Galaxy and S-Max go hybrid

How has launched hybrid versions of its Galaxy and S-Max people carriers, bringing emissions 10% below those of the equivalent diesel version. The hybrid combines 2.5-litre petrol and 1.1kWh battery to offer 190hp of power, 40hp more than the diesel – the only other engine in the reduced MPV line-ups – and costs an extra £625.

In the S-Max, emissions go from 147g/km in the lowest of the three trim levels, while the 150hp diesel starts from 159g/km in manual form, while the Galaxy starts at 148g/km compared with the diesel’s 161g/km starting point.

First pictures: Electric Combo Life

Vauxhall’s electric Combo Life people carrier will offer up to 174 miles of electric range when the car arrives on UK roads this autumn, coming I medium and XL lengths and with five or seven seats.

Vauxhall e-Combo Life 2021Pricing will be confirmed nearer to launch for a car that is fitted with a 50kWh battery mated to a 100kW electric motor, the system already seen in models such as the Vauxhall Corsa-e, Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 and Citroen’s e-C4. The medium length model gets up to 597 litres of boot space in five-seat form, with the XL offering a maximum of 850 litres.

Lidl hits charge point milestone

Budget supermarket Lidl has installed its 100th  rapid charger on-route to its target of 350 by 2022, with the partnership with Pod Point now covering around 13% of the Lidl footprint.

Lidl Pod Point charge point 2021The century of charge points was achieved with the 50kW charger going online at the Hillingdon store, and the firm claimed that it is the cheapest pay-as-you-go supermarket charger at 23p/kWh.

“We are committed to empowering our customers to make the right decisions for their lifestyle and are delighted to have reached this important milestone of bringing rapid charging for Electric Vehicles to 100 of our stores,” said Alan Barry, chief development officer for Lidl GB. “We look forward to delivering this service to even more local areas in the near future as we continue with our investment.”


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