Motors in Richmond

Vauxhall Mokka-e Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

28th Jan 2022 | Reviews

Vauxhall's Mokka has gone from being barely-palatable to a gourmet delight. It's stylish, good to drive and pretty efficient too.

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

25th Jan 2022 | Reviews

A record number of electric cars were sold in Europe in December

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

20th Jan 2022 | Reviews

Making waves - e-Camper features a pop-top roof

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

12th Jan 2022 | Reviews

The rear of the EQXX is narrower than the front to improve aerodynamics

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

22nd Dec 2021 | Reviews

Cars such as the BMW i3 will no longer qualify for the grant

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

16th Dec 2021 | Reviews

Britain's electric car infrastructure is failing to grow at the same rate as sales of new EVs

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

8th Dec 2021 | Reviews

Body panels made from fabric are far more durable than steel

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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Mercedes EQS Review

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

23rd Nov 2021 | Reviews

Not only does the EQS redefine the luxury electric car, but it shows an exciting new direction for Mercedes.

Mercedes has flirted with electric cars before, but its efforts have always been limited to putting a battery and motor in a body which was designed for a petrol or diesel. That's not good enough for the flagship of the range though. Buyers spending six figures don't expect compromises.

So for the first time Mercedes is using a platform specially developed to be pure electric.

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Government reveals new 'iconic' charge point

By Ginny Buckley - Motoring Correspondent

18th Nov 2021 | Reviews

The charger was revealed by Transport Minister Grant Shapps

The UK government has unveiled its new design for electric vehicle charge points, which it hopes could become as iconic as the British post box, London bus or black cab.

The result of a £200,000 competition to find the best design, the charger was revealed in the UK Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow.

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