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48 Hours In New York

The vertical skyline that is New York, New York, sets the backdrop for a swift 48-hour American adventure inJaguars exciting, evocative and first electric car, the I-Pace.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July - October 2018

Volvo V90 - T8 Twin Engine

Over the years, Volvo has become synonymous with safety and solid build quality. Paul Beard is suitably impressed with their V90 in T8 guise.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

Setting The I-Pace

With SUV sales predicted to hit 24.3 million by 2020 and the EV segment the fastest growing in the automotive industry, Jaguar has every confidence that an electric SUV should sell.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

Smart Forfour

Smart is the first Mercedes-Benz brand to have its cars adorned with the new ‘EQ’ nomenclature and is also one of the only car makers in the world to offer its entire range in electric form. Jonathan Musk drives the current generation to find out what it’s all about.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

Q+A With Henrik Fisker

The automotive industry is a notoriously difficult nut to crack, but Henrik Fisker is determined that his next car, the technology-laden EMotion sports saloon, will be the catalyst for his business to flourish.

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May-June 2018

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf was an ever-popular pioneer for electric car buyers but a hotly anticipated new version promises more. Paul Beard discovers whether it lives up to the hype.

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May-June 2018

Double Hybrid

Ahead of their imminent refresh, Jonathan Musk gets reacquainted with these stalwarts of the hybrid car scene; the Toyota Auris and Lexus CT 200h…

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

Does The Mot Need Its Own Mot?

A little over a year ago, this column discussed the potential of extending the period of the first MOT for cars and motorcycles from three to four years.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

Charlie Jardine

Charlie Jardine is the 26-year-old founder of EO Charging, one of the UK’s leading electric vehicle charging manufacturers. Charlie explains why we’ll all benefit from fully embracing the rEVolution.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2018

What Is V2G?

A number of announcements have been made about vehicle-to-grid (V2G) lately – exciting developments that represent the first steps in the deployment of a technology that could have a considerable impact and help accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and more broadly a low carbon economy.

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

Q + A With Tim Hannig

Experiencing the E-Type Zero itself was an unforgettable experience, but there was more to learn from Tim Hannig, Director at Jaguar Land Rover Classic, about the key drivers that inspired him and the team.

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

Kia Optima Sportswagon Phev

The Americans call them ‘station wagons’ and coachbuilders (and now Mercedes) give us the ‘shooting brake’ but whatever you call them, estate cars have been around for many years and their demise is seemingly not imminent; estate cars have a certain coolness about them that’s for sure. Paul Beard finds out what Kia’s latest Optima Sportswagon PHEV has to offer.

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March-April 2018

The Most Beautiful Electric Car In The World

It's a crisp winter day in the British countryside and Jimmy Hendrix plays in the background. Beth Lily Georgia is about to experience the swinging sixties as it has never been experiences before.

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

End Of The​​​​​​​ Ice Age?

With all the on-going electrification of vehicles and governments globally moving away from diesel, we take a look at the technologies aiming to maintain a place in our world for internal combustion. Is this the end?

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

Kia Niro Phev

Two years ago, Kia launched the Niro hybrid SUV to the UK and now has added a plug-in hybrid version that gives better electric range and even lower emissions. Paul Beard takes a look at the latest offering.

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

Hyundai Ioniq Phev

As the third in-line to the throne, does Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid Ioniq make sense over the Hybrid and Electric versions? Jonathan Musk finds out.

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AutoVolt Magazine
March-April 2018

Drone Racing

Welcome to drone racing, where first-person-view guided flying machines dart through fields and forests at speeds of up to 70 mph. This impressive sport brings to life Star Wars inspired scenes of flying through woods or other scenery. It may come to your home sooner than you think too, as both the BBC and Sky are considering televising race series. And  the best bit? It’s a sport that anyone can enter.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Pt5. Destination Suffolk

Join Tom Curtis on his ownership journey with his Nissan Leaf 24kWh. Tom bought his Leaf second hand and sight unseen, confident in the knowledge there’s little to go wrong. This time, Tom goes travelling… in winter… and finds out what range anxiety is the hard way.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Rear View

 What is biofuel?

