Round-Up: Honda E reservations open, e-trons join Addison Lee fleet, Licence bans soars

Reservations open for Honda E

Honda E

Honda is taking reservations for its first-ever electric vehicle – the E – ahead of it officially going on sale later this year and deliveries commencing in Spring 2020.

Prospective owners are able to put down a refundable £800 deposit to be one of the first in place orders for the new vehicle when the order books open later this year.

Honda said it wants to see all of its European vehicles offer an electrified powertrain by 2025, however, the E is being aimed at city dwellers, owing to its limited range of 125 miles.

Phil Webb, head of car at Honda UK, said: “The official naming and the opening of the reservation process is the next step in the Honda E journey and the path to 100% electrification of Honda’s model range in Europe by 2025. UK customers are leading the charge by being among the first in Europe to reserve their priority status to order the Honda E.”

Addison Lee takes on Audi e-trons

Audi E-Tron

Addison Lee has deployed five Audi e-tron electric vehicles onto its chauffeur car fleet for the next six months.

The private hire giant said the vehicles will be used to assess the role and requirements of electric vehicles that will join its fleet in the future.

“This pilot demonstrates the power of combining two large scale, established and premium brands to make a significant and positive impact on cities and air quality, over and above individual initiatives at a local level. Following our achievement of ULEZ compliance for the whole Addison Lee Group fleet, this is the next major step on the road to achieving a 100% low emissions fleet,” said Andy Boland, CEO of Addison Lee.

Number of licences revoked soars

driving licence checking image

New figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show the number of driving licences revoked has increased in the last four years.

According to driver licencing checking service, Licence Check, there has been a 33.5% increase in the number of drivers who had their licence revoked under the Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995, however, a spokesman for the company could not pinpoint why that figure has jumped up.

The Freedom of Information figures also revealed that the number of car and motorcycle drivers who had had their driving entitlement revoked or refused for medical reasons was 61,482, an increase of 4% over 2017, and up 29% when compared with 2015.