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FOLLOW UP: VW TEMPERATURE EMISSION LEVELS QUESTIONED
At the European Court of Justice, the prosecutor’s expert witness has stated that Volkswagen has no justification in using an external temperature and altitude guided emissions device, in Austria. The average temperature and operating altitude is often outside the scope for running at lower NOx emissions. The judges have yet to give their verdict. To find out more, click the Autocar article here.
FOLLOW UP: JLR SETTLES LUXURY SUV FIGHT WITH VW GROUP
At the end of November 2020, Jaguar Land Rover started legal proceedings against Volkswagen Group, over their use of Terrain Response in the group's luxury SUVs. JLR claimed the technology is patented by them and could not be used and sold by VW Group brands, in the US. The two sides have settled a week before this was due to go to court, although we do not know the details. A separate case, between JLR and Bentley is still due to go to court. For more information, click here for the CarsUK article.
FOLLOW UP: WELSH ROAD SPEED LIMITS REDUCED IN SOME AREAS
Some areas of South and North East Wales will have a new limit of 50mph introduced next week, in a bid to improve air quality. The roads will be policed by average speed cameras. To find out more and where they are, click the BBC News article here.
VAUXHALL LOOKING AT LUTON JOB LOSSES
Due to the semi-conductor ship crisis, Luton bosses are looking at reducing the number of shifts and personnel. In the region of 200 job losses are expected, along with a move from three to two shifts. TO find out more, click here for the BBC News article.
HERMES ORDERS 168 ESPRINTER VANS FROM MERCEDES
In the first push to electrification, by Hermes, 168 eSprinter vans have been ordered from Mercedes, along with 132 diesel versions. They will also be partnering up with PodPoint who will provide the charging points required. To read more, click the Zap-Map article here.
ADDISON LEE SWITCHING TO ALL-ELECTRIC FLEET BY 2023
Addison Lee has committed to ensuring their entire London fleet is electric only by 2023. They have begun the switch with the purchase of 450 VW ID 4 SUVs. This will mean that there will be 20,000 zero-emission journeys on the roads of London. To find out more, click here for the Autocar article.
POST OFFICE TRIALLING SMALL EV DELIVERY VEHICLES
The Post Office is trialling two types of small EVs, for delivery in residential areas. They are approximately the size of a golf buggy or quad bike. The study will look at the practicalities of replacing larger vans for the same routes. In order to read more, click the YesAuto article here.
FORD UNVEILS EV PRODUCTION INVESTMENT
Ford, in the US, has announced that they will be investing $7 billion in new production sites. Tennessee will produce electric commercial vehicles and Kentucky will be the base for their battery factory. To find out more about this huge move, click the Autocar article here.
POLESTAR VALUED AT $20BN
Polestar, who are planning to launch on the Nasdaq stock exchange, have been valued at $20bn. With this move they will be able to fulfil the next stage of development of the company, launching three more models. To find out more, click here for the Autocar article.
TOYOTA LAUNCHES MOBILITY APP IN DERBY
Toyota has launched an all-in-one mobility app for students and staff at Derby's university and college. This will focus on rail and bus travel, but allow users to plan and pay for their entire journey in one app. One of the hopes is that the app suggests the most efficient route and mode for the user as well as the environment. To find out more, click the Autocar article here.
MINI MOKE TO BE PRODUCED IN THE UK
Following an agreement with manufacturing company Fablink, the newly reborn Mini Moke will be produced in the UK. To learn more about the news, click here for the Autocar article.
GB STICKERS REPLACED BY UK VERSIONS
Following the change in the distinguishing sign, confirmed to the UN, the 'GB' sign will no longer be valid and have to be replaced by a 'UK' version. To find out more, click the RAC article here.
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NEW NEW CAR NEWS
Rolls Royce Spectre
This is Rolls Royce's first all electric car. For a brand that is famous for the quietness of their vehicles, moving over to electric has been a surprisingly long time in coming. From 2023 you will see, but not really hear them on the roads. To find out more and we do really encourage you to click the link just for the marketing waffle, click the link here.
LUNCHTIME READ: ADVENTURING IN THE MAD EQC 4X4 2
Tom Ford takes a modified EQC for a trip off into the rugged wilds of the Alps on the French Italian border. Click the Top Gear link here, to find out what has been 'tweaked' and the difference that makes. But also, Tom's thoughts on electric wild exploration.
LIST OF THE WEEK: MOST FAMOUS ADVERTISING SLOGANS IN THE WORLD
Run through the list of the famous advertising strap lines and see what has replaced them today. A lot of memories will be brought back by this list. To see more, click the Autocar link here. Don't forget, get in touch with the chaps with your preferred one.
AND FINALLY: I LOVE YOU, MAN
Caffeine and Machine, has been running the initiative I Love You, Man, aimed at encouraging us all to open up about mental health struggles. The monthly event has special guests who open up about their experiences, with the idea of helping others be more open about themselves. We salute Caffeine and Machine and Phil McGovern for coming up with the idea and running the events. To find out more, click the Porsche Newsroom article here.