Cambridge criticised over ‘confusing’ plan to allow electric cars to use bus and cycle lanes

Cambridgeshire Country Council is to allow electric vehicles to use its bus and cycle lane in a trial that could be rolled out across the city.

The so-called ‘Tesla lane’ is intended to incentivise electric car drivers amid a push to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions. But the move has been criticised by both green groups and the RAC.

Source: The Telegraph


New electric car battery can charge in five minutes

A new electric car battery that can be fully charged in five minutes has been manufactured for the first time on a normal production line in China, based on designs by Israeli company StoreDot.

The breakthrough could address a significant concern for electric car drivers – the fear of running out of power during a journey, marooning the vehicle for a couple of hours while it charges.

“A five-minute charging lithium-ion battery was considered to be impossible,” said StoreDot’s chief executive, Dr Doron Myersdorf.

“But we are not releasing a lab prototype, we are releasing engineering samples from a mass production line. This demonstrates that it is feasible and commercially ready,” Dr Myersdorf added.

The company produced 1,000 sample batteries with its manufacturing partner Eve Energy in China. These samples, which are compliant with Li-ion battery certifications, were manufactured on a normal construction line and will be used to showcase the company’s technology to other companies.

Source: Sky News


German electric-car sales triple in 2020

ales of full-electric vehicles in Germany increased three-fold to 194,163 units in 2020, the KBA motor vehicle authority said, citing the appeal of a more diversified product offering and of more reliable technology.

Electrified vehicles with full or partial electric propulsion reached a market share of 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, signaling that the German government is well on its way to reaching its goal of having 7 million to 10 million registered electric vehicles on German roads by 2030. Full-electric vehicles made up 1.2 percent of all registered passenger cars in Germany at the end of 2020, up from 0.5 percent a year earlier, the KBA said.

VW brand led registrations of full-electric cars with a 20.2 percent share of sales of such models, ahead of Renault with 18.1 percent, Smart with 11.6 percent and Tesla with 11.1 percent.

Source: Automotive News Europe


Electric cars rise to record 54% market share in Norway

Norway became the first country in the world where the sale of electric cars has overtaken those powered by petrol, diesel and hybrid engines last year, with the German carmaker Volkswagen replacing Tesla as the top battery-vehicle producer, data shows.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) made up 54.3% of all new cars sold in the Nordic country in 2020, a global record, up from 42.4% in 2019 and from a mere 1% of the overall market a decade ago, the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) said.

BEV sales accelerated in the final months of 2020, hitting their highest level for any single month in December, with a 66.7% share of the car market. Volkswagen’s Audi brand topped the 2020 leaderboard with its e-tron sports utility and sportsback vehicles as the most sold new passenger cars in Norway last year, while Tesla’s mid-sized Model 3, the 2019 winner, was relegated to second place. Electric vehicle sales are expected to continue to soar in 2021.

Source: The Guardian


Auto Express’ Best used electric cars 2021

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  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Tesla Model S
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  • Nissan Leaf
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Source: Auto Express