As the 2019/20 season began in Saudi Arabia, Schaeffler and Audi announced their agreement to remain Formula E technology partners. Schaeffler and Audi have enjoyed phenomenal success since the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team made its debut in the inaugural 2014/15 series, notching up 12 wins, 40 podium places and more than 1,000 points, culminating in both Driver and Teams’ championship triumphs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively. Initially a partner to the ABT Sportsline team, Audi became a factory team in 2017, and Schaeffler began developing the drivetrain that would form the basis of a championship charge. The new agreement means Schaeffler continues its role as a technology and development p
Nissan has claimed that with the emergence of 1,000 new electric vehicle (EV) charging point locations, there are now more of these in the UK than filling station forecourts. The EV pioneer has correlated data from the Energy Institute and charge point mapping app Zap-Map to establish that there are now 9,300 EV charging locations compared to 8,400 fuel stations. ‘In less than a century since Britain’s first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number of forecourts has peaked, declined and been overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion-powered cars,’ the company said in a statement. ‘Almost 80% of UK petrol stations have closed since 1970, while the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased
The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads grew by three quarters last year, according to new Motorparc data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The UK’s largest automotive analysis shows there is now a record 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads, reflecting the growing choice of models now on offer. Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30% last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use. The electric vehicle market is going to expand significantly in the coming years, with models from Audi and Mercedes-Benz hitting the roads in the next 12 months, while companies such as Volkswagen Group and planning mass model launches by 2023.
For those who work in garages, coming into contact with contaminants, grease and grime is a daily occurrence. Which means that getting your hands dirty is part of the job! The likelihood is that a tub of industrial hand cleaner is always on hand, and most days end with a good scrub at the sink. A tin of Swarfega has become iconic to most automotive workers. But this workplace is about to go through a transformation. “The industry will totally change as we see more and more EVs on the road,” Mick, a technician at Manchester Hybrids said. By 2040, the sale of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned – although hybrid vehicles will be exempt. These changes signal a huge shift away from the internal combustion engine, which has been a daily sight for auto workers acros
Honda has announced a major restructuring program, closing its plants in Swindon, UK, and Kocaeli, Turkey, citing the challenge of modern automotive conditions as its reasons – and it is a warning that even the aftermarket should be heeding. While many may think that the closure of Swindon is to do with Brexit (and more on that in a moment), the closure of the plant at Kocaeli in Turkey should highlight that this is more to do with a big change in vehicle technologies, one which is causing manufacturers around the world a number of financial and logistical problems. CO2 levels By 2021, manufacturers need to meet a European target of 95g/km average for their fleets. This is down from the 130g/km target for 2015. However, in 2017, the average manufacturer CO2 level was 118
The IMI’s new Electrical Vehicle Advisory Group conducted its first meeting following its formation to agree appropriate Professional Standards for those working on electric and hybrid vehicles. Following a poll of IMI Members where 98% called for regulation of technicians, the IMI has been leading the efforts to secure minimum training standards for technicians working at different levels on electric and hybrid vehicles, from basic maintenance to full diagnostic and repair. The IMI’s lobbying of the UK Government led to the Department for Transport (DfT) committing in its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy published July 2018 to work with the IMI. In the publication the DfT confirmed it would be ‘reviewing whether current regulations are sufficient to protect mechanics working on electric
Bosch has announced it is to sponsor the Formula E championship, as the racing series enters its most pivotal season yet. The ABB FIA Formula E championship will see a host of changes this year, not least the introduction of new battery technology that means drivers will no longer have to switch cars mid-race. The cars themselves have new aerodynamic packages as the series aims to expand the development of electric vehicle technology. It is for this reason that Bosch has announced its sponsorship. The partnership with the race series covers a wide-ranging advertising collaboration at the race tracks, online, and on TV. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Bosch to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship as our official partner,” says Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E
Peter Melville of HEVRA explains how hybrid and electric vehicles differ under the bodywork... It's fair to say we've seen some changes in the motor trade in the few decades. The 1980s consigned points and condensers to the history books, shortly followed by carburettors with Euro 1 regulations back in 1993. We've seen the development of airbags, ABS and ESP systems, high pressure fuel systems, multiplex networks such as CAN, and plastic replacing metal for all sorts of components. More recently, we've seen more exhaust gas aftertreatment systems, such as NOx catalysts on some petrol cars, and diesels now sporting both a particulate filter and an SCR catalyst. And there's an ever-increasing number of driver assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control, self-parking, lane chang...
Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler secured the title in the teams’ classification with impressive comeback drives in the season finale. Four podium positons during the weekend, including a one-two finish and 78 of a maximum of 94 possible points, turned a near unassailable deficit of 33 points before the final weekend into a two-point advantage. The title decision for the teams’ classification in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship was open and hard-fought all the way to the final lap, with a mere two points finally making the difference. In Sunday’s race, Lucas di Grassi crossed the finish line in second place after 43 laps around the street circuit in Brooklyn, with its view of downtown Manhattan. The Brazilian grabbed the championship runner-up spot with his seventh conse
In his latest article, HEVRA's Peter Melville discusses the different types of electric vehicle charging plugs If you're not familiar with electric vehicle charging, it may surprise you to hear there are four different charging connectors in common use in the UK, and this is excluding some of the early models such as the Tesla Roadster and some lead-acid cars like the G-Wiz. So why all of the different connectors? Firstly, most cars have two different connectors, one for AC, one for DC. And before you groan that there's no standardisation here- there is a good reason for it. All batteries are DC, and mains electricity is AC, so to charge your car up from the mains, there needs to be some AC-DC conversion at some point. Vehicle manufacturers have quite sensibly decided to inco...