Motoring News

The London Taxi Company's new factory has been opened in the West Midlands, the first car plant to be set up in the UK in more than 10 years. The Coventry facility will manufacture electric London cabs alongside small electric vans. The government is setting aside £64m to incentivise cab drivers to switch to the greener taxis, as well as to fund extra charge points.
Italian Volt's Lucama is an electric motorbike with a number of differences, all dreamed up to help the Italian start-up muscle in on the growing market for electric motorcycles. Choice is the watchword here. Buyers can customise any one of 12 bodywork parts, meaning they can create a roadster, a scrambler, a café racer, or a machine with several of these characteristics. The Milan-based company, which only set up shop last year, has also focussed heavily on fast-charging.
The first ever electric motorcycle to be subsidised by the government’s plug-in grant system has hit UK streets. Fred Murphy from Redhill, Surrey, took advantage of the grant, which covers 20% of the cost of a new – motorbike, up to a maximum of £1,500. Until recently, e-motorcycles did not enjoy the same access to plug-in grants as electric cars, which have been subsidised since 2011.
Ah Paris – the city of light, love – and the Crit'Air pollution sticker. From March 31, in order to enjoy the French capital's many delights by car during weekdays, you will need to obtain a Crit'Air pollution sticker for your car.
Cars are getting bigger every year – but parking spaces are the same size. This fact has prompted car park giant NCP (National Car Parks) to consider widening parking spaces in some of its facilities. Larger cars also mean that parking accidents have increased, which means the widening of parking spaces will make NCP's job easier. There has been a 35% increase in car park accidents since 2014, according to recent research from the Accident Exchange.
An 84-year-old from Gloucestershire has replaced his old Vauxhall Corsa after it was vandalised – because it was bright yellow. Peter Maddox lives in the picturesque village of Bibury, Glos, known for its 14th Century houses. But his eye-catching motor had some locals and tourists seeing red – because they thought Peter's banana-yellow runabout was a blot on the landscape. The car was said to have “photo-bombed” tourists’ photos.