European Commission is to start legal proceedings against the UK for failing to address high levels of urban air pollution. In particular, levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), an emission strongly linke more »

February 2014 (Click to show items)

Thriev launches London EV taxi service28.02.2014

Private hire operator Thriev has launched a fleet of 20 all-electric BYD e6 cars in London, the first 10 of which go into service this month powered by a London-wide charging network rolled out by British Gas more »

Tesla plans supersized battery Gigafactory27.02.2014

Tesla Motors has announced it intends to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant by 2020 with a capacity that exceeds current global production volume. Following the announcement to bu more »

New car CO2 target delayed until 202126.02.2014

The European Parliament has finally agreed a new car CO2 emissions target of 95 gCO2/km for 2021, one year later than planned. While many environmental groups, including Transport & Environment (T&E), ha more »

Zytek powers MOTIV.e city car concept25.02.2014

The MOTIV.e city car, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, is powered by an advanced electric drive from Zytek that employs a range of new design approaches to minimise the cost, weight and size of the power-train more »

Advanced polymer battery for Soul EV24.02.2014

The forthcoming Kia Soul EV is to come with a class-leading battery energy density of 200 Wh/kg as a result of a three-year joint development programme between Kia Motors Corporation and SK Innovation in Kore more »

BVRLA urges Govt to extend EV support21.02.2014

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) is calling upon the Government to use the Budget to further encourage business take-up of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). In its annual Bud more »

60 mph motorway limit ups MPG by 22%20.02.2014

Newly released test data shows that reducing the UK’s motorway speed limit to 60 mph could improve car fuel economy of 22%, with a similar reduction on per mile CO2 emissions. Figures published by more »

ACFO calls for zero EV BIK from 201520.02.2014

Government plans to make the UK the world leader in electric vehicles (EVs) could be hampered by its decision to increase company car benefit-in-kind (BIK) rates on EVs in 2015/16 with a further rise due in 2 more »

Dongfeng in Peugeot-Citroën rescue deal19.02.2014

French carmaker PSA Peugeot-Citroën is receiving 3 billion Euros in a joint rescue package led by China’s Dongfeng Motors and the French government. The French manufacturer posted a net loss of more »

New 1.0-litre engine to debut in ADAM18.02.2014

Vauxhall’s new cutting-edge 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is set to debut in the urban-chic ADAM at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The ADAM is the first car in the Vauxhall range more »

Half of Plug-in Car Grants unclaimed17.02.2014

Recent sales figures of electric vehicles eligible for the Plug-in Car and Van Grants show that only around half of the Government budget is likely to be claimed. Under the Plug-in Car and Van Grant sche more »

New city cars to debut at Geneva Show14.02.2014

In response to increasing demand for small fuel-efficient city cars, several new city models are being launched at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. These include the all-new Peugeot 10 more »

Toyota pulls plug on plug-in EV charging13.02.2014

Recharging a plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicle could in future be as simple as parking the car. Toyota has announced verification testing is to begin later this month of a new wireless battery charging s more »

Kia conducts winter testing of Soul EV13.02.2014

Kia’s forthcoming Soul EV electric vehicle is undergoing a comprehensive winter testing programme in Northern Sweden to test its innovative new drivetrain and on-board technologies ahead of going on sa more »

Toyota to recall 1.9 million Prius hybrids12.02.2014

Toyota has announced that they are recalling up to 1.9 million Prius hybrid models worldwide, 31,000 of which are in the UK registered between March 2009 and February 2014. The recall has come about beca more »

World Car Awards shortlists announced12.02.2014

The countdown has begun for the 2014 World Car Awards, to be hosted by the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Winners of the 2014 World Car of the Year, World Luxury Ca more »

Nissan LEAF tested in flooded conditions11.02.2014

If you are thinking about buying an electric car, the extensive UK floods may have you wondering how an EV would perform in flooded or other extreme road conditions. As with all new vehicles, the latest more »

Renault announces NEXT TWO concept11.02.2014

Renault has announced their vision of driving in the future, as they reveal that they plan to have developed a fully autonomous driving electric vehicle ready for market by 2020. Renault believes that th more »

Saab brand to make electric comeback10.02.2014

The iconic Swedish brand Saab is set to make a dramatic comeback by launching a new range of electric cars. Following its bankruptcy in 2012, the main assets of Saab Automobile were acquired by Chinese o more »

Kia unveils new Soul EV at Chicago Show10.02.2014

Kia Motors has unveiled its first ever mass-production electric vehicle, the Soul EV, at the Chicago Auto Show. Set to go on sale in the United States market in third quarter of 2014 and in Europe and th more »

NGC disputes new car MPG up by 27%07.02.2014

New figures from the Society of Motor manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show continuing strong growth in the UK new car market with sales in January up 7.6% on the previous year. The sales data also confi more »

100,000 EV charges on CYC network07.02.2014

Charge Your Car (CYC), the company behind the first open network of charging points for electric vehicles in the UK, has announced that 100,000 charging sessions have been completed on their network alone. more »

High efficiency Audi 'Ultra' range available06.02.2014

A new Euro6-compliant Audi A6 TDI 'Ultra' model is available which cuts CO2 by up to 14% with no compromise to price, performance or equipment. Available to order from this week priced from £32,515 more »

New efficient Astra engine returns 76mpg06.02.2014

The Vauxhall Astra is now available to order with a super-smooth new generation 1.6 CDTi engine, Vauxhall's cleanest ever mid-size diesel. To be unveiled in the Astra at next month's Geneva Motor Show, t more »

Next Green Car launches EV Classifieds05.02.2014

Next Green Car today announces the launch of a new EV Classifieds service for sellers and buyers of electric vehicles on the Next Green Car website. As the No.1 UK destination for car buyers looking for more »

New Mercedes C-Class returns 70 mpg05.02.2014

A new Mercedes C-Class is on the way to the UK market, which will be offered with an efficient C 220 Blue TEC engine with overall CO2 from 103 g/km. The C-Class will be available with a choice of two eng more »

Environmental certificate for Kia Soul EV04.02.2014

The Kia Soul EV, which will make its debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February, has received environment accreditation for using 10% bio-based organic carbon content in its interior plastic. Kia ar more »

Car of the Year to be revealed at Geneva03.02.2014

The election of the Car of the Year will take place for the third consecutive year within the framework of the Geneva International Motor Show. These two world renowned institutions, both famous for pres more »

Renault reveals ZOE purchase incentives03.02.2014

Renault's flagship electric vehicle, the ZOE, has been an important and popular model since its launch in the UK last June. Renault has now announced a series of customer and marketing incentives for the more »

January 2014 (Click to show items)

Nissan installs 1000th rapid charger in EU31.01.2014

Nissan has installed 1,000 rapid DC chargers across Europe, the 1,000th being at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, UK. The rapid charging units can recharge the batteries of compatible electr more »

NGC supporting Go Ultra Low campaign30.01.2014

Deputy PM Nick Clegg today launched Go Ultra Low, a campaign for the motor industry to encourage greater adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles, with £9.3m investment in charging infrastructure. BMW more »

London to Edinburgh EV trip in 13 hours30.01.2014

In 2011, the BBC drove a MINI E from London to Edinburgh (see story) and made electric motoring look a lot more difficult that it actually was at the time, with the journey taking four days with a significant more »

Nissan unveils efficient ZEOD powertrain29.01.2014

Nissan have been a major player in developing and marketing electric vehicles for the road, with the success of the LEAF, but they have also been applying their EV experience and knowledge to racing vehicles. more »

More efficient VW Polo available in July28.01.2014

The Volkswagen Polo is to be updated with a range of new technologies and efficient engines, along with a makeover inside and out – the new version will be launched this summer. Under the bonnet, t more »

BYD supply EVs to London taxi company28.01.2014

BYD, which is bringing its range of pure electric private hire vehicles to Europe, has teamed up with Thriev to provide 20 BYD e6 cars to the company's emission-free London chauffeur-driven fleet within the n more »

EV charging network grows in Birmingham27.01.2014

The city of Birmingham has had a new network of electric vehicle charging points installed by E.ON Energy, with the aim to encourage the uptake of plug-in vehicles. Birmingham City Council has now implem more »

E-Car beomes UK's first pure EV car club24.01.2014

The UK's first entirely electric pay-per-use car club, E-Car Club, have launched a service at the University of Hertfordshire in partnership with Source East and University of Hertfordshire. One of the f more »

UK car manufacturing hits six-year high23.01.2014

UK car production in 2013 increased by 3.1% to surpass 1.5 million units, the highest production volume since 2007. According to the SMMT, who have released the 2013 figures, industry analysts predict ou more »

Efficient Caterham 7 starts production22.01.2014

As Caterham Cars prepares to start production of the Seven 160, the British sportscar maker has announced ultra-frugal performance figures for the entry level version. It will become enter the market as more »

BMJ links heart attack risk with air pollution22.01.2014

A new report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) that strengthens the case that there is a significant link between heart-attack risk and high levels of air pollution. A long-term study was co more »

High sales for Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV22.01.2014

With a plan for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) to represent 20% of its global sales by 2020, Mitsubishi has set itself an ambitious, yet realistic target. Mitsubishi more »

Nissan LEAF sales pass 100,000 units21.01.2014

The Nissan LEAF, one of the world's most popular electric vehicles with 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends – has reached a major milestone in its short life. After three years more »

Skoda Octavia Greenline available now21.01.2014

SKODA has revealed the latest addition to its critically acclaimed GreenLine fleet of environmentally advanced cars – the Octavia hatch GreenLine. Powered by an ultra-efficient 1.6-litre TDI CR 110 more »

BYD develops Qin Plug-in hybrid for 201520.01.2014

BYD has officially launched its Qin model in China, a new and high tech, performance-based plug-in hybrid car intended to target key world markets. European availability of a similar but probably renamed more »

Trials start for plug-in hybrid black cab17.01.2014

An all-new, purpose-built Range-Extended Electric Metrocab taxi was revealed publically for the first time today at a presentation by London Mayor Boris Johnson on low emissions taxis at City Hall. Ready more »

Mitsubishi PHEV eligible for £5,000 grant17.01.2014

Mitsubishi is pleased to announce that The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has confirmed the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is eligible for the Government's Plug in Car Grant more »

Zap-Map: UK rapid chargers pass 250 mark17.01.2014

The number of UK rapid DC and AC electric vehicle chargers now exceeds 250, with a total of 269 charging sockets across 185 locations. Data supplied by Zap-Map.com also shows that ratio of 'slow' (around more »

New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso available16.01.2014

The New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a versatile seven seater entering the MPV segment, which has been designed with practicality and efficiency in mind. Weighing in at 110kg less than its forerunner and more »

Global Toyota hybrid sales pass 6 million16.01.2014

Toyota Group's hybrid technology has reached a new landmark with cumulative global sales of their hybrid vehicles reaching 6.072 million units at the end of December. The latest million-milestone has bee more »

Brussels Motor Show to start tomorrow15.01.2014

The Brussels Motor Show, or Salon de l'Auto as it is known locally, will start tomorrow (16th January) and run until 26th January 2014. This will be the 92nd edition of the Brussels Motor Show and will o more »

VW announces new Caddy BlueMotion15.01.2014

The new Volkswagen Caddy BlueMotion will be on sale very soon and will return 61.4 mpg on the combined cycle whilst emitting only 119 g/km of CO2. This means that the new Caddy will have a total driving more »

Mitsubishi to launch Concept AR Hybrid14.01.2014

Mitsubishi Motors will be using the 2014 Brussels Motor Show to showcase its innovative and sporting new Concept AR. The Concept AR offers a unique blend of genre and technologies – SUV and MPV arc more »

Audi reveals e-tron quattro hybrid concept13.01.2014

Audi has pooled the genes of its allroad models and its forthcoming e-tron hybrids to create a new crossover concept bound for this month's 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Aud more »

Toyota FCV to be launched in 201510.01.2014

Toyota announced this week that a hydrogen-powered vehicle that emits only water vapour will go on sale in 2015 in the US. Toyota made the announcement at the International CES gadget show. The Japanese more »

Peugeot enhances 5008 specification09.01.2014

The new PEUGEOT 5008 Compact MPV is the latest model in the brand's line-up of passenger cars to benefit from a makeover. The revisions include external and internal upgrades, a higher specification, new more »

UK new car sales highest since 200708.01.2014

According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), UK new car registrations in 2013 were the highest recorded since 2007. At the same time, December was the 22nd consecutive month that saw a more »

Lower motorway speed limits suggested07.01.2014

The Highways Agency announced yesterday that they are again considering reducing the motorway speed limits in some more built-up areas with the intent to reduce air pollution near homes and schools. The more »

TfL proposes rise in Congestion Charge07.01.2014

Transport for London (TfL) has proposed an increase in the daily charge for London's Congestion Charge to £11.50. TfL said that the cost had remained static at £10 per day since 2009, and the more »

Manufacturers prepare for NAIAS 201406.01.2014

It's now less than two weeks until the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicks off in Detroit, Michigan. The prestigious show will be open to the public from January 18th to January 26th 201 more »

Govt launches 'door-to-door' plan for 201403.01.2014

Efforts to make it easier to choose greener travel modes to and from public transport hubs are working, according to a new report. The door-to-door action plan published by the Department for Transport i more »

The new Peugeot 308 is available now02.01.2014

The New 308 from Peugeot is officially on sale from today, and has already been selected for the shortlist for European Car of the Year 2014 award. The New 308 is the first Peugeot to benefit from the ad more »

Top 10 green cars to watch in 201402.01.2014

Next Green Car looks ahead to the greenest and most innovative cars due for launch in 2014. The year 2014 will undoubtedly see the continuation of the on-going electric and plug-in hybrid revolution, wi more »

December 2013 (Click to show items)

Parade of new vehicles headed for NAIAS31.12.2013

The parade of fabulous new vehicles equipped with cutting-edge automotive technology from around the world is on its way to Detroit and to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The show wil more »

London Mayor tests next-generation taxi30.12.2013

London Mayor Boris Johnson took an exclusive first look today at the all-new Range-Extended Electric Metrocab from UK-based Ecotive and its technology partner Frazer-Nash Research. The Mayor also couldn' more »

Dedicated EV performance track tested20.12.2013

The Future Technology Centre in North East England is being used as the venue for the Plug-in Your Fleet event, where major car manufacturers will meet to test the latest plug-in vehicles on the market. more »

OLEV aims for ultra-low CO2 fleet uptake19.12.2013

A BVRLA-assembled coalition of fleet representatives has outlined a package of incentives and actions that would help the government kick-start the market for ultra-low emission vehicles. Office for Low more »

Lease a VW e-Up! from £199 per month19.12.2013

Customers can now get their hands on the all-electric Volkswagen e-up! from £199 a month, through Volkswagen Finance's e-Solutions personal contract plan. It is priced at £19,250 (on the road more »

Renault creates real-world Scalextric track18.12.2013

Renault has created a short film to display their recent creation of an imitation of a Scalextric track around the city of London, using real ZOE electric vehicles as the racing cars. The track was manuf more »

Mercedes C-Class to offer up to 70 mpg17.12.2013

The all-new C-Class has been announced, with CO2 emissions on the C 220 BlueTEC version down to 103 g/km. UK specification and pricing are still to be confirmed. Entering the premium mid-range class, the more »

£900,000 fund boosts low carbon vehicles16.12.2013

Five new initiatives that will develop innovative low carbon technologies have been announced. Based in North East England, the projects will receive £900k investment from the Collaborative Projects F more »

Nissan remains EV market leader in UK16.12.2013

Nissan has secured its position as the leader in the electric car market by completing the 3,000th sale of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in the UK. The car maker hit the landmark in November when a total more »

Toyota explores wireless EV charging13.12.2013

Toyota has announced a licensing agreement with WiTricity, a leading wireless power transfer company, to explore the benefits of wireless charging for their future plug-in vehicles. Having made an equity more »

IER to operate Source London network12.12.2013

Transport for London (TfL) has announced today that IER has been selected to take over the management and operation of Source London, the capital's electric vehicle charge point network and membership scheme. more »

Honda CR-V gets frugal 1.6 i-DTEC engine12.12.2013

After its first appearance in the Civic, the super-frugal 1.6 i-DTEC engine has again demonstrated its real-world efficiency, this time in the new Honda CR-V. In a rigorous independent test on UK roads o more »

Hyundai introduces new Intrado concept10.12.2013

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Hyundai Motor is set to unveil the Intrado, an iconic concept car that confirms the company's ongoing commitment to innovation and new fuel types. The Intrado features a nex more »

Energy storage research will help UK grid10.12.2013

With the installation of rapid chargers across the UK becoming more and more common, from companies such as Ecotricity and Nissan, there has been some concern about how the electricity grid may be affected if more »

Chancellor announces LPG fuel strategy09.12.2013

Among a number of other announcements made last week from Chancellor Goerge Osborne, he also answered industry calls to set out a clear 10-year roadmap for LPG as a road fuel. Mr Osborne's introduction o more »

Govt announces £5 million EV investment06.12.2013

The Government have announced that they intend to invest £5 million over the next two years into an electric vehicle readiness program aimed at public sector fleets. The announcement was made as pa more »

Chancellor freezes fuel duty until 201505.12.2013

Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that fuel duty will be frozen at current rates until 2015, to ease the cost of motoring for the general public and UK business. In the Autumn Statement, as well as more »

BMW i3 sparks huge global EV interest05.12.2013

BMW has been inundated with requests to test-drive its first electric car, the i3. Around 6,500 people in the UK alone have already asked for a trial run -more than the current total of EV owners in the more »

Government to abolish car tax discs05.12.2013

Car tax discs displayed on vehicles are to be axed after having been used for 93 years. Chancellor George Osborne will announce the changes in his Autumn statement, but the system is to be replaced with more »

VW XL1 wins Top Gear Innovation award05.12.2013

The Volkswagen XL1 super-efficient vehicle has claimed BBC Top Gear Magazine's Innovation Award. The XL1 is the result of over a decade of research, development and engineering, which has produced what i more »

Toyota revises Yaris range for 201404.12.2013

The new 2014 Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hybrid go on sale today, with new grade line-ups and improved efficiency with lower CO2 emissions. There is an added incentive for the 1.4 D-4D diesel Yaris, which now more »

Food-based biofuels allowance increased04.12.2013

The EU will raise the cap on biofuels produced from food crops from 4.7% to 7% by 2020. The issue is a delicate one, and many campaigners say that using food crops to create fuel for cars is worse than b more »

Mazda reveals all-new Mazda3 details03.12.2013

On sale from 3 January 2014, the 36-strong all-new third-generation Mazda3 line-up is priced from £16,695 to £23,345 on-the-road (OTR). Infused with lightweight and advanced SKYACTIV technolo more »

Volvo road-tests fully-autonomous XC9002.12.2013

Volvo Cars are leading the world's first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothe more »

Volkswagen e-Up! available to order today02.12.2013

The all-electric Volkswagen e-up! goes on sale today priced at £19,250 (including £5,000 Government grant or £24,250 on the road). Customers wishing to take the lead with this innovative c more »

November 2013 (Click to show items)

Mitsubishi PHEV gets 5 star safety results29.11.2013

With a target for electric-based vehicles, both pure electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), to represent 20% of its production by 2020, Mitsubishi Motors aims implicitly to make these vehicle techn more »

British Gas tests Nissan e-NV200 fleet28.11.2013

British Gas is piloting 28 Nissan e-NV200 vans throughout the winter to determine the future viability of 100% electric vehicle technology as part of its 13,000 home service vans fleet. Run in collaborat more »

Ford EcoBoost engine wins SMMT prize27.11.2013

Ford's internationally acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has earned another major accolade – the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Award for Automotive Innovation 2013. Other nomi more »

Porsche Panamera SE-Hybrid to get grant27.11.2013

The new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the world's first plug-in hybrid for the executive saloon class, has gained Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) Grant approval. Only a select handful of cars qual more »

Nissan launches new CARE-EV scheme27.11.2013

Nissan has listened to its growing LEAF customer base and is introducing a comprehensive customer commitment to dramatically improve the ownership experience of a Nissan LEAF. Nissan CARE-EV LEAF custom more »

Honda announces new Civic Tourer26.11.2013

A new British-built Honda Civic Tourer will be available to order in the UK from December and will begin arriving in dealerships from February 2014. The Civic Tourer has been designed to offer the perfec more »

Mitsubishi to launch Outlander PHEV25.11.2013

In spring 2014 Mitsubishi will be launching the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) version of its all new Outlander. The vehicle has been confirmed as being exempt from the London Congestion Charge. more »

BMW offers green electric tariff for i322.11.2013

BMW i continues with their strategy for sustainable electric mobility and responsible charging, which has led to a new partnership with Good Energy Ltd in the UK. This partnership includes the provision more »

Honda FCEV Concept revealed in LA22.11.2013

Honda has revealed their next-generation fuel cell vehicle concept this week at the Los Angeles International Auto Show – the sleekly designed Honda FCEV Concept. This FCEV Concept follows on from more »

Lexus to launch revised CT200h Hybrid21.11.2013

A new, more comfortable and refined Lexus CT 200h will be launched in the UK and Europe in March next year. The full hybrid luxury hatchback has undergone a raft of changes that improve its styling and q more »

EST showcases successful PIFI projects20.11.2013

Following the success of the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI) last year, the Energy Saving Trust has produced a video about the latest Plugged-in Fleets Initiative 100 scheme. The video, shown below, more »

VW to reveal twin up! plug-in hybrid20.11.2013

Volkswagen has unveiled a plug-in hybrid version of its up! city car at the Tokyo Motor Show. The twin up! concept car uses a 0.8-litre two-cylinder turbodiesel engine in series with a 27 kW electric mot more »

Toshiba fleet to use Toyota Auris Hybrids19.11.2013

Toshiba Tec has chosen the Toyota Auris Hybrid Touring Sports as the ideal fleet vehicle for its UK engineers, due to environmental performance credentials and practicality. The company, part of the glob more »

Call for toll-free Severn Crossing for EVs19.11.2013

In an open letter, four groups advocating the wider use of electric vehicles (EVs) call for the Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing to offer toll exemptions for EVs as part of a wider national green Badg more »

ABB shows first 'CCS' UK rapid charger18.11.2013

ABB's Terra 53 is the industry's first combined charging system (CCS, also known as Combo 2) European rapid DC charging standard compatible with the soon-to-launch Volkswagen e-up! and BMW i3. ABB announ more »

Govt consults on EV support measures18.11.2013

The Deputy Prime Minister has called for innovative ideas from key players in the automotive industry to help the UK stay ahead of global competition and secure our position as global leader in ultra low emis more »

The RSPB takes delivery of Renault ZOE15.11.2013

Renault's newest electric supermini, the ZOE, is now flying even higher after being adopted at the RSPB's headquarters. The French brand's flagship plug-in has recently been paired with the charity's oth more »

Mitsubishi reveals Plug-in Hybrid model15.11.2013

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that its Plug-in Hybrid EV System, an electric vehicle technology in the new mid-size SUV Outlander PHEV. The plug-in hybrid model has been awarded the "RJC Techno more »

VW Golf TDI BlueMotion achieves 96mpg14.11.2013

The Volkswagen Golf TDI BlueMotion has proved its economic credentials on a trip from Nantes to Copenhagen, the Golf with the 110 PS TDI engine used only 2.92 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (equivalent t more »

43rd Tokyo Motor Show coming soon14.11.2013

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association will hold the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 from Friday, November 22 through to Sunday, December 1, 2013 (General Public Days begin Saturday, November 23) at Tokyo more »

Tesla Model S on sale from £55,280 OTR14.11.2013

Tesla Motors has now opened its first retail design store in the UK at London's Westfield Shopping Centre in White City, one of the capital's most popular shopping destinations. The new store features in more »

Mercedes reveals new efficient models13.11.2013

With the introduction of all-new ECO models, the A 180 CDI ECO SE and B 180 CDI ECO SE, Mercedes-Benz UK now offers even better economy, with CO2 emissions from just 92 g/km. The ECO SE vehicles, availab more »

My Electric Avenue project charges ahead13.11.2013

As the Low Carbon Networks Fund Conference gets underway today in Brighton, one of the fund's projects has exciting news to report. The £9m My Electric Avenue project, hosted by Scottish and Southe more »

Kia continues Electric Soul development13.11.2013

Kia Motors has confirmed that a new all-electric version of the Kia Soul is scheduled to go on sale in export markets during the second half of 2014. The 'Kia Soul EV' will be Kia's first electrically-dr more »

Honda announces fuel-cell concept car13.11.2013

Honda has released a sketch of the Honda FCEV Concept in advance of its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on 20th November 2013. The concept model expresses a potential styling direction for more »

Ford launches new Focus Electric11.11.2013

The Ford Focus Electric is now available to buy in the UK, on sale with a price tag of £28,500 including the Government's OLEV Plug-in Car Grant. The Focus Electric uses a lithium-ion battery syste more »

Nissan reveals BladeGlider EV concept08.11.2013

More than a concept, Nissan BladeGlider is both a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle development and an exploratory prototype of an upcoming production vehicle. Nissan crafted t more »

New Ford Fiesta EcoBoost available now08.11.2013

The Ford Fiesta became Europe's best-selling small car in September and for the first nine months of 2013, according to the latest figures from the provider of automotive data and intelligence, JATO Dynamics. more »

BMW i3 electric car launches in UK07.11.2013

The BMW i3 all-electric vehicle has launched into the premium car market. The revolutionary car offers zero emissions in a premium package, and comes at a fair price considering all the technology and feature more »

Future Toyota cars at Tokyo Motor Show06.11.2013

Five new Toyota vehicle concepts will make their world debut at the Tokyo motor show on 20 November, including the latest development of the Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) concept, under the banner Fun to Drive Agai more »

Mazda6 official CO2 reduced to 104g/km05.11.2013

The new Mazda6 has become more appealing for company car drivers with a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission cut that delivers tax savings. Engine modifications to the SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre 150ps engine powering more »

Skoda Rapid Spaceback prices announced05.11.2013

Following on from the successful launch of the Rapid, and ahead of the January showroom debut for the Rapid Spaceback, SKODA has revealed pricing and specification of the fuel-sipping GreenLine versions of bo more »

Nissan LEAF tops Norwegian car sales05.11.2013

The Nissan LEAF electric vehicle has for the first time claimed the number one spot in Norway's passenger car sales chart. In October, the zero emission family car outsold all of its internal combustion more »

New Suzuki Alto now under £6,00004.11.2013

Suzuki, well known for their small cars, has some good news this winter for customers looking to purchase a new Alto – the popular VAT-free campaign has now been extended until the end of the year. more »

1000th Evolt EV charger installed in UK01.11.2013

A small market town in Herefordshire has become the location for the 1,000th electric vehicle charging post to be designed and installed by APT Technologies in the UK. Bromyard, a market town in Hereford more »

October 2013 (Click to show items)

SEAT launches highly fuel efficient Leon31.10.2013

SEAT has opened the order books on the most fuel-efficient Leon that the company has produced – the SEAT Leon Ecomotive now has an official combined fuel economy of 86.5 mpg with CO2 emissions of only 8 more »

Citroen announces new Grand C4 Picasso30.10.2013

The New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso will make its UK public premiere on the Citroen stand at The Gadget Show Live @ Christmas from Friday 1 – Sunday 3 November. Visitors to the show will be able to di more »

350,000 kWh drawn from CYC network29.10.2013

Charge Your Car (CYC) is the company behind the first open network of recharging points for electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK. They achieved a grand total of 72,575 charging sessions on their network by more »

Drayson Racing EV at London motor show28.10.2013

A British-built electric racing car will be one of the star attractions at the Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November. The Drayson Racing Technologies Lola B12 69/EV Le Mans prototype will be on more »

Volvo announces new Drive-E engines25.10.2013

Volvo has designed a new family of two-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E powertrains that have been created to offer the perfect blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions. The D4 with 181 horsepower and manu more »

Tesla sells Model S in new London store25.10.2013

The doors of the new Tesla store in London are open to the public for the first time today, after an exclusive launch party last night. The store is located in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds more »

First E-Car Club launches in London24.10.2013

The first all-electric Car Club was launched this week in East London spearheading a nationwide roll-out of the electric mobility service. E-Car Club will allow businesses to reduce the cost and footprin more »

Volvo tests inductive EV charging24.10.2013

Volvo Car Group has been a partner in an advanced research project that has studied the possibilities of inductive charging for electric vehicles. The results of the project show that this technology for more »

New Infiniti Q50 means business23.10.2013

When the new Infiniti Q50 goes on sale, from mid November, a version specifically designed for business users will be included within the range. The 'Executive', will be equipped to suit the higher milea more »

Liverpool opens bus lanes to all traffic22.10.2013

Liverpool is about to embark on a nine month trial scheme that will see all bus lanes opened up to all road transport, not just buses. The suspension will be citywide, and is aimed at keeping the city tr more »

Nissan to lead Rapid Charge Network22.10.2013

Nissan is leading a consortium which aims to establish a network of rapid chargers for electric vehicles running the full length and breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland. When complete, a total of 7 more »

BMW i3 electrifies Times Top 100 Cars22.10.2013

After having won Next Green Car's Supermini Award category earlier this year, the BMW i3 has collected a second UK accolade. Even before it goes on sale in November, the i3 has topped the Electric and Hybrid more »

Hyundai displays the ix35 'Fuel Cell Farm'21.10.2013

Hyundai has unveiled the Fuel Cell Farm – an aquaponics set up that uses the water emissions from an ix35 hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to grow food. The uniquely designed arrangement aims to educate more »

