Today we’re excited to reintroduce the Model S 60. Starting at £53,400 or £410 a month (details here, see representative example), the Model S 60 delivers 248 miles of range, a top speed of 130 mph and zero-to-60 acceleration in 5.5 seconds.
With all-wheel drive, the Model S 60D provides more range (253 miles) and faster acceleration (zero-to-60 in 5.2 seconds).
Like all Tesla vehicles, the 60 and 60D come standard with active safety features and Autopilot hardware. And both versions can later be upgraded through a software update to 75 kWh for about 19% extra range.
Anyone who buys a 60 or any other new Model S or Model X between now and 15th July through the Tesla Referral Programme gets a £750 credit towards the purchase. Just get the special personal code from any Tesla owner and enter it at the time of purchase.
Electric cars are on track to become as ubiquitous as the internet, the transport minister has said, claiming plug-in vehicle technology was reaching a “tipping point”.Andrew Jones, the roads minister, said sales of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) were “rocketing”, with 28,188 new ULEV cars on the road in 2015 – almost double the number in 2014, and more than the previous five years combined.
Although this remains a tiny fraction of the overall car market – with a record 2.6 million new vehicles sold last year – the Government believes by 2050 it can get “virtually every car and van on the road to be zero emission”.
In a speech this week, Mr Jones said: “The shift we are seeing reminds me of the spread of the internet in the 1990s.
“The internet started small, as a niche interest, but then it snowballed, and now it’s hard to imagine being without it.
“I think we are seeing a similar picture emerging for ultra-low emission vehicles in Britain today.
“ULEV sales are not just growing rapidly, they are rocketing.”
In 1998, just 9 per cent of households had home access to the internet – but by 2004 that had increased to more than half of all homes, ONS data suggest. Some 85 per cent of households now have home internet access, the vast majority of them with broadband connections.
Mr Jones added: “The internet only really snowballed when internet users, providers, website retailers and investors came together in sufficient numbers to create a tipping point.
“We’re reaching that tipping point with the ULEV market.”
Hybrid plug-in vehicles such as the Mitsubishi Outlander were the most popular type of ULEVs last year, with 18,254 registrations, a 137 per cent increase on 2014.
Sales of fully electric vehicles increased by 48 per cent, with 9,934 registrations last year.
Sales of ULEVs have been boosted by Government grants of up to £5,000. These grants are being reduced from March, but ministers have vowed to support a further 100,000 ULEV purchases, as well as continuing to offer grants to install home charging points.
Shifting to electric cars is seen as a crucial if the UK is to hit its long-term climate change goals, which require carbon emissions to be slashed by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050.
Over the next four years, thousands of new cars will be pouring onto the streets of London. The British capital will see 3000 new cars, French cars, pouring in from a French company, the Bolloré group. What is going on? Continue reading London : Bluecity will mimic the Autolib scheme running in Paris
As i am trying to source a Renault Twizy Loan to roam around london promoting this magical commuter alternative to passer-by’s, I am yet to actualy, well, source one.
I dont know if i am underestimating the sales, (doubt that) or they are simply all over the place and people are holding onto-them, (again, doubt so) or finally, if there is supply issue. (hmm, lets look into that)
So, i hopped onto https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/ website as recommended by my fellow twitter-ers out there.
And it really turns out that, there genuienly not, that, many of Renault Twizy’s around. Mostly STOCK from 2012.
So what happened there? Lets look into details:
Renault Twizy Urban And Technic Model registrations for each year since release until now
So, I suppose the question to ask:
What happened to Twizy Lifestyle that Renault is aims to promote
Registrations spiked in the release year, as a result of good promotions/preorder/leases, and then it slows down to a trickle.
Are Twizy’s right to fullfill that aimed “lifestyle”, as renault sees it, or does it need to be adjusted.
From a different angle, at 7k-8k for a brand new spanking Twizy, – are they simply too expensive… for a quad bike, considering the Batteries are “not included”. They start from £40 odd a month/for 4,500miles/year range.
I personally think that they are great for urban areas (as long as they are not abused – having unsecured cabin access hinders that)
But i also believe they are not marketed enough, well, and may have a wrong price tag.
Afterall, I am a firm believer of “economies of scale” and having a few for expensive price tag sold is not as good as have quite a few sold for a cheaper price tag. (never mind additional battery lease contracts arranged)
I am thinking out loud. Let me know your thoughts.
The lead developer of NW Bicester, the UK’s first ecotown, is aiming to get 10% of residents to drive ultra-low emission vehicles by 2017. And it has launched a new partnership with the UK’s leading ultra-low emission vehicle leasing company to drive forward its plans.
