Round-Up: Birmingham CAZ exemption requests, Go Ultra Low Alexa app, Red Bull takes on Skoda Scalas

Birmingham opens CAZ exemption requests

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Birmingham City Council is accepting applications for temporary exemption permits ahead of the city’s Clean Air Zone coming into force in the summer.

The exemption permits will be available to residents, low income workers and businesses in the Clean Air Zone for a period of one to two years.

The exemption permits available are:

  • Residents living within the Clean Air Zone who own a vehicle that does not meet the emission standards for the Clean Air Zone.
  • Low income workers (earning less than £30,000) whose registered place of work is in the Clean Air Zone.
  • Commercial vehicles registered within the Clean Air Zone (maximum of two vehicles) can apply for a year of exemption as well as Commercial vehicles with existing finance agreement beyond commencement of the Clean Air Zone and registered within the zone.

Go Ultra Low launches Alexa app

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The Government and car industry-backed Go Ultra Low Campaign has launched an Alexa app to answer commonly-asked questions about electric vehicles.

Voiced by Go Ultra Low ambassador, broadcaster and writer Ben Fogle, the app can be accessed through Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant by asking “Alexa, open electric vehicles” or saying, “Okay Google, talk to electric vehicles guide”.

“If we want to help UK consumers make the most informed decision when it comes to switching to an electric vehicle, it’s important that Go Ultra Low understands the latest consumer behaviour and embraces new technology. Voice Search is a growing trend and this new service will help support potential EV customers in a completely different and innovative way,” said head of Go Ultra Low, Poppy Welch.

Red Bull takes on Skoda Scalas

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Red Bull has taken on 27 Skoda Scala models for its sales team as part of a new fleet deal.

The models are powered by the firm’s 1.0 litre 115hp petrol engine and the cars are finished in the SE L trim, which features a 9.2” fully connected infotainment system – the largest in its class, while the Red Bull team opted to include more driver comfort features such as adaptive cruise control, variable boot floor and the electrically operated boot, Skoda said.

David Oliver from Red Bull, said: “We have a young sales team that are excited by the latest tech and innovations, and this was an important consideration when we looked to update our fleet. The Scala is packed full of technology that will keep them online and connected at all times, which made it a compelling option for the team.”