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July-August 2017

Mercedes-Benz E 350 e Plug-In Hybrid

This is Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to make a petrol plug-in hybrid more economical than its more popular diesels, using the now tried and tested 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine with an electric motor via an automatic gearbox.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Toyota's Plugged-In Prius

Toyota’s latest plug-in hybrid seemed to answer all the shortcomings raised by its predecessor, although it’s not without compromise. Four seats and a small boot mean this car will likely only suit business buyers more than interested families. However, that’s not to suggest it isn’t without merit, since its high level of technology, refinement and economy is hard to beat.

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July-August 2017

BMW C Evolution Maxi-Scooter

Paul Blezard gets to grips with the technology of the BMW i3 in a traffic-busting two-wheeled package, with scorching acceleration.

7 mins read
AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

Interested electric car buyers rejoice. Having to choose between the ever-popular Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Volkswagen e-Golf and others just became more difficult.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Living With Kia Optima PHEV

In case you’ve not been following our weekly updates on our long term test - I recommend heading to our website (see link on next page) to play catch up. In short, the Optima PHEV, or Optima Prime as we call it, has proved an excellent and capable machine to live with. 

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July-August 2017

Stephen Irish

Stephen Irish is a founding and Managing Director – Commercial, Hyperdrive Innovation, and has substantial experience in technology development and product delivery. His degree thesis was on electric and hybrid vehicle technology almost 20 years ago.

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AutoVolt Magazine
July-August 2017

Tesla Model X

Tesla is a remarkably ambitious company. When they first launched the Roadster, way back in 2010, nothing could have prepared the world for the Model S that came just four years later in 2014. While some say Tesla has only been a success because of the amounts of money being ploughed into it, that’s only half the story. The truth is they’ve rewritten the rule book of what’s possible with a car. It used to be simple. You buy a performance car, and expect some form of compromise, be it poor fuel economy or a lack of gadgetry. Maybe it had a compromised boot, because there was a dirty great big engine in it. With Tesla you can have it all. Want super high-performance and tech like no other? You can have that and throw in seven seats too. That Tesla, a relative start-up, has been able to show up the established motoring elite is impressive.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2017

Should Lorries Run On Hydrogen?

Last month, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. allowed the world to take a first glance at a closely held secret, which they had been guarding for the past two years called Project Portal.

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May-June 2017

Yorkshire By Electric Camper

Ah the classic campervan. What could be better? The sights, the bird song, the fresh air, and a comfy place to lounge, cook and sleep at the end of a hard day’s sightseeing. Bliss. What could be better? Well, for one thing the classic camper that we all know and love is a typically noisy Volkswagen with ‘that’ flat-four air-cooled soundtrack thumping its way through the countryside. They’re agricultural, smelly, dirty and incredibly underpowered at best. You’re lucky to get up most hills and it’s no wonder there’s an enormous market for modding engines or even replacing them altogether with the likes of Porsche derived power plants. They’re a relic from a bygone era and, curiously, attract a certain level of misplaced nostalgia. Essentially, the original VW Camper is nothing more than an inflated VW Beetle and they were from Nazi Germany!

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2017

10,000 Mile Mission to Mongolia + in a Leaf!

Given half the chance to drive to Mongolia, most people’s reactions would be to come up with some kind of excuse not to. ‘No, sorry, I’ve got something on that month, would be an expected reply. And that’s if considering a bonafide all wheel drive purpose built machine, certainly not an off-the-shelf Nissan Leaf electric car.

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May-June 2017

Toyota C - HR Hybrid

Divisive cars are, by their very nature, going to split opinion. Toyota’s latest is certainly going to cause a stir around the dinner table, with its radical over-styling. Toyota has been late to the compact SUV sector but they’re hoping the C-HR will win over fans of the equally divisive Nissan Juke. However, the Toyota isn’t actually a true crossover as there’s no all-wheel drive option, so really it’s just a tall five-door hatchback.

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AutoVolt Magazine
May-June 2017