Tag: electric vehicles

Goodyear and Halfords moves represent the virtualization of the tyre distribution chain

Goodyear and Halfords moves represent the virtualization of the tyre distribution chain

4th December 2019 | 0 Comments

The ongoing effects of import tariffs, Brexit uncertainty and structural changes in the distribution chain have all affected the tyre business this year. As well as featuring the latest motorsport news and covering market developments in our regular features, this month’s Tyres & Accessories focuses on a number of key examples of changes in the marketplace in our Review of the Year feature. But one trend stands out above the others – virtualization. In short, increasing moves towards electric and autonomous vehicles (complete with their inherent sensorisation tendencies), coupled with changes in vehicle (and tyre) ownership models such as MaaS (Mobility as a Service) are driving changes in the tyre market that are resulting in the virtualizing of parts of the distribution chain.

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Goodyear OE on Tesla Cyber Truck?

Goodyear OE on Tesla Cyber Truck?

27th November 2019 | 0 Comments

During the last week Elon Musk and Tesla have been busily promoting their latest innovation – the Cyber Truck. The combination of its angular design and hugely powerful drivetrain will certainly turn heads. And, if the initial orders are anything to go by, it is set to be very disruptive in the growing SUV/pickup sector. Indeed, during the first 72 hours after the Cyber Truck’s launch 300,000 vehicles were pre-ordered – enough to put the Cyber Truck in the top 10 for annual US sales.

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Aftermarket of tomorrow – what will become of the ‘good old alternator’?

Aftermarket of tomorrow – what will become of the ‘good old alternator’?

25th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Most functions in the vehicle require electrical power. In vehicles with a combustion engine, this is generated by the alternator. In contrast, the car battery serves as a power store and buffer. But what happens when the belt drive is no longer attached to the crankshaft, as in an electric vehicle? What components take the place of the alternator, and what does that mean for workshops?

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Alfa Power Scoops Prestigious Industry Award

21st November 2019 | 0 Comments

Leeds-based company Alfa Power is has been awarded the accolade of “Best EV Charge Point Operator 2019” from SME News, which runs the annual UK Enterprise Awards, showcasing the best in UK small and medium enterprises.

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Volvo offers fleet car drivers one year’s free electricity

20th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Volvo has announced that drivers and buyers of any new Volvo plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) will benefit from a year’s free electricity to charge their car. The offer is open to both private and business customers. Volvo says this is because its “intention is to encourage drivers to get into the habit of keeping their car’s hybrid battery charged, it’s the company car driver who will receive the refund at the end of the year rather than their employer.”

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Ford’s electric Mustang ‘a bold but necessary move’ – GlobalData

20th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Ford’s introduction of an electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in 2020 is “a bold move” according to David Leggett, automotive editor at data and analytics company GlobalData. “The idea is to promote the traditional Mustang brand’s strengths of performance and flair for a vehicle that will be fun and exciting, rather than merely created to help meet future compliance standards. The Mach-EE is no econobox.

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Electric vehicle approved (EVA) scheme reaches 50 dealerships milestone

Electric vehicle approved (EVA) scheme reaches 50 dealerships milestone

15th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) is endorsed by the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). NFDA launched the scheme in May 2019 to recognise expertise in the electric vehicle sector and promote industry standards for the benefit of the consumer.

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A fully electric car is the best choice for one-in-five new car buyers – What Car?

12th November 2019 | 0 Comments

An electric vehicle is the best option for nearly one-in-five new car buyers in the UK, according to exclusive research by What Car? Analysis of the daily mileage, driving habits and vehicle requirements for more than 8400 users of the What Fuel? Calculator by the UK’s leading consumer champion and new car buying platform, shows 19.2 per cent of drivers could use a fully electric vehicle (EV) as their daily driver without compromising their routine.

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Brexit casts shadow over electric vehicle availability

11th November 2019 | 0 Comments

A recent report conducted by LeasePlan, which surveyed 4,000 people in 16 countries, found 61 per cent of global respondents favour zero-emission electric driving, while half of UK respondents said their desire to own an electric vehicle (EV) has risen in the last three years, reports GlobalData.

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Petrol, diesel top next car purchase list – Somo survey

8th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite the environment being the biggest driver for switching to an electric vehicle, new research by digital transformation agency, Somo, has identified that the interest in petrol vehicles is not declining. In fact, over half would consider purchasing a petrol engine vehicle next, and, surprisingly, a quarter are still considering diesel engines.

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BYD, Toyota tie-up on BEVs for China mutually beneficial – GlobalData

8th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Following the news that Toyota and BYD are setting up a joint company to develop battery electric vehicles (BEVs) targeted at the Chinese market, David Leggett, automotive editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, says the cooperation makes sense for both parties.

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Supermarkets Lidl and Morrisons charge ahead with EV charging points

Supermarkets Lidl and Morrisons charge ahead with EV charging points

4th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Morrisons is unveiling its first 50 GeniePoint rapid charging points at its stores nationwide, with a further 50 planned by 2020. To help customers, the GeniePoint charging points have been located around the perimeter of the car parks to ensure they are available to those who need them and not obstructed by other customers, says Morrisons.

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CompETe partnership secures multi-million pound award

30th October 2019 | 0 Comments

Fuchs Lubricants has played a key role in securing a multi-million pound award from the government, as part of a consortium working to create a new lightweight electric drive unit. The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has awarded £25.4m to three leading zero carbon projects in the latest round of Government funding.

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Kumho covering eco/EV tyre segment with two products

Kumho covering eco/EV tyre segment with two products

25th October 2019 | 0 Comments

The latest eco-friendly offering from Kumho is the Ecowing ES31. This successor to the KH27 is now available in a total of 46 sizes for 14- to 17-inch rim diameters, and around 70 percent of these carry an EU label grade of ‘B’ for rolling resistance. The sizes include all key fitments for bestselling small and medium-sized hatchbacks and saloons such as the VW Polo and Golf, Fiat 500, Audi A1, A2, A3 and A4, BMW 1 and 2 Series, Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio.

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Speaker programme announced for VRA’s “2020 Vision” seminar as event reaches capacity

23rd October 2019 | 0 Comments

The speaker programme for the Vehicle Remarketing Association’s “2020 Vision” seminar has been announced as the event reaches capacity with the final delegate spaces booked. More than 150 industry professionals are expected to attend The Slate at Warwick University on Wednesday 27th November to hear a programme designed to help equip them to meet the challenges facing the sector in the coming year.

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