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Mirai & Rasa hydrogen FCVs, reviews of the Nissan LEAF 30kWh, 2016 Toyota Prius, Lexus RC 300h coupé and Mahindra e2o! Plus an exclusive chat with Richard Candler about autonomous cars and a look at xStorage home batteries and much more!

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AutoVolt May-June 2016

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In the 12th issue of AutoVolt, we take a drive in the first production Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai. It’s a fascinating car not only in its own right but also in the question it ultimately poses; do we value the convenience of hydrogen cars or prefer battery electric cars that are more efficient? Similarly, we take a closer look at the Riversimple Rasa, a Welsh built innovative two-seat lightweight hydrogen car that could make us rethink hydrogen cars before they’ve even begun to be sold.

We have a first drive review of the new Mahindra e2o – a tiny electric city car that comes from a giant Indian car maker. Mahindra are best known in the UK for their efforts in Formula E, but does any of that racing expertise translate into a city car? We also have reviews of the larger batteried Nissan LEAF 30kWh, the 2016 Toyota Prius and sleek Lexus RC 300h coupé.

Electricity supply is often on the minds of those with an electrified vehicle and for our technology piece we take a look at something a bit closer to home. Home battery storage and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) are finally coming to the UK thanks to Nissan and Eaton who’ve developed the xStorage home battery, and Enel for V2G tech. They both have the potential to revolutionise our energy use and you could even end up being paid to plug your car in. All these features plus much more are available to read in our new issue, available at Readly, Magzter and MagCloud.

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News from the continually developing world of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Living the High Leaf – Long Term Update

One week into Leaf ownership and the car has already proved a more than useful tool. Of course, being accustomed the ways of an EV and familiar with charging helps but it doesn’t take anything away from the fact that electric cars just work.

So far, 136.3 miles into my time with the Leaf and my total expenditure on “fuel” has been a mere £1.35. Why? That’s because I’ve only charged the Leaf up once at home and that means it’s working out as roughly 1p/mile travelled. This impressive figure is, of course, only…

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Turning over a new Leaf – Long Term Update

Our Nissan Leaf long term test car has arrived, hurrah! The Leaf will be my daily driver over the next few months and I intend to fully capitalise on its electric efficiency. OY16XLO is a 30kWh Tekna, meaning it has the largest battery currently offered by Nissan and the highest level of equipment too – thank you Nissan! Official range is estimated at 155 miles (NEDC) but, as is true for all electric cars currently, true range is lower. The 100% fully charged Leaf shows 111 miles range currently and as weather conditions are favourable, this is likely to be about right and accurate. However, because OY16XLO isn’t a new…

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Mitsubishi Introduce £2,500 Finance Deposit Contribution Toward Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has introduced a £2,500[1] finance deposit contribution and 0% APR representative[2] on the market-leading Outlander PHEV. The offer is available on cars registered between the 21st June to 28th September 2016[3].

Toby Marshall, Sales and Marketing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said:

“With its state-of-the-art petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is at the forefront of a new generation of…

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Evolt Wins a Place on New Scottish Framework to Install EV Charge Points

Evolt, the electric vehicle (EV) charge point supplier, has been selected by the Energy Saving Trust Limited (EST) as one of the companies to provide EV charging solutions on a new Scotland-wide framework agreement.

The new framework includes the right to tender, be selected, or quote for the installation of rapid, commercial and domestic charging units on the mainland and in the Highlands and Islands. The announcement follows a full tender and is effective immediately to an initial expiry date of…

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Swedish Citizens Create Own Electric Car Charging Infrastructure

Every other Swede thinks shortage of charging points is a major obstacle to driving electric cars, according to a new survey. More than half of all Swedes are willing to offer up charging points in their homes. Just as many think politicians are not doing enough to reach the goal of fossil free cars by 2030. This is the reason to Renault’s new initiative Elbnb – a nationwide social marketplace where anyone can share their electricity and create change…

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Nissan Unveils Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicle System that Runs on Bio-Ethanol

Back in the 1960’s, future depictions of the world were forecast with cars running on jet power, water or assorted powerplants – anything but petrol or diesel engines. This type of forward thinking – and dreaming – has led to some amazing advances over time, but to date there has been little impact or change to our reliance on petrol and diesel engines. Electric cars are the latest alternative energy to oppose the fossil fuel regime and with them are coming innovative new ways of thinking once more…

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