Motoring by Press Association 05/09/2018, 9:48 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The UK new car market enjoyed a boost in August, as year-on-year demand rose by 23.1 per cent, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. A total of 94,094 new cars were registered in the month as the market responded to regulatory changes, with cost-savvy buyers taking advantage of some compelling deals in what is always one of the year’s smallest months. Demand was up across the board, with consumers and fleets boosting year-on-year registrations by 23.3 per cent and 19.7 per cent respectively, while the smaller business sector rose 166.4 per cent , equivalent to an uplift of around 1,500 units against August last year. Superminis remained the most popular buy, followed by small family and dual-purpose cars, with the luxury saloon and city car segments recording the most … [Read more...] about UK new car market rises in August as one in 12 buyers goes electric
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Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you so deeply crave, the taste of which has never left your memory, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories for which you hunger. 1st Gear: Toyoda Among Those ‘Gravely Concerned’ With Trump It should come as absolutely no surprise that the Trump administration’s trade war bullshit hovering over the auto industry pivoted the the classic crutch of modern America: national security. Trump actually opened a national security investigation on auto imports back in May, bringing the inanity of threat level orange to the car business. At the time, it drew public comment from President Shinzo Abe. It was Abe who pointed out that these “foreign” cars are more American than Trump might like to admit, per our previous reporting on the matter: “Japanese automakers have created jobs and made huge contributions to the U.S. economy,” Abe told the Diet, … [Read more...] about Japan’s Not Happy With Trump Investigating Auto Imports Over ‘National Security’
Firefighters doused the blazing Tesla Inc. Model X’s battery pack, and then company engineers removed about one-quarter of its power cells before the vehicle was deemed safe to tow off a California freeway. That didn’t prevent the powerful and highly flammable lithium-ion battery cells from reigniting. The car caught fire twice more within 24 hours of the March 23 fatal crash, and again six days later, according to a safety bulletin from the fire department in Mountain View. Fires on electric vehicles are rare, but the volatile chemistry of their batteries and the need for special training on how to extinguish them raises new safety questions as automakers are poised to dramatically increase production. Techniques for putting out burning gasoline-fueled vehicles could make worse a blaze in a battery powered one. “We’re in uncharted waters here,” said Donald Sadoway, a professor of materials chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. … [Read more...] about Electric-car era threatens firefighters with new risks
Mahindra Electric, the electric vehicle manufacturing arm of the Mahindra Group, and Meru, the tech-enabled cab services firm, have announced a collaboration for a pilot EV project in Hyderabad which will see Meru deploy a fleet of eVeritos. The intention is to replicate the same model in other cities soon. The Mahindra e-Verito is powered by a 3-phase 72V induction motor that promises 30.5kW of power and 91Nm torque. A single-speed transmission transfers all this power to the front wheels. The 200Ah Li-ion battery in the car powers all the ancillary functions, including the music system, AC and headlamps. It also charges the 12V battery which is used for the startup. Mahesh Babu, CEO Mahindra Electric said that Mahindra Electric is happy to lead electric fleet adoption in India and are glad to partner with Meru for pilot deployment of eVeritos in Hyderabad. They are hoping it makes it easier for the city to adopt EV technology and will also be in line with their constant endeavour to … [Read more...] about Mahindra Electric and Meru to ply eVerito EV cabs in Hyderabad
There is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing an electric-car charging station, as it can affect the ownership experience and the convenience of using the car. While some owners of plug-in hybrids may stick with the 120-volt charging cord that comes with the car, virtually all buyers of battery-electric models should install a charging station at home or where they park—if that's possible. Those who don't have their own garages or parking slots may choose to rely on public charging stations, which are generally far more durable and robust than the ones described here. DON'T MISS: How to buy an electric-car charging station: buyer's guide to EVSEs So, what are some of the best charging stations on the market? Research and tests by The Wire Cutter concludes that the Siemens Versicharge VC30GRYU is the best all-round choice for an at-home charging station. While it may not possess the most features, it's powerful enough to charge most electric cars, it's convenient, … [Read more...] about Electric-car charging stations rated: what’s best, what’s cheapest, what to avoid?