Jaguar issues I-Pace recall over potential brake issue

Jaguar has announced a global recall of its all-electric I-Pace SUV over potential braking issues. It affects cars made in 2018 and early 2019, with the British manufacturer advising of a fault with the I-Pace’s electrical regenerative braking system. The issue could mean that the car doesn’t come to a halt as effectively as it […]

Barnet Council supercharges green energy in drive for new electric vehicle charging points

The first 40 CityEV lamp column charging points for electric vehicles have been installed by Barnet Council as part of an ambitious programme to promote green energy.A further 40 will be installed later in the year in the second phase of the project this autumn. An additional 30 stand-alone electric vehicle charging points will be […]

Beware of the hedgehog: new road signs to warn of small animals on road

Hedgehogs are the latest animal to join the UK’s road-sign landscape, after the Department for Transport (DfT) unveiled new warning signs intended to alert drivers of the potential for small animals to be on the road. The hedgehog signs, while distinctive, are not intended to warn drivers just of our prickly friends, but are also designed […]

BVRLA outlines the roadblocks to greater EV registration

UK electric vehicle registrations are being held back by issues with taxation, charge point infrastructure and vehicle supply. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) looked at the UK Government’s Road to Zero strategy, which pledges to make almost every car and van zero emission by 2050. It used a scorecard system to provide […]

Government's Road to Zero Strategy is falling short

The Government needs to supercharge its electric vehicle strategy if it is to have any chance of meeting its new ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 pledge. New analysis from the BVRLA, which represents fleets that own or operate nearly five million cars and vans, shows that issues with taxation, charge point infrastructure and vehicle supply […]

UK firms join to develop ‘world-leading’ EV powertrain

A new British consortium aims to design and develop a global-use, world-leading fully electric powertrain with funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).  GKN Automotive, a tier one electric vehicle driveline supplier, has joined up with Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham as part of the £8 million project – doubled by the […]

New hedgehog road signs introduced to warn motorists of small creatures and reverse decline in wildlife numbers

NEW road signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog will warn motorists of smaller wildlife. Current signs focus on smaller species such as toads, or bigger animals including deer and cattle. 3 Signs warning drivers of hedgehogs and other small animals have already been introduced in countries such as SwedenCredit: AlamyThe new warnings will be […]

Autocar confidential: Hyundai won't be caught short, BMW ends its 'Gran Tour' and more

In this week’s collection of motoring murmurs, we hear why BMW isn’t building another B-Class rival, how Hyundai is ready for any market eventuality, and more.  Munich’s MPVs make way for high-riders Don’t expect to see a replacement for BMW’s 2 Series Active Tourer and seven-seat Gran Tourer, at least for some time. BMW’s product […]

Most bizarre things car buyers have brought to a test drive – from a horse to a dead relative’s ashes

WHEN buying a used car, there’s plenty to consider before deciding which model is right for you. And often the best way to see if you’re comfortable in a vehicle is to take it for a test drive. 1 Drivers took some bizarre items with them to test out a used carCredit: Getty – ContributorBut […]

New Porsche 718 GT4 and Spyder revealed with 414bhp flat-six

The 718 Spyder is, being a soft-top, less aerodynamically efficient. However, it makes use of a rear spoiler that rises at 74mph and is the first Boxster to feature a rear diffuser and generate downforce at the rear axle. The hood itself, which continues the distinctive look of previous Spyders, is still manually operated. Porsche […]

Hummer Brand to Return on an EV? Wha-Wha-What?

Two years ago, actor, former California “Governator,” and HMMWV enthusiast Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted an all-electric Hummer, so he had his H1 converted to run on electricity by Kriesel Electric. Now it seems that GM may bring back the oft-derided SUV brand it killed in 2010, perhaps using the nameplate on EVs. According to a report […]

What do the car insurance write-off categories mean and how do I avoid buying a dodgy used motor?

