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Electric vehicles: Not just for city slickers?

Electric vehicles, up to now mainly seen as a means for getting about in towns and cities, are being tested in Britain’s rural terrain. For the last two years, the Eco Travel Network (ETN) has been operating a ten-strong fleet of Renault Twizys in the Brecon Beacons in Wales. It has proved popular...

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Harley-Davidson sparks electric bike debate

The idea of an electric motorbike seems to run contrary to all stereotypes of ‘petrolhead’ bikers - but when Harley-Davidson get involved, that’s when ears might start to prick up. The iconic bike makers have unveiled Livewire - its first plug-in bike , and to say it has stirred something of a buzz...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 06/08/2014 - 08:45

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Electric vehicle openness is patently a good idea

In the cut-throat world of developing new technologies, securing intellectual property against rivals and ‘ patent trolls’ keeps inventors up at night - but in a move distinctly against this grain, electric car manufacturer Tesla has opened up its patent book for everyone else to use. While the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 25/06/2014 - 08:45

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Greener transport for London moves closer

Two wheels is always better than four when you’re talking about sustainable transport, but there are still barriers to be overcome for cycling to become the rule rather than the exception – not least in congested cities like London. The dangers posed to cyclists by high volumes of vehicles on roads...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 03/02/2014 - 08:45

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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

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Green bus technologies mean it’s not business as usual

News of eleven local authorities winning a share of £5million to upgrade some of the oldest, most polluting buses on routes in England is good to see. Cleaner engines, pumping out less CO 2 and pollutants will help towards both emissions targets and air quality. These are key quality of life issues...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 25/11/2013 - 08:45

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Deadlock on car carbon targets, but still hope

EU-wide car emissions are falling, putting the motoring industry solidly on track to hit a 2015 carbon target. A gradual evolution seems to be coming about from the factory to the road. But despite this progress, there is a bit of not so good news. A group within the EU led by Germany – but...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 08:45

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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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