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Governments, the oil industry and car makers are waking up to the profound changes battery-powered cars will bringWhen Jaguar Land Rover followed in the tracks of Volvo last week with its shift to an electric-powered future, the car maker didn’t just talk about hybrids and batteries.Its chief executive also showed that his company, like governments and oil firms, is finally waking up to the global shockwaves electric cars will bring about. They are far more profound than whether drivers top up via a pump or a plug. Continue reading...

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Uber faces tough new hurdles to keep its London operating licence after the mayor, Sadiq Khan, said its conduct was an issue and concerns mounted at Transport for London (TfL) about its behaviour.

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  • Temple Classic Lightweight: ‘Created to last a lifetime’ | Martin LoveMade to order in Bristol, Temple cycles are modern classics you’ll never tire ofPrice: £695Frame: steelWeight: 10kgGears: 9-speed Most bikes are made in Taiwan. But not Temple cycles, they’re built in Bristol by a man called Matt and his small team – you can pop in and have a cuppa with them. This new frame is typical of what the friendly independent firm is all about. It’s made to order, you choose the exact size you want before adding various bits and bobs as you wish, from mudguards to panniers and a kick stand to a shiny old-school bell. It’s created not to last a season but a lifetime, an...
  • Kim Briggs widower: 'this is not about anti-cycling, it's about wrongdoing'Matthew Briggs, whose wife was struck by a cyclist in east London, discusses his grief and his long wait for a convictionA week after Kim Briggs died of head injuries sustained when a cyclist riding an illegal bike collided with her, her husband, Matthew, received a call from a police officer warning him there would be a long journey ahead.Briggs was sitting on a bench outside John Lewis in Bluewater, the behemoth shopping centre in Kent, where he was picking out clothing for his children’s school uniforms. Shoppers darted purposefully all about him as he took the call. His grief – and that of...
  • Global shockwaves from electric cars will be here sooner rather than laterGovernments, the oil industry and car makers are waking up to the profound changes battery-powered cars will bringWhen Jaguar Land Rover followed in the tracks of Volvo last week with its shift to an electric-powered future, the car maker didn’t just talk about hybrids and batteries.Its chief executive also showed that his company, like governments and oil firms, is finally waking up to the global shockwaves electric cars will bring about. They are far more profound than whether drivers top up via a pump or a plug. Continue reading...

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  • Uber To Introduce Fares Surcharge To Help Pay For Cleaner Vehicles Uber is adding a surcharge to its fares to help pay for cleaner vehicles. The controversial minicab app firm announced that all vehicles operating standard uberX journeys in London will be hybrid or fully electric by the end of 2019. It is hoping to reach the same standard across the rest of the UK by 2022. From next month, a 35-pence surcharge will be added to fares in London to help fund a scheme whereby Uber drivers can receive up to 5,000 towards the cost of upgrading their car to a hybrid or electric model. A fee will also be added to journeys in other towns and cities over the ne...

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