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VW Diesel Software Cheats On European Emission Limits Too, BBC Test Shows

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Now, a laboratory test conducted by the BBC appears to have shown that the software is programmed to. Europe emissions VW BBC Volkswagen diesel scandalAround 11 million Volkswagen diesel cars worldwide were equipped with "defeat device" software that allowed them to cheat on emissions tests, VW has said. But initially, it was only confirmed that the cars actually violated U.S. emissions rules.

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Electric cars still cheaper to run, no matter what the BBC says

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It’s very hard not to imagine someone sitting at a desk in the BBC news department tapping a chewed ball point pen on their desk as they mutter, ‘there must be another way we can spin an anti-electric car story, there must!’

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BREAKING: BBC Top Gear Caught Filming Latest Electric Car ?Stunt'

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Uh-Ho. Despite being embroiled in a sworded libel court-case with californian electric car maker Tesla Motors for false representation of its $109,000 sexy all-electric sportscar. the BBC’s Top Gear program has just been spied in Lincoln, England - filming its latest electric car escapade. The U.K.’s ’s number one motoring entertainment

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Tesla Fan Drives Epic Electric Car Trip To Prove BBC Wrong

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In typical form the latest BBC feature, a four-day trek from The British Broadcasting Corporation, considered to be the center-pin of television and radio in the U.K., has always had a cautious view of the benefits of electric vehicles, often choosing to illustrate the limited range of electric cars in articles rather than the positive benefits.

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Tesla Vs BBC: Top Gear Planned Dead Electric Car Shot Before Test

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Believe it or not, most of what you watch on television is scripted. What you may not know is that some shows which appear unscripted, like the BBC’s infamous Top Gear, are also scripted word for word. Everything from the banter between its three middle-aged hosts to its madcap challenges and car reviews has been meticulously planned, before

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VW Cheats Euro Emissions Tests, Tesla Model X Priced, TDI V-6 Software Fix: Today's Car News

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Today, a BBC test shows that Volkswagen "defeat device" software violates European emissions standards, the Tesla Model X electric crossover is priced from $81,200, and VW says it will update software in models equipped with 3.0-liter diesel V-6 powertrains.

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Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

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Bamboo could be the next carbon fiber, according to a new article on BBC Autos (only visible in U.S., Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as well. apparently). Surfboard manufacturer Gary Young uses bamboo in his boards already, and he told the

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Drayson Racing Sets New Lightweight Electric-Car Speed Record: 204 MPH

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And on Tuesday, reports the BBC, a new electric land speed record was It''s been a good week for electric vehicles in motor sport. At the weekend, Audi''s R18 e-tron, a diesel-electric hybrid race car, took victory at the Le Mans 24-hour race. Also at Le Mans, Nissan unveiled its 2014 competitor for the race, the ZEOD RC electric prototype.

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Think and BBC turn Norway electric

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The electric car revolution has arrived in Norway thanks to home-grown car manufacturer Think and the BBC. A convoy of 60 vehicles hit the streets as part of the BBC documentary Electric Ride which is now a quarter of the way through its month long, 4,000 miles odyssey around Europe in a Think City electric car.

BBC attacked over ‘ludicrous’ EV challenge

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The BBC’s recent electric car challenge (see story) has attracted criticism and controversy for what environmentalists are calling an unfair portrayal of electric cars. The recent challenge saw BBC journalist Brian Milligan drive an electric Mini from London to Edinburgh, using only publicly accessible charging points. Electric cars BBC Brian Mulligan electric car MINI

London still a long way from electric car target

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London has only achieved 3 per cent of its targeted uptake for electric cars, according to the BBC, despite the city mayor’s ambitious plans for battery powered models.

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Tesla mulls patent giveaway

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In an interview with the BBC, Musk strongly implied that the firm was looking at freeing up its technology patents, so other carmakers coul[.].

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London to Edinburgh EV trip completed in 13 hours

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EV advocates Robert Llewellyn and David Peilow managed a London to Edinburgh trip over the weekend in a 2013 model Nissan LEAF in just over 13 hours; smashing the four days it took BBC jour[.].

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London to Edinburgh electric car trip in just 10 hrs for Robert Llewellyn

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The BBC''s relationship with electric cars and its reporting on them have been under scrutiny before, but perhaps no more so than when journalist Brian Milligan took a Mini E electric car from London to Edinburgh just over three years ago.

