Enso has expanded its service network via fitting partnerships with IN’n’OUT Autocentres and M4 Tyres. This distribution expansion follows Enso’s nomination as a finalist in the Clear Our Air Category of Prince William’s The Earthshot Prize. And, according to the company, “reaffirms Enso’s commitment to setting new standards for London’s electric taxi industry”, by providing access to its “double-A rated specialist EV tyres across the entire city”.
In just over a month, the Earthshot Prize will announce its 2023 winners in Singapore. Enso Ltd is one of 15 global finalists for this year’s prize, and company founder and chief executive officer Gunnlaugur Erlendsson was amongst a handful of climate tech entrepreneurs who yesterday met with Earthshot Prize founder and Council member, Prince William.
Hankook will showcase its iON range of specialist electric vehicle tyres at the London EV Show (28-30 November, ExCel London, Stand number ES11). The London EV Show is the largest international trade show and conference focused on the electric vehicle industry in Europe. Hankook launched the iON range in 2022, tyres with a technological emphasis on EVs leading to reduced rolling resistance, low noise, and high resilience. This means that compared to conventional tyres, the tyres offer increased range per battery charge. Hankook iON products are also designed for the high torque immediately produced by powerful electric vehicles. Overall this means a better driving experience for EV drivers.
On 1 August, Lotus opened the doors to its first flagship European global brand centre in Mayfair, London. Lotus London can be found at 73 Piccadilly, at the heart of luxury, art and culture in the capital city. It brings together Lotus’ long-standing commitment to technology, performance and heritage by providing customers with an exclusive and immersive entry into the Lotus brand.
Two of Hankook’s top executives travelled to the UK to witness the end of the ninth season of Formula E, for which the tyre manufacturer is the exclusive supplier. Sanghoon Lee, president & COO, Hankook Tire Europe, and Jeongho Park, executive vice president & CMO Hankook, joined the Formula E management and all 22 drivers for an official photo, while Jeongho Park also presented the winner’s trophy to the victorious Jaguar TCS Racing team after driver Mitch Evans’ victory the first race of the weekend on Saturday.
Ahead of this weekend’s 2023 Hankook London E-Prix, British Formula E driver Jake Hughes set a new indoor land speed record in a modified Gen3 car. This ‘GenBeta’ prototype generates up to 400 KW and delivers it to the track via modified Hankook iON Race tyres. Hughes called upon this power to clock a new milestone of 135.9 mph on a 346-metre indoor straight.
A recent survey of London motorists commissioned by Europcar Mobility Group UK will bring some cheer to the London Mayor. With less than two months until the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) expansion comes into force, 61 per cent of motorists said they drive compliant vehicles.
The subject of noise cameras is back in the news again, with further rollouts expected across the country after a successful trial in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea. And according to research conducted by used car buying service, ChooseMyCar.com it’s a move that would be welcomed by most UK drivers. In a study published earlier this year, seven in ten Brits (71 per cent) said they support speed cameras having noise detectors to catch and fine illegally noisy vehicles in cities, whilst more than two thirds (67 per cent) support this in rural areas.
The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) has responded to the Mayor of London’s consultation, expressing concern around his proposed plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in August 2023.
Apollo Tyres is investing £5 million in a London-based digital innovation hub as part of a five-year growth plan, which involves significant investment in technology and cloud infrastructure. The announcement is set against the backdrop of UK prime minister Boris Johnson’s visit to India to discuss UK-India economic partnership, with Johnson specifically commenting on Apollo’s investment.
London’s air pollution-fighting flagship scheme Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), was first launched in April 2019. No stranger to controversy, it has been touted as a “money-grabbing scheme” by some, and a means of targeting motorists going about their daily lives by others. Despite living within the capital, residents can face the £12.50 daily charge by simply driving to their local supermarket. The cause? Their pre-2015 registered diesel or pre-2006 registered petrol car doesn’t meet the strict Euro 4 and Euro 6 emissions standards enforced throughout the city.
Firestone returns to the All Points East festival as sponsor for a third time over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The event returns to London’s Victoria Park after a year’s absence, and the Firestone Stage will be ready to entertain.
Bad news for Blimpees – Goodyear called off the Blimp’s flight to the UK yesterday due to unfavourable weather over the English Channel. Tweeting the safety-related decision, Goodyear UK offered a glimmer of hope: “Keep your eyes on the skies later this week when the weather improves, and the Goodyear Blimp will hopefully be seen over London and the surrounding areas.
A Zeppelin is heading London way, but this isn’t the cause for concern it once was – the Zeppelin NT semi-rigid airship will peacefully float over the capital on 29 and 30 June resplendent in its Goodyear livery as part of a tour of Blighty that will also take in towns in Kent such as Dover, Maidstone and Dartford.