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Vauxhall Vivaro-e Hydrogen van arrives with 249-mile range

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New FCEV variant of van is due in UK in 2023 with three-minute refuelling and 1100kg payload

The Vauxhall Vivaro van has gained a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) variant with up to 249 miles of range and the same load capacity as equivalent combustion and battery-electric models.

The new addition to Vauxhall's commercial line-up will be sold in left-hand-drive markets by German sister brand Opel from the end of 2021 and is set to make its UK debut in 2023. 

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen mates a 45kW fuel cell with three 700bar hydrogen tanks (which can be filled in just three minutes) and uses the same front-mounted 134bhp electric motor as the Vivaro-e BEV.

A 10.5kW lithium ion battery, capable of charging using regenerative braking, is also installed, offering 31 miles' worth of propulsion.

“We're set to add hydrogen to the line-up as an efficient energy system of the future,” said Vauxhall managing director Paul Willcox. “Vauxhall-Opel has more than 20 years of experience in developing hydrogen fuel technology, which offers zero emissions in use, a long driving range and ultra-fast refuelling.

“We're already in contact with UK fleet operators that want to go the extra mile on sustainability, and we look forward to bringing Vivaro-e Hydrogen to the UK soon."

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen will retain the same body size as existing Vivaro variants, with the choice of standard 4.95m or long 5.30m wheelbase, while payload capacity increases to 1100kg. Cargo volume remains the same, at up to 6.1m3.

The Vivaro-e Hydrogen will be produced at Vauxhall-Opel’s research-and-development Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany.

It will be the brands' first commercially available hydrogen powertrain. Ex-parent company General Motors' experimental Hydro Gen 4 system was brought to the UK for demonstration purposes a decade ago but never found its way into a production car.

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Opinion: Can an electric GT be a true Lamborghini?

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Shared platform could make it difficult for a Lambo EV to stand out - though Urus proves it can be done

With an appeal built on the flamboyantly theatrical design and performance of its supercars, it might seem that Lamborghini exists in an exotic world somewhat removed from reality and rationality. But no matter how extravagant its cars, no marque is immune from ‘boring’ practicalities such as complying with increasingly tough emissions regulations.

For a company such as Lamborghini, electrification fundamentally changes the performance characteristics of a car. The challenge for the Italians in the coming years will be to produce plug-in hybrids and EVs to meet legislative requirements and allow for financial growth, all while maintaining the fundamental DNA that holds such irrational appeal to customers.

It will be a question of balance. There are well-known performance benefits to electrification, but they will need to be balanced against the expectations of Lamborghini’s rich history of internal combustion engines. The trick will be finding ways to broaden expectations of what a Lamborghini is without losing that desirable essence.

Of course, Sant’Agata has shown recently that it can be done. The Urus is almost everything that a Lamborghini shouldn’t be: a big, heavy SUV, built using a shared platform and powertrain and having a real focus on sales growth. Yet the firm has found a way to make the Urus enough of a Lamborghini for it to find favour with customers.

If it can pull off the same trick with electrification, Lamborghini can satisfy its business head and win its customers’ hearts.

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Lamborghini readies PHEV versions of Urus, Huracan and Aventador

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Plug-in variants of Aventador and Huracan successors due after facelifted Urus SUV

Lamborghini will introduce plug-in hybrid powertrains to all three of its current model lines within the next three years, before launching its first battery-electric vehicle by the end of the decade.

The brand's three existing models will be electrified in 2023 and 2024, with the arrival of the facelifted Urus SUV and what are expected to be the successors to the V10 Huracán and V12 Aventador supercars. While the Urus will offer various powertrains where regulations allow, the Huracán and Aventador successors are likely to be sold exclusively as plug-in hybrids.

The move is part of Lamborghini's Direzione Cor Tauri roadmap, driven by the need to reduce the firm's environmental impact and under which the firm will invest more than £1.3 billion in PHEV technology in the next four years. But Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann has vowed to "keep the DNA" of the brand and "take it to the next level".

"We know that in order to stay competitive we have to decide with conviction," said Winkelmann. "We have to shorten development times, and work with the utmost discipline. I see Lamborghini like a powerful rocket setting out for a new mission. The Urus was our first ignition on this journey, and now we are firing up the second stage."

Winkelmann refused to go into detail on the exact technical specifications of the powertrains planned for the supercars but told Autocar: “It will underline the CO2 emissions on the one hand and the power output on the other.” The firm is aiming to reduce the CO2 emissions of its product line-up by 50% by the end of 2025.

