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Round-Up: Mazda unveils first EV, Electric Black Cab unmasked, Rental companies moving towards clean vehicles

Mazda unveils first-ever EV

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Mazda has revealed its first electric vehicle – the MX-30 – which has a range of 125 miles.

Due to arrive in the UK in 2021, the firm said the model has been “developed for customers who don’t want to sacrifice driving pleasure when they buy an electric car.”

It is powered by a 35.5kWh battery, although a charging time has not been revealed at this stage.

Yasuhiro Aoyama president and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe, said: “Alongside the electrification technologies we are introducing across our range, being a smaller manufacturer we focused all our efforts on creating an electric car that we anticipate will be a second car where the range of our vehicle will meet customers’ needs”.

Electric Black Cab unmasked

Taxi manufacturer Dynamo has unveiled a Transport for London-approved Hackney Cab that is based on the Nissan E-NV200 electric van.

It is wheelchair accessible and can carry five people and the firm claimed the vehicle has a range of 187 miles.

Priced from £47,995 including the Government’s Plug-in Van Grant and is on sale now.

“London’s black cabs are known around the world, which is why I am pleased to launch the first all-electric London black cab by Dynamo. Working with cabbies to go electric is a key part of our plans to improve London’s air quality,” said Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London. “The Dynamo Taxi will accelerate the retirement of polluting diesel taxis from city streets across the UK, improving air quality, helping to tackle the climate emergency and to create a green economy.”

Rental companies moving towards clean vehicles

Data released by the BVRLA has claimed that vehicle rental and leasing companies are “leading the transition to cleaner transport”, with 100% of the car rental fleet and 96% of leased cars being Clean Air Zone compliant, the organisation said.

These compliance figures compare with an average for all UK cars, where 62% meet CAZ emission requirements, while 21% of the UK van fleet is currently CAZ-compliant, compared with over two-thirds (67%) of all leased vans and 88% of the rental van fleet, it added.