Government grants cutbacks affect electric car subsidies

17 / News 2021

The government has announced plans to make further cuts in its grants for the purchase of electric cars. The confirmed dates will be from the 22nd of December, with the reduction of £1,000 from £2,500 to £1,500. This is for electric cars priced under £32,000 will be eligible. As stated by The Department of Transport, the reason for the change is to set aside more funding for more affordable cars. 

It was further announced that the government’s plug-in subsidy scheme has helped the purchase of nearly half a million cars over the past ten years. The British government also went on to add that, yes grants have been reduced over time, however sales of electric vehicles have grown, and reached record levels in 2021.

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Electric F1 not ready to be introduced yet

60 / News 2021

Formula One has always been known as the pioneer for new car technology and innovative ideas that eventually finds its way into the motor industry. As it stands now, the car industry is going green and heading towards the production and future of all-electric vehicles within the next decade.

But according to the outgoing President of the governing body of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Jean Todt expressed that, “it’s simply not possible.’’ The reason being, in Formula One, the racing distance is normally around 200 miles (305km). Based on the performance of the cars, driving an electric Formula One car will not allow this without the need to recharge during the race.

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Nissan boss warns of further chip shortages

61 / News 2021
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With the emergence of the Omicron variant virus, further shortages of microchips used in car production could continue for longer than first thought. This is the stark warning from the Nissan boss, Makoto Uchida.

The CEO also added that it’s too early to say when normal deliveries will resume due to the ongoing pandemic which seems to be re-emerging worldwide. He also went on to say “we have a semiconductor shortage as an industry and how we recover from that is critical.”

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The city of Southampton

48 / News 2021
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The city of Southampton is situated on the south coast of England in the county of Hampshire. It is approximately 15 miles (24 km) west of Portsmouth and 70 miles (110 km) from the southwest of London.

Southampton is also considered to be a major port for cruise and cargo ships and has been an important port for the South Coast of England during the Roman occupation of Britain which was around two thousand years ago. The port is also famous for being the departure point for the RMS Titanic. It also has a sadder story of being the home of around 500 hundred people who perished on her maiden voyage in 1912.

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Electric vehicle Centre of Excellence opens

67 / News 2021
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The brand new Centre of Excellence has officially opened in Milton Keynes, which aims to provide “world-class technical expertise” in the car manufacturing sector. The site will be run by Intertek Group, with the focus being to help any car manufacturer making hybrid or electric vehicles to “accelerate their equipment and systems capabilities”.

The centre was opened by the Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, alongside Andre Lacroix, the chief executive of Intertek Group, who said electric vehicles had a “pivotal role to play” in the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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