BUYING a second-hand car can be an intimidating process, especially if you don’t know its history And many unsuspecting buyers could be tricked into buying a vehicle which has been previously written off. 2 Category A and B write offs should be avoided when buying a second-hand carCredit: AlamyIf you’re in the market for a […]

New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 revealed, and it’s got a flat-six

The current Porsche 718 Cayman has taken some criticism for the character of its four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine – but the German sports car is reverting back to six-cylinder power for its most extreme version yet, the 718 Cayman GT4.The fresh range-topper gets a new 4.0-litre motor that is derived from the engine seen in the […]

Number of drivers stealing disabled Blue Badge parking permits rose by almost 50 per cent last year

THE number of disabled parking tickets stolen in 2018 rose by almost 50 per cent on the previous year, as more dodgy motorists tried to avoid paying for a space. But the Government has now launched a task force to crackdown on thieves and fraudsters who misuse Blue Badges. 2 More than 4,200 disabled parking […]

Mayor of London announces plan for more EV charging points

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced further plans for more public electric car charging points in the capital, citing central London’s “lack of infrastructure” for drivers of electric vehicles.London is currently on course to hit its target of 200 to 400 rapid charging points and 3,400 to 4,700 slow to fast charging points by […]

New ‘motorsport Olympics’ to be launched later this year – and will feature everything from drifting to ‘simulated racing’

SOME of the world’s best motorsport drivers will battle it out later this year in a new Olympics-style competition. And it will feature everything from drifting to “simulated” driving. 2 The four-day event is expected to include Formula 4, GT racing and even digital racingThe World Motor Sport Council announced last week a new multidisciplinary […]

Exclusive: Mayor of London urges motorists to lobby for national diesel scrappage scheme

The Mayor of London has called on motorists across the country to “lobby the Government for a national diesel scrappage scheme.”In an exclusive Auto Express interview, Sadiq Khan said drivers who had diesel bought cars in good faith under previous tax regimes “did the right thing”, but that it was now time to switch from […]

Volkswagen ID 3: charging details of EV hatch revealed

In early May, Volkswagen claimed to have received 15,000 pre-orders in a week, with the greatest demand in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. Each country has received an allocation of ID 3 models, although it is not known how many of those intended for the UK have been pre-ordered. Initial problems with Volkswagen’s IT systems […]

Volkswagen ID 3 confirmed as fastest-charging EV hatchback

In early May, Volkswagen claimed to have received 15,000 pre-orders in a week, with the greatest demand in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden. Each country has received an allocation of ID 3 models, although it is not known how many of those intended for the UK have been pre-ordered. Initial problems with Volkswagen’s IT systems […]

Polestar 1 2019 review

Let’s start inside. Polestar might be its own thing, but the interior architecture is pure Volvo, and none the worse for it. I’ve often wondered how far upmarket a Volvo cabin could be pushed and, with carbonfibre trim inserts and better-trimmed leather than usual, the current answer is £139,000, no problem.  It’s necessary to note […]

Airbus tests connected airborne battlesystem

Successful flight demonstration of Network for the Sky programme is a significant milestone, the company claims. Network for the Sky is intended to allow secure connections between all the various assets that might be used in a combat scenarioNetwork for the Sky (NFTS) is a secure mobile communications system intended to link together the various […]

Virtual biopsy lessens risks and stress for patients

Biopsies could one day be less risky and distressing to patients following the development of a non-invasive virtual biopsy device. Image by skeeze on PixabayDeveloped by a scientist at Rutgers University, the virtual biopsy device uses sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light to determine a skin lesion’s depth and potential malignancy without using a […]

Renault reveals second-gen Zoe EV with 242-mile range

The interior is more heavily revamped, with a new dashboard design introducing a 10.0in customisable digital instrument display as standard across the range.  Top-spec cars also receive a new curved 9.3in touchscreen infotainment display, similar to that found in the latest Clio, using the firm’s Easy Link connected technology. As well as being able to […]