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7 June 2012
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Are electric cars ending before they’ve begun?

There has been a lot of publicity recently about electric cars – there’s been the big Nissan Leaf campaign, and there are more hybrids popping up all over the shop than you could shake a stick at. Everyone’s getting excited, and there is big talk going on around infrastructure and charging networks. …

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13 April 2012
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Nissan Big Turn On | What’s It Like Inside the Nissan Leaf?

In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been driving a Nissan Leaf recently – why not pop over to our challenge page and hit the “Turn On” button to give us your support?
We started out this challenge with quite a lot of reservations about electric cars. We know, quite simply, that …

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22 February 2012
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The Nissan Leaf | First Impressions

The last time we sat in a Nissan Leaf was at the Goodwood Moving Motorshow, so it was nice yesterday to sit back and take delivery of our very own Leaf for a local blogger challenge that we are lucky enough to be participating in (more on that in the coming weeks, …

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17 October 2011
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Natural Development | Cars Made Of Grass?

You might question my sanity if I suggest that building a car out of grass might be the future for car design – but stick with me on this one. First let me introduce Greg Abbott; an American who is professionally known as Reverend Gadget, an engineer and fabricator who …

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26 September 2011
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Electric Progression | How Bluebird Is Helping The Automotive Electric Vehicle Industry

As more car manufacturers produce there own electric cars to find new solutions for the future, to reduce CO2 emissions and to enhance their green credentials, the question is: can they become mainstream?
Drivers want cars that can travel reasonable distances, but that also provide performance comparable to the petrol and …

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20 June 2011
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Missing A Trick | Why Electric Vehicles Shouldn’t Be Boring

An engineer friend of mine was lucky enough to have a play with a Nissan Leaf the other day – driving it around, getting a feel for it, and of course having that all-important peak underneath the bonnet. He was pretty charmed, I must say – until he lifted the …

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15 June 2011
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Electric Cars | Patent Filed To Recharge EV Cars in 5 Minutes

There are many different factors that are currently holding back the electric car market from going full throttle ahead. Range is one, not to mention certain practicality issues and the installation of charging points nationwide. Another point, and perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in the road, is the fact that …

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11 April 2011
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What do you think of the Tata EV? | Coventry-made Production Car Reaches the Real World

At the end of March the new Coventry based Tata car manufacturing plants began production on the car that is likely to to take over from the world-famous Nano.
Where the Nano was all about being teeny-tiny and costing an equally teeny-tiny price, the Vista EV is about offering electric car technology to the …

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23 February 2011
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Electric Cars | What Noises Should They Make When Approaching Pedestrians?

Legislation will soon require all electric vehicles to have sound generators that warn pedestrians when they are approaching, because electric cars are generally so silent. Whereas a normal car obviously has an engine that makes a noise as they drive along, electric vehicles tend fo me more to the purring variety, the only sounds …

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15 November 2010
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The Future Car Challenge | Efficient Cars Race For Gold

I know, I know, I really ought to be writing about the formula one. However, I am a relatively crap petrol head because I left it halfway through even though it was exciting, and this means that I have a little research and updating to do before I can make any inferences …

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