Regent Street Motor Show coming soon21.10.2013

Motoring's past, present and future will be rubbing wheels in the heart of London at the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show on Saturday 2 November. As well as a remarkable array of veteran cars – more »

New Alfa Romeo MiTo offers 99gCO2/km21.10.2013

The 2014 Alfa MiTo has gone on sale in UK offering customers higher specification, subtle styling enhancements and the addition of the new 105hp TwinAir engine to the range. The MiTo engine range now com more »

LPG converted Prius lowers fuel costs18.10.2013

How do you make a green car even greener? Take an electric hybrid Toyota Prius and convert it to also run on autogas LPG, which has better environmental credentials than either petrol or diesel. And that more »

Volvo develops more efficient car battery17.10.2013

Volvo Car Group has developed a revolutionary concept for lightweight structural energy storage components that could improve the energy usage of future electrified vehicles. The material, consisting of more »

Nissan unveils ZEOD RC all-electric racer17.10.2013

After a long eight months of development, design and construction, Nissan's revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC electric racecar was unveiled today at the headquarters of Nissan's performance arm, Nismo, in Japan. more »

Drayson EV sets 4 electric speed records16.10.2013

Drayson Racing has increased the World Electric Land Speed Record for sub-999kg cars during official FIA-sanctioned runs at Elvington Airfield in Yorkshire, England (subject to FIA homologation). The all more »

Land Rover hybrid reaches Mumbai, India15.10.2013

Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. It is the world's first ever more »

Hyundai announces New Generation i1014.10.2013

An updated version of Hyundai’s best-selling model, the i10 city car, will go on sale in the UK on 30 January 2014, with prices starting at £8,345. Appearing over five years after its predecess more »

New Vauxhall Meriva 10% more efficient11.10.2013

Vauxhall's Meriva range is being upgraded with a new look and a class-leading Euro-6 diesel engine when the model goes on sale in the UK next month. Fresh from its launch in the Zafira Tourer, Vauxhall's more »

Kia confirms electric Soul for UK11.10.2013

Kia has confirmed that the all-electric version of the new Soul is definitely coming to the UK, which will offer a specification that will be competitive with the UK's current electric vehicles. However, more »

Mazda introduces new SKYACTIV CX-510.10.2013

Mazda has further increased the fleet appeal of its CX-5 compact SUV range with the addition of a new low emission model. The Mazda CX-5 range was the first to benefit from Mazda's breakthrough SKYACTIV more »

UK motorists falling in love with PCP09.10.2013

As we reported last week, new car registrations in the UK rose by 12.1% in September for the 19th consecutive month. While this can be attributed to a partial recovery in the UK economy, these figures ar more »

Volkswagen to partner with Ecotricity09.10.2013

Volkswagen Group has signed a partnership deal with green energy supplier, Ecotricity, to provide a 100% green energy offer to all customers purchasing an electric vehicle from one of the Group brands. T more »

Ford tests fully automated parking system09.10.2013

Ford is testing two new automated vehicle technologies designed to help improve driver safety and convenience – Fully Assisted Parking and Obstacle Avoidance. These two technologies will enable dri more »

Scottish mall installs free DC charger07.10.2013

The first rapid charging point for electric cars at a Scottish shopping centre has been installed and is now ready to use. Having access to the free-to-use rapid charger means an electric car driver can more »

Driver unhurt in Tesla Model S fire07.10.2013

Tesla reported that a Model S caught fire on a road just outside Seattle following a high-speed collision with a metallic object that was in the road. The incident was caught on video by a passing motori more »

New data reaffirms low LPG emissions07.10.2013

New evidence from Europe has proven that vehicles running on autogas LPG are lower carbon than petrol cars. This includes on average 11% lower CO2 tailpipe emissions compared to the equivalent petrol mod more »

Skoda announces new Rapid Spaceback04.10.2013

Skoda has announced prices and specifications for the new Rapid Spaceback ahead of its arrival in January 2014. The highly anticipated addition to the Skoda line-up will be available in three generously- more »

SMMT: Steady growth in UK new car sales04.10.2013

UK sales of new cars in Sept were the highest recorded in a single month since March 2008, 66 months ago, according to figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The new 63-plate more »

New Peugeot 308 available to order03.10.2013

The New 308 is now available to order with the announcement of full pricing and specifications, in readiness for the UK launch and first customer deliveries on 4th January 2014. A full range of petrol an more »

New trial reveals increased EV satisfaction02.10.2013

Drivers taking part in the UK's Ultra Low Carbon trial give electric vehicles the thumbs up, says a new report produced by Cenex and Oxford Brookes University. After 349 vehicles covered over 1.5 million more »

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid joins Tristar fleet01.10.2013

Chauffeur company Tristar Worldwide has taken delivery of three Volvo V60 plug-in hybrids to trial as part of the Energy Saving Trust's Plugged-In Fleet Initiative (PIFI). The vehicles will be with Trist more »

September 2013 (Click to show items)

Chancellor to freeze fuel duty until 201530.09.2013

In his speech today at the Conservative Party conference, Chancellor George Osborne announced a freeze in fuel duty for the remainder of this parliament. The key three points Osborne made regarding fuel more »

BMW removes 5 Series Efficient Dynamics27.09.2013

BMW has removed the 520d Efficient Dynamic model from the new 5 Series line-up because the revised 520d SE has exactly the same CO2 emissions of 119g/km. The 520d SE has the added advantage of a choice o more »

'Official' economy tested at MPG Marathon27.09.2013

This year's UK MPG Marathon event is to take place on 9-10th October at Tankersley Manor, near Sheffield. The annual event, sponsored by ALD Automotive and Shell, is becoming increasingly important in a more »

Nissan start deliveries of new Note26.09.2013

Deliveries of the new Nissan Note begin this week – the small supermini MPV has received modifications to its design and technology that have brought CO2 emissions down to 92 g/km. The new Note is more »

Jaguar Land Rover plans UK R&D centre25.09.2013

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled details of its future plans for advanced research and development in the UK which will now be focused on a new cutting-edge technology, innovation and education centre in Warwic more »

Tesla Model S tops unit sales in Norway24.09.2013

In the first two weeks of September this year, the Tesla Model S electric vehicle was the most popular selling vehicle in Norway, out-selling all other models of any fuel type sold in the country. In Nor more »

Prius Plug-in links up rail passengers24.09.2013

Toyota has provided a Prius Plug-in for a new transport initiative giving rail travellers access to a low emissions car club vehicle for the next leg of their journey. The scheme gives holders of train o more »

Range Rover Hybrids half way to Mumbai23.09.2013

The Silk Trail 2013 expedition has reached the half-way point from its starting point at the home of Land Rover in Solihull, UK, to its destination in Mumbai, India. Twenty days after setting-out, the th more »

BMW begins production of the electric i320.09.2013

BMW entered a new era in automotive construction with the start of series production of the BMW i3, at the company's Leipzig plant in Germany. The BMW i3 electric vehicle has been purpose built for an el more »

Ford builds 2 millionth EcoBoost engine19.09.2013

Ford has celebrated a manufacturing milestone for its fuel-saving EcoBoost engines with two million having been produced globally since the 2009 launch of the engine line. Growing customer demand for Eco more »

Lexus announces new GS 300h Hybrid19.09.2013

Lexus is strengthening the appeal of its GS range for company/business car users with the introduction of the new GS 300h hybrid. It will join the established GS 450h in the range early next year, promis more »

New Mazda3 SKYACTIV achieves 72 mpg18.09.2013

The all-new Mazda3 is expected to be popular in the company car sector with a class-leading combination of performance, excellent fuel economy and low emissions with the latter delivering tax savings to drive more »

Nissan e-NV200 completes London trial18.09.2013

The City of London Corporation has completed a successful trial of the 100% electric Nissan e-NV200 van as part of efforts to meet the highest levels of environmental responsibility across all areas of its op more »

Tesla to bring Superchargers to Europe17.09.2013

Tesla Motors has presented it Model S and the revolutionary new Supercharger to the motor industry and general public at the IAA Show in Frankfurt, announcing that both will be available across Europe in the more »

BVRLA questions UK govt's EV strategy16.09.2013

Newly-published DVLA data shows that registrations of plug-in-grant eligible cars grew by just 14% in the first half of 2013, compared to the previous six months. This is less than the 17% growth achieved by more »

VW aiming to lead EV market by 201813.09.2013

The Volkswagen Group has set its sights on global market leadership in electric mobility by 2018, after several billion pounds of investment into new technologies. The Volkswagen Group believe that now i more »

Vauxhall reduces Ampera pricing by £3,50012.09.2013

Vauxhall has reduced the price of its revolutionary Ampera extended-range electric vehicle by £3,500, to a starting price of £28,750 on-the-road, inclusive of the Government's £5,000 grant. more »

New solution for used EV batteries11.09.2013

A collaborative project in North East England is developing an innovative solution to the problem of successfully exploiting the potential of used batteries from electric vehicles (EVs). The venture expl more »

SEAT reveals new efficient Leon models11.09.2013

SEAT has introduced two extremely efficient versions of the Leon model range at the Frankfurt Motor Show: the Leon Ecomotive and the Leon TGI. Both new models offer exceptional efficiency and therefore v more »

Jaguar Land Rover creates 1,700 new jobs10.09.2013

Jaguar Land Rover has announced nearly 11,000 new jobs for UK manufacturing over the past three years, and they are now creating 1,700 additional jobs at Solihull in the West Midlands. The latest announc more »

EVs cut commuter car fuel costs by 80%10.09.2013

New research by the Energy Saving Trust Scotland has found that Scottish workers spend £270 million pounds a year commuting by car – equivalent to £740,000 a day. Figures from a study into more »

VW to launch all-new Caddy BlueMotion09.09.2013

The current Volkswagen Caddy is available in a number of different versions and with different engines, and this variety seems to have played an important role in the model's success. Now, a particularly more »

40% UK drivers would consider buying EV06.09.2013

A new survey reveals that 41% of British drivers would consider purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) or hybrid vehicle in the next five years. The survey was conducted by Censuswide and Rexel, a global le more »

Green cars at Frankfurt Motor Show 201305.09.2013

With the 65th International Motor Show about to get under way in Frankfurt, most manufacturers are preparing their stands to show off their latest offerings and green technologies, hoping to wow what is expec more »

The BMW i3 makes its debut at LCV201305.09.2013

The BMW i3 all-electric vehicle is on show at The Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2013 (LCV2013), Millbrook, ahead of its first appearance to the wider public at next week's 65th International Motor Show in Frankfur more »

Ford to reveal Focus Electric at LCV201304.09.2013

Ford's first zero-emission all-electric family car will star at the Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2013 which opens this week at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. The Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2013 (LCV more »

New world record led by Nissan LEAF EVs04.09.2013

A new world record has been set by the Electric Vehicle Union (EVU) and Norwegian EV Association in Norway as 260-and-a-half electric vehicles (EVs), thanks to Nissan's Half LEAF, were united to drive in unis more »

Sustainable MotoExpo coming to Beaulieu03.09.2013

One of the largest and most varied sustainable and eco-friendly motoring events, Sustainable MotoExpo 2013, is to take place at the internationally renowned National Motor Museum, Beaulieu next month. Th more »

EST host a series of EV business events02.09.2013

EST is to host a series of free electric vehicle events aimed at business fleets in Scotland, beginning at the end of September. With the rising price of fuel and uncertainty in the economy, it has never more »

Nissan ZEOD RC due to race at Le Mans02.09.2013

Construction of the first Nissan ZEOD RC chassis is nearing completion and the ground-breaking car that will "electrify Le Mans" is set to hit the track for the first time in the UK in early September. A more »

August 2013 (Click to show items)

Toyota to launch fuel cell vehicle in 201530.08.2013

Toyota believes the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle offers the best solution to the challenges of energy sources and emissions, with hydrogen as an ideal, ultra-clean fuel. At the 2013 Frankfurt motor show (fro more »

Land Rover Hybrid tested on drive to India30.08.2013

Land Rover's latest model, the Range Rover Hybrid, is being put through its final engineering sign-off drive on a gruelling 9,950 mile endurance expedition from the UK to India. Land Rover is aiming to d more »

VW to debut e-Golf and e-up! at Frankfurt29.08.2013

In a double world premiere, Volkswagen will be presenting two new electric models, the e-up! and e-Golf, at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from 10th to 22nd September. This means that Vo more »

Car2go offers point-to-point car hire27.08.2013

A new car hire service has arrived in London, car2go, which offers a one-way on-street hired vehicle that can be picked up and dropped off anywhere once your journey is completed. Owning a car in London more »

Bluebird EVs to be unveiled at Beaulieu23.08.2013

The world exclusive unveiling of the two new Bluebird electric cars will take place at this year's Sustainable MotoExpo, which will be held at the internationally renowned National Motor Museum, at Beaulieu. more »

BMW announces X5 eDrive concept22.08.2013

BMW has announced that it will be showcasing the new X5 SUV concept model at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which combines BMW's eDrive and xDrive attributes. The BMW X5 eDrive concept brings together the xDr more »

PowerDriver project reaches crucial stage22.08.2013

A European Union funded project, called PowerDriver, has reached a crucial stage in its fundamental aim to develop ways to turn waste from combustion engine exhaust gas into electricity. The PowerDriver more »

Vauxhall to reveal new Monza Concept22.08.2013

Vauxhall is set to reveal the new Monza Concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, which is a concept vehicle that uses an evolution of the Ampera's plug-in hybrid powertrain. The Monza is named aft more »

Tesla Model S gets best ever safety rating21.08.2013

Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Appro more »

Mercedes announces S 500 Plug-in Hybrid21.08.2013

The third hybrid model of the new S-Class, the S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, has been designed to maximise efficiency whilst maintaining attributes that customers expect from the Mercedes brand. With CO2 emissio more »

All-new Mazda3 to premiere at Frankfurt20.08.2013

The all-new Mazda3 will make its global public premiere on the Mazda stand at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. Although it won't go on sale in the UK until January 2014, the all-new Mazda3 more »

Staffordshire Council installs EV chargers19.08.2013

Staffordshire County Council, in conjunction with the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and the Government funded Plugged-in-Place Scheme, is providing electric vehicle charging posts for public access. T more »

Toyota reveals Yaris Hybrid-R concept19.08.2013

Toyota will bring together its past achievements and future plans for hybrid power in a Frankfurt motor show presentation devoted entirely to its industry-leading technology. Since it introduced the orig more »

Vauxhall Insignia has class-leading CO216.08.2013

Vauxhall's new Insignia is not only the lowest CO2 emitting car in its sector but now also the most streamlined vehicle in the world in its class. Thanks to clever changes to the body design of the new I more »

APT upgrades EV chargers in Birmingham16.08.2013

A number of the electric vehicle (EV) charging points located at the Bullring Birmingham have been upgraded to state of the art charging facilities, by APT Technologies. Bullring's Selfridges Moor Stree more »

Volvo offers free home charging for V6015.08.2013

As deliveries of the Volvo V60 AWD plug-in diesel hybrid start in the UK, Volvo has announced a new partnership with British Gas to help ensure that customers are able to charge their vehicles at home. U more »

Next Green Car Awards 2013: Winners14.08.2013

Next Green Car today announces the winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2013, the most scientifically-based Green Car Awards in the UK. Next Green Car has made awards across eight vehicle categories incl more »

Ford reveals greenest petrol Focus yet13.08.2013

Ford has announced a brand new ultra-efficient version of the Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost model that will be the first petrol-powered family car in Europe to offer 99g/km CO2 emissions. The Focus 1.0-litre more »

Lib Dems could ban petrol and diesel cars12.08.2013

The Liberal Democrats have said that they intend to take climate change more seriously and have suggested banning all petrol and diesel cars by 2040. The party's environmental spokesman, Chris Huhne, sai more »

BMW partners with Schneider Electric12.08.2013

BMW has announced that they will be teaming up with Schneider Electric to provide customers with somewhere to plug in the all-electric BMW i3 at home. The partnership sees Schneider Electric become not o more »

Nissan LEAF joins Motability Scheme08.08.2013

The 2013 Nissan LEAF has become the first electric vehicle to join the Motability Scheme, allowing the scheme's 620,000 current users the opportunity to explore zero emission motoring. The new UK-built L more »

Next Green Car Awards 2013 shortlists07.08.2013

Welcome to the Next Green Car Awards 2013, the most scientifically based green car awards in the UK. Twenty-six of the UK’s greenest new cars of 2013 have been selected for shortlists across eig more »

New 1.0 litre engine for Vauxhall Adam07.08.2013

Vauxhall will be unveiling an all-new low emission 1.0-litre three–cylinder petrol engine at next month's Frankfurt International Motor Show, ahead of its debut in the Adam city car next year. The more »

Audi announces new TDI engine for A306.08.2013

Audi has made available a more powerful version of 2.0-litre TDI engine that has lowest-in-class CO2 that has been launched in the A3 model range. The new 2.0 TDI 184PS engine is now available in additio more »

Rockingham installs EV charging points05.08.2013

Four electric vehicle charging points have been installed at Rockingham, in a move which sees the Northamptonshire motor racing circuit clearly support the emerging UK market for electric cars. Alongside more »

Ecotricity expands rapid charger network05.08.2013

Electric vehicle drivers using the UK's motorway system can now access 13 more rapid chargers at Welcome Break service stations. Installed at Welcome Break sites across the country, the 13 rapid chargers more »

Rolec EV launches chip and pin charging02.08.2013

Rolec EV is to launch the UK's first range of bank secure, chip and pin, Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) EV charging stations known as AutoCharge: PAYG. This AutoCharge: PAYG launch presents an extensive range of E more »

Nissan to launch new Note in October01.08.2013

The all-new Nissan Note is set to offer an attractive choice for private and business customers thanks to its low running costs and best-in-class safety features. Nissan offers petrol and diesel engines more »

Local parking fines generate £565 million01.08.2013

Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show the vast majority of local authorities in England generate a surplus from their parking activities. In 2011/12, English councils had a total current account su more »

My Electric Avenue to launch in Oxford01.08.2013

My Electric Avenue has charged into life, with support from Nissan, Drayson Racing Technologies and other local businesses at the company's base in Oxfordshire. The new initiative is seeking 10 'clusters more »

July 2013 (Click to show items)

Eden Project trials Electric Land Rover31.07.2013

The first Electric Defender has started work at the Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall in an inaugural real world trial of its capabilities. Unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the La more »

Funding boost for UK charging network31.07.2013

The Government has released details of how the £37 million funding package for expanding the UK’s electric vehicle infrastructure announced earlier this year will be allocated. The funding come more »

BMW i3 welcomed by UK Government30.07.2013

The all-new BMW i3 electric was revealed today in London to 250 representatives from a wide range of European bodies and organisations responsible for shaping the future of sustainable urban mobility and crea more »

Watch the BMW i3 launch live on NGC29.07.2013

BMW is set to transform the electric car market with the official unveiling on Monday 29th July of the revolutionary i3. The new i3 will be launched simultaneously around the world with live unveilings more »

British Gas offers free EV charging26.07.2013

To reduce the cost of running an electric vehicle (EV), British Gas has launched its first free nationwide charging package for owners of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the new Outlander PHEV. Thanks to the g more »

BMW i invests in EV charging network25.07.2013

BMW i has made a strategic investment in Chargemaster Plc, the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Chargemaster and BMW i have also entered into a wide ranging coop more »

Fiesta is Women's World Car of the Year 24.07.2013

The Ford Fiesta 1.0-litre EcoBoost has won the title of Women’s World Car of the Year 2013. The Fiesta EcoBoost also won the Economy Car title after judges praised its “high-end look and fee more »

BMW announces pricing for i3 electric22.07.2013

BMW today announced the pricing of one of the most anticipated cars in its history. The all-new BMW i3 electric will be delivered to its first customers in the UK in November, 2013 with a leasing price more »

Zipcar helps Croydon Council cut car use22.07.2013

Zipcar, the UK's largest car club, today announces a partnership with Croydon Council to provide a car club service to council employees. The agreement follows a competitive tender on the back of an init more »

A new life for the electric car battery22.07.2013

At the end of their usable life time, electric vehicle batteries retain about 80% of their charge and discharge capacity yet they are no longer valid for such a demanding environment like the car, which is wh more »

Get free EV miles when the sun shines19.07.2013

Putting home-captured solar energy into an electric car can take years off the payback time for solar PV installation – or provide miles and miles of free motoring, depending on which way you view the more »

Sign up for Plugged-in Fleets Initiative19.07.2013

The Energy Saving Trust is inviting organisations who may be considering electric vehicles for fleet use to sign up to the latest Plugged-In Fleets Initiative (PiFi100). By joining the PiFi100 Initiative more »

Hyundai brings hydrogen cars to London18.07.2013

Emission-free hydrogen powered vehicles will soon be operating in London. It is the intention that five Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell models – the first production fuel cell cars in the world – will be a more »

Kia looks beyond just vehicle efficiency17.07.2013

Kia is planning a number of green initiatives in 2013, that extend beyond just the efficiency of their cars, as part of its commitment to the environment. The focus will not just be on lowering the fuel more »

Two new models join Fiat 500L range17.07.2013

The Fiat 500 family is growing in size with the introduction of two new models: the 500L Trekking and the 500L MPW (Multi-Purpose Wagon). Fiat began taking orders for the 500L Trekking in June 2013 with more »

Drayson get podium finish at Goodwood17.07.2013

Drayson Racing secured a podium spot at the Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend, with a third place finish for the all-electric B12 69/EV. It was the electric hypercar's first high-profile run since it br more »

Nissan to re-launch Datsun brand16.07.2013

Thirty years after shelving the Datsun brand that helped Nissan secure strong Western markets, Nissan is resurrecting the brand in emerging markets. Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, hopes that bringing back the more »

Vauxhall Ampera leads at the ITU Triathlon16.07.2013

It seems increasingly common for event organisers to choose ultra-low emission vehicles for tasks these days as opposed to conventionally powered vehicles, saving them money and lowering emissions. The V more »

UK invests £1 billion in motor industry15.07.2013

UK Government and automotive industry will each invest £500m over next 10 years in advanced an research centre and apprenticeships, which is expected to secure more than 30,000 jobs in total. The m more »

York introduces green taxi incentive15.07.2013

York Council has introduced an innovative incentive scheme that aims to increase the portion of energy efficient taxis and minicabs in operation, to reduce pollution in the city. Harrogate-based Vantage more »

All-new Mazda3 with improved efficiency12.07.2013

The all-new Mazda3 will go on sale in the UK later this year, with CO2 emissions reduced to 104 g/km and an official fuel economy figure of 72.4 mpg. The model line-up will once again include two bodysty more »

Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid returns 313 mpg12.07.2013

Volkswagen's futuristic XL1, the world’s most fuel-efficient production hybrid car, took to the streets of the capital earlier this week. The two-seat diesel-electric hybrid, which achieves a fuel more »

GreenFleet Scotland now in fifth year11.07.2013

GreenFleet Scotland, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust, is the only event for Scottish fleet managers and heads of transport that want to manage their fleets more efficiently, reducing fuel and runn more »

Porsche Panamera Hybrid returns 91 mpg11.07.2013

The second generation of the Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo introduces plug-in hybrid technology to the executive segment for the first time. The UK public debut of the new Panamera is taking placfe at th more »

SMMT encourages fuel efficient driving11.07.2013

The automotive industry has today begun its drive to help UK motorists save more than £6.8 billion each year through driving more efficiently. By adopting simple improvements to their driving style more »

US drivers thinking 'beyond the tailpipe'10.07.2013

Car buyers are more likely to buy a plug-in electric vehicle if they know that the electricity used to charge it is from a renewable energy source, according to a new study. The study, conducted by Ameri more »

New Ford Transit is 34% more efficient10.07.2013

Ford's all-new Transit Connect is now available to order for a late 2013 delivery, now offering a 34% improvement to fuel efficiency compared to the current Transit model. The Transit Connect delivers be more »

Bluebird to officially unveil two new EVs09.07.2013

The world exclusive unveiling of two new electric Bluebird vehicles will take place at this year's Sustainable MotoExpo event, happening at the National Motor Museum, in Beaulieu. The Sustainable MotoExp more »

UK solar car enters Australian marathon08.07.2013

A British racing team has designed and built a solar powered vehicle that will be entered into the World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 km marathon across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide, starting in October 2013 more »

Renault-Nissan have sold 100,000 EVs08.07.2013

French carmaker Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan have sold a total of 100,000 electric vehicles so far, Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of both companies, said on Saturday. But Ghosn, speaking at a more »

SMMT reports increasing new car sales05.07.2013

New car registrations in the UK passed the one million mark in June, growing 10% in the first half of 2013 to 1,163,623 units, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Motorist more »

Global Toyota Prius sales top 3 million05.07.2013

The Toyota Prius hybrid has reached three million global sales, confirming its status as one of the world's best-selling cars. Since it's UK market introduction in 2000, 61,000 units have been sold. 16 y more »

Network Rail electrifies station car parks04.07.2013

ChargePoint Services and Network Rail have today announced the installation of an eight vehicle electric charging facility at its public car parks at Euston and Victoria railway stations in central London. more »

LowCVP looks beyond tailpipe emissions04.07.2013

The 10th annual LowCVP conference will be held in Westminster on 11 July. The focus of the day will be issues surrounding the need to look beyond tailpipe emissions to determine a vehicle's true environmental more »

25 Nissan LEAFs join Low Carbon London04.07.2013

The first 25 people involved with the Low Carbon London EV lease scheme, a project run by UK Power Networks, have recently taken delivery of their new LEAFs at Nissan's UK headquarters in Maple Cross, Hertfor more »

GM & Honda team up on fuel cell research03.07.2013

General Motors and Honda announced today a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. The col more »

Survey reveals Brits interested in EVs02.07.2013

The results of a survey from Censuswide and Rexel, a global leader in the distribution of energy products and services, have revealed that British drivers are interested in electric vehicles, but there are tw more »

New VW Golf estate returns 85.6 mpg01.07.2013

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate opens for ordering tomorrow (2 July), with prices starting at just £17,915 on the road. With a range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, and several trim lev more »

June 2013 (Click to show items)

Ultra Low Emission Discount from 1 July26.06.2013

From 1 July 2013, the Greener Vehicle Discount that currently applies to the London Congestion Charge will be replaced by the Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED). The effect will be that the CO2 emissions more »

Drayson sets new EV land speed record26.06.2013

Drayson Racing is proud to announce that it has set a brand new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185mph. Former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Drayson was behind the wheel of more »

Renault announces new Twizy Cargo Z.E.26.06.2013

With Renault's new announcement of the all-electric Twizy Cargo, the commercial vehicle world might never be quite the same again. Taking the shape and style of the standard Twizy, it swaps the rear tand more »

Audi opens e-gas plant in Germany26.06.2013

Audi has opened an e-gas plant in Werlte, Germany, that uses green electricity, water and carbon dioxide to produce hydrogen and the synthetic methane: Audi e-gas. "Audi is the only manufacturer worldwid more »

Nissan unveils world's fastest electric car25.06.2013

Nissan has unveiled the groundbreaking ZEOD RC – which claims to be the world's fastest electric racing car and is capable of reaching speeds of more than 186 mph. The ZEOD RC (Zero Emission On Dem more »

Science company takes LEAF delivery24.06.2013

Blacktrace Holdings, a science company based in Royston, has taken delivery of eight new Nissan LEAFs as part of its company car scheme. Blacktrace Holdings is a group of companies who create commerciall more »

Tesla demonstrates battery swap21.06.2013

Elon Musk, Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Motors, demonstrated the company's battery swap technology at a press conference in California last night. Tesla has only recently confirmed their plans to est more »

'Student Eco Challenge' gets underway20.06.2013

Teams from universities across England, Scotland and Wales are competing in the 1,701-mile "Formula Student Diesel Eco Driving Challenge" in the UK's most popular car, the Ford Fiesta. Engineering studen more »

Own a new Nissan LEAF from £189/month18.06.2013

The all-new 2013 battery electric Nissan LEAF model is now available from just £189 per month, which is less than the cost of a month's Congestion Charge payments in London. This incredible monthly more »

New SEAT Leon FR available with 67.3mpg18.06.2013

The new SEAT Leon FR 2.0 TDI 184 PS offers hot hatch performance but running costs akin to an efficient supermini, and is now available to order. The new Leon has an official combined fuel consumption of more »

BMW announces new efficient 4 Series17.06.2013

BMW will unveil their latest coupe model at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the new 4 Series Coupe line up comes with a strong focus on efficiency. The BMW 4 Series coupe will be on sale i more »

Electric Sunday to take place in Bristol17.06.2013

As part of Bristol's Big Green Week, there will be an electric car show taking place in Millennium Square from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 23rd June. The event will be sponsored by Toyota, and the day will sta more »

14 days to claim Greener Vehicle Discount13.06.2013

Buyers of cars with CO2 emissions of under 100 g/km can still take advantage of up to three years’ free Congestion Charge driving if they register their Euro 5, sub-100g/km CO2 model with the scheme be more »

BYD trials e6 electric vehicles in UK13.06.2013

More than 50 BYD e6 pure electric cars have arrived in the UK and will be going on trial with a number of fleet operators in the coming months. The right-hand drive e6 all-electric cars were offloaded at more »

Ford Focus EV production starts in Europe13.06.2013

Ford Motor Company has began the production of the all-new Focus Electric – the first full-electric vehicle to be built by Ford in Europe – in Saarlouis, Germany. The zero-emission Focus Elec more »

