Rock-a-bye baby: Why parents love EVs

Gareth Herincx

15 hours ago
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Parents that have switched to electric, plug-in hybrid or hybrid vehicles say their current cars are more effective in helping young children fall asleep than previous petrol or diesel vehicles they have owned, according to the latest research by Citroën UK.

In a study of 2,000 UK parents with babies and young children, 56.4% of those owning an electrified vehicle said their child found it either as easy or easier to nod off in their current car, compared to petrol or diesel models they had previously owned.

Just 11.9% said an electrified vehicle made it harder to get their children off to sleep, while 15.8% were unsure either way.

Nearly half (44%) of all the parents surveyed said they had taken their child on a short car journey specifically to help them fall asleep.

Babies sleep better in EVs - Citroen UK research

Citroën UK’s research also highlighted how effective using a car can be to help kids have a snooze, with the data showing that on average it takes a child 16.5 minutes to fall asleep in a car, with 96% of parents saying their child typically falls asleep in 30 minutes or less.

The top factors that parents felt were most beneficial in helping babies and young children fall asleep on a car journey, were the gentle movements of the vehicle on the road (46%), a comfortable in-car temperature (41%) and a comfortable car seat (40%).

More than a third of parents (34%) told Citroën that they find a smooth drive to be the most important factor to help their child nod off.

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Historic Aston Martin DB5 Convertible for sale

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, ordered and owned by the man who gave his initials to the legendary DB-series of cars – one-time Aston Martin chairman Sir David Brown – is being offered for sale.

Aston Martin Specialists, Nicholas Mee & Co, are asking a cool £1,150,000 for the stunning classic.

The importance of the Aston Martin DB5 Convertible in automotive history cannot be overstated. Just 123 examples were built and it’s one of the most highly sought-after cars for collectors across the globe.

The DB5 model first appeared as James Bond’s car of choice in coupe form in 1964 film Goldfinger, but such is its enduring status as a symbol of British prestige it remains an icon to this day, most recently appearing in No Time to Die.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

But even among icons, there are those more desirable than others.

Of the 123 DB5 Convertibles built, only one was ordered and owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman Sir David Brown, giving the car offered for sale by Nicholas Mee & Co a unique provenance.

Delivered to Sir David in January 1964, the car was built to the highest spec, with a then-new five-speed ZF gearbox, a Power Lock rear axle, chromed wire wheels and a Motorola radio.

The factory build sheet, supplied with the car, confirms it was specified in a vibrant Caribbean Pearl, with a Dark Blue interior.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

It was cherished by Sir David for three years before being acquired by former Aston Martin DB4 GT owner and garage proprietor, John Wilkinson.

During Wilkinson’s ownership, maintenance was carried out at Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell, where records confirm a replacement engine block was installed and a newly stamped manufacturer’s identity plate applied in 1969.

This is the first time in 28 years anyone has had the opportunity to purchase this landmark of automotive history. It was last sold by Nicholas Mee & Co in 1994, the year after the passing of Sir David Brown. Since then it has starred at various Concours events across Europe.

In 2014, it benefited from a major restoration faithful to its original specifications, which included a rebuild of the 4-litre engine, as well as rebuilds of the suspension, gearbox, brakes and rear axle. A bare metal re-paint and complete re-trim of the interior in Connolly hide, along with a new hood covering, completed work and means it drives as beautifully today as it did when in the hands of Sir David.

It was Sir David Brown’s vision that began the DB series of sports cars and grand tourers, beginning with the DB1 right through to the Aston Martin DB11 on sale today. But it was the DB5 that catapulted the DB series to international fame.

Today the DB5 is one of the most sought-after collector’s cars in the world, with just over 1,000 examples made in total of any variant, which included the Convertible and the performance-enhanced Vantage versions.

Sir David acquired Aston Martin in 1947 for £20,500 after seeing an advert in The Times newspaper offering the sale of a “High Class Motor Business.”

He saved the ailing brand, which had ceased to produce cars to focus on making aircraft parts during World War II, and is key to the reason Aston Martin makes some of the world’s finest cars today, including a model that still bears his initials.

Top 20 fastest cities to charge your electric car

Rapid electric vehicle charging

With more than 480,000 pure electric cars and 390,000 plug-in hybrids on UK roads, public attention is increasingly turning to our electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Admiral Car Insurance has teamed up with Zap-Map, the UK’s leading EV charge point mapping service, to shine a light on the towns and cities that are currently best served for the two quickest types of charging points, known as rapid and ultra-rapid chargers.

Unlike fossil fuel cars, EVs can recharge almost anywhere – at home, at work and on the public network. With extra flexibility for EVs comes a little added complexity, such as different speeds of chargers and, therefore, different uses for them.

EV drivers charging at home, for instance, typically use what are known as ‘slow’ or ‘fast’ devices to charge up overnight.

In contrast, rapid chargers take between 20 minutes to an hour to add around 100 miles of charge – and are found at many different locations from motorway service areas and fuel forecourts to restaurants, hotels and retail car parks.

Even speedier are ultra-rapid devices, which can around 100 miles of charge in as little as 15 minutes. Useful for drivers undertaking longer journeys, they tend to be found in groups of between six and ten. The analysis saw Birmingham come out on top in this respect, with 39 high-powered ultra-rapid chargers.

