As is being reported around the world with varying levels of schadenfreude, last year UK car production reached its lowest level since 1956. A total of 775,014 cars were produced in the UK in 2022, 40.5 per cent below 2019 figures and way under half the record production of 1,971,311 achieved half a century ago. The SMMT strives to highlight the positive news within this result, and stresses that production of electric vehicles reached a new record during 2022.
A survey commissioned by Apollo Tyres has found that only six per cent of motorists in the UK are able to correctly identify a tyre’s load rating. Worse still, it turns out we’re only half as good at accomplishing this task as the Germans are. Thankfully, younger Brits give hope that this may change in future.
China will continue to dominate global battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales in 2023, despite an increase across all major markets, says GlobalData. However, the leading data and analytics company notes that other regions may catch up, as growth in China slows. Al Bedwell, director, global powertrain at LMC, a GlobalData company, comments: “China’s BEV growth will moderate in 2023, after a meteoric rise in 2022 of more than 100 per cent year-on-year (YoY). The country’s slowing economy and unavoidable retail price increases will dampen Chinese BEV and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) demand, though much volume will still be added.”
The first entirely electric Škoda to wear the brand’s go-fast vRS badge arrives in UK showrooms this week. This is of course the Škoda Enyaq Coupé iV vRS, a 299PS EV capable of completing the 0-62mph sprint in just 6.5 seconds and achieving a top speed of 111mph. Enyaq Coupé iV vRS models are equipped with black 20-inch Taurus wheels as standard or optional 21-inch Vision wheels with an anthracite finish. Original equipment tyres come courtesy of Bridgestone, Hankook or Pirelli.
BKT wants us to know that it is “ready” for electric mobility in the off-highway segment, and is denoting products it has tailored for such vehicles with a new E-Ready sidewall logo. E-Ready made its debut at last November’s SIMA exhibition in Paris on the Agrimaxfactor 70 series tractor tyre range, and BKT plans to gradually extend its use to all products in this category.
Hankook Tire, new official technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and title sponsor of the current season’s opening race, says it is “prepared and ready” for its engagement in the all-electric race series. The Hankook Mexico City E-Prix takes place on 14 January and is the first of eleven race weekends around the world this year that will host a total of 16 races.
Yeovil-based Ariel Motor Company is probably best-known for the hair-raising fun associated with its Ariel Atom and Nomad. However, last August the company entered supercar territory with the launch of the 1180 bhp electric-powered Hipercar.
Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, a Business Unit of Bridgestone EMIA, and Bia, a software company that has built a platform to forecast, monitor and optimise electric vehicle (EV) charging, have formed a partnership to help power and optimise fleet electrification. This partnership includes Bridgestone Mobility Solution’s investment of an undisclosed sum in Bia.
TMD Friction UK has completed the latest IMI-accredited electric and hybrid vehicle training, as the braking specialist focuses on the future of the automotive industry, and commits to support its customers as new powertrains are introduced. Taking place at TMD Friction UK’s research and development (R&D) facility at Seaton Ross, East Yorkshire, the R&D team completed an intense programme of training on electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids.
In 2022, China’s tyre industry has already carried out multiple rounds of the layout around new energy vehicles. Focusing on the product of passenger car tyres, seizing the new energy vehicle tyre market seems to be an essential strategy for significant tyre manufacturers to participate in future competition.
Commenting on the latest vehicle registration figures, Jamie Hamilton, automotive partner and head of electric vehicles at Deloitte, explained that while demand for electric vehicles continues, the benefits of transitioning are reducing.
The UK’s most northerly council is in the process of electrifying its fleet of over 320 vehicles. During that process, the Shetland Islands Council recognised that their cohort of vehicle technicians needed electric vehicle (EV) training to manage the transition. In order to help address that need, Autotech Training travelled 26 hours, covering almost 800 miles by car and ferry get there.
Government has announced their decision to expand London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to cover the whole of London and from 29 August 2023, drivers will be expected to pay £12.50 a day to enter this boundary.