Back to the future: ŠKODA re-imagines design icons for makeover projectAs we come to the end of another week  we look at some of the Motoring news which you may have missed starting with ŠKODA’s design team who have unveiled images of a new project that aims to give the brand’s most iconic models a dramatic makeover.

As part of SKODA’s 125th anniversary celebrations, a group of designers from across the brand have re-imagined classic models and repurposed them for the modern era.

While ŠKODA has earned itself a reputation for being one of the most forward-looking brands in the automotive industry, it also has a rich design history that dates back more than 125 years. During that period, the brand has created a vast array of iconic cars that have come to define the look and feel of Czech design.

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A total of five classic ŠKODA models have been re-imagined with each model being a personal favourite of the designer responsible.

AX Electric launched as new research shows more than 55% of drivers thinking about buying an electric car

Over 55 per cent* of motorists are considering buying an electric car according to new research commissioned by AX.

The study arrives as the accident aftercare specialist launches AX Electric, a new service offering like-for-like replacement vehicles for EV owners following an accident.

Electric carThe research involving over 2,200 motorists also revealed that currently only one third of drivers would accept an equivalent petrol or diesel model while their car is being repaired; with two thirds expecting to receive the same EV model for the period their own car is off the road.

AX Electric is the first truly like-for-like replacement vehicle service for EVs, representing the first of a tranche of EV initiatives planned for 2021 as buyer consideration of EVs reaches more than 55 per cent.

The new offering is part of a wider investment in EV infrastructure which will support AX’s rapidly growing fleet of electric vehicles. The programme will see AX cease further expansion of its plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet, to focus and align their fleet in support of the huge swing in BEV sales.

The Ducati urban electric mobility line developed under license by MT Distribution is expanded with the new PRO-I EVO electric scooter with integrated App

The Ducati urban electric micro-mobility line, developed under license by MT Distribution, is further expanding with the arrival of the PRO-I EVO, the electric scooter that kicks off the new generation of connected vehicles of the Ducati Urban e-Mobility line.

PRO-I EVOThe latest addition to the line presents itself as the evolution of the PRO-I Plus, confirming the winning features that made it the best-selling product in its range in 2020 and improving the technical features. The urban-smart design is combined with more decisive lines in the rear mudguard that enhance Ducati’s racing DNA.

The potential of the PRO-I EVO is even greater thanks to the introduction of the integrated app, entirely designed and developed by Italdesign, a service company for the mobility industry known all over the world and part of the Volkswagen Group like Ducati.

The app is designed as a real "virtual garage" where multiple Ducati Urban e-Mobility products can be registered and where technical assistance services can be accessed, even in real time via WhatsApp chat. Available on Google Play and App Store, from the app it will be possible to stay constantly updated on the main functions and performance of the vehicle, such as the battery charge level, the distance travelled and the last known position of the vehicle.

The PRO-I EVO is the ideal vehicle for getting around the city thanks to a more powerful 350W motor - which makes it even more responsive when starting and more effective uphill - a 280 Wh battery and a colour LED display. The powerful LED lights offer safety at night and in situations of reduced visibility.

The scooter is light and compact. It can be closed without any effort thanks to the new improved easy-folding system, which makes it easy to use combined with public and private transport. The renewed locking system features an anti-vibration mechanism that makes the scooter even safer and more resistant.

Ford scales up charge network for arrival of award-winning all-electric Mustang Mach-E

Mustang Mach-EThe size of the charge network available to Ford electric vehicle drivers has increased more than threefold in readiness for first deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E performance SUV.

Ford is expanding its long-standing business partnership with bp by adding pulse – the biggest public charging network in the UK – to the Ford Pass charging network.

The move ahead of the arrival of the all-electric Mustang Mach-E increases Ford’s UK network from almost 3,000 charge points to around 9,500.

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