Fuel economy and taxation of plug-in hybrids

When Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) arrived on the UK market, people were obviously attracted by the government purchase grants, but also low company car Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) taxation, and also their impressively low CO2 emissions figures and lofty official fuel consumption statistics. Many company car users jumped on the PHEV bandwagon, reaping the benefits of that low […]

Invaluable advice in keeping your running costs down and efficiency up

Regenerative braking is now a commonly encountered technology, and increasingly so as plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) significantly depend on it for their efficiency, and to achieve maximum battery range. But it’s also been used for quite some years on fossil fuel cars, by drawing on the available kinetic energy when a […]

Bright Spark

Like most British electric car drivers, I’m mainly a charge at home sort of person and usually stick to my car’s known safe radius of action. In fact, something like eighty to ninety per cent of all electric car charging takes place on owners’ driveways. After all, wouldn’t you mainly fill up at home if […]

Vauxhall announces full availability of WLTP-certified cars

New cars registered as of 1 September must be certified according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The new test procedure provides customers with more realistic fuel consumption data. Vauxhall says it has been preparing its portfolio for the introduction of the new standards for several years and the entire passenger car range – without any restrictions – meets these new requirements. Vauxhall says it is “WLTP-ready” with all its passenger cars and customers can order the whole range, from ADAM to Insignia, at Vauxhall retailers without having to fear lengthy delays in delivery.

Volvo first to homologate range under new WLTP emissions standards

Volvo has become the first car manufacturer in the UK to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). All Volvo petrol, diesel and hybrid models now comply with the stringent ‘Euro 6d-temp’ standard for tailpipe emissions, as part of the firm’s model-year 2019 range update which started production in April.

Diesel bashing again

Hello Doc I’m sure that you’re as concerned as I am to have read phrases in the press recently like ìall diesels are illegalî and the like. I know that this is related to the real world tests that are going to be involved soon in testing for nitrogen oxide emissions, and I think that […]