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Finnish electric scheme

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Nick Gibbs, 17 June 2008 10:30

An organisation in Finland is looking to make an electric car out of the greenest vehicle on the road: yours. Working on the basis that the most environmentally acceptable car is the one that’s already been built, the Electric Car Now! initiative plans to electrify used cars by replacing the internal combustion engine with a lithium ion battery and electric ...

Mercedes F700 concept (2008) CAR review

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Andrew Noakes, 16 June 2008 17:16

Advanced engineering wrapped in ‘aquatic’ styling made the Mercedes F700 concept car one of the stars of the Frankfurt motor show in September 2007, and CAR has been itching to put its technologies to the test ever since. Flip-over, cork-faced seats and a navigation system run by a virtual assistant called Gloria are novel enough, but we’re really here to ...

Lotus plans to be greenest car maker

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Tim Pollard, 04 June 2008 10:44

Lotus will find out this month if its bid to become Britain’s cleanest car maker has been successful. Lotus and green fuel specialist Ecotricity plan to erect three wind turbines to supply all the company’s electricity needs – and make it the UK’s first electric carbon-neutral car factory. Any excess power created by the 60m diameter wind turbines will be ...

Honda confirms hybrid electric car plans

Rated 2.5 out of 52.5

Tim Pollard, 21 May 2008 09:05

Honda CEO Takeo Fukui today confirmed Honda's plans to build an expanded range of hybrid petrol-electric cars, including a new affordable model and a sports coupe based on the CR-Z concept. It's a signal that Honda won't let Toyota rule the hybrid market with its Prius and planned spin-offs; Fukui said he planned to build a half a million petrol-electric ...

TfL: 'We won't launch £25 C-charge'

Rated 4.5 out of 54.5

Ben Pulman, 14 May 2008 17:04

The £25 London congestion charge for gas guzzlers is likely to be scrapped within the next few weeks, CAR Online has learned. A spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) said it ‘wasn’t expecting to implement’ previous mayor Ken Livingstone’s proposed increases planned from 27 October 2008. That means the judicial review filed against TfL and the London mayor could also ...

Nissan plans electric car family

Rated 3 out of 53

Tim Pollard, 02 May 2008 10:41

Nissan is only two years away from launching its first electric car – and there will soon be a full family of battery-powered models, boss Carlos Ghosn revealed today. Forget milk floats or crazy concepts like the Pivo 2 (pictured far right) – he vowed the cars will be desirable and stand alone as real cars that are as practical ...

Porsche contests TfL CO2 claims

Rated 5 out of 55

Stephen Dobie, 10 April 2008 16:51

Transport for London has been quick to deny reports that the new £25 congestion charge will actually increase CO2 emissions. Porsche had unearthed a report for the Mayor and TfL that showed a projected 182,000 tonne increase in CO2 in Greater London as a result of extra miles driven outside of the c-charge zone because of the increased toll. The ...

Going green saves fleets £3bn

Rated 3 out of 53

Stephen Dobie, 09 April 2008 12:13

Switching company cars to greener, 120g/km CO2 emitting alternatives could save the UK and its businesses a mighty £3 billion each year, new research shows. The Energy Savings Trust has calculated the figure as part of a drive to encourage people into cleaner fleet cars.Company cars account for over half of new car sales in the UK, and less than ...

Porsche officially challenges London mayor and TfL

Rated 4 out of 54

Ben Pulman, 03 April 2008 10:14

Porsche has officially filed a judicial review challenge against the London congestion charge increase. It follows TfL and the London mayor’s rejection of Porsche’s request for changes to the proposed £25-a-day charge. London mayor Ken Livingstone and TfL will now have 21 days to acknowledge the filing and a further 35 days to ready their defence. A judge will then decide ...

Mitsubishi's iFamily

Rated 3.5 out of 53.5

Liz Turner, 20 March 2008 21:09

The mission of Mitsubishi’s iFamily is to find out whether city-dwelling American and European buyers want a small, cute (and we’d guess cheap) car – and whether they want an electric model. The 'i' has been on sale in Japan since 2006 and in 2009 it will be joined by the i MiEV (Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle) powered by a ...

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