Tag: electric vehicles

Continental to show EV battery charging systems at CES

Continental to show EV battery charging systems at CES

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Two new Continental battery charging systems for electric vehicles will be presented at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The first of these is an automatic wireless charging system and the second is known as AllCharge and aims to optimise the compatibility of cable-based systems.

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EV tyres: does the Tesla Model X give us a glimpse of the future?

EV tyres: does the Tesla Model X give us a glimpse of the future?

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

With recent legislation aiming to banish non-electric vehicles from both showrooms and city centres (starting with Oxford, which wants them gone by 2020) car manufacturers are preparing for electric power to become the mainstream. Electric propulsion has emerged by consensus as the future of driving, rather than other alternative technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells.

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Why combustion engines won’t disappear just yet

Why combustion engines won’t disappear just yet

Tuesday 5th December 2017 | 0 Comments

In our August edition, this column examined how “the clocking is ticking for combustion engines”, which also means the clock is ticking for conventional tyres designed with combustion engine-centric vehicles in mind. Four months later, both points are true. However, there are also significant challenges facing this market development that also warrant our attention. Two of the obstacles between the status quo and the electric vehicle car parc of the future are charging points and technological recall risk.

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Falling demand for diesels sees November new car market down 11 per cent

Tuesday 5th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The UK new car market declined for an eighth consecutive month in November, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 163,541 vehicles were registered, down -11.2 per cent year-on-year, driven by a significant fall in diesel demand.

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Tesla electric Semi truck has 500 mile range

Monday 27th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Tesla has unveiled its electric Semi truck which has a range of 500 miles with a full 36.3-tonne load. It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. Without a trailer, the Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in five seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck.

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Driven consortium visits Downing Street

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday 15 November, the Driven consortium was given the chance to showcase its ground-breaking technology for the benefit of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer at Number 10 Downing Street. This was as part of an event held by the government to launch a series of measures to support the continued growth and success of the UK’s world-class tech sector.

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Chancellor freezes fuel duty in 2018 budget speech

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 | 0 Comments

The headline news from chancellor Phillip Hammond’s latest budget is that Stamp duty is to be abolished immediately for first-time buyers purchasing properties worth up to £300,000. Those first-time buyers purchasing properties over this amount won’t pay stamp duty on the first £300,000. However, there was less to say with regards to the automotive industry and business in general. Nevertheless, the fuel duty rise for petrol and diesel cars scheduled for April 2018 has been scrapped. At the same time car tax for new diesel cars not meeting latest standards is to rise by one band next year. The good news for businesses reliant on deliveries is that this particular tax hike will not apply to van owners.

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Ricardo presents path to electrification for light duty commercial fleets

Tuesday 21st November 2017 | 0 Comments

Ricardo experts will present a free webinar on how operators of commercial road-vehicle fleets can develop effective business strategies to implement electric vehicle (EV) technology.

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Michelin supporting Hyundai tyre development programme

Michelin supporting Hyundai tyre development programme

Thursday 16th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Under a cooperative deal signed with Hyundai Motor, Michelin will work together to develop a new all-season tyre for electric vehicles, and will also collaborate in the development of a bespoke tyre for a successor model to the Genesis G80 saloon. Representatives from Hyundai Motor recently visited Michelin’s research and development centre in Clermont-Ferrand, France, to sign a technical partnership agreement.

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Cenex to conduct electric vehicle charge point feasibility study in Northern Wales

Thursday 9th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Cenex – transport and energy not for profit consultancy – has been appointed by Cadwyn Clwyd, a Rural Development Agency, and Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC), to determine the feasibility of installing electric charging points across the county of Wrexham. This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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‘Unreliable’ charge points putting people off buying electric vehicles

Tuesday 7th November 2017 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of 2017, it became government policy that all petrol and diesel cars must be off the road by 2040 causing quite a media stir. Click4Reg.co.uk investigated the impact of this bill on the popularity of electric cars, and sought to identify if electric charge points are growing at the same rate across the UK.

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New Bill mandates chargepoint installation and insurance for driverless cars

Monday 30th October 2017 | 0 Comments

Motorway services and large petrol retailers will be required to install chargepoints for electric cars, under plans announced in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 18 October by transport minister John Hayes.

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Hankook Tire talks electromobility and tyre development

Hankook Tire talks electromobility and tyre development

Wednesday 25th October 2017 | 0 Comments

When vehicle manufacturers talk about the future, the talk centres more and more on electric vehicles, and the timetable for their introduction is increasingly specific. During the IAA show in Germany a couple of months back, several major car makers announced or reiterated plans to bring all-electric models to market by 2020. This means that OEMs, including tyre makers, are already busy with preparations.

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World record for electric bus

Tuesday 17th October 2017 | 0 Comments

An electric bus, designed by Californian company Proterra, has broken a world record by travelling more than 1,000 miles on a single charge.

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University of Warwick in £65 million battery research initiative

University of Warwick in £65 million battery research initiative

Thursday 5th October 2017 | 0 Comments

WMG researchers, at the University of Warwick, will be a significant part of a new £65 million national battery research initiative. The Faraday Institution, a new multi-million pound research institute, was announced on Monday 2 October 2017, by Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It will drive and accelerate fundamental research in developing battery technologies, and its translation.

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