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Citroen SpaceTourer EV goes XL

Citroen has added an XL version of its e-SpaceTourer electric large MPV, with the lower of the two trim levels falling £5 below the Government’s £35,000 grant threshold and therefore qualifying for the £3500 price reduction.

The XL brings an additional 350mm of length to the M version already offered, which translates to a maximum additional 600 litres of luggage space.

As with the existing e-SpaceTourer M, the new model has a 50kWh battery offering an official range of 143 miles, and uses a 136hp electric motor. It comes with nine-seat Business Edition and eight-seat Flair trim levels, with a price difference of more than £15,000 between the two highlighting the difference in standard equipment and target market.

Consultation to mandate charging points in non-residential car parks

The Government has launched a new consultation into the public EV charging infrastructure, seeking to establish minimum standards for public and workplace car parks.

“Planning and delivering EV infrastructure that meets the current and future needs of residents, businesses and visitors is critical”, said the consultation document. “Currently, local charging infrastructure provision (on-street and rapid hubs) is installed at the discretion of local authorities. Many LAs have taken positive steps towards planning for this infrastructure provision. Others have not yet identified what is needed and risk not meeting the current and future needs of their communities.”

The Future of Transport Regulatory Review: Zero Emission Vehicles consultation is set out to require car parks –existing and new sites – to install a minimum number of charging points, with the Government having the power to intervene if the delivery is not adequate. The consultation will also consider the size of car park and number charge points required to make a site fall under the chargepoint rules, although the 2019 consultation on potential requirements for new non-residential buildings proposed car parks with more than 10 spaces should have at least one charge point.

The consultation is also looking at other areas of charge point infrastructure, proposing legislative changes that would ensure the charging network contains inclusively designed public chargepoints available for all, that consumers feel safe when charging on-route, and that consumers have rights to redress if something goes wrong.

The consultation runs until the 22 November, and can be found here.

Kia rebrands telematics system

Kia’s UVO Connect in-car and app-based telematics system has been rebranded as Kia Connect in a move that the brand said makes driving an “easier and more intuitive experience with a series of features designed to enhance vehicle connectivity, functionality and user control”.

The system features Kia Connect Live Services, bringing in data from specialist providers across areas including traffic information, parking availability and cost, location and pricing of fuel and EV charging sites, weather forecast and point of interest searches.

Kia Connect will be rolled out across the brand’s model line-up in the coming months, with the app available from Apple and Google stores.

 

First Drive: Citroen e-Spacetourer