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U.K. electric-car sales finally take off after long lag

U.K. electric-car sales finally take off after long lag

After years of low sales and tepid government support, U.K. plug-in electric car sales are taking off, five years after the first modern electric cars hit the road. Sales steadily increased during 2015, but really took off in the first quarter of this year. From January through March, a total of... read more

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Vauxhall Ampera

Younger Car Buyers In U.K. Want Electric Cars Far More Than Older

Electric cars represent a relatively small number of new-car sales today, but could a change in buyer demographics change that? Cars with plugs still seem fairly alien to... read more October 23, 2015 by


 
Nissan Leaf in Scotland

Scotland Launches New Electric-Car Incentive: Interest-Free Loans To Buy

Incentives to purchase zero-emission cars come in a wild variety of types, from California's rebates--essentially a four-figure check in the mail--to single-occupant access... read more August 31, 2015 by


 
Vauxhall Ampera

Electric Cars Could Slash UK Oil Imports 40 Percent In 15 Years: Study

With high fuel prices and island locations on the same warming planet as every other sovereign state, the United Kingdom could benefit enormously from electric cars. Plug-in... read more March 24, 2015 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

UK Auto Industry Backs Diesel After Parking Surcharge In London Neighborhood

Diesel cars have dominated Europe for decades, but recently a major backlash against them has started to brew. Politicians and advocacy groups in several European countries... read more March 12, 2015 by


 
Detroit Electric showroom adjacent to U.K. plant

Detroit Electric Opens Showroom Near Car Assembly Plant In England

The journey to rebirth for Detroit Electric has taken the historic electric-car brand far from its namesake city. Yet it seems the company, wearing the name of one of the... read more March 3, 2015 by


 
Diesel taxis in London (Image by Flickr user Lars Ploughmann, used under CC license)

UK Official Says Encouraging Diesel Cars To Lower Carbon Was 'Wrong'

For at least 20 years, diesel cars have been much more popular in Europe than in the United States. Because diesel combustion is more efficient than gasoline combustion, the... read more January 30, 2015 by


 
2014 Volkswagen XL1 (European model)

Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid Deliveries Begin In UK, And It Ain't Cheap...

We always knew the Volkswagen XL1 wouldn't be cheap. It's a limited-run, carbon-fiber bodied, plug-in hybrid, gull-winged low-slung eco supercar. None of that sounds cheap... read more July 1, 2014 by


 
Elon Musk plugs a Tesla Model S into a Supercharger (Image: deanslavnich on Twitter)

RHD Tesla Model S Electric Cars Delivered To First U.K. Buyers

Tesla Motors has some busy years ahead of it. There's the continued roll-out of the Model S in global markets, such as China and Europe. There are two new models on the... read more June 9, 2014 by


 
2014 BMW i3 in London

U.K. To Invest $850 Million By 2020 To Promote Electric Vehicles

Despite hefty incentives, electric vehicle sales have remained stagnant in the United Kingdom. While sales doubled in 2013 compared to 2012, matching the global trend, just... read more May 8, 2014 by


 
Lotus Safe & Sound noisemaker

Will Europe Too Write Rules To Make Quiet Electric Cars Noisier?

This one just isn't going to go away, is it? A member of the UK parliament is set to raise concerns that electric cars are "a new threat" to pedestrians due to their low... read more November 5, 2013 by


 
2012 Vauxhall Ampera

U.K. Plug-In Electric Car Incentives: Why Haven't They Worked?

Sales figures for plug-in cars in the U.S. crossed the 100,000 mark four months ago, but in the U.K., the government has announced that it will end plug-in car incentives... read more October 2, 2013 by


 
James May

Electric Erector-Set Motorcycle Laps Isle Of Man TT Course

Located in the Irish sea between Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man plays host to one of the racing world's most famous circuits--the Isle of Man TT course. Every... read more September 6, 2013 by


 
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.

U.K. Goal: Consign Gasoline, Diesel Cars 'To History' By 2050

UK government proposals could extend current tax benefits for electric cars to the end of the decade, with further plans for a full market of ultra-low emission vehicles by... read more September 4, 2013 by


 
Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid prototype in London, U.K.

Will 2040 See All Non-Hybrids Banned From British Roads?

The idea of banning internal combustion vehicles from city centers is nothing new, and similar schemes are expected to appear all over Europe over the next decade or so... read more August 13, 2013 by 5


 
Hyperdrive's retrofit range-extending engine for electric cars

Would You Retrofit A Range Extender To Your Electric Car?

Companies that convert regular gasoline cars to electric, or add a plug-in option to regular hybrids, are nothing new. The same can't be said for companies taking electric... read more August 6, 2013 by 65


 

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