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New plug-in pick-up aimed at emergency services, Osprey plans 150 charging hubs, soft-top Fiat 500X crossover

New plug-in pick-up aimed at emergency services

A new range-extender pick-up is to enter production next year from British start-up company Fering.

The Pioneer, revealed in prototype test form, has a claimed 50-mile EV-only range before switching to power from an 800cc three-cylinder diesel engine powered by biodiesel.

According to Fering, the vehicle is the “ brainchild of ex-Ferrari and McLaren engineer Ben Scott-Geddes, who has repurposed supercar and racing technology to provide environmental responsibility and unrivalled off-grid capabilities for the most extreme adventures”.

It has a 1500kg payload, and Fering is targeting a fuel economy as high as 50mpg after the batteries are depleted and it’s running on the diesel motor, helped by the lightweight construction. Adaptability includes the option of longer-range fuel tanks, which can be switched for water tanks if required, as well as the battery and generator combination allowing for emergency services to use the vehicle for lighting or rescue equipment in the field.

The Pioneer is undergoing testing and assessment by early customers and organisation ahead of full series production in the first half of 2022.

Osprey planning 150 high-power EV charging hubs

Osprey hub 2021Osprey Charging has announced a £75m plan to build 150 high-powered electric vehicle charging hubs over the next four years.

Each will have a maximum output of between 150-175kW, and will be located on A-roads and motorways and close to food and drink amenities, according to the company. It said the first hubs are under construction and adjacent to a combination of Costa Coffee, Aldi, Pizza Hut, and KFC, with the first to be operational opening on the A463 near the M6 in Wolverhampton next month.Osprey hub 2021

“Through this rollout we will make charging anxiety a thing of the past. High-powered, multi-charger hubs will herald a new era of public EV charging – enabling mass EV adoption and a clean transport revolution,” said Osprey Charging CEO Ian Johnston.

Construction is also underway at the following locations:

  • Banbury, M40
  • Suffolk, A14.
  • Essex, A127.
  • Glasgow, M8.
  • East Lothian, A1.
  • Birmingham, M6.
  • Croydon, London, A23.
  • Crewe, A534
  • Brackley, A43.

Soft-top crossover option added to Fiat 500X line-up

Fiat 500X Dolcevita 2021Fiat has added a Dolcevita soft-top model to the 500X crossover line-up. The model comes with a retractable canvas roof that slides back in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 62mph, and costs £3210 more than a regular 500X.

Fiat 500X Dolcevita 2021The Dolcevita comes in Connect, Cross and Sport trim levels and with the 120hp 1.0 manual or 150hp 1.3 auto powertrains, with emissions starting at 142g/km. Fiat offers the roof in black, grey and red colour choices, and the canvas only retracts to the back of the roof, so boot space is unaffected.



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