Should I buy an electric car? Car News

When new, the Zoe came with a battery leasing plan and a guarantee that lasted for eight years or 100,000 miles, so later models may come with a monthly payment for the battery, but will still be under warranty.

Compelling lease deals and financial benefits are also available to EV drivers. You can expect to pay less than £300 per month for a Nissan Leaf, Peugeot e-208, or Vauxhall Corsa Electric with an initial rental of less than £500.

If you’re a company car driver, electric cars are also set at a far lower benefit-in-kind (BIK) rate than their combustion equivalents. For example, at the time of writing, a BMW i4 eDrive40 M Sport is set at 2%, while the 320d is 30%, so you’ll pay less money in BIK tax for an EV.

Should I buy a hybrid instead?

Hybrids offer a stepping stone for those unsure about owning a purely electric car. Three types exist; hybrids, plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids.

Full-fat hybrids use a combustion engine mated to an electric motor, which is charged up by the engine when it is running low. This allows you to drive it a short distance on electric power alone before the engine kicks in.

Plug-in hybrids are essentially the same, but the battery is charged via a wall socket or other external source, rather than the combustion engine. This enables them to travel longer distances on purely electric power.

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Hour-by-hour Met Office forecast for London amid weather warning UK News

A number of weather warnings, including two amber wind alerts, were put in place by the Met Office across the country for Sunday, when Storm Isha swooped in.

Rail, sea and air travellers are set to face disruption, with closures, cancellations and delays expected across a number of services.

Damage to homes and buildings, falling trees, power cuts, flying debris, large waves and even some flooding in places should also be expected, forecasters warn.

London will see a few well-scattered blustery showers during the day, with Tuesday looking more unsettled with further wet and windy weather.

Here is the hour-by-hour forecast for today (Monday)

7am – Clear

8am – Clear

9am – Sunny

10am – Sunny

11am – Sunny

12pm – Sunny

1pm – Sunny intervals 

2pm – Sunny intervals

3pm – Sunny intervals

4pm – Sunny

5pm – Clear 

6pm – Clear 

7pm – Clear 

8pm – Clear 

9pm – Clear 

10pm – Clear 

11pm – Clear 

Here is the hour-by-hour for tomorrow (Tuesday)

6am – Cloudy

9pm – Heavy rain 

12pm – Heavy rain 

3pm – Light rain

6pm – Overcast

9pm – Overcast

Forecast in full


Largely dry with bright or sunny spells. Perhaps a few well-scattered blustery showers during the day. Windy with gales at first, gradually easing later. Temperatures near normal. Maximum temperature 9 °C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Unsettled Tuesday, with further wet and windy weather sweeping east. Largely dry with sunny spells Wednesday. Dry at first Thursday, before wet and windy weather arrives later. Often mild.

Chief Meteorologist, Dan Suri, said: “Storm Isha will bring strong winds to the whole of the UK through Sunday and into Monday.

“The areas of particular concern are reflected by a large Amber severe weather warning which covers Northern Ireland, central and southern Scotland, Wales, much of northern England as well as southwestern parts of England.

“In these regions we could see gusts frequently between 50-60mph and even up to 80mph in exposed coastal locations.

“As the storm starts to move away on Monday morning very strong winds will also develop in the far southeast of England, bringing the risk of 70-80mph gusts here too in the early hours of Monday morning.

“Storm Isha will bring a disruptive spell of weather to the UK with strong winds across the whole country.

“Heavy rain will cause additional hazards, particularly in the west.

“A number of severe weather warnings for rain have also been issued. Keep up to date with the Met Office warnings and pay close attention to guidance from your local authority.”

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Leeds Bradford Airport: Flights cancelled and delays of up to five hours as high winds affect flights Yorkshire News

Flights have been cancelled or delayed for more than five hours as Storm Isha impacts travel plans across Yorkshire.