Mia-Electric available in UK from July 201313.06.2013

The Mia-Electric will be available to UK fleet market from July 2013, thanks to a new, official import deal arranged for Mia electric vehicles. Mia-Electric is a specialist EV manufacturer that produces more »

SEAT announces electric Leon prototype12.06.2013

SEAT has showcased a brand new plug-in hybrid prototype based on the new Leon, at the official closing event of the pioneering Cenit Verde research project that produced it. Called the SEAT Leon Verde, t more »

Nissan to extend existing LEAF warranty11.06.2013

Nissan has announced that it will be expanding the warranty of the over 10,000 European owners who purchased the original Nissan LEAF since its introduction, so that they benefit from the same guarantee as bu more »

New Nissan Juke offers lower emissions11.06.2013

The latest 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine for the Nissan Juke introduces lower emissions, greater fuel economy, reduced noise and more torque, and is available now for no additional cost. Since its launch i more »

Speed cameras cut injuries by a quarter07.06.2013

New evidence published today by the RAC Foundation supports the safety case for speed cameras in the UK. Analysis of data for 551 fixed speed cameras in nine areas shows that on average the number of fa more »

Hyundai delivers fuel cell fleet in Denmark06.06.2013

Hyundai this week delivered the first fifteen of its assembly line-produced ix35 Fuel Cell vehicles to the City of Copenhagen in Denmark. The 15 ix35 Fuel Cell units are the first hydrogen-powered vehicl more »

New penalties to tackle careless driving05.06.2013

Careless drivers who put other road users at risk face on-the-spot penalties under new measures announced today by Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond. The changes will give the police powers to issue f more »

24 days to claim Greener Vehicle Discount04.06.2013

Buyers of cars with CO2 emissions of under 100 g/km can still take advantage of up to three years’ free Congestion Charge driving if they register their Euro 5, sub-100g/km CO2 model with the scheme be more »

Green Mobility 2013: 9-11 October Beijing04.06.2013

The 4th Annual Green Mobility 2013 conference is scheduled to take place in the Chinese capital Beijing between 9th and 11th October 2013. The conference, organised by CDMC, will be a key opportunity to more »

EU to set new car CO2 targets at 95g/km03.06.2013

Members of the EU Parliament's environment committee have voted in support of the European Commission's proposal to set the average new car CO2 emissions target for 2020 at 95 g/km. Additionally, the com more »

May 2013 (Click to show items)

Jobs under threat from high fuel prices31.05.2013

Almost a quarter of Scottish businesses have considered reducing staff numbers because of the pressure of rising fuel costs, an Energy Saving Trust survey has found. 6% of those asked said they had actua more »

NGC launches new CO2 emissions tools30.05.2013

With integrated cost, CO2 emission and offsetting tools now on all models on the Next Green Car database, Next Green Car leads the way in providing in-depth environmental and cost information to help car buye more »

car2go car sharing expands in London30.05.2013

car2go, the pioneer of simple-to-use car sharing-schemes from Daimler and Europcar, expands its business area in London starting June 2013. In December 2012 car2go launched in two boroughs (Islington and more »

Nissan LEAF cleans up the taxi business29.05.2013

In many cities across Europe taxi companies are starting to shift from conventional diesel-powered cabs to zero-emission, near-silent, electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF. Many taxi companies are more »

Better Place files for liquidation29.05.2013

Better Place, the electric vehicle battery swap innovators from Israel that were once regarded as pioneers of an exciting new concept, has filed for liquidation. Better Place has requested the dissolutio more »

Real world and 'official' mpg gap growing28.05.2013

The comparison between official and "real-world" fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for passenger cars in Europe and the US is showing that the discrepancy between them is growing. New research by the In more »

Best Western installs 50 charging points28.05.2013

Best Western hotel chain will have 50 locations in the UK with charging stations for electric vehicles by the end of May 2013. The charging stations will allow electric vehicle owners to charge up their more »

US Nissan LEAF sales exceed 25,00023.05.2013

After the Nissan LEAF's best sales month ever in March and a 423.5% year-over-year sales increase in April, Nissan's all-electric car has crossed the 25,000 unit sales mark. With more than 25,000 sales i more »

New EV website launched by Source West23.05.2013

Source West has today launched its new website providing a wealth information about electric vehicles (EVs) and recharging network in the South West. Source West, funded by Bristol City Council through t more »

New Alfa Romeo Giulietta returns 64.2 mpg23.05.2013

Alfa Romeo has introduced a special series Collezione range to its Giulietta line-up. The Alfa Giulietta Collezione features modified body styling, upgraded specification and low official CO2 figures. Th more »

Scotland searches for greenest business22.05.2013

Businesses in Scotland are being encouraged to enter the race to be recognised as the country's greenest transport business as the 2013 VIBES Transport Award opens for entries. VIBES, or the Vision in Bu more »

Hydrogen car impresses at Nurburgring21.05.2013

History has been made as the first CO2 free laps of the Nurburgring 24 hour race have been completed using a new hydrogen hybrid automotive concept, the Aston Martin Rapide S. The most powerful hydrogen more »

BMW announces 'i' brand dealerships20.05.2013

BMW UK today revealed its network of dealers that will supply and support BMW i, the company's new sub-brand featuring electric drive systems and premium mobility services. From launch, 46 sales agents a more »

Source London delivers 1,300 EV chargers17.05.2013

Source London, the capital's electric vehicle charge point network and membership scheme, has now met the Mayor of London's commitment to provide 1,300 publicly accessible charging points. Since its laun more »

Volvo doubles V60 Plug-in production16.05.2013

Volvo Car Group is ramping up production of its world-first V60 Plug-in Diesel Hybrid by 90% to cope with strong demand for the cars across Europe. The increased demand, especially in Holland, Belgium an more »

The Peugeot 2008 to launch in July15.05.2013

The new Peugeot 2008 Crossover is now available to order from £12,995 OTR, with CO2 emission figures from 98 g/km. With an official UK launch date of July 18th, the 2008 Crossover offers contemporary more »

Toyota Auris Hybrid emits 84 gCO2/km14.05.2013

The Toyota Auris Hybrid hatchback is now available with CO2 emissions of 84g/km, the lowest of any car in the family hatchback class. This reduction is achieved by refining the vehicle tuning and adoptin more »

Arrive 'n' Drive at Rockingham this week14.05.2013

GreenFleet's Arrive 'n' Drive event will take place this Thursday (May 16th) at Rockingham race circuit in Northamptonshire. The event promises a number of industry firsts and a host of other activities. more »

Hybrid Powertrain 2013 event in London13.05.2013

A dedicated hybrid vehicle technical forum is to take place in London on July 17th and July 18th this year. The 'Hybrid Powertrain 2013: Component & System Level Technological Development Summit' event i more »

New Peugeot 308 with CO2 from 85g/km13.05.2013

Peugeot has released first images of the New 308, a compact family hatchback with the most efficient model variant returning just 85 gCO2/km. A number of new technologies have been used to design the new more »

Bosch working to bring down emissions10.05.2013

Bosch, the global supplier of technology and services, says that they are confident that that the EU vehicle fleet emissions target of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometre is technically feasible. Bosch is work more »

Police Service receives 30 Nissan LEAFs09.05.2013

Local criminals won't be the only ones charged after West Midlands Police (WMP) took delivery of 30 Nissan LEAFs in the UK’s largest corporate LEAF deal to date. Ten local policing units (LPUs) wi more »

car2go car club launches in Birmingham08.05.2013

car2go, the car sharing service from Daimler and Europcar, launches in Birmingham on 8 May with 250 low CO2 smart fortwo vehicles available to use over an area of 21 square miles. Car2go aims to be a ful more »

Volvo lowers emissions for 2014 models08.05.2013

Six new Volvo models featuring revised styling, additional equipment and reduced CO2 emissions are set to arrive at dealerships nationwide. The new Volvo S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 all feature new more »

Atmospheric CO2 due to breach 400 ppm07.05.2013

Atmospheric CO2 levels are rising, and the global average is on the verge of exceeding the 400 parts per million (ppm) milestone. At the end of April the daily average of atmospheric CO2 was officially r more »

UK breaches European emission limits03.05.2013

The UK government faces European fines as we have failed our legal duty to meet European air pollution limits. This week, the supreme court recognised that the government have a duty to protect people fr more »

Manchester launches EV charging scheme02.05.2013

The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle scheme (GMEV), a new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme, led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), has been officially announced. more »

New VW Golf BlueMotion now available02.05.2013

The brand new Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion is now available to order, and enters the market as one of the most fuel-efficient combustion engine family cars available in the UK. The new Golf BlueMotion offe more »

Microsoft takes delivery of Nissan LEAFs01.05.2013

Two Nissan LEAFs have been delivered to Microsoft UK, becoming the first 100% electric cars to join its staff company car scheme. Keen to look for ways to reduce its vehicle fleet carbon footprint, Micro more »

April 2013 (Click to show items)

Autogas Ltd calls for more UK LPG models30.04.2013

With the high cost of fuel being one of the biggest concerns for UK motorists, vehicle manufacturers are failing to offer a cost-effective solution that is already available to drivers in mainland Europe says more »

Aston Martin hydrogen car makes history30.04.2013

An Aston Martin has become the world's first hydrogen-fuelled zero CO2 emission vehicle to complete a lap of the 24 km Nordschleife circuit in Germany. The lap was completed last Saturday, with Aston Mar more »

E. Coli bacteria used to make biofuel29.04.2013

It sounds like science fiction but a team from the University of Exeter, with support from Shell, has developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many s more »

Ford demonstrates eWheelDrive project26.04.2013

Ford Motor Company and Schaeffler have demonstrated the Fiesta-based eWheelDrive car, a driveable research vehicle that could lead to ground-breaking improvements in urban mobility. Powered by independen more »

Fire and rescue service buy Nissan LEAF26.04.2013

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) has taken delivery of a 100% electric Nissan LEAF in a bid to meet high levels of environmental responsibility across all areas of its operations. more »

Ultra Low Emission Discount starts in July26.04.2013

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that the London Congestion Charge scheme will undergo a major change in July this year, with the current Greener Vehicle Discount (GVD) being replaced by a ne more »

Renault to launch new Captur model25.04.2013

Just one month on from its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault has confirmed UK pricing and specification for its new supermini crossover, Captur. The Captur is a new style of urban crossover, more »

Free fuel and servicing for Ampera E-REV25.04.2013

Vauxhall is to cover the majority of running costs for Ampera customers with a new ownership package for its pioneering extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV). Available on Positiv and Electron trims, p more »

EU drafts law to deliver 2020 CO2 target25.04.2013

The EU Parliament has approved a draft law setting out rules for achieving the 95g/km CO2 emissions target for 2020 car sales within Europe and added an indicative target range of 68-78g/km from 2025. In more »

Smart grid study partners with EV network24.04.2013

Britain's largest 'smart grid' project has joined forces with an electric vehicle (EV) recharging network to monitor the impact EVs have on electricity networks and support the UK’s transition to a low more »

Volvo tests fast charger in C30 Electric24.04.2013

Volvo has been successful in creating an on-board charger that is small enough to be fitted in an electric vehicle and can receive charge through a three-phase electricity supply. The three-phase supply more »

UK cheesemaker to use Nissan LEAF23.04.2013

A Kent based cheesemaker's quest to turn his business totally carbon neutral has been made possible by Nissan. The UK's first carbon neutral cheese production has began at Winterdale cheese factory, made more »

Fuel cost remains major motorist concern23.04.2013

Despite several leading supermarkets dropping fuel prices at the pumps, new research from leading vehicle remarketing company BCA, highlights that fuel costs remain a major concern for motorists. The BC more »

Hyundai joins Hydrogen Partnership group22.04.2013

Hyundai Motor Company has strengthened its commitment to a cleaner, low-carbon future by joining the Mayor's London Hydrogen Partnership (LHP). Hyundai and LHP representatives, including Deputy Mayor, Ki more »

Detroit Electric SP:01 debuts in Shanghai22.04.2013

Detroit Electric's new high-performance electric sports car, the SP:01, has been publicly revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show. The SP:01 is a limited-edition, two-seat pure-electric sports car, that has more »

Toyota & Lexus hybrid sales top 5 million18.04.2013

More than five million Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold globally since 1997, in around 80 different countries. The Prius has become one of the world's best-selling cars, and is now among 2 more »

Electric cars could boost UK economy17.04.2013

Britain now has the fifth most competitive automotive industry in the world, with the sector providing around one in 40 of all UK jobs, according to a new report published by the think tank IPPR. But wit more »

New Golf with emissions from 109gCO2/km16.04.2013

The latest Volkswagen Golf GTD, initially introduced at last month's Geneva Motor Show is now available to order in the UK, with CO2 emissions from just 109 g/km. Despite the low CO2 figure, the new perf more »

Peugeot announces Partner Electric van15.04.2013

The UK's best selling small van, the Peugeot Partner, is now available with an electric drivetrain. Designed mainly for business users, the Partner Electric van offers zero emission mobility and a near more »

New Ford Mondeo range offers lower CO212.04.2013

Ford has announced upgraded versions of its Mondeo executive car range, with competitive new pricing and lower CO2 emissions. The new Ford Mondeo five-series model range introduces new Graphite and Titan more »

Wales launches first EV car club12.04.2013

The first ever electric car club scheme in Wales has launched, offering an all-electric, zero emission Nissan LEAF which the whole community will be able to benefit from. The Big Lottery Fund's Village S more »

Nissan LEAF offers battery lease option11.04.2013

The next generation of Nissan's all-electric LEAF has arrived – and for the first time, buyers can lease batteries for the 100% electric car and choose one of three trim levels. A new pricing struc more »

Motorists pay £1,000 a second in fuel duty11.04.2013

The tax man now collects from British motorists over £1,000 a second in fuel duty on sales of petrol and diesel, the equivalent of over £94 million by the end of each day, according to the world's more »

London to get Ultra Low Emission Zone11.04.2013

The Mayor of London has announced his intention to create the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, with the aim to deliver dramatic benefits in air quality. Boris Johnson believes tha more »

Nissan eNV200 completes winter testing10.04.2013

Nissan has analysed and announced the results from an intensive month long cold weather testing programme carried out on the eNV200 electric van. The testing was carried out within the British Gas fleet, more »

Citroen Berlingo Electric debuts in UK09.04.2013

The new Citroen Berlingo Electric van will make its UK debut at the CV Show, at the NEC in Birmingham, from April 9th to 11th. The all-electric Berlingo van will go on sale in the UK later this year, and more »

Norfolk Fire Service gets Chevrolet Volt08.04.2013

Following other emergency service departments around the country, the Norfolk Fire service has just taken delivery of a new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric vehicle, as part of its initiative to reduce more »

Leased EV batteries to contribute to P11D05.04.2013

HMRC has confirmed that the P11D price for EVs will include the price of the battery even if the battery is leased rather than purchased outright. While the 2010 Budget announced a five year tax break fo more »

Porsche reveals Panamera plug-in hybrid04.04.2013

The second generation Porsche Panamera Gran Tourismo introduces plug-in hybrid technology to the executive saloon car segment for the first time. The new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a four door, four more »

WhipCar car share club closes down04.04.2013

The car club with a difference, WhipCar, has closed for business and will no longer offer their services to existing or new customers. WhipCar launched in April 2010, and offered a slightly alternative b more »

IPPR calls for free parking for plug-in cars03.04.2013

A new report from IPPR proposes that the government should set up a 'green badge scheme' to encourage the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles by offering them free parking. The IPPR think tank also bel more »

Tesla Model S wins World Green Car 201303.04.2013

The Tesla Model S all-electric sports car has been awarded the World Green Car 2013 title at the New York International Motor Show. The Tesla Model S was chosen from an initial entry list of twenty-one n more »

Mercedes-Benz unveils B-Class Electric02.04.2013

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a new-generation plug-in electric car at the 2013 New York International Motor Show, the B-Class Electric Drive. During the B-Class Electric Drive's development process, it has more »

March 2013 (Click to show items)

Nissan begins LEAF production in UK28.03.2013

Today, Nissan is beginning a new era in European car manufacturing with the official start of production of the new and improved all-electric 2013 LEAF model. This new Nissan LEAF, incorporating more tha more »

Centre Parcs gets 22 Renault Kangoo EVs27.03.2013

Center Parcs, short holiday operator company, has proved its green credentials by taking delivery of 22 new all-electric Renault Kangoo Maxi Van Z.E. models, which were handed over recently at the Sherwood Fo more »

New Forest offers Renault Twizy EV hire26.03.2013

As part of the celebrations of English Tourism Week, Visit England Chief Executive, James Beresford, launched The New Forest's newest 'green' initiative – the Twizy, at the National Motor Museum, Beauli more »

Toyota join London Hydrogen Partnership26.03.2013

The development of a hydrogen economy in London will help support the Mayor's ambitions to secure new jobs and investment whilst at the same time reducing environmental impact in the capital. Hydrogen Fu more »

Cornwall hosts electric vehicle rally25.03.2013

Electric cars across Cornwall recently hit the roads and ventured across the South West to take part in one of the country's first ever electric car rallies. Over 40 'green' vehicles assembled at Truro' more »

Peugeot releases Hybrid Air details25.03.2013

At the Geneva Motor Show this month, Peugeot announced the new Hybrid Air vehicle to the world, confirming that it will go into production in 2016. The hybrid technology used would mean that the vehicle more »

Renault ZOE available from June in UK22.03.2013

Renault's flagship Z.E. model, the ZOE, will be available for deliveries from 7th June 2013. The UK pricing and specifications have been confirmed, with an on the road price from £13,650 (after the Plug more »

Mitsubishi offers frugal Mirage range21.03.2013

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK is pleased to confirm the long awaited arrival of the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage. The Mirage is a city car that has been designed by Mitsubishi with practicality and reliabilit more »

Follow Budget 2013 with Next Green Car20.03.2013

Next Green Car's summary of the Chancellor's Budget 2013 that affecting vehicle tax, fuel duty, BIK rates and other motoring taxes. What the Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced in today's Budget 20 more »

Renault offers free home charging for ZOE20.03.2013

In the lead up to the showroom launch of its 100% electric ZOE on 7th June, Renault is offering a free domestic charging point with every car purchase. The free Single Wall-box, supplied and installed by more »

Nissan e-NV200 electric to debut in UK19.03.2013

Nissan's first 100% electric van, the e-NV200, will be making its UK debut at the 13th annual Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in Birmingham on the 9th-11th April 2013. The e-NV200 has already been pop more »

Car makers shown to fix official MPG data18.03.2013

A new report provides compelling evidence on why there is a growing gap between the official fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars, and that which is achieved by the same vehicles on the ro more »

BMW announces new plug-in concept18.03.2013

BMW has confirmed that they will be using the New York International Auto Show this year to unveil the new Active Tourer plug-in Hybrid Concept. The New York Motor Show kicks off on 27 March 2013, and wi more »

Volkswagen announces their electric e-up!15.03.2013

Volkswagen has presented its first fully electric production vehicle – the new e-up! – at the Annual Press and Investors Conference in Wolfsburg. The four-seat e-up! – which operates wi more »

SMMT reports on 2012 new car CO2 levels14.03.2013

A new report issued today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed that the number of VED-free, sub 100g/km CO2, cars rocketed in 2012. Sub 100gCO2/km new car sales more than doubl more »

Police force start Vauxhall Ampera trial14.03.2013

Vauxhall has handed over a new Ampera to the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) as part of a trial of plug-in, extended-range electric vehicles. The Ampera is due to go on service with PSNI in Belfas more »

EV battery swap model failing to deliver13.03.2013

Better Place, a company promoting battery exchange for EVs in Europe, Asia and the US, has posted losses of more than $500 million. Better Place is one of the key developers of 'battery swap' technolog more »

Audi rolls out fuel saving technology12.03.2013

After the technology's debut last year in S and RS models, Audi has extended the use of their Cylinder-on-Demand feature to A1 and A3 models. The technology enables a near seamless switch between two cyl more »

Football club signs new electric vehicles11.03.2013

While football clubs have a reputation for training ground car parks full of exotic sports cars and gas-guzzling 4x4s – Forest Green Rovers of Stroud are trialling the use of 11 electric vehicles. more »

Fiat maintains lowest CO2 emissions08.03.2013

In 2012, for the sixth consecutive year Fiat has been confirmed as the brand with the lowest average CO2 emissions in Europe among the best-selling automotive brands, with an average of 119.8 g/km. The r more »

World Green Car award finalists revealed07.03.2013

The top three finalists for the 2013 World Green Car Awards have been announced at a Geneva Motor Show press conference – they are the Renault Zoe, the Tesla Model S and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid. more »

Renault ZOE gets 5 star safety rating06.03.2013

The Renault ZOE has been awarded a five-star rating following the passive safety tests carried out by Euro NCAP, despite the harsher testing system introduced in January 2013. Renault ZOE obtained an ove more »

ABB delivers rapid charger network06.03.2013

Northern Ireland is installing 14 rapid charge points across its province. ABB has sold nine rapid charge points for electric vehicles to the ecar network in Northern Ireland. By cutting the time needed more »

More green cars at Geneva Motor Show05.03.2013

The Geneva International Motor Show is one of the largest and most prestigious motor shows on the calendar, and will run from 7th to 17th of this month. As well as a wealth of sports and luxury performan more »

EV Battery Tech coming up in London05.03.2013

The 7th EV Battery Tech Cost Reduction Initiative event on the 24th and 25th April will focus on the relationship between battery technology costs and the wider EV industry. The cost of electric vehicle more »

Volvo V60 Hybrid to get Plug-in Grant04.03.2013

The world's first diesel plug-in hybrid, the Volvo V60 D6 AWD, has received approval for the Government's Plug-In Car Grant, designed to offer incentives for buying new ultra-low carbon cars. In this sch more »

World premiere for Toyota i-ROAD04.03.2013

Toyota's new i-ROAD personal mobility vehicle (PMV) makes its world debut at the Geneva motor show, a new, flexible form of transport designed for city streets. Seating two in tandem and under cover, the more »

NGC seeks EV owners for survey01.03.2013

Next Green Car is recruiting EV owners to take part in a short survey to be conducted by Durham University. The focus of the study is to collect positive and negative experiences of using EVs on a daily more »

Land Rover to unveil all-electric Defender01.03.2013

Land Rover will be unveiling seven new all-electric Defender models at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next week. The traditionally off-road model being tested with a battery electric drivetrain proves that e more »

February 2013 (Click to show items)

EST Plugged-in Fleets Initiative extended28.02.2013

Energy Saving Trust (EST) has announced it will be offering 100 organisations in England a free analysis of their fleets to see if and how electric vehicles will work for them. The initiative, funded by more »

EST Scotland launches FuelGood app28.02.2013

The Energy Saving Trust in Scotland (EST) has launched a new driving app, FuelGood, that will help drivers save money and track fuel efficiency. The free mobile app is designed to track fuel efficiency f more »

New Nissan LEAF soon available in UK27.02.2013

Production of the 2013 upgraded Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will begin at Nissan's Sunderland plant in the spring. To date, more than 50,000 LEAF models have been sold world-wide, and each one has been more »

Listen to Next Green Car on the BBC27.02.2013

Dr Ben Lane of Next Green Car talks to BBC radio presenter Melvyn Prior about his experience of driving a Nissan Leaf and about the benefits of electric vehicles. On Tuesday this week, Dr Ben Lane was in more »

Hyundai opens fuel cell car assembly-line27.02.2013

Hyundai has become the world's first manufacturer to produce zero emission fuel cell vehicles on an assembly line production scale. The ix35 model is being built at the company's Ulsan plant in Korea  more »

Audi to reveal new 188 mpg A3 e-tron26.02.2013

Audi is preparing the all-new A3 e-tron petrol-electric plug-in hybrid, capable of 188 mpg, for the Geneva Motor Show early next month. The new plug-in hybrid has been designed so that performance is not more »

York ambulance service to trial Ampera25.02.2013

As part of the commitment to reducing its carbon emissions, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust will be the first to trial a range-extended electric Vauxhall Ampera as part of their emergency fleet. Th more »

New Citroen C3 to debut at Geneva22.02.2013

The new Citroen C3 will make its world debut at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show next month, and is set to reach UK showrooms in the early summer this year. Citroen's new PureTech 3-cylinder petrol engine deli more »

100 new models to debut at Geneva Show22.02.2013

At least 100 new models are to be shown for the first time at next month's Geneva International Motor Show, which will be held between the 7th and 17th March. The Geneva International Motor Show, in its more »

Ampera customers get free charging point21.02.2013

Vauxhall customers can now benefit from a free installed home charging unit if they choose to purchase an Ampera extended-range electric vehicle. The Government has announced funding for owners of electr more »

New Volkswagen Golf to offer 67 mpg21.02.2013

30 years after the original Golf GTD was introduced to Europe, Volkswagen is now readying the latest version – set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The GTD Golf is a version t more »

Nissan LEAF used for Dartmoor safari20.02.2013

An award-winning Devon guesthouse is using two Nissan LEAF electric cars to offer tourists an 'electric safari' through the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Upcott House in Okehampton uses its near sile more »

Peugeot reveals 208 Hybrid FE Concept20.02.2013

Peugeot and Total have collaborated in the development of the 208 HYbrid FE concept, designed to improve fuel efficiency and driving performance. The 208 Hybrid FE provides an enhanced driving experienc more »

£37 million funding for charging points19.02.2013

EV drivers are set to benefit from a £37 million government funding package for home and on-street charging as well as an improved railway station charging network. The £37 million package co more »

Win a free POD Point home charger here!19.02.2013

To celebrate the completion of a very successful 2nd series of Fully Charged, presented by Robert Llewellyn, British Gas is giving away a POD Point electric vehicle charging unit as a competition prize. more »

UK team develops self-driving electric car19.02.2013

Scientists at Oxford University have gone one step further than Google, by designing a self-driving car that can operate in snow, rain and other weather conditions. Led by Professor Paul Newman, a team h more »

All-new Nissan Note to debut at Geneva18.02.2013

Signalling the start of a wave of bold new models from Nissan, the all-new Note for Europe will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 5th March 2013. The new Note model will include a high lev more »

Citroen to unveil Hybrid Air Technology18.02.2013

Citroen will unveil their new Hybrid Air breakthrough technology at this year's Geneva Motor Show – a full hybrid solution combining a petrol engine, compressed air and hydraulic power. The high-te more »

Fuel economy label to include EVs15.02.2013

This week sees the launch of a new Fuel Economy Label for electric vehicles, which includes information on each model’s expected energy usage and fuel cost over one year. The existing label, which more »

Boris's sticky pollution solution fails15.02.2013

A new study has concluded that Boris Johnson's 'sticky pollution solution' has turned out to be a £1.4 million failure. The trial aimed to reduce the amount of particulate matter air pollution in L more »

Toyota announces Auris Touring hybrid15.02.2013

The new, British-built Auris Touring Sports introduces an estate car body style to Toyota's Auris range for the first time. It's also the first model in its class to offer the choice of a full hybrid pow more »

ABB supports new EV charging standards14.02.2013

A new Combined Charging System (CCS) will be available in Europe in the second quarter of 2013, supported by leading technology group, ABB. The new charging standard will combine today's industry standar more »

Cleanest ever Vauxhall engine announced14.02.2013

Vauxhall's Zafira Tourer MPV will be the first model to feature the all-new 1.6 CDTi Start-Stop diesel engine, the first engine announced in a new family of four cylinder diesel units. With its world pre more »

Volvo improves automatic model efficiency13.02.2013

Extensive CO2 and fuel efficiency gains with no price changes on new automatic Volvos are set to deliver significant savings to company car drivers and their employers, as well as private users. Volvo's more »

Electric Chevrolet Spark to reach Europe13.02.2013

Following the global reveal of the Spark Electric Vehicle in Los Angeles last year, Chevrolet's all-new battery-powered mini car will be presented to a European audience for the first time at this year's Gene more »

University seeks EV owners for survey12.02.2013

Researchers from the Durham Energy Institute (DEI) at Durham University are looking for people who own or regularly use electric cars to be interviewed. The interviews are to be used for part of a projec more »

New V-Tent offers renewable EV charging12.02.2013

V-Tent is a new parking system that has been designed to protect and charge up electric vehicles whilst they are parked. It is a collapsible solar panel canopy that can be stretched over an electric vehi more »

Citroen to debut 98g/km MPV at Geneva11.02.2013

Citroen is set to reveal a new concept compact MPV model at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The concept will offer features that will indicate the future of Citroen MPVs. The Technospace Concept model wi more »

Free home charging points offered08.02.2013

EV owners in the East of England can apply for a free, fully installed electric vehicle charge point, using a new government grant. The service includes a site survey followed by the installation of an i more »

2013 Geneva Motor Show preview07.02.2013

The 2013 Geneva Motor Show will open its doors to the public from 7th to 17th March, and will be held at the Palexpo exhibition halls in Geneva. This year's show is expected to be the biggest internation more »

New traffic noise law backed by EU07.02.2013

Noise limits for cars could be tightened to protect public health, under a draft law voted in the European Parliament on this week. MEPs also recommended introducing labels to inform consumers about new more »

Car of the Year 2013 finalists announced06.02.2013

The countdown has begun in preparation for the 2013 World Car Awards winners' press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, March 28th, 2013. The 2013 World Car of the Year more »

New report maps out hydrogen car future05.02.2013

Over one and a half million hydrogen powered vehicles could be on UK roads by 2030 according to a joint Government-industry study published today. The forecast is made in an interim report commissioned t more »

