Companies which bought tens of thousands of hybrid electric cars through government grants are letting their employees run them on petrol, it was claimed. Bosses snapped up the eco vehicles (PHEVs) through the scheme to save on paying for regular cars, The Miles Consultancy concluded after a study. And workers who use the vehicles through a company fleet, including Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo models, often don’t unwrap the charge cable, it added. The plug-in grant, which gives buyers up to £4,500 off the new hybrid cars, was first brought out in 2011 – but was recently scrapped.
The iNews 10th Nov 2018 read more »
Britain’s hopes of securing a place at the forefront of the electric car revolution have been boosted after a battery research centre was given the go-ahead to be built in the Midlands. Planning permission has been granted for the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry, which will spearhead cutting-edge research into battery manufacturing technology. Last year, Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, announced a £80m government grant to support the facility, which is located in Britain’s carmaking heartland. The centre will bring together industry and academia to develop manufacturing techniques ranging from battery chemistry and single components right through to construction of entire power packs. The aim is to work out how to commercialise inventions.
Telegraph 10th Nov 2018 read more »