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BBC to feature THINK electric vehicle in documentary

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Scandinavian electric vehicle maker, THINK, has provided a brand new City model to the BBC for a documentary about the first drive of an EV around Europe. BBC Electric Ride will see a documentary team of four, led by presenter Peter Curran, leave London next week and drive straight to Harwich to catch a ferry to [.]. Tags: Electric cars Latest news BBC BBC Electric Ride electric vehicles Think Think City

Top Gear Tests Nissan Leaf, Peugeot iOn: A Fair Assessment?

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It's the episode electric car enthusiasts have been itching to see- and now the guys at BBC motoring show Top Gear have tested two electric cars to see whether they make any sense for the car buying public. Now we already know that Top Gear hasn't had the greatest history with electric cars. First, they tested the Tesla Roadster in December 2008

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New Nissan LEAF finds first home with DJ Mark Goodier

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The former Top of the Pops host, best know for presenting the UK top 40 on BBC Radio One, is replaying his number one motoring moment by collecting his new 2013 Nissan LEAF, a[.].

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Electric-Car-Hating Top Gear Names Fisker Karma Luxury Car Of The Year

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For as long as we can remember, there’s been an ongoing love-to-hate relationship between the BBC's Top Gear show and electric cars. Until yesterday that is, when Top Gear Magazine caught everyone off guard by announcing that its Luxury Car of The Year was none other than the $95,900 Fisker Karma Plug-in Hybrid. Chosen twice, once as Luxury

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Top Gear On Electric Cars: ?We Are Allowed To Put Into A Film What We Want To?

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Those crafty chaps known as the BBC Top Gear team may have thought they got away with their recent review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Peugeot iOn (a rebadged predecessor to the 2012 Mitsubishi i) - but they would be wrong. Uh-ho. The fur started flying yesterday, when Nissan Senior Vice President Andy Palmer gave an interview to The Times

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Tesla loses Top Gear lawsuit

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Electric car maker, Tesla has lost its court case against the BBC’s Top Gear show over a review of its Roadster model. The Silicon-Valley firm had been trying to sue the show for libel and malicious falsehood relating to an episode first aired in December 2008. In the episode, the Roadster appeared to run out [.]. Tesla Motors Tesla Top Gear UK US

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Range Anxiety? Brit Proves Electric Cars Can Go The Distance

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Yesterday we covered the unexpected electric car challenge from a Tesla fan to the BBC journalist driving the 400+ mile trip from London to Edinburgh in a prototype 2009 MINI E David Peilow, a regular at TeslaMotorsClub.Com, took some time off from his work to prove that not all electric cars were slow and impractical for long-distance driving.

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Renault’s greenest model yet goes on sale

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As Renault faces a rather baffling court case against it over the use of the name ZOE for one of its forthcoming electric cars (see the BBC news story), in better news, the French carmaker has launched its most fuel efficient car ever. With its range of electric cars not due to hit the road [.]. Renault Clio emissions fuel efficiency green range Z.E

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Chelsea Sexton Slams Bias On Both Sides Over Electric-Car Range (Guest Post)

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But the recent BBC "Mini Adventure," a 484-mile journey from London to Edinburgh in a Mini E, has caught fire like nothing I've seen in a while. by Chelsea Sexton Slanted, anti-EV reporting is hardly a new thing, and I suspect we're in for a lot more of it in 2011 as plug-in vehicles hit showrooms. Helen Keller could have predicted the outcome of

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Life After Top Gear: ?The Stig? Goes Electric, Joins EV Cup

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What happens when the masked marvel of the highly popular and highly anti-electric car BBC Show Top Gear leaves? He starts racing electric cars, of course. Since his fiery departure from the prime-time entertainment show after he unveiled his identity, racing driver and stuntman Ben Collins has spent his time promoting his autobiography, joining a

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Tesla loses libel claim against Top Gear

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A high court judge ruled that the BBC show did not imply that Tesla misled motorists by claiming its Roadster car had a 200 mile range. Electric sport car firm Tesla has lost an important part of its libel lawsuit against Top Gear. The show first broadcast in 2008, showed the Tesla Roadster being tested [.]. Tesla Motors court libel Roadster sue Tesla test Top Gear track

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Milan gives up cars on the Sabbath

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The Northern Italy city first imposed trial bans in 2007, the BBC reports, and is imposed whenever pollution breaks statutory limits for 12 consecutive days. The Italian city of Milan is to banish cars for 10 hours on Sunday in a bid to cut the city’s air pollution. Milan is one of Europe’s most polluted [.]. Green credentials ban car car-free Milan pollution smog traffic

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Coffee car breaks world speed record

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Built by engineer Martin Bacon from County Durham in collaboration with the BBC show Bang goes the Theory, the Coffee Car broke the previous Guinness World speed record of 47mph with a new record of 77.5mph. [.]. A car modified to run on waste coffee grounds has unofficially broken the speed record for gasification powered vehicle.

