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Zero-emission ambulances and deliveries, smart chargers for UK homes and Genesis’ new EV gets face recognition tech

With politicians meeting in Glasgow to discuss the climate, electric vehicles have never seemed more relevant. COP26 is in full flow, with the great and the good descending on Scotland – sometimes literally – to discuss the environment.

But aside from political wrangling, there has been some genuine progress at the summit, with the NHS revealing a new hydrogen-powered ambulance. According to FuelCellsWorks, the vehicle was developed by the NHS, ambulance trusts and industry to create a long-range zero-emission ambulance with a 300-mile range. That, the NHS claims, makes it better suited to working in rural areas where electric vehicle charging may not be so easy.

Hydrogen Ambulance COP26


Charging is becoming easier, though, and it seems Tesco is becoming one of the UK’s most prevalent charging locations. Yes, the middle-market superstore has added more than 600 EV charging devices at its shops in the past 21 months, according to new research from EV website Zap-Map.

But it isn’t just customers who are set to benefit, with Zap-Map reporting that charging firm EO Charging has won a contract to install chargers for the supermarket’s delivery vehicles. According to the website, the supermarket will get more than 200 AC fast chargers and five DC rapid chargers for its home delivery fleet of electric vans.

Tesco Electric Car Charging

And while you get your zero-emission delivery, you should soon be able to charge your zero-emission car. That’s because every new home in England will have to come with an electric car charging point. As was reported by The Times, the law will dictate that all new-build properties must have charging facilities. 

And that’s not all, because the law will also force homebuilders to install smart charging devices, which can ensure batteries can be replenished without overloading the grid, promoting overnight charging.

That’s good news for electric vehicle buyers, a seemingly ever-growing breed. Despite the trials and tribulations of the new car market, MG has already had a good year, with 2021 sales surpassing the 2020 total in September. According to Automotive Management (AM) Magazine, the Chinese-owned brand has registered more than 20,000 new MGs in the first nine months of 2021 – more than 1,500 more than were registered during the same period in 2020. 

That’s partly down to the success of the brand’s electric ZS EV SUV, which has just been updated for 2022.

Tesla Reading


But it’s Tesla that is now regularly topping the charts as the most popular electric car manufacturer. The brand’s more affordable Model 3 is now one of the most commonly registered new electric cars, with customers clamouring for the wealth of technology found on board.

And now it seems the American firm is branching out into the wilds of Reading, with a new site spotted in Select Car Leasing’s hometown. According to Tesla’s website, the new site on Basingstoke Road will offer car sales and servicing, with the former department open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Servicing will only be offered in the week.

Genesis GV60 electric SUV

But for those who thought Tesla was at the cutting edge of automotive technology, it seems South Korean firm Genesis is hot on its heels. 

According to Motor1.com, the company is introducing facial recognition for its forthcoming GV60 electric SUV, allowing you to unlock the doors using only your face. Inside, meanwhile, starting the engine will be done with fingerprint recognition. 

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