Seven UK police forces trialling Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford has unveiled a Mustang Mach-E police concept at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham, following several requests from forces around the country to evaluate the electric SUV. Seven UK forces have either tested the fully electric patrol car or have inquired about the specially-built prototype.
Britishvolt begins construction on Blyth factory
Preliminary work has begun on Britishvolt’s battery cell factory in the northern English county of Northumberland. The actual construction of the production facility is scheduled for late autumn or early winter of this year. The planning permission for the large-scale project is dated 6 July 2021.
NHS develops electric ambulances with Ford
The British National Health Service (NHS) is planning to purchase a fleet of fully electric ambulances. For this purpose, the NHS will cooperate with Ford and the Venari Group to develop a corresponding vehicle based on the Ford Transit.
Dynamo Motor announced growth plans
The British Dynamo Motor Company has presented its growth plans. The company plans to hire 275 new employees and increase their conversion capacity to 10,000 vehicles annually by 2026.
UK battery industrialisation centre opens in Coventry
The UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) has now been officially opened in the English industrial city of Coventry. The £130 million, 18,500 square metre facility is designed to support UK industry in the development of battery technologies for electrification.
BMW launches iX and i4 configurator
BMW has opened the online configurator for its new electric models i4 and iX. Prices for the electric sedan start at £51,905, for the larger electric SUV iX at £69,905. BMW also offers pre-configured models for both series.
UK sets sights on ICE truck sales ban in 2040
The British government has presented a plan to decarbonise the transport sector. It includes the goal to stop the sale of all road vehicles with combustion engines by 2040. The end date for passenger cars was already set for 2030 – now there is also a roadmap for commercial vehicles.
Stellantis to build electric vans in the UK
The Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port is to become an electric vehicle production site: Stellantis has announced that it will turn the plant into a production site for battery-electric commercial vehicles and passenger car models of the Vauxhall, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën brands.
ZeroAvia reveals plans for 19-seater H2 aircraft
ZeroAvia has expanded its hydrogen-electric aviation programme to include 19-seat aircraft and has also been able to raise an additional US$13 million in funding. Two of the 19-seaters will be built initially – one each in the UK and the US.
Nissan confirms Sunderland battery plant & new BEV model
Nissan has now officially confirmed that Envision AESC will build a battery factory at its plant in Sunderland, England. A new electric model will also be produced there in the future. Both announcements are part of a £1 billion initiative by Nissan and Envision AESC called EV36Zero.
Bristol Cars plans EV market entry in 2025
The British car brand Bristol Cars plans to launch an electric four-seater in 2025 with a new investor. For its 80th anniversary in 2026, investor Jason Wharton wants to make Bristol Cars a “leading British electric vehicle company”.
Johnson Matthey opens battery centre near Oxford
The British chemical company Johnson Matthey has opened a “Battery Technology Centre” near the English city of Oxford, which is to play a key role in the development of battery materials of the future. The new battery technology centre expands existing battery technology and testing capacities.
UK gov’ pledges £3Bn in full bus market “shake-up”
The British government today issued a major new bus strategy with a framework for “enhanced local partnerships” and a pledge to invest £3Bn (about €3.5Bn). The three-billion-pound package includes investments in 4,000 greener buses powered by electricity and hydrogen.
EAV presents EAVan delivery Pedelec
The English startup EAV (Electric Assisted Vehicles) has presented the EAVan, a covered, four-wheeled and modular delivery vehicle with pedelec drive. There is already a first customer.
EVs to ascend into space?
A Canadian company has been granted a patent for what it calls a ‘space elevator’, which would reach about 12 miles above the Earth’s surface and is designed to reduce the cost of rocket launches by up to 30 percent. Here’s the kicker: The space tower could serve as a track for electric vehicles to travel up and down carrying about 10 tons of payload.
Please come this way.
A resourceful retiree had enough of roadworks causing congestion between Bath and Bristol and build his own diversion instead. He opened it up to the public but not without asking tolls. Now, Mike Watts just counted his 100,000th customer, another 50,000 are needed to recover the costs of 300,000 pounds. Keep them coming!