He added that the cars will have performance “equal to or even better than today”. Winkelmann confirmed that the Aventador and Huracán successors will use plug-in hybrid powertrains, rather than the supercapacitor system featured on the new, Aventador-based Sián FKP 37. He added that the Aventador successor would retain a V12, but didn't specify that the Hurácan successor would use a V10, potentially signalling a change in engine for that model.

While Winkelmann said the Sián’s mild-hybrid powertrain is “a good bridge to test the reaction of our customers” to electrification, its limited electric capacity compared with a PHEV means that it wouldn’t meet Lamborghini’s future emissions targets.

Instead, the firm is likely to use a system similar to that seen on Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale, with an internal combustion engine powering the rear axle, an electric motor powering the front axle and torque vectoring used to balance the output.

Winkelmann added that the firm weas working to negate the potential performance disadvantages of PHEV technology. "Batteries also add weight, the alleged enemy of performance," he said. "At Lamborghini, however, we are used to balancing out weight additions. An increase in performance often leads to the addition of weight in the first step. Our cars excel in power-to-weight ratio, so we have a very good starting point for hybridisation."

Winkelmann said that expanded use of lightweight carbonfibre and other new technologies will be “crucial” in compensating for the extra weight of the PHEV batteries.

Before Lamborghini's hybridisation programme begins in 2023, Winkelmann said that the firm would use the next two years to “celebrate” the combustion engine and “pay homage to the brand’s glorious history and iconic products”.

Two V12 models are due this year, one of which is understood to feature electrified supercapacitor technology. While Lamborghini has refused to give details, it is understood at least one of the models will feature retro-styling inspired by some of the firm's previous supercars.

Winkelmann added: "Our naturally aspirated engines, as our super sports cars in general, remain the absolute benchmark in the industry. And looking into the future, they can be considered last of its kind. But don’t worry, we still have one or two surprises planned celebrating our combustion engines."

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First electric Lamborghini due by mid-2020s as two-door GT

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Italian firm to add fourth model, an electric four-seat GT based on Porsche and Audi platform, in second half of decade

Lamborghini’s bosses have approved an expansion programme for a long-mooted fourth model line for the the company's first battery-electric model, set to take the form of a two-door four-seat grand tourer which boss Stephan Winkelmann confirmed will appear “in the second half of this decade”.

The new machine will be the culimination of the firm's newly announced Direzione Cor Tauri road map, which will include electrifying its three existing product lines with plug-in hybrid powerrtrains by the end of 2024.

Winkelmann said initial development work on the new car has begun, but he said no decision about its final form has been made. “This will be at least a 2+2 or four-seater,” Winkelmann told Autocar. “We imagine a two-door car mainly at this moment, but we haven’t yet taken a final decision on the bodystyle or the power output.”

The Direzione Cor Tauri roadmap – referencing the brightest star in the Taurus constellation – which involves more than £1.3 billion of investment in PHEV technology in the next four years, and is driven by the need to reduce the firm’s environmental impact. But Winkelmann has vowed to “keep the DNA” of the brand and “take it to the next level”.

Autocar first reported that Lamborghini was likely to base its debut EV on a four-seat grand touring coupé in 2017, with insiders indicating that route is being pursued because it best marries the brand’s sports car heritage with the current performance of battery-electric vehicles.

Winkelmann added that a final decision on the basic specifications of the EV would be made next year, explaining: “There are two steps. One is the analysis of bodystyle and volumes in this segment, and the other is the match we have with platforms in the Volkswagen Group to find the best solution.”

A four-seat grand tourer would also sit in a new market segment for Lamborghini, therefore helping the Italian firm grow its sales volumes.

Winkelmann said that it’s too early to talk about sales targets for the new model but suggested: “If we speak about a two-door four-seater, it will be something in between our current models. It’s not going to be the volumes of a super-sports car, but it’s not going to be the [higher] volumes of the Urus [SUV].”

As previously reported, Lamborghini was in line to use the new performance-focused, EV-specific PPE platform developed by Porsche and Audi. However, the timing of the Lamborghini EV’s introduction closer to 2030 means it’s now likely to instead be one of the earliest vehicles to use the forthcoming SSP architecture, which combines elements from the PPE and mainstream MEB platforms. The SSP platform is designed to be hugely adaptable, with scope to accommodate a wide range of electric motors and battery pack technology.

