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Oxford to ban petrol and diesel cars in 2020 in bid to be car-free by 2030

OXFORD is hoping to become one of the first cities in the world to ban petrol and diesel vehicles – while allowing electric cars. Only ‘zero-emission’ vehicles will be allowed in six central streets in three years’ time. The car-free zone may then be gradually extended in 2025 and 2030 to include the whole city. […]

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OXFORD is hoping to become one of the first cities in the world to ban petrol and diesel vehicles – while allowing electric cars.

Only ‘zero-emission’ vehicles will be allowed in six central streets in three years’ time.

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Fictional TV detective Inspector Morse and his trademark Jaguar Mark II[/caption]

The car-free zone may then be gradually extended in 2025 and 2030 to include the whole city.

The ban would also include buses and types of hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius.

Even HGVs making deliveries will be outlawed by 2035. Experts said it will cut toxic emissions in the city, which has dangerous air pollution.

The proposal would cost bus operators, taxis, haulage firms and councils an estimated £7million.

The new Toyota Prius would be allowed as it has passed zero emissions tests
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A clear Oxford afternoon but the High Street becomes very congested during rush hours
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They will have to replace vehicles with electric ones. This includes local authority bin lorries and gritters. The city will also have to spend £7million on number plate recognition CCTV to police the ban. Only hybrids which can switch to zero emissions will be allowed.

Offenders would be slapped with a £60 fine.

So even TV’s Inspector Morse would have been be hit. The telly cop, played by the late John Thaw, drove along Oxford’s historic streets in a gas guzzling Jaguar Mark II.

Environment chief John Tanner said the ban is “urgently needed”.

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This is the world’s first ride-sharing car – and it’ll take over our roads in 2025

VOLKSWAGEN Group start-up Moia has introduced the world’s very first purpose-built ride-sharing vehicle. Due to be released onto the streets of Hamburg next year, the fully electric car has been designed with the vision of drastically reducing traffic and pollution in major cities. The six-seater van will operate in conjunction with a customer app, where […]

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VOLKSWAGEN Group start-up Moia has introduced the world’s very first purpose-built ride-sharing vehicle.

Due to be released onto the streets of Hamburg next year, the fully electric car has been designed with the vision of drastically reducing traffic and pollution in major cities.

The Moia system will use the world’s first purpose-built ride-sharing vehicle
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The six-seater van will operate in conjunction with a customer app, where users will be able to order and pay for their trip before they are picked up.

The system works in a similar way to Uber and other ride-hailing services, where users can see how much a trip will cost and what cars are available before they ride.

But the difference for Moia is the use of an algorithm that groups customers together depending on their destination, increasing the capacity of cars and eliminating lengthy detours.

By grouping users together in the one vehicle, Moia hopes to limit the number of cars on the road and reduce pollution – with the goal of removing one million cars from European and US city roads by 2025.

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The service is expected to be on the road in Hamburg by late 2018
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The Moia system will also include a driver app to continue to provide work for professional drivers.

Ole Harms, Moia CEO, said: “We started one year ago at TechCrunch in London with the vision of partnering with cities to improve the efficiency on their streets.

“We want to create a solution for the typical transport problems that cities face, such as traffic, air and noise pollution, and lack of space, while simultaneously helping them reach their sustainability goals.

“In 2018, we’ll be ready to launch our ride pooling concept internationally and take the first steps toward our goal of reducing the number of cars in major cities by one million in Europe and the USA by 2025.”

The car itself holds six passengers and one driver, powered by a fully electric motor with a range of 186 miles.

Fitted with standalone seats, the interior is spacious enough for each passenger to be able to move around freely.

Interior features also include dimmable reading lights, USB ports and fast WiFi for passengers.

 

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The world’s fastest electric cars that’ll beat most supercars away from the lights

TESLA shocked the world when it announced a new Roadster with mind-blowing performance. Boss Elon Musk claimed it can do 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds – figures that would make it the fastest production in the world. But it’s not the only electric cars that can embarrass most Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche supercars from a standing […]

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TESLA shocked the world when it announced a new Roadster with mind-blowing performance.

Boss Elon Musk claimed it can do 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds – figures that would make it the fastest production in the world.

Electric cars offer acceleration that supercars can only dream of

But it’s not the only electric cars that can embarrass most Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche supercars from a standing start.

The big battery packs offer instant acceleration that’ll leave most traditional cars for dead.

And the race to make the fastest accelerating model is just as hotly contested as the top speed race to 300mph for the likes of Bugatti.

With the help of Carbuyer, we’ve listed the fastest plug-in cars from models on sale right now to prototypes that are due to hit roads in the next few years.

1. Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster is likely to be the fastest car in the world when it goes on sale in 2020

On sale: 2020

Price: £150,000

0-60mph: 1.9 seconds

It’s not due to arrive until 2020, but the Tesla Roadster is likely to be the fastest car in the world when it goes on sale.

Tesla’s claimed figures include 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds, 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds and 250mph top speed – speeds more commonly experienced by Formula 1 or World Rallycross drivers.

2. Faraday Future FF 91

Faraday Future FF 91 is capable of 0-60mph in 2.39 seconds, according to its maker

On sale: 2018

Price: £220,000

0-60mph: 2.39 seconds

The Faraday Future features a 130kWh battery producing over 1,000bhp and holds the electric car record for the Pikes Peak hill climb in the US.

There are currently question marks over production issues but its due to be on sale next year with a luxury cabin to match performance.

