Motors in Kenilworth

Volkswagen Golf GTE Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

The Volkswagen Golf GTE is one of those cars that seems like it has every imaginable box ticked. It'll do 40 miles of pure electric running (according to official WLTP figures) courtesy of its 13kWh battery, before a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine kicks in to keep the GTE functioning like any 'normal' petrol car.

Due to the Golf's charging rate being capped at 3.6kW, the fastest you'll be able to charge that battery is just under four hours from a dedicated home wallbox, or some five hours from a normal three-pin domestic socket. The cables are provided for both of these charging methods, and it's reassuring to know that the Golf GTE's Type 2 charging socket is compatible with most public car chargers.

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Mercedes EQA Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

While rivals have been scrambling to produce designed-from-the-ground-up electric cars such as the BMW i3 and VW ID.3, Mercedes has taken a more practical approach – just convert existing cars. The first example of this was the EQC, which is an impressive machine but undoubtably has a few compromises as a result of sharing big bits with the petrol and diesel versions.

The company's next all-electric car was this EQA, which uses exactly the same formula. Unlike the posh and pricey EQC though, this is aimed at the more affordable end of the electric car market with prices starting at £44,495.

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New Tesla Model 999 - Police trial Model 3

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

Police forces in the UK are to try out a Tesla Model 3 to see how it copes with the demands of emergency work.

Various constabularies have used electric cars previously, but these have always been for low speed patrol work rather than quick response duties. The Model 3 Performance will be tried out as a full-blown fast response and traffic patrol car, potentially replacing cars such as BMW's 330d and a Volvo's S60.

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Vauxhall Mokka-e Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

Vauxhall is making serious headway in its drive to electrify its range. The battery-powered Corsa-e is one the UK's best-selling and most affordable small electric cars, while the Mokka-e has been designed cater for buyers who need a little more space and demand a lot more style.

Looks are always a question of personal taste of course, but there is no doubt that the new Mokka is now a much more interesting car to look at. If you go for the electric version (Vauxhall offers the Mokka with a traditional petrol or diesel engine as well), you'll get a 50kWh battery and a motor which produces around 134bhp. That's actually more powerful than the petrol or diesel versions and is about the same as you'd expect from something like a 1.6-litre engine in the old model.

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Electric overtakes diesel in Europe

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

A record number of electric cars were sold in Europe in December, with 176,000 registrations during the month. Meanwhile, the sale of diesel cars continued its collapse, dropping to 160,000 for the month.

In the UK the figures were even more pronounced, with diesel sales plummeting from 15,813 in December 2020 to 5,201 in 2021 while battery cars rose from 21,914 to 27,705 over the same period.

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Relaxy in a taxi - Electric cab makers LEVC reveal campervan conversion

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

The makers of the hybrid London Taxi, LEVC, have released the first details and artist impressions of a campervan conversion, called the e-Camper.

Campervan sales have grown hugely after the pandemic as holidaymakers are forced to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad. This has led to a raft of new conversions, including pure electric-powered camper versions of the Vauxhall Vivaro and Nissan e-NV200.

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Mercedes hints at an electric C-Class with 620 mile range

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

Mercedes has revealed a show car which is said to be capable of travelling more than 620 miles on a charge, and says it points the way to its next electric models.

The VISION EQXX includes a new, super-efficient electric drivetrain as well as the use of lightweight engineering and sustainable materials. These combined mean it has a claimed consumption of around six miles per kWh of electricity - better than an electric city car today.

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Government cuts plug in car grant

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

The government grant for electric cars and vans has been slashed by £1,000 from today, and less vehicles are now eligible.

The financial assistance will now be slashed by £1,000 to £1,500 for electric cars and the list price limit for eligibility drops by £3,000 to £32,000.

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Britain is slipping behind in charge point provision, say industry experts

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

Britain's electric car infrastructure is failing to grow at the same rate as sales of new EVs, according to new analysis by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The trade organisation has revealed that the ratio of vehicle chargepoints to plug-in cars deteriorated by -31% during 2020.

The research shows that at the end of 2019, 11 plug-in vehicles potentially shared a standard public chargepoint capable of charging both battery electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). In contrast, at the end of 2020, the ratio had fallen to one charger for every 16 plug-ins.

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Electrified British 4x4 set to take on the world

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

11th Apr 2022 | Reviews

A British firm led by a former a Ferrari and McLaren F1 engineer has developed a new electric off-roader designed for use in the world's most challenging environments.

The Fering Pioneer is the brainchild of Ben Scott-Geddes, who has repurposed supercar and racing technology to provide environmental responsibility and unrivalled off-grid capabilities for extreme adventures.

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