In a bid to accelerate the transition to greener vehicles on the first Exemplar phase at NW Bicester, A2Dominion has partnered with Fleetdrive Electric on a range of initiatives that it hopes will ensure the leafy development has its fair share of Nissan Leafs too. Continue reading A2Dominion driving EVs in UK’s first ecotown
Tesla has opened its 20th supercharger in the UK, putting the company on course to provide coverage to the whole of the country by the end of this year.
The three stations added in Winchester, Exeter and Bristol are all in Sainsbury’s supermarket car parks, allowing drivers to charge while they shop.
While around 70% of UK households have access to an off-street location which can potentially be used for charging an EV, around 30% of UK households (40% in London) do not have a suitable location for home-based, overnight EV charging. This is potentially a significant barrier for EV adoption given the early stages of UK market development.
Continue reading White paper: Innovative on-street EV charging solutions
More than half of Nissan Leaf electric car owners say they would never buy a petrol or diesel car again.
One owner reportedly even sold his Aston Martin to buy a second Leaf so that both he and his wife could use one every day.
These are just two of the amazing claims made by Nissan GB following the company’s first in-depth survey of its electric car customers in the UK.
An impressive 93% of the 6,500 British owners say that they use their Leaf as their main family car, and 89% report “significant savings” versus internal combustion-engined cars.
Nissan Motor GB limited managing director, James Wright, said: “We were the first to bring a mass-produced electric car to market, so it stands to reason that we are also the first to prove the genuine viability of electric motoring.
“Electric car ownership was a big step for motorists to take when we launched the Leaf in 2011 but we are now seeing that owners who were bold enough to take that step are reaping the benefits.
“The issues that the naysayers said would hinder ownership have not materialised and, in fact, the feeling from Leaf owners is that they would never go back to a traditional combustion engine.”
Furthermore, 95% of owners said they would recommend one to a friend, while 64% say they find it better to drive than a petrol or diesel car.
Among its case studies, Nissan tells of a man whose domestic disputes with his wife over access to their Leaf led him to sell his Aston Martin in order to buy a second Leaf.
Another driver claims to have spent just £400 in travelling 22,000 miles in his Leaf, making use of free public charging points wherever possible.
Recent sales of electric cars have seen huge upturns. In September 2014 Nissan sold 851 Leafs; the most ever sold in one month in a European market. More than 3,600 units have been sold in Britain this year.
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I knew what I wanted from a New York taxi, and this small SUV wasn’t it. “Where are all the Crown Victorias, with their V8 engines and sloppy suspension?” I asked my wife. If sharing my concern, she was doing a good job of hiding it.
The crummy Ford seemed fundamentally ill-suited to life as a taxi, with its small boot and almost total absence of space for passengers. It was also slow, noisy and rode like a sideboard being pushed down a staircase.
We were therefore more selective when time came to hail our second taxi of the trip. To the untrained eye, the Nissan we selected was just another bland yellow box, roaming the streets in search of paying occupants. But there was actually more to it, I told Mrs K. It was in fact (I used my fingers as inverted commas at this point) the “Taxi of Tomorrow”.
“And what does that mean?” she said, using mock inverted commas of her own.
Shrugging off the sarcasm, I explained how the Mexican-built NV200 was the replacement for the ageing New York yellow taxi fleet, and how, as a result, this seemingly innocuous vehicle has caused a lot of controversy. In addition to the issue of pushing drivers towards a one-size-fits-all vehicle, there were complaints from the Greater New York Taxi Association about the NV200’s restricted wheelchair access and lack of a hybrid drivetrain to cut emissions.
As a result, New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow initiative has been on and off like the light atop the Nissan’s roof. But in June this year the deal was finally put back on track, and as a result the plan at present is for more than 26,000 of these converted vans to hit NY over the next decade, helping to provide transportation for the 600,000 people who ride in a cab every single day. And do you know, I think they’re going to like it.
For a start, being based on a van means the boot is enormous. And while there’s only seating for three on the back bench (a fourth person can travel in the front), the sliding doors mean access is easy. The interior is refreshingly airy, with room to move your legs and – nice touch this – a glass roof through which you can admire the city’s skyscrapers.
From what I could tell, the petrol engine had just enough oomph to pull the little van along at the modest speeds New York traffic allows, and the CVT gearbox seemed well-suited to the stop-and-start conditions. A small panel containing USB ports so that passengers may charge their phones is an inspired touch, as is the “low annoyance horn”, which emits a quiet honk accompanied by a light.
If that all sounds like fun, an officially licenced London version of the NV200 taxi, with a comedy black cab-esque nose grafted on, was due to arrive this month – right up until Mayor Boris Johnson proposed that all new taxis registered in London should be zero emissions by 2018. Wary of rolling out lots of shiny new petrol cars that could be redundant in three years’ time should the legislation go ahead, Nissan has put a hold on the project.
Not for the first time, the Taxi of Tomorrow is at the mercy of the bureaucracy of today.