Organic Sandal - 30 April 2019

FOLLOW UP: GHOSN RELEASED ON BAIL AGAIN

Carlos Ghosn has won his bail application, with him paying the $4.5 million and having access to his Wife restricted. Ghosn has rejected these latest charges against him. To read more click the Automotive News Europe article here.

JLR MAY BUY ADDISON LEE

The ride-hailing company (or taxi as we normally call them), Addison Lee, is a potential target for Jaguar Land Rove as a step into the 'personal mobility' space. JLR are not alone in bidding for the company. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

VAUXHALL EMISSION FAULT

Vauxhall Corsa and Adam cars built between January 2018 and April 2019 have been recalled due to potential nitrogen oxide limits being exceeded. Vauxhall is contacting owners to arrange to upgrade the engine management software.

That is not the only recall open in the UK, as posted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. On the current list are Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Range Rover, Mercedes, Nissan, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda and Subaru for various issues. To read more click the Honest John article here, that includes the list of vehicles on recall.

OLEV APPROVED HOME CHARGER LIST RELEASED

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles has released a list of Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme approved chargers. The new approval includes the requirement that the chargers must be "smart", although no one is really sure what that term means. Those on the list will still be eligible for the £500 grant from 1 July 2019. There are 21 listed. To see which are included click the link here.

UK GOV CLEAN CAR TARGET TOO TAME

The Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body for the UK Government, has stated that the target of 2040 for only zero emission cars and vans to be sold is not ambitious enough. They declare that 2035 should be the latest, with 2030 suggested as the real target. To read more click the BBC News article here.

RAC FITS VANS WITH EMERGENCY EV CHARGING SETS

RAC is the first recovery service to fit a small electric car charger in many of their vans, to help stranded cars reach the nearest charging point. RAC vans with a green logo are the ones fitted with this in-house developed technology. To read more click the Motoring Research article here.

NORWAY INSTALLS WIRELESS CAR CHARGING STATIONS

Oslo will be the location for the first wireless charging stations, aimed at taxis, to aid their aim of having a zero emission taxi service from 2023. To read more click The Verge article here.

CHARGE LONDON DRIVERS BY THE MILE RECOMMENDATION

In order to help clear up the multi-layered and confusing charging systems in London, the suggestion is to charge drivers by the mile, depending upon their car. Centre for London, a think-tank, have the idea of one app that would be the portal for moving around the city, showing the options, costs and environmental impact of each mode of transport allowing for an informed choice. To read more click the Greenfleet article here.


If you like what we do, on this show, and think it is worth a £1.00, please consider supporting us via Patreon. Here is the link to that CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE PODCAST


FORMULA E: PARIS EPRIX

The season's first fully wet race took place at the weekend in Paris. In another incident ravaged race, with many yellow flags, starting under the safety car and what looked like almost non existent grip, we had our eighth winner in eight race, with Robin Frijns taking the top step. Andre Lotterer was second and Daniel Abt third. To read more click the e-racing365 article here.

To read the excellent Post-Race Paris Notebook click the link here.

In more news, Formula E will become a World Championship in the 2020-21 season, as it will have four 'automobile makes' participating. To read more click another e-racing365 article here.

WRC ARGENTINA

Thierry Neuville won the rally, with fellow Hyundai driver Andreas Mikklesen in second and Sebastien Ogier in third. As we have come to expect, another gruelling event with the weather adding to the unpredictable nature of the conditions. Tanak, who was pushing Neuville on Saturday until a battery charge issue meant he retired.

Meeke and Ogier had a tight fight for third, especially after he was demoted for taking a shortcut around a gate Ogier had previously hit in SS11.

Neuville now heads the Championship by ten points, with Ogier second and Tanak third. To read more click the Autosport article here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE AUTOCAR GUIDE TO WLTP EMISSIONS TESTING

As we talk about WLTP results a lot on this show, we thought we would include this excellent guide from Autocar to help explain what goes on with testing. Consider this your homework, there may be a test next week! To read about this click the link here.

LIST OF THE WEEK: CHEAPEST NEW CARS WITH FIVE STAR NCAP RATING

Motoring research has produced a list of the cheapest new cars you can buy that have been awarded five stars for safety. To read this click the link here.

AND FINALLY: TOYOTA BUILDS MINI-NÜRBURGRING

Toyota has built a mini version of the Nürburgring at the Toyota Technical Centre in Shimoyama, which will save lots of air miles! Now, is there a connection between this happening and the boss of Toyota being a total petrol-head, we will leave you to decide. To read about this amazing endeavour click the Jalopnik link here.


REAR VIEW PODCAST

Don't forget the new show from the team at Motoring Podcast, Rear View, where we talk to fascinating people from the motoring universe. To go listen to the episodes already released on Apple Podcasts click here.

TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ALAN AND ANDREW...

To get in touch with Alan via Twitter

To get in touch with Andrew via Twitter

To get in touch with the Motoring Podcast via Twitter

To follow the Motoring Podcast on Instagram

To watch the Motoring Podcast on YouTube