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    Official: Jaguar XJ_e feted at 2012 RAC Future Car Challenge

    It looks like Jaguar made the most of its home-course advantage. The UK-based automaker's XJ_e plug-in hybrid won two awards in the Royal Auto Club's (RAC) Future Car Challenge, including Most Energy Efficient Luxury Car and the Technical Panel's Award of Merit. The Jag, which competed with ...

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    Official: Renault Twizy EV added to U.K.-based car-sharing service

    The Renault Twizy became the first electric vehicle to be offered in the U.K.-based WhipCar peer-to-peer car-sharing service after two Twizy owners in London and Glasgow made their cars available for rent. The Twizy vehicles will be available to rent for as low as 36 pounds ($57) a day. The cars ...

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    Official: Free Nissan Leaf cab rides in London promote electric vehicles

    This weekend, Nissan was accepting Tweets as payment for cab rides in Nissan Leaf battery-electric vehicles in. The reasoning? To boost the profile of its electric vehicles in the UK. Nissan says riders needed to send Tweets that included the hashtag '#6XCHEAPER' and their destination to get a ...

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    Report: London Calling: BMW will make i8 plug-in hybrid engine in UK

    Rumored plans for BMW to curtain production of its i-series of plug-in vehicles has so far been lost in translation, even if the language is still English. At the opening of the world's first BMW i store in Hyde Park, London – where an updated version of the i3 will be displayed when the ...

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    Report: Emerald Automotive t-001 is UK's new extended-range plug-in delivery van

    The idea of an American-made extended-range plug-in utility van may have faded – for now, with the failure of Bright Automotive – but there remain some companies kicking around that exact idea across the pond. UK-based Intelligent Energy (IE) and Revolve Technologies have worked ...

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    Report: Are UK green-vehicle tax incentives working too well?

    Are the green-car rebates in the UK on the verge of themselves being rebated? That's what the London's Telegraph newspaper is suggesting, asking if incentivizing people to drive green can be too effective. UK ministers are talking about revoking some of the tax incentives created to encourage ...

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    Report: Renault execs say the Zoe will outsell the Nissan Leaf in Europe

    When it comes to battery-electric vehicle sales across the pond, Renault's Zoe will get the better of the sibling rivalry against the Nissan Leaf. That's what Renault is expecting will happen when it starts selling the Zoe later this year, according to Automotive News and, to make sure vehicles ...

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    Official: UK journalist ready to soup up old Enfield EV

    A UK-based car journalist has bought a 1974 Enfield 8000 battery-electric vehicle and has big? little? big plans to soup up the two-seater with a modern, more powerful electric motor. The car's original electric motor was damaged in a flood, according to writer Jonny Smith's blog. About 120 ...

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    Report: Renault could sell low-speed Twizy; Nissan considering Leaf battery leases

    If anyone wondered what right-hand-drive donuts in a really light electric-vehicle looked like, we all may soon find out. Renault may launch a low-speed version of its battery-electric Twizy in the UK next year in an effort to capitalize on a law allowing for unlicensed drivers for some smaller ...

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    Official: Daimler's car2go car-sharing service will launch in UK this fall

    Daimler's about to find out of its car-sharing service translates to left-hand drive. The automaker's Car2go will debut in the UK this fall when it starts service in Birmingham, England. Birmingham's city council approved a plan for car2go to supply as many as 250 Smart Fortwo gas-powered ...

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    Official: Nissan will expand Leaf dealer network in Europe tenfold this year

    Nissan will increase the number of European car dealers carrying Leaf electric vehicles tenfold – to 1,000 – by the end of the year and will sell the car in two dozen European markets by 2013, all part of the Japanese automaker's plan to boost Leaf sales overseas. Nissan, which ...

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    Report: UK includes electric delivery vans in rebate plan; Renault Kangoo ZE now eligible

    The UK's inclusion of battery-electric delivery vehicles in its alt-fuel rebate program makes Renault's Kangoo Van Z.E. eligible for the incentive, the French automaker said. With the new plug-in program providing a rebate of as much as 20 percent of a new EV's price, Kangoo Van Z.E. buyers may ...

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    Report: UK extends electric vehicle tax credit to 2015, adds utility vehicles

    The UK government has extended its tax credit for electric-vehicle buyers to 2015 and will now include electric vans in the generous incentive. UK electric-vehicle buyers will receive a credit for as much as 25 percent of the value of their new vehicle, up to 5,000 British pounds, or just under ...

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    Portsmouth is first "20mph city" in Britain

    Recently, we reported on so-called eco-towns in the U.K. which have imposed 15 mile per hour speed limits in an effort to reduce pollution. We're pretty sure that their end-goal is to remove vehicles from the roads entirely, not simply forcing them to slow down. It seems that other towns are ...

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    Eco-towns in the U.K. post 15 mph speed limits

    There are plans in the works in the U.K. to create a new type of housing settlement called eco-towns. There are expected to be five eco-towns built by 2016, scaling up to 10 by 2020 with populations of around 5,000 to 20,000. A unique feature of these eco-towns will be the very low 15 mile per hour ...

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    Avis introduces the Toyota Prius to U.K. Fleets

    First Portugal and Scandinavia, now it's the U.K.'s turn. Tourists, businessmen and collision survivors now have the option of renting green with the introduction of the Toyota Prius to Avis' UK fleets. In addition to being kinder to the environment, the Prius is also exempt from the U.K.'s ...

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    U.K. Channel 4 test drives the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion

    Click on the image for a gallery of high-res images of the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion.The Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion is already on sale in the United Kingdom where it claims the title of producing the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any passenger car available there at just 102 g/km. The ...

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    D1 Oils getting ready for mandatory B5 in the U.K.

    U.K. biodiesel producer D1 Oils is gearing up to supply local oil companies with the biodiesel they will need to meet mandatory a B5 biodiesel blend target coming into effect next year. D1 has pursued a strategy of using jatropha curcas oil as their primary feedstock by establishing large jatropha ...

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    Greaseball Challenge website and blog go live

    The Greaseball Challenge charity car rally is kicking off this week with a launch party on Thursday and to celebrate Emily Horgan and her team have launched the official Greaseball website and blog. Four teams are leaving from Washington, D.C. in two Mercedes, a VW Rabbit and a van while a fifth ...

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    Aussie utility announces carbon trading scheme

    Australian energy utility Origin Energy has taken a leadership position in the trading of carbon by announcing a new Carbon Reduction Scheme for businesses to buy and sell verified carbon offsets. Australia already has a federal government run Renewable Energy Certificate scheme in place for ...


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