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Vicky Parrott

Twin test: BMW 330e M Sport vs Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Plus
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Twin test: BMW 330e M Sport vs Volvo S60 T8 R-Design Plus

As company-car tax for plug-in hybrids drops, we put two of the sector's main contenders head to head
17 Apr 2020
BMW 330e vs Volvo S60 T8: interior and infotainment
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BMW 330e vs Volvo S60 T8: interior and infotainment

Both interiors are very nice places to spend time, but the BMW has the better infotainment system
17 Apr 2020
Twin test: Kia Soul EV First Edition vs MG ZS EV Exclusive
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Twin test: Kia Soul EV First Edition vs MG ZS EV Exclusive

Electric family SUVs go head-to-head: will more expensive Kia win out against value-focused MG?
9 Apr 2020
Options are inevitable, but don’t make charging essentials one of them
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Options are inevitable, but don’t make charging essentials one of them

It's not the need to make it cheaper so much as the need to make it simpler that should encourage brands to make charging hardware standard
7 Apr 2020
The future of electric-car batteries, according to Mercedes
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The future of electric-car batteries, according to Mercedes

From solid-state to organic batteries, Mercedes’ head of battery research describes how the technology could evolve over the next 20 years
2 Apr 2020
Mercedes plans 'compostable' electric-car battery
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Mercedes plans 'compostable' electric-car battery

Super-ecological, graphene-based battery could be a reality in 15-20 years
1 Apr 2020
How to store an electric car long-term
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How to store an electric car long-term

Planning on leaving your electric car dormant for weeks, or even months? Here’s how to prepare your car for storage and keep it in good condition
26 Mar 2020
Opinion: the UK government has done the right thing with the plug-in car grant
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Opinion: the UK government has done the right thing with the plug-in car grant

Reducing the grant to £3,000 and excluding more expensive cars makes a lot of sense for encouraging mainstream take-up of electric cars
12 Mar 2020
Twin test: BMW 530e M Sport vs Mercedes E 300 e AMG Line Premium
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Twin test: BMW 530e M Sport vs Mercedes E 300 e AMG Line Premium

It doesn’t get more established in the executive-car class than the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class, so which petrol plug-in hybrid is best?
11 Mar 2020
Honda Insight vs Toyota Prius: original hybrid legends head-to-head
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Honda Insight vs Toyota Prius: original hybrid legends head-to-head

We bring the original versions of the Prius and Insight together to celebrate the cars that pioneered hybrid technology
20 Feb 2020
Putting the human back into autonomous driving
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Putting the human back into autonomous driving

Nissan has taken the next step in autonomous driving, completing a 230-mile trip with its latest ‘human-like’ technology. We had a ride, and spoke to …
19 Feb 2020
The government needs to do more to support an all-electric future in 2035
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The government needs to do more to support an all-electric future in 2035

Associate Editor Vicky Parrot reckons the government needs to do a lot more than just set targets when it comes to making the electric-car transition …
4 Feb 2020
Living with it: Hyundai Kona Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric

Living with it: Hyundai Kona Electric

We've lived with the Hyundai Kona Electric for over six months and 5,000 miles, so how does it stack up as a daily driver?
21 Jan 2020
Living with it: Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro
Kia e-Niro

Living with it: Kia e-Niro

The Kia e-Niro is a milestone electric car for its range and value for money, but how does it fare as a high-mileage family car?
21 Jan 2020
Rapid, fast or slow? We need a whole new language for the electric car
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Rapid, fast or slow? We need a whole new language for the electric car

It's not only the number and speed of chargers that we should be thinking about; Vicky Parrott also wants an overhaul of the the language that we use …
8 Jan 2020
BMW X5 xDrive45e vs Volvo XC90 T8: in numbers
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BMW X5 xDrive45e vs Volvo XC90 T8: in numbers

We find out which of the BMW X5 xDrive45e and Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid SUVs wins the numbers game
28 Dec 2019
Renault ZOE (2013-2019) review
Renault ZOE

Renault ZOE (2013-2019) review

The Renault ZOE looks great, has a long range and is golf-cart-easy to drive, making it a great first electric car
17 Dec 2019
Lexus electric cars will be “for driving fun”
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Lexus electric cars will be “for driving fun”