As the 2030 ban on petrol and diesel cars draws ever nearer, and the number of EV owners continues to rise, Admiral’s own data shows the growing popularity of electric vehicles, with drivers insuring 79% more pure electric vehicles (and 20% more hybrid vehicles) in 2022 compared with 2021.

Meanwhile, the number of rapid and ultra-rapid chargers has also shown promising growth in recent years. While there were just 973 rapid and ultra-rapid devices at the end of 2016, by the end of April 2022 the UK had over 5,750 rapid and ultra-rapid public chargers – more than a 490% increase.1

Particularly important for EV drivers undertaking longer journeys is the increase in the number of ultra-rapid devices over the past year. Between April 2021 and April 2022, the UK has seen a 74% increase in the number of ultra-rapid devices, the quickest available.

Top 20 fastest UK cities to charge your electric car

Town Rapid Ultra-Rapid Grand Total
Nottingham 92 30 122
Milton Keynes 100 6 106
Leeds 60 17 77
Birmingham 34 39 73
Coventry 71   71
Bristol 45 23 68
Manchester 36 26 62
Sheffield 48 9 57
Glasgow 46 6 52
Wolverhampton 26 23 49
Norwich 20 28 48
Dundee 36 8 44
Bradford 39   39
Exeter 10 27 37
Slough 7 29 36
Derby 20 14 34
Cardiff 24 10 34
Banbury 5 29 34
Preston 31 2 33
Newcastle upon Tyne 31 2 33

Kia EV6 GT to debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The high performance version of Kia’s award-winning EV6 crossover will be taking to the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s famous hillclimb several times throughout the weekend (June 23-26).

Kia claims the all-electric EV6 GT “combines exhilarating performance, first-class long-distance travel capabilities, ultra-fast charging tech, and an impressive real-world driving range for effortless cross-country touring”.

Kia’s most powerful production car to date, its dual-motor powertrain delivers 577 bhp (585 PS) and 740 Nm torque. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 162mph (260km/h).

The car features a GT button on the steering wheel, activating its ‘GT’ mode. This automatically optimises the vehicle’s e-motors, braking, steering, suspension, e-LSD and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems for their most dynamic settings for a more engaging drive.

Drivers can also tailor the car’s ride, handling and performance characteristics to suit their individual preferences by selecting the ‘My Drive’ mode.

The car will be driven throughout the weekend by rally pro Jade Paveley – 2021 British Rally Cross Country Championship (BXCC) Class T2 Champion and 2018 Junior Welsh Tarmac Rally Champion.

She is also the end-of-stage reporter for the World Rally Championship and European World Rally Championship, and Marketing Director for Llandudno Kia, a Kia dealership in North Wales.

Between drives, the EV6 GT will be on display throughout the event in the ‘First Glance Paddock’. UK customer deliveries of the EV6 GT start at the end of 2022, with the car available to order from £59,995.

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The burgundy Jaguar Mark 2 driven by Inspector Morse in the detective series Inspector Morse has been voted the most iconic TV cop car of all time.

In a new poll commissioned by the world’s biggest motoring entertainment show, Top Gear, the classic British-made model was declared top of the cops by more than half (53%) of those surveyed.

It was closely followed by Gene Hunt’s Audi Quattro from Ashes to Ashes (43%), and the Ferrari 308 GTS that starred in Magnum, PI.

The Mark 2 epitomised Jaguar’s motto of “grace, pace and space”, with almost a third of respondents identifying Morse’s chosen crime-fighting vehicle as the ultimate TV cop car in terms of classic style and design.

The survey of 1,000 British adults comes ahead of this Sunday’s second episode of the new series, where the presenters put several legendary TV crime-fighting cars through their paces, with hilarious results.

The episode celebrates an era when telly police cars were as famous and recognisable as the actors who drove them.

10 best loved TV cop and detective cars

  1. Jaguar Mark 2 – Inspector Morse, Morse (53%)
  2. Audi Quattro – Gene Hunt, Ashes to Ashes (43%)
  3. Ferrari 308 GTS – Thomas Magnum, Magnum PI (41%)
  4. Ford Capri – Ray Doyle, The Professionals (41%)
  5. Ford Gran Torino – Dave Starsky, Starsky and Hutch (40%)
  6. Ferrari Testarossa – Sonny Crockett, Miami Vice (37%)
  7. Land Rover Defender – Vera Stanhope, Vera (33%)
  8. Ford Consul GT – Inspector Jack Regan, The Sweeney (28%)
  9. Ford Cortina – Gene Hunt, Life on Mars (27%)
  10. Mercedes SL and Ford Escort XR3i cabriolet – Harriet and Jim, Dempsey and Makepeace (27%)

The Mark 2 epitomised Jaguar’s motto of ‘grace, pace and space’, with almost a third of respondents identifying Morse’s chosen crime-fighting vehicle as the ultimate TV cop car in terms of classic style and design.

Chris Harris added: “The Mark 2 originally had a reputation for grace and sophistication but by the 1980’s when Morse was on the TV, it had a different image, it was a bit more bank robber than stately home.

“But it all fitted with Morse’s character, the curmudgeon and intellect who loved real ale and crosswords and disliked pleasantries.

“If a great TV police car can say something about the character or driver that almost no lines could, then this is the best of the lot.”

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