Archive for May, 2011

10% of UK power needs could be managed by electric cars

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Electricity driven vehicles have been slowly gaining momentum in the UK’s corporate market.

Electric cars and trucks can help the United Kingdom to cope with the erratic renewable power generation situation the country is in at the moment. They hope to accomplish this by recharging when the demand for electric power is low and supplying the network when the actual demand for power is relatively high. This idea could help the UK to drastically improve its power conditions, the country’s national grid operator commented. (more…)

Alarming stat for electric car owners in UK

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Recent research conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation has revealed that there are insufficient electric car charger points in the United Kingdom. This proves extremely frustrating for the average electric vehicle owner thanks to the huge number of people needing to wait in queues.

According to the research about 704 points only exist at the current moment. This fact alone is enough to dissuade anyone interested in gaining ownership of electricity driven vehicles in the near future. This effectively creates an artificial crisis for people interested in owning one of the many hybrid cars available today. (more…)

Family facing court charges for clocking case

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

5 people had to appear on court on the 26th of April in connections with police operations into the famous alleged “Clocking” of vehicles. 4 of these members are also family members of a prominent travelling family.

The group includes four members of Darlington’s well known Welch family are now required to have their cases heard by a judge at the central crown court.
However, that might be about to change. (more…)

Chevrolet in the spotlight

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

What image is instantly summoned up in our minds once the name ‘Chevrolet’ is summoned? Would it be American muscle cars? Or would it be cheap but strong runarounds?

The vast chances are that, unless you’re a motoring nut job, you have little to no knowledge of the brand. Even if you know of the ever so famous ‘golden bow-tie’, you’re likely to greet its models with indifference. However, that might be about to change.

French automotive companies aiming not so high

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Has there been a sudden marketing spin or a case of a shift up market? It’s getting awfully tough to tell with Peugeot’s new 508 saloons and SW estate.

It’s one of the very few French cars with the capability to go head to head against the ever so popular Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia, yet, the parent company, Peugeot aren’t aiming for more than a modest 8,000 units of cars sold each year. Why? This is mysterious indeed.

Increase in residual values of SAAB cars forecast by UK analyst

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The leading car leasing firms and corporate industry analysts in Great Britain have forecast trend-setting improvements in the imminent residual values for Saab’s bestselling vehicles.

According to the industry analysts CAP, the residual value of Saab’s top selling model has seen a significant increase in the past 10 months. In fact, it’s managed to cross £1,000 in that short period. This model is named the ‘9-3 1.9-liter Turbo Edition diesel’, a saloon type car.

Leasing firm joins drive safety campaign

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

A leading leasing firm, ING Car Lease has recently managed to reduce their crash costs by a margin larger than 60% in the short term of 4 years by following a miraculous risk management strategy. They’ve been certified as a ‘Business Champion’ from the Driving for Better Business Campaign.

This particular improvement was a direct result of something called ‘Risk Assist’, which is now available to the mass of ING’s Car Lease Customers. This method has a proven track record of reducing incident rate from a horrendous 71% to an acceptable 23% with the maintenance costs per crash being reduced from 483 GBP to 183 GBP over this period.