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Round-Up: First Chargemaster M6 site, ‘Limited number’ of Jimnys on sale, Audi EV charger card

Chargemaster opens first M6 site

BP Chargemaster first rapid charging hub on the M6 (1)

BP Chargemaster has opened its first rapid charging hub on the M6 at the Caton Road Park and Ride site near Junction 34.

It contains six 50kW rapid chargers as well as 12 standard 7kW charging points, the latter of which will serve electric vehicle drivers who need to park for several hours to use the Park and Ride facilities to head into Lancaster.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The charging hub at Lancaster marks another milestone in the evolution of motoring and the move towards electric vehicles. Lancashire is geographically at the centre of Great Britain and an ideal place for a facility such as this which should be popular with owners of electric vehicles making longer journeys through this area.”

‘Limited number’ of Jimnys on sale

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Suzuki has announced its Jimny model will remain on sale in the UK this year, but only “in very limited numbers.”

The car maker said its higher CO2 emissions compared with other cars in its range “would adversely affect its whole range CO2 average in Europe after 2020”.

According to European Union rules, all car manufacturers are set to be hit with heavy fines if their cars emit more than 95g/km CO2 on average in Europe from 2021, which has led to an increase in electric vehicles being offered and more polluting variants being killed off.

Suzuki added it “will make every effort to ensure delivery to its customers who have already placed an order.”

Audi launches EV charger card

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Audi has introduced a single card which covers one-third of the UK charging point providers so owners can owners can “plug and pay with a single tap and without being encumbered by subscriptions.”

The RFID card unlocks access to  points operated by 18 companies in the UK – including Ionity (of which Audi is a shareholder), Pod Point, Source London and Instavolt – as well as two fixed tariffs and free roaming abroad.

Audi added the card only generates one monthly invoice for carriers in the interest of simplicity, saying it automatically charges the owner’s account based on usage without any extra input or effort required.

“The general perception of EV charging is that it is confusing and inconvenient, and we want to help to gradually dispel that belief,” said Andrew Doyle, director of Audi UK. “We started by equipping the e-tron with the potential for fast charging at up to 150kW, and are now removing another layer of complexity for our EV owners by streamlining the end-to-end process, from charging activation to invoicing, with this new service.”