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Е KODA AUTO is preparing to resume production at its Czech plants on 27 April. In order to provide the best-possible protection to prevent employees from becoming infected.

The COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain the virus are having an unprecedented impact on society. While every person rearranges their living and working habits.

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SEAT will carry out PCR tests on its 15,000 employees to ensure their health and safety and avoid COVID-19 infections. The carmaker has decided today to gradually restart activity.

In connection with the resumption of production, the Volkswagen Group has developed measures ensuring the maximum level of health protection for its employees.

The brands of the TRATON GROUP are gradually restarting production operations that have been shut down since mid-March. Following the shutdown of production, Scania.

Even though production at Е KODA AUTO’s Czech plants is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the brand’s customers do not need to worry about sourcing.

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Short company profile for the Volkswagen brand | Pictured Model Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 l TSI, 85 kW / 115 PS manual 6-speed transmission: WLTP fuel consumption in l/100 km: low 6.9 / medium 5.5 / high 5.0 / extra high 6.2 / combined 5.8 | COв‚‚-Emission combined, g/km: 131 | Efficiency class: B

Short company profile for the Audi brand | Pictured Model Audi e-tron 55 quattro: Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (62.1 mi): 23.1 – 21.0 (NEDC) | CO₂- Emission combined in g/km: 0 Information on fuel/power consumption and CO₂ emissions in ranges depending on the chosen equipment level of the car.

Short company profile for the SEAT brand | Pictured Model SEAT Mii electric: electric power consumption combined in kWh/100 km: 12.9 | COв‚‚ emissions combined in g/km: 0 | Efficiency Class: A+

Short company profile for the Е KODA brand | Pictured Model SCALA 1,0 G-TEC 66 kW (90 PS): The official consumption and emission values are not available at present, as the type approval procedure has not yet been completed. The vehicle is not yet offered for sale.

Short company profile for the BENTLEY brand | Pictured Model Bentley New Flying Spur: WLTP – Fuel Consumption in l/100km; Low 11.7 mpg, 24.2 l; Medium 18.3 mpg, 15.4 l; High 22.2 mpg, 12.7 l; Extra High 21.9 mpg, 12.9 l; Combined 19.1 mpg, 14.8 l | Combined CO₂ Emissions 337 g/km | Driving Range 378 miles, 608 km | Efficiency Class F

Short company profile for the BUGATTI brand | Pictured Model Bugatti Chiron:WLTP – Fuel Consumption in l/100km; Low 43.3; Medium 22.2; High 18.0; Extra High 18.3; Combined 22.3 | CO₂ emissions combined 506 g/km | Efficiency Class: F

Short company profile for the Lamborghini brand | Pictured Model Lamborghini Urus: Consumption petrol in ltr/100km, combined 12,7 | COв‚‚ emissions, g/km: combined 325

Short company profile for the Porsche brand | Pictured Model Porsche Taycan Turbo: Combined electric power consumption in kWh/100 km (WLTP): 26.7 – 23.0; (NEDC) 26,0 | CO₂- Emissions combined in g/km 0 | Driving Range (WLTP) 381 – 450 km | Efficiency Class: A+

Short company profile for the Ducati brand | Pictured Model Scrambler 1100

Short company profile for the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle brand | Pictured Model Volkswagen Multivan 6.1 Cruise: NEDC – Fuel Consumption in l/100km; Urban 10.9 – 7.3; Extra Urban 7.4 – 5.8; Combined 8.6 – 6.4 | Combined COв‚‚ emissions 225 — 168 g/km | Efficiency Class: D — B

Short company profile for the Scania brand | Pictured Model Scania R 450

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Information in accordance with directive 1999/94/EC as amended: further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions of new cars can be found in the ‘Guide on the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and power consumption of all new passenger car models’ available free of charge at all points of sale in Germany and from DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, D-73760 Ostfildern, Germany or at www.dat.de.

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When to Trim Pine Trees?

Pine trees are a type of evergreen tree, which means they grow leaves year round. Unlike deciduous trees, they have needle-like leaves with seed-bearing cones. They generally need less pruning. Pine trees need to be trimmed only to remove dead or damaged branches or to encourage new growth. The best time of year to prune pine trees is late winter or early spring. Incorrect pruning could severely damage the development of the plant and, in some cases, even kill it.

Trimming For Corrective Reasons

Pines trees are usually trimmed for corrective reasons to remove broken or diseased branches and prevent insect invasions. The best time of year to trim a tree for corrective reasons is during the winter season, when the plant is in dormancy. This will encourage healthy growth of the tree for spring. However, if your tree has incurred unexpected damage from bad weather or other reasons, you should prune the tree immediately, no matter the time of year. When pruning a pine tree for corrective reasons, always cut back to the healthy branches, below the dead or diseased area. If you do not cut all of the old wood back, no new branches will develop.

