Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are seen as a major element in car makers’ need to bring down fleet CO2 emissions. So, you might be surprised to hear that sales of such vehicles were down by around 20% last year compared with 2018.[Read more…] about Will 2020 be the Year of the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Car?
Almost 33,000 pure electric cars were sold between January and December 2019. That doesn’t sound like much, but it’s an increase of 136% on the same period in 2018, and the number of battery cars – pure electric, plug-in hybrid and full hybrid alike – looks set to continue the rapid rise.
That’s especially so if the government’s intention to have every new car offering plug-in electric running by 2040 is to be realised. While this would be an environmental win on most counts, there is an often-overlooked ecological burden associated with electric cars: the batteries. What do we do with them when they reach the point that they need to be re-used or recycled?[Read more…] about Used Electric Car Batteries: What happens to them and can they be recycled?
MINI’s JCW (that’s John Cooper Works) name is older than you might think. Its heritage stretches back to John Cooper, the British racing driver and engineer who not only pioneered the rear-engined layout in single-seat racers, but also figured out that the Issigonis-designed BMC Mini would make a rather good race and rally car. A point that went on to be proved most famously by Paddy Hopkirk’s fabled win in the 1964 Monte Carlo rally.[Read more…] about Half Price Hot Hatch: MINI Cooper S JCW
How green a car is – used or new – isn’t just about its tailpipe emissions. No car demonstrates this better than the BMW i3, which could just be the greenest used car you can buy.[Read more…] about Why the BMW i3 could be the Greenest Used Car of All
The current Volkswagen Golf R is a legend in its own lifetime. Many previous versions of fast, four-wheel-drive Golfs might have had seemingly more exotic V6 motors, but it’s the 2014, Mk7 generation with its 296bhp, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that really proved how spectacular the hottest Golf could be.[Read more…] about Half Price Hot Hatch: Volkswagen Golf R Mk7