Shift to electric power will make Lexus’ electric cars fun as well as efficient, claims chief engineer
21 Nov 2019
‘It’s too early to ban diesel cars from cities’
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‘It’s too early to ban diesel cars from cities’

Bristol’s plan to ban diesel cars from its city centre in 2021 comes too soon, argues Vicky Parrott
7 Nov 2019
Peugeot e-208 vs Vauxhall Corsa-e: in numbers
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Peugeot e-208 vs Vauxhall Corsa-e: in numbers

The Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e are set to shake up the electric hatchback class: how do their numbers compare?
4 Nov 2019
BMW X5 xDrive45e: full details, pricing and specs
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BMW X5 xDrive45e: full details, pricing and specs

New BMW X5 plug-in hybrid gets 389bhp, with electric range of 54 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 39g/km
4 Nov 2019
Audi e-tron long-range run: 10 countries in 24 hours
Audi e-tron

Audi e-tron long-range run: 10 countries in 24 hours

Think electric cars can’t manage long distances? Think again, as we drive an Audi e-tron 1,000 miles across Europe in a day
1 Nov 2019
Living with it: Honda CR-V Hybrid
Honda CR-V

Living with it: Honda CR-V Hybrid

The Honda CR-V is a popular family SUV, and starting in 2019 gets a high-tech hybrid powertrain. So what's it like to live with?
14 Oct 2019
Renault “could be using solid-state batteries with zero cobalt by 2025”
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Renault “could be using solid-state batteries with zero cobalt by 2025”

New, safer and more efficient battery technology could be production-ready by 2025, says Renault boss
30 Sep 2019
Twin test: Audi e-tron 55 quattro vs Jaguar I-Pace EV400
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Twin test: Audi e-tron 55 quattro vs Jaguar I-Pace EV400

We put two of the frontrunners in the electric executive SUV market head-to-head on UK roads to find out which one’s best
2 Sep 2019
'Plug-in hybrid sales will recover'
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'Plug-in hybrid sales will recover'

Sales of plug-in hybrid cars may be down, but they will bounce back before long, argues Vicky Parrott…
8 Aug 2019
What is regenerative braking?
Your questions answered

What is regenerative braking?

An easy guide to regen braking; what it is, how it works and why you needn’t be afraid of it
5 Jul 2019
Comment: Education and changing the way electric cars are sold could solve range anxiety
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Comment: Education and changing the way electric cars are sold could solve range anxiety

There are ways to make owning an electric car easier for the masses, beyond waiting for battery technology and infrastructure to improve
4 Jul 2019
Volkswagen Type 20 electric concept revealed
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Type 20 electric concept revealed

Volkswagen marks creation of Innovation and Engineering Centre California with electric Type 20 concept vehicle
3 Jul 2019
Twin test: Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf
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Twin test: Hyundai Kona Electric vs Nissan Leaf

We put two of the market-leading mid-size electric cars head-to-head, with the Hyundai Kona Electric taking on the Nissan Leaf
1 Jul 2019
'Mobile charging vans could reduce the need for home charging'
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'Mobile charging vans could reduce the need for home charging'

NIO has shown how mobile charging vans can support electric cars in Chinese cities, so why not adopt the system here?
3 Jun 2019
Mercedes plug-in hybrids could get “up to 120km electric range”
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Mercedes plug-in hybrids could get “up to 120km electric range”

Future versions of the Mercedes C-Class and E-Class could see almost 75 miles of electric range
9 May 2019
Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall electric vans announced
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Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall electric vans announced

PSA Group brands confirm large electric vans, with electrified powertrains to be offered in mid-sized and small vans by 2021
30 Apr 2019
'Electric classic cars are a good idea'
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'Electric classic cars are a good idea'

If electric conversions keep more classic cars on the road in future, they should be celebrated, says Vicky Parrott...
26 Apr 2019
Kia and Hyundai electric cars to get app-based performance control
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Kia and Hyundai electric cars to get app-based performance control

Kia and Hyundai set to introduce smartphone app that controls torque and top speed of its electric cars
24 Apr 2019
Driving the Swind E Classic electric Mini conversion
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Driving the Swind E Classic electric Mini conversion

The Swind E Classic proves that the original Mini is one of the most appropriate classic cars for an electric conversion
23 Apr 2019