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Speeding up future road technology

The Future Technology Centre in Sunderland is ready for business - and it already has nearly a full complement of companies signed up before opening its doors. The centre is all about making the technological breakthroughs that will drive sustainable transport , and robustly testing them in...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 16/07/2014 - 08:45

16/07/2014

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Charged up about EVs in the UK

There are many new and exciting developments in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). Perhaps it’s due to the nature of being an emerging technology looking to cement breakthroughs into the mainstream. Firstly, the UK’s Highways Agency is reported to be soon start trial charging for electric cars...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 28/04/2014 - 08:45

28/04/2014

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Can fun theory change the way we tackle energy use?

Whether it’s common sense or just plain instinct, we are more likely to do something if we consider it fun: this risk/reward strategy is the stimulus we need to do things we’d sooner rather avoid. Can it be applied to anything though? It certainly seems doubtful, but maybe not quite as unrealistic...

Submitted by Michael Morrison on Tue, 14/01/2014 - 08:45

14/01/2014

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The electric car – from a trailblazer to today

1966. A pertinent year, and especially high in the nation’s minds with the draw for next year’s World Cup just complete. But it was not just a year of dubious goals and ultimate glory; it was also a key year for the electric car. The Enfield 8000, a fully electric vehicle, made its first appearance...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 20/12/2013 - 08:45

20/12/2013

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Leafy learners: driving tuition goes electric

Stoke-on-Trent driving instructor Paul Tomlin recently made the pages of the motoring trade press as the owner of the UK’s first fully-electric driving school car, a Nissan LEAF. Now it’s going so well he’s planning to bring another five LEAFs into his electric fleet. We checked in with Paul to get...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 04/10/2013 - 08:45

04/10/2013

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Leafs on the ground

The Government understandably went to Sunderland recently, seeking a bit of economic cheer. Nissan are putting a lot of money into their factory there, with record numbers of vehicles rolling off the production line - including, significantly, the new, full-electric Leaf . Other electric cars are...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 26/04/2013 - 08:30

26/04/2013

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The car in front is (getting more likely to be) electric

When it comes to making big changes to how we do the everyday things, this can take time. This is typified by electric cars, which have been making a steady rather than speedy incursion onto our roads en-masse. The announcement of further Department for Transport support for the electric charging...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 25/02/2013 - 08:30

25/02/2013

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