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A drum roll for the 2013 winners of the Next Green Car Awards announced this week…

The mix of winners shows the growing choice that drivers have when buying green cars. It also highlights the strength of the relatively new models on the block: the BMW i3 and the first full BlueMotion VW Golf Estate.

Across eight categories, cars were assessed according to: environmental Green Car Rating, innovation, value, drive experience and design.

The winners are listed below including some expected awards – such as the Nissan LEAF (pictured) – and other interesting results such as in the Next Generation category for example. This section highlights new technology models close to market launch; the VW e-Up! looks like it will have a big impact upon the EV market.

Best Supermini: BMWi3

– Small Family Car: Nissan LEAF

– Large Family Winner: Volvo V60 Plug-in

– Family Estate Winner: VW Golf Estate BlueMotion

– MPV Winner: Citroen C4 Picasso

– Crossover Winner: Renault Captur

– Executive Winner: Tesla Model S

– Next Generation Winner: VW e-Up! Electric

For more information about the Next Green Car Awards, please click here.

Remember – if you thinking about driving an Electric Vehicle, you could be eligible for funding assistance. Please talk to the team at EValu8 for details.

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EV driving visitors to the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2013 event will again be offered free recharging while they browse the show, thanks to APT Controls and the Source East Network which operates across the East of England.

Six fast charging points will be installed at the end of Millbrook’s mile straight, allowing attendees to drive to the event on electricity and leave their car to charge. Cenex LCV2013 will take place on 4th – 5th September 2013 at Millbrook Proving Ground.

The fast charging points come from APT’s Evolt range of electric vehicle charging solutions, which are becoming a common sight up and down the country as they have been supplied to 25 local authorities.

“The Evolt Street is a robust outdoor charger,” says Justin Meyer, Business Development Manager for APT, “and EV drivers attending the event will find them easy to use. The charger is simple to access with an intelligent tamper-proof opening mechanism and a digital display that provides information about energy consumption, charging times and current charge status.”

Source East has a network of 460 charging points across the East of England. Keith Bevis, managing director of Evalu8, which runs the scheme, said: “We are pleased to welcome EV drivers to LCV2013 in our region and are delighted that this year APT Controls is providing these extra charging points so that visitors will be able to arrive in their EVs having confidence that they can re-charge before returning home.

“Complimentary Source East membership will be given to every driver booked to use these visitors charging facilities. This will give them access to other charging points around the East of England.”

Drivers wishing to use this service are asked to email Hannah Burton at sourceeast@sourceeast.net with their name and which day they will be attending. During the event an APT engineer will be on hand to assist drivers.

Cenex LCV2013 is held in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade and Investment, the SMMT, Automotive Council and the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles. Representatives from 750 companies, including manufacturers, infrastructure providers and fleet operators, are expected to attend.

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Last week, the all-new electric BMW i3 was revealed in London. The 250 representatives attending the event included EValu8’s Dr Keith Bevis as well as Boris Johnson, Mayor of London and the guest of honour, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP.

Since 1995, the BMW “fleet” emissions have come down 30%. In addition BMW is working with the TEN-T network to invest in 70 Rapid chargers across the UK and Ireland. The car manufacturer really is demonstrating its green intentions.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing BMW unveiled the BMW i3 to attendees who had travelled from across Europe and Scandinavia to see the eagerly anticipated Electric Vehicle. Mr Roberston said: “The BMW i3 heralds the dawn of a new era for individual mobility for the BMW group. True to a genuine BMW, the BMW i3 has strong emotional appeal, outstanding product substance and a guarantee of sheer driving pleasure.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson added: “We have got to get the conditions right to ensure motorists can comfortably take up the option of electric vehicle motoring and this latest innovation should help to make zero-emission vehicles a more common choice for consumers.” He went on to discuss the city wide public charging network Source London, introduced to make the transition tom electric even easier.

The BMW i3 will be available to buy in November this year at a price of £26,000 after the OLEV grant. Alternatively it could be leased at £370 per month. To see what funding may be available to help with driving the BMW i3 or another Electric Vehicle, talk to the team at Evalu8.

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