Electric cars

Samoans could soon be building electric motorcycle

Peeq Samoa recently set up the country's first call centre utilising the country's Tui Samoa submarine cable, and it is keen to set up a manufacturing unit too.

The company's executive trustee, Graham Liao, told the Samoa Observer the company was currently in negotiations with government to set up the factory.

He said the company was looking to open the manufacturing plant at the building that once housed Samoa's biggest private employer, Yazaki Samoa.

Jaguar Land Rover and BMW join forces on electric cars

 The car giants said they would work together to develop electric motors, transmissions and power electronics.

Both firms have struggled to maintain profit margins amid falling car sales and higher costs as well as the need to invest in future technologies.

Car firms are being forced to make low emission vehicles to meet more stringent anti-pollution rules.

There have been a number of similar tie-ups aimed at sharing the costs of developing electric cars.

Electric cars set to get road priority in clean air zones

The government's planned clean air zones are intended to encourage drivers to choose less-polluting electric cars.

Proposed for five English cities by 2020, the clean air zones will also introduce restrictions on older, polluting commercial vehicles.

But AA president Edmund King said drivers would be "baffled" by separate rules for electric cars.

 

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