Ray Massey: The new Peugeot E-3008 has a range of up to 435 miles

Major car companies have committed to joining the electric revolution. They have little choice, as ever-tightening government emissions targets mean tough financial penalties if they fail to comply ahead of the UK’s 2035 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.

However, as recent electric vehicle sales figures have shown, it is not enough to simply produce more electric vehicles. While many excellent battery-powered options are hitting the market, customers must also want to purchase them.

Slow demand in the UK and Europe shows that there is not enough at the moment – or can afford – especially private buyers who do not receive the generous tax incentives offered to company car users.

Established manufacturers also have to fight the wave of cheap Chinese brands hitting UK shores.

Peugeot’s Coventry-born global chief executive Linda Jackson this week announced plans to help make the switch to electric vehicles more comfortable for reluctant customers. The company claims that the three biggest barriers to making the switch are range, charging facilities, and perhaps most importantly, cost.

“Total peace of mind”: The new E-3008 has a range of up to 435 miles

So, for its new E-3008 model – on sale from £45,795 for the Allure or £49,595 for the GT, with a range of up to 435 miles – Ms Jackson announced a deal called Peugeot Allure Care, which aims to give electric car buyers “Total peace of mind.”

It offers comprehensive warranty cover for the electric motor, charging system, powertrain and electrical and mechanical components for up to eight years or 100,000 miles.

Peugeot is also offering a ‘switch bonus’ across its all-electric pure range, offering customers a 0 per cent APR over four years and no minimum deposit – plus a rebate of up to £4,000.

Ms Jackson said the deal would give drivers “the confidence and reassurance to switch”, adding that it was up to manufacturers to make cars “as affordable and acceptable as possible”.

The all-electric Peugeot E-408 Cross and E-5008 will also arrive this year.

However, to qualify for the new eight-year Peugeot Allure Care warranty, owners must ensure regular service within the ‘Peugeot Approved’ network and in line with the terms and conditions. This keeps the cover active for two years or 16,000 miles after each scheduled maintenance.

Peugeot Allure Care will give drivers

Peugeot Allure Care will give drivers ‘confidence and reassurance to switch’

To qualify for the new eight-year Peugeot Allure Care warranty, owners must ensure regular in-network service

To qualify for the new eight-year Peugeot Allure Care warranty, owners must ensure regular service within the “Peugeot Approved” network.

The French car company’s current standard warranty is three years and up to 60,000 miles for passenger cars, rising to 100,000 miles for commercial vehicles.

Although it currently only applies to this car, the Peugeot Allure Care scheme is likely to be expanded to other new models if it proves successful.

Experts are predicting a price-cutting war by some manufacturers desperate to shift their electric vehicle inventory. She added that lowering prices alone, as loss drivers, will only reduce the resale value of new cars to their buyers, so they must be dealt with sensitively.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the government to halve the value-added tax paid on new electric vehicles to 10 per cent to boost flagging sales to private buyers.

Peugeot’s new generation models will be equipped with voice-controlled ChatGPT artificial intelligence, including tests.

With the lion as its symbol and badge, Peugeot also announced a partnership with British charity Born Free – co-founded by Will Travers and his parents Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers who starred in the film of the same name – to protect lions and other wildlife species. .

She added that recycling and reusing batteries is also key to the company’s electric vehicle strategy.

Drivers want a universal app to pay for parking

The vast majority of drivers want a single ‘one-stop-shop’ payment app that can be used anywhere in the UK – with all parking providers.

Research by cashless parking company RingGo reveals that more than 80% of motorists using parking apps want a simple system. About 69% of drivers say they feel frustrated when trying to download parking apps.

‘One-stop-shop’: More than 80 percent of motorists who use parking apps want a simple system

Frankly, I would prefer the government to require all parking companies and councils by law to have the option of cash and credit card payment.

Many municipal councils are removing those that are still standing, angering motorists.

The average driver already wastes 38 hours a year due to traffic jams and roadworks, according to research site GoCompare.

Across the country’s 34 million drivers, this amounts to nearly 1.3 billion hours worked.

New Mini Aceman psychedelic atmosphere

“Just leave the wrap,” is my reaction to the new Mini Aceman compact SUV.

It’s pictured here in light camouflage during recent hot weather and sandy desert testing, before being fully unveiled in a few months. It will go on sale later this year.

That funky 60s style psychedelic vibe sounds great.

Under the covers: The funky 60s style psychedelic vibe sounds great

Under the covers: The funky 60s style psychedelic vibe sounds great

With four doors, a large tailgate and space for five people inside, the Aceman sits between the Mini Cooper and the Mini Countryman as the third stand-alone model in the new all-electric Mini family.

It will only be offered with an all-electric powertrain and a 54.2 kWh battery.

With four doors, a large tailgate and room for five people inside, the Aceman sits between a Mini Cooper and a Mini Countryman

With four doors, a large tailgate and room for five people inside, the Aceman sits between a Mini Cooper and a Mini Countryman

Previous pre-production tests were conducted in the sub-zero Arctic Circle.

The new Aceman will initially be built in China, under a joint venture with Chinese carmaker Great Wall.

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