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During springtime, the chance of insect and disease invasion to your tree is less likely. Therefore, if you want to maintain the shape and size of your tree, you should prune your pine tree after the first flush of growth in spring, according to technician Susan French and horticulturist Lee Appleton of Virginia Tech University. During this time you should notice the growth of new shoots, or candles, at the tip of the branches. Cut these candles about halfway. This will help stimulate new buds and encourage density of the tree. If you want to maintain the development of your tree, repeat this process annually.

When Not to Trim

Unless your tree has had unexpected damage, avoid trimming your pine tree during the late summer or early fall. If you do prune your tree during a dry summer season, you risk the chance of bark beetles attacking your tree. According to an article on Yardener.com, bark beetles can attack a tree in such numbers that they can kill it.

Trimming during the fall can also cause serious damage. Trimming a tree during any season will normally stimulate new growth. However, new growth stimulated during the fall may not wane off before the start of winter. This could cause the pine tree to become damaged, or even killed, by the harshness of the cold weather.

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Stag beetles are one of our most spectacular insects. The male’s large jaws look just like the antlers of a stag. They spend most of their life underground as larvae, only emerging for a few weeks in the summer to find a mate and reproduce. Stag beetles and their larvae are quite harmless and are a joy to watch.

Identification

A stag beetle’s head and thorax (middle section) are shiny black and their wing cases are chestnut brown.

Male beetles appear to have huge antlers. They are actually over-sized mandibles, used in courtship displays and to wrestle other male beetles. Adult males vary in size from 35mm – 75mm long and tend to be seen flying at dusk in the summer looking for a mate.

Female beetles are smaller at between 30-50mm long, with smaller mandibles. They are often seen on the ground looking for somewhere to lay their eggs.

The beetle most often mistaken for a female stag beetle is the lesser stag beetle. However, lesser stags are black all over with matt wing cases, while female stag beetles have shiny brown wing cases. Lesser stag beetles tend to have a much squarer overall look.

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A fully-grown stag beetle larva (grub) can be up to 110mm long. They’re fairly smooth skinned, have orange head and legs and brown jaws. They are nearly always found below ground and can be as deep as half a metre down.

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Habitat and distribution

Stag beetles live in woodland edges, hedgerows, traditional orchards, parks and gardens throughout Western Europe including Britain – but not Ireland. Stag beetles are relatively widespread in southern England and live in the Severn valley and coastal areas of the southwest. Elsewhere in Britain they are extremely rare or even extinct.

Female stag beetles prefer light soils which are easier to dig down into and lay their eggs. Newly emerging adults also have to dig their way up through the soil to reach the surface, therefore areas like the North and South Downs, which are chalky, have very few stag beetles. They also prefer areas which have the highest average air temperatures and lowest rainfall throughout the year.

We’re particularly keen for people to record stag beetles in the counties on the border of their known range including Cambridgeshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire. Please keep a special eye open if you’re visiting the following places: Richmond Park, Wimbledon Common, the New Forest and Epping Forest.

Larvae feed on decaying wood under the ground. Adults can’t feed on solid food – they rely on the fat reserves built up whilst developing as a larva. They can use their feathery tongue to drink from sap runs and fallen soft fruit.

Habits

Stag beetles spend most of their very long life cycle underground as a larva. This can be anywhere from three to seven years depending on the weather. Periods of very cold weather can extend the process. Once fully grown, the larvae leave the rotting wood they’ve been feeding on to build a large cocoon in the soil where they pupate and finally metamorphose into an adult. Adults spend the winter underground in the soil and usually emerge from mid-May onwards. By the end of August, most of them will have died. They do not survive the winter. During their short adult lives, male stag beetles spend their days sunning themselves to gather strength for the evening’s activities of flying in search of a mate. This is when you’re most likely to spot them.

Breeding

Males are often seen flying around at dusk searching for a mate. They will wrestle or fight other males using their enlarged antler-like jaws. Although they can fly, female beetles are most often seen walking around on the ground. Once they’ve mated, females return to the spot where they emerged, if there is enough rotting wood to feed their young, and dig down into the soil to lay their small, round eggs in rotting wood such as log piles, tree stumps and old fence posts.

Predators

Predators such as cats, foxes, crows, kestrels and others tend to strike at the most vulnerable stage in the beetle’s life cycle, when adults are seeking to mate and lay eggs. Though this is largely natural predation, the rise in the numbers of magpies and carrion crows in the last decade may be having an impact on stag beetle populations.

