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nissan leaf

ELECTRIC cars are the next big thing in the car industry. In a few years there will be more choice in showrooms, but for now, there are some great deals to be had on the first mainstream EV success story, the Nissan Leaf. With prices below £6,000 even for cars as new as 2014 models, it’s very affordable; and because many owners only use their Leafs for short trips around town, lots have very few miles on the clock, meaning the condition of most used examples is good. Don’t fret about running a second-hand EV, because the original Leaf was ranked the 33rd best car to live with in our Driver Power 2017 survey, and with fewer moving parts to go wrong, reliability should be strong. We found second-hand cars only a few…

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hyundai ioniq plug-in

MODEL TESTED: Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE PRICE: £26,795 ENGINE: 1.6-litre 4cyl petrol/electric, 139bhp THIS plug-in Hyundai Ioniq offers even greater efficiency than the standard hybrid version. A greater all-electric range thanks to a bigger battery pack promises impressive efficiency. Combined with the Ioniq PHEV’s attractive £26,795 list price in Premium SE trim tested here, is it a hybrid hero? DESIGN & ENGINEERING score 3.8 THE Hyundai Ioniq comes in three variants: a conventional hybrid, an all-electric model and this plug-in. All three share the same platform because the Ioniq was designed to accommodate a range of powertrains. The PHEV version uses the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine as the regular hybrid, only here the electric motor is stronger, delivering 61kW alongside a more energy-dense 8.9kWh battery. That battery pack is mounted underneath…

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news, deals & events

Hi-tech rigs at new crash test facility CHILD seat specialist Britax Römer has unveiled a 5million Euro (£4.4m) crash test centre at its new manufacturing site in Leipheim, Germany. At the heart of the facility, which works alongside the test centre in Andover, Hants, are two crash rigs. One is a state-of-the-art, 300-Bar hydraulic set-up (above), simulating the forces involved in a crash. It’s set on a four-metre-tall, 1,200-tonne concrete block using crash dummies costing up to 140,000 Euros. Ford-styled electric scooters on the way FORD is branching out into other modes of transport. Its latest venture is a collaboration with OjO electric to make a line of “Commuter Scooters”. Ford says the scooters will have styling inspired by the company’s passenger car range, both current and historic, and feature an electric powertrain for silent…

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news in brief

New special-edition Lotus up for the Cup LOTUS has launched another specialedition Elise – called the Cup 260. Building on the recently introduced Cup 250, the ultra-exclusive trackday car costs £59,500 and only 30 will be built. It uses the same supercharged 1.8- litre Toyota engine producing 250bhp. It’s 22kg lighter than the 250 and covers 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. It also gets adjustable dampers and special gold paint to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Lotus. Inside, you’ll find carbon fibre racing seats with gold stitching. £10 T-charge for big polluters in London LONDON’S controversial ‘T-Charge’ came into force this week. As of 23 October, drivers of pre-Euro 4 petrol and diesel cars will be subject to the city’s £10 toxicity charge – on top of the existing central London Congestion Charge. Drivers of the older…

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polestar’s perfect timing as evs are set for take off

HOW long do you think it takes to launch a new car company? In the case of Polestar – the new electrified performance brand that sits within the Volvo Car Group – it’s just two years. Back in 2015 on a frozen test track in Sweden, Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson, while reviewing an early production version of the Volvo Concept Coupe, decided that it shouldn’t wear a Volvo badge – but something different. And Polestar was born. And last week in Shanghai, the Polestar 1 (above) was launched to the world. That all goes some way to explaining why the 1 looks so much like a Volvo – because that’s what it was originally meant to be. But it’s also an important statement for what’s to come from a standalone Polestar. As we…

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owner left stranded by new cars’ flat batteries

BATTERIES go flat from time to time, especially on older cars, but reader Sarah Walker got in touch after she was unable to reject her brand new Vauxhall Astra after this happened on a number of occasions. Sarah, from Southam, Warks, told us that she was forced to call out the AA three times in two months when her 17-plate Astra SRi left her stranded by the roadside. “I bought a brand new car with zero miles on the clock, but after just 330 miles I had to call out the AA because the battery was flat,” Sarah told us. She booked the car in for an inspection at dealer Eden Vauxhall Banbury, Oxon, where staff said the drainage could have been caused by a loose battery connector. “A few weeks later, the same…