Scottish startup to develop large electric SUV

Glasgow-based ATAE to launch Munro Mark 1 SUV with full frame construction and permanent four-wheel drive

Scottish startup ATAE (All Terrain All Electric) from Glasgow is developing a large electric SUV called the Munro Mark 1, which is due to prototype in 2021.

The ATAE Munro Mark 1, which will be based on a classic ladder frame, will receive permanent all-wheel drive, differential locks and a dual-band transfer case.

The SUV will be almost entirely built from existing third-party components. For example, the body and chassis will be provided by Ibex Automotive. The car will be driven by an electric motor developing 215 hp. and 350 Nm of torque.

It will be powered by a 52 kWh battery pack, which will allow it to travel about 240 kilometers without recharging under normal conditions. With the help of a special fast system, the reserve of batteries from 0 to 80% can be replenished in half an hour.

The first running prototype will be prepared towards the end of this year, after which the model will undergo lengthy road tests. The first SUVs are expected to be delivered to customers in 2022. The Scots note that the design of the model provides for various modifications, including a three-axle version with six wheels.

Glasgow’s council pledges £10.5m for hydrogen-powered bin lorries

GLASGOW is set to have the largest fleet of hydrogen-powered bin lorries in the world after councillors agreed a £10.5 million funding package.

The council will buy 19 hydrogen refuse collection vehicles, using £7m from a climate emergency fund.

It is part of plans to push forward the council’s ambition for a fleet of zero-emission vehicles.

Two electric minibuses will be purchased with £420,000 from SP Energy Networks.

And Transport Scotland has provided £200,000 for batteries, which will capture power generated by solar panels set to be installed on Duke Street car park. It has also supplied £290,000 for charging points.

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More than £2.5m of Smart Cities Scotland funding will be used on smart technology, to support the management of the fleet, including fuel and waste systems.

It is hoped the council’s commitment to hydrogen will encourage other fleet operators to reduce carbon emissions.

Over 100 new electric cars have already been delivered to the council and work is underway to convert 20 smaller lorries to dual fuel hydrogen.

George Gillespie, an executive director at the council, said decarbonising the council’s fleet was “vital” to plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“We have taken tremendous strides with the implementation of our zero-emissions fleet strategy,” he added.

“Glasgow is now very much at the forefront of changes that aim to remove carbon from our transport system.

“We can see the market responding to the lead the council is taking and it was always our aim to use the council’s size and status to build confidence that wider change is possible.”

He continued: “Committing to using hydrogen for our heavier vehicles was always a big breakthrough in our approach to decarbonising our fleet.

“I am particularly pleased that such significant investment is being made in modernising our cleansing service with the purchase of 19 hydrogen-powered refuse vehicles.

“The technology we are introducing into our vehicles will also help make our services as effective and efficient as possible and will ensure we are best placed to meet the challenges of the climate emergency.”

A car graveyard with old Lada found in Scotland. There is almost no rust on them

A half-abandoned dump of old cars, among which there were several copies of the Russian car industry – “Niva” and “Samara” in a semi-disassembled form – was found on the outskirts of the Scottish town of Glasgow

As we found out, the old cars belong to the local auto dismantling yard. The Lada found at the test site were right-hand drive. And one of them – “Samara” – and at all from the limited version of the Sedona with a golden body.

AVTOVAZ began supplying its cars to Scotland and Great Britain in 1974. In the 1980s, Soviet cars were very popular there – every year local residents bought tens of thousands of Lada cars.

However, already in the early 1990s, the demand for Russian-made cars began to decline. And by 1997 it was decided to stop exporting.

При этом до сих пор в Шотландии и Великобритании можно встретить довольно много российских автомобилей. Причем многие из них – в отличном состоянии.