First pictures: Volkswagen ID.4 GTX
Volkswagen has launched the electric equivalent of its performance GTI branding with the unveiling of the ID.4 GTX model.
The ID.4 GTX has electric motors on each axle, a first for VW’s electric vehicles and contributing a total of 299hp for a 6.2-second 0-62mph acceleration time, as well as an official range figure of 298 miles from its 77kWh battery. As with the GTI, the GTX branding is evident across the car, including on the steering wheel and seat, and VW has carried over design themes including honeycomb elements that form daytime running lights. The GTX is due this summer, costing around £50,000.
“Electric driving is simply great fun – and with the ID.4 GTX we are adding a new dimension of sportiness and dynamics,” said Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter. “The most emotional member of the ID. family to date shows that electric mobility and top sporty performance are not mutually exclusive.”
Moto pledges ultra-fast 350kW chargers at every UK service station
Motorway service area operator Moto has pledged to install at least six ultra-rapid 350kW charging points at each of its sites by the end of next year, with 28 locations operational before the end of 2021.
That figure includes three 24-bay rapid charge locations – Reading, Thurrock and Exeter – by the end of this year that will include 12 Tesla and 12 Electric Highway points, to join the Rugby site that opens on 30 April. The rest of the network of 45 sites will have at least six 350kW charging points, depending on location. Moto predicted that by 2030, as many as 30% of its traffic could be electric.
The Electric Highway points are run by the new partnership between Gridserve and Ecotricity, and will feature contactless payment facility.
“Moto is committed to sustainable motoring and we want to play a key part in encouraging more people to have the confidence to switch into electric vehicles, said Moto chief executive Ken McMeikan. “Our vision is to transform the UK’s rest stop experience and we think motorists will be delighted with the new Moto site at Rugby.
AFP warns fleets over vehicle supply shortages
The Association of Fleet Professionals has warned fleets that they may need to take action over vehicle delays caused by a worldwide shortage of semicondutors.
The association said that manufacturers including Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Stellantis (which includes Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall and Fiat) and Volkswagen have all either announced factory shutdowns or vehicle delays due to the supply issues on the parts crucial to electronic systems, and urged fleets to ensure they get a clear picture of how it will affect their future vehicle orders and deliveries.
“This is an issue that has been rumbling in the background for some time but is now really starting to affect car and van production materially on a day-by-day, week-by-week basis,” said Denise Lane, director at the AFP. “Some manufacturers have already sent out messages to fleets listing which models are likely to be in reduced supply and, for some operators, there are very clearly going to be potential problems with getting hold of the vehicles they need.”
Auction firm Aston Barclay has also predicted that used van prices could hit record levels, in part due to the Ford Transit plant closing for nearly two months, leading to demand outpacing supply for used vehicles in what is already a buoyant marketplace.
“The Ford factory shutdown news is a blow for the new and used market as it will prevent a supply of much needed used vans hitting the auctions,” said Geoff Flood, Aston Barclay’s national light commercial vehicle manager.