The first car based on it will be the result of Audi’s ongoing Artemis project, due in 2026, and it will eventually underpin around 80% of all Volkswagen Group models.

In terms of powertrains, the Lamborghini EV is likely to use motors shared with Porsche and Audi, although an intriguing prospect could be a partnership with EV technology specialist and hypercar manufacturer Rimac. Porsche owns a significant stake in the Croatian firm and is currently in talks with it to co-run Bugatti in the future. 

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Genesis prices up G80 and GV80 ahead of imminent UK arrival

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Hyundai's new premium marque gears up to sell £37,460 G80 saloon and £56,715 GV80 SUV from summer

Ahead of its European market launch in the coming months, Hyundai's new luxury brand Genesis has priced up the first cars it will launch in the region: the G80 saloon and its GV80 SUV sibling. 

Priced from £37,460 and £56,715 respectively, the G80 and GV80 will arrive in UK dealerships in summer, ahead of the arrival of the G70, GV70 and Europe-specific G70 Shooting Brake.

The G80 is initially available with either a 199bhp 2.2-litre diesel driving the rear axle, or a 296bhp 2.5-litre petrol engine which drives all four wheels. Both send their reserves through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The all-electric G70 Electrified is due to follow shortly afterwards.

The all-wheel-drive-only GV80, available with either five or seven seats, is also offered with the 2.5-litre engine, as well as a 3.0-litre turbodiesel. As expected, neither car is offered with the petrol V6 option sold in other markets.

Hyundai launched its premium brand in Korea and the US in 2015, and its European expansion will now begin with sales in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

The decision to launch Genesis’s largest cars first is likely an effort establish the brand’s premium credentials and reflects the fact they’re the newest in its fleet, having been revealed last year.

Two further EVs, including one built on a bespoke EV platform, will also arrive within the first year of UK sales.

Genesis has shared no details, but the latter is likely to be a production version of the Mint city car concept or X grand tourer concept. Genesis bosses say the marque will focus on offering a premium experience via an online-centred sales model and an emphasis on customer service.

It will implement a “transparent” set pricing structure, with a limited number of car specifications. A five-year care plan that covers servicing, roadside assistance and over-the-air software updates will be included in the price, plus Genesis will offer a car- subscription service.

Customers will be able to buy cars entirely online, although Genesis will also open ‘studios’ in London, Munich and Zürich for those who want to buy in person.

Every Genesis customer will also be assigned a personal assistant, who will be their sole point of contact throughout their buying process and ownership.

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James Ruppert: Time to peel back the top and escape lockdown

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Volkswagen Eos: this folding hard-top Golf is yours for £1495


As sun and freedom beckons, a reader seeks an affordable four-seat convertible

Apparently, it is that time of year again – the time when readers’ minds turn to cars with a removable roof. Or, at least, one that can be tucked out of the way. This particular request was for something cheap and cheerful, and I’ve been given free rein as regards to character and performance. All our correspondent asked for is a reliable roof-free experience that, ideally, seats more than two.

One thing I noticed is the sheer number of Volkswagen Eos models around. This is in effect a Volkswagen Golf convertible, albeit a lot duller. It’s a rather complicated affair with a folding metal roof and sometimes sulky electrics, and all this means that a 2006 2.0 TSI example with 120,000 miles might be a worry at £1495, but it did at least have a full and fresh MOT, so it won me over. To be on the safe side, a 2011 1.4 TSI SE with 60,000 miles seemed like a reasonable value buy at £6000.

Click here to buy your next used car from Autocar

If the whole point of a cabriolet is not just to get some wind in your hair but also to attract some attention (from anoraks), then what could be better than a Rover 216? I didn’t expect to find one, but there it was at a dealer: a 1998 example with 73,000 miles and an asking price of £2995. Some might think that’s the top end of things, but it could be a bargain given the way some 1990s pre-classics have been going.

When it comes to head-turning four-seat cabriolets, a proper oddity would be the Chrysler PT Cruiser. A 2007 with an easy-going automatic gearbox and in standard 2.4 Limited trim is around £3995. With a low, sub-50k mileage, it seemed to be well looked after. At times like these, though, a 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T Linear in tip-top condition at £1999 is a far better and more subtle head-turner, and it has room for four.

When it comes to bijou four-seaters, everyone loves a Mini Cooper, and the one I spotted at a used car dealer seemed like a good buy with over 110,000 miles and at a tempting £2300. It had had three owners, but it was in Chili trim and there was nothing scary in the MOT history. Tight on space, though.

