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Electric version of classic Jag to go into production

Electric version of classic Jag to go into production

Technology
Jaguar's classic E-type sports car is set to make a comeback with a new electric version approved to go into production. The E-type Zero, notably driven by Prince Harry as he whisked Meghan Markle away to their wedding reception earlier this year, will be available to buy from summer 2020.Carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced that Jaguar Classic - a unit of the British-based firm which restores vintage models - will convert E-types to electric power at its Classic Works facility in Coventry.Details on how much the revamped car could cost remains tightly under wraps for now. 1:42 ...
Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Electric cars: Charge points could be requirement in new build homes

Science
New homes in suburban England would need to be fitted with electric car charging points under a government proposal to cut emissions.Ministers also want new street lights to come with charge points wherever there's on-street parking.Details of a sales ban on new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 are also expected to be set out.The strategy comes at a time when the government is facing criticism for failing to reduce carbon emissions.The government's target is to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. The proposals, announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, aim to make it easier to recharge an electric car rather than refuel petrol or diesel vehicles.They include: The need to assess if new homes a...
General Electric faces fines over French jobs pledge

General Electric faces fines over French jobs pledge

Business
France is threatening to take the unusual step of fining General Electric if it fails to create a set number of jobs in the country.It is claimed the US industrial giant will renege on a pledge to produce 1,000 new jobs by the end of the year.The Labour minister Muriel Penicaud said GE would face a €50,000 penalty for every job not created.The move could be a test of President Emmanuel Macron's bid to push through more business-friendly policies.GE had committed to create a net 1,000 new jobs by the end of this year when it bought the energy business of France's Alstom in 2014. The US company was in competition for Alstom with Siemens of Germany.But GE had created only 323 jobs by the end of April, the finance ministry said last week.GE chief executi...
Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

Car dealer tactics stall electric car sales

Science
"Dismissive" car dealers are a major barrier to boosting sales of electric vehicles (EVs) according to a new study.Researchers, who posed as car shoppers in Scandinavia and Iceland found that sales personnel strongly pushed petrol and diesel powered cars. Around 77% of dealerships that sold EV brands didn't discuss their existence with the potential customers.Government signals are a key reason for these attitudes say the authors. In this study, the researchers visited 126 car dealerships across 15 cities in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. The team also interviewed over 250 industry experts across the region. Of the 126 dealers visited, only 8.8% of the encounters that the shopper has left them preferring an EV opt...
Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguar electric cars

Waymo to buy 20,000 Jaguar electric cars

Technology
Self-driving car company Waymo is to buy up to 20,000 Jaguar electric vehicles as part of its plans to launch a robotic ride-hailing service.The announcement by the business, which is owned by Google parent company Alphabet, expands on a fleet of self-driving cars it has been building with Fiat Chrysler since 2015.Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will deliver the I-PACE models from 2020 to 2022, with the aim of providing up to one million rides per day.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but at a starting price of about $ 70,000 for the I-PACE, a fleet of 20,000 vehicles would be worth $ 1.4bn (£990m).Waymo has been working on self-driving cars since 2009 and currently tests its self-driving system on Chrysler Pacific minivans.It plans to launch a ride service in Phoenix, Arizona, in the