Volkswagen will retrain over 22,000 assembly workers to transfer experience into building electric cars in its German plants, it has announced.
The main plant in Wolfsburg will become a multi-platform location for the Volkswagen brand in Germany in the coming years and the company also intends to produce more ev components in-house to improve supply chain management and reduce costs.
Drivers are having to fork out a massive 20p per litre more for diesel than petrol despite there being little difference between the two fuels on the wholesale market, RAC Fuel Watch pricing analysis shows.
The wholesale price of diesel was just 6p more than petrol last week (121.06p compared to 115.48p), leaving drivers of diesel vehicles having to pay 168p a litre, compared to just 148p for unleaded and the RAC calculates that if diesel was being sold at a fairer rate drivers would be paying no more than around 155p per litre, which would make the cost of filling an average 55-litre family car £7 less than it is today (£85.25, compared to the current £92.40).
Chinese OEMs are planning to target the European market to keep their growth trend going, says Philip Nothard, insight and strategy director at Cox Automotive.
“Chinese brands are pricing aggressively in their home market and clearly show more willingness to compete on price than the European and American incumbent OEMs such as BMW, Stellantis, Mercedes Benz, Ford, and Tesla,” he explained.
Aggression from both motorists and cyclists is potentially putting lives on Britain’s roads at risk, according to research conducted by the UK’s leading road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart.
Indeed, the charity’s annual Driving Safety Culture Report, which surveyed 2,010 UK motorists on driving safety attitudes and behaviour, discovered that almost two thirds (65 per cent) of respondents believe that aggressive cyclists are a threat to their personal safety, while 78 per cent considered people driving a motor vehicle aggressively as a threat to personal safety.
The RAC is now responsible for servicing 7,000-plus Onto vehicles, which make up the largest electric car fleet in the UK.
Servicing will be carried out by the RAC’s mobile team of expert electric vehicle (EV) technicians at customers’ homes or workplaces, making the process much more convenient and are equipped with EV boosters and can call up flatbed recovery services if needed.
A ‘fuel saving’ hack on social media is potentially dangerous and life-threatening, said Graham Conway, MD of Select Car Leasing.
Drivers encouraged to very closely follow a big lorry or bus which punches a hole in the air and reduces air resistance for vehicles immediately behind risk a nose to tail accident and more can be saved by route planning, using Cashback cards for payments, switching off engine waiting in traffic and carefully pricing fuel you use.