Episode 68 : Eat my Volts - Hyundai IONIQ Launch, Government cross with VW, Missouri cross with VW, £35m EV investment, New 5-Series,

FOLLOW UP - UK GOVERNMENT JOLLY CROSS WITH VW

Follow a report from the Transport Committee the UK Government has made it very clear that it is unhappy with Volkswagen’s handling of #DieselGate. They are dissatisfied, not only with the deceit in the first place, but also how it has been handled since. They are so unhappy that they’re considering legal action. Compensation rears it’s head again, this time with mutterings around the Sale of Goods Act 1979. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - MISSOURI SUES VW

Missouri has now followed other states in the US by taking direct legal action against Volkswagen. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - TESLA FIND OUT WORDS DO MATTER

In Germany, the authorities have now asked Tesla to stop using the word ‘Autopilot’ in advertising materials, as the safety system is an assist rather than autonomous. To read more click here.

FOLLOW UP - SECOND PUBLIC CONSULTATION FOR ULEZ LAUNCHED

The Office of the Mayor of London has launched the second public consultation into the Ultra-Low Emission Zone for the capital. The public has until 18 December 2016 to read and comment on the proposals. Ah, the proposals. As Andrew and Alan feared, it’s just charging drivers. To hear more about the chap’s feelings go listen to Episode 42 : Thing of the Past here. To read more click here. To go directly to the consultation click here.

‘POSITIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE MEETING’

Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, and PM Theresa May met to discuss Nissan’s future in the UK. Lots of words, which very nearly sounded like they actually meant something, were used in their statements to reassure us all is fine. To read more click here.

£35 MILLION ELECTRIC VEHICLE INVESTMENT

The UK Government announced an investment in alternative fuelled vehicles of £35 million. This is broken down to £30m for installing charging points; £3.75m for electrified motorcycles and scooters; £2m to encourage businesses to adopt hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The chaps applaud the amount for charging points, maybe the EV and PHEV charging war can be averted, but are disappointed in the amounts for motorcycles and hydrogen vehicles. To read more click here.

FIVE CLEAN AIR ZONE CITIES BY 2020

Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton have been told to introduce clean air zones by 2020. As part of this step, different rules are being proposed for electric vehicles. Suggestions include allowing EVs to ignore one-way systems, get priority at junctions, preferential parking space and lower charges. In reality, as with many “initiatives” when you investigate it much of this cannot happen, but it makes good news doesn’t it. To read more click here.

NEW BMW 5-SERIES REVEALED

BMW provided us all with a wonderful game of ‘spot the difference’ when they revealed the new (honestly it is) 5-Series. The seventh generation boasts LED lights, updated interior, more engines and semi-autonomous driving functions. Apparently, there was a more conservative exterior. To read more click here.

4633 PRIUS CARS RECALLED IN UK

Toyota is recalling Prius’s built between August 2015 and October 2016 due to a parking brake fault. Toyota stressed no accidents had been reported to them as a result of the parking brake disengaging if not left in park mode or switched off. The recall helpline is 0800 8766750. To read more click here.

CITROËN TO SELL DIRECT VIA THE WEB

Citroën is hoping to launch their direct selling web service next year in the UK. Prices are to be the same as those that can be achieved at a dealer. They want to offer buyers the chance to buy in a less pressured environment, which some feel is the case in a showroom. To read more click here.

FREE HOME CHARGER WITH NEW OUTLANDER PHEV

Chargemaster and Mitsubishi have teamed up to offer a free home charger unit, worth £279, when you buy a new Outlander PHEV. Seems a bit of an obvious move and will hopefully prompt more to follow suit. To read more click here.

UK’s FIRST DRIVERLESS POD TRIAL STARTS

40 driverless pods are being trailed in a small pedestrianised area of Milton Keynes, by the LUTZ Pathfinder project. To read more click here.

TOYOTA AND SUZUKI TO PARTNER UP

Toyota and Suzuki have announced they are looking at partnering up to co-develop environmental, safety and IT tech. As small cars are a prime focus Suzuki makes perfect sense. To read more click here.

WIRELESS CHARGING COMING TO CARS SOON

Qualcomm has announced that wireless charging is coming to cars soon. The first step will be, like so much technology, with the Mercedes S-Class. In 2018 you will be able to install a wireless charging pad on your drive, park your car over the top and allow wireless charging to do it's thing. Click here to read more.

HYUNDAI IONIQ LAUNCH

Last week Andrew attended the launch of the Hyundai IONIQ, their first foray into mainstream electric and hybrid vehicles. There will be a separate post on the blog going into more detail but some of the highlights are;

  • Prices start at £19,995 for the Hybrid and £24,495 (incl Government grant of £4,500) for the Electric.
  • One body style with three power-trains, Plug-in-Hybrid to follow next year.
  • Three power-trains enable you to make the right choice for your needs.
  • Very much a 'normal' car, in looks, feel and experience.
  • Clever use of tech for example driver-only sensing air con, packed with safety features, designed to be fuel efficient.
  • Practical car with a decent boot and passenger space.
  • A proper viable car that happens to be driven by three different power-trains.

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO DRIVE IN BRITAIN

Click here to read an account of an American in the UK not adjusting well to the roads of the South West of England. To read this click here.

REAR VIEW PODCAST

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