New ferry to Spain – DFDS rejigs 1st Class – ‘Bahn ready Model S

Last updated 20:25 BST.

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Channel delays: High winds affecting all ferry services Dover-Calais. Tech hitch cancellations P&O Calais-Dover affecting services all day. Also, Condor Ferries Wey-G-J-Wey cancelled mid-Channel due to weather. Channel Island-St Malo service rejigged in response.

Weather alertsAmber alert for heavy rain Switzerland, and storms northern Italy.

Weather: Rain and wind but fine across the south east.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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BAHN READY: Tesla will offer a free upgrade to Model S customers ‘to make them feel really great at top speed,’ said Elon Musk at a roadshow in Munich last night. There was no mention of actually increasing the top speed, currently rated at 210kmh (130mph) for the top spec Model S. From experience we’d say 210kmh is the absolute bare minimum a ‘bahnstormer will expect: 240kmh would be better. Musk also said 80% of the German population will be in range of a Tesla Supercharger station by next March (which charges the car 80% in 20 minutes for free). The Munich meeting coincided with a report on www.InternationalBusinessTimes.com which said Tesla sales in Germany have been disappointing: 98 vehicles sold so far compared to 808 in Norway. Others have been quick to point out however that Norway has been the priority thus far and that’s undoubtedly true. Either way, Musk did admit, ‘If we can’t do well in Germany, that’s not a good sign.’ Pic via @TeslaMotors, a Model S on the autobahn in February 2013.

AUTOBAHN READY: Tesla will offer a free upgrade to Model S customers ‘to make them feel really great at top speed,’ said Elon Musk at a roadshow in Munich last night. There was no mention of actually increasing the top speed, currently rated at 210kmh (130mph) for the top spec Model S. From experience we’d say 210kmh is the absolute bare minimum a ‘bahnstormer will expect: 240kmh would be better. Musk also said 80% of the German population will be in range of a Tesla Supercharger station by next March (which charges the car 80% in 20 minutes for free). The Munich meeting coincided with a report on www.InternationalBusinessTimes.com which said Tesla sales in Germany have been disappointing: 98 vehicles sold so far compared to 808 in Norway. Others have been quick to point out however that Norway has been the priority thus far and that’s undoubtedly true. Either way, Musk did admit, ‘If we can’t do well in Germany, that’s not a good sign.’ Pic via @TeslaMotors, a Model S on the autobahn in February 2013.

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New ferry to Spain.

DFDS/LD Lines is launching a new route, from Poole to Santander, announced today. The service will provide welcome competition to Brittany Ferries, currently the only operator running ferries between the UK and Spain direct.

Earlier this year Brittany Ferries started up in competition to DFDS/LD Lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre.

Starting Saturday 3 November, the new Poole-Santander boat has two round crossings per week – from Poole on Tuesday and Saturday, back Thursday and Sunday – with a 26 hour crossing time. See timetable here.

The launch offer is £399 return for two+car including cabin (for the first 500 bookings). The ship is the Norman Asturias which can carry 520 passengers and 200 cars.

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First Class, DFDS Dover-Dunkirk

Mmmn.. current First Class, DFDS Dover-Dunkirk

DFDS is updating its First Class service between Dover and Dunkirk. The company sent out a survey earlier this week asking customers to help chose a new name. There’s no word yet on when the new lounges will be introduced, or what else DFDS plans to change. Access to the First Class section currently costs £12 per person and includes priority boarding and disembarking – though you must check-in an hour in advance – free daily newspapers, hot and cold drinks and wi-fi. It’s only available on day time crossings and is not open to children under eight years old.

Meanwhile, MyFerryLink Dover-Calais has 2,000 tickets for sale at £19 each way, for any duration, for a car and up to nine people, available on a first come first served basis.

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Roundup:

SLOVAKIA. A prototype 'roadable aircraft' has taken its first test flight. Aeromobil 2.5 has been twenty years in development by inventor Stefan Klein. The wings fold backwards when not in use making the vehicle look not unlike an estate eversion of BMW's upcoming electric i8 sportscar. Aeromobil however is powered by a rear mounted Rotax engine.

SLOVAKIA. A prototype ‘roadable aircraft’ has taken its first test flight. Aeromobil 2.5 has been twenty years in development by inventor Stefan Klein. Version 3.0 is already on the drawing board. Picture via www.autoblog.com

GIBRALTAR. Queues before the border crossing into Spain reached four hours last night, the longest for some time. CZECH REPUBLIC. Illegal fuel sales account for 20% of the market says Unipetrol as it reported lower than expected profits today. From 1 October fuel distributors need a licence which should reduce the problem to ‘5 or 10 percent’.  FRANCE. Dirty number plates mean 42 percent of speeding offences caught on camera are never prosecuted according to thelocal.fr. SERBIA. A woman is recovering in hospital after being shot in the shoulder during a road rage incident in southern city Nis. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder. Meanwhile, a priest at the wheel of a blacked out Audi A6 in Cacak was caught using emergency-style blue flashing lights. He said he was late for a funeral. SWITZERLAND. Punters have taken to the recently opened drive-in brothel on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Zurich says the city council. Each ‘sex box’ is metered, with security guards on hand to keep alles in ordnung.

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