I’d forgotten all about the Vauxhall Cascada until I saw a 2.0 CTDi SE from 2013 with 55,000 miles at £6299. It would at least deliver over 50mpg, but how much fun would that really be? Instead, a 2003 Vauxhall Astra Turbo with just under 50,000 miles seemed rather more exciting at £3990. A private sale, but it was £1000 less than a dealer-sourced example. Mint condition, too. These things get even better with age.

These are some wonderfully practical four-seat buys, and the more unfashionable the better. Anything overlooked or underrated is always great value. I think I’ve proved that.

Tales from Ruppert's garage

Volkswagen Golf, mileage - 78, 392: Just when we were thinking the Golf wouldn’t be troubling these pages for months to come, suddenly there was drama: full-on mid-traffic failure of everything, which involved the owner of the car getting out to push. A Good Samaritan gave a jump-start, which was just enough to get home (with the stop-start wisely switched off). I saw phone footage of the dashboard doing a firework display. Afterwards, the car was recovered to the local garage, where the battery was replaced. It was a stiff £180, but batteries have to do an awful lot these days. When they go, everything goes with it.

Reader's ride

Skoda Citigo: Thanks to Matt for sharing with us his latest purchase, this, a Skoda Citigo. Take it away, Matt.

“I was looking for a Mii/Up/Citigo right at the bottom of the price range and found this at a dealer in Suffolk. We agreed on £2000 provided it was valeted, MOT’d and delivered, and that’s what they did. It has done 144,000 miles but feels like nearer 44,000. It’s great to drive, tiny on the outside but roomy inside. I’ve never bought sight unseen before, but this has worked out well. First job will be to fit decent tyres all round.”

Readers' questions

Question: I’m looking to buy my first EV. Are discounts available on electric cars or are they too new to warrant them? Greg Burrow, via email

Answer: Ultimately, supply and demand call the shots when it comes to car discounts and EVs are not immune. More new models are coming to the market, intensifying competition between manufacturers who, as a result, are loosening their grip on list prices. What Car?, our sister magazine, has found most electric cars are now being discounted, and some of them to the tune of 20%. Models attracting some of the biggest discounts include the Audi E-tron, the Fiat 500, the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Renault Zoe. JE

Question: I'’m considering a Dacia Sandero Bi-Fuel. Where can I find garages selling LPG and what does it cost? Donald Clarke, via email

Answer: Only around 1000 filling stations sell LPG – liquid petroleum gas – but, fortunately, there’s an app (autogas.app) that tells you where they are and what the fuel costs at each of them. National coverage is pretty good but litre prices vary widely, from 57.9p per litre to as much as 92p per litre. However, the app relies on users updating it, so these figures can’t be wholly relied on. Currently, the UK average is 70.3p per litre. JE

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London-based company to bring EV chargers to underserved areas

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Connected Kerb will start by installing chargers in select areas of Kent by the end of May

A London-based firm will develop an electric vehicle charging ecosystem for communities in more remote areas, where charging points are few and far between. 

Connected Kerb will begin the campaign by installing 40 charging units across 20 poorly served Kent sites to improve accessibility for EV motorists. Affected areas including Gravesham, Kent or Castle Point, Essex, currently have just 3.7 and 2.2 chargers per 100,000 people respectively, compared with London’s 63 per 100,000, or 30% of the national total of EV chargers.

The company says the project will provide a blueprint for the UK’s local authorities to bring EVs to hard-to-reach areas, while fighting the disparity in the distribution of charging points. 

“Access to charging infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to the uptake of EVs. Although demand for chargers is higher in dense urban areas, the lack of infrastructure in out-of-town communities leaves people concerned about switching to EVs,” said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb. 

“Nobody should be left behind by the EV revolution because of where they live. Our partnership with Kent County Council shows that the economics of installing EV chargers in non-urban areas is much more favourable than many believe,” Pateman-Jones added.

Connected Kerb is relying on a business model that it says allows local authorities to provide all communities with accessible, low-cost and reliable EV charging. 

The company plans to install chargers with a longer lifespan of more than 20 years, improve grid infrastructure with capacity to add more chargers at low cost, and integrate smart technologies such as 5G, air-quality monitoring, parking management and CCTV. The chargers will provide a 7kW–22kW fast charge. 

