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EVs to get a big boost with £43m plug-in vehicle funding

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Electric car (EV) ownership is set continue its upward trend as the Government confirmed that UK will receive £43m in cash for plug- and EV vehicle funding.

The funding will see a flurry of charge points installed into homes, hospitals, train stations and A-roads.

Of the £43m, £11m of funding will be provided to boost the UK’s position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation. It will provide financial support to 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, working together on 15 research and development projects.

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London gives the 98MPG Metrocab the thumbs up

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The 98MPG Metrocab has become the first zero-emission capable taxi to be licensed by Transport for London. The British designed, engineered and built Metro cab will operate on a trial basis as a London Hackney Carriage.

The first few Metrocabs are already in operation on the capitals streets, offering quiet and efficient rides to the public.

The Metrocab is powered by two electric motors assisted by a range extending with a 1-litre petrol engine generator capable of  recharging. the battery pack. This system is similar to systems offered on both the Vauxhall Ampera and BMW i3 electric cars. to the The recharging process can take as little as 10 minutes whilst driving. The vehicle can also be charged via any mains electric outlet providing even lower fuel consumption.

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Our top five tips on keeping your DPF clean

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In today’s world of ever tightening emissions regulations, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) have become common place to help keep those dirty diesels rolling off the production line. Without them, many diesel engines would have been retired in the light of Euro 5 & 6 emissions standards.

DPFs may well be great for the environment but the cost of DPF regenerations, repairs and replacement can run up eye watering bills (a lesson we’ve learnt first hand!).

So what can you do to keep your DPF filter trouble free and your wallet intact? Here’s our top five tips on keeping your DPF clean and trouble free.

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Health Effects Institute report: Clean diesel technology does not increase lung cancer risk

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A report published by the Health Effects Institute has revealed that new clean diesel technology does not increase the chance of lung cancer.

The report, funded jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was based on a study by the institute on “lifetime animal exposure” to clean diesel emissions. The report found that found no evidence of carcinogenic lung tumors in the rats used for the study. It also concluded that concentrations of particulate matter and toxic air pollutants emitted from NTDE (new technology diesel exhaust) are more than 90% lower than emissions from traditional older diesel engine designs i.e. with a diesel particulate filter fitted.

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RAC survey reveals that company car drivers are more likely to be hypermiling

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A survey conducted by the RAC has found that 40 percent of company car drivers actively changed their driving behaviour to improve their fuel efficiency, compared to just 27% of the general public.

Whats more interesting is that 66 percent of company car drivers activity monitored their fuel consumption, compared to 44 percent of private vehicle owners.

Recent cuts in fuel allowances by the HMRC are likely to be the root cause of the surprising results. Despite not having to foot the bill for their fuel, company car drivers will be doing what they can to maximise their allowance.

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One every 20 seconds, UK car production at seven-year high

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Newly released figures from the SMMT have revealed that UK Car manufacturers produced more than 1.5 million vehicles in 2014, the highest figure since way back in 2007.

Battling at the frontline, Nissan’s factory in Sunderland built the most cars in 2014 with  500,238 rolling off its production line.

Not to be left behind, Jaguar Land Rover came up second in the production stakes with a total of 449,507 vehicles and an astonishing 27% sales in decrease in December compared to the year previous.

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London councils get tough on diesel parking charges

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London’s Islington council has approved plans to levy an annual surcharge of £96 ( or £1.85 a week) for diesel vehicle parking permits in the borough. The charges will come into effect from April 2015 in what the borough claim will “help improve air quality in the borough” by helping to “encourage a move away from diesel vehicles.”

Permit charges for diesel vehicles will be put into place by Islington council until 2020 when the planned ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) is introduced in the capital.

Hackney council is planning to follow Islington’s lead and is currently also reviewing parking permit pricing, this could see drivers of the most polluting diesel cars being charged £50 each year. Similar charges are already in effect in Camden however at present the levy only stands at an additional £10 per annum.

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