LEAF becomes first electric instructor car05.02.2013

ASK Driving School's Paul Tomlin has taken delivery of a Nissan LEAF to become the first driving instructor to teach in a 100% electric vehicle. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Tomlin has been a driving instruc more »

Embarque procures 22 Prius+ hybrids01.02.2013

Embarque, the new executive minicab service operating in London and all the major airports will be transforming its vehicle fleet by adding 22 seven-seat Prius+ models through January and February. A more »

January 2013 (Click to show items)

Mazda SKYACTIV engines prove popular31.01.2013

With the combination of class-beating performance, increased fuel efficiency and reduced CO2, Mazda's SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engines are attracting automotive experts and consumers worldwide. The new di more »

Citroen to launch new Berlingo Electrique31.01.2013

Citroen will be showing its all-new Berlingo Electrique van at this year's Commercial Vehicle Show, to be held at the Birmingham NEC from 9th to 11th April. This advanced, 100% electric van builds upon C more »

LowCVP announces Champions Awards30.01.2013

Last night at the celebration of their 10th anniversary, the LowCVP presented their Low Carbon Champions Awards for 2013 with two organisations receiving particularly special awards. Ford Motor Company L more »

LowCVP celebrates 10th anniversary29.01.2013

Today, the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) launches a renewed strategy for carbon reduction from road transport at a London event held in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. The LowCVP will more »

10% discount for World EV Summit29.01.2013

The second annual World Electric Vehicle Summit (WEVS) is to be held from 14th to 16th May this year, at the Thon Hotel Arena, near Oslo in Norway. Next Green Car is offering a 10% discount to the event more »

Fleet industry supports Nissan e-NV20029.01.2013

After having been showcased in 2012, Nissan's all-electric e-NV200 van received all-round positive feedback from various branches of the fleet industry. Five leasing companies, six major fleet operators more »

2013 Geneva Motor Show starts March 5th28.01.2013

Next on the calendar of 2013 motor shows is the Geneva International Motor Show, which will open to the public from 7th to 17th March. Now in its 83rd year, the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will also be the ve more »

EU plans 500,000 charging points by 202028.01.2013

The European Union has new plans to install half a million charging stations by 2020, as part of a new plan to boost electric vehicle sales in Europe. The ambitious plan will mean that electric vehicle c more »

Sponsored Video: Car sharing in Berlin25.01.2013

Fully Charged, a series of online green-tinged shows hosted by Robert Llewellyn, has focused its latest episode on car sharing in Berlin. There is a well established car sharing network in Berlin, with a more »

UK charging network set to expand24.01.2013

Leaders in the field of electric vehicles (EVs) have joined forces to accelerate the development of a national plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure as well as developing associated technologies. Charg more »

EV fleets could cut fuel costs by 75%24.01.2013

Businesses that switch to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles could reduce their fleet fuel costs by 75%, according to a new report published by the Energy Saving Trust this week. These are the main fin more »

Nissan LEAF price reduced by £2,50023.01.2013

Nissan is making zero-emission mobility more affordable by reducing the price of the all-electric Nissan LEAF by £2,500, now available in 180 Nissan dealerships across the UK. The change comes as p more »

China NEVS Forum to be held in Shanghai22.01.2013

The 2nd Chinese International New Energy Vehicles Forum will take place on March 27th to 29th in Shanghai, China. The forum will build on the success of past new energy vehicle programs, that have generated s more »

2013 LowCVP Awards shortlist revealed22.01.2013

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has revealed the shortlist for their LowCVP Low Carbon Champion Awards. The Awards celebrate outstanding and innovative practice in accelerating the shift to l more »

Proposed Congestion Charge changes21.01.2013

Transport for London (TfL) has proposed to make changes to London's Congestion Charge scheme, to ensure that it continues to reduce traffic congestion and emissions in the capital in the most efficient way. more »

Over 100,000 enjoy opening day at NAIAS21.01.2013

With an upbeat mood inside Detroit's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this year, more than a hundred thousand people enjoyed the public opening day – a 12% increase over last year's public more »

BMW increases efficiency for 201318.01.2013

BMW is strengthening its model range from Spring 2013, thanks to an expanded range of equipment and additional engine and drive system variants that will improve efficiency. The first of BMW's all-electr more »

New Vauxhall engine 10% more efficient17.01.2013

Vauxhall has developed an all-new diesel engine to add to their powertrain portfolio, with increased efficiency and much lower fuel consumption compared to previous versions. The brand new four-cylinder more »

The latest green car news from NAIAS16.01.2013

The first two press days of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) have now come to a close – an impressive 59 brand new vehicles have been introduced so far. There have been a full ran more »

London conference to address EV barriers15.01.2013

The Electric Vehicle Conference – Overcoming Barriers, Driving Adoption – is a one day event that will take place this year on the 30th April at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London. T more »

Hertz offers EV hire in Milton Keynes15.01.2013

Businesses and residents in Milton Keynes will have the opportunity to reserve and drive a Nissan Leaf electric car for just £5.00 per hour. The latest environmental car sharing initiative is being more »

New smart fortwo ED available now14.01.2013

The new smart fortwo electric drive is now available to purchase for the first time. The fully electric version of smart's compact two-seater combines the benefits of the original car with zero emission drivi more »

35% drivers would pay more for green car14.01.2013

According to a Ford survey, one in three Europeans would spend more to buy an environmentally friendly car, even though 71% say they have reduced spending as a result of the economic recession. The surve more »

Car technology grabs attention at CES11.01.2013

At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, social media analysis has found that car-related technology exhibitions were the single most talked about element of the show. Considering all th more »

Detroit to host NAIAS Motor Show 201310.01.2013

The 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will be held from 14th to 27th January, and will be held in Detroit, US. Last year’s NAIAS show was a huge success, attracting 771,000 peopl more »

New Nissan LEAF begins US production10.01.2013

After having introduced the new LEAF in to the Japanese market at the end of 2012, Nissan have announced that a 2013 version of the LEAF will be available for the US market. Production of the updated all more »

Avis Budget aquires Zipcar car club09.01.2013

Zipcar, the world's biggest car club, has been bought by Avis Budget car hire firm for $500 million (around £310 million). Avis paid almost 50% more per share of Zipcar than the shares were wor more »

My Solar Port launches home PV charger09.01.2013

My Solar Port will be launched across the UK this month, which is a solar panel sheltered port under which your electric vehicle can be parked and sustainably recharged. The oak-framed car ports have a t more »

New car CO2 continues to fall in UK08.01.2013

Average CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the UK fell to a new low of 133.1 g/km by the end of 2012, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). At the same time, total new car sa more »

Toyota leads in plug-in hybrid sales07.01.2013

The Toyota Prius Plug-in was the number one selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the UK in 2012. The car achieved 470 sales from its launch date in July 2012, outselling its nearest rival the Vauxh more »

Mia Electric available soon in UK07.01.2013

Mia electric cars and vans will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2013 in the UK. They are purpose designed to satisfy what Mia believe car buyers really want as the perfect solution for urban mo more »

US reports strong growth in EV sales04.01.2013

The market for plug-in electric vehicles in the US continues to grow with sales of battery electric and plug-in hybrids increasing month on month. According to the Electric Drive Transportation Associati more »

Chargemaster to acquire Elektromotive03.01.2013

Elektromotive, the first company to introduce public EV charging stations in the UK nearly 10 years ago, is to be taken over by competing EV infrastructure provider, Chargemaster Plc. Once the acquisitio more »

December 2012 (Click to show items)

Top 10 green cars to watch in 201328.12.2012

Next Green Car looks ahead to the greenest and most innovative cars due for launch in 2013. While 2013 will see the continuation of the on-going electric car revolution, expect more ‘slow burn more »

EST offers free winter driving advice20.12.2012

The Energy Saving Trust has produced a free guide to help you get to your destination as safely and as efficiently as possible, despite the miserable winter weather. With winter upon us, driving conditio more »

Infiniti production to start in Sunderland20.12.2012

Infiniti, the premium car brand of Nissan, today confirmed that it will manufacture vehicles in Europe from Nissan's award winning production base in Sunderland, United Kingdom. The announcement represen more »

Renault delivers first ZOE supermini18.12.2012

Renault has presented the keys of the first ZOE electric car to Arnaud Montebourg, French Minister of Industrial Recovery. The first delivery of ZOE comes ahead of further deliveries set for between now more »

Electric cars power Christmas in Camden17.12.2012

Camden is holding a special electric Christmas event today to launch the Council’s free electric vehicle trials. At the event, which takes place on Monday 17 December, from 4pm in Bedford Square, more »

Is the two-wheel C-1 the car of the future?14.12.2012

California-based Lit Motors has just announced the ground-breaking C-1, a self-balancing electric two-wheeler which just might be a vision for the car of the future. While the C-1 is totally enclosed wit more »

Citroen to roll-out new PureTech engine13.12.2012

PureTech, Citroen's new family of three-cylinder petrol engines, is to be rolled-out across the Citroen model C3, DS3 and C-Elysée ranges. The design brief for the new-generation PureTech engines was more »

Beetle Cabriolet available to order in UK11.12.2012

While you may not be tempted to drop the top down quite yet, the new VW Beetle Cabriolet is now available to order in the UK ahead of the first cars arriving in April. In creating the latest Beetle Cabri more »

BVRLA calls to retain tax breaks for EVs 10.12.2012

The BVLRA, the UK's vehicle leasing and hire trade body is urging the government to maintain the tax benefits currently available to owners of electric and ultra-low emission vehicles. Commenting on the more »

Smart car-share service comes to London06.12.2012

Daimler and Europcar have teamed up to bring their car sharing service car2go to three London boroughs. From this week, registered customers in Islington, Sutton and Newham will be free to locate the co more »

Chancellor scraps planned 3p rise in duty05.12.2012

In today's Autumn Statement, the Chancellor has scrapped the scheduled the 3p per litre increase in fuel duty, originally due to come into force in January 2013. As we highlighted last month, in consider more »

Ford Fusion is US Green Car of the Year04.12.2012

The 2013 Ford Fusion has been named US Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal at a ceremony at this year’s LA Auto Show. The new Ford Fusion beat off stiff competition from the Dodge Art Aero, more »

BMW reveals new i3 Concept Coupe03.12.2012

The concept BMW i3 Coupe has been revealed at the LA Auto Show, demonstrating the potential for the possible extension of the 'i' model range. The three-door i3 Coupe follows three other models in the 'i more »

November 2012 (Click to show items)

VW Jetta Hybrid launches at LA Auto Show29.11.2012

The VW Jetta Hybrid is making its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in production form, as it launches on the North American market. This highly efficient vehicle is powered by a 1.4-litre 150 PS turb more »

Volvo V60 plug-in achieves 5-star NCAP28.11.2012

The new Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating, the highest safety score ever achieved by a plug-in hybrid. As part of the ratings process the V60 plug-in hybrid, which ac more »

Chevrolet Spark EV announced for 201427.11.2012

Chevrolet has announced the launch of the Spark EV, ahead of the Los Angeles International Auto Show , which takes place between November 30th and December 9th. Expected to go on sale in 2014, the Chevr more »

Cambridge team takes on Solar Challenge26.11.2012

Cambridge University is to construct and race a solar powered car across Australia as part of the 2013 World Solar Challenge. In October next year, teams from across the globe will set off from Darwin in more »

Fiat to debut electric 500e at LA Auto Show26.11.2012

Fiat has released pictures of their new all-electric 500e, based on the highly successful 500 citycar, prior to its official unveiling at this month’s LA Auto Show. Expected to be powered by a 75k more »

Most UK motorists consider EVs 'safe'21.11.2012

According to a new survey, 84% of UK motorists believe that electric vehicles (EVs) are at least as safe as cars that use conventional fuels. The web poll, to which 505 UK drivers responded, demonstrated more »

Dacia Sandero most affordable UK car20.11.2012

UK newcomer Dacia is making its forthcoming Sandero available for a monthly payment from just £69 on Dacia Dimensions (PCP). At just £5,995, Dacia claims that the entry-level Sandero Access model i more »

Volvo produces first V60 plug-in hybrid19.11.2012

The world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid has rolled off the Volvo production line at the Torslanda plant in Gothenburg. Volvo is now ramping up production of the new plug-in hybrid ahead of first c more »

Honda's new low emission diesel engine 16.11.2012

The new 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda is the first engine from the company's Earth Dreams Technology series to be launched in Europe. This new power unit will make its introduction in the Ci more »

70% car drivers unsure of fuel costs14.11.2012

New research published today by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), has found that although motorists want to save money on fuel, they don’t know how much it costs. Based on a survey of 1,749 car drive more »

Honda unveils Micro-Commuter Prototype14.11.2012

Honda has unveiled the Micro-Commuter Prototype, an all new micro-sized electric vehicle designed with the urban commuter in mind. The prototype has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Lan more »

New Toyota Auris to launch in December13.11.2012

Toyota has released prices and specifications for the new Auris; the new petrol, diesel and hybrid model range go on sale in December. The British-built five-door hatchback, which will make its world deb more »

Pressure grows to delay 3p fuel duty rise12.11.2012

Labour are to force a vote in the House of Commons calling for the planned 3p increase in fuel duty, due to come into force in January 2013, to be delayed for three months. If successful, this would be t more »

New Polo BlueGT uses ACT technology09.11.2012

The 1.4l petrol engine used in the new Polo BlueGT incorporates the latest Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) to provide the performance of a petrol car with the fuel frugality normally associated with a diesel more »

ADAM ready for UK launch in early 201307.11.2012

The ADAM, Vauxhall’s A-segment newcomer, is due to be launched in the UK early in 2013. The all-new three-door hatchback measures 3.70 metres in length and 1.72 metres in width, seats four peopl more »

ZOE is RAC Future Car Challenge winner05.11.2012

Renault’s new electric ZOE voted the best production car in the RAC Future Car Challenge 2012. Some of the lowest-emission cars and vans – many of which had not been seen on UK roads before more »

New electric ZOE now open for orders01.11.2012

Renault’s new supermini ZOE is available to reserve now ahead of its UK showroom launch in spring 2013. With an official range of up to 130 miles and an on-the-road price from just £13,650, ZOE more »

October 2012 (Click to show items)

Tyre label could cut fuel costs by £140/yr31.10.2012

UK drivers could reduce fuel costs by at least £140 per year if they fitted more fuel efficient tyres on their cars, according to figures from the European Commission. The news comes on the eve of new more »

RAC Future Car Challenge 201230.10.2012

The 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday 3 November, the cars driving from Brighton to London before going on display at the Regent Street Motor Show. Also taking place on the weekend o more »

Source London-East members can roam26.10.2012

Members of Source London and Source East EV charging networks can now roam between the capital and the East of England secure in the knowledge they will be able to charge their vehicles across both schemes. more »

Heathrow trials EVs to reduce emissions25.10.2012

This week sees the launch of a major new trial of electric vehicles at Heathrow to test the viability of electric power-trains used in the highly demanding context of daily airport operations. Over the n more »

First all-electric taxi fleet for London24.10.2012

Greentomatocars and BYD have signed a Memoran-dum of Understanding to create London’s first fleet of all-electric minicabs. BYD, the fastest-growing Chinese car manufacturer that is pioneering hy more »

LowCVP call for 2012 Awards nominations23.10.2012

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership has announced the call for nominations for the third Low Carbon Champions Awards which will be presented at a gala event to take place on 29 January 2013 at One Birdcage Wal more »

VW compact SUV concept at Sao Paulo22.10.2012

Volkswagen’s latest concept car, the Taigun, has been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show. Just like the up!, the Taigun previews the look of a possible small SUV based on the New Small Family plat more »

Ampera drives through Channel Tunnel17.10.2012

Vauxhall's award-winning Ampera became a record-breaker when a journalist from Top Gear magazine drove it through the Channel Tunnel from the UK to France and back. The story began with a challenge from more »

Ford adds EcoBoost engine to C-MAX16.10.2012

Ford is to offer the acclaimed 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX ranges, an engine which delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions. Ford customers will have the more »

Honda hybrid sales pass 1 million mark15.10.2012

Honda’s cumulative worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles passed the 1 million mark at the end of September 2012. This milestone was reached almost 13 years after sales began of the first generation more »

BMW cleans up at GreenFleet Awards12.10.2012

BMW Group has won the Fleet Car Manufacturer of the Year accolade for the fifth year running at this year's GreenFleet Awards. The German Group (which also includes MINI) also scooped the 2012 Outstandin more »

E-Car launches all-electric car club11.10.2012

The UK’s first all-electric car club E-Car has launched in Wolverton, Milton Keynes, as part of a new nationwide network. E-Car is offering Milton Keynes residents and businesses the chance to si more »

Google driverless car legal in California10.10.2012

California has become the third U.S. State to allow the use of Google's prototype driverless car, paving the way for a possible future of self driving vehicles. The State's Governor, Jerry Brown, has rec more »

Frugal Ford Fiesta wins MPG Marathon09.10.2012

The Ford Fiesta ECO-netic 1.6 TDCi has won the 2012 MPG Marathon, clocking up 108.8mpg over a 370-mile route involving tough, real-world driving in challenging weather conditions. The annual event, spons more »

New 208 exceeds 90mpg in MPG Marathon08.10.2012

Two Peugeot 208s that entered the MPG Marathon 2012 have achieved an average fuel economy exceeding 90 mpg. Over a demanding route that included a wide range of roads and terrain across England and Wale more »

Civic is Women's World Car of the Year05.10.2012

The new Honda Civic has received an award from the Women's World Car of the Year committee. The award was presented to Honda at the Paris Motor Show 2012. The Women's World Car of the Year is divided int more »

EU Hydrogen Road Tour comes to UK04.10.2012

Four international car manufacturers have joined forces to demonstrate hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). A total of 7 FCVs from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are touring the UK as part of more »

UK petrol and diesel sales fall by 10%03.10.2012

Petrol sales slumped this spring despite a dip in prices at the pumps, according to official figures. Almost 500 million fewer litres of petrol were sold between April and June than in the same period la more »

New Kia Picanto City now on sale in UK02.10.2012

Kia’s new three-door Picanto City is the latest model to join Kia’s ‘Originals’ collection at the affordable price of £10,245. The Picanto City is powered by the low-emitt more »

Hyundai confirms ix35 fuel cell production01.10.2012

Hyundai has announced that it will begin production of its hydrogen ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle for public and private lease by the end of 2012, becoming the first global automaker to begin commercial rollout of a more »

September 2012 (Click to show items)

Mercedes announces most powerful EV28.09.2012

Mercedes-AMG has developed its most powerful high performance sports vehicle; a pure electric vehicle with zero emissions at point of use. The new SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive features advanced Formula 1 more »

'Nemesis' breaks EV land speed record27.09.2012

The electric vehicle land speed record has been broken by a 100% battery electric car at Elvington airfield near York. The Nemesis, a heavily-modified Lotus Exige which was originally bought off eBay, wa more »

VW announces new Golf BlueMotion27.09.2012

Making its motor show debut alongside the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf in Paris is one of the world's most fuel-efficient cars: a concept for the new Golf BlueMotion. The 3rd generation Golf BlueMo more »

Round the world in a Citroen C-ZERO27.09.2012

Citroen's C-Zero has become the first standard 100% electric car to drive around the world, driven on an 'Electric Odyssey' by a two-man team comprising engineers Xavier Degon and Antonin Guy. The batter more »

New Ford Fiesta returns 85.6 mpg26.09.2012

The new Ford Fiesta will target best-in-class fuel economy with six powertrains for the UK offering both sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions and returning from 65.7 mpg. New Ford Fiesta customers will also be abl more »

Toyota announces new Auris specification25.09.2012

Toyota has released prices and specifications for the new Auris five door hatchback, which will go on sale in December 2012 and will be manufactured here in the UK. The new Auris will make its world debu more »

Select Committee criticises EV policy20.09.2012

The Transport Select Committee today released a report criticising the Govt’s plug-in vehicle strategy as ineffective and questioning why the official National Charge Point Registry is incomplete. more »

Nissan's e-NV200 testing goes global19.09.2012

Nissan today unveiled the all-new 100% electric Panel Van version e-NV200 Concept, decorated with Nissan and FedEx graphics and logos, at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicle International Motor Show in Hanover. more »

Mercedes E300 Hybrid sets mpg challenge18.09.2012

The new Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid combines performance and efficiency. In standard form it can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.5-seconds. It can achieve a maximum speed of 150 mph and can ret more »

BMW Concept Active Tourer revealed17.09.2012

BMW's innovative approach to new car concepts and ultra-efficient alternative powertrains will be given a new direction at the Paris Motor Show with the introduction of the Concept Active Tourer. The Con more »

World Car Free Day looses support in UK17.09.2012

This year there has been a collapse in the number of British towns that are supporting the World Car Free Day, due to take place on 22nd September 2012. The annual event encourages motorists in over 1,00 more »

Nissan to unveil TeRRA fuel cell concept14.09.2012

The Nissan TeRRA SUV concept, to be unveiled on 27th September at the Paris Motor Show, introduces Nissan's electric vehicle technology into the SUV vehicle class. The 4X4 fuel cell electric powertrain p more »

Peugeot introduce all-electric Partner van13.09.2012

The popular Peugeot Partner vehicle range is to expand to include a new 100% all-electric version, as well as other combustion engine models with CO2 reduced to just 118 g/km. With the new versions, the more »

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 achieves 80.7mpg12.09.2012

Peugeot's 3008 HYbrid4, the world's first diesel-hybrid crossover, is now available with even better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, reduced from 99 g/km to just 91 g/km. Although it has been used more »

GreenFleet Scotland now in fourth year11.09.2012

Visitors to GreenFleet Scotland in Edinburgh will be given the opportunity see and experience the latest low emission vehicles, including the Vauxhall Ampera, Nissan LEAF and a number of low emission combusti more »

The Pope gets electric Kangoo ZE van10.09.2012

Renault has presented the Vatican with two electric vehicles made especially to meet the mobility needs of the Pope. The vehicles were handed over last week to His Holiness Benedict XVI by Renault's Chai more »

Munich hosts smart infrastructure show10.09.2012

The Smart EV Infrastructure & Business Europe 2012 show will take place on December 5-6th, to confront the key business and technological challenges to enable a smart and interoperable European EV infrast more »

Ford offers Mondeo with EcoBoost engine07.09.2012

Ford's next generation Mondeo will be equipped with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, following on from the Focus, B-MAX, Fiesta and C-MAX models. Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will more »

Honda to invest £267 million in UK plant06.09.2012

Honda today marks the launch of the new CR-V model as part of a £267 million investment programme into new models and engines at its Swindon, UK plant. Representing the single biggest investment into more »

Free charging options for Nissan LEAF05.09.2012

Nissan is offering new and existing LEAF owners an exciting new opportunity to claim a free Chargemaster Home Charging Unit with free installation from British Gas and free access to the POLAR public charging more »

Obama confirms US fuel economy targets05.09.2012

The Obama Administration today finalised standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles per US gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025 – equivalent to 65.4 mp more »

New Mercedes Citan van returns 65.7 mpg04.09.2012

The new Mercedes Benz Citan is a surprisingly powerful yet super efficient urban delivery van. The most frugal option in the range offers CO2 emissions of just 112 g/km and combined fuel economy of 65.7 mpg. more »

Top 10 electric concept cars03.09.2012

Most major car manufacturers are now investing significant time and money into research and development of plug-in vehicles, and electrification of power-trains is becoming a key part of efficient motoring. more »

Pay-as-you-go charging network goes live03.09.2012

POD Point launches the country's first nationwide Pay As You Go network for electric vehicle charging today. The POD Point Pay As You Go (PP PAYG) network is free to join, has no monthly fee and only req more »

August 2012 (Click to show items)

Scotland joins UK EV charging network29.08.2012

Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, has announced that all 500 of its existing free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charge points are to be added to the Charge Your Car network in the more »

Second Fisker Karma EV catches fire28.08.2012

Green car company, Fisker Automotive, are recalling 2,400 Karma plug-in hybrids due to a faulty cooling fan unit being responsible for causing a vehicle fire in California last week. This is the second t more »

Car makers on track to meet CO2 targets24.08.2012

Car makers have been set a target by the European Commission to achieve average CO2 emissions of below 130 g/km from 65% of their total vehicle fleets – the target will begin to be phased in from 2012, more »

POD Point extends free EV charger offer22.08.2012

Following on from our recent story regarding POD Point's offer of free charging units to electric vehicle (EV) owners in London, they have extended the offer to plug-in car owners in East Anglia, the East and more »

UK fleets could save £1bn on fuel bills21.08.2012

Businesses across the UK could potentially slash their fleet mileage costs by up to 10% by more accurately tracking journeys, the Energy Saving Trust announced today. UK firms are expected to spend up to more »

Hyundai displays hydrogen fuel cell car 20.08.2012

Hyundai has showcased its latest-generation hydrogen fuel-cell technology at the 'Investing in Future Transport' conference held at London's City Hall. In front of an audience of policy makers, investors more »

Kia earns environmental certification17.08.2012

It is not just a vehicle's tailpipe CO2 emissions that manufacturers are addressing to reduce their environmental impact, there are many other aspects of a car's lifecycle that can release harmful emissions. more »

Sixth Revolve Eco-Rally has electric focus16.08.2012

The sixth annual Revolve Eco-Rally is due to take place on Saturday – an event where a group of journalists and special guests put low carbon vehicles to the test on a journey from Oxford to London. more »

Lola-Drayson electric racer at LCV 201215.08.2012

One of the world's fastest electric racing cars – the 850 bhp Lola-Drayson B12/69EV – will be demonstrated at the fifth annual Cenex LCV 2012 event. LCV 2012, now in its fifth year, is the UK more »

Entries open for 2012 RAC Challenge14.08.2012

Entries are being invited for the third annual RAC Future Car Challenge, taking place on Saturday 3 November – the event was introduced in 2010 to showcase low energy use vehicles. The Challenge fe more »

London trial offers free home EV chargers13.08.2012

EV owners living within the M25 are being offered free home charging units worth over £1,000 if they take part in the Low Carbon London electric vehicle usage trial. The Low Carbon London project is w more »

Project Clearflo to monitor air quality09.08.2012

London's most comprehensive attempt to measure and record air pollution in the capital is now underway – with 80 scientists from 11 universities monitoring nearly 1,000 different gases and particles in more »

Green car sales on the rise in 201209.08.2012

According to figures from the SMMT, the number of alternatively fuelled car registrations rocketed last month, in line with a general increase in vehicle sales. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Tra more »

100 Toyota Yaris Hybrids join Europcar07.08.2012

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is continuing to invest in creating a sustainable fleet with the addition of 100 Toyota Yaris Hybrids this year, responding to customer demand for hybrid v more »

Nissan unveils new 'black cab' for London07.08.2012

Nissan has announced a bold new vision for the future of the London 'black cab' and its 300,000 daily users – the Nissan NV200 London Taxi. The NV200 London Taxi will offer significantly reduced CO more »

Toyota delivers first fleet Prius Plug-in06.08.2012

Toyota has hosted a vehicle hand-over to one of its leading business customers where Dr Shoichiro Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation Honorary Chairman, personally presented the keys of a new Prius Plug-in to El more »

Mercedes announces E-300 hybrid pricing03.08.2012

Mercedes-Benz releases prices and specifications for the new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, the most efficient E-Class production car to date. The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid brings together a powerful yet more »

Hydrogen Black Cabs at Olympic Games02.08.2012

Five hydrogen fuel cell black cabs developed by Intelligent Energy and partners are transporting VIPs and dignitaries around London during the 2012 Olympic Games. This begins a two-year trial project sup more »

BMW 'eye' used to train Olympic athletes01.08.2012

In addition to being the official Automotive Partner for London 2012 and providing a fleet of over 4,000 low emission cars, BMW are also playing their part in the actual Games. To assist US athletes, BMW more »

July 2012 (Click to show items)

GreenFleet Scotland confirmed for 201231.07.2012

Following the success of last year's GreenFleet Scotland event, the show will be held again this year on September 13th at Ingliston Showgrounds, Edinburgh – it is the biggest gathering of low emission more »

APT installs Midlands charging points30.07.2012

Pioneering electric vehicle charging points from APT Technologies have been installed at a £100 million technology park development in Longbridge, in response to the rapid growth of EV ownership in the Mid more »

SEAT announces record Ecomotive sales27.07.2012

SEAT's environmentally friendly car sales have been at an all time high so far this year – with their Ecomotive models making up a record 41% of all SEATs sold in 2012. SEAT has also announced the more »

Jaguar Land Rover creates 1,100 new jobs26.07.2012

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced that it will expand its workforce at its advanced manufacturing facility at Castle Bromwich in the West Midlands to support the launch of new Jaguar models. More tha more »

Pay-as-you-go EV charging to go national25.07.2012

At LCV2012, an event taking place at Millbrook Proving Grounds on 5-6th September 2012, Charge Your Car Limited will be presenting its plans for the creation of the UK's largest pay-as-you-go, 'open source' n more »

75% off home chargers for EV owners24.07.2012

Electric car owners in Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk can benefit from up to 75% off the cost of installing a POD Point home charging unit in their homes. This ha more »

Six Vauxhall Amperas join SSE fleet23.07.2012

The Chief Executive of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), the broadest based energy company in the UK, has taken delivery of six new Vauxhall Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (E-REV). As well as more »

Hybrid and electric car owners survey20.07.2012

If you own a hybrid or electric car, market research company IRR are paying £50 to take part in a survey. Interiority Research Recruitment (IRR) has been commissioned by a major car manufacturer to fi more »

