AutoVolt May-June 2016
The UK’s only dedicated electric and hybrid vehicle magazine
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.
Victory Motorcycles is returning with the Victory Racing team to compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero race with an all-new electric race bike called the Victory RR. The Victory RR electric motorcycle has been developed over the past year using data gathered during last year’s TT Zero and will be ridden by William Dunlop.
This means Victory Racing is fielding entries in two of the world’s most gruelling road races – Pikes Peak in the USA and the Isle of Man TT in Europe…read more
We’re big fans of Volvo here at AutoVolt and with good reason. The Swedish company has always produced innovative products that offer a slightly unconventional approach to the norm and lately their design has come along leaps and bounds. They’re a company that brought us the – admitedly thirsty – V60 Plug-in Hybrid diesel and they’ve since released the exceptional XC90 T8 Twin-Engine and are soon to launch their big flagship cars too, the S90 and V90 – both with T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid…read more
The UK was Nissan’s biggest market for worldwide electric taxi sales in the previous financial year, with 78 of the company’s zero-emission models (LEAF and e-NV200) delivered to taxi firms around the country including C&C Taxis and Premier Cabs in Blackpool.
Europe has proved to be the continent most willing to make the switch to all-electric taxis, with 48% of global sales in 2015. Worldwide, electric taxi sales have increased 34% whereas in Europe sales have increased 66% from 426 to 709…read more
Award-winning electric vehicle charging company, Elm EV, has partnered with electric vehicle consultancy Zero Carbon Futures, to promote the mass uptake of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the UK.
EV Works is a partnership between Elm EV and Zero Carbon Futures and aims to support organisations and businesses to roll-out large-scale electric vehicle uptake and charging networks across multiple sites…read more
Today, BMW has three plug-in hybrid cars and another with the BMW i sub-brand, the i8. They also have the all-electric i3 but there are lots more in the works, including the BMW 7-Series iPerformance plug-in hybrid.
In celebration of these cars, the company’s support of Formula E and the forthcoming race in Germany, BMWi is proud to sponsor the Berlin ePrix in round eight of the 2015/16 Formula E calendar, on 21st May 2016…read more