Mercedes-c-class Plug-in available to order now

Mercedes-Benz introduces their new-generation plug-in electric car, the C-Class C350e. Official performance figures claim 0-62mph time of 5.9sec for the saloon and 6.2sec for the estate, with top speed of 155mph and 153mph respectively. The driver can choose between five different driving modes: Economy, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. On top of this, there are four operating modes: Hybrid, E-mode, E-save and Charge. Each mode varies the energy recuperation, coasting and gearbox characteristics, with E-mode allowing the C350 Plug-in Hybrid to run in electric mode for a claimed distance of up to 19.3 miles on a fully charged battery. This extended electric range translates to headlining combined consumption of 134.5mpg for both the saloon and estate on the controversial European test procedure, providing the C350 Plug-in Hybrid with respective CO2 figures of just 48g/km and 49g/km. Mercedes claims a recharge time of between…

BMW reveal new plug-in hybrid model

BMW has launched the X5 xDrive40e – the first plug-in hybrid production car from the manufacturer’s core brand. Its combustion engine and the electric motor, which together generate a total system output of 313hp, provide combined fuel economy of up to 85.6mpg and a combined electricity consumption of 15.3kWh. CO2 emissions are 77g/km. Short journeys in urban areas can be completed on electric power alone, while in all-electric drive mode, the vehicle is capable of a top speed of an electroncially-limited 75mph. The X5 xDrive40e goes on sale autumn 2015. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Dozens of motorists drive electric at A2Dominion launch event

Local stakeholders and residents turned up in their dozens to test drive electric cars at A2Dominion’s launch event of its Partnership with Fleetdrive Electric to accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles at the UK’s first ever eco-town in NW Bicester. A2Dominion has teamed up with Fleetdrive Electric, the UK’s leading ultra-low emission vehicle leasing company, as part of its plans to encourage residents to adopt sustainable transport choices at the exciting NW Bicester eco-town development. Over 80 test drives were taken on the day in vehicles including the Tesla Model S, BMW i8 and i3, Audi e-tron, VW E-Up, E-Golf, Mitsubishi Outlander Phev and Nissan Leaf. Commenting on the event, Strategic Partnership Manager Louise Caves, said: “Together with Fleetdrive, we have shaped a range of initiatives to demonstrate the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles to future residents and give them the opportunity to…

Renault ZOE range extends to 149 miles

Renault is to add a second model to the ZOE line-up later this year, featuring a new drivetrain offering a best-in-class range of 149 miles. The ZOE R240 will be sold alongside the existing model, recognising that there are two distinct user groups for its electric supermini. This new version is tailored for those who don’t need rapid charging ability for motorway trips. It uses a new drivetrain, previewed late last year, which features air cooling and improved packaging to reduce overall volume. The all-new motor produces the same power, yet consumes less energy as a result of improved electronic management, contributing to the longer range. Charging is optimised for urban drivers. Its new Chameleon charging system means it takes 10% less time to charge when connected to low output power supplies such as a domestic or workplace wallbox, improving flexibility when using inner-city…