James Howe

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Polestar 2
Polestar 2 review

As the most direct Tesla Model 3 rival yet, the Polestar 2 strikes a great balance between practicality and desirability

Peugeot e-2008
New Peugeot 3008 electric due in 2023 with 404-mile range

Next Peugeot 3008 to ditch non-electrified power; mild and plug-in hybrids to be joined by a choice of electric drivetrains

Peugeot e-208
New Peugeot 5008 electric with multiple powertrain options set for 2023

The next-generation Peugeot 5008 SUV will get electric power a complete redesign on a new platform

BMW X1 hybrid
BMW X1 hybrid review

The BMW X1 xDrive25e is a plug-in hybrid SUV that's faster and more refined than its non-electrified siblings

BMW X1 hybrid reliability & safety

The plug-in BMW X1 is safe and should be reliable, but you'll have to pay extra to get all the active safety equipment you'd like

BMW X1 hybrid practicality & boot space

The BMW X1 hybrid's good packaging and passenger space hasn't suffered too much from the addition of batteries

BMW X1 hybrid interior & comfort

You may have to pick a few option packs to get the kit you want, but the BMW X1 plug-in has a comfortable cabin and great infotainment

BMW X1 hybrid running costs

Company-car users and urban-based private buyers will make the most of the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid

BMW X1 hybrid engines, drive & performance

Good to drive despite its extra weight, the X1 xDrive25e is the pick of the range for refinement and driver enjoyment

BMW X1 hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The BMW X1 plug-in hybrid is a match for its closest rivals when it comes to emissions, economy and electric range

Tesla Roadster
What was the first electric car? A history of the electric car

Ever wondered where the electric car came from? Here's a short history of the technology and milestone moments in its history

Mercedes EQE SUV spy shot
2022 Mercedes EQE electric SUV: pictures, details and on-sale date

New Mercedes electric SUV spied testing ahead of 2022 release; will join EQC and forthcoming EQE Saloon in the range

MINI Electric vs Renault ZOE
Study finds electric cars are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel models

Analysis by car insurer Direct Line shows electric cars to be around £107 cheaper to run per year

Mercedes A-Class hybrid
Mercedes A-Class hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The claimed figures don’t quite bear up in real life, but the Mercedes A-Class hybrid is still very efficient

Mercedes A-Class
Mercedes A-Class hybrid reliability & safety

A stellar safety rating should bring peace of mind for Mercedes A-Class hybrid buyers, as should decent owner feedback

Mercedes A-Class hybrid
Mercedes A-Class hybrid interior & comfort

Any niggles elsewhere are put to rest once you climb inside the Mercedes A-Class – it has one of the best interiors of any small car

Mercedes A-Class hybrid
Mercedes A-Class hybrid engines, drive & performance

The Mercedes A-Class hybrid is more than fast enough, but an unrefined drivetrain and unexciting handling let it down

Mercedes A-Class hybrid
Mercedes A-Class hybrid running costs

Pricey servicing detracts from the Mercedes A-Class hybrid's otherwise-frugal nature, which includes very cheap company-car tax

Mercedes A-Class hybrid
Mercedes A-Class hybrid review

The smallest plug-in that Mercedes makes is also one of the most efficient. It's a great, if not overly exciting, company-car choice

Kia Niro vs MINI Countryman
Twin test: Kia Niro PHEV vs MINI Countryman PHEV

Kia's practical and good-value plug-in hybrid family SUV takes on the stylish and sporty MINI Countryman S E ALL4