Why we need to change CO2 test urgently – Mercedes S Class Hybrid

I am today beside myself to see the Co2 Figs on the new Mercedes S Class Hybrid. This car has a 300+ BHP petrol V6 engine AND hybrid electric plug in drive.     Can you guess the real world C02 on this car? Probably north of 130g/km ? I am not sure but the advertised 75g/km just shows how wrong the test for C02 is now.     As I understand it the test is over a 400 second  cycle ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_European_Driving_Cycle )  theoretically 7 km.     So even the paltry 18 mile electric only range will have a dramatic effect on this car . Something needs to be done about this – this car would qualify for FOC congestion charge. Boris you need will be seeing a lot of these driving into town usng mostly the petrol motor!!!     Did I miss…

'My Electric Avenue' features on Fully Charged show

Robert Llewellyn has produced a film about My Electric Avenue, the Electric Car trial project, as part of his Fully Charged online show series.   The TV presenter, who played Kryten in Red Dwarf and fronted Scrapheap Challenge, has always had an interest in science and technology, and has become an EV advocate over recent years. Robert drives an electric vehicle himself and is involved in increasing amounts of communication about EVs. When he heard about My Electric Avenue he thought the project would be an ideal subject matter for an episode of Fully Charged.   The film was produced at a recent My Electric Avenue test drive event at Drayson Racing Technologies in Oxfordshire. Drayson Racing Technologies is looking to become one of the first workplace charging clusters to be formed as part of the My Electric Avenue project.     If you…

BMW to unveil sub-90g/km plug-in X5 concept

BMW is to unveil its Concept5 X5 eDrive at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, combining XDrive all-wheel drive with plug-in hybrid technology to present ‘the logical next step towards landmark efficiency in the SAV segment’.   The concept, which follows the BMW Concept Active Tourer unveiled in 2012 , uses a four-cylinder petrol featuring TwinPower Turbo technology and teamed up with an inhouse 95hp motor and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery.   The result is a hybrid version of the new X5 that offers speeds up to 75mph, a maximum range of 19 miles on electric power alone and average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 74.3mpg. Meanwhile CO2 emissions are under 90g/km and 0-62mph time is under 7 seconds.   There is a choice of three driving modes: an intelligent hybrid drive option said to strike a balance between sportiness and efficiency…

EST Demonstrates EV Technology in Scotland

Whether you’re a large business with a whole fleet of vehicles or a small business with just one or two company cars, it’s worth finding out more about electric vehicles (EVs), says the Energy Saving Trust (EST).   With the rising price of fuel and uncertainty in the economy, EST suggests it has never been more important to take action to reduce your organisation’s fuel costs.   It says that EVs can help you do just that, with a cost as low as 2p per mile. And with increasing emphasis put on corporate and social responsibility, businesses are finding they can stand out from the crowd by demonstrating their environmental credentials to a range of stakeholders.   EST is holding free morning events in five locations across Scotland for Scottish businesses who want to:   • learn about the business benefits of EVs •…

EV charging points installed in London Underground Car Parks

UK Power Networks has recently completed the installation of 60 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging posts at 12 London Underground (LU) car parks across the capital.   The charging posts have the capacity to charge two vehicles simultaneously, can provide charging at either fast (7kw) or rapid (22kw) rates, and are accessible through the Source London charging network.   The new charging points have been installed to help make car travel in London greener and will enable London’s power distributor to plan for the future impact which large clusters of rapid charging points will have on the capital’s electricity network.   Funding has been provided through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ Plugged in Places Scheme and through UK Power Network Services.   The installation of the charging points, manufactured by Siemens, will allow EV drivers to connect conveniently with public transport on the Metropolitan,…

Renault-Nissan marks 100,000th EV

          The Renault-Nissan Alliance claims to have sold its 100,000th zero-emission car.   Electric cars from Renault and Nissan have driven approximately 841 million zero-emission kilometres − enough to circle the earth more than 20,000 times. Together, they represent 53 million litres of oil saved and 124 million kg of CO2 that have not been emitted.   “The age of the mainstream zero-emission vehicle is here,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “We expect demand to keep growing as the charging infrastructure develops – and we remain 100% committed to zero-emission technology for the long term.”   Renault-Nissan has sold more zero-emission cars than all other major automakers combined.   The very first EV from the Alliance is a Nissan LEAF owned by engineer Olivier Chalouhi in California’s Silicon Valley. He bought the Leaf when it debuted in…

Gov't to fund hundreds of new EV chargepoints

Hospitals, stations and streets across the UK will see a wave of new chargepoints for electric cars, thanks to Government funding.   In February the Government announced an extra £37m to offset the cost of installing infrastructure for recharging electric vehicles.   Business minister Michael Fallon and transport minister Norman Baker announced the winning bids for the first round of this funding.   Money will be made available to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts and train operators to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets.   Bids are also invited from train operators, local authorities and the wider public sector for the second round of funding. The closing date for bids to be submitted is the 30 October 2013.   This announcement comes hot on the heels of an extra £500m being committed to drive forward the market for…

Electric car trial project races ahead

My Electric Avenue has charged into life, with support from Drayson Racing Technologies and other local businesses at the company’s base in Oxfordshire. Drayson Racing Technologies is looking seriously at becoming one of the first workplace charging clusters to be formed as part of the ‘My Electric Avenue’ project.   My Electric Avenue is seeking ten ‘clusters’, each with a minimum of ten neighbours, to drive an electric vehicle (EV) for 18 months to examine the impact of charging a group of EVs on the local electricity network.   The project, which is the first of its kind in the UK, is being led and delivered by EA Technology, and is receiving backing from Ofgem through the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund, which supports projects sponsored by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to explore new technology, operating and commercial arrangements.   A Nissan electric vehicle…

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