The first wave of chargers are due to be in place by the end of May, with the second phase of installations currently in the planning stage. All income from the chargers will go to local communities or be used to install and maintain additional chargers.

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James Ruppert: Time to peel back the top and escape lockdown

10 vw eos lead

Volkswagen Eos: this folding hard-top Golf is yours for £1495


As sun and freedom beckons, a reader seeks an affordable four-seat convertible

Apparently, it is that time of year again – the time when readers’ minds turn to cars with a removable roof. Or, at least, one that can be tucked out of the way. This particular request was for something cheap and cheerful, and I’ve been given free rein as regards to character and performance. All our correspondent asked for is a reliable roof-free experience that, ideally, seats more than two.

One thing I noticed is the sheer number of Volkswagen Eos models around. This is in effect a Volkswagen Golf convertible, albeit a lot duller. It’s a rather complicated affair with a folding metal roof and sometimes sulky electrics, and all this means that a 2006 2.0 TSI example with 120,000 miles might be a worry at £1495, but it did at least have a full and fresh MOT, so it won me over. To be on the safe side, a 2011 1.4 TSI SE with 60,000 miles seemed like a reasonable value buy at £6000.

Click here to buy your next used car from Autocar

If the whole point of a cabriolet is not just to get some wind in your hair but also to attract some attention (from anoraks), then what could be better than a Rover 216? I didn’t expect to find one, but there it was at a dealer: a 1998 example with 73,000 miles and an asking price of £2995. Some might think that’s the top end of things, but it could be a bargain given the way some 1990s pre-classics have been going.

When it comes to head-turning four-seat cabriolets, a proper oddity would be the Chrysler PT Cruiser. A 2007 with an easy-going automatic gearbox and in standard 2.4 Limited trim is around £3995. With a low, sub-50k mileage, it seemed to be well looked after. At times like these, though, a 2007 Saab 9-3 2.0T Linear in tip-top condition at £1999 is a far better and more subtle head-turner, and it has room for four.

When it comes to bijou four-seaters, everyone loves a Mini Cooper, and the one I spotted at a used car dealer seemed like a good buy with over 110,000 miles and at a tempting £2300. It had had three owners, but it was in Chili trim and there was nothing scary in the MOT history. Tight on space, though.

I’d forgotten all about the Vauxhall Cascada until I saw a 2.0 CTDi SE from 2013 with 55,000 miles at £6299. It would at least deliver over 50mpg, but how much fun would that really be? Instead, a 2003 Vauxhall Astra Turbo with just under 50,000 miles seemed rather more exciting at £3990. A private sale, but it was £1000 less than a dealer-sourced example. Mint condition, too. These things get even better with age.

These are some wonderfully practical four-seat buys, and the more unfashionable the better. Anything overlooked or underrated is always great value. I think I’ve proved that.

Tales from Ruppert's garage

Volkswagen Golf, mileage - 78, 392: Just when we were thinking the Golf wouldn’t be troubling these pages for months to come, suddenly there was drama: full-on mid-traffic failure of everything, which involved the owner of the car getting out to push. A Good Samaritan gave a jump-start, which was just enough to get home (with the stop-start wisely switched off). I saw phone footage of the dashboard doing a firework display. Afterwards, the car was recovered to the local garage, where the battery was replaced. It was a stiff £180, but batteries have to do an awful lot these days. When they go, everything goes with it.

Reader's ride

Skoda Citigo: Thanks to Matt for sharing with us his latest purchase, this, a Skoda Citigo. Take it away, Matt.

“I was looking for a Mii/Up/Citigo right at the bottom of the price range and found this at a dealer in Suffolk. We agreed on £2000 provided it was valeted, MOT’d and delivered, and that’s what they did. It has done 144,000 miles but feels like nearer 44,000. It’s great to drive, tiny on the outside but roomy inside. I’ve never bought sight unseen before, but this has worked out well. First job will be to fit decent tyres all round.”

