Hastings Direct news: going electric
Paris' successful car-sharing scheme will arrive in London next year, with 3,000 Renault electric cars expected to be available to rent at various locations and charging points by 2019. Porsche is also aiming to go electric by the end of the decade, announcing the launch of its Mission E all-electric sports car, first introduced at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year. And it was a good week for new car sales, which rose by 8% in November to offset a drop in October. However, Volkswagen bucked the trend with a drop of 20% in sales last month, which can mostly explained by the recent emissions scandal.
Boris Bikes-style car-sharing scheme launched in London next month
The company behind London's electric vehicle (EV) charging network is planning to put 3,000 electric cars on the streets of the capital in the next four years, with ten cars available across Hammersmith and Fulham next month, Autocar reports.
The car-sharing scheme, called Bluecity, will function in a similar way as the current bike rental scheme, endorsed by London mayor Boris Johnson. It mirrors a successful scheme in Paris, which operates 3,600 cars, and is understood to have cut traffic in the French capital by about 31,000 cars since it launched in 2011.
Bluecity is owned by French billionaire Vincent Bollore's conglomerate Bollore Group, which acquired the Source London electronic network last year, and plans to invest £100 million in the project. Since the acquisition, the company has already spent £10 million to repair and expand the network to 1,000 charging points.
As many as 40 cars could be available for hire in London by mid-February. Detailed pricing has not emerged, but the Telegraph reports that rates will be around £5 for a rental of half hour.
All-electric Porsche to hit the streets by 2020
German automotive company Porsche announced this week it will release its Mission E all-electric sports car before the end of the decade.
The car will be Porsche's first 100% electrically powered car and is expected to give the current leader, Tesla's Model S, a run for its money.
The Mission E will reach zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, with a range of 500 kilometres per charge. It will be fitted with lithium-ion batteries, which will be 80% charged after only 15 minutes.
Tesla's Model S currently achieves acceleration to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, with a range of up to 490 kilometres per charge.
"Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment," Porsche's executive chairman Dr Oliver Blume claimed in a statement.
UK new car market returns to growth in November
The new car market in Britain returned to growth in November, with registrations increasing by 8%, following a decline in October — the first in 44 months, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
"November's figures come as a reminder of the strength of the UK car market, as low interest rates and competitive finance deals continue to attract consumers to new car ownership," SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said.
"We have been expecting a levelling-off in demand for some time now — a development that is being realised following an unprecedented three-and-a-half years of non-stop growth," he added.
New car registrations rose by 6.2% in the first 11 months of this year to 2,453,426 vehicles.
VW sales drop by 20% in November
As the wider new car market in Britain recovered last month from October's dip, Volkswagen sales dropped by 20% as result of the recent emissions scandal.
The BBC reported, quoting official figures from the SMMT, that 12,958 new VWs were registered in November, compared to 16,196 in November last year.
It emerged in September that VW diesel cars had been fitted with a software, falsely reporting the CO2 emission levels of an estimated 11 million cars.
The VW group's Audi, Seat and Skoda brands were also down, with Seat sales falling by 24% and Skoda by 11%. Audi sales were down by 4% in November.
VW said its 2016 cars should be cleared to be marketed and sold without any limitations, although slight deviations in emission levels were discovered on nine models
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