Jaguar Land Rover celebrate at their Halewood plant

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Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant sees its millionth vehicle roll off the production line and the M6 Toll celebrates its tenth birthday.


Jaguar Land Rover recently celebrated production of its millionth vehicle at the Halewood advanced manufacturing plant near Liverpool. The landmark vehicle was a Range Rover Evoque painted in a special one-off colour combination, which JLR has donated to Cancer Research UK. Built in 1962 for Ford Motor Company, the Halewood plant was taken over by Jaguar in 2000, with production starting the following year.



More than 50 organisations involved with electric vehicles in Europe have joined forces to standardise the way information is exchanged in charging and payment systems, so drivers can go anywhere, charge anywhere and have a consistent payment system. Called eMobility ICT Interoperability Innovation (eMI3), the new body will develop standards for unique identifiers, communication protocols and the other functions needed to break down market barriers.



Body scanners will be introduced at 11 more UK airports, in addition to the ten that are already in operation. The Department for Transport said all the scanners use millimetre wave technology, “which has no known health risks”, and all now use automatic threat recognition software, so no image of the passenger is produced. In a new move, passengers who refuse to be scanned will now be offered a private search by hand, where previously they would be barred from flying.



The M6 Toll road has been in operation for ten years. Built as a relief road for the congested M6 in the West Midlands, it has never carried the volume of traffic originally forecast. This month the government officially abandoned a plan to introduce tolls when it upgrades the A14 – an important freight link serving the ports of Ipswich, Harwich and Felixstowe.



All airlines from Nepal have been added to the latest list of carriers forbidden to enter EU airspace. There are now 297 barred carriers, almost all from 21 states in Africa and Asia where there are concerns about regulatory oversight.



Seven communities have signed up to take part in a project investigating how charging multiple electric vehicles will affect local electricity networks. In Chiswick, Marlow, South Gosforth, South Shields, Wylam, Chineham and Whiteley, clusters of ten people all supplied from the same substation will each drive a Nissan Leaf for 18 months to trial a new technology that will monitor and control the electricity used when the car is being charged. The My Electric Avenue project is hosted by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution and led by EA Technology, which developed the Esprit system being tested.



In the recently published Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers, the top 10 systems are all powered by NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The highest performer is the Tsubame-KFC system at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which achieved a record 4.5 gigaflops per watt. The only other architecture ever to have taken all 10 top spots t is IBM’s BlueGene system.

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