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Traffic and Travel live updates: Latest on North East roads, trains, Metros and buses UK News

Follow live updates here for the latest on the roads and public transport across the region

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Tesco tech glitch branded ‘shambles’ as deliveries cancelled | UK | News UK News

Tesco customers have branded deliveries a “shambles” as a tech glitch meant orders were cancelled or delayed on Sunday.

Shoppers took to social media to vent their frustration, criticising the communication from the supermarket giant. The retailer has since issued an apology, informing customers they can place a new order.

Website Downdector shows over 1,000 customers reported issues with the Tesco app or website at around 9am on Sunday. With customers reporting problems into the evening.

Writing on social media platform X on Sunday evening, Jason Underhill said: “Really disappointed to have Tesco home delivery cancelled on a Sunday evening. Especially with all the supermarkets closed by 4pm. Makes school packed lunches extremely difficult.”

Steve Pearce was expecting his delivery on Sunday morning. He said: “Supposed to have a Tesco home delivery between 9-10am today.

“Been trying to contact since 11am as payment taken and order showing as preparing. Finally spoke to you [Tesco] to be told order cancelled but couldn’t let us know as phones were down. Absolute shambles!”

Another Tesco customer said: “Awful service. At 7.46 cancelling an order for delivery 8-9. No reason given. No thought about extra costs the customer will incur.”

Another shopper claimed they were housebound and only received confirmation their delivery had been cancelled 20 minutes before it was due to arrive.

Customers who had their deliveries cancelled were reportedly told they would now have to wait between three and four days for a refund. A Tesco spokesman said: “Due to technical issues we’ve had to cancel some orders and our customer service team are experiencing high contact volumes.

“Unfortunately, we’re unable to reschedule these orders. We apologise for the inconvenience.”

The supermarket said it was receiving a “high contact volume” of calls after the incident. It told customers they would face delays when trying to speak to the customer service department.

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Craft centre fears 'incredibly worrying' plan that could surround it with concrete Bath City News

Warehouses, distribution centres, and a new motorway exit could be built under plans open for consultation until Monday

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This notice was published: 2024-01-22 05:00:00


Live: Storm Isha to hit Sussex with strong winds and rain Brighton News

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Storm Isha: Travel disruption to continue after UK battered by danger-to-life winds | UK News

Commuters are facing travel disruption this morning after Storm Isha battered the UK, bringing warnings of possible tornadoes and danger-to-life winds.

Rush-hour trains have been axed for many, with 90mph gusts expected to cause more cancellations and delays for rail, air and sea travellers into Monday morning.

Multiple Met Office weather warnings, including two amber wind alerts and a red warning for parts of northern Scotland, have been issued until the early hours.

Storm Isha – latest updates

And the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (Torro) said a tornado is “possible” in England and Wales.

A more serious “tornado watch” zone was in place for Northern Ireland, as well as parts of Scotland and northern England, but expired late on Sunday.

Damage to homes and buildings, falling trees, power cuts, flying debris, large waves and even some flooding in places should be expected into Monday morning, it was warned.

Agencies across Cumbria declared themselves on standby for a major incident, with Sellafield nuclear site closing as a precaution on Sunday.

A clock tower falls to the ground in Eyre Square, Galway
A clock tower falls to the ground in Eyre Square, Galway

Someone was struck by falling debris after scaffolding became dislodged in Belfast. They were treated at the scene by emergency services.

The Met Office said “everybody” has been affected by the storm.

Network Rail has imposed 50mph speed restrictions across most routes to keep passengers and trains safe from falling trees and debris blown onto tracks, with disruption likely to continue into Monday morning.

Get the five-day forecast where you are

Scotland’s railway operator cancelled all of its rush-hour trains and services may not begin running until “later on Monday”.

East Midlands Railway has said delays and alterations to its services were “likely”, while no LNER trains will run north of Newcastle until midday.

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South Yorkshire Apprentice Awards 2024: The seventh annual hunt for young talent is on! UK News

The hunt is on for the best young talent and employers as we proudly announce the return of the South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards.

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