Volvo Cars has introduced an improved Recharge plug-in hybrid powertrain on its 90 and 60 series models, significantly extending electric range while lowering CO2 emissions, increasing performance and improving driveability.
Volvo Cars’ raise the all-electric range to a projected 56 miles (90 kilometres) on a single charge with a new long-range battery, featuring a third layer of cells to increase nominal energy from 11.6kWh to 18.8kWh, and a more powerful rear electric motor now delivering 145hp.
The additional electric power results in a total combined output of 350hp for Recharge T6 and 455hp for Recharge T8 models, making the latter the most powerful Volvo cars ever produced. Besides the new powertrain, new upgrades include one-pedal drive on specific models.
Skoda is pioneering “swarming” of anonymised data by car owners where vehicles automatically and securely share local data on icy roads, and other safety specific threats.
The cars gather information from their on-board sensors and aids before pushing to a cloud-based centre which then pushes out alerts to other Skoda cars on the system entering a hazardous area.
In just a few weeks’ time, the world’s longest running motoring event will be honouring the 125th anniversary of the original London to Brighton Emancipation Run of 1896 that raised the speed limit for ‘light locomotives’ from 4 to 14mph thus giving motorists the freedom of the road and effectively ending centuries of horse-drawn transport.
With the looming expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, Tom Wood, CEO of Car & Classic delves into why he believes classic cars should be automatically registered as historic vehicles by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, in light of historical vehicles’ exemption in the expanded area.
At present there is confusion for classic car owners driving through the ULEZ expansion zone, whose cars above 40 years old, made before 1st January 1981 are exempt but at present rely on the registered keeper to enrol them to be classed as historical vehicles.
Volta Trucks, a leading and disruptive full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has confirmed that the first Volta Zero vehicles will be manufactured in Steyr, Austria, by Steyr Automotive, formerly MAN Truck and Bus Austria.
This will allow Volta Trucks to confidently start series production in late 2022, following customer trials of Pilot Fleet vehicles that will commence mid-next year.
Motor cycle sales continued their upward trend with 8,607 registrations in August.
While the market was still down -5.3% compared to August 2020, the figure still represents a 24% growth over what would be considered a normal year, in 2019.