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UK pharmacy Boots has announced that it is launching a pilot programme to explore the potential for pharmaceutical distribution with electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. The announcement underscores an evident attempt by Boots to electrify its distribution fleet in the future.
According to the announcement, the pilot programme is being launched by Boots with five Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans. The vans will be used by Boots initially for delivering prescriptions in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Upon the successful completion of the pilot programme, Boots plans to expand the use of EVs for delivering prescriptions across the UK.
The pilot programme launched by Boots is being backed by Nottingham City Transport’s ‘Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Scheme.’ In supporting Boots’ electrification efforts, Nottingham City Transport will deploy additional charging stations at various Boots locations.
In reference to its pilot programme with EVs for delivering prescriptions, Boots UK said that it manages extensive amounts of travel for pharmaceutical distribution. As such, the use of EVs can unfold ample opportunity for the company to reduce its carbon footprint.
Highlighting the fact that Boots UK runs “more than 9,500 routes a week with a van fleet of 900,” Eddie Storr -- the company’s head of supply chain pharmacy -- said: “We are continually looking at ways to improve both the efficiency of our service and its environmental impact.”Business: Auto SectorCompanies: RenaultRegion: United KingdomGeneral: TNMFeatured
South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced its plans with regard to the electrification of commercial vehicles in the coming years.
The automaker has revealed that it is planning to produce as many as 17 models of electric commercial vehicles, which will be made market-ready by the year 2025. By the mentioned timeline, Hyundai is aiming at the expansion of its commercial-vehicle line-up to include seven battery-electric models and ten fuel cell models.
However, Hyundai has not disclosed the total investment involved in the planned electrification of commercial vehicles.
Going by some of the details announced by Hyundai, the 17 electric commercial vehicles which will become market-ready by 2025 will include a few models planned for use specifically in the country’s capital city Seoul. More explicitly, the models that will become operational in Seoul will include at least one battery-powered bus and one fuel cell-powered bus.
However, in announcing its plans to launch 17 electric commercial models, Hyundai has not shared any information about the specific number of different-sized electric buses, electric trucks, and electric vans that it will develop. The drive technology to be used for the various segments of commercial vehicles has also not been revealed. Nonetheless, against the backdrop of the recent model announcements made by Hyundai, it is projected that the automaker will apparently launch the battery variants on the market.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: HyundaiRegion: South KoreaGeneral: Product LaunchTNMFeatured
German automaker Audi has started released pricing information for its new ‘e-tron 50’ electric SUV in different European countries. The automaker has lately disclosed the price of the vehicle in Norway.
According to a recent announcement by Audi, the cost of the e-tron 50 SUV in Norway will begin at 499,000 Norwegian Kroner (approximately $55,000).
The e-tron 50 electric SUV -- a new, cheaper variant of the e-tron -- was unveiled by Audi earlier this month. The automaker is planning to launch the new variant only in European markets, apparently with the aim to lower the e-tron entry price. Audi particularly wanted to have a cheaper e-tron version for Germany, where the government incentives are available only for electric vehicles with entry price below EUR 70,000.
Compared to the current e-tron 55 model, the new e-tron 50 is equipped with a smaller battery pack, and has a shorter driving range. In more specific terms, the e-tron 50 has a 71 kWh battery pack and a 186-mile (299 km) range, while the e-tron 55 has a 95 kWh battery pack and a 248-mile range based on the WLTP standard.
Audi has revealed that the battery pack of the e-tron 50 has a 120 kW maximum charge rate. The vehicle is outfitted with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system with 308 hp output. It has an electronically-limited top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h), and will take 7 seconds for 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: AudiRegion: GermanyGeneral: TNMFeatured
According to reports, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has made a downward revision in the price of e-Golf electric car in its home country.
The e-Golf price drop in Germany is evident from the electric car’s website configurator which shows that the vehicle now costs EUR 31,900, instead of its earlier price of EUR 35,900.
Hence, as per the indications from the website configurator, the base price of the Volkswagen e-Golf in Germany has dropped by EUR 4,000.
With the e-Golf base price having being reduced by Volkswagen in Germany, it is projected that the electric car’s price in other countries in Europe will also be successively lowered. The price-drop amount will apparently depend on respective markets. However, as of now, the vehicle’s website configurator in the UK still reflects the old price --- 33,840 pounds (EUR 37,300).
The e-Golf was last given a model upgrade by Volkswagen in spring 2017. The upgrade chiefly unfolded a notably bigger battery pack for the vehicle, thereby increasing its electric range. With the e-Golf still being manufactured, configured and ordered, it is presently not clear when the production of the vehicle will be stopped by Volkswagen. Meanwhile, since the upcoming VW Golf 8 will not be launched as a purely electric model, it is projected that the VW ID.3 will apparently assume the role of e-Golf in future.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: VolkswagenRegion: GermanyGeneral: TNMFeatured
Turkish vehicle maker Karsan has introduced a new electric bus --- the Atak Electric. The bus is a battery-electric version of Karsan’s Atak 8-meter bus.
In presenting its new Atak Electric bus, Karsan said that the bus is powered by battery packs from German automaker BMW’s i3 electric car. Karsan is already using the BMW battery technology in its smaller, 6-metre electric bus called the Jest Electric.
According to the details released by Karsan about its new e-bus Atak Electric, the bus is outfitted with five BMW batteries, with the capacity of each battery being 44 kWh. The total 220 kWh battery capacity gives the e-bus a driving range of 300 km. Karsan also said that the engine of the Atak Electric can deliver a 230 kW total output, and has been designed for 2400 Nm torque.
With regard to charging, Karsan has said that the Atak Electric bus takes five hours of charging time for double AC charging and three hours of charging time for DC rapid charging. Nearly one-quarter of the battery can get recharged while driving, thanks to the vehicle’s regenerative braking system.
Revealing that the 8-metre Atak Electric bus has the capacity to accommodate 52 passengers, Karsan said that the electric bus will be available in two seating configurations --- 18 seats and four folding seats; and 21 seats and four folding seats.
The serial production of the Atak Electric bus will be commenced by Karsan in August 2019.Business: Auto SectorCompanies: KarsanBMWRegion: TurkeyGeneral: TNMFeatured