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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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Two Veteran Electric Cars to be Auctioned

As readers of AutoVolt will know, electric cars are nothing new despite popular opinion to the contrary. They do, in fact, pre-date petrol cars although you’d be forgiven for thinking the contrary. Early examples of electric cars are extremely rare for a number of reasons. First, there weren’t too many produced as none were what you might call mass-produced, at least in comparison to modern standards and even Ford’s infamous Model T that kicked off vehicle mass production. However, for your chance to own a perfectly usable piece of history, Historics at Brooklands has just the ticket, two electric cars dating 1906 and 1907. Of course, the dates make both cars sadly inelegible for the world’s oldest road race, the London to Brighton, which severely affects the price of this historic pair. Estimates are for little more than a top-spec Nissan LEAF, making this veteran pair a relative bargain. Compared to veteran petrol cars, this electric duo offer silent running, instant power and practical usability not often associated with the oft broken down veteran. Engines of the day were often crude, unrefined and dirty, not to mention difficult to drive with crash gears and heavy lever operations. Electric cars of the day were in fact the preferred choice for New York socialites and only lost out to the petrol engine thanks to improvements in roads and the inexpense of petrol and the convenience of refuelling times. Here’s the auction blurb… The USA-built centegenarian duo – an elegantly-named 1906 Pope Waverley Victoria Phaeton and 1907 Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout – come to sale at Historics major summer auction at... read more

Victory Returns to the TT Zero

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…

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Volvo Electrifies its Future Small Cars

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…

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Electric Taxis Increase 66 per cent in Europe

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…

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EV Specialists Join Forces to Encourage Uptake of Electric Cars

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…

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BMW i Title Sponsor for Berlin ePrix, Round Eight of #FormulaE

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…

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