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VW previews EV city car, new home-charge fleet solution, £9m air quality grants

VW reveals preview of EV city car

Volkswagen has revealed its ID.Life concept car, previewing the small electric car due on sale in 2025.

The company is targeting a €20,000 (£17,150) entry price and an EV range of around 250 miles, and VW said the concept version “combines sustainability and digitisation with extremely flexible usage”, claiming the cabin can be transformed into a mini cinema or gaming centre.

“The ID. LIFE is our vision of next-generation fully electric urban mobility,” said Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstatter. “We believe that, even more so than today, the car of the future will be about lifestyle and personal expression. The customer of tomorrow won’t simply want to get from A to B; they will be much more interested in the experiences that a car can offer.”

New EV solution for drivers that can’t charge at home

JustPark has joined with Octopus Energy to offer a charging solution for fleet drivers that can’t have a charging point installed at home.

Called FleetCharge, it will identify a charger with a five-minute walk of a driver’s home, across domestic, business and parking facilities that is available at any time to the designated driver, using one of the 50,000 JustPark locations or a newly installed charger.

“Our discussions with fleet customers tell us that there is a real appetite to electrify in the sector, but charging accessibility at home is preventing many operators from scaling up at speed,” said Mike Strahlman, director of EV at JustPark. “FleetCharge is a simple and effective way to bring convenient, local charging to fleet drivers, putting an end to the charging inequality that is holding the industry back”.

£9m Government air quality fund

The Government has confirmed a new £9m scheme is now open for applications from local authorities to fund local air quality projects. There are three priority areas in the current round of Air Quality Grants:

  • Projects which reduce air pollutant exceedances, especially in those areas that are projected to remain in exceedance of the UK’s legal targets;
  • Projects that will improve knowledge and information about air quality and steps individuals can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution; and
  • Projects that include measures to deal with particulate matter, which is the pollutant most harmful to human health.

“From schools to local businesses, the Air Quality Grant will help local councils implement measures to clean up our air as we build back greener, reduce our carbon footprint and look ahead to COP26,” said transport minister Rachel Maclean. “These could include projects to help businesses make the switch to greener transport, or help local authorities better monitor pollution from roads.”