A few weeks ago, Motoring Weekly published an article about Royal Dutch Shell and Total, two of the biggest oil companies buying up other energy companies to diversify their portfolios. In Britain, BP has followed suit. Decades ago in a branding exercise, BP aka British Petroleum, had a go at renaming themselves “Beyond” Petroleum. It didn’t really work out, although now in 2018, it is what all oil companies should be focused on. Five years ago, BP were looking mainly at oil and gas as their revenue sources with a corner-of-the-eye view on the growing renewable energy market. So much so that at that time, they had quietly sold off their wind power assets and that was after ditching their solar power assets, which they had managed for over forty years - so were a pioneer in that technology. Half a decade later and the company has realised that they need to counter competitive advances by others. To that effect, they have paid $230M for Chargemaster, Britain’s largest network of … [Read More...]
Ford Motor Corp has created a new sub-entity: Ford Autonomous Vehicles. This company will focus, not surprisingly, on the autonomous vehicle market, including research, business development and technology.
Ride-sharing is filling up city streets with more cars, thanks to passengers replacing non-vehicle travel with Uber, Lyft and other services.
A ride-share driver has ben filming and live-streaming his passengers to make extra cash. He has now lost the right to be an Uber or Lyft driver after being interviewed by a city paper.
Turkey is currently designing a new “national” car that is expected to be unveiled at the end of 2019. The Government licensed technology from NEVS to provide them with some test mules for the electric power units.
Aquafuel has developed technology to create a sustainable power source currency being used by the Formula E race series.
Bosch has developed a prototype air jet system to help save a front end slide. It will be worth watching this one develop further.
Nissan built a three cylinder 1.5 litre motor to go racing with. It was coupled with two electric motors in the ZEOD RC and completed a handful of racing laps at Le Mans before the gearbox failed.
Mazda has been busy redeveloping their SkyActiv range of engines to provide greater fuel economy and power when needed.