The collapse of the diesel market and stricter CO2 targets planned for 2025 and 2030 have pushed the automotive sector into an electric frenzy. But are electric vehicles (EVs) the best solution for all concerned? There is another technology available for development, albeit one which has been in its infancy for some time. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) offer a long range, with a filling time equivalent to a petrol or diesel tank, and the only emission is H2O, otherwise known as water. So why is this technology not being rushed through like EVs are? What is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle? A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is just that, a vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell on board. It is still an electric vehicle, but rather than a battery, the car features a fuel cell stack. Driv...
Phil Curry spoke with Subaru UK managing director Chris Graham about the past, the future, diesel and Brexit. Subaru in the UK is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment, under the direction of new MD Chris Graham. The head of the brand for the distributor, IM Group, has a clear plan for the growth of the business. Chris’ goal Chris has a clear goal and, looking at different markets, believes it can happen. ‘We intend to sell 4,000 cars this year, and 10,000 by 2025,’ he says. ‘When you look at the volumes that are sold, and the share that is achieved in other countries, such as the Nordic region, it is entirely possible. If we had the same market share as mainland Ireland, we would be selling 6,000 cars a year. If we had the same as Estonia, we would sell 146,00
The UK’s new car market is struggling, with sales down last year, and a further drop already forecast for 2018. March saw the 12th consecutive month of decline, and since then the market has fluctuated, with sales up in April and May, but down in June. With 2015 and 2016 record years for sales, why is the market struggling now? The first thing to remember is that despite what the mainstream press states, the market is not really ‘struggling’. Last year, over 2.5 million vehicles were sold in the UK, compared to 2.69 million in 2016. A drop of around 200,000 vehicles cannot really be called a crisis, especially as 2016 was a record year, with the highest sales figures ever recorded. It is a case that over time, sales figures will ebb and flow. Yet in this instance, there are a few fac
All Torque's Phil Curry looks at how new plans for extra lanes on UK motorways could prove dangerous to drivers... Smart motorways are slowly creeping up on British drivers, as transport executives look to ways to increase road capacity with as little cost as possible. Gone are the days of adding new lanes to the country’s congested motorways. Many will remember the odd lane being put either side of stretches of the M25, or the huge project to upgrade the M1 between junctions 6 and 10, which saw two lanes added each side. In fact, the M1 project saw the problem with this philosophy, with a large number of bridges over the road needing to be demolished, and junctions upgraded, to cope with the new widths. Therefore, the cheaper solution is to remove the hard shoulder from the motor
Imagine having to fix a car in 20 minutes, knowing that the driver, the team around you and thousands of people outside are depending on the work you do just to make sure the vehicle leaves the garage. This is the task faced by the mechanics in the pit lane at races all over the world. They can truly be called mechanics as they are the guys in the thick of it. There is no diagnosing an errant MIL light, while any telematics adjustments are left to the data team at the back of the pits. (more…)
It’s happened to us all – driving on the motorway when the fuel light comes on. The dread that fills you, as realisation breaks that the only fuel station will be at a motorway services, and the price you’ll pay is higher than anything local… (more…)