Thursday, February 20, 2020

In at the deep end with the Jaguar Monochrom: Part II

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Six hours to cover 125 miles in a fast electric vehicle. Surely not, until the Jaguar Monochrom met a nightmare traffic jam on the way home.

Electric Cars: Ready for the mainstream?

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All change at Macfilos as the editor jumps from a smelly old diesel car to the latest technology in the shape of Jaguar's rather stunning I-Pace. Will he be disappointed. Let's find out....

Charging Points in Focus: What about the roadside parker?

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It's all very well owning an electric car when you have a drive or a garage. Plugging in is no problem. But what if you have to park on the street? It's an infrastructure nightmare that will have to be faced in the next decade by towns and cites across the world.....

2040: The all-electric Utopia as carbon fuels fizzle out

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Ban all those petrol and diesel cars! In a supreme exercise in wishful thinking the British government has announced that after 2040 no new internal-combustion cars will be sold. Mike has already been there, done that and he has just a few reservations.....

Major inventions of the 21st Century: Apple has three

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What do you think is the most important invention of the current century? Could it be the iPhone, the Nissan Leaf or the Nintendo Wii? Or, perhaps, the iPad?

Batteries, batteries, batteries: Where we go from here?

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For the past twelve months I've been testing a Nissan Leaf, the all-electric motoring solution. Surprisingly, not only is it supremely quiet and economical, charged from my home port, it is fast, comfortable and very refined. In fact, it feels like a small limousine, considerably more refined even than an equivalent Audi A3 or VW Golf. I would buy an electric car in a heartbeat if it weren't for one snag: Range.

Road Tax: Now you see it, now you don’t

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As from this morning, drivers in the United Kingdom have a clearer view of the road. Gone is the round tax disc that motorists have had to display for the past ninety years. Instead, authorities will now rely on roadside cameras to read number plates and check with the national database. Police officers can check that a car is insured and taxed just by feeding the licence number into the computer.

Battery Life: Clear and present irritation

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With a levelling of taxes and recognition of the low cost of ebook production, prices will find their own level. It is patently obvious that physical books must eventually cost more than ebooks. If people wish to live in the past and surround themselves with books instead of a Kindle full of digital files then they must be prepared to pay for their preference.

Nissan Leaf: Badass battery booster

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In the week since I took delivery of my long-term...

Nissan Man meets his Tesla terminator

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While clocking up the test miles on my new Nissan Leaf and polishing my eco-creds, not to mention placing the teeniest, daintiest...