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Round-up: E-Scooters’ pivotal moment, Hyundai SUV teaser, RV volatility predicted

E-Scooter trial is ‘opportunity to change transport infrastructure’

Plans to bring forward a nationwide trial of e-scooters have been branded a “once in a lifetime opportunity to make positive changes to transport infrastructure” as we emerge from the Coronavirus lockdown by IAM Roadsmart.

The safety organisation said that while there were still road safety questions to be answered, two-thirds of the 1850 respondents to its survey were “supportive of e-scooters’ wider use”.

According to IAM Roadsmart, there was :strong support” for letting the achines use cycle lanes and tracks, with over a third accepting their use on the road. Two-thirds of respondents also felt e-scooters, some of which are capable of up to 15mph, should be banned from the pavements, and over three-quarters of those taking part in the survey said helmets should be mandatory.

“Now is the time to make changes to the transport infrastructure,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart’s Director of Policy and Research “People’s travelling needs are changing and are likely to be different for some considerable time to come. This is a great opportunity and one to be embraced, but more evidence of the best way to make these changes safely is needed. So the plans to bring forward the Government’s trial of e-scooters are a welcome announcement.”

Hybrid and PHEV powertrains for next Santa Fe

The new Hyundai Santa Fe, due to arrive in the UK around this September will feature both petrol-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains.

Hyundai has revealed a teaser image of its new SUV, which reveals the T-shaped daytime running lights built into the front grille, and said that its new model will feature “interior design updates providing premium sensibility and comfort”.

Used car values set for ‘volatile period’

The used car value marketplace is set for a “volatile period”, according to Cap HPI. The valuations expert called on vendors to “hold their nerve and not rush to liquidate stock as lockdown ends”.

“For stability in the market, it will be down to vendors at every stage of the remarketing journey holding their nerve, as the majority of car dealers have done on price thus far,” said Cap HPI’s head of valuations Derren Martin. “If rental, fleet, leasing and finance houses choose to liquidate stock, there may well be an over-supply situation in a few weeks, especially as many franchised dealers will not be in the market to buy in volume for a number of weeks, as they clear the decks of March part-exchanges and come under pressure from manufacturers to take late-plate or unregistered cars.”

 

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