Friday, June 18, 2021

Mercedes Benz eVito Review and Road Test

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The Mercedes Benz Vito has been a staple for many years in the commercial world. Well the world has started to change a little, and emissions are the hot topic, meaning you've likely seen that diesel is a non starter in todays world.

This means commercial vehicle manufacturers have had to look elsewhere, enter the eVito.

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Mini Electric 2020 Review and Road Test

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The Mini electric review is here, this ev car starts around £25,000 including the government grant in the UK and you can choose from the level 1, 2  or 3, ours is a 2 which is mid spec, and includes heated seats etc, ours retailed for just under £26,500.
 
The electric Mini has been on the cards for quite some time there were even some prototypes quite some years ago and the dev time makes sense too, Mini and their customers wanted an electric mini, perfect for commuting, with a reasonable price and characteristics of the car they know and loved, in a word a Mini with pure electric powertrain, with no compromise on the existing platform yet still offering you the engaging and fun drive you bought the car for in the first place.
 
The challenge came with making it electric yet keeping it as it looked, yet 0 emission, the ev gubins and know how came from the BMW i3, a great car in itself - but the clever thing about the Mini is it is exactly as it was - It is just electric, no compromise on safety, no compromise on space and quite surprisingly just as fun just a different power delivery.
 
The tech guys knew keeping it an engaging drive would need some thinking, hence the laid the batteries on the chassis in a specific format to aid this.
 
Range wise you're looking at 140 miles however it will go up or down depending on how you drive.
 
A very reasonably priced electric car with the pzazz of the original, it may take a while to get used to instant power, but it's worth it.
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Hydrogen EV Charger AFC Energy

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Welcome to the AFC Energy solution to EV Charging.
 
On Friday Annabelle and myself were invited to the launch of a new Hydrogen EV charger.
 
We arrived at the event there were Press, Officials and interested investors.
 
There was a new Audi eTron and a Tesla Model S P90D and 2 Rolec charging points, an AFC Energy printed small container.
 
The first thing you realise is the chargers aren't connected to any electric feed, rather to the container and that is where this EV charger is different, this Hydrogen EV Charger can run off grid, with absolutely no electric.
 
This type of application versatility is astounding, it is zero emission which inturn helps in reducing a carbon footprint.
 
It's can fit in an existing location where diesel generators have been operating.
 
The H Power Electric vehicle charger on display here is  a 20 kW unit and increases from there, this one is a 10ft unit.
 
This allows you to be able to charge your electric cars in places where there is no electrical grid in operation e.g. the desert and it's only bi-product is mineralised water which is an asset for a myriad of reasons.
 
It's sustainable and versatile making it an interesting charging solution.
 
The more electric vehicles that are put on our roads and require plugin charging puts more strain on our grid and people have been wondering if the existing infrastructure will be able to cope with the additional vehicles.
 
Plug in charging whether it be on street charging or home needs additional power.
 
H Power EV chargers don't need this, the video explains what the company wants to achieve and explains how the system works.
 
Find out more on AFC energy's website as well as prices, sizes and what is possible, this company have also partnered with The 2020 British Motor Show.
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