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Round-Up: Toyota Rav4 PHEV revealed, Second Audi EV unveiled, Uber/AA DriveTech deal

Toyota Rav4 PHEV

Rav4 PHEV

Toyota has revealed a plug-in hybrid version of its Rav4 SUV at the Los Angeles motor show ahead of it hitting roads next year.

The firm said the powertrain has been developed from the Prius’ powertrain. In the Rav4, full system output is rated at 302hp, while the firm said it will deliver best-in-class CO2 emissions and fuel economy, with the company predicting CO2 emissions of 30g/km under the WLTP cycle with an electric-only range of 37 miles.

Second Audi EV revealed ahead of 2020 UK arrival

e-tron sportback

Audi has revealed its new e-tron Sportback, the premium brand’s second full electric model that will join the existing e-tron when it arrives in the UK next year, with order books opening in early 2020.

Describes as an SUV-Coupe, the new model offers an official range of up to 240 miles and acceleration from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. It is the same length and width as the squarer e-tron model launched earlier this year, but is 13mm lower as well as offering a more swooping roofline and sporty rear look.

Uber/AA DriveTech deal

Uber

Ride-hailing service has entered a partnership with AA DriveTech to improve road safety for its drivers.

As part of the deal, AA DriveTech will produce training videos to help refresh drivers knowledge and upskill in key areas that drivers may face challenges such as during drop off and pick up, and how to do make sure they drive safely, Uber said.

The videos which have been produced are designed to support  drivers with skills that are critical to their work such as reading the road ahead, road signs and markings, speed limits, space management, dealing with junctions and traffic lights, picking up and dropping off riders safely, and how to drive more economically, it added.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, said:  “We’re proud to have partnered with DriveTech and the AA on a road safety campaign across the UK. With millions of journeys every week, the safety of both passengers and drivers has never been more important and these new videos will ensure that drivers are fully prepared. Together with recognised industry leaders, like the AA, we can use our platform to increase road safety awareness amongst the thousands of licensed private hire drivers who use the Uber app.”