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Electric car charging points falling short of targets

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Electric car charging infrastructure in the UK is falling short of government-set targets, according to research conducted by the BBC. The BBC found that just 704 of the 4,700 expected to be installed by the end of the [.]. Just over a tenth of the recharging points needed in the UK have been built so far. Electric cars Chargemaster charging electric car infrastructure

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Lada plans UK return

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According to the BBC, the Russian carmaker has struck a deal with Renault to help the brand reintroduce a new Lada car that has the familiar low brand prices but without [.]. Everyone’s favourite carmaker could be about to return to the UK, as Lada- the butt of many jokes- plans a return to UK showrooms.

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Pensioner protest against lorries causes A34 jam

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According to the BBC, Tony Fuller, 77, [.]. An elderly Dorset man has held a unique protest against the traffic running through his village. The plucky pensioner, angry at the amount of lorries which drive through his small village, gathered together a group of his neighbours to repeatedly use a pedestrian crossing to stop the traffic.

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CAT envisages fossil-free Britain in 20 years

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The report which details measure designed to slash carbon emissions and eliminate oil use in Britain is set to be published in June, the BBC reports. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) is drawing up plans which could help Britain to banish fossil fuel use in just twenty years. Entitled ‘Zero Carbon Britain’ the report’s [.].

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Self-driving race car comes close to human performance

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According to the BBC, a racing car driver beat the Audi TTS autonomous car by only a few seconds. Autonomous cars are continuing to prove their capabilities, after an robot-controlled model only narrowly lost out to a human-driven model during a race in California.

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Top Gear Producer Says Tesla's Libel Suit Is Bogus

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Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla says BBC TV show Top Gear falsely stated that the Tesla Roadster could only travel 55 miles before needing to recharge, according to Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman. Wilman said the team behind Top Gear, a show that touts the latest and greatest cars, calculated that the Roadster would only be able to

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Tata starts UK electric car production

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Production of the Tata Indica EV has begun in Coventry, according to the BBC. The Indian car maker, which owns Jaguar Land Rover, has taken on 23 people to help build 1,500 models of its first electric car set to launch in the UK. The Indica EV is expected to retail for around £25,000 to [.]. Tata Coventry ev Indica production

Saab to be reborn as electric car maker

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Swedish carmaker has indeed being sold to a Chinese-Swedish investment group with the intention of turning the firm into a maker of electric vehicles, the BBC confirms this afternoon. Last month we reported on the rumour that a new company called National Electric Vehicles Sweden (Nevs) was in line to buy the bankrupt carmaker, backed [.]. saab electric car

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Shares soar for ‘America’s fourth car maker’ Tesla

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Then it announces it is to bring a court case against the BBC show, Top Gear for libel and malicious falsehood over a [.]. It has been an exciting week for electric sports car maker Tesla. First, it marks a milestone 10 million miles driven by owners of its first electric model, the Roadster (see story). Tesla Motors Electric cars ev market price shares Tesla

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Tesla Losing Libel Case With Top Gear In UK High Court

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A Tesla Roadster may not have really whirred to a halt in the 2008 episode of Top Gear - since at the center of a long, drawn out legal battle - but the maker's court case against the BBC programme is definitely running out of juice. A ruling in favor of Top Gear has struck a blow to Tesla's libel battle against the car-themed entertainment show

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Tesla sues Top Gear over ‘Roadster lies’

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Electric supercar maker, Tesla is to sue the BBC programme Top Gear over allegations that a road test of its Roadster model featured on the show over two years ago, falsely portrayed the car’s performance. According to the company’s blog, the firm is only now bringing the case to court as it was only a [.]. Tesla Motors libel malicious falsehood Roadster Tesla Top Gear

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Scottish social workers to trial electric car pool

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According to the BBC, the pilot scheme has been made possible by a £105,000 low carbon vehicle grant from the Scottish government. Social workers in the Scottish Borders will be given a pool of electric cars to use, after the local council approved a trial scheme of EVs. Three EV cars, costing more than £30,000 [.]. Electric cars Scottish Borders Social work trial

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Electric Think City completes 4,500 mile journey

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The electric Think City car has much to celebrate this morning after the BBC’s pioneering 4,500 mile, 12 country European trek in the electric model was successfully completed with the arrival back in London yesterday. The return comes exactly one month after the BBC Electric Ride team left Broadcasting House on their epic journey in [.]. Tags: Electric cars BBC Electric Ride city car electric car journey Think