While we imagine that the vast majority of you would be perfectly content with an all-electric MINI Cooper (or a Porsche, if nothing else), some debutantes and Chuck Bass wannabes just won’t have anything but the best. For those out there who can actually consider putting a Rolls-Royce in the garage, you’ll be thrilled to know that CEO Tom Purves is spending some serious time thinking about a battery-powered Phantom. Reportedly, the bigwig stated that “many of its customers do small mileages exclusively in the city,” and for these customers, “an electric Rolls-Royce would be ideal.” He wouldn’t hand over any prospective time lines or anything, but we did get the impression that he reckoned the engineering wouldn’t be too terribly taxing. And the best part? He suggested that most buyers would opt for an electric Rolls for “urban use” while sporting a gasoline-powered version for longer journeys. Yeah, that’s something we can totally relate to.
Archive for October, 2008
Review If your job involves making a lot of phone calls in cars, or you just like to be available when you’re on the move, a Bluetooth headset or an easy-fit car kit is the best option.
The main problems with these, however, are that the battery tends to run down at crucial moments, and you need to plug it into your cigarette lighter, creating unsightly dangling wires around the driving area.
LG’s HFB-500: minimalist in the extreme Read the rest of this entry »
Save up to £325 per year
Figures achieved by 500 drivers in the Ford Focus ECOnetic Smart Driving Challenge show how much money, fuel and CO2 can be saved by using eco driving techniques.
The Energy Saving Trust, which ran the Ford Smart Driving Challenge with low CO2 Ford Focus ECOnetic models, has reported:
- Fuel saved after deploying smart driving tips equated to £325 per year for the average motorist
- Drivers improved their miles per gallon by 33.4 per cent
- Associated CO2 impact improved by 22.5 per cent
- Best fuel consumption recorded for Ford Focus ECOnetic was 78.5mpg (compared with official combined figure of 65.6mpg) Read the rest of this entry »