BMW displays 'i' brand at Olympic Park20.07.2012

BMW have erected a two-storey Pavilion at the Olympic Park to display their latest vehicles against the backdrop of the Olympic Stadium, including the i3 electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. more »

Rimac electric sports car comes to UK19.07.2012

The Rimac Concept_One electric hyper car will make its debut at this year's Salon Prive, the UK's most prestigious Supercar Event – held in September at London's Syon Park. This unique new electric more »

Lease a C-ZERO EV for £149/month18.07.2012

Through a promotional offer from Citroen, you can now lease a fully electric C-ZERO for just £149+VAT a month. This offer is available from Next Green Car's leasing partners, GKL Leasing. In additi more »

Alfa Romeo's new MiTo returns 67.3 mpg17.07.2012

Alfa Romeo's sporty supermini, the Alfa MiTo, is now available with the multi-award winning 85hp TwinAir engine – an 875cc twin-cylinder turbo engine that delivers outstanding fuel economy with sub-100g more »

SEAT unveils third-generation Leon16.07.2012

Today SEAT unveiled the new Leon model – completely redesigned from the ground up, the popular Leon model is now in its third generation. It will be on sale in the UK early next year, from around £ more »

Source London expands with POLAR 13.07.2012

Charge point provider Chargemaster and Transport for London (TfL), operators of the Source London scheme, have announced a partnership which will increase the number of charge points for electric vehicles in more »

Entry level Ampera Earth available now12.07.2012

Vauxhall has announced the introduction of their final addition to the Ampera line-up – the Ampera Earth. The new Earth addition is available now, and will be the cheapest in the range at £29,995, more »

Vauxhall announces new ADAM city car11.07.2012

Vauxhall released its first official pictures of the new ADAM today – their new three-door, four-seater urban city car that will be unveiled at this year's Paris Motorshow. The Vauxhall ADAM will a more »

Film review: Revenge of the Electric Car10.07.2012

Insightful and entertaining, the David versus Goliath story of how to change the auto-world... even as you watch, you're never quite sure who's going to win. The sequel to the 2006 film, Who Killed the E more »

'Eco Park' solar EV charger launched10.07.2012

A specialist renewable energy company based in Dorset has launched a new solar car port system which looks set to impress homeowners, motorists and businesses alike. H2Eco, based at Holton Heath in Poole more »

BMW invests £250m in MINI UK09.07.2012

BMW today announced a further £250m investment in its UK manufacturing operations by the end of 2015 at its plant in Oxford, steel body pressings operation at Swindon and engine plant at Hams Hall near Bir more »

EST launches Plugged-in Fleets initiative06.07.2012

Twenty organisations across England have pledged to lead the way in tackling emissions from road vehicles after being selected to take part in the Energy Saving Trust's Plugged-in Fleets initiative, in partne more »

Citroen DS5 emissions reduced to 99g/km05.07.2012

Citroen has announced the availability of a number of new options on selected DS5 hybrid models, including alterations that bring the CO2 emissions figure under 100 g/km. The new option of 17 inch alloy more »

Next Green Car announces Award winners04.07.2012

Next Green Car has announced the winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2012, the most scientifically-based Green Car Awards in the UK. Next Green Car has made awards across eight vehicle categories includ more »

A 'Boris Bike' scheme... only for cars03.07.2012

The success of the Boris Bike scheme in London could pave the way across the UK for one-way car clubs based on the same idea. Research for the RAC Foundation shows there are already 100,000 people in Lo more »

UK roll-out of tyre labelling programme03.07.2012

This week, the tyre industry began to roll-out its largest ever customer information programme that will deliver crucial cost, environmental and safety information to the UK's 44 million motorists. Tyre more »

Suzuki Alto is UK's cheapest car to own02.07.2012

Today, Suzuki launched their new Alto SZ City car – now the most affordable car on the UK market to purchase at just £5995 on the road, with free VAT until 30th September. The new Alto also o more »

June 2012 (Click to show items)

Mercedes-Benz A-Class returns 74.3 mpg29.06.2012

Mercedes-Benz has opened up a whole new chapter in the premium compact segment, with the completely redesigned A-Class being available with CO2 from just 98 g/km. Although the full model line-up and pric more »

Roadchef launches rapid charger network28.06.2012

Roadchef is installing the UK's first motorway-based rapid charging point network, allowing electric vehicle owners to be able to travel long distances across the country without frequent multi-hour stops to more »

US court backs CO2 emissions regulations28.06.2012

Regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions have been upheld by a US court supporting the Obama Administration's pledge to control emissions, the first ever US-proposed greenhouse gas directives. Alo more »

Official Tesla Model S figures released27.06.2012

Tesla's new battery-electric Model S officially went on sale last week in the US, and has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as having a fuel economy of 107 mpg-equivalent and a 265 mile more »

Govt scraps planned 3p rise in fuel duty26.06.2012

In a surprise announcement this afternoon, the Chancellor George Osborne has told MPs that the Treasury will not be going ahead with the planned 3p per litre rise in fuel duty planned for August and will free more »

Volvo to debut V40 & V60 Plug-in hybrid26.06.2012

Volvo is to present the all-new V40 and the world's first plug-in diesel hybrid V60 for the first time in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, between the 28th June and 1st July 2012 at Goodwood House. more »

Next Green Car releases Awards Shortlist25.06.2012

Welcome to the Next Green Car Awards 2012, the most scientifically based green car awards in the UK. Twenty-six of the UK's greenest new cars of 2012/13 have been selected for shortlists across eight ve more »

Honda Jazz voted 'Best Used Supermini'22.06.2012

The popular British built Honda Jazz has been named Britain’s Best Used Supermini by consumer champions Which? The annual Which? Car Survey is the largest of its kind and results are based on good more »

Pay-as-you-go charging scheme launched21.06.2012

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 up more »

Skoda builds 'Citihenge' for the solstice20.06.2012

Skoda has installed a unique replica of Wiltshire's iconic Stonehenge – made entirely from recycled car parts – on London's Southbank. The sculpture, which has been unveiled in time for the e more »

Source Bristol charging network launched19.06.2012

Bristol City Council has launched the 'Source Bristol' charging network, equipping 36 parking bays with chargers across the city. The network aims to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in the ci more »

Saab saved by electric vehicle makers18.06.2012

Recently bankrupted car manufacturer, Saab, has been bought up by Chinese-Swedish investment group, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) – with the aim to focus the company on producing electric vehi more »

Renault ZOE breaks EV distance record15.06.2012

Renault's 100% electric super mini, the ZOE, has set a new world record for the longest distance travelled in 24 hours by a production electric car. Completing 363 laps of the Aubevoye speed ring in Norm more »

Revenge of the Electric Car: out now14.06.2012

A new film – The Revenge of the Electric Car – offering an insight into how electric vehicles are becoming major players in the automotive industry will be in cinemas from July 20th. The new more »

Tesla goes round the world in 80 eDays14.06.2012

After the successful tour of Europe in August 2011 – "Tesla Goes East" – Rafael de Mestre has now embarked on another journey, this time meant to set new world records. He will attempt to be more »

Ford EcoBoost wins 'Engine of the Year'14.06.2012

Ford's new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been named the 2012 International Engine of the Year, presented yesterday at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The small, high-tech, three-cylinder engine al more »

Nissan launches new 65.7 mpg Pixo13.06.2012

Nissan has released a revised version of their Pixo city car with CO2 emissions lowered to 99g/km – instantly translating to lower running costs by becoming eligible for zero road tax and congestion cha more »

WHO confirms that diesel causes cancer13.06.2012

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised the status of diesel exhaust fumes from 'probable carcinogen' to 'carcinogen' – a shift that the WHO's science panel have considered very important due to more »

BMW to build i8 hybrid engines in UK12.06.2012

At today's SMMT Summit at Canary Wharf, London, it was announced that the 3-cylinder petrol engines for BMW's i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will be manufactured at the BMW engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmi more »

Do we want an 80 mph speed limit?12.06.2012

Since the early days of the motorcar in the 19th century, road laws have changed considerably and cars have become much speedier, safer and more fuel efficient. Despite this, lately cars have been recorded as more »

Lower CO2 needed to reach EU targets11.06.2012

Beyond the EU's 130 g/km target for new car CO2 emissions in 2015, by 2020 a 95 g/km limit will be introduced meaning new cars in Europe will have to cut their carbon emissions by a third. Currently, the more »

SMMT reports motor industry growth08.06.2012

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has announced that alternatively fuelled vehicle sales rose by 31.8% to 2,108 units in May compared to May 2011, and private vehicle sales were up 14.3% i more »

Frugal Ford Focus breaks speed records08.06.2012

The new Ford Focus with Ford's new 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has proved its surprising performance by setting 16 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) world speed records over distances more »

Citygo becomes most efficient Skoda ever07.06.2012

Skoda have announced that their first ever city car, the all-new Citygo, is now on sale with a price tag from just £7,630. With a general shift to smaller cars having been recognised in recent year more »

Renault announces 'Z.E. Test Drive Tour'07.06.2012

Renault has confirmed a series of dates for its 'Renault Z.E. Test Drive Tour 2012' roadshow around the UK, which will visit 15 locations to promote its four-strong electric vehicle range. The 'It's time more »

JD Power completes car ownership study01.06.2012

The results from the JD Power 2012 UK Vehicle Owner Satisfaction Study (VOSS) have been released, with Jaguar being voted as the overall best among 27 manufactures, according to customers. The survey con more »

Prius is 3rd best selling model globally01.06.2012

When sales of the Toyota Prius began 15 years ago, hybrid technology was rare and almost unheard of – but in the first quarter of 2012, the Prius was recorded as being the third best selling model in th more »

May 2012 (Click to show items)

Sponsored Video: Volt Zombie Film29.05.2012

Worried about being chased by Zombies and running out of petrol? Never fear: with the Chevrolet Volt Range-Extended EV (REEV) you will be able to drive for up to 50 miles on just the electric battery, and, if more »

Nissan installs DC chargers across Europe29.05.2012

Nissan has completed the first step of their aim to create a network of 400 DC Quick Chargers across Europe, by unveiling the first installations in France and the Netherlands. The 400 chargers will be m more »

Scottish authorities introduce 12 LEAFs25.05.2012

Four local authorities in Scotland are now using electric Nissan LEAFs to reduce their carbon emissions, improve air quality and significantly reduce fuel costs. The four Scottish authorities are NHS Tay more »

Q-Park car parks host 102 new chargers24.05.2012

From May 2012, electric vehicle drivers will have the benefit of over 100 additional charging points in London. These have been installed in Q-Park car parks located across London in 13 locations, provid more »

Toyota hybrid sales top 4 million23.05.2012

Total global sales of Toyota and Lexus full hybrid vehicles topped the 4 million mark by the end of April this year. Cumulative European sales of full hybrids reached 423,000 units, and in the UK alone the nu more »

New Kia cee'd returns over 76 mpg22.05.2012

The all-new second generation Kia cee'd goes on sale in the UK on 1st June, which will enter the family car market with CO2 emissions from just 97 g/km. With several enhancements and refinements to impro more »

Zipcar adds Ampera to London fleet21.05.2012

Zipcar today announced a pilot partnership with Vauxhall, that sees the all-new electric Ampera join its fleet of self-service, pay as you go vehicles for the next six months. It’s the first time more »

Businesses reluctant to choose EVs18.05.2012

ALD Automotive, leading UK vehicle leasing and fleet management company, has announced survey results of 1,000 business drivers, revealing that over six out of ten would not change their conventional vehicle more »

UK Vauxhall car plant saved by GM17.05.2012

General Motors has decided to keep Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant running, meaning 2,100 jobs have been saved. Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, flew to the US in February when General Motors said i more »

80 mph motorway speed limit 'not safe'16.05.2012

A new report from the Road Safety Foundation (RSF) concludes an increase in the maximum speed limit on motorways to 80 mph would reduce safety. Over the next few months the government will be consulting more »

UK tax revenues threatened by green cars15.05.2012

A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggests that green cars may severely reduce the amount of future tax revenue collected from fuel duty and VED. Even though traffic is predicted to g more »

GFEI launches fuel economy campaign14.05.2012

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) recently launched the beginning of its second three year effort to improve vehicle fuel economy around the world. It also announced that a new partner – th more »

British Gas fleet tests Nissan's e-NV20011.05.2012

Nissan's e-NV200 test car has helped British Gas kick-start its ambition of switching 10% of its 14,000 vehicle fleet to electric by the end of 2015. British Gas has been trialling a Nissan e-NV200 teat more »

Zap-Map passes 2,250 charging points09.05.2012

With data from the new National Chargepoint Registry now integrated, Next Green Car's Zap-Map continues to lead the way in providing the most comprehensive UK-wide map of charging points, with over 2,250 char more »

EcoVelocity show continues at ExCel09.05.2012

The second annual EcoVelocity low carbon motor show continues at the ExCel exhibition centre in London until Sunday 13th May. The show's 3.5 mile long test drive track has already been very popular with more »

Global EV charger standard agreed08.05.2012

Eight car manufacturers from the United States and Germany will demonstrate fast-charging technology that will enable the recharging of most electrified vehicles with compatible systems in as little as 15-20 more »

New BMW X1 achieves 62 mpg (combined)03.05.2012

The new BMW X1 premium compact crossover model is now available to order after the launch of the first X1 model over two years ago – the EfficienctDynamics version returns 62.8 mpg (combined) with CO2 r more »

US Plug-in Prius sales beat competitors03.05.2012

The Toyota Plug-in Prius went on sale a couple of months ago in the US, ahead of its UK launch due in July. Sales volumes so far have been impressive – with 1,654 units sold in April alone, it has more »

FleetDrive to attend Arrive 'N' Drive event02.05.2012

Electric Car and Van Leasing Specialists Fleetdrive will host a stand at the GreenFleet Arrive and Drive event at Rockingham race circuit near Corby on 17th May 2012. The show has an impressive array of more »

Hybrid cars becoming more mainstream01.05.2012

The days when hybrid cars could be dismissed as a passing technical novelty are well and truly past: figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show a steady rise in annual UK sales ov more »

April 2012 (Click to show items)

BMW Olympic fleet averages 64.5 mpg30.04.2012

LOCOG and BMW, Official Automotive Partner to the London 2012 Olympic Games, have revealed a full details of the London 2012 fleet. LOCOG has deployed a range of low emission diesel, hybrid and electric more »

EV Infrastructure World Congress 201227.04.2012

Now in its second year, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure World Congress will take place in Berlin, Germany, on the 26th and 27th June. The event will provide an opportunity to hear from car makers, fl more »

British Gas announces two new EV tariffs25.04.2012

British Gas have announced two new initiatives that will help to drive down the cost of running an electric vehicle in the UK, and to make charging easier. To be introduced this month, the new Off-Peak S more »

Toyota Prius+ is UK's most efficient MPV23.04.2012

Toyota will expand its hybrid technology range into new areas of the market with this summer's launch of the Prius+, Europe's first full hybrid seven-seat MPV. The new model will combines traditional peo more »

100 free tickets for EcoVelocity show20.04.2012

The UK's largest green motoring show, EcoVelocity, is returning for its second year, to be held from 5th to 13th May at London's ExCeL Exhibition Centre. Organisers of the show are giving away 100 pairs more »

New Peugeot 208 now available to order19.04.2012

Peugeot's eagerly awaited new 208 model is now available to order. With on the road prices from £9,995, deliveries will begin on 28th June. Each model in the line-up emits 99 gCO2/km or less, with more »

New car CO2 continues downward trend18.04.2012

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published its 11th annual New Car CO2 Report, which has revealed that new cars registered in the UK last year were, on average, 18% more fuel efficien more »

EV & Low CO2 Show takes place today18.04.2012

Renault's all-electric Zoe supermini is making its first public appearance in the UK today at the EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show at Silverstone racing circuit in Northampton. The Zoe, which costs just &poun more »

Minicab company fights for bus lane use17.04.2012

John Griffin, chairman of Addison Lee minicab firm was granted a meeting with Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond to discuss the potential use of restricted bus lanes for his taxi drivers. It was suggest more »

New Suzuki Alto achieves 65 mpg17.04.2012

Susuki's 2012 Alto model is on sale now, with improvements including the addition of Dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for greater fuel economy and improved CO2 emissions. With manual transmission, the 20 more »

LowCVP event runs alongside EcoVelocity16.04.2012

The 2012 LowCVP Annual Conference will take place at ExCel, London Docklands on Thursday 10 May alongside the EcoVelocity low carbon motor show which will run from 5-13 May. The conference will feature l more »

Renault Twizy hits UK showrooms today16.04.2012

Renault's new electric two-seater, the Twizy, begins its showroom launch today – it will be arriving in 22 Renault dealerships across the UK, with an on the road price tag from £6,690. The un more »

Volvo announces all-new V40 pricing13.04.2012

Volvo has announced the pricing for its all-new premium five-door, five-seat hatchback, the Volvo V40, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last month. Starting at just £19,745 on the road, the a more »

EDF chosen to charge up EcoVelocity12.04.2012

The UK's largest green motor show, EcoVelocity, will be held from the 5th to the 13th May at London's ExCeL exhibition centre. EDF Energy, the UK's largest producer of low carbon energy, has confirmed t more »

Prius plug-in hybrid now available to order11.04.2012

The Prius plug-in hybrid is now available to order, and will reach showrooms ready for delivery in July. The plug-in version of the popular Prius model will offer all the familiar virtues of the existing more »

VW Up! wins World Car of the Year Award10.04.2012

At a press conference hosted by Bridgestone and the New York International Auto Show, the Volkswagen Up! was declared the 2012 World Car of the Year. The Volkswagen Up! was chosen from an initial entry l more »

Beat rising fuel prices with Ford EcoBoost05.04.2012

Ford claims that the new Focus with 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine delivers lower per-mile fuel costs than a Focus driver would have paid in 2008, despite a 34% rise in fuel prices. As many carmakers have don more »

Skoda announces UK Citygo prices05.04.2012

Skoda has released official pricing for their new Citigo model range. It will be on sale from 1 June 2012, starting at just £7,630. It will be the first Skoda model to enter the fast growing city c more »

Electric vehicle drivers beat fuel crisis05.04.2012

Many people think of electric vehicles as being 'quirky', but a new study, by POD Point and ChoosEV, has revealed that many electric vehicles have been quickly adopted as the primary family car. For the more »

New SEAT Mii returns 67 mpg04.04.2012

The all-new SEAT Mii 3 door city car is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting at only £7,845 on the road for the entry-level version. The Mii range offers a version with a start-st more »

Toyota confirms Yaris Hybrid pricing03.04.2012

Order books for the new Toyota Yaris hybrid are now open, and the first UK deliveries will be on July 1st. Priced at just £14,995, it will be the UK's lowest priced full hybrid model. Toyota's refi more »

Electric Ford Focus now available in US02.04.2012

Ford is on track to begin full deliveries of their battery-electric Ford Focus in the US this April, after delivering the first wave of vehicles to commercial partners, such as Google and Microsoft, late last more »

Citroen DS5 Hybrid4 now available02.04.2012

Citroen's distinctive DS5 officially goes on sale today, with the long awaited DS5 Hybrid4 being the most fuel efficient and lowest CO2 emission model in the range. The Hybrid4 version uses the same powe more »

March 2012 (Click to show items)

ABB launches affordable rapid EV charger 30.03.2012

ABB has launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a breakthrough product that will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle fast chargers in the UK and throughout Europe. The more »

New Citroen C1 achieves 65 mpg29.03.2012

Now available for pre-order, the newly restyled Citroen C1 will officially go on sale in the UK on 2 April, with the range starting at a manufacturer recommended on the road price of £7,995. Five o more »

Union ballot for fuel strike sparks crisis29.03.2012

With the Unite Union having balloted for industrial action for fuel tanker drivers, a imminent strike is a now real possibility. If a strike is confirmed, there will be a seven day notice period given by the more »

Europcar now offering electric car rental28.03.2012

It has now been three years since Boris Johnson announced his plan to make London the electric car capital of Europe, and it was reported last month that only 588 extra electric cars have been registered in t more »

British Gas teams up with Vauxhall Ampera27.03.2012

The Vauxhall Ampera will now be available with a fast-charge kit that reduces its full charging time by around two hours, thanks to a new agreement made between Vauxhall and British Gas. Vauxhall will of more »

New Zero Emission Centre for North East26.03.2012

Nissan and Gateshead College are to develop a Zero Emission Centre of Excellence (ZECE) in the North East of England. The new centre will act as a business incubator for the electric vehicle industry, cr more »

Budget 2012 may prove fatal for EV market22.03.2012

Changes to company car taxation announced in Budget 2012 present a serious challenge to the UK electric vehicle (EV) market. With fleet purchases accounting for the vast majority of the UK's first 1,000 more »

New Ford Fiesta returns 85 mpg22.03.2012

Ford's newest Fiesta model officially returns more than 85 mpg, making it one of the most efficient and lowest emitting conventional vehicle available today. The latest Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model now on more »

Follow Budget 2012 with Next Green Car21.03.2012

Follow Budget 2012 today with Next Green Car as the Chancellor announces future levels of fuel duty and company car tax rates. As the Chancellor George Osborne aims to protect and stimulate the economy, more »

Govt proposes 'semi-privatising' roads20.03.2012

The Prime Minister has announced government plans to 'semi-privatise' sections of the country's major road network, with the aim to encourage investment and to improve the infrastructure. Yesterdays pro more »

Peugeot and Citroen drop EV prices19.03.2012

Citroen and Peugeot UK have both announced changes to their electric vehicle sales programs, including lowering the on-the-road prices of Peugeot's iOn and Citroen's C-ZERO to just £21,216, after the Go more »

Volkswagen Up! now in UK showrooms15.03.2012

The award-winning new Volkswagen up! is now in UK showrooms. For £9,330 on-the-road, a 96 gCO2/km version will keep you exempt from road tax and London's congestion charge. The range starts at &pou more »

Electric vehicle rally to cross the Alps14.03.2012

Now in its third year, the e-miglia electric vehicle rally 2012 will tour through four Alpine countries, a total of around 800 km of zero-emission driving. What started as a big adventure for the partici more »

Jaguar Land Rover creates 1000 new jobs13.03.2012

Jaguar Land Rover announced today that they will create 1,000 new jobs at its Halewood Operations manufacturing facility, near Liverpool in the UK. The new positions, which will support the on-going sign more »

New Hyundai i30 achieves 76 mpg13.03.2012

With the new i30 now available in UK showrooms, Hyundai can demonstrate how they have been developing their clean diesel technologies to improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Expected to build on the more »

LowCVP appoints new Managing Director12.03.2012

Andy Eastlake has been appointed as the new MD of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) – the organisation established to support the Government's Climate Change Strategy by delivering greenhouse more »

Fiat sales record lowest CO2 emissions12.03.2012

For the fifth year running, Fiat Automobiles has recorded the lowest level of CO2 emissions by vehicles sold in Europe in 2011, with an average measurement of 118.2 g/km (4.9 g/km less than the 2010 average). more »

Next Green Car on YouTube09.03.2012

Appearing in a new short film about electric cars, Dr Ben Lane of Next Green Car provides an overview of their benefits, and outlines how electric technology may evolve in the future. The short documenta more »

Renault confirms ZOE Z.E. pricing08.03.2012

The 2012 Geneva Motor Show has been chosen for the first public appearance of the Renault ZOE – one of four all-electric models in their all-electric Z.E. range. The ZOE will become one of the most more »

UK fuel prices reach all-time high07.03.2012

The average price of unleaded fuel in the UK has reached a record high – according to The AA, the average price per litre reached 137.44 on Monday 2nd March. Government statistics also show diesel more »

Call for review of company car tax rates07.03.2012

ACFO, a leading fleet organisation, is calling on the Chancellor to review the planned company car benefit-in-kind tax changes in the 2012 Budget on March 21. As we reported in February, as a result of t more »

World Electric Vehicle Summit 201206.03.2012

The World Electric Vehicle Summit, taking place this June in Copenhagen, will aim to harnesses critical cross-value chain partnerships to drive the global electric vehicles industry forward. The agenda w more »

Ampera and Volt win 'Car of the Year 2012'06.03.2012

The Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt have won the 'Car of the Year' award, with the highest score of 47 points coming from the Car of the Year's UK jurors. The panel of judges, made up of 59 leading au more »

Hyundai's all-new i20 to debut at Geneva05.03.2012

The world premiere of the all-new Hyundai i20 will take place this week at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show – it will have lower CO2 emissions than any other conventional model on sale today. Among the f more »

Toyota Avensis crosses UK on one tank01.03.2012

Just one tank of fuel can take you from Land's End to John O'Groats in a Toyota Avensis, as a long distance economy challenge taken up by two journalists for Banzai magazine has proved. Editor Joe Cliffo more »

Chevrolet Volt now ready to order in UK01.03.2012

Order books are now open for the revolutionary Chevrolet Volt in the UK, and it has been confirmed that only one trim level will be available but it will be packed with features. Furthermore, Chevrolet h more »

February 2012 (Click to show items)

'Company Cars in Action' held at Millbrook29.02.2012

A range of electric, hybrid and low carbon conventional cars will be available for test driving at 'Company Cars in Action' – a two day event to be held at Millbrook Proving Ground on June 26-27th. more »

Toyota Plug-in Prius achieves 134 mpg28.02.2012

The official CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures have been released for Toyota's new Plug-in Prius, confirming it as the most economic Toyota to ever reach British roads. The car will emit 49 g/km of more »

Toyota announces Yaris hybrid figures24.02.2012

Toyota have released official figures for their Yaris Hybrid model – it will emit just 79 gCO2/km whilst returning a combined fuel economy of 80.7 mpg. First deliveries will be on July 1st with a starti more »

Volvo trials mobile EV charging scheme24.02.2012

A new electric vehicle charging system, called ELVIIS, could mean that soon electric vehicle owners will be able to charge their vehicles up from anywhere, and see the cost appear on their own electricity bil more »

HyMod concept allows auto engine swap22.02.2012

SCI hyMod is a highly innovative modular hybrid concept envisioned by a Romanian team of designers and engineers. hyMod proposes a modular structure that allows the user to select a drive-train depending on w more »

Details of vans eligible for Plug-in Grant22.02.2012

After confirmation of the Government's Plug-in Van Grant yesterday, several manufacturers released specific details of their eligible models. Among the first to qualify are the Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, the more »

QUALEC tax rates to be abolished in April21.02.2012

The Qualifying Low Emission Car Category (QUALEC) is due to be removed from April 6th 2012, resulting in an increase in company car tax for some employers and drivers of company cars. The definition of a more »

First vans eligible for Plug-in Van Grant21.02.2012

The first seven vans eligible for the Government's new Plug-in Van Grant have been announced by Transport Secretary Justine Greening and Business Minister Mark Prisk today. Van buyers will be able to rec more »

Renault Zoe could have 220 mile range20.02.2012

The first generation Renault Zoe will be launched in October this year, however a second edition due in 2014 is expected to have a range more than twice that of the first generation, of around 220 miles. more »

EcoVelocity 2012 joins Grand Designs Live17.02.2012

The low carbon motor show EcoVelocity, is set to be even bigger and better this year, after news that the event has joined forces with the organisers of Grand Designs Live and the shows will run side by side more »

Peugeot launch fleet cars at Silverstone16.02.2012

Peugeot's new ultra-green 208 supermini, which boasts three diesels and one petrol engine under the magic 99 g/km mark and goes on sale in June, makes its UK fleet debut at the EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show at more »

Police show interest in Vauxhall Ampera15.02.2012

Vauxhall's are a particularly popular choice for police cars in the UK – it appears that this is likely to continue, with police interest in the range-extended electric Ampera. Vauxhall has won a c more »

Tesla announces details of Model X14.02.2012

Tesla has released some initial details of their next electric vehicle, the Model X SUV. Although production will not begin until late 2013, reservations are now welcomed by Tesla. The Model X will follo more »

Nissan LEAF joins Europcar rental fleets13.02.2012

Nissan and Europcar, the leading car hire company in Europe, have announced that as of February, the all-electric Nissan LEAF will be available for short term hire in two of the world's busiest capitals: Lond more »

ChargePoint Services to charge Olympics10.02.2012

To support London 2012's vision is to be the sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has commissioned ChargePoint Services Ltd (CPS) to supply an more »

North East trial pay-as-you-charge scheme09.02.2012

Charge your Car (CYC), the North East's Plugged-in-Places programme, has launched a scheme that will allow all electric vehicle drivers, even those who are not CYC members, to charge their vehicles while trav more »

Toyota to launch Yaris hybrid in June08.02.2012

Toyota will launch their next hybridized model, the Yaris hybrid, in June. It will debut a lighter and more compact full hybrid system than those used in Prius and Auris models. Inside a modern supermini more »

BMW's new 3 Series EfficientDynamics07.02.2012

There are two diesel variants in BMW's new 3 Series range that offer particularly low CO2 and high fuel economy – the new 320d Saloon with 120 gCO2/km and the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon with just 109 more »

Electric vehicles line up at Silverstone06.02.2012

Major car manufacturers who have pioneered the development and production of electric vehicles, including Renault, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroen, will be backing the one-day EV & Low CO2 Fleet Show event at more »

Audi launches fuel efficient A5 TDIe03.02.2012

New TDIe versions of the Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback have made the model particularly efficient, bringing 64.2 mpg potential with CO2 outputs as low as 115 g/km. The 2.0 litre TDIe engines used in the co more »

