AutoVolt May-Jun 2015 Cover

The new May-June AutoVolt includes the fascinating story of the Audi A2, its history and the parallels that may be drawn between it and the excellent BMW i3 electric car. Following this, we’ve interviewed Alex Calnan from Electric Blue. An electric taxi company with a big difference, Electric Blue aim to install a rapid charge network within our towns and cities.

We’ve been busy driving (economically) too and have tested two mild-hybrids, the Lexus IS 300h against the Mercedes C300 BlueTEC hybrid AMG Line. It’s a long title. We ask, which is the best? Kia’s first electric car, the Soul EV and Audi’s first plug-in hybrid are driven too and we discover there is more than meets the eye with both. We’ve also enjoyed a first drive in Volkswagen’s latest GT car and it’s a plug-in hybrid: the GTE.

In Formula E news, we’ve got a handy guide about the next tracks in the season and a handy team guide showing the different car liveries and their respective drivers. Click the button below to find out more about the current issue.

Feature articles list:

  • COVER STORY: BMW i3 & Audi A2
    We reflect on the evolution of the BMW i3 and its parallels with the Audi A2, a car ahead of its time.
  • INTERVIEW: Alex Calnan; Electric Blue
    Alex Calnan is director of Electric Blue, an electric taxi firm with a grand idea; to install rapid charge points in our towns and cities.
  • FEATURE: Corporate Hybrid Battle
    Mercedes and Lexus battle for a slice of the company car budget with their mild-hybrids.
  • FEATURE: Kia Soul EV
    Kia’s first electric car offers 132 miles of range and plenty of technology but what is it like?
  • FEATURE: Audi A3 e-tron
    Audi’s first plug-in hybrid offers a clever powertrain but is there anymore to it than that?
  • TECHNOLOGY: Headlamps
    We are all reliant on our headlamps to illuminate the path ahead. We look at the different types.
  • FIRST DRIVE: Volkswagen Golf GTE
    The sister car to Audi’s A3 e-tron, could this be a revolutionary plug-in hybrid?
  • BUYING GUIDE: Audi A2
    Following our cover story on page 18, we look at the ins and outs of buying a used Audi A2.
  • FORMULA E: The Final Chapter
    Despite starting in September 2014, Formula E has only just had its mid-season race in California. We look at the next races, locations and tracks plus provide a handy guide about the teams and drivers ahead of the Monaco ePrix.

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AutoVolt May-June 2015 Contents

The latest EV & hybrid news, plus handy guides explaining electric and hybrid vehicles to both the beginner and enthusiast alike complement every issue.

 

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