To say there’s a lot happening in the low carbon vehicle industry at the moment would be a huge understatement, as was proven by the range of organisations present at the Cenex LCV2014 preview day.
We’ve been driving a Vauxhall Ampera Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) for four weeks. Now that it’s gone, what do we miss about it? And could we live with one for a longer period of time?
There’s much talk about green cars, but less coverage of green vans, so if you do want a van with good fuel economy, what’s choice do you have?
We’ve already established that the most efficient cars, rather than the most powerful cars, set the fastest lap times at this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, so which were the most efficient cars at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed?
You may wonder what the ‘green’ link is with an event such as the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, where the main action is cars racing on a circuit, but if you look at the results of the Supercar class, you’ll see that lightweight efficiency is the winning recipe.
Most Electric Vehicles can charge at home, but to get full value the ability to charge away from home is essential. The networks are there and growing rapidly – however networks (plural) is where it becomes a little less straight forward.
Our Vauxhall Ampera has shown that it can return over 100mpg, and that it also works on motorways – so how much does it cost to run, and do the overall financials make economic sense?
It’s week two with our Vauxhall Ampera and we’ve spent much time on motorways, and the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle has proven to be quiet, comfortable and stable.
We’ve already driven the Vauxhall Ampera on many occasions, but when Vauxhall offered us one for four weeks, we were keen to see how an extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV) could fit in our life…
We’ve experienced the BMW i3 at its launch, but what’s it like to live with? And how did our guest road tester cope with driving the i3 from Manchester to London?