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General

What is AutoVolt?

Founded by Jonathan Musk (no relation to Elon) in 2013, AutoVolt was created to address the void of consumer magazines dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles, in the UK. What begun as niche quickly transformed to mainstream as the automotive industry embraces electrification.

Our regular columnist is the renowned and hugely talented writer, actor, and comic Robert Llewellyn and AutoVolt has enjoyed contributions from some of the UK’s more respected automotive journalists, including Tim Barnes-Clay, Maxine Ashford and Lem Bingley.

AutoVolt was present when the first foundations of Formula E were laid, and has consistently been ahead of the curve with recognising the importance of electric mobility. Focussing on electric cars (EVs), hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) ensures AutoVolt remains at the cutting edge of automotive development.

How frequent is AutoVolt?

AutoVolt magazine is produced once every two months (bimonthly). However, our website is updated much more regularly, so if you’re after the latest electric and hybrid on-goings, you should take a look at our news page.

How do I get AutoVolt magazine?

There are three ways to obtain AutoVolt.

First and least expensive is to subscribe digitally. This ensures you get the magazine as soon as it is published online and there are no trees cut down. Digital subscriptions are handled by Readly and Magzter

Second, AutoVolt is available in a traditional paper format via MagCloud‘s print-on-demand service.

Third, if you’re simply after finding out more about AutoVolt, you can view a few of our back issues on Issuu.

What are the core features in each AutoVolt magazine?

Included in every issue are sections as follows: Pictures, news, column, feature articles, reviews, long-term review, technology, buying guide, lifestyle gear, back pages, final thought.

Being a bi-monthly magazine, our world news section covers major stories from the last couple of months as well as bang up-to-date information. Robert Llewellyn is currently our regular columnist, who provides an often humorous view of the world.

Every issue contains several feature articles and reviews about the latest plug-in, electric or hybrid vehicles. These are accompanied by a technology piece that focusses on a specific piece of hardware, for example how solar panels work. Alongside regular reviews and group tests, we also have a long-term car update and a buying guide for a different electric/hybrid vehicle per magazine.

Toward the back of the issue, we include a lifestyle gear guide, which showcases several gadgets that can complement an electric car lifestyle – for example a solar powered battery charger for your mobile phone or the latest mobile phone compatible with in-car technology.

Finally, repeated in every issue are our famous back pages. These provide a helpful guide to what an electric or hybrid car is, how it works and its core components. This is followed by a glossary of terms commonly used in electrified vehicle speak. We finish each issue with a final thought, frequently answering a question asked by a reader.

Why is AutoVolt not free?

AutoVolt is not produced by a large publishing company or big team. The subscription or single issue fee you pay goes directly toward paying for new and exciting content, including articles by top automotive journalists and contributors like Robert Llewellyn. This helps maintain the high quality and consistency AutoVolt’s readers have come to expect.

Is there a newsletter I can subscribe to?

Yes we do! You can sign up to our newsletter using the short form at the bottom of this page (or every page of this website).

We never share your information and never bombard you with emails. Instead, we tend only to send out emails when there’s a new issue, new feature or we’re alerting you to a relevant automotive or technology event.

Is AutoVolt available in any other language than english?

AutoVolt is only available in English at present. If you’d like a translation into your own language, please contact us to let us know.

Can I get a back issue of AutoVolt?

Absolutely! All our past issues remain available onReadly, Magzter and MagCloud. You can purchase these direct from each distributor, simply follow the links at the bottom of the page.

You can view our first few issues on Issuu.

Please note; Readly subscriptions automatically provide access to the current and every back issue of AutoVolt.

Readly

What is Readly?

Readly was one of the first digital publishers to offer a flat rate fee of £7.99/month for access to every single magazine in their entire library. That means you have access to thousands of issues, both new and old, from some great titles – AutoVolt included.

Readly is fast to load and included in the £7.99/month fee, offers access for five devices and five people of your choice, meaning the whole family can enjoy the various different titles. This can be a huge monthly saving if everyone in your family already owns a tablet device and subscribes to a variety of magazines. Readly is our preferred distributor, as we feel it offers the best value for money and way to read AutoVolt.

Readly does not offer paper magazines.

How do I use Readly?

The simplest method is to download the free Readly App, which is available for all major platforms (Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop web viewer). We recommend a 10-inch tablet to best enjoy AutoVolt’s glossy pictures and ensure text is readable without too much zooming in.

Once you’ve registered with Readly, simply login to the App with your details and that’s all. You can search for AutoVolt by its title or category (Automotive). If you’d like to be informed of when the next issue is released, click the small star in the corner of the magazine cover to mark it as a favourite.

I can't find AutoVolt in the magazine list.

Readly is an international digital magazine distributor and as such it can be a bit of a minefield to find the titles you’re most interested in.

We’d suggest using the helpful filters that will eliminate titles you’re not interested in. If you cannot find AutoVolt, it’s likely because you’ve not chosen English language magazines or the Automotive category.