3. Tesla Model S P100D

In ‘Ludicrous+’ mode, the Tesla Model S covers the 0-60mph sprint in just 2.4 seconds

On sale: Now

Price: £126,000

0-60mph: 2.4 seconds

The Model S has taken the electric car world by storm and the flagship P100D in Ludicrous+ mode offers incredible acceleration.

It’s also hugely practical – with a massive range – and offers next-generation driverless tech.

4. Rimac Concept One

Just eight have been built, costing almost £900,000 each

On sale: Now

Price: £900,000

0-60mph: 2.5 seconds

It’s perhaps unfortunate that the Rimac Concept One is best known for being the car that Richard Hammond flipped while filming The Grand Tour.

If you put that aside it’s a seriously impressive motor and just nine of the pricey Croatian supercars were built – each with 1,224bhp.

5. Nio EP9

It’s the fastest electric car to have lapped the Nürburgring

On sale: Now

Price: £1million

0-60mph: 2.5 seconds

A direct rival to the Rimac, just 6 were built at first – but 10 more are going on sale to the general public.

The 1,341bhp Nio holds the record for the quickest electric car to lap the famous Nürburgring circuit.

6. Vanda Dendrobium

The £1m Vanda Dendrobium records a 2.7 second 0-60 time

On sale: Unknown

Price: £1million +

0-60mph: 2.7 seconds

Created by a Singapore-based electrics company, the Dendrobium has been designed with the help of Williams F1.

There’s no firm date for when it’ll go into production but expect a seven-figure price tag and a 200mph top speed.

7. Tesla Model X P100D

The Tesla Model X P100D can, when in Ludicrous+ mode, accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds

On sale: Now

Price: £120,000

0-60mph: 2.9 seconds

The third Tesla on the list and possibly the most impressive because the Model X is a big SUV.

You’ll need to turn the range-topping P100D into Ludicrous+ mode to get all the performance but there’s nothing else quite like it on the market.

8. Aston Martin RapidE

When it goes on sale in 2019, the Aston Martin RapidE should offer up a 0-60mph time of around three seconds

On sale: Now

Price: £200,000+

0-60mph: 3 seconds

The first “traditional” supercar manufacturer on the list is Brit maker Aston Martin with the firm creating an all-electric four door saloon in 2019.

The RapidE – built with help from Williams F1 – is expected to have power over 1,000bhp and a £200,000-plus price tag.

9. Genovation GXE

With a top speed of 209mph, it’s claimed to be the world’s fastest street-legal electric car

On sale: Now

Price: £570,000

0-60mph: 3 seconds

Based on a Chevrolet Corvette, this GXE ditches the big hulking 7.0-litre V8 for an electric motor.

That doesn’t hurt performance, though, with a 209mph top speed and an estimated 3.0 second 0-60mphh time – it’s just a heap more expensive than a regular Corvette.

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MG set to make history by selling electric cars next summer — as Brits start switch to zero-emission motoring

MG will leapfrog the likes of Ford and Vauxhall by selling electric cars from next summer. The iconic British brand – now in Chinese hands – has been flat-lining with low-quality toilet seat cars and piddly sales for years. But the battery-powered ZSe – priced under £20k – should make MG future-proof as Brits start […]

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MG will leapfrog the likes of Ford and Vauxhall by selling electric cars from next summer.

The iconic British brand – now in Chinese hands – has been flat-lining with low-quality toilet seat cars and piddly sales for years.

MG is leading the way in manufacturing zero-emissions cars

But the battery-powered ZSe – priced under £20k – should make MG future-proof as Brits start to switch to zero-emission motoring.

The only new electric car under £20k today is the Renault Zoe supermini.

MG boss Matthew Cheyne said: “The ZS is the start of a new era. We’ve already dropped diesel and we will launch the fully-electric ZSe next year.

“The speed of development is phenomenal. The tech is already in some Roewe products in China.”

The Chinese-owned British brand as experienced sluggish sales in recent years, but could be in for a boost with the Zse model

For now, though, MG has just launched the petrol-powered ZS, from £12,495 for the 1.5-litre manual.

The 1-litre three-cylinder turbo (lifted from the Vauxhall Corsa) with six-speed auto is £15,995.

I’ll go right ahead and say it. I wasn’t expecting much from this car. The MG3 supermini is a plastic turd inside and the GS SUV, while better inside, looks like a plastic turd outside.

The ZS is night and day in comparison. The interior is much, much improved with soft-touch materials and decent tech (8in touchscreen, CarPlay, cruise control) and it is much easier on the eye at the school gate.

The car giant has scrapped diesel vehicles completely, opting to manufacture more environmentally friendly vehicles

Yes, the front end looks like a Chinese copy of a Mazda but that mesh-grille with the giant octagon badge and daytime LEDs look great.

MG is still cheap – but not cheap, if you get me. Even the little things like pressing the badge on the tailgate to open the boot (nice German touch).

Key Facts

MG ZS EXCITE

Price: £15,995

Engine: 1-litre petrol turbo (3cyl, 111hp)

Economy: 44.9mpg

0-62mph: 12.4 secs

Top speed: 112mph

CO2: 144g/km

Rivals: Duster, Tivoli

Out: Now

Note: the MG3 will adopt that new family face – and interior – in 2018, as will the GS in 2019. Hurrah.

Now let’s talk numbers. ZS finance from £169 a month, interest-free over five years, with 20 per cent deposit.

At the end of the agreement, you own the car.

The ZS also has a seven-year warranty.

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