Renault delivers first UK Fluence electrics02.02.2012

One month ahead of UK showroom launch, Renault has delivered its first Fluence Z.E. saloons to London's largest eco-friendly car services, greentomatocars and Climatecars. Each company are receiving two more »

Green fleet operators win Ecostars award01.02.2012

Major fleet operators have been honoured for their green-friendly credentials at a special awards ceremony in Edinburgh. The ECOSTARS Edinburgh launch gave recognition to fleet operators who have achieve more »

January 2012 (Click to show items)

Skoda presents the new Citygo at Geneva31.01.2012

SKODA will present the new Citigo to the public as a five-door version for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in early 2012, offering another fuel efficient and low emission city car to European markets. more »

New Ford Focus debuts EcoBoost engine30.01.2012

Ford's new ultra-efficient, turbocharged, high-tech direct injection 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine goes on sale across the Ford Focus range in the UK, as of next month. This unique EcoBoost engine delivers p more »

Toyota delivers 400,000th hybrid in Europe27.01.2012

A British-built Auris Hybrid, from Toyota's Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, has taken Toyota to a new sales landmark – their 400,000th hybrid sold in Europe was delivered yesterday (26th January). more »

Chevrolet Volt likely to be in 'short supply'27.01.2012

Chevrolet UK has been contacted by 2,500 people "who said they want to talk to us about the Volt," managing director Mark Terry said, adding that he expects there to be more customers than cars, certainly for more »

Kia launches 3 door sub-100gCO2/km Rio26.01.2012

The new Kia Rio is available to order now in three door guise for the first time in its history. The new version will be priced from just £9,995 on-the-road. The line-up of engines, trim levels and more »

Honda hybrid sales hit 800,00026.01.2012

Honda has announced that they have sold more than 800,000 hybrid vehicles since the first generation Honda Insight hit the road in November 1999. They were the first manufacturer in the world to launch a more »

RCS printers turn over a new LEAF25.01.2012

A Nottinghamshire based printer, RCS Printers plc, is using the 100% electric Nissan LEAF as an integral part of its corporate commitment to reduce energy use and its overall carbon footprint. RCS has pu more »

New Hyundai i30 arrives in UK in March24.01.2012

Hyundai has announced full pricing and specification for its new generation five-door i30 hatchback. Due to launch in the UK on 12th March, it will be a very cost effective model to own. With pricing sta more »

London to lead Europe in EV infrastructure23.01.2012

2012 to 2015 is expected to be the most crucial period for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure market to advance, according to Growth Partnership Company Frost & Sullivan. Central and local more »

2012 EV & Low CO2 Show dates confirmed20.01.2012

Fleet World magazine and the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association are to hold a free one-day event to encourage the uptake of electric and low carbon vehicles, especially into fleets. The EV more »

Toyota announces refreshed 2012 Prius19.01.2012

In addition to the long awaited arrival of the Plug-in Prius scheduled for this summer, Toyota will be releasing a new-look Prius hybrid in March, priced from £21,350. Toyota plans to introduce ful more »

UK's first private rapid charger installed18.01.2012

Transport Minister Norman Baker opened the UK's first DC rapid electric vehicle charger at Midlands printing company RCS this morning. Delivered to RCS in Retford, Nottinghamshire, by power and automatio more »

Govt launches UKH2Mobilty initiative18.01.2012

A ground breaking project to ensure the UK is well positioned for the commercial roll-out of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles has been launched, Business Minister Mark Prisk announced today. The new more »

MINI recalls 235,000 Coopers worldwide17.01.2012

BMW has issued a recall on 235,000 MINI vehicles worldwide – around 30,000 Cooper S and John Cooper Works models in the UK. The concern is an issue with the electric circuit board that makes up par more »

Plug-in Grant extended to electric vans17.01.2012

Van buyers will be able to receive 20% – up to £8,000 – off the cost of a plug-in electric van, Transport Minister Norman Baker and Business Minister Mark Prisk announced today. This is more »

EcoVelocity motor show due in May 201216.01.2012

Following the successful launch of the UK's first eco motor show EcoVelocity in 2011, the show's organisers, IGME, have announced details for year two. The show will move from its inaugural launch locati more »

SEAT announces new generation Ibiza13.01.2012

The new generation SEAT Ibiza will arrive in the UK in the spring – to date, the Ibiza has been SEAT's most successful model. The new line-up will offer a large breadth of variations to meet almost more »

New Kia Optima keeps running costs low12.01.2012

The all-new Kia Optima saloon is set to go on sale in the UK from 1 February, bringing low running costs and emissions as well as high specification levels to the D-segment. Pricing starts at £19,595 on more »

Detroit hosts NAIAS Motor Show 201211.01.2012

The North American International Auto Show 2012 (NAIAS) kicked off its press and industry previews this week, with the public show running from 14th until 22nd January. Renowned for being one of the larg more »

Vauxhall Ampera now available to order11.01.2012

Vauxhall has opened its order books for the revolutionary Ampera E-REV, and announced full specs and pricing – the first Amperas will arrive in showrooms on May 1st 2012. Details of its 23-strong A more »

EV charge points in UK pass 1500 mark10.01.2012

Electric vehicle charging manufacturers, POD Point, are celebrating 100,000 miles of electric motoring in the UK thanks to their network of charge points, fuelled by a growing public demand for electric vehic more »

Toyota announces new Yaris Hybrid10.01.2012

The first details and pictures of the new Yaris Hybrid have been release by Toyota, ahead of the public debut of the car at the Geneva motor show in March. The new model brings together the practicality more »

Honda Civic hybrid owner sues over mpg09.01.2012

A former Californian lawyer is to take Honda to court after her 2006 Honda Civic hybrid failed to live up to its 50 mpg fuel economy expectations. Heather Peters, from Los Angeles has filed a $10,000 more »

SMMT reports on 2011 car market06.01.2012

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported on 2011's new car sales trends, announcing that the average CO2 of new cars has fallen to a record low and sales of alternatively fuelled veh more »

Peugeot 107 & Citroen C1 below 100g/km06.01.2012

Two of PSA Peugeot Citroen's most popular city cars, the Peugeot 107 and the Citroen C1, will be upgraded for 2012 with both their CO2 emissions falling to 99 g/km. Both models will use a 1.0 litre 3-cyl more »

Volvo unveils concept XC60 plug-in hybrid05.01.2012

At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volvo will unveil an innovative petrol plug-in hybrid, to follow their V60 diesel plug-in hybrid model confirmed for later this year. The Vo more »

Mitsubishi expands EV dealership network05.01.2012

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has announced that all its franchised dealers are to become fully functioning Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle Centres starting from January 2012. By the end of March 2012, the app more »

Changes to London's Low Emission Zone04.01.2012

New initiatives, stemming from the Mayor's Air Quality Strategy and delivered by Transport for London, were introduced yesterday (3 January), which will deter older heavy duty diesel vehicles from driving in more »

Top 10 green cars to watch in 201203.01.2012

Next Green Car looks ahead to the greenest and most innovative cars due for launch in 2012. In 2012, purchase incentives for plug-in electric vehicles continue to be available, including the Plug-in Car more »

UK petrol sales continue to fall03.01.2012

The first three quarters of 2011 witnessed a significant slump in petrol sales in the UK, and the AA has said that this is a trend that is likely to continue into 2012. Petrol sales at the pumps between more »

Renault opens first EV dealerships in UK03.01.2012

With the arrival of Kangoo Van Z.E., the first model in Renault's four-strong electric vehicle line-up, the French carmaker has confirmed the first wave of UK dealers for its electric vehicles (EVs). Twe more »

December 2011 (Click to show items)

Santa's sleigh exploits Higgs boson shield24.12.2011

In an exclusive, Next Green Car can reveal the latest sleigh technology being used by Santa's mobility unit to provide as-fast-as-light travel for its present delivery platform. Following the recent brea more »

Renault range to increase focus on EVs21.12.2011

Renault has announced that it will be restructuring its business in the UK, by dropping five combustion engine models and focusing on its electric vehicle range in an attempt to improve profitability. Fr more »

Renault deliver first electric Kangoo21.12.2011

Renault UK is proud to announce that they have made delivery of their first vehicle from the new Zero Emissions (Z.E.) range, a all-electric Kangoo Van. Accepting the keys at Milton Keynes dealership Mar more »

Tesla confirms new Model S pricing21.12.2011

In anticipation of their new electric Model S due for US customers in 2012, Tesla are pleased to announce final pricing and options for reservation holders. Due to volatility in global currency rates, UK more »

Low cost motoring with the new VW Up!20.12.2011

Due for UK arrival in spring 2012, Volkswagen's new Up! will come with a five-star Euro NCAP test rating as well as a class leading 1E insurance group rating. It's not just the entry-level £7,995 1 more »

Saab finally files for bankruptcy19.12.2011

Sewdish car maker Saab has officially filed for bankruptcy, according to a Swedish court. Chinese investors were interested in raising funds to keep Saab in operation, but General Motors (GM), who own p more »

Ecotricity to expand 'electric highway'19.12.2011

Ecotricity, leading green electricity provider, has installed a network of electric vehicle charging stations in motorway service stations, making it possible to travel between major cities without running ou more »

Boris awarded for promotion of EVs16.12.2011

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has won a prestigious award for his efforts in promoting electric vehicles. The world's largest network of professional motor industry communicators, MIPAA Limited, p more »

Nissan LEAF chosen for Siemens fleet15.12.2011

Siemens, the global engineering and technology giant, has chosen Nissan LEAFs to become the first electric vehicles on its UK fleet. Three Nissan LEAFs are now in use as employee pool cars at the Siemens more »

Nissan tests NV200 electric van in London14.12.2011

A prototype zero-emission all-electric Nissan NV200 delivery vehicle is ready to start extensive real-world testing on the streets of London. FedEx Express and Nissan are collaborating over a two month p more »

Volvo V60 to be first diesel plug-in hybrid13.12.2011

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid is the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid and is Volvo's most technically advanced model ever – an electric, hybrid and performance car all rolled into one. The indica more »

Gateshead launches Zero Carbon Futures12.12.2011

The future looks bright for North East England's low carbon vehicle industry, thanks to the development of a new company set up to oversee the growth of the sector. Gateshead College has established a ne more »

Learner drivers allowed on motorways09.12.2011

An announcement has been made by Transport Minister Mike Penning which has confirmed that learner drivers will finally be allowed to drive on motorways, with their instructors, before having passed their test more »

Fuel cell cars may not need hydrogen08.12.2011

When most people hear the words 'fuel cell', they think of eco-friendly, hydrogen-powered cars that emit nothing more than water. And that, says Professor Eric Wachsman, director of the University of Mar more »

Paris Autolib EV rental scheme goes live07.12.2011

A new electric car rental scheme has gone live in Paris this week – the new Autolib system allows you to rent a vehicle in a similar way to London's 'Boris Bikes' scheme. The project went live on M more »

British Gas to recharge Plug-In Prius06.12.2011

Toyota has named British Gas as its preferred supplier of electric vehicle charging points, ahead of introducing the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid to the UK market in 2012. British Gas will be offering Toyota more »

New Toyota Avensis now available02.12.2011

The new British-built Avensis makes its entrance sporting Toyota's 2.0 litre D-4D engine with CO2 emissions reduced to 119 g/km and fuel economy raised to 61.4 mpg. Along with new styling, extra equipmen more »

New Volvo gearbox lowers CO2 emissions01.12.2011

Volvo has announced the latest step in its 'DRIVe towards Zero' emissions strategy with the launch of an automatic gearbox option in four Volvo DRIVe models – the S60, V60, V70 and the S80. For the more »

November 2011 (Click to show items)

Nissan plant receives £189m investment30.11.2011

Production of the all-electric LEAF and its batteries at Nissan's Sunderland plant will be supported by a £189 million investment from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The development of the LEA more »

Fuel duty rise delayed until August 201229.11.2011

In his Spending Review, the Chancellor today deferred the 3.02 pence per litre (ppl) fuel duty increase that was due to take effect on 1st January 2012 until August 2012. The inflation increase that was more »

AA assesses impacts of 8p fuel duty rise29.11.2011

A survey conducted by the AA questioned over 16,000 of their members to reveal the likely effects that the proposed fuel duty rise will have on motoring habits. The Government have planned two fuel duty more »

Will £5,000 Plug-In Car Grant be axed?28.11.2011

Elektromotive, the Brighton-based electric vehicle charging point manufacturer, is urging the Government to continue offering the Plug-In Car Grant to buyers of electric vehicles into the next parliamentary s more »

POLAR electric network charges ahead25.11.2011

Chargemaster's installation of their POLAR electric vehicle recharging network is now well under way – set to be one of the largest networks in the world with 4,000 public points supplemented by hundred more »

Land Rover Range_e wins SMMT Award24.11.2011

Jaguar Land Rover has won SMMT's 2011 Award for Automotive Innovation for its prototype Range_e – the world's first luxury Plug-in Hybrid Electric 4X4 with integrated V6 diesel engine. The system, more »

Peugeot iOn reaches Orkney Islands23.11.2011

Peugeot has delivered an iOn to the idyllic islands of Orkney, making it the most northerly all-electric car in Britain. In a drive to cut fuel bills and reduce emissions, Orkney Island Council has becom more »

Green Kia factories improve emissions22.11.2011

There is a groundswell of opinion which says that fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions should not be the only factors taken into account when deciding if a car is 'green' – a view fully supported by more »

UK set to miss transport biofuel targets 21.11.2011

A new report from the National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC) suggests that the UK is not on track to reach its renewable transport fuel targets. The study concludes that significant investment into new more »

Lower BIK rate confirmed for diesel-hybrids18.11.2011

With a number of diesel-hybrid models to be launched in 2012, the HMRC has confirmed that diesel-hybrids will not incur the 3% Benefit in Kind (BIK) rate surcharge that all other diesel models receive. T more »

November updates of Green Car Ratings17.11.2011

In response to new data sets and the imminent launch of new technology plug-in hybrids, we have updated our fuel and technology database, and redesigned the way we present our Green Car Rating information. more »

LEAF wins two awards at RAC Challenge17.11.2011

The Nissan LEAF completed the 60-mile Brighton to London RAC Future Car Challenge route whilst using just £1.83 worth of energy – helping it to win two awards on the day. Competing against 49 more »

LowCVP honours Low Carbon Champions 15.11.2011

Leaders in the drive to cut carbon emissions from road transport have been announced at a prestigious ceremony in London. The LowCVP Low Carbon Champions Awards recognise best practice in key areas fro more »

Volvo supports UK air quality campaign15.11.2011

Volvo is backing the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee's call for a Government public awareness campaign to educate people about the action they could take to improve air quality, and ulti more »

SEAT announces electric car plans14.11.2011

SEAT is working on its first electric car, which will be designed and manufactured in Spain. The firm is unveiling the prototype Altea XL Electric Ecomotive, a totally electrically-driven zero-emissions car, more »

London to trial wireless EV charging11.11.2011

Qualcomm Incorporated, world leader in 3G and next generation mobile technologies, has announced the first Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) trial for London, in what is a UK and industry-leading init more »

Citroen announces 87 gCO2/km C310.11.2011

Citroen has announced the introduction of its most CO2 efficient conventionally powered model to date – the new C3 e-HDi 70 Airdream EGS VTR+. With emissions of just 87 g/km and combined cycle eco more »

Nissan donates 400 free Quick Chargers09.11.2011

Nissan is accelerating plans for a European-wide Quick Charge network for electric vehicles by giving away 400 new quick charging stations free of charge. These new points will boost existing networks an more »

Toyota wins Green Manufacturing Award08.11.2011

Toyota has won the 2011 Green Manufacturing Award in recognition of the outstanding environmental achievements of its European operations. The honour has been presented to Toyota Motor Europe, the compan more »

Next Green Car completes RAC Challenge07.11.2011

Next Green Car successfully completed this year's RAC Future Car Challenge co-driving Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell powered Highlander from Brighton to London. Next Green Car would like to thank Toyota for more »

Next Green Car joins RAC Challenge03.11.2011

Next Green Car will be taking part in this year's RAC Future Car Challenge, driving a hydrogen fuel cell powered Toyota Highlander 60 miles from Brighton to London. Taking place this Saturday, November 5 more »

Most councils slow to install EV chargers03.11.2011

Only a third of councils surveyed by the RAC Foundation say they have installed public charging points for electric vehicles, and the promotion of green vehicles varies significantly between local authorities more »

Zytek recieves £1.35m for EV development03.11.2011

Clean vehicle technology specialist Zytek has won a £1.35 million grant from the UK Government's Regional Growth Fund to support the development of an Electric Powertrain Technologies Centre. Based more »

Peugeot to launch super-efficient 20802.11.2011

Peugeot will launch an all-new model into the supermini segment in the UK next spring – a super efficient model that will be available in both 3 and 5-door options. The Peugeot 208 is expected to f more »

Comment: Trust me, I'm a dynamometer!01.11.2011

Imagine: You're in a dealership selecting a new car and you sit down with the salesperson to talk through the benefits of clean diesels and hybrids. It's really important, you remind them, that you get the sp more »

£6.2m boost for green cars in North East01.11.2011

North East England has welcomed the announcement of a £6.2 million boost to the low carbon vehicle economy of the region, through the Government's Regional Growth Fund. At the core of the bid is a more »

October 2011 (Click to show items)

Kia's alternative fuel developments31.10.2011

In 2010, Kia was one of seven manufacturers to sign an agreement to make hydrogen fuel-cell (FCEV) vehicles commercially available by the middle of this decade. Being able to make its own electricity on more »

Electric car sales slower than expected28.10.2011

2011 was expected to become the 'year of the electric car' here in the UK, with the Government's £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant thought to have sparked a boom in EV sales. However, recent figures from th more »

Lexus emissions down 22% in last year27.10.2011

By introducing the CT 200h into their line-up, Lexus has been able to report a reduction in average CO2 of more than 22% over the last year. The CT 200h was the world's first premium compact car with a h more »

'Nissan Green Program 2016' announced24.10.2011

Nissan Motor Company today announced its new six-year environmental plan, Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP 2016). Their new strategy will focus on three areas: reduction of carbon footprint, shift to renew more »

Kia's green technology advancements24.10.2011

In 2009, Kia introduced the EcoDynamics programme to their model range – the sub-brand highlights Kia's commitment to manufacture good value, practical cars with reduced environmental impact. EcoDy more »

Economist award goes to Reva MD21.10.2011

The Economist has awarded their 2011 'Energy and the Environment' Award to Chetan Maini, co-founder of REVA Electric Vehicle Company from Bangalore, India. Chetan Maini co-founded the REVA Electric Vehic more »

Volvo leads European fleet CO2 reduction20.10.2011

The EU's legally binding CO2 targets, whereby all new cars sold in Europe in 2015 should emit no more than 130 g/km on average, means that manufacturers are concentrating on tailpipe CO2 reduction. The target more »

RAC reveals Future Car Challenge line-up19.10.2011

More than 60 cars are confirmed for the RAC's Future Car Challenge from Brighton to London on Saturday 5 November 2011 – one of which will be driven by Next Green Car. Recent additions include two more »

Citroen to launch diesel hybrid DS519.10.2011

Citroen's first ever hybrid model, the DS5 will full hybrid diesel technology, is to make its UK premiere at Top Gear Live at the NEC Birmingham and ExCel London venues. Taking place in November, this wi more »

Transport sector welcomes Greening18.10.2011

Justine Greening replaces Phillip Hammond as Secretary of State for Transport, as Hammond becomes Defence Secretary following Liam Fox's recent resignation. Greening, previously Treasury Economic Secreta more »

Alfa Romeo's transmission improves CO218.10.2011

Offering improved performance, efficiency and lower fuel consumption, the new twin dry clutch semi-automatic transmission, ALFA TCT, is available on the five-door Alfa Giulietta hatchback. Introducing t more »

BMW confirms 3 Series hybrid launch17.10.2011

BMW have announced that the sixth generation of their 3 Series model will go on sale in February 2012 – the popular 3 Series alone currently represents 20% of the company's global sales. Although more »

Paris launches electric car rental scheme14.10.2011

Building upon the success of Paris's popular Velib bike rental scheme, and by extension our Boris Bikes scheme, the City of Lights could soon become the City of Electric Cars. An innovative new electric more »

Competition winner receives new i-MiEV13.10.2011

Lucky Metro reader Nicola Ahmed has today taken delivery of her new pure electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV. Nicola won the car in a recent competition in conjunction with the Metro newspaper and was handed over more »

npower launch 'combi-station juice point'12.10.2011

While studies suggest that that 80% of all EV charging will either be done at home or at the workplace, the lack of publicly available fast charging points continues to deter car buyers from considering the e more »

Nissan develops 10 minute EV charger11.10.2011

Other than 'range anxiety', probably the next largest drawback of today's electric vehicles is the amount of time it takes to charge up the batteries – even a DC rapid charger takes 30 minutes to delive more »

MPG Marathon winner exceeds 99 mpg10.10.2011

Hyper-milers taking part in the 2011 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon have once again demonstrated that the use of smarter driving techniques can indeed save a considerable amount of money at the fu more »

New Volkswagen Up! pricing revealed10.10.2011

The new Volkswagen Up! is now available to order; a city specialist that will be arriving in UK showrooms in spring 2012. The OTR pricing starts at £7,995 and rises to £11,180 for the higher speci more »

Electric car trials spark national interest07.10.2011

New evidence suggests that the recent government-backed MINI E trials have generated a significant amount of consumer interest in environmentally friendly vehicles. A popular motoring website, Autotrader more »

UK gets first EV accredited dealership06.10.2011

A car dealership and fleet management company has become the first business in the UK to train its workers in a potentially life-saving new electric vehicle (EV) qualification. Vic Young Group, in South more »

Nissan expands LEAF dealerships05.10.2011

Nissan has added another six locations to the network of dealerships equipped to sell and service the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, the reigning European Car of the Year. The dealerships have been appointed more »

Little Chef to roll out EV charge network04.10.2011

Little Chef, the iconic chain of road-side restaurants, is to roll out electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the UK, in what is the largest deployment of charging points by any restaurant chain worldwi more »

SEAT debuts all-new Mii city car04.10.2011

SEAT is unveiling the all-new Mii city car, expected to be a practical, fun and efficient solution to urban driving. If you think you have seen it before, you are probably thinking of Volkswagen's Up! mo more »

BMW announces ActiveHybrid 5 delivery03.10.2011

BMW announces the launch of the new ActiveHybrid 5 model for February 2012, a petrol-electric saloon based on the 5 Series. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 delivers similar performance to a 535i, but with 16% low more »

September 2011 (Click to show items)

80 mph speed limit will increase CO230.09.2011

The government is planning to raise the motorway speed limit from 70 mph to 80 mph, expected to be enforced from 2013. The Transport secretary, Philip Hammond, believes that increasing the 50 year old sp more »

AFS demonstrate CO2 neutral liquid fuel28.09.2011

The manufacture of a liquid fuel using only air, water and renewable energy is to be demonstrated here in the UK by Air Fuel Synthesis. Taking hydrogen from rainwater and mixing it with carbon dioxide fr more »

Successful practice for RAC Challenge28.09.2011

Last Saturday, three cars and crews took part in a trial run for the 2011 RAC Future Car Challenge. The second consecutive year of the event, to take place on Saturday 5 November, serves as a public show more »

Elektromotive calls for plug standard27.09.2011

Last week, European automobile manufacturers defined a comprehensive set of recommendations to standardise the charging of electric vehicles – a joint industry proposal that will enable the use of one p more »

New survey predicts slow uptake of EVs23.09.2011

Automotive researcher Trend Tracker's new Car Buyer Brand Perceptions 2011 study, of a nationally representative sample of 12,000 motorists, tracks the criteria on which buyers choose individual brands, and t more »

Upgraded fortwo ED model looks smart22.09.2011

The newly designed third generation electric smart fortwo ED, recently shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show, will be available in the UK from spring 2012. The new version has been heavily revised from the p more »

Guideline Plug-In Prius pricing announced22.09.2011

The new Plug-in Prius will cost less than £31,000 when sales start in the first half of 2012. This headline figure does not take into account Government funding through the Ultra-Low Carbon Vehicle more »

Traffic fumes can trigger heart attacks21.09.2011

A new report published in the British Medical Journal concludes that some traffic emissions can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack for up to six hours. The report identifies particulate ma more »

Nissan to develop low-cost 'quick' charger21.09.2011

Nissan has teamed up with leading utility and electrical vehicle supply equipment companies to speed development of cheaper, smaller, quick chargers for electric vehicles. The primary intention is to red more »

UK's first hydrogen station opens today20.09.2011

The UK's first public hydrogen vehicle refuelling station has been officially opened at Honda's manufacturing facility in Swindon. Built and operated by industrial gases company BOC, the venture is the r more »

Next Green Car sponsors LowCVP Award20.09.2011

Next Green Car is sponsoring the 'Low Carbon Road Transport Initiative of the Year 2011' award; one of a total of nine awards that are to be presented. As one of the sponsors of the LowCVP's second Low C more »

Most popular charging spots19.09.2011

Statistics released by nationwide electric vehicle charging specialist POD Point have revealed that the IKEA store in Wembley, North London, is their most popular Source London charger. Drivers took adva more »

Jaguar Land Rover to build new UK plant19.09.2011

Global car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that a new £355 million engine plant will be constructed in Wolverhampton. The announcement is good news for the local economy, and it is sus more »

Fisker introduces Karma hybrid to UK 16.09.2011

One of the world's newest car companies, Fisker, will introduce its first models in the UK soon through a dealership in London – but it plans to expand when right hand drive versions arrive from 2014. more »

TomTom releases SatNav for Fluence Z.E.14.09.2011

TomTom and Renault have launched their first in-dash navigation system at the Frankfurt Motor Show – it is specifically designed for electric vehicles and will be fitted as standard to the Fluence Z.E. more »

What to expect at Low Carbon Expo 201113.09.2011

Low Carbon Expo 2011, the first low carbon exhibition ever to be held in Wales, takes place at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on 16-17 September. Bringing together businesses and consumers under one roof, over more »

Vauxhall reveals 'RAK e' at Frankfurt 13.09.2011

Vauxhall have unveiled their new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which is expected to revolutionise emission-free urban transport, especially for younger drivers. The RAK e concept will open a n more »

POD Point scores hat-trick at LCV2011 12.09.2011

Held at the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire on 7th-8th September, POD Point revealed three new developments in their revolutionary POD Point technology. These included their first communica more »

Next Green Car at EcoVelocity motor show10.09.2011

The UK motor show dedicated to electric and ultra-low carbon vehicles is now well under way, after having been officially opened by Boris Johnson on Thursday. Next Green Car visited the iconic Battersea Power more »

2012 Olympics powered by Source London08.09.2011

The Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a network of new charge points will support the Olympic and Paralympic electric vehicle fleet – points that, after the Games, will boost the growing Source London e more »

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 available to order08.09.2011

The new Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the world's first full diesel hybrid is now available to pre-order with full prices and specifications announced for this multi-award winning vehicle. This environmentally f more »

Cenex LCV2011 event starts today07.09.2011

This year's Low Carbon Vehicle event (LCV2011) began today and will continue tomorrow (September 8th) at Rockingham Race Circuit in Corby. It is set to demonstrate Northamptonshire's expertise and potential a more »

LowCVP: EVs more expensive until 203006.09.2011

The total cost of owning an electric or hydrogen vehicle is unlikely to approach that of a conventional car for another 15-20 years, according to a new study from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). more »

Next Green Car live on Electric Vision06.09.2011

Dr Ben Lane of Next Green Car will today be taking questions live on all issues related to the environmental impact of electric cars. The third of six Q&A sessions are part of 'Electric Vision', a web-b more »

BVRLA calls for lower EV prices06.09.2011

Electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers need to cut prices if they want to energise the market, the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has warned. According to figures released by the Soc more »

Skoda develops electric Octavia05.09.2011

Skoda has begun production of a 10 car trial fleet of its first ever fully electric car – the Octavia E Line – trials will begin this Autumn. It is the next step in Skoda's continued efforts more »

Meet NILS... the future of commuting?02.09.2011

NILS, a single-seat electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse of a new form of minimalist mobility, has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. This con more »

EcoVelocity at Battersea Power Station01.09.2011

London is to play host to the eco-motor show, EcoVelocity – a green motoring festival packed with the very latest no compromise, hi-tech and ultra low carbon vehicles. The 4-day event runs from Thu more »

Ford announces plug-in hybrid concept01.09.2011

Ford has announced that they will unveil a new concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month – the Ford Evos Concept will be a plug-in hybrid with a lithium-ion battery unit. The Evos wi more »

Elektromotive powers GreenFleet event01.09.2011

Elektromotive is to provide five of its innovative Elektrobay electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for GreenFleet Scotland taking place today. As 'Recharging Technology Partner', Elektromotive will be more »

August 2011 (Click to show items)

Volvo electrics to use Siemens technology31.08.2011

Siemens have joined forces with Volvo and intend to advance the technical development of electric cars through extensive strategic cooperation. In terms of electric vehicles, Volvo will start small-scale more »

E.ON saves CO2 with Fiesta ECOnetic30.08.2011

Home energy advisors working for E.ON will be driving new Ford Fiesta 1.6-litre TDCi ECOnetic hatchbacks this year, thanks to a new delivery of 340 cars. These fuel-efficient, low-CO2 models provide much more »

