Nissan is calling on the Government not to abandon its target of having one million electric vehicles (EVs) onto Irish roads by 2030, writes Trish Whelan.
The car is expected to be the next in a promise from the hybrid engine pioneer to offer 30 battery EVs by 2030.
Beyond the minimalistic design of the exterior, geared to provide extended range through good aerodynamics, the interior features eco-touches such as seating made from plant-based and recycled materials.
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The 'Citroen on Demand' scheme offers a choice from three models, the electric quadricycle Ami, the C4 and the electric E-C4. The whole process is carried out online and the vehicle is delivered and collected from the subscriber's home.
Flexibility is a key component of the service, including the ability to continue the subscription on a month by month basis at the end of the original commitment period. It is available to any driver 21 years or older and having held a licence for three years.
There's no indication if the scheme will be available anywhere outside France.
The Mazda2 Bio shown here is a test vehicle for a next-generation biodiesel created using biomass such as plants and micro-algae. It's called Susteo and is a combination of micro-algae and used cooking oil.
The carbon-neutral premise is that plants and microalgae absorb CO2 when they are growing and therefore the total amount of the climate heating gas is zero even after use in the car's engine.
In Japan, a commercial plant to mass produce such biodiesel is expected to be open in 2025. Susteo is used by the Mazda Spirit Racing Team.
Acknowledging the rapid global shift towards battery EVs, Mazda says many questions still remain remain, such as whether the electricity used to power these vehicles is generated from eco-friendly sources, and are the source materials used in the manufacture of the batteries sustainable and environmentally friendly? Nations where electricity is yet to be readily available to everyone will also need alternative solutions to EVs.
The new engines are 1.5 petrol in standard with manual and mild-hybrid with automatic transmissions, both 150hp. There's also a 1.4 petrol plug-in hybrid with 204hp and a 2.0 245hp petrol. The full powertrain lineup is completed with a 1.4 245hp PHEV and a 2.0 300hp petrol.
There are two trim lines across the range, the upper one called VZ. Two new upgrade packs are available.
|Bill Collins, CEO of Circol ELT, presents the Pakman Tyre Champion Award to Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland.|
Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland expressed his delight at the winning of the award, saying it is a great recognition of the strides that the company has made in integrating sustainability as a key driver across all the levels of their organisation.
The citation noted how, in the past year, the company has achieved top performance in the International Sustainability Rating, with Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) honouring their efforts in climate change mitigation for the fourth year in a row. Also instrumental in Continental’s win was the fact that the company already consumes 55 percent less water and 17 percent less energy than the industry average per metric ton of tyres produced.
Continental Tyres Ireland prepared a detailed submission for the Pakman award that listed a range of sustainability-focussed initiatives which the company has implemented across Europe. An example is the company’s new ground-breaking ContiRe.Tex technology which makes Continental the first tyre manufacturer in the world to launch volume production of recycled polyester yarn obtained from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles into passenger car tyres.
Continental is a title sponsor of the all-electric Extreme E racing series, and for the championship's second season, which opened in February 2022, Continental has developed a tyre for participating vehicles which uses ContiRe.Tex. A third of this new tyre is now made from recycled and renewable raw materials, including silica obtained from the ashes of rice husks — a waste product from agriculture — alongside reprocessed steel and carbon black. The support vehicles for this year’s Tour de France were also equipped exclusively with ContiRe.Tex tyres.
Prius was first launched in 1997, the latest version will be exclusively a plug-in hybrid, based on a 2.0 148hp petrol engine and a front-axle electric motor, offering a system output of 223hp.
The car will come to Europe in the spring of next year. Over the years, Toyota has spread its hybrid EV technology across is range of cars, and currently HEV cars account for 90pc of the brand's sales in Ireland.
|Jonathan Diver, Fuels Director with Circle K Ireland.|
The fuel, milesBIO HVO100, is a completely fossil-free biofuel made from waste by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption from the food industry and can be used to power diesel vehicles. HVO alternative diesel offers an up to 90pc reduction in carbon emissions over regular diesel. This renewable diesel has been available across Scandinavia at Circle K locations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in recent years.
The fuel will also be available to commercial customers at Circle K’s service station in Dublin Port, with the product to be rolled out at Circle K’s locations in Cork and Galway in the coming months, to support commercial customers in decarbonising the journeys of their own respective fleets. Organisations operating large fleet transport vehicles in sectors such as refuse, retail, and logistics amongst others will benefit greatly from this new product.