Readers' questions

Question: I’m looking to buy my first EV. Are discounts available on electric cars or are they too new to warrant them? Greg Burrow, via email

Answer: Ultimately, supply and demand call the shots when it comes to car discounts and EVs are not immune. More new models are coming to the market, intensifying competition between manufacturers who, as a result, are loosening their grip on list prices. What Car?, our sister magazine, has found most electric cars are now being discounted, and some of them to the tune of 20%. Models attracting some of the biggest discounts include the Audi E-tron, the Fiat 500, the Hyundai Ioniq and Kona, the Jaguar I-Pace and the Renault Zoe. JE

Question: I'’m considering a Dacia Sandero Bi-Fuel. Where can I find garages selling LPG and what does it cost? Donald Clarke, via email

Answer: Only around 1000 filling stations sell LPG – liquid petroleum gas – but, fortunately, there’s an app (autogas.app) that tells you where they are and what the fuel costs at each of them. National coverage is pretty good but litre prices vary widely, from 57.9p per litre to as much as 92p per litre. However, the app relies on users updating it, so these figures can’t be wholly relied on. Currently, the UK average is 70.3p per litre. JE

READ MORE

James Ruppert: Go east for ULEZ-compliant petrols 

James Ruppert: The past is the future when it comes to cars 

James Ruppert: Bargain barnstormers that will take you anywhere






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London-based company to bring EV chargers to underserved areas

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Connected Kerb will start by installing chargers in select areas of Kent by the end of May

A London-based firm will develop an electric vehicle charging ecosystem for communities in more remote areas, where charging points are few and far between. 

Connected Kerb will begin the campaign by installing 40 charging units across 20 poorly served Kent sites to improve accessibility for EV motorists. Castle Point, one of the affected areas, currently only has 2.2 chargers per 100,000 people, compared with London’s 63 per 100,000, or 30% of the national total of EV chargers.

The company says the project will provide a blueprint for the UK’s local authorities to bring EVs to hard-to-reach areas, while fighting the disparity in the distribution of charging points. 

“Access to charging infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers to the uptake of EVs. Although demand for chargers is higher in dense urban areas, the lack of infrastructure in out-of-town communities leaves people concerned about switching to EVs,” said Chris Pateman-Jones, CEO of Connected Kerb. 

“Nobody should be left behind by the EV revolution because of where they live. Our partnership with Kent County Council shows that the economics of installing EV chargers in non-urban areas is much more favourable than many believe,” Pateman-Jones added.

Connected Kerb is relying on a business model that it says allows local authorities to provide all communities with accessible, low-cost and reliable EV charging. 

The company plans to install chargers with a longer lifespan of more than 20 years, improve grid infrastructure with capacity to add more chargers at low cost, and integrate smart technologies such as 5G, air-quality monitoring, parking management and CCTV. The chargers will provide a 7kW–22kW fast charge. 

The first wave of chargers are due to be in place by the end of May, with the second phase of installations currently in the planning stage. All income from the chargers will go to local communities or be used to install and maintain additional chargers.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e 2021 UK review

1 Land Rover Discovery P300e 2021 UK FD hero front

New infotainment system is the cherry on top for Land Rover's already appealing mid-sized plug-in hybrid SUV


We liked the plug-in hybrid version of the Discovery Sport when it was launched towards the end of last year. Rather a lot, actually. There was little call for Land Rover to bring it back in for an early refresh, but still it has done, and so here we are reacquainting ourselves with the latest addition to Whitley’s electrified family. Launched alongside a mechanically identical Evoque PHEV, the Disco Sport P300e mates its new Ingenium 1.5-litre turbo triple with an electric motor on the rear axle for combined outputs of 305bhp and 398lb ft, and packs a 15kWh battery pack for a claimed EV range of 43 miles. A torquey rear motor is good news for off-road ability, too, which should please the purists, who no doubt are still struggling to reconcile the Discovery nameplate with a buzzy little three-cylinder engine. So there’s nothing new underneath. Well, newer, anyway. The main change for 2021 comes in the form of Land Rover’s much-ballyhooed Pivi Pro infotainment system, which made its debut on the Defender in 2019 and is now standard fitment on all but the entry-level version of the Discovery Sport and Evoque. The Discovery Sport and Evoque also have a revised line-up structure for 2021, topped out by high-spec Black and Autobiography editions, respectively.We’ve been behind the wheel of the second-from-top Discovery Sport R-Dynamic SE, which is priced from a cool £51,895 outright when equipped with the P300e drivetrain, but promises improved economy and a lower benefit-in-kind tax rating than its pure petrol and diesel range-mates, so it all comes out in the wash (theoretically). Standard equipment at this level, aside from the aforementioned infotainment system, includes a slightly sportier bodykit, a raft of aluminium interior embellishments, dynamic indicators, an electronic bootlid, a panoramic (non-opening) roof and 12-way electronically adjustable, heated front seats.


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