BMW has given a boost to the UK car industry by confirming that the production of its new electric Mini will start in Cowley in November. Deliveries of the brand’s first fully electric car will start in March 2020. Earlier this year, a BMW board member said the company would have to consider moving car production out of the UK if there was a no-deal Brexit. But David George, head of Mini UK, told the BBC the UK was firmly in the company’s plans going forward.
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How much does it cost to run an electric car? How can I get a charging point when I don’t have a driveway? Are they really better for the environment? These are just some of the many questions you have been sending us about electric cars, and with more and more manufacturers investing in and developing these vehicles, more questions are being raised. This week the government announced it is pumping nearly £40m into improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles. Business correspondent Theo Leggett and transport correspondent Tom Burridge have been answering some of the questions sent to us by BBC News online readers.
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Plans have been outlined by the government to invest £37m into twelve projects to drive forward growth in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The schemes receiving the cash pot focus on wireless charging technologies aimed at ensuring that more EVs in the future can charge without the need to plug in a cable. Projects include £3m for Urban Foresight’s ‘pop up’ chargers, which are built into the pavement, for discreet charging without the need for off-street parking. Another scheme will see existing Virgin Media infrastructure deliver charging, using high-speed internet connections to share information on charging processes and available parking spaces.
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