Category: Low Emission Vehicles

Commuting to work IS work.

THE European Court of Justice has confirmed what many of us have felt for years that travelling to work “is work”.

I speak as someone who works largely from my home these days and I haven’t commuted regularly for four years.

However, I used to live in Leicester and complete a two-hour journey on the train into central London every day.

I had a young family and missed much of their growing up just earning a living. It was brutal.

Government soft on climate change and the causes of climate change

COP21, otherwise known as the Paris Climate Conference, is now a distant memory yet the impact for motorists is utterly devastating.

More people will die from poor air quality, global temperatures will continue to rise and eventually we will all realise we missed a massive opportunity to make things better for our kids.

You know me, I am a bit of a green evangelist. Not for it’s own sake, you understand.

I actually believe that being sustainable is our duty and it’s relatively easy.

I would like to point out I don’t wear hair shirts or, indeed, hug trees, often.

Solar roads may brighten your drive.

IF YOUR job is filling in road potholes may I humbly suggest you make your way to the Jobcentre.

Not because the money for doing this essential work has run out but because potholes are a thing of the past. I realise at this point you may be thinking that I am on some illicit substance. Stick with me. The world of road surfacing is about to undergo a massive innovation. Solar roads.

Imagine you get up in the morning, flick on the kettle and your cuppa is powered from the energy captured by the miles of road outside your house.

You need to clean up your act over diesel.

IN MY not so humble opinion, diesel is the devil’s work.

We were told it was cheaper than petrol, took you further by miles and was the panacea for motoring ills.

OK, so your car sounded like a black cab but it was a better fuel – we could cope with that.

Then diesel became more expensive than petrol and petrol engines became more efficient, increasing the miles per gallon achieved, and questions started to be asked in some quarters about diesel’s long-term future.

Then the death knell was delivered. The World Health Organisation said diesel exhaust fumes are carcinogenic. They cause cancer.

Gas stations will be common as we move to hydrogen-fuelled cars.

IF YOU look very, very hard on the roads of Scotland, you won’t see many hydrogen refuelling stations.

Yet car manufacturers are investing billions in developing new cars, vans and lorries that can use this green source of fuel.

What do they know that we don’t?

Firstly, they know that hydrogen is clean. You can make it from renewably generated electricity, something we produce a lot of in Scotland.

I learned that, at times, 60 per cent of Scotland’s national electricity needs come from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.

Driving can be a “breathe of fresh air”.

THE revolution is coming and it is silent, so you’d better watch out when crossing the road. It would appear that the world is at last waking up to electric vehicles.

Norway has achieved the almost impossible, consensus between the four political parties, by agreeing to completely ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025.

In a country with a broadly similar population to Scotland, that is no minor “tick in a box” concession to the green lobby. The ban will require a massive investment in public charging infrastructure, something Norway is prepared to deal with.

Buying British and low emission makes sense, post Brexit

THE UK automotive manufacturing sector had yet another brilliant year last year, according to figures from the industry body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The UK car industry grew profits by 7.3 per cent and added 17,000 jobs. Vehicle production grew by 5.2 per cent to 1.7million units, with turnover a whopping £71.6billion.

What staggered me was the employment figures, with 814,000 people dependent in some way on the car industry and with 169,000 involved in the direct manufacture of cars, an 8000 increase over 2014.

Quite what the impact will be of the recent Brexit vote to leave the European Union is not clear.

Driving is like burning fivers…

“There are none so blind as those who will not see”

It applies to us all. None are immune. We all, to a greater or lesser extent, live in a world of our own choosing, filled with self delusion and denial. Never is this truer than when we love deeply. We see only the good, and accept the bad. Provided the positive outweighs the negative we consider ourselves lucky. When the balance tips too far towards the bad many of us convince ourselves to stay true, to remain committed and to stick with it, despite all of the evidence pointing us to the exit. Our hearts are strong and, often when challenged, we fail to accept the inevitable. However, the facts don’t lie.

Our roads can be a ray of sunshine

If your job is filling in potholes on our roads may I humbly suggest you make your way to the job centre, or whatever the heck they’re called these days. Not because the money for doing this essential work has run out but because potholes are a thing of the past. I realize at this point you may be thinking that I am on some illicit substance. Stick with me here!

The world of road surfacing is about to undergo a massive injection of innovation. Solar roads.

Autonomous thinking leading us to destruction

We have all taken leave of our senses, in the headlong rush to autonomous vehicles. That is the conclusion I have been forced to reach over the last few weeks.

Cars and technology are two of my favourite things. I put them on a par with my lovely wife and coffee as the greatest things on the planet. Instinctively I should love autonomous vehicles and secretly I do.

I should be bouncing about with excitement at the UK Government’s latest couple of transport announcements that convoys of autonomous lorries and cars will begin trials along the M6 next year. I am not.