Volvo Car UK has launched its first ever Pure Electric Test Drive Hub at the iconic Eden Project and reaffirms the business’s commitment to being an electric-only car manufacturer by 2030.
The Eden Project attracts more than one million visitors every year who will be given the opportunity to test drive Volvo’s pure electric fleet around the picturesque Cornish roads and experience the enjoyment of driving an electric car.
RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes says that as more electric vehicles come on to our roads, revenue from fuel duty and vehicle excise duty will decline, so it’s inevitable a new system will have to be developed.
It’s research suggests that drivers broadly support the principle of ‘the more you drive, the more tax you should pay’, with nearly half (45%) saying a ‘pay per mile’ toll system would be fairer than the current regime.
One in every 11 cars sold in the EU last year was fully electric as EV sales were boosted by EU CO2 targets for the second year running.
Battery electric vehicles had a 9.1% market share, according to ACEA for 2021, that’s up from 1.9% in 2019 – before the current EU CO2 standards, which pushed carmakers to sell them, kicked in, but Transport & Environment green group warn EV sales will slow until 2030 as car makers prioritise recovery of ICE to recover their massive investments.
Zemo Partnership and the Motorcycle Industry Association launched an ‘Action Plan’ for Government and industry to help realise the full potential of powered light vehicles in decarbonising the UK’s transport sector.
The programme includes revised categories of vehicles, improving grants and boosting manufacturing and the UK supply chain, among other points it sees as obstacles to achieving the full potential of PLVs, particularly for urban deliveries.
Some 84% of UK drivers love their car, and 69% say it was love at first sight, according to a new survey of over 600 drivers by InsuretheGap, a leading provider of Guaranteed Asset Protection insurance.
Over half (51%) would rather spend Valentine’s Day with their car than their partner, with the top reasons given that they can be themselves and they never row.
An Aston University study commissioned by Scrap Car Comparison has revealed that the inside of a car can be dirtier than the average toilet – with the boot and driver’s seat often playing host to faecal matter.
Gearsticks and dashboards also had high counts but the use of hand sanitiser has seen a reduction in contamination of steering wheels.