Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles will travel nearly 6,000km across Europe to converge in Hamburg to celebrate the expanding network of refuelling stations. Thirteen vehicles starting in five countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Norway) will travel a combined 5,836km to reach the German city ahead of the Hydrogen for Clean Transport – H2ME Mid-Term Conference on 25th October. The journey will demonstrate the advantages of hydrogen mobility and motorway driving.
Motorists buying or leasing a new electric car – including pure EVs and plug-in hybrids – are invited to become part of the Electric Nation project. The Electric Nation project was officially launched on 14 September, at the UK’s leading low carbon vehicle event, LCV2016, at Millbrook Proving Ground. Electric Nation is trialling a smart charging solution between domestic charge points and the local electricity network to allow the numbers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK to increase, so avoiding the cost and disruption involved in upgrading local electricity infrastructure.
The Department for Transport needs a clear strategy to increase the use of ultra-low emission vehicles, reduce air pollution and deal with the VW cheat device scandal so that it can meet decarbonisation and air quality targets, the Environmental Audit Committee says in its report.
Electricity company Ecotricity is to introduce a £5 fee per use of its motorway electric vehicle charging network. The charge, which was introduced on Monday 11 July, is applied to all users that are not Ecotricity home electricity customers, according to Motoring Research.
76 per cent of UK motorists claim they would not opt for an electric vehicle – a vehicle that runs on electricity alone – because ‘long distance’ trips are not yet possible – according to research from LeasePlan UK – yet almost all (98 per cent) of drivers in Britain travel less than 100 miles each day, within the capability of most pure electric vehicles.
When the DS E-Tense high performance electric GT rolls into the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show it will be fitted with bespoke Michelin Pilot Super Sport concept tyres. Created by DS Automobiles, the car was unveiled in Paris on 26 February. The French luxury brand says the Michelin concept tyres reflect its stylistic vision, while enhancing the exhilarating driving sensations it offers.