Autovolt Magazine

Jonathan Musk

Editor and automotive writer for AutoVolt Magazine, Jonathan is in charge of content for both AutoVolt's monthly magazine and website. Jonathan brings with him an extensive knowledge of cars, from the dawn of motoring right up to the modern day. He has written two classic car books, is an electric vehicle enthusiast and has driven hundreds of classic and modern cars.

Kia Optima PHEV Filling up

Wk8. 1,000 miles, 93.1mpg

I have finally covered 1,000 miles in ‘Optima Prime’ (Kia Optima PHEV) and I’m impressed. Passing the milestone took a while to reach, partly because I have access to other cars and partly because my daily commute is only 12-miles. Coincidentally, the car had its first fuel fill since brand new too, which was an …

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Kia Optima PHEV

Wk4. Addicted to electric driving

Following the previous week’s petrol journeys I was keen this week to improve on fuel consumption. While in most non-plug-in cars (including other non-plug-in hybrids) this would necessitate driving like James May; throttling back at every opportunity and crawling along the road 50% slower than the speed limit, in the Optima PHEV this isn’t the …

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Kia Optima PHEV

Wk3. Electrifying sound

One of the many advantages of driving under electric power is enhanced sound. What I mean by this is that as a driver, I’m better able to hear my surroundings. While many still believe electric cars to be silent, the reality is their quieter drive mechanicals make it possible to hear tyres squealing, brakes squeezing …

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Kia Optima PHEV

Wk2. Economy versus weight

When talking economy, a car’s weight is important. The lighter the car, the less energy required to move it. Simple. And so, engineers take great efforts to reduce weight where they can. Of course, it’s always a battle with the accountants who will want to use cheaper and potentially heavier materials for a job than …

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Bluecity launch Hammersmith & Fulham

Bolloré’s Bluecity electric car sharing launched in Hammersmith & Fulham

A new electric car club, Bluecity, has launched today in Hammersmith & Fulham, London. Bluecity is a new arm in the global-reaching Bolloré empire and hopes to take London by storm. Following Bolloré’s winning tender for Source London in 2014, the company has been busy working hard with the various boroughs of London to accommodate …

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Wk1. Optima Prime arrives

I’ve always loved Transformers. Ever since I was a kid, there was an allure to anything that could perform more than one function. Swiss Army knives, the spork, collander helmets and the like were all satisfying ways to use an item for something else – even better if the designers had never conceived of this …

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Nissan Leaf OY16XLO at Source East charge point

Leafing Around

For those who’ve followed my driving of the Nissan Leaf 30kWh Tekna, OY16XLO, you’ll know that I’ve enjoyed the delights of driving electrically and more often than not, for free. It’s one of the great pleasures of electric vehicle ownership and provides a superior sense of freedom, which is otherwise lost as you watch the …

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