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Afternoon round-up: Skoda Fabia prices, More powers for Scotland, Cheap EV charging tarif

Facelifted Skoda Fabia prices confirmed


Skoda has confirmed a facelifted version of its Fabia lower medium model will cost from £11,160 when it arrives in showrooms in September.

All models are powered the firm’s three-cylinder petrol unit in varying power guises – 60hp, 75hp, 95hp and 110hp – with the company axing all diesel options.

Five trim levels will be offered, as before  – S, SE, SE L, Monte Carlo and Colour Edition – while the vehicle will be available in hatch and estate forms.

As part of the facelift, LED daytime running lights are now standard across the range, while Front assist and a trip computer are included on all models for the first time.

More powers for Scottish councils

Low Emission Zone Sign

Scottish local authorities could be able to create Low Emission Zones, the Scottish Government has announced.

Proposed as part of the Transport Scotland Bill, ministers said the new set of legislation “aims to empower local authorities and establish consistent standards in order to tackle current and future challenges, while delivering a more responsive and sustainable transport system for all.”

Other measures suggested include prohibiting double parking and parking on pavements and giving local authorities the powers needed to enforce this change.

“This will help transform our towns and cities into cleaner, more accessible and more pleasant spaces to travel and enjoy,” said Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Electric vehicle charging tariff launched


Energy company Octopus Energy has created what it has claimed is the country’s first-ever tariff designed for electric vehicle owners.

Claimed to offer drivers the ability to charge for 70% less than a typical ‘big six’ tariff, it offers electricity for four hours each night at 5p/Kw.

Octopus Energy’s director of product, Rebecca Dibb-Simkin, said: “Octopus is passionate about driving the UK’s switch to electric vehicles. We’re delighted to use our innovative tech to offer the cheapest kWh charge in the market;  a brilliant way to unlock those electric car savings.”