Public transport fears to outlast Covid
Figures released by the Department for Transport have shown that a lack of confidence in public transport could remain once travel restrictions and social distancing measures subside, with 65% of respondents saying they were likely to avoid using crowded public transport.
When asked in the final third of 2020 how they felt about using various modes of transport at present, 90% said they were concerned about using the London Underground, 88% didn’t like the idea of using a plane and 82% weren’t comfortable with trains, with buses faring slightly better on 82%. Only 11% were concerned about using a car, slightly behind the 9% concerned about cycling.
100 new EV charge points for Warwickshire
BP Pulse has been awarded a contract worth more than half a million pounds to install 118 new 7.4kW charging points across Warwickshire.
The points will be installed in council-owned residential car parks and on-street locations in the next few weeks across North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick. The new points will be available on a pay-as-you-go or membership basis, with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles funding 75% of the cost under the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme.
“We are proud to work with Warwickshire County Council to help enable more drivers to make the switch to electric, importantly including those without access to off-street parking at home,” said Matteo de Renzi, chief executive of BP Pulse. “This partnership is a great example of private and public sector collaboration, and of our commitment to help local authorities develop charging infrastructure that meets the needs of their communities, contributing to reducing local emissions and improving air quality.”
VW ID.4 kicks off with £40k launch edition
The second electric VW to launch under its ID branding will cost £40,800 before the Government’s plug-in car grant when the 1st Edition model of the ID.4 arrives in the UK in March.
The all-electric SUV is around the same size as Volkswagen’s Tiguan, and boasts an official range figure of 310 miles from its 77kWh battery, as well as a 204hp power figure, the same as the launch models of the VW ID.3 hatchback, VW’s first ID model.
“With the popularity of SUVs as high as ever, we are proud to be introducing our first all-electric contender in the form of the ID.4,” said VW UK ID family product manager Joe Laurence. “Its external dimensions are similar to the Tiguan, but thanks to the MEB platform and the packaging benefits of an electric drivetrain it boasts even more interior space along with that all-important lofty driving position.”