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Leading geophysicists predict that peak-oil is either currently occurring, or will have occurred by 2015. Meanwhile, demand for oil continues to increase at an extraordinary rate, with increasingly negative social and ecological consequences. Are you ready to switch?
The Peugeot 3008 Crossover, with HYbrid4 technology, is the first diesel-electric ‘Full Hybrid’ production car in the world. Peugeot believe the combination of a powerful yet fuel efficient diesel engine and electric motor is the optimal combination for a hybrid vehicle. Unlike previous hybrid vehicles which have chosen to use a less fuel efficient petrol engine, the HYbrid4’s diesel engine provides a Combined Drive Cycle fuel consumption of 74mpg, and as little as 99g/km CO2. Drivers can switch between four different operating modes; Auto, electric-only, 4wd and Sport Silent.
The new Vauxhall Ampera is an extended range electric vehicle (EREV) that is already in use by several police forces around the world. Free of the usual restrictions of batteries, it offers lively electric performance and a range of up to 360 miles. Winner of over 40 awards including the 2012 European Car of the Year and a challenge by the Association of Chief Police Officers to incorporate a range of future technology into an advanced hybrid car.
Dr Gregory Offer is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London. As a young academic he is involved in research investigating hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and hybrid and electric vehicles, from fundamental electrochemistry to the engineering challenges involved in developing low carbon vehicles.
Electric and plug-in hybrid vans are now eligible for a government grant, which will be available to both private and business buyers across the UK. The scheme will be similar to the plug-in car grant, but with a lower percentage discount from the list price (20%) and a higher maximum grant (£8,000).
Investing in Future Transport is a high level conference covering innovation and investment opportunities in the transport sector. The conference is supported by the Mayor of London and chaired by journalist and TV presenter, Quentin Willson.
The new Vauxhall Ampera is the UK’s first extended range electric vehicle (EREV) which can be plugged in to charge, but crucially it also uses a 1.4L petrol generator to keep the batteries charged on the go. Free of the usual restrictions of batteries, it offers lively electric performance and a range of up to 360 miles. Winner of over 40 awards including the 2012 European Car of the Year, What Car? magazine’s Green Car of the Year and Top Gear magazine’s Green Car of the Year. No wonder Quentin Willson is a proud owner.
Sir Stirling Moss and others discuss technology and driving experience, plus how to get all the benefits of a hybrid without actually having to buy one.