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The long ranger: Renault Zoe 40 review

The long ranger: Renault Zoe 40 review

by Lem Bingley Renault Zoe ZE 40 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Good: Great battery range, good looks, enjoyable to driveBad: Fairly basic interior, battery purchase is expensivePrice: from £17,845 plus battery rental, after the Plug-in Car Grant Four years after it first arrived, the Renault Zoe electric car still looks like a remarkably fresh design. Partly that’s down to its appealing mix of full curves, crisp creases and cute details, and partly it’s because there aren’t that many of them about. There are only about four thousand Zoes in the whole of the UK, and it’s hard to get tired of something you hardly ever see. Read more »Read entire story

The State of Electric Vehicles: Is It Time to Buy?

The State of Electric Vehicles: Is It Time to Buy?

Tesla launched its Roadster a few years earlier, but for all intents and purposes, the United States’ age of electric vehicles (EVs) began with the Nissan Leaf in 2011. The market for electric vehicles has come a long way in 10 years, and now shoppers can buy an EV from any number of companies, from the Kia Soul EV to the BMW i3, and from a Tesla Model X to the Chevrolet Bolt. Priced in the low $30,000-range, the 2011 Leaf offered all-electric range to the masses. But although the Leaf is currently the world’s best-selling, fully capable EV with over 250,000 global…Read entire story

Faraday Future FF 91 lands like a UFO on Tesla’s lawn

Faraday Future FF 91 lands like a UFO on Tesla’s lawn

by Lem Bingley Today saw the debut of an upcoming contender in the luxury electric car market, the Faraday Future FF 91. The company behind the new EV is a US-based, Chinese-backed startup and it has clearly taken aim at the kind of wealthy, techie types who have proven so keen on Teslas to date. And like a Model S or X it is a big, wide, heavy car with a huge battery and extreme performance. Read more »Read entire story

Inside Formula E: chief executive Alejandro Agag interviewed

Inside Formula E: chief executive Alejandro Agag interviewed

by Lem Bingley GreenMotor recently spoke to Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Formula E, the increasingly popular electric car racing championship. Read more »Read entire story

Tired of Gas? Find Relief with These Alternative Fuels

Tired of Gas? Find Relief with These Alternative Fuels

Gas may be cheap these days, but untethering from the local Citgo is still an attractive idea. For many, electricity is the obvious choice when opting out of gas cars. Tesla continues to be the dominant and popular choice in this realm, although Chevrolet is preparing to launch the all-electric Bolt (and its 200-mile range) before the end of 2016, and the Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, and Ford Focus Electric, among others, are currently available at more reasonable prices than the higher-end Tesla cars. Electricity has plenty of appeal: It’s relatively cheap and clean and incredibly accessible. That said, electricity isn’t the only alternative fuel out there. Hydrogen has been making small inroads, particularly in California, and ethanol continues to creep …Read entire story

Nosing ahead: Hyundai Ioniq Electric reviewed

Nosing ahead: Hyundai Ioniq Electric reviewed

by Lem Bingley Hyundai Ioniq EV Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Good: 100-mile-plus range, tidy handling, rapid charging support Bad: small boot, questionable styling Price: from £24,495 including grant Hyundai’s new Ioniq is destined to be offered in three varieties: electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The first two go on sale in the UK this month while the plug-in edition is not due until spring next year. Read more »Read entire story

Should Gas Engines Be Banned?

Should Gas Engines Be Banned?

That headline might have served as a teaser to get people to click just a few short years ago. In today’s world, though, technology advances at the speed of light, and a ban on internal combustion engines is a very real possibility. Granted, it won’t happen overnight, and any such ban would be phased in over many years, but the wheels could already be in motion thanks to the speed at which electric vehicles are being developed. For proof, all we have to do is look across the Atlantic toward the homeland of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz. Yes, Germany may become the…Read entire story

German Government Pushes For An End To Internal Combustion Engines After 2030

German Government Pushes For An End To Internal Combustion Engines After 2030

Germany’s Bundesrat, the legislative body of the federal states in the country, passed a resolution in a recent meeting calling upon the European Union to ban anything but zero-emissions vehicles on EU roads within the next 14 years. It has no legislative effect on its own, but hey, it’s what Germany wants.Read more…Read entire story

Inside Formula E: Renault e.Dams’ Vincent Gaillardot interviewed

Inside Formula E: Renault e.Dams’ Vincent Gaillardot interviewed

by Lem Bingley The third season of Formula E electric racing kicks off in October. The Renault e.Dams team, which seized the championship title in both the first and second season, will be keen to complete its hat trick with another convincing win. GreenMotor recently grabbed some time with Vincent Gaillardot, project leader at Renault e.Dams, to find out how preparations are shaping up. GreenMotor: What did you do before Formula E? Vincent Gaillardot: I was in Formula 1 from 1989, where I worked on engine development for quite a long time. I did work on the chassis side as well, and then electrical and electronic work for F1, so when Formula E came on the table…Read entire story

Inside Formula E: Mahindra Racing’s Vinit Patel interviewed

Inside Formula E: Mahindra Racing’s Vinit Patel interviewed

by Lem Bingley The third season of Formula E, the increasingly popular electric racing series, is due to begin in October. The teams recently tested their latest cars at Donington in the UK, ahead of the opening round in Hong Kong. Vinit Patel, chief engineer at Formula E team Mahindra Racing, kindly took a few minutes out from testing duties to talk to GreenMotor. Here’s what we discussed… GM: What did you do before Formula E? VP: I began my career as a race engineer in F3, worked in A1GP and then moved into Formula 1 with Pirelli as a tyre engineer, working with Williams and Red Bull Racing. When Formula E came up I was intrigued by the technology. In F1 …Read entire story

High-tech low-tech: Morgan designer Jon Wells on the electric EV3

High-tech low-tech: Morgan designer Jon Wells on the electric EV3

by Lem Bingley “Everything’s old and new here,” says Jon Wells, head of design at the Morgan Motor Company. As if to prove his point, we pass a modern 3D printer nestling in the same workshop as a gigantic curved wooden vice that looks as if it fell off the ark. Read more »Read entire story

Blade runner: Nissan’s quirky electric sports car takes to the road

Blade runner: Nissan’s quirky electric sports car takes to the road

by Lem Bingley Nissan has been dreaming up quirky electric concept cars for some time. Is it finally about to turn one into a product? That’s the question begged by the latest Nissan BladeGlider, described as a “working prototype” and clearly drivable. At least two functioning examples have been built by Nissan with help from Formula 1 offshoot Williams Advanced Engineering. One is being used to zip VIPs around at the Rio Olympic Games. The new car has an unusual triangular theme, narrower at the front than at the rear, and with three seats in an arrowhead formation. There’s no roof though there are rollover hoops and bars…Read entire story

Gearing up to deliver Morgan’s EV3

Gearing up to deliver Morgan’s EV3

by Lem Bingley Fans of Morgan’s eccentric approach to cars who also happen to like the notion of electric propulsion don’t have long to wait. The upcoming EV3, Morgan’s battery powered edition of its open-topped 3 Wheeler, should be ready to go on sale in October. Or maybe November. Read more »Read entire story