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Well, here we go again, one more month in ‘lockdown’ coming up from midnight tonight.
Here are 3 tips for staying positive:
- go outside and take a walk – even just 10 minutes at lunchtime when the sun’s out will boost your mood and blow away some cobwebs
- …watching too much news? …spiralling a bit? Well, “a little kindness goes a long way”, at these moments I’ve found it helps to focus on someone else. Doing something as small as asking a colleague, friend or family member how their day is going is enough to get you out of that tunnel vision mode. Broadening your horizons temporarily and it’ll help your friend too, because it’s nice to be thought of!
- and of course, suggestion 3: read the DriveElectric roundup. 10 minutes of EV escapism guaranteed
So here it is, the October 2020 roundup, including LOTS of electric cars this time (who would have thought?), a bit about Clean Air Day, some USA based Tesla testing of autonomous driving and a couple of new guides from us too. Thanks for reading and please do take care of yourselves, and others over the next few weeks. (Gem 🙂 )
5 Oct 2020 | DriveElectric Blog
We review the Mercedes-Benz EQC luxury all-electric SUV which boasts an exceptional build quality (instantly obvious inside and out). The EQC represents a giant step forward in the world of electric vehicles (EVs), in that one of the world’s biggest and most historic car manufacturers has become serious about its commitment to a fully-electric future. Read more on this new electric car which is available to lease now in our blog post.
8 Oct 2020 | Clean Air Day
2020 is the 4th year Clean Air Day has taken place. The purpose of the Clean Air Day campaign is to improve everyone’s understanding of air pollution and raise awareness on how it affects our health. Over 36,000 people in the UK die every year as a result of poor air quality and The World Health Organisation recognise air pollution to be the largest environmental risk we face today. With air pollution on the rise, it’s now more important than ever that we do our bit to make a difference to the world we live in, even just a small contribution makes a difference.
We have put together a list of some ways you can try and start to make an positive impact on your local environment:
Give your car a day off
– walk, cycle, take public transport or work from home instead.
Get to school without the car
– if you live close enough try walking or cycling to school with friends
Avoid burning at home
Don’t idle your engine
– if you haven’t made the switch to electric yet, then turn off your engine when idle for more than 10 second. This can save both money and reduce air pollution levels (restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling).
Work from home
– we know this isn’t an option for everyone and a lot of the UK are already doing this, but if you’re not already and are able to work from home, give it a go.
8 Oct 2020 | Dutch News
This one made us smile; its DriveElectric yellow, an innovative project and completely made from waste products. Luca was built by a group of students at Eindhoven University in the Netherlands who produced the car entirely out of waste products, including plastic recovered from the ocean. Other waste materials include horse hair, coconut fibres and flax.
15 Oct 2020 | Car Magazine
Renault preview a new model set to go into production in 2021. The popular hatchback Megane will be getting revamped with a new design and soon be available in an all electric version.
The new ev will be based on the carmakers new platform and the styling of this new concept shows hints and similarities to the exciting Morphez concept which was Renault revealed earlier this year. Renault boss, Luca de Meo, said at the debut of the new concept that the platform has ‘broken the rules of size, use and design.’ He adds that ‘a whole family of new vehicles will be based on this new platform’.
Tesla rolls out Full Self-Driving Beta testing
23 Oct 2020 | YouTube Video (Tesla Raj)
Recently Tesla added a full self drive beta update which works on non-motorway local roads in the united states… well only to some customers. Selected customers were able to test full self drive beta updated which is a huge step forward in autonomous driving. You can watch a demonstration clip of full self driving from an early tester in the video to the side.
According to Musk, the update will take the feature from 2D to “4D,” meaning that the vehicle will be able to not only sense the three-dimensional world around it, but also predict changes in factors like location, direction, and speed.
22 Oct 2020 | Green Car Guide
We have another affordable EV to look forward to as pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new Fiat 500 Electric. The new EV will start from under £20,000 (after the plug in car grant) and will be heading our way and available to lease in 2021. The iconic city car will be available in 2 battery sizes 24 kWh and 42 kWh with the largest version offering a range of around 200 miles. Fiat 500 electric will be offered in both hatchback and cabriolet options and will be the first 4 seater, fully electric convertible on the market. Currently the Smart Fortwo cabriolet is available as an electric car – but as you would expect from the name – is a two seater!
21 Oct 2020 | DriveElectric Blog
Put simply, depreciation is the difference between the value of a car when you buy and sell it. Different cars depreciate at different rates, with the biggest loss of value felt in the first year and subsequent two years. In fact, the value of a car could fall by as much as a third the instant you drive it off the forecourt. It may sound scary, but we take a closer look at car depreciation and how you can avoid it in one of our latest blog posts.
30 Oct 2020 | DriveElectric on the Fully Charged Blog
How can you drive a new electric car (or van) for a few hundred pounds per month rather than having to pay the full upfront price of many thousands? The answer is by leasing an EV, and this is a guide to how it works. Our MD, Mike, put together an in depth guide on all you need to know on leasing an electric vehicle covering costs, savings, depreciation, leasing process and what’s included and what’s not. The blog is featured on the Fully Charged Show website, follow the link in the title to read the article.