Fleets changing to lower carbon and zero-emission vehicles are having to adapt to different SMR maintenance requirements, and ATS Euromaster notes that this can lead to higher costs. But the tyre service and maintenance provider says these can be managed effectively with a variety of insider tips on how to keep maintenance budgets under control.
Electric vehicles (EVs) will take over the renowned automotive destination Caffeine & Machine in Warwickshire on 10-11 September for the all-EV show, Eclectic Electric. As Caffeine & Machine’s first official brand partner, Michelin will be there too.
Engine management products supplier SMP Europe has increased investment into research and development of electric vehicle (EV) parts, to produce new references for the increasing EV aftermarket. The home of the Intermotor, Lemark and Lucas brands has opened a new garage facility within its Nottingham-based UK Centre of Engineering with the capability of stripping electric vehicles to research and develop new applications.
During the recent Tire Cologne event, Tyres & Accessories met with Hankook Europe’s top management including president and chief operating officer Sanghoon Lee; Dietmar Olbrich, vice president of marketing and sales at Hankook Germany; Byung Ryong Lee, vice president of marketing strategy in Europe; Guy Heywood, vice president sales, marketing and business strategy for truck and bus tyres in Europe; vice president of European Technical Centre, Klaus Krause; Massimo Cialone, chief specialist for compounding and materials.
Goodyear has supplied Kmax Gen-2 steer and drive axle tyres for a vehicle billed as the world’s first fully-electric 40-tonne tractor unit boasting 900-kilowatt hours (kWh) of battery capacity. The Futuricum-made truck has been in daily use with Swiss logistics firm Galliker Transport AG since October 2021.
Volta Trucks, the full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services provider, has completed its first customer driving evaluation and feedback sessions of the Volta Zero Design Verification prototype. The review gave customers their first experience of the zero-tailpipe emission medium-duty truck designed for urban logistics, providing a real-world understanding of the vehicle’s performance, world-first driver-centric cab and innovative safety features. Volta entered a tyre partnership with Bridgestone in August 2020, with the manufacturer supplying tyres to Volta’s pilot fleet since 2021.
The number of technicians qualified to work on electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK is rising rapidly, according to the latest data from the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI). The first three months of 2022 had the highest quarterly increase of EV qualified technicians on record. The data also suggests that the shortfall between EVs on the UK’s roads and approved technicians to service, repair and MOT them, will hit later than first anticipated, now 2028 instead of 2026.
Research from Bridgestone and Webfleet Solutions suggests that high energy prices may dampen fleet demand for electric vehicles. Upon asking 300 fleet decision-makers, 53 per cent responded that they expect this development even though the mobility solutions specialists calculate that going electric will save money over a vehicle’s entire lifespan.
National automotive parts distributor, GSF Car Parts has been named as the headline sponsor of EV Ready, the UK’s first ever independent garage event dedicated to electric vehicle skills equipment and technology.
The creation of a robust, reliable, and fit for purpose public charging infrastructure that enjoys the full confidence of EV drivers is central to mainstream adoption of electric cars. Mike Coulton, Volkswagen Financial Services UK EV Consultant believes the UK’s postcode lottery of public chargepoints may be contributing to ’charging anxiety’ among potential EV drivers, but suggests the conundrum of a lack of overall public charge points is a common misconception.
ATS Euromaster, which describes itself as a network of “tyre and maintenance centres”, has invested in upskilling technicians so they can work on both hybrid and electric vehicles. Technicians have been trained to IMI standards as part of a phased roll out.
Pirelli has doubled the total number of tyre approvals on electric and plug-in hybrid cars in 2021. According to the company, car manufacturers are increasingly choosing this technology and have allowed Pirelli to expand the homologation portfolio to more than 250 total homologations on ‘green’ cars since the launch of the ‘Elect’ EV-specific marking in 2019. For example, the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, exhibited in the Pirelli stand at the “Tire Cologne”.
Electric vehicles are expected to account for more than 33 per cent of new car sales worldwide by 2031, according to new research compiled by GlobalData.
Electric vehicle (EV) sales have reached record numbers in recent years, with annual sales projected to increase ten-fold in the next 15 years, especially in China and Europe, due to favourable policies and auto manufacturer commitments, according to GlobalData.
Driving electric and hybrid cars is changing driver behaviour for the better according to Birmingham-based national vehicle movement and inspection firm DMN Logistics. Data collected by DMN Logistics of their drivers found that deliveries of EVs and hybrids incurred no notices of intended prosecution related to speeding whereas traditional ICE cars and vans continued to incur such notices. They predict this to be replicated across company car drivers and the wider public.