The government’s promised consultation on pulling forward the UK’s planned date for ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans could include proposals to complete the phase out by 2032 – three years earlier than was suggested last week. Speaking to BBC Radio, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today suggested that the ban would come into effect in 2035, “or even 2032”.
Business Green 12th Feb 2020 read more »
Startups, researchers and carmakers are working on a new way of powering transport that one day may be no more unusual than a hybrid-electric Prius: Cars that drive on self-generated energy straight from the sun. There are already a number of prototypes and concepts of solar-powered vehicles, from the eponymous and aerodynamic Lightyear One, designed and developed by Dutch startup Lightyear, and the planned Sion by German solar car startup Sono that smashed crowdfunding targets recently to the tune of €53 million ($A85 million). Hyundai has even unveiled a hybrid Sonata with photovoltaic (PV) panels integrated into its roof (it was first launched in South Korea in 2019) that it claims can add an extra 1,300km a year in driving range to its small battery from six hours of sunshine a day.
The Driven 13th Feb 2020 read more »