With Europe’s first all-electric bus and transporter range, Volkswagen is providing yet another solution to sustainable and CO2-free mobility.
The ID. Buzz looks like the historic campervans but there the similarity ends as the futuristic model comes with the latest ID. software and sets new standards in its segment with the latest systems and functions for safety, comfort and charging taking up to 170kWh and offering five seats and over 1,100 litres of luggage space, from late this year.
Diesel unfortunately appears to be on a clear path to £1.70 a litre and drivers will be seeing some unbelievably high prices on forecourts as retailers pass on their increased wholesale costs.
“But there was a hint of better news yesterday on the wholesale market with substantial drops in both petrol and diesel which could lead, in a week or so, to a slight slowing in the daily pump price increases and records being broken less frequently,” said RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could be worse for the automotive industry and Europe’s economy than the pandemic, said Volkswagen Group boss Herbert Diess as the business had to stop production lines.
He has told the Financial Times that the interruptions to supply chains “could lead to huge price increases” and “scarcity of energy and inflation”, with the potential for a “very much worse” situation.
Climate targets for van-makers need to be ramped up to increase the supply of zero-emission vans, a 600-strong coalition of cities, companies, and environment and public health campaigners have told EU lawmakers.
In a letter to MEPs and EU governments, the group called on lawmakers to strengthen the EU Commission’s proposed van CO2 limits for the 2020s.
Audi was revealed to have particularly long owner’s manuals, with the e-tron manual comprising of 603,649 words and requiring over 42 hours to read, while the popular Audi A3 requires a hefty 12 hours and 11 minutes to digest.
Comprising of 163,225 words, the beloved Ford Focus owner’s manual is longer than the first two Harry Potter books combined (162,085 words), according to Scrap Car Comparison, which also analysed how easy our owner’s manuals are to actually read, using the renowned Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease Score and found that the likes of the BMW 2 Series and Range Rover Evoque manuals require a university level education to understand while EV giant Tesla meanwhile create more easily digestible manuals, requiring an average reading age of just 12-13 years.
As the car industry invests billions into the development of self-driving cars, a survey from the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, has revealed that the majority of drivers aren’t actually ready to take their hands off the steering wheel, despite the fact that autonomous vehicle technology has huge potential to improve road safety.
Research conducted by the charity in its annual Safety Culture Report, which gauges drivers’ attitudes to key road safety issues over time, discovered that 59% of drivers agree that the growing ability of vehicles to drive themselves is a serious risk to their personal safety and opinions don’t vary much by age, but women were particularly concerned with 67% rating it as a threat.
BMW will recall 1.03 million globally for potential fire risks, said the German automaker, its third recall over the issue since 2017.
The new recall involves vehicles between 2006 and 2013, including some 1 Series, 3 Series, X3, 5 Series, X5 and Z4 models, because the heater for the positive crankcase ventilation valve may short-circuit and in extremely rare cases could increase the risk of a fire.