Round-Up: Electric Citigo shown, DfT urged to set challenging safety targets, Ionity launches first UK points

Skoda reveals Citigo EV


Skoda has unveiled its first-ever electric car – a battery version of its Citigo city car.

The Citigo iv is powered by a 38.6kW battery which allows it to travel for up to 164 miles between recharges, according to the WLTP testing cycle.

Skoda said the model will begin production in the second half of the year, however, it did not mention when the model is likely to reach UK shores. Based on a typical homecharging unit, the Czech car maker said it takes a smidgen over four hours to recharge to 80%.

Government urged to set challenging road safety targets

Government announces £6.1bn road upgrade scheme

The Government should set challenging targets in order to reduce the number of deaths on England’s roads, a road safety group said.

In 2017, 1,544 people were killed on England’s roads – the most since 2011 – and the number of people killed and seriously injured stood at 23,825, above the 2010-2014 average of 21,283, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) said.

However, in Scotland the figures are falling, and while in Wales the numbers have hovered around the same level since 2014, they are half of what they were in 2004.

RoSPA said Scotland and Wales’ figures are testament to the local Governments setting ambitious road safety targets.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA chief executive, said: “The road safety pictures in Wales and Scotland are a real cause for celebration, but we are seeing the opposite trends in England – meaning the number of casualties on UK roads in general has stagnated. This is concerning, and something we are calling on the Government to address with the setting of specific targets across England. We must also ensure that we are continuing to invest in engineering, education and enforcement interventions, as we know that a combination of all three is what’s needed to reach a future where no-one is harmed on the UK’s roads.”

Ionity launches first UK charging points

Ionity charging point

Ionity has opened its first high-powered 350Kw electric vehicle charging points in the UK.

Located in Maidstone (M20 Junction 8), the four points can recharge EVs in less than 20 minutes and are set to be joined by points in Milton Keynes and Gretna Green soon.

Ioinity is a joint venture between Daimler, Ford, BMW and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche and across Europe the firm plans to install 400 stations with 2,400 chargers by 2020. According to the firm, the UK-wide network will consist of 40 locations.