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Leaving range anxiety behind: EV project powering next generation battery systems

30th July 2019 | 0 Comments

As the automotive industry seeks to electrify its product ranges, the thermal management of high capacity batteries used for electric vehicles (EVs) is proving a significant challenge. The performance and efficiency of battery cells can deteriorate – and their ageing can be accelerated – if operating temperatures exceed the upper or lower limits of a comparatively narrow range. In extreme cases, exceeding upper operating limits can risk thermal runaway of cells, leading to catastrophic failure and potentially, fire.

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BBIF urges aftermarket to help promote battery industry

BBIF urges aftermarket to help promote battery industry

30th July 2019 | 0 Comments

The British Battery Industry Federation (BBIF) is calling upon the automotive industry to join its ranks and lend support to its campaign after meeting with Government to discuss misrepresentation of batteries.

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Roads minister announces ‘evidence review’ of red lights for recovery operators

23rd July 2019 | 0 Comments

In a significant win for the roadside rescue and recovery industry, Roads Minister Michael Ellis MP today announced that the Department for Transport would be reviewing the evidence base for the benefits of recovery operators being permitted to use red flashing warning beacons, instead of the amber warning beacons current legislation allows. The announcement occurred during a Westminster Hall debate led by Tracey Crouch MP.

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Tyre and brake wear: AQEG releases “most globally comprehensive analysis”

Tyre and brake wear: AQEG releases “most globally comprehensive analysis”

11th July 2019 | 0 Comments

Particulate and plastic pollution from brakes, tyres and road wear are in the spotlight again. The Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) released a new report today that highlights the impact of this pollution, and the UK Government reports that Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey and Transport Minister Michael Ellis are “leading a push” to tackle its impact. The aim is for the introduction of an international standard that covers tyre and brake wear.

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Franchised dealers ‘making progress’ on road to zero emissions

9th July 2019 | 0 Comments

A year ago, on 9 July 2018, the Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) published its Road to Zero strategy. The document defined how the government would ‘support the transition to zero emission road transport and reduce emissions from conventional vehicles’. In Road to Zero, the Government highlighted the issues of lack of consumer confidence and businesses’ expertise in the EV sector.

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Michelin Fleet Panel pushes for clarity on company car tax

Michelin Fleet Panel pushes for clarity on company car tax

1st July 2019 | 0 Comments

Members of the Michelin Fleet Panel have requested Transport Select Committee member and MP for Stoke-On-Trent South, Jack Brereton, to seek clarity from the government on tax changes in preparation for the introduction of the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) from April 2020.

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SMMT to Parliament: Use Brexit extension purposefully

11th April 2019 | 0 Comments

Like a schoolgirl who left an important project to the last minute and then begged teacher for more time, Teresa May has returned from Brussels with a further extension to Brexit. Now we might need to wait until 31 October to discover how the future relationship between the UK and EU will look. The head of the body representing the UK automotive industry considers this waiting and further waiting untenable.

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Expert questions tyre role in marine pollution claims

Expert questions tyre role in marine pollution claims

15th February 2019 | 0 Comments

Professor Richard Thompson OBE, who leads the International Marine Research Unit at the University of Plymouth, has questioned claims made by the Marine Conservation Society relating the role played by tyre wear in marine microplastic pollution.

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VRA adds its support to BVRLA’s new WLTP consultation campaign

15th February 2019 | 0 Comments

The Vehicle Remarketing Association has added its support to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s response to the current Government’s Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) consultation. Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said that her organisation shared the BVRLA’s concern about how the potential, negative impact on the company car sector could have widespread repercussions.

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CBI comments on Transport for the North blueprint for 2050

31st January 2019 | 0 Comments

The CBI commented on Transport for the North’s (TfN) proposals for £70 billion worth of investment in northern infrastructure by 2050.

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Government approves Leeds clean air zone proposals

28th January 2019 | 0 Comments

Businesses have been urged to start planning for the introduction of the Leeds clean air zone (CAZ) after the Government approved the city council’s proposals. The CAZ, which will come into effect on January 6, 2020, will encompass the majority of the city and non-Euro VI HGVs, buses and coaches will face a £50 daily charge for driving in the zone, while non-Euro 6 diesel and non-Euro 4 petrol taxis and private hire vehicles will incur a £12.50 charge. Private vehicles will not be charged.

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DfT ‘intends’ to retain EU tyre labelling regulation post-Brexit

DfT ‘intends’ to retain EU tyre labelling regulation post-Brexit

20th November 2018 | 0 Comments

The Tyre Industry Federation (TIF) has announced that it understands the Department for Transport (DfT) intends to retain alignment with future evolutions of the EU tyre labelling regulations in the UK, at least as far as the label itself is concerned. The rationale is to ensure a smoothly working market for tyres, the TIF adds.

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Michelin Dundee closure: Scotland’s Economy Secretary convening action group

Michelin Dundee closure: Scotland’s Economy Secretary convening action group

8th November 2018 | 0 Comments

Scotland’s Finance and Economy Secretary, Derek Mackay, held urgent talks yesterday with trade unions and the management of Michelin Tyre Company Ltd. to discuss the future of the Dundee car tyre plant, following confirmation of Michelin’s intention to close the plant by 2020.

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Chancellor delivers pothole budget

Chancellor delivers pothole budget

30th October 2018 | 0 Comments

While many have been talking about chancellor of the exchequer the right honourable Phillip Hammond MP’s decision to increase the personal allowance threshold from £11,850 to £12,500 in April 2019, for those of us connected to the automotive and transport industries this year speech is probably best described as a pothole budget. True Hammond has raised personal allowance threshold and has raised the point at which people start paying higher rate tax (40 per cent) to £50,000, but the automotive industry was hoping for much more clarity and even support the wake of a Brexit-fuelled, uncertainty ridden market context.

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PRA, CWA urge crackdown on tax evasion in the hidden economy

23rd October 2018 | 0 Comments

In their joint budget submission, the PRA and CWA have highlighted concerns that the hand car wash sector should be paying up to £1.45 billion per year in tax, and this is not being collected by HMRC.

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