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 Tesla plans to reveal electric lorry in October 

Tesla is likely to unveil its electric articulated lorry in October, chief executive Elon Musk said on Thursday.

The firm had previously said the vehicle would be released next month. Last year Mr Musk expressed the company’s desire to branch out beyond cars. The entrepreneur has excited the trucking industry with the prospect of a battery-powered, heavy duty vehicle that can compete with conventional diesels. Mr Musk said an “unveil and test ride” for the Tesla Semi truck was tentatively scheduled for 26 October in Hawthorne, California. “Worth seeing this beast in person. It’s unreal,” he said in a tweet.


UK proposes exemptions to Data Protection Bill 

Journalists, financial firms and anti-doping bodies could receive special exemptions from new laws to protect personal data, the government has said. These “safeguards” would protect the freedom of the press, help prevent fraud and “maintain the integrity of professional sports”. The proposals are part of a new Data Protection Bill, published on Thursday, which will overhaul UK data laws. It will impose much heavier fines on those who do not protect personal data. In most respects the bill, which will come into force next May, will transfer the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation into UK law. The legislation will also be maintained after Brexit.

However, the government said it had negotiated “vital” exemptions to create a more “proportionate” regime for Britain.


Jane Austen polymer £10 note enters circulation

The new £10 note featuring novelist Jane Austen has entered circulation – marking a return of a woman in addition to the Queen on Bank of England notes. The launch comes after a four-month period when women, apart from the Queen, have not been represented on the Bank’s notes. The last was the £5 note featuring reformer Elizabeth Fry which was replaced by a Winston Churchill fiver. The new £10 note is made of polymer and includes raised dots for blind people.




The Financial Times

 Volkswagen recalls vehicles in China over faulty airbags

Volkswagen will recall 4.86m vehicles sold in China over airbag problems, marking the latest blow for the German carmaker that has suffered numerous quality and distribution issues in the Asian country this year. VW will recall vehicles equipped with airbags manufactured by the now-bankrupt Japanese automotive parts maker Takata, according to a notice posted by China’s consumer inspection bureau. The recall will apply to both imported and Chinese-made vehicles sold as early as 2005 and take effect in March 2018. VW sold almost 4m vehicles in China last year.



The Guardian

New ‘real world’ diesel tests fail to prevent rush hour pollution peak 

New “real world” emissions tests fail to prevent high levels of pollution from diesel cars during rush hour, according to new data. Diesel vehicles are the main cause of the UK’s widespread levels of illegal air pollution, with the VW cheating scandal exposing the fact that virtually all diesel cars emitted far more toxic fumes than in official laboratory based tests. Since 1 September, new models must now be tested on real roads, but the new data shows even this does not prevent high levels of fumes in slow traffic, when pollution is at its worst for drivers and other road users. Emissions Analytics, a respected testing firm, measured the emissions from two diesel cars on rush hour journeys into and out of London. In the most congested three-mile stretch of the evening rush hour, a VW Golf and Vauxhall Insignia both emitted far more nitrogen oxides (NOx) in their official real world tests – 42% and 118% more, respectively.



The Times

‘Real life’ driving test includes beeping horn and using windscreen wipers 

Motorists will have to wash windscreens, beep horns or open windows as they drive under a “real-life” driving test being introduced this year. The practical test taken by two million people a year will require learners to operate basic controls without losing control to ensure they are properly prepared for the road. The change, being introduced in December, follows concerns that too many novices pass their tests only to have accidents within the first few months of solo driving.


60% of drivers overturn private parking penalties 

Sixty per cent of motorists given penalties by private parking companies have the charges overturned or reduced on appeal. The finding in an RAC study appears to demonstrate the scale of dubious ticketing by companies, with claims that many flout the industry code. Critics have accused operators of issuing a huge number of tickets in the expectation that a sizeable minority of motorists will pay. The study revealed that more than a third of drivers given tickets paid without objecting.


Carmakers demand slowdown on EU emission targets 

Europe’s leading carmakers are demanding that regulators on the Continent slow down the pace of rules to reduce polluting emissions because people are not buying enough electric cars and governments are not installing sufficient recharging infrastructure. The ACEA, the representative body of Europe’s top 15 automotive manufacturers, has called on the European Commission to resist issuing stricter green motoring regulations. Present rules state that carmakers must build vehicles that, on average, produce 95g/km of carbon dioxide by 2020. The Toyota Prius, the bestselling hybrid, averages about 70g/km, while Range Rovers can pump out more than 200g/km.



The Daily Mail

‘They ignore me and turn to my husband’: British Citroen boss, 58, reveals how she ‘has faced sexism in showrooms and sales staff who ignore her’ when she goes mystery shopping

As the most powerful woman in the motor industry, Citroen boss Linda Jackson knows a thing or two about cars. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get talked down and patronised by male forecourt salesmen.

Speaking to the Mail at the Frankfurt Motor Show, British Mrs Jackson, who became chief executive of the French car giant three years ago, told how she has been the victim of sexism in showrooms and how sales staff have ignored her.



Posted by Paul Carpenter on 14/09/2017