The industry is now rapidly approaching a point where we will see a greater number of electric vehicles on our roads as buyers start to switch to a non internal combustion engine powered vehicle. I have read several articles recently that fundamentally state that the current petrol/diesel power modes are "dead men walking". I'd like to put forward some rational views against that comment. Governments Dictate What We Buy Motoring Weekly has written several articles over the years about Government intervention into the automotive industry - and these interventions, aka taxes or helping wealthy donors make more money, has been happening from day 1. In the early years, motorists had a wide variety of fuels they could use: electricity, petrol, steam, vegetable or carbon based diesels. Steam dropped off quite quickly due to safety issues and then Governments in Europe and the US effectively killed off electricity and vegetable diesels through legislation that benefited a handful of … [Read More...]
California has always been ahead of the other 49 States in regulating emissions from vehicles. It has a new Bill working through their Government that would dramatically help the electric vehicle market.
The discussion about autonomous vehicles is heating up – what would the social impact be if we suddenly lost thousands of transport jobs.
Cyan Racing is taking Lynk & Co to the track – a great way to introduce the new brand to the global market. Success on the track may well help them sell more cars to enthusiasts.
Toyota has joined SoftBank, another Japanese entity, in investing in Uber’s autonomous vehicle testing. Toyota has developed some complementary technology that they will combine with Uber’s systems.
Mazda have suggested that they would use a small capacity rotary engine as a range extender function. They say that rotary engines are perfect because they are quiet, compact and powerful.
Subaru has been developing engines for many years for different purposes. They have taken one small engine and upgraded it for kart racing.
The European MPs have voted to increase the percentage of the reduction in carbon emissions. The European Manufacturers Association is worried about losing jobs because they must feel they cannot compete with China.
Michelin have developed an award winning conceptual tyre made of recycled materials – the waste from another process – that are naturally grown. It is an airless tyre that could lead to a whole new product.