SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR: Demand for petrol in Asia may peak much earlier than expected as millions of people in China and India buy electric vehicles over the next decade, threatening wrenching change for the oil industry, oil and auto company executives warned. They said refiners should prepare for a future in which petrol, their biggest source … Continue reading China, India plans for electric cars threaten to cut petrol demand→
As part of the UK’s ambitions to become a leading hub for the development of electric vehicles (EVs), Britain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the UK government have announced plans for the establishment of the core UK hub for EV battery production and development. Joined by academics and business leaders for the announcement … Continue reading JLR and UK government announce national EV battery hub plans→
The Kangoo Z.E. is the all-electric, zero emissions version of Renault’s smallest van The Renault Kangoo ZE is the electric version of the Kangoo, Renault’s smallest van. Like the diesel version, it’s available in standard, Maxi and Maxi Crew body styles. In reality the only difference between the diesel and ZE (Zero Emissions) version is … Continue reading Renault Kangoo Z.E. 2017 review→
The cost of owning an electric car will fall to the same level as petrol-powered vehicles next year, according to bold new analysis from UBS which will send shockwaves through the automobile industry. Experts from the investment bank’s “evidence lab” made the prediction after tearing apart one of the current generation of electric cars to … Continue reading Electric vehicles to cost the same as conventional cars by 2018→
A new track can simultaneously charge two cars driving in opposite directions.
Forget about better batteries, what if you could just drive your EV forever? Qualcomm just showed off technology called dynamic electric vehicle charging (DEVC) that juices an EV via road-embedded wireless charging hardware while you’re driving. During the demonstration, two Renault Kangoo vehicles equipped with Qualcomm’s “Halo” DEVC receivers were charged simultaneously while moving down a 100 meter test track.
Based on Qualcomm’s wireless electric charging (WEVC) tech, the track can charge vehicles driving at highway speeds in both directions (both in forward and reverse) at 20 kW max. If it works, the tech could be used in a system that lets you call a car using a smartphone, get picked up where you are and be whisked to your destination autonomously (as shown in the animated video, below).
Qualcomm will now hand its DEVC charging system to Vedecom, which
“will evaluate the operation, safety and efficiency of energy transfer to the vehicles for a wide range of practical scenarios, including vehicle identification and authorization on entering the track, power level agreement between track and vehicle, speed and alignment of vehicle along the track.”
We’re all pretty clued-up about the benefits to zero-emission driving these days. Not only do electric cars help to improve air quality, lower your SMR costs and bring a reduction in BIK tax bills, they also deliver huge savings by not relying on fuel. According to many experts, we are now getting very close to … Continue reading Renault Zoe vs rivals – cost analysis→
UK-based Car Keys, a car shopping site focused on finding you a great deal on a new automobile, put out this rather amusing animated video that compared the range of 8 of the UK’s most popular electric cars.
Renault pioneered the development of electric vehicles in Europe, and leads the European electric vehicle market today. The vehicle batteries are rented to customers, and have been since release of Renault’s very first electric vehicle. In this way, Renault keeps full control over the whole battery lifecycle, which is advantageous not only to customers but … Continue reading Renault optimizes the lifecycle of its electric vehicle batteries→
News and comment on the Renault ZOE electric car – quiet, lively, and non-polluting for £300 per month including fuel.