Peugeot to unveil new models at Frankfurt29.08.2011

Peugeot has announced that they will be deploying their diesel-electric hybrid technology on the 508 RXH – following on from its first use in the 3008 HYbrid4 model, on sale later this year. Peugeo more »

Ampera awarded top marks for safety25.08.2011

Euro NCAP are continuing to test plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles for crash safety, and have revealed that the Vauxhall Ampera achieved the top score of five stars. A further nine models were also te more »

Nissan LEAFs join National Grid fleet25.08.2011

International electricity and gas company, National Grid, has taken delivery of four Nissan LEAFs on a four year/40,000 mile lease contract. They will act as pool cars for National Grid staff who are del more »

Plug-in sales to reach 5.2 million by 201724.08.2011

With the production of electrified vehicles gearing up all over the world, Pike Research have predicted that global cumulative sales will reach 5.2 million units by 2017. Carmakers are rapidly launching more »

Volvo expands start-stop range23.08.2011

Volvo's fuel saving start-stop technology, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 8%, has been added to six-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox models for the first time. To begin with, the start-stop techn more »

Kia announces all-new Rio range22.08.2011

The new 4th generation Rio goes on sale in the UK on 1st September and continues Kia's roll-out of models with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. By 2012 Kia aims to have the newest product line- more »

POD Point powers up Source East19.08.2011

Electric vehicle charge point provider, POD Point, have been heavily involved in the recent launch of Source East – the government's initiative to boost the provision of EV charge points in the region. more »

US invests in next generation biofuels19.08.2011

Ethanol refined from corn is by far the most common form of biofuel used in the US – however, a new $510 million (£311m) plan could give next generation fuels a chance. Barack Obama has a more »

Daimler announces new smart fortwo ED18.08.2011

Daimler has announced that the third generation of the smart fortwo Electric Drive (ED) will be available from spring 2012 – a five-figure number of vehicles will be manufactured in Hanbach, France. more »

Vauxhall to unveil new models at Frankfurt17.08.2011

Vauxhall is set to unveil two new cars at this year's Frankfurt Show, in addition to the surprise debut of an experimental car that will emphasise the company's passion for driver-focused vehicles. The A more »

New sub-100g/km i20 Blue on sale now16.08.2011

Following on from the successful i10 Blue launched at the beginning of the year, Hyundai has now added another sub-100 g/km CO2 model to its range – the i20 Blue. With emissions of just 98 g/km CO2 more »

Kia to launch 3-door Picanto15.08.2011

Following on from the recent launch of the all-new Picanto city car, Kia is introducing a three-door version to the line-up for the first time since the model appeared in 2004. The new three-door Picanto more »

Toyota Plug-in Prius to launch in 201212.08.2011

Toyota will debut the production version of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15th September. The Prius Plug-in Hybrid represents the latest development of T more »

Toyota and Nissan at Low Carbon Expo12.08.2011

Low Carbon Expo 2011, the first low carbon exhibition to be held in Wales, will be held at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on 16-17 September – bringing businesses and consumers together under one roof, over 3 more »

Record numbers expected at LCV 201111.08.2011

Many of the world's major car, commercial vehicle and public service vehicle manufacturers will join a record number of technology and infrastructure businesses showcasing products at LCV 2011, the UK's leadi more »

Scottish distillery powers Nissan LEAF11.08.2011

Nissan's all-electric LEAF has provided the crucial last element in an innovative business owner's attempts to become entirely self-sufficient on the remote Hebridean island of Islay. The award-winning 1 more »

100 mpg challenge for 'MPG Marathon'10.08.2011

Britain's most popular economy driving event, the MPG Marathon, returns to Britain's roads again this year – taking place on the 5th and 6th October. Competitors in the MPG Marathon will have the c more »

Hyundai launches new i40 Tourer09.08.2011

Hyundai has embarked on the next stage of its evolution with the launch of the D-segment i40 Tourer, the first of a wave new products expected from the South Korean manufacturer. Over the next 18 months more »

New Nissan Micra emits just 95g/km09.08.2011

Nissan has released the prices for its new Micra DIG-S – the range starts at £11,150 on the road for the 1.2 DIG-S 98 PS Visia version, available from 1st September 2011. Representing the latest more »

Land Rover tests plug-in hybrid08.08.2011

Following its debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show, Land Rover is using the RAC Future Car Challenge as the first opportunity to showcase three of its Range_e concept models in the UK. The RAC Future more »

Top Gear prompts charge point for Lincoln05.08.2011

Following the recent Top Gear feature which highlighted the lack of charging infrastructure in Lincoln, Nissan is to fund the installation of the city's first public electric vehicle charging points. In more »

BMW publishes results of MINI E trials04.08.2011

Understanding how electric cars are driven in the real world has taken an important step forward with the release of data from the MINI E field trial in the UK. With 62 public participants and 76 pool us more »

U.S. car makers agree 54.5 mpg standard04.08.2011

President Obama has announced a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration's national vehicle program, increasing fuel economy to 54.5 miles per US gallon more »

LowCVP call for Awards nominations04.08.2011

Nominations are now invited for the LowCVP's second Low Carbon Champions Awards which will be presented at a gala reception to take place on November 14th in London. This year's LowCVP Awards are being more »

Mercedes-Benz launches 'green dealers'03.08.2011

Mercedes-Benz Retail Group is reducing its carbon footprint through a new 'Green Dealer' initiative, designed to make its retail sites more environmentally-friendly. The scheme has been pioneered at Merc more »

SWITCH EV roll out rapid chargers03.08.2011

Electric car owners in the North East are taking advantage of two recently installed rapid chargers – one at the Metrocentre shopping centre and one at Dalton Park outlet store. The 50kw rapid char more »

Next Green Car Awards 2011 winners01.08.2011

Next Green Car today announces the winners of the Next Green Car Awards 2011, the most scientifically-based Green Car Awards in the UK. Awards are given for eight vehicle classes and a new 'Next Genera more »

July 2011 (Click to show items)

Toyota named 'world's greenest brand'28.07.2011

Toyota is the world's greenest brand, according to a new global survey from the international brand consultancy Interbrand. The first Best Global Green Brands, published this week, takes into account en more »

UK's first renewable charge point network 27.07.2011

ChargePoint Services has announced a partnership with green energy supplier Ecotricity to install the world's first national network of EV charge points powered solely by natural energy resources. The fr more »

Plug-in Prius trial results announced25.07.2011

Interim findings from Toyota and EDF Energy's demonstration of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in London give encouraging, real-world data that show the technology can deliver greatly improved fuel more »

Next Green Car Awards 2011 shortlists25.07.2011

Welcome to the Next Green Car Awards 2011, the most scientifically based Green Car Awards in the UK. 27 of the UK's greenest new cars of 2011/12 have been selected for shortlists across nine vehicle cat more »

New lifeline for THINK Global EV25.07.2011

After going into bank-ruptcy last month, Norwegian electric vehicle maker THINK Global has been purchased by an international entrepreneur who is committed to maintaining the company's key role in transport e more »

Chargemaster to install 4000 charge points22.07.2011

The UK's first privately funded nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure will be launched in September, with 4,000 points to be installed in 100 towns and cities by the end of 2012. The networ more »

Source East network goes live21.07.2011

Today, the East of England's electric vehicle charging network, Source East, goes live as part of the Government's Plugged-in-Places scheme. Chargemaster Plc are proud to be a supporting partner to Sourc more »

Date set for Bluebird land speed record19.07.2011

On the weekend of 13th/14th August 2011, Don Wales and the Bluebird Electric team will endeavour to break the UK Land Speed Record on the 4-mile stretch of beach at Pendine Sands, South Wales. Last month more »

UK: global leader in low carbon vehicles?18.07.2011

The UK can become a global leader in the development, manufacture and use of low carbon vehicles, but only if there is consistent collaboration and investment from industry, Government and early adopters. more »

UK leading for low carbon vehicles15.07.2011

Cenex, the UK's Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, believe that the UK has potential to maintain global leadership in development, manufacture and use of low carbon vehicles. more »

Mitsubishi reports on CABLED EV trials14.07.2011

Mitsubishi Motors has announced the results from the last 12 months of the CABLED trial – a project to report on electric vehicle usage conducted in the Birmingham and Coventry area. Having collate more »

Second life for Nissan LEAF batteries 13.07.2011

With the Nissan LEAF only months into its first year of sales, Nissan is already planning how to give the LEAF’s battery packs a 'second life' in the power generation industry. Besides reusing the more »

Charge points on Zap-Map pass 1000 mark13.07.2011

In the two months since its launch, Next Green Car have added a further 282 electric car charging points to Zap-Map, the UK’s most comprehensive EV charging points map, resulting in a total of 1,034 po more »

Ampera to join Europcar rental fleet12.07.2011

Vauxhall/Opel and Europcar have announced an agreement to introduce the Vauxhall Ampera as a rental car throughout Europe. With the market introduction of the electric Ampera by the end of 2011, Vauxhal more »

Peugeot announces 508 RXH hybrid11.07.2011

Peugeot has today announced the launch of a second diesel hybrid, the 508 RXH. The 508 RXH will follow Peugeot’s first diesel hybrid model, the 3008 HYbrid4 which is being launched later this year more »

Ten 70+mpg models in Citroen range08.07.2011

Starting this month, Citroen customers can drive away in one of 10 models that emit less than 100 gCO2/km. From the full-electric C-Zero city car to the spacious New C4 hatchback, drivers can take advant more »

Comment: Electric body and soul07.07.2011

Whether or not the electric car succeeds in becoming the mainstream vehicle technology of the twenty-first century, electrification has already left its mark on power-train design. With early innovation more »

New charge point network for Manchester07.07.2011

A new network of charge points and Pod Centres is to be launched across Greater Manchester this autumn, through a scheme called Manchester Electric. Manchester Electric Car Company (MECC) together with i more »

New car CO2 now below 140g/km06.07.2011

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has reported on sales volumes and CO2 figures from new car sales for the first two quarters of 2011. The new car market (sales) remains down on figures from more »

Land Rover starts production of Evoque05.07.2011

The new Range Rover Evoque passed an important milestone yesterday when the first production vehicle was driven off the line at Land Rover's Halewood manufacturing plant in Liverpool. Jaguar Land Rover's more »

Chevrolet announces Volt pricing04.07.2011

The UK price for the Chevrolet Volt has been confirmed as being £28,545, including the Government's £5,000 Plug-In Car grant. The Volt will be in Chevrolet showrooms by Spring 2012 – it more »

Government vision for EV infrastructure01.07.2011

The Government's vision for a nationwide recharging infrastructure, in support of the electric vehicle revolution, has been announced by the Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond. A report has been publish more »

June 2011 (Click to show items)

Renault Fluence is most affordable EV30.06.2011

After recently announcing UK pricing for its Kangoo Van Z.E. and Twizy, Renault have confirmed the price of the third model in their zero-emission family, the Fluence Z.E. At £17,850 (including the more »

New report outlines industry progress30.06.2011

A report published today by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) concludes that more needs to be done to meet the 2025 greenhouse gas emissions target. However, the report also praised the efforts of th more »

UK needs better EV infrastructure29.06.2011

Two thirds of motorists (65.7%) say they would be more likely to buy an electric vehicle (EV) if charging posts were more readily available at roadsides and in car parks across the UK. With the second ro more »

Tesla Roadster almost sold out28.06.2011

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors have announced that in two months they will stop taking orders for their electric Roadster model in the US. However, the news does not mean that Tesla are strug more »

Vauxhall takes Astra below 100g/km28.06.2011

Vauxhall has pulled out all the stops to make its latest Astra ecoFLEX one of the cleanest and most efficient compact cars in the UK. Using technology like energy recuperation and adaptive aerodynamics h more »

EV maker THINK goes bankrupt (again)28.06.2011

Norwegian electric vehicle manufacturer THINK filed for bankruptcy last week. The company has plans to liquidate their assets in an attempt to pay off its creditors. Ford Motor Co. owned THINK from 1999, more »

High fuel cost driving greener travel27.06.2011

New research from breakdown provider Green Flag has revealed that one in five motorists have been driven off the road in the last year by soaring fuel prices, either abandoning a private car completely or swi more »

New Audi A1 now under 100g/km22.06.2011

The latest version of the Audi A1 TDI premium hatchback has boosted its fuel economy to 74.3 mpg, and lowered CO2 output to just 99 g/km. Priced at just £14,480 OTR, low fuel consumption makes this more »

Win a Renault Z.E. test drive20.06.2011

Renault are giving readers of The Guardian news paper the chance to be amongst the first to test drive their latest range of electric vehicles. Their Z.E. (zero emission) range has gathered a great deal more »

BMW showrooms get greener20.06.2011

BMW has been supplying cars with award-winning EfficientDynamics technologies since 2007 but now that is not the only way which the manufacturer is reducing its environmental impact. As part of its wider more »

EVs may become mainstream by 202517.06.2011

It is almost inevitable that the future of motoring belongs to electric vehicles. However, the uncertainty is exactly when 'the future' is. A leading automotive component maker, Bosch, predict that growt more »

Peugeot launch Special Edition 10716.06.2011

Peugeot have added a new 107 Sportium Special Edition model to the popular city car range, to replace the previous ENVY model. The Special Edition model will add more style and fun to the range, whilst a more »

Large companies have appetite for EVs15.06.2011

New research shows that amongst larger companies there is enthusiasm to introduce electric vehicles into fleets, a reaction that is primarily driven by the opportunity to make cost savings. However, smal more »

MIT develops liquid battery technology10.06.2011

A group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new battery design that solves many of the problems inherent in Lithium or Nickel based cells. The new breakthrough more »

Nissan and BMW secure UK jobs09.06.2011

Two major automotive manufacturers, Nissan and BMW, have announced that they will be investing in manufacturing operations in the UK, which will provide a major boost to the industry. The announcements w more »

Smart meters for iOn and C-Zero owners08.06.2011

EDF Energy is partnering with Peugeot and Citroen to offer residential and fleet customers electric vehicle recharging services with the sale of every Peugeot iOn or Citroen C-Zero. The partnership will more »

2011 Motorexpo opens in London07.06.2011

The 2011 Motorexpo at London's Canary Wharf officially opens to the public this week, and organisers are expecting 400,000 visitors to attend before the show closes on Sunday 12 June. Officially the UK's more »

17,000 solar panels for UK Toyota plant06.06.2011

Toyota is set to be the first UK car manufacturer to install a large scale solar panel array after the scheme gained approval from its local planning authority. Work has started on installing the ground- more »

Ford B-MAX to use new EcoBoost engine06.06.2011

Ford is expanding its industry leading range of fuel-efficient powertrains with the addition of an all-new 1.0-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine, to be launched globally in smaller Ford models. Develo more »

Mazda's ultra efficient Skyactiv engine03.06.2011

Even after more than 120 years of development, petrol and diesel combustion engines remain inefficient, however, modern technology is beginning to put an end to this. Mazda is on the verge of launching a more »

Electric scooters to join Boris Bikes02.06.2011

Plans are well underway to launch a nationwide series of electric scooter rental schemes to build on the success of the Barclays-sponsored 'Boris Bikes' scheme in London. More than 1,000 German-made TP S more »

Toyota offers six months free fuel02.06.2011

Rising fuel prices will be less of a concern for new Toyota owners, thanks to this summer's offer of six months worth of free fuel on selected models. Anyone buying a new Aygo, Yaris, Auris, Auris Hybrid more »

Biofuels linked to rising food prices01.06.2011

New figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA) show that British companies have bought up more African land for biofuel production than any other country. The IEA also highlights that, while some more »

May 2011 (Click to show items)

Global CO2 emissions reach record high31.05.2011

According to latest figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA), global CO2 emissions in 2010 reached a record high of 30.6 Gigatonnes. In 2010, global leaders at the UN climate talks in Cancun ag more »

Vauxhall Insignia dips below 120 g/km30.05.2011

Vauxhall's Insignia range is now an even more compelling choice for private and business users with the addition of an ultra-low emissions ecoFLEX diesel model. With a 10% improvement in CO2 (115g versus more »

GreenFleet Arrive 'N' Drive 201127.05.2011

GreenFleet held their annual Arrive 'N' Drive event yesterday at Rockingham Motor Speedway; the event provided an extensive demonstration of low and zero emission cars and commercial vehicles for visitors to more »

Mayor switches on Source London 27.05.2011

London's first city-wide electric charging point network, Source London, has now been switched on, making it easier for electric vehicle owners in the city to plug in whilst on the move. By 2013, the sch more »

Euro NCAP awards Nissan LEAF 5 stars25.05.2011

Euro NCAP has awarded the Nissan LEAF the highest five star car safety rating following its performance in the independent organisation's stringent crash tests. After having been given both the European more »

Petrol cars still the popular choice24.05.2011

Petrol cars still beat diesel models in the popularity stakes despite the typically higher fuel economy of diesel engines, a recent study of UK motorists shows. In May 2011, ContractHireAndLeasing.com as more »

Low running costs for EVs ?? for how long?19.05.2011

Drivers of low-carbon cars could face massive increases in their fuel bills if the Treasury is not to face shortfalls in the amount of tax it gets from drivers. As ministers encourage the mass market up- more »

Electric iMiEVs for Milton Keynes Police19.05.2011

Mitsubishi is delighted to announce the delivery of an all-electric i-MiEV to the Thames Valley Police, which is the lead authority for Chiltern Transport Consortium. The vehicle was delivered by Soul's more »

Renault launch economical diesel MPV 18.05.2011

Following its world debut at the Paris Motor Show last autumn, Renault is now taking orders for its new state-of-the-art 1.6-litre 'Energy' dCi 130hp diesel engine. Initially available in Scenic and Gran more »

Fiat TwinAir wins Engine of the Year18.05.2011

The results of the 2011 International Engine of the Year Awards have been announced today at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart, Germany. The global jury, consisting of 76 of the world's most respected and pop more »

Fabia Greenline 1,246 miles on one tank16.05.2011

Austrian economy driving specialist Gerhard Plattner has achieved 1,246 miles (2,006 km) on a single 45 litre tank of fuel in a Skoda Fabia GreenLine. The Fabia GreenLine travelled from Reutte in Austri more »

Comment: Testing time for early EV market13.05.2011

Following a perfect marketing storm, the new market for electric vehicles is getting its first reality check. Although the Plug-in Car Grant has the capacity to subsidise more than 8,000 EVs, official figures more »

Renault launch new 78mpg Clio13.05.2011

Already hard at work on the imminent arrival of its Z.E. (Zero Emission) range, Renault is accelerating its plans to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles. In particular, an improved low-emissi more »

Next Green Car launches Zap-Map12.05.2011

Next Green Car has launched Zap-Map, a new map showing electric car charging points across the UK. With 752 points already mapped, Next Green Car's Zap-Map is the most comprehensive map of electric car c more »

Green motorists motivated by money11.05.2011

Research released today by Auto Trader has found that money, not the environment, is the main driver of interest in environmentally friendly cars. The majority of UK motorists (73%) would consider going more »

Volvo tests new V60 plug-in hybrid10.05.2011

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid combines advanced technology with luxury design – its first official road test is to take place at the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin this month. All in all more »

Battery lease reduces EV whole life costs10.05.2011

Intelligence revealed by Glass's, the UK's leading vehicle valuations expert, shows that battery leasing for EVs can provide whole life costs superior to other commercial approaches. The figures were rel more »

Auris hybrids join UK's SMMT fleet09.05.2011

The SMMT Industry Forum has replaced its fleet of Avensis saloons after five years use with six Auris Hybrids, built at Toyota's manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. By downsizing and switching more »

Jaguar confirms C-X75 hybrid production06.05.2011

Jaguar has confirmed today that the C-X75 will go into production as an exclusive hybrid supercar, after its debut as a concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Scheduled to be built in Britain in partnersh more »

New Alfa Romeo MiTo boasts 95gCO2/km05.05.2011

A significantly revised MiTo range will become available this month through Alfa Romeo's 52-strong UK dealer network – the range includes Alfa's first sub-100gCO2/km vehicle. The Italian car maker more »

First entries for RAC Future Car Challenge 04.05.2011

The first entries received for the 2011 RAC Future Car Challenge read more like the starting grid of a motor race than a competition for low-energy vehicles. The initial line-up will include several EV s more »

Electric vehicle sales slower than expected03.05.2011

A new report from npower suggests that British consumers are not clued-up about electric vehicles or the Plug-in Car Grant that subsidises some new electric cars up to £5,000. Nearly half of the 2, more »

April 2011 (Click to show items)

London Mayor receives Nissan LEAF27.04.2011

Nissan has handed over the keys of a 100% electric Nissan LEAF to London Mayor Boris Johnson, shortly prior to the launch of London's first citywide electric vehicle membership scheme, Source London. Bor more »

Start-Stop makes air quality goals realistic26.04.2011

The Government have announced an extra £5 million will be made available for a new 'Clean Air Fund' in London, specifically designed to help London meet European air pollution targets. Start/Stop t more »

2011 World Car Awards go green26.04.2011

The winners of the 2011 World Car Awards have been announced at the New York International Auto Show – an international panel of sixty-six independent specialists settled on winners after several rounds more »

Citroen reveals DS5 hybrid in Shanghai19.04.2011

Auto Shanghai 2011 is open to visitors from 21th until 28th April, an event at which Citroen have already revealed the third model in its innovative DS line: the DS5. The DS5 is the first Citroen model t more »

EU to support lithium-ion battery research18.04.2011

Axeon, Europe's largest independent lithium-ion battery supplier, has been awarded funding from the EU to dramatically reduce the weight, volume and cost of batteries. With battery electric and hybrid ve more »

Electric i-MiEV to join Hertz hire fleet15.04.2011

The Hertz Corporation has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Motors to add electric i-MiEV city cars to the Hertz UK fleet, including their Connect car club service. The rollout starts today, with two M more »

New cars that beat the Congestion Charge15.04.2011

The Greener Vehicle Discount, introduced on 4th January this year, qualifies a Euro 5 car, whose CO2 emissions are less than or equal to 100 g/km, for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge. S more »

Plug-in and beat rising fuel costs14.04.2011

Despite the reduction in fuel duty announced in the Budget, fuel costs are still rising and currently represent record levels once again. Consequently, many are saying that there has never been a better more »

70% car makers may fail EU CO2 target14.04.2011

A new study has revealed that only approximately 30% of car manufacturers are on track to meet the 130 g/km European CO2 target due for 2012. The current average rate of improvement is at 3.5% per year, more »

BMW hire lead engineer of GM Volt13.04.2011

BMW have confirmed the hiring of Frank Weber, former top engineer at General Motors; his new position gives Weber effective management of all electric drive issues at BMW. Interestingly, Weber was the le more »

New Vauxhall Astra Start-Stop revealed12.04.2011

With a 0-60 mph time of just 8.5 seconds and combined mpg of 62.8, the new Astra 2.0 CDTi Start-Stop Hatch from Vauxhall offers improved fuel efficiency without compromise to performance. This blend of p more »

RAC Future Car Challenge 201111.04.2011

The Royal Automobile Club is pleased has announced that this year's RAC Future Car Challenge will take place on Saturday 05 November 2011. The weekend aims to actively promote, demonstrate and challenge more »

Ford's next generation Focus ECOnetic07.04.2011

Ford announces details of the new Focus ECOnetic, debuting next week at the Amsterdam Motor Show, which aims to establish a new benchmark for fuel efficiency in the compact vehicle class. The new Focus w more »

New car CO2 lowest on record06.04.2011

Despite the subdued new vehicle market, SMMT reports average new car CO2 emissions in the first quarter (Q1) as being the lowest on record, down 3.5% to 140.3 g/km. An increase in the market share of alt more »

Land Rover announces price of Evoque05.04.2011

Land Rover has today published the UK specification and pricing of the new fuel efficient Range Rover Evoque – starting from £27,955 for the eD4 Pure 6-speed 2WD. With a choice of three engin more »

Kia unveil all-electric Naimo concept01.04.2011

Green cars are expected to steal the limelight at this year's Seoul Motor Show in Korea, starting today. Among the line up is Kia's new all-electric concept, the Naimo. In their home country, Kia unveile more »

March 2011 (Click to show items)

Tesla sues Top Gear for fixing EV race30.03.2011

Electric car maker, Tesla Motors, has decided to sue the BBC's motoring program Top Gear, after they allegedly faked a race between their electric sports car and the Lotus Elise. Earlier this week, Tesla more »

One million annual plug-in sales by 201530.03.2011

A recent report from Pike Research has forecasted that annual sales of plug-in vehicles, including both battery electric and plug-in hybrids, will surpass 1 million units by 2015. Although the technology more »

UK not to follow EU city centre car ban29.03.2011

Britain has rejected EU proposals to ban cars from entering city centres by 2050, if they are powered by an internal combustion engine. The proposition was made in line with the EU's aim to cut oil relia more »

Citroen C-Zero meets London Mayor28.03.2011

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, is preparing London to be the "electric vehicle capital of the world" – this week he was introduced to Citroen's all-electric offering, the C-Zero. Boris is committed t more »

Tata start building Vista EV in Coventry25.03.2011

Indian automotive giant Tata Motors, have begun manufacturing plug-in battery electric vehicles in Coventry, UK. 23 additional employees have been recruited by the company, who also own Jaguar Land Rover more »

Nissan LEAFs used in Switch EV trial25.03.2011

Fourteen people have each taken delivery of a Nissan LEAF as part of their participation in Switch EV, a major electric vehicle test drive in North East England. These drivers will use the five-seater ve more »

Chancellor cuts fuel duty by 1p per litre23.03.2011

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced a 1p per litre cut in fuel duty from 6pm this evening, which will come as a pleasant surprise to many motorists. The fuel duty escalator due to come into eff more »

Car buyers more aware of CO2 emissions22.03.2011

A new survey of car dealerships has revealed that car buyers are becoming increasingly aware of car CO2 emissions. The HPI survey reveals that there has been a 52% increase in dealers confirming that CO2 more »

Free tickets for UK Aware 201121.03.2011

Next Green Car is giving away 50 free tickets to the UK Aware Show 2011, the largest and longest running green and ethical consumer exhibition in the UK. The exhibition, which takes place in London's Oly more »

First Nissan LEAFs delivered today21.03.2011

Nissan have delivered the first all-electric Nissan LEAFs to customers in the UK. The first dealership to deliver a LEAF was Glyn Hopkin Nissan in Waltham Abbey. The network of 26 Nissan dealerships acro more »

BMW completes MINI electric car trials18.03.2011

The MINI E UK Field Trial, which has been researching and analysing the use of fully electric MINIs on UK roads since December 2009, has come to an end today. The participants were part of MINI E UK Rese more »

Three innocent in Renault 'spying' case17.03.2011

Renault has admitted that they wrongly fired three of their top executives back in January over suspicions of selling electric vehicle secrets to China. The three men, Michael Balthazard, Bertrand Roche more »

New car CO2 emissions down by 3.5%16.03.2011

Figures released today show that new car CO2 emissions in 2010 fell by 3.5% on the previous year to 144.2 g/km (equivalent to about 50 mpg), down by over 20% since 2000. The Society of Motor Manufacture more »

Saab launches more efficient 9-3 range15.03.2011

Saab has announced pricing and specifications of a new and improved 9-3 model range, due to reach UK dealerships in April – the range includes two models with CO2 emissions under 120 g/km. As well more »

UK Aware Sustainable Living Show 201115.03.2011

Next Green Car is supporting UK Aware 2011, the largest and longest running green and ethical consumer exhibition in the UK. The exhibition, which takes place in London's Olympia Two, provides a forum fo more »

Pressure grows to reduce fuel duty14.03.2011

Next Wednesday's Budget will certainly be a difficult one for the Chancellor George Osborne as he attempts to stimulate the economy while maintaining current tax revenues. With the government’s ai more »

Spain reduces speed limit to save fuel14.03.2011

In response to a rise in oil prices sparked by political instability in Libya and other Arab countries, Spain has reduced motorway speed limits by 10kph (7mph), in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption. more »

Comment: Fuel duty enabliser11.03.2011

Price is a practical and emotive issue. At £1 a pint, beer at my University bar was both affordable and enjoyable – and I still have trouble believing it's now almost three times that amount. more »

Toyota hybrid sales pass 3 million mark11.03.2011

It was not so long ago that hybrid cars were considered cutting edge technology, and it was still a novelty to actually see one on the roads. Things have certainly moved on since the late 1990s when the more »

Pee power: the ultimate green fuel!09.03.2011

While we often come across strange sources of renewable fuels, such as chicken feathers or cows, a professor from Ohio University has discovered a particularly unexpected resource – urine! A scient more »

Citroen C-Zero reaches UK dealerships09.03.2011

Today, Citroen has named the 11 UK dealers which will offer sales and servicing of their new full-electric city car, the Citroen C-ZERO. Citroen say that consumer interest in their electric car has been more »

Peugeot launches 3008 diesel HYbrid408.03.2011

Peugeot is now taking orders for the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 – the world's first full diesel hybrid car. While petrol hybrids are almost commonplace on UK roads, no manufacturers have released a diese more »

Kia showcase new model range at Geneva04.03.2011

Kia have an impressive stand at the Geneva Motor Show this year – with a focus on integrating efficiency with driveability. In their all-new product range are three particularly interesting models: more »

Renault releases electric Twizy ZE details03.03.2011

At the Geneva Motor Show, Renault has announced details of their forthcoming Z.E. electric vehicle range, including pricing for the Twizy model. The Renault Twizy is the first fully electric vehicle to p more »

