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It’s a typical Tesla move that has really got everyone talking. Photos of the interior of the new updated versions of the Model S and Model X show a radically redesigned dashboard; at its centre, a different large central LCD screen mounted with a landscape orientation rather than in portrait mode. But the feature that […]

How green is your EV?

I don’t really feel too comfortable about disagreeing with a colleague at Diesel Car and Eco Car, but The Editor encourages diversity of thought amongst his contributors. So there’s no threat of me “losing the whip” if I beg to differ with Bright Spark David Wilkins regarding his recent thoughts about how clean EVs are, […]

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In November last year, BMW announced it was moving production of its mighty eight and twelve cylinder engines from Germany to its plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham. On the face of it, that looks like a big vote of confidence in the British motor industry against the background of the uncertainty generated by Brexit […]

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Just how clean are electric cars? That’s the question a recent report commissioned by a number of car makers and component suppliers purported to investigate. It came up with an answer that could broadly be summarised as “not as clean as you thought”. It wasn’t long before the whole thing became mired in controversy, and […]

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Just how clean are electric cars? That’s the question a recent report commissioned by a number of car makers and component suppliers purported to investigate. It came up with an answer that could broadly be summarised as “not as clean as you thought”. It wasn’t long before the whole thing became mired in controversy, and […]

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One of the concerns I’ve always had about electrification, even as an enthusiast for plug-in motoring, is that it might make cars feel bland and samey. In the world of the internal combustion engine, you don’t have to be an expert to tell the difference between a three-cylinder diesel and a petrol V8, but all […]

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In November last year, BMW announced it was moving production of its mighty eight and twelve cylinder engines from Germany to its plant at Hams Hall near Birmingham. On the face of it, that looks like a big vote of confidence in the British motor industry against the background of the uncertainty generated by Brexit […]

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Britain’s motor industry, at least in the form of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, is now taking electrification very seriously indeed. That seemed to be the big message from the Society’s Drive Zero 2020 event held at the ex-General Motors proving ground in Millbrook, Bedfordshire recently.   The SMMT’s chief executive Mike Hawes […]

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Hyundai has made a lot of the running in green cars in the last few years. It has been catching up with Toyota in hybrids, and Nissan and Renault in electrics, and in some areas, it has been nosing ahead. One of those areas is efficiency, with Hyundai apparently being capable of squeezing more miles […]

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If there’s one thing every motoring journalist dreads, it’s a request from a family member, friend or casual acquaintance for specific car buying advice. If things go wrong, you can be on the hook for a long time.   For years, I negotiated this particular minefield by telling people to get a Skoda Octavia. How […]