Threats

The most obvious problem for stag beetles is a significant loss of habitat. Many of London’s surviving open spaces have sadly been developed, including many woodlands. Development will continue to reduce stag beetle habitats, but increased awareness of their existence can help defend the beetles against development.

In addition the tidying of woodlands, parks and gardens has led to the removal of dead or decaying wood habitats which is the stag beetle larvae’s food source. Tree surgery operations such as stump-grinding of felled trees removes a vital habitat for the beetle. Although tidying up still continues in gardens, woodlands and park managers are now much more aware of the need to retain dead and decaying wood as part of the woodland ecosystem.

Humans are, unfortunately, a direct threat to stag beetles. Adult beetles are attracted to the warm surfaces of tarmac and pavements, which makes them particularly vulnerable to being crushed by traffic or feet. Stag beetles have a fearsome appearance and sometimes people kill them because they look ‘dangerous’.

Changes in weather patterns are also likely to have an impact on stag beetles. Exceptionally dry or wet weather is likely to substantially affect the larvae. Wet and windy weather can inhibit adult beetles’ flying ability.

Stag beetles are harmless and do not damage living wood or timber. The larvae only feed on decaying wood so please don’t kill them.

Status and conservation

Stag beetles are legally protected from sale in the UK. They are also classed as a ‘priority species’, listed on Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. If stag beetles or their larvae are known or thought to be present at a site where an application for planning has been submitted, and are likely to be disturbed or destroyed whilst work is carried out at the site, it’s recommended that someone with an understanding of the insects’ requirements be present to see that any larvae or adults are carefully translocated to a suitable natural or purpose-built habitat close by.

Stag beetles are Red listed in many European countries and have undergone a decline across Europe. They have gone extinct in Denmark and Latvia, although there has been a successful reintroduction into one site in Denmark in 2013.

We’ve been studying them for nearly 20 years, with the help of the public, and our partner organisations. Our national surveys help us to keep an eye on numbers and give the best advice on saving them. We also work hard to protect their homes such as orchards and woodlands.

How you can help!

Please help us protect this unique British species by telling us about where they live near you and by making your garden stag beetle friendly. Thank you.

If you find an adult stag beetle, please leave it where it is, unless it’s in danger of being run over or trodden on. If you have to move a beetle for its own safety, then please move it as short a distance as possible. You can give it some soft fruit or sugar water. If you dig up a stag beetle larva, please put it back exactly where you found it. The next best thing is to re-bury the larva in a safe shady place in your garden with as much of the original rotting wood as possible.

For other stag beetle questions please email [email protected]

Useful stag beetle links and articles

Getting involved with our stag beetle surveys
London Live interviews PTES Conservation Officer, Laura, about the Great Stag Hunt and the European transect survey.

Stagbeetle.info
Website dedicated to stag beetles from our partners at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Stag beetle mites
Article from the Suffolk Naturalists Society newsletter, by Colin Hawes.

Development of non-invasive monitoring methods for stag beetles
A paper from Insect Conservation and Diversity, by Harvey et al.

A collaborative conservation study across Europe
An article from Insect Conservation and Diversity, by Harvey and Gange.

Bionomics and distribution of the stag beetle across Europe
Article from Insect Conservation and Diversity, by Harvey et al.

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VW ID.3 electric car’s software bugs threaten summer launch

10,000 techs working the problem as delay threatens ID.4, bottom line, careers

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Volkswagen’s issues with software code continue, according to a report in Germany’s Manager Magazin and picked up by Automotive News. In December, Manager explained the VW ID.3’s software platform didn’t work; nevertheless, the automaker remained committed to its EV production schedule and summer 2020 delivery plans for the electric hatchback. The automaker planned to build and store up to 20,000 ID.3’s in parking lots, the cars to get fleshed-out software manually installed by technicians with mobile consoles. The first 10,000 cars were meant to get the proper software downloaded in March. If the newest Manager story is accurate, that won’t be happening. The publication cited company engineers as saying «the basic architecture was developed too hastily,» so the various modules «often do not understand each other» and suffer dropouts. Meanwhile, up to 50 of the electric hatchbacks roll off the line each day and are taken to storage facilities.

With brand CEO Herbert Diess having said the ID.3 is as important to the company as the Beetle and the Golf, the VW Group has thrown its magnificent resources at the problem. The report says there are more than 10,000 technicians from VW, Audi, Porsche, and outside suppliers addressing the glitches. Board members and development team heads meet twice a day, morning and afternoon, to discuss problems, after which hundreds of test drivers take ID.3 units out every evening to proof fixes. An attendee at the daily briefings claimed test drivers would report up to 300 software bugs every day.

