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Monday, October 23, 2017

Why aren’t more people buying electric cars?

They have been feted as the answer to the worldwide carbon crisis for years now, and yet sales of electric cars have only recently started to pick up. Despite wall-to-wall media coverage of falling global oil reserves and grave concerns about global warming, petrol and diesel have remained the fuel of choice for the vast majority of the UK’s...

Toyota i-road

Toyota was the first, and arguably, the only car company who have managed to sell a hybrid that is popular. Their Prius was ground breaking and actually bought and used by real people. It is hard to believe the Prius was actually launched 20 years ago. It had a slow start; the concept was new and the public were put...

West Midlands is a ‘Low Carbon Economic Area’

The West Midlands has undergone something of a renaissance of late. The former industrial engine-room of our nation experienced some difficult times in the latter part of the last century; from the closures of long-established manufacturing plants to the decline of historic names in the British automotive industry. Recently, however, the West Midlands has begun to re-establish itself as a...

How much of the average car is recyclable?

Pop quiz. How much of the average car is recyclable:  44%, 82% or 100%? First came ecological friendliness, then carbon footprint awareness, and now recycling is second nature to most of us – plastics in one bin, glass in another... But how many of us think about the bigger items? Yes, you may take your broken radios and unwanted bookshelves...

How Your Tyres Contribute to Green Driving

Concern for the environment is growing daily and rightly so. Electric vehicles, hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids are increasing in popularity. Did you know that your tyres too play a significant role in preserving the environment? How exactly do tyres contribute to green driving? Let’s find out. Tyres and the Environment In general, tyres do not have a very good name when...

First look at the Peugeot 208 hybrid

It seems, for the time being at least, that car manufacturers are putting all of their efforts in to hybrid technology and electric cars. You see, cylinder deactivation, DPF filters and clever technology can only do so much - these are a short term solutions to a BIG problem: we're running out of fossil fuels. As such, you have a...

Smart is good!

An increasing number of drivers are becoming more concerned about the effects on the environment from fossil fuel emissions and their personal finances. In order to address these concerns, Daimler AG, the parent company for Mercedes, introduced the Smart car in 1994. Popularity Since the 1990s the Smart car has grown in popularity. Running on diesel engines, though there are also...

Are Ford cars easy to convert into HHO hybrids?

A combination of rising petrol prices and increased environmental awareness is encouraging many people to explore alternative fuels. Better known options include electric, biodiesel and LPG-fuelled vehicles as well as hybrids which incorporate such technology alongside more conventional fuel sources. However, there is also a growing demand for supplemental hydrogen fuel cells – otherwise known as HHO technology. By converting...
The Mazda 3

The Family Car Compromise

It is the topic of numerous bad rom-coms – a baby arrives, and the couples life is turned upside down overnight. The bloke has to swap his sporty two-seater for a thoroughly unexciting, bulky, and practical ‘family’ car. In most cases these cars look (and, indeed, are) solid and sturdy, and big enough to transport baby, buggy, and all...
Peugeot

Trouble for Peugeot

The recent news from Peugeot brings home just how dire the current economic situation is, particularly in relation to the cars industry, as the French manufacturer announced their first-half net loss: a gargantuan €819 million euros. It’s not as though people were expecting the company to be doing particularly well. All major analysts were anticipating that Peugeot would come out...