Rapid chargers added to public network02.03.2011

Elektromotive is to install the first public-access rapid charging points for electric cars, with the aim to reduce 'range anxiety' for the first EV users. This infrastructure work is part of the Office more »

Gender based car insurance to be banned02.03.2011

The European Court of Justice has ruled against the existence of separate insurance rates based on gender differences, since it amounts to sex discrimination. Variations in premiums based on age are als more »

Nissan raise price of LEAF by £2,00001.03.2011

Nissan has confirmed that they have increased the price of the LEAF electric car by £2,000 to £30,990. On February 23rd, Nissan announced that they had been forced to raise the UK price of the LEA more »

February 2011 (Click to show items)

Jaguar C-X75 hybrid wins Concept Award28.02.2011

Jaguar's jet-powered C-X75 hybrid sports car wins the Louis Vuitton Classic Concept Award. First unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the C-X75 is a ground-breaking range-extended electric vehicle that more »

Honda Jazz hybrid now in UK showrooms25.02.2011

The latest generation of Honda Jazz models, including the new hybrid version, are now available to take home from UK showrooms – just in time for the new '11' registration plate. The Jazz hybrid is more »

First Euro NCAP ratings for electric cars24.02.2011

Mitsubishi's i-MiEV and its siblings, the iOn and C-Zero, have become the first electric vehicles to complete the Euro NCAP crash tests. Euro NCAP provides consumers with an independent driver, passenger more »

BMW launch low-emission sub-brand 'i'22.02.2011

BMW have confirmed two models to be launched in 2013 under the new sub-brand 'BMW i' following product development relating to sustainable mobility solutions. The new BMW i brand will penetrate the elect more »

European debut of Tesla's new Model S22.02.2011

Tesla will display their new Model S at the Geneva Motor Show this year – an all-electric model that is proposed to improve on the popular Roadster model. Tesla has already achieved iconic status more »

Volvo to unveil V60 plug-in diesel hybrid21.02.2011

Volvo will be unveiling the world's first diesel plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show next month – a virtually production-ready Volvo V60 with carbon dioxide emissions below 50g/km. Due for lau more »

For Sale: Aixam Mega City Electric21.02.2011

Beat the Congestion Charge and avoid the next fuel price hike with this used zero-emission Megacity electric vehicle. Ideal for commuting and urban use, the Megacity also has low insurance costs and can more »

Reduce your fuel costs with Fleet Support19.02.2011

Fleet Support is designed to reduce fleet whole life costs and emissions. The subscription service offers vehicle taxation and procurement advice on an on-going basis, with telephone support as required. more »

Wind Explorer breaks three world records19.02.2011

You don't get greener than this! Two German inventors have successfully travelled 5,000 kms across Australia powered by wind alone; in doing so, they set three new world records. Dirk Gion and Stefan Si more »

Nissan Micra DIG-S returns over 70mpg18.02.2011

Nissan's focus on low emissions is not just restricted to electric vehicles such as the LEAF. The company has now fitted the Micra with a petrol engine which produces just 95 gCO2/km – equivalent to ove more »

First chance to see Hyundai i40 at Geneva18.02.2011

Hyundai has revealed the first pictures of the new i40, ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month. With efficiency in mind throughout design and production, the i40 will boast best more »

NGC to launch Fleet Support service15.02.2011

Next Green Car is launching a new Fleet Support service in association with Ecolane Transport Consultancy. Fleet Support is designed to reduce fleet whole life costs and emissions. The subscription servi more »

Toyota debuts electric iQ at Geneva15.02.2011

Toyota has announced that they are to display an electric iQ prototype at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The electric iQ will be a fusion of the existing iQ platform and a newly developed electric pow more »

GreenFleet launch Arrive 'N' Drive 201114.02.2011

This year's GreenFleet Arrive 'N' Drive event will take place on May 26th 2011 – a must-go-to event for all fleet managers aiming to reduce fuel costs and emissions. The Show, which is held at the more »

BMW to unveil ActiveE at Geneva Show11.02.2011

BMW are to premiere the ActiveE at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Based on the current BMW 1 series Coupe, this will be BMW's second electric test vehicle. With four seats and a 200 litre luggage compar more »

Demand grows for high MPG used cars10.02.2011

Vehicle auctioneers British Car Auctions is seeing a significant increase in buyers seeking the most fuel efficient used vehicles which, in turn, is pushing up prices at auction. The demand for fuel eff more »

Ford to launch green models at Geneva09.02.2011

Ford are to make a series of major new vehicle announcements at the 81st Geneva Motor Show in March. At the Show, Ford plan to unveil new additions to its product range whilst highlighting the exclusive more »

Peugeot to launch 308 'micro-hybrid'08.02.2011

The New Peugeot 308 'micro-hybrid' will be launched in the UK in May with a new look, a range of innovative technology and CO2 emissions from just 98g/km. Since launch in 2007 over 900,000 308 models hav more »

Green car sales up 65% as market falls07.02.2011

While new car sales in January fell by 11.5%, sales of the lowest CO2 models increased by a staggering 65%. Figures just released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited (SMMT) more »

Tesla launches battery recycling program04.02.2011

Tesla Motors has launched a new strategy to recycle battery packs throughout Europe, using a unique approach to recover fundamental metals and reduce lifecycle carbon emissions. At the end of their life, more »

First Nissan LEAFs arrive in UK03.02.2011

The first shipment of all-electric Nissan LEAFs bound for Europe arrives in North East England today. The 67 Nissan LEAFs aboard the 'City of St. Petersburg', Nissan's new energy-saving car carrier for t more »

Hyundai launches new i10 Blue Drive03.02.2011

Hyundai's upgraded i10 city car range now includes its first sub-100g/km model, the i10 Blue. Already Hyundai's best selling model, the new i10 marks a significant step forward with interior and exterio more »

January 2011 (Click to show items)

Fuel cell B-Class world tour begins31.01.2011

Mercedez-Benz has launched the 'F-CELL World Drive', a full circumnavigation of the globe in the first series-produced fuel cell vehicle, the B-Class F-CELL. The challenge was originally arranged as a c more »

Govt to consider fuel duty stabiliser31.01.2011

With the next fuel duty rise due in April, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the Government is keen to ease the pressure of spiralling costs for the motorist. In last year's budget, Alista more »

NGC criticises Volvo's scam ad campaign28.01.2011

Next Green Car has criticised Volvo’s recent DRIVe advertising campaign which uses a website and newspaper articles to publicise a fictional scam to avoid the London Congestion Charge. The website more »

Peugeot's first iOn arrives in UK28.01.2011

The first UK delivery of Peugeot's latest generation of electric vehicle, the iOn, has been made to EDF Energy, the UK's largest producer of low carbon electricity. EDF will use the vehicle in their flee more »

SMMT calls for freeze on fuel duty27.01.2011

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is calling for the government to freeze fuel duty to relieve immediate financial pressure on businesses, fleet operators, hauliers and motorists. Already at more »

Qatar's first Motor Show starts today26.01.2011

Today is the opening day of the Qatar International Motor Show – taking place in the capital city, Doha, the event will be the first of its kind in the country. The show, which runs from January 26 more »

VW unveils super-efficient XL1 hybrid26.01.2011

The new Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle (SEV) has been unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show. Pioneering construction techniques, an advanced plug-in hybrid drivetrain and innovative packaging all pl more »

Interest in plug-in EVs rises five-fold25.01.2011

A new survey has revealed that the number of people that would consider a plug-in hybrid or battery electric car as their next vehicle purchase has risen five-fold in just six months. In the most recent more »

Infiniti release details of M35h hybrid25.01.2011

Technical specifications and performance are confirmed today for Infiniti’s first hybrid and the most powerful new member of the luxury Infiniti M family. While greener hybrids are available, the more »

Improved MPG for new Kia Picanto24.01.2011

Cost-conscious motorists will benefit from the next generation Kia Picanto’s greatly reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy when the company’s latest A-segment hatchback goes on sale in more »

High fuel price driving down car use21.01.2011

With the price of petrol rising at the fastest rate for more than 10 years, new research has suggested that the rises have triggered a change in the way people use their cars. A study carried out by mone more »

NAIAS 2011 attracts record numbers20.01.2011

Now in its 23rd year, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is mid way through its public opening days – always a very prestigious and popular event, this year is proving to be busier than more »

GM to increase production of Ampera19.01.2011

General Motors predicts that the UK will be Europe's largest market for sales of their range extended Ampera model in 2012 – possibly providing a significantly boost to jobs in the industry. GM's p more »

Tesla responds to BBC EV challenge18.01.2011

Eager to dispel the BBC suggestion that it takes four days to travel from London to Edinburgh in a zero-emission car, an EV enthusiast took to the roads in a Tesla to prove that the journey can be completed i more »

RAC: Green car buyers need more support17.01.2011

A major new study by the RAC Foundation finds that much greater financial assistance will be needed from the government if drivers are to be convinced to join the green car revolution. In a new report pu more »

BMW to launch new 5 Series Touring17.01.2011

BMW are about to launch the fourth generation 5 Series Touring model to be sold in the UK. The new model promises to be every bit as attractive in terms of driveability and versatility as its predecesso more »

Comment: Year of the Green Car?17.01.2011

With several new electric models due to be launched this year, and the Plug-in Car Grant now in place, 2011 promises to be an exciting one for green cars. More than ever before, going electric is a real more »

BBC electric car challenge criticised14.01.2011

On Monday, BBC journalist Brian Milligan began driving from London to Edinburgh in an all-electric Mini, using only publicly accessible charging locations. While the challenge was promoted by the BBC as more »

Smart fortwo cdi is CO2 world champion12.01.2011

Smart is set to be even more of a leading light with the arrival of the smart fortwo lightshine edition. Based on the passion coupe model, the striking special edition emphasises the enhancements to the more »

Detroit hosts NAIAS Motor Show 201111.01.2011

The North American International Auto Show began this week, held in Detroit, Michigan. The show will continue until January 23rd, and likely to be North America's largest and most prestigious automotive show more »

BBC Mini E on high road to Edinburgh10.01.2011

The introduction of the new Plug-in Car Grant has prompted BBC Breakfast's Brian Milligan to embark on an ambitious trip from London to Edinburgh in an all-electric Mini E, starting today. The beginning more »

Solar vehicle speed record broken07.01.2011

A new Guiness world record has been broken by an Australian team of students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The Sunswift solar car set a new record at 55 mph (88 km/h), beating the exist more »

Electric car 'spying' case hits Renault07.01.2011

Renault has responded to a potential case of industrial espionage by suspending three of its senior executives. As reported by the Financial Times, Renault suspects the unauthorised use of confidential more »

Peugeot to launch green model range07.01.2011

Peugeot will launch the new 508 in April this year in five different trim levels, with seven power-train options including two petrol and five diesel power units. The line-up will include both saloon and SW ( more »

How car buyers can avoid VAT hike05.01.2011

The increase in VAT to 20% is likely to have a significant impact on the volume of new car sales and the overall cost of motoring. A recent survey conducted by Auto Trader concluded that 31% of drivers w more »

New Greener Vehicle Discount for London04.01.2011

While the London Congestion Charge today increases by £2/day for most motorists, the Greener Vehicle Discount is also introduced for the lowest emission cars. As of this morning, the Alternative Fu more »

Electric car revolution starts today03.01.2011

From today, the Plug-in Car Grant worth up to £5,000 is available for the purchase of selected electric vehicles in the UK. The vehicles that qualify for the Plug-in Car Grant include nine electri more »

Top 10 green cars to watch in 201101.01.2011

Next Green Car looks ahead to the greenest and most innovative cars due for launch in 2011. New incentives for plug-in electric vehicles, including the Plug-in Car Grant, will kick-off in January 2011, more »

December 2010 (Click to show items)

New VAT rate adds to cost of motoring30.12.2010

Christmas will come to an abrupt end for consumers in January as VAT increases from 17.5% to 20%. The hike will add an estimated £158 a year to essential household bills, half of which will go to paying fo more »

What next? for WhatGreenCar21.12.2010

What Green Car, the UK's leading green car website, has rebranded to Next Green Car and is now at www.nextgreencar.com. Next Green Car, the new incarnation of What Green Car, continues in its mission to more »

Ford announces new Focus prices21.12.2010

Ford has announced that they are to introduce an all-new Focus range to go on sale in the UK from March 2011. There will be several model variants to choose from, and a range of technological equipment – more »

Tata Vista EV prepares for UK market20.12.2010

Indian automotive giant Tata Motors has developed an all-electric car, the Tata Indica Vista EV. The new model is being prepared for production at an assembly facility in the West Midlands, UK. Beginning more »

London's black cabs to turn electric17.12.2010

London Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the most polluting black cabs in the capital will lose their licence to operate from 2012, under tough new standards to improve air quality in the capital. A more »

Light fantastic with greentomatocars16.12.2010

Those clever people at Dentsu London have made a laser-show celebration of greentomatocars' fleet of low carbon Prius hybrids in London. In a film inspired by the greentomatocar philosophy, Dentsu London more »

Vauxhall Ampera pricing announced14.12.2010

Vauxhall has announced that it's revolutionary Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) will cost under £30k when it hits UK showrooms in early 2012. As one of the nine vehicles seen featured more »

Electric car revolution revs up for 201114.12.2010

The government is steering the UK firmly into the fast lane of the electric and ultra-low carbon car revolution – full details for the 'Plug-in Car Grant' and the winning locations for the 'Plugged-in P more »

UK ready for electric car revolution14.12.2010

Details of the new Plug-in Car Grant and the winning locations for the Plugged-in Places scheme have been announced today. As has been the case for some time, the Plug-in Car Grant will be made available more »

London launches new hydrogen bus10.12.2010

Following successful trials of hydrogen fuelled buses in London over the last few years, the first permanent hydrogen bus will be launched on a busy tourist route in the capital today. The delivery of th more »

New improved Honda Insight hybrid07.12.2010

An improved Honda Insight hybrid, featuring adjusted suspension to improve ride comfort and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels and enhanced trim levels is now on British roads, with CO2 now form just 10 more »

Camden Council cleaning up London07.12.2010

The London Borough of Camden has launched a number of UK and London firsts, relating to their use of Compressed Biomethane Gas and development of an infrastructure for commercial electric vehicles. First more »

Lightweighting reduces Audi emissions02.12.2010

The all new technology-laden Audi executive saloon employs aluminium and steel composite construction to minimise weight and reduce emissions. The latest Audi model is the A6 Saloon, which has been redes more »

Dealers to offer sale of the decade02.12.2010

Changing European law will mean that prices of some new cars are going to be discounted heavily between now and the end of the year. As of January 1st 2011, it will be very difficult for car dealers to r more »

Renault promotes Twizy on iPhone01.12.2010

From 2011, Renault will offer the 'ZE' range of electric vehicles which include the Twizy, Zoe, Fluence and Kangoo. Renault will launch Europe's first iAd on Thursday 2 December with a campaign for Twiz more »

November 2010 (Click to show items)

Electric batteries may last over a decade30.11.2010

Data gathered from Smith Electric Vehicles sheds new light on the residual value debate: advanced battery technology suggests that electric commercial vehicles could be productive vehicles for a decade or mor more »

Lexus CT 200h hybrid ownership costs29.11.2010

The launch of the new Lexus CT 200h into the small luxury car market is set to shake up the established status quo. As the first full hybrid in its segment, it will deliver benefits in total ownership costs t more »

Nissan LEAF is 2011 Car of the Year29.11.2010

In a historic moment for Nissan and zero emission vehicles, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF has been awarded 2011 European Car of the Year. The world's first mass-marketed, affordable, zero-emission vehicl more »

'Plugged-In Places' scheme update29.11.2010

With several manufacturers gearing up for the release of plug-in vehicles over the next year, and confirmation that the Plug-in Car grant will go ahead as of January 2011, it is important not to neglect progr more »

Chevrolet Volt PHEV achieves 72 mpg26.11.2010

Official figures from the US reveal that the Chevrolet Volt Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) has an overall test fuel consumption figure of 72 mpg – 112 mpg equivalent in all-electric mode and 37 mpg from more »

Comment: The stars are electric25.11.2010

As any investor will know, basing decisions on just facts is rarely enough – the best bets also involve a healthy dose of intuition and knowing how to 'read the signs'. Since I wrote my last 'comment', more »

Nissan LEAF capable of 120 mpg24.11.2010

The US authorities have approved the all-electric Nissan LEAF as best in midsized vehicle class, with an equivalent of 120 mpg (99 US mpg). A five-cycle testing was completed by the US Environmental Prot more »

Drivers confused about green cars24.11.2010

Peugeot has provided MPs with a reality check on public understanding of low carbon vehicles, as well as an insight into the benefits that can be achieved through a broad range of low carbon motoring solution more »

VW launch Passat & Scirocco BlueMotion23.11.2010

The greenest and most fuel efficient versions of the Volkswagen Passat CC and Scirocco have been unveiled with BlueMotion Technology badges. As with all other BlueMotion vehicles, the new Scirocco and Pa more »

Fiat push for eco-driving in driving test23.11.2010

Fiat has launched a campaign with the aim to increase awareness of how cost-effective and more environmentally considerate eco-driving can potentially be. Fiat believes that encouragement of eco-driving more »

New ChargePoint at Top Gear Festival23.11.2010

The UK & Ireland's first wall mounted charging unit from ChargePoint will be displayed at the Top Gear Festival in Dublin this month (26-28th November). In addition to the motoring exhibits, stunt sh more »

Toyota to launch 11 hybrids and iQ EV22.11.2010

Toyota have announced plans to maintain their established green status by manufacturing 11 more hybrid models by the end of 2012, some all-new and some using existing designs. They will also concentrate on fu more »

Honda debut Jazz EV and hybrid platform18.11.2010

Honda has unveiled the all-new Jazz EV concept as well as the platform for a new midsized plug-in hybrid vehicle. Both vehicles will be an integral step forward in the Honda Electric Mobility Network, t more »

Lower emissions for Mazda2 range17.11.2010

Mazda have made significant upgrades to the 2011 Mazda2 model range – fuel economy of 67.3mpg and reduced emissions as low as 110g/km are available. Two new models have been added – an automa more »

What Next at Eco2 Transport Show?15.11.2010

What Green Car, the UK's leading green car website, is rebranding to Next Green Car and 'relocating' to www.nextgreencar.com. In our new incarnation we will exhibiting stand at the Eco2 Transport Exhibi more »

French judge OKs Renault Zoe's name12.11.2010

Renault have been given the green light to call their new electric model the Renault 'Zoe', after they were taken to court by a French family who felt it would be inappropriate. In a French version of 'A more »

Toyota work with Tesla on RAV4 EV11.11.2010

At next week's Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota will take the wraps off a new electric vehicle, the RAV4 EV Concept. The concept marks further progress towards RAV4 EV being brought to market in the USA in more »

Green cars may reduce price of oil11.11.2010

In 2008, Transport & Environment (T&E) put forward the theory that making vehicles more fuel efficient will have the effect of lowering the price of oil. More recently, this idea has been backed up by the Int more »

Source London to launch in spring 201109.11.2010

London's Mayor, Boris Johnson, has announced that the city-wide electric vehicle charging network will launch in spring 2011, under the brand name of 'Source London'. Source London will deliver 1,300 pub more »

Golf Blue-e-Motion wins RAC Challenge08.11.2010

More than 60 eco-friendly vehicles – some not seen on UK roads before – completed the first RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge on Saturday 6 November. Just over 100 years ago, the au more »

EV sharing scheme tops 1000 members05.11.2010

Europe's largest EV car sharing scheme manages to sign up its 1000th member this week. The 'Move About' fleet consists of 80 vehicles in total, 79 of which are THINK City electric vehicles – resulting i more »

Carmakers ahead of 2015 targets?04.11.2010

A recent report by Transport & Environment (T&E) has shown that European carmakers reduced sales-weighted average car CO2 emissions by 5.1% in 2009. All major manufacturers were able to reduce CO2 emissi more »

Toyota fuel cell on the road02.11.2010

Toyota's debut zero emission vehicle will be seen for the first time in the UK this Saturday at the RAC Future Car Challenge. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will join over 60 other low emission vehicles on th more »

Fiat 500 TwinAir: Cleanest petrol car01.11.2010

Fiat's award-winning new TwinAir concept is set to transform how drivers view petrol power's potential. The technologically advanced low consumption 875cc two-cylinder engine is the cleanest quantity producti more »

October 2010 (Click to show items)

Biogas powered VW Beetle Bio-Bug29.10.2010

This week Wessex Water launched the Bio-Bug – the UK's first vehicle to run on methane produced during the treatment process of human sewage. The Volkswagen Beetle has taken to the streets of Brist more »

Cars line up for RAC Challenge28.10.2010

Many of the 64 vehicles entered for the RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge on Saturday 6 November will be seen on UK roads for the first time. This inaugural Royal Automobile Club event is a very pub more »

Fuel cell to boost Volvo C30 EV range27.10.2010

Volvo is now taking the next step towards next-generation electric car technology. Backed by research support from the Swedish Energy Agency, the company is initiating development of a fuel cell that can exte more »

Renewable concepts for LA Auto Show26.10.2010

Each year at the LA Auto Show, car designers compete in the Design Challenge to create a concept that fulfils that year's topical theme. This year's theme addresses society's need to shift towards minim more »

Toyota launches Special Edition Prius26.10.2010

Toyota has launched a special edition version of the Prius to celebrate the 10th birthday of their iconic hybrid in the UK. With plenty of street 'cred', the special edition model has front, rear and si more »

New car market prepares for Euro 525.10.2010

Car makers are preparing for January 2011, from which date cars that do not conform to 'Euro 5' emission standards will not be able to be registered or sold in any EU member state. The Euro 5 standard, more »

LEAF production begins in Japan22.10.2010

Nissan has started production at its Oppama facility for the all-new 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF, which is planned to go on sale in December in Japan and the United States, and from early 2011, i more »

Change to London Congestion Charge21.10.2010

Boris Johnson has announced his decision to replace the existing 'Alternative Fuel Discount' with a 'Greener Vehicle Discount' for the London Congestion Charging Scheme with effect from January 4th, 2011. more »

Impact of Spending Review on transport21.10.2010

Yesterday's Government Spending Review revealed how the transport sector is likely to be steered through the current economic crisis. Although difficult decisions had to be made, The Chancellor of the E more »

SMMT reports environmental progress20.10.2010

Vehicle manufacturing in the UK has made significant progress in cutting CO2 emissions, waste and energy use despite the challenges of the recent economic crisis – these are the finding from the latest more »

Seat launch ??E Ecomotive' range19.10.2010

Seat's range of environmentally responsible Ecomotive models is now becoming even easier to identify with the roll-out of a new badging structure. To coincide with the imminent debut on UK roads of the a more »

Comment: At the Paris Motor Show15.10.2010

Chirag Shah reports on all things electric and 'thin' from the Paris Motor Show. Chirag, CEO of the supercar club écurie25, recently popped over to Paris to check out the latest...eco cars! It's all pa more »

Earl's Court to host Eco2 exhibition15.10.2010

The Eco2 exhibition in November is set to be the largest and most significant sustainable transport event in the UK. Taking place at London's Earl's Court 2 from 16-18 November, the free event will showc more »

Green EV charging from POD Point13.10.2010

EV charging infrastructure provider, POD Point, have joined forces with Ecotricity, a UK renewable energy provider, to provide a totally green solution for electric vehicles; charging points powered purely by more »

Europcar to introduce iOn and C-Zero13.10.2010

The car hire company Europcar have announced further commitments to create a more environmentally sustainable fleet of vehicles. At the Paris Motor Show, an agreement was signed with PSA Peugeot Citroen more »

Camden receives GreenFleet Award12.10.2010

The London Borough of Camden have received the award for the Greenest Public Sector Fleet of the Year at the 2010 GreenFleet Awards, held at Arsenal's football stadium on 7th October. The City of London more »

Toyota Prius sales top 2 million08.10.2010

Toyota is celebrating another milestone for the Prius, with worldwide sales passing two million since the original hybrid was launched in 1997. Across three generations, approximately 2,012,000 units ha more »

Mitsubishi produce European i-MiEV06.10.2010

Mitsubishi today announced the start of production of its European-spec i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle along with production of Peugeot Citroen's Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-ZERO at its Mizushima Plant more »

RAC Future Car Challenge 201005.10.2010

November 6th is set to be a big day for the RAC Future Car Challenge. 60 zero- and low-carbon cars will be driving from Brighton to London – the number of entries has exceeded RAC's expectations, establ more »

Passat BlueMotion sets new world record05.10.2010

A Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel. The attempt, carried out by a team f more »

September 2010 (Click to show items)

Kia launches EcoDynamics range30.09.2010

To showcase its EcoDynamics range of fuel-saving vehicles, Kia Motors is displaying three new 'ultra-low' CO2 models in its 'Green Zone' at the Paris Motor Show. The innovative trio, Eco cee'd, Eco Veng more »

Honda's new Jazz hybrid supermini27.09.2010

Making its debut at the Paris Motor Show this week, the hybrid version of the Jazz features Honda's innovative petrol-electric IMA system and retains the practical characteristics found in the supermini, whil more »

Volvo latest DRIVe 99g/km models24.09.2010

Volvo Car UK has launched revised DRIVe versions of its S40 saloon and V50 estate, complete with Start/Stop technology, that reduces CO2 emissions to just 99g/km. The revisions reduce the CO2 emissions more »

M35h hybrid: Efficiency and performance23.09.2010

Infiniti's new high performance V6 petrol/electric hybrid will headline at their stand during the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The production ready M35h will be available in Europe and the US with petrol, diesel or more »

Comment: What do green cars mean?22.09.2010

Few of us just buy a car just to get from 'A' to 'B'. For the majority of drivers, cars have meaning – like the clothes we wear, cars help define who we are and communicate to others our interests, beli more »

Today is European Car Free Day22.09.2010

European Car Free Day (otherwise known as 'In Town Without My Car Day') is an international festival of environmentally sensitive transport. The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) is responsible more »

EVergreen to launch smart charger20.09.2010

A Danish company has embarked on a project focusing upon the development of intelligent charging stations for electric vehicles – those that will be capable of charging when electricity is cheapest and more »

World premiere of Saab's first EV20.09.2010

Saab has been developing its first all electric vehicle, the 9-3 ePower family estate car, which will make its debut public appearence at the Paris International Motor Show next month. The 9-3 ePower is a pro more »

New smart fortwo launched in UK16.09.2010

The new generation smart fortwo is now on sale, with prices from £8,780 on the road. A host of enhancements ensure the new smart is even more appealing than its acclaimed predecessor, providing si more »

Govt invests £9.5m in REEVolution16.09.2010

A UK consortium has been awarded £9.5million to expand and enhance technology for Range Extended Electric Vehicles in a research project called REEVolution. The funding was announced today by the T more »

Popularity of UK car clubs grows15.09.2010

As the economic downturn continues to impact on motorists, one of the UKs foremost car clubs, City Car Club, had a record breaking month for new members. This comes as yet another sign that people in th more »

A successful 'Eco Car Spectacular'14.09.2010

A beautiful day on Sunday drew the crowds to witness the stunning parade of the latest eco cars, motorbikes and scooters that took part in The Prince of Wales' Start 'Eco Car Spectacular' in London. Among tho more »

Lexus' CT200h small luxury hybrid13.09.2010

Low emissions, but no compromise in luxury and driving pleasure: Lexus's sporty new CT 200h is expected to deliver CO2 emissions of just 96g/km. Thanks to the exceptional efficiency of its full hybrid p more »

Peugeot iOn to be offered on lease10.09.2010

Peugeot will begin making deliveries of the all electric iOn in the UK at the end of 2010. The manufacturer already has a long history in the production of electric vehicles launching its first vehicle more »

Saab launch greenest ever 9-3 range09.09.2010

Class-leading CO2 emissions of 119 g/km are on offer within the latest Saab 9-3 range, which benefits from an across-the-board emissions reduction of 10%, making this car a likely choice for company car users more »

A garden party to make a difference09.09.2010

On Wednesday 8th September, Prince Charles opened the gardens of his London houses at Clarence House, Marlborough House and Lancaster House for a 12 day long eco garden party. 'A garden party to make a more »

Nissan LEAF now available in UK06.09.2010

UK car buyers can now take their place in motoring history by becoming the first in the country to secure an order for the world's first affordable, mass-produced, 100% electric vehicle, as the Nissan LEAF or more »

Industry predicts 3.2 million EVs by 201502.09.2010

According to Pike Research, automakers are on the verge of mass-marketing plug-in electric vehicles worldwide, including both plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) as well as battery electric vehicles (BEV more »

Lexus match mode to your mood01.09.2010

Lexus mark their debut in the small luxury car market with the CT 200h, a full hybrid that will be on sale from October this year. Lexus say that that have taken their full hybrid drive technology to a more »

August 2010 (Click to show items)

Govt contemplates bi-annual MOT test31.08.2010

The Department for Transport is looking into reducing the required frequency of MOT tests to fall in line with European laws, meaning that annual MOT tests would no longer be obligatory. Currently in th more »

POD Point allows faster charging at home25.08.2010

POD Point, the UK's fastest growing provider of public networked electric vehicle infrastructure, are excited to reveal details of their POD Point Home charge unit to be launched next month, which will allow more »

Peugeot to launch world??s first diesel hybrid24.08.2010

Peugeot will be the first manufacturer to release a diesel hybrid production vehicle – the 3008 Crossover with HYbrid4 technology. The 3008 is set to be the first model in Peugeot's range to benef more »

Mitsubishi revises i-MiEV pricing