Diess remains publicly committed to the summer launch. Others don’t believe that will be possible and suspect a delay of anywhere from three to 12 months. A lengthy production and sales bottleneck over ID.3 software could balloon into more serious problems for other programs and the VW Group’s bottom line. The engineers working on the ID.4, due on sale later this year in the vital U.S. and Chinese markets, can’t finish their work on time without help from programmers dragooned into rescuing the ID.3.

The VW Group had set its 2020 EV sales targets, including 100,000 ID.3s and 70,000 Audi E-Trons, at the numbers necessary to avoid fines for company-wide CO2 emissions levels. Without any EVs, the VW Group is looking at 10 billion euros in penalties this year. The delay with the ID.3 and the stop-sale on E-Trons over battery supply have lowered forecasts to 80,000 and 40,000, respectively. Even when the E-Tron lines begin running again, Audi and Porsche have been fighting over the same LG Chem battery supply, Porsche apparently winning an internal battle for first dibs.

Diess is said to have the support of the Porsche and Piëch families, so he’s supposedly safe for the time being. However, Manager wrote that when the family heads «talked in small groups, they said they were displeased.»

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EV charging network to expand

Broader coverage to boost benefits of going electric

By the end of 2017, China had more than 440,000 charging piles, or power ports, for electric vehicles, meaning there are roughly four EVs for every pile in the country, according to a report by the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance.

Last week, the alliance’s report showed that in 2017, there were roughly 214,000 public charging piles. The number of private charging piles, which are installed when a car is purchased, totaled 232,000. Given that there are 1.72 million EVs on the country’s roads, the ratio of China’s EVs to charging piles is 3.8 to 1.

«I can easily find a charging pile in Beijing. However, it is still not very convenient when I drive to other cities or the suburbs, where there are fewer public charging piles,» said Wang Xiaoying, a 28-year-old Beijing citizen who has owned an EV for two and a half years.

«I have a private charging pile at home, where I usually charge my car. It saves me a lot of time as I don’t need to go to the gas station. I can also find charging facilities when I go to shopping malls or supermarkets. Some charging stations are even offered with a free parking space.

«Also, traveling by EV is less expensive, because for the same distance, charging costs about one sixth of what using fuel would cost. In winter, the cost might be a little higher, because of how the cold affects the battery,» he added.

Because of the convenience and lower costs, many EV consumers, like Wang, said they enjoy driving in the city. However, they find it difficult to charge their cars outside urban areas, and as a result, most of them do not attempt long-distance road trips in their EVs.

«There is still much work to do to improve EV charging infrastructure construction in China,» said Li Li, energy research director at ICIS China, a consultancy that specializes in the energy market.

She said: «Although consumers usually charge their EVs at home, sometimes there is an emergency and they need to charge their cars somewhere else. The layout of a city’s public charging piles determines the convenience of driving an EV. The denser the distribution is, the more convenient it will be.

«At present, in major cities, such as Beijing, Shenzhen and Taiyuan, drivers can easily access charging facilities, while in other cities, there is still much room for improvement.»

Large pile operators in China are springing into action to tackle the issue.

State Grid Corp of China, the country’s main power supplier, has vowed to install 120,000 public charging piles by 2020, further expanding and upgrading the country’s EV infrastructure network.

According to the State Grid, the infrastructure network will cover the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, Shandong province and the Yangtze River Delta, as well as major cities in other regions, enabling smoother intercity travel for EVs in China.

According to Jiang Bing, chairman of the State Grid EV Service Co, the State Grid’s intelligent-vehicle online platform is connected to 19 pile operators, including China Southern Power Grid Co, Qingdao Teld New Energy Co Ltd, China Potevio Co Ltd, Wanbang Charge Facility Co Ltd-Star Charge and Shenzhen Clou Electronics Co Ltd.

At present, up to 170,000 charging facilities are connected to the online platform, serving more than 800,000 users, Jiang said.

«We aim to link 3 million charging piles to the platform by 2020,» he added.

Meanwhile, the public is also getting more and more involved. Thanks to the government’s favorable policies, EV consumers are becoming increasingly motivated to install private charging piles when buying a car. The report from the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance showed that from July 2016 to December 2017, the installation ratio of private charging piles in China increased from 77 percent to 88 percent.

«With the government’s effective guidance, as well as the joint efforts of companies and the public, I am confident that EV charging infrastructure construction in China will improve over the next 20 years,» said Li.

Zheng Xin contributed to the story.

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