  1. To correct this, choose the small globe icon (Country and Language settings) and make sure English is chosen on the list.
  2. Additionally, make sure United Kingdom is selected in the country list.
  3. Click on Categories and go to the Automotive one. You should now see AutoVolt amongst the listing.

Alternatively, you should be able to find AutoVolt simply by clicking the magnifying glass icon and searching for it by title.

For specific Readly App problems, please see Readly’s FAQ using this link here.

Can I read AutoVolt without using an App?

Yes. Readly has a dedicated web browser platform that you can access here: https://go.readly.com/.

Magzter

What is Magzter?

Magzter is slightly more flexible than Readly in that you have several subscription options.

You can purchase a single digital issue of AutoVolt at the price listed on the magazine’s Magzter page. Alternatively, you can subscribe to AutoVolt magazine for one year. These prices are the least expensive option to read AutoVolt by itself.

Additionally, Magzter offers Magzter Gold, a similar service to Readly, where you pay £7.99/month for access to all their magazines. Magzter also offers Magzter Gold Lite, which gives access to five magazines of your choice, for £4.99/month.

Magzter does not offer paper magazines.

How do I use Magzter?

The simplest method is to download the free Magzter App, which is available for all most platforms (Apple iOS, Android, desktop web viewer). We recommend a 10-inch tablet to best enjoy AutoVolt’s glossy pictures and ensure text is readable without too much zooming in. Once you’ve registered with Magzter, simply login to the App with your details and that’s all.

If you’ve opted for a single issue or subscription to AutoVolt, these will appear in the  magazines you already own. For Apple users, these are retrievable in the Newsstand. If you’ve subscribed to AutoVolt, you’ll receive automatic notification about the next issue when it arrives.

Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to subscribe using Magzter Gold or Magzter Gold Lite, you can search for AutoVolt or browse by category to find it. You can favourite AutoVolt to be certain not to miss the next issue, or alternatively signup to our newsletter in the footer of this webpage.

I can't find AutoVolt in the list.

Magzter is an international digital magazine distributor and as such it can be a bit of a minefield to find the titles you’re most interested in.

We’d suggest using the helpful filters that will eliminate titles you’re not interested in. If you cannot find AutoVolt, it’s likely because you’ve not chosen English language magazines or the Automotive category. If you’ve subscribed to AutoVolt or bought a single issue, try the following:

  1. Login to Magzter or the App and navigate to My Subscriptions (if you’ve purchased a subscription) or My Single Issues (if you’ve only bought a single issue). AutoVolt should show up in the list.
  2. Alternatively, You can find AutoVolt by searching for it by title in the search box.
  3. If you’ve favourited AutoVolt before, you should be able to see it amongst your favourites in My Favourites.

For specific Magzter App problems, please see Magzter’s FAQ using this link here.

MagCloud

What is MagCloud?

AutoVolt uses MagCloud’s services to offer a print-on-demand physical paper edition of AutoVolt, delivered direct to your door. With MagCloud purchases, you also get a complimentary digital issue of the magazine so you can enjoy it in digital and paper format for no additional cost.

MagCloud is an American company, owned by Blurb. Unfortunately, this means their pricing is in dollars but even after exchange rate conversion and shipping, it is still cheaper and of higher quality than competing European services.

Can I subscibe to MagCloud paper editions?

Unfortunately, no. MagCloud currently does not offer a means to subscribe to paper magazines sold via their online store. Instead, you can opt to be notified when the next issue becomes available and place an order on a per-issue basis.

We’re currently in talks with WH Smith to get AutoVolt onto their newsstand, so watch this space!

Why are prices in dollars?

MagCloud is an American service that AutoVolt started using all the way back when the first issue was launched. Because of this, prices are in dollars and paper issues are printed then despatched from America. However, even after taking the exchange rate into account, the price including delivery works out as cheaper than similar services offered by European printing companies.

In 2015 Blurb bought MagCloud and introduced a European based print service under the parent company name. Unfortunately, they remain more expensive and print at a lower quality than their American counterpart, so for now we’ve stuck with MagCloud.

How long does it take to get my order?

MagCloud paper magazines are printed in and shipped from America. Generally it takes two weeks from the time your order is placed, the magazine is printed in America and delivered to you in the UK – if you’ve chosen Royal Mail. If you’ve paid for faster delivery methods, your order should be with you in a week.

I don't live in the UK, can I still get the print issue?

Yes. MagCloud ships internationally but please be aware shipping costs will vary depending on the destination.

Other

How do I cancel my subscription?

For Readly: To cancel your subscription, please follow the instructions at this link.

For Magzter: Because Magzter offers a variety of subscription options, please see answers 23-26 in their FAQ here.

How do I unsubscribe from the newsletter?

At the bottom of each newsletter we send, there is an unsubscribe link. Simply click this link and follow the steps. If you don’t have an email link to click, you can either wait for the next newsletter to arrive and click the unsubscribe link then, or please feel free to contact us.

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AutoVolt is the UK's leading consumer magazine dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles. We cover electric cars, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell vehicles and much more.