News & Reviews

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.

Spring has sprung, all over the roads

Spring has sprung and the competition for your pound is fierce as you place orders, online, for that must have pair of budgie smugglers.

The usual “price led” offers dominate but I have noticed a strange development the same day / next day delivery which meets customers needs but is just madness. Retailers are so keen to get your business that they are offering shorter and shorter delivery times for products ordered online.

We have seen a massive shift towards online ordering over the last few years with retailers carrying less stock as a result of the economic downturn and the advent of “click and collect”. Customers are ordering more online and stores are relying on speedy deliveries to keep the customer by offering to “order it now for you and it’ll be here tomorrow”.

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.

Revolutionall World – Transport, tech and a track in Falkirk’s Urban Quarter!

Let’s be honest, we all love a nice car/bike/train/coach/motorhome (insert your own transport vice)

Many petrol heads and transport geeks also love a bit of technology. Throw a 10,000 square metre visitor attraction, with a 1.2 mile track into the mix and imagine the fun you can have at the “home of the journey”?

John and Heather Curtis, the beauty and brains, you can work out which is which, behind Revolutionall World are people on a mission. Behind the unique business concept is the drive to save lives through better, cleaner transport and improving how transport serves the customer.

Heather explains “I have spent most of my working life improving processes from the customers perspective, making things easier, quicker and more cost effective for the customer and the businesses I worked with. Having worked with John, a passionate advocate for clean transport, we have brought project disciplines and processes to bear on a market in need of a complete overhaul. Transport hasn’t fundamentally changed since the invention of the car or even the introduction of the coach and horses.

Scotrail adding 200 additional services from 2018

Revolutionall are delighted to see that our partners ScotRail will introduce 200 additional services from 2018 after being granted extra funding from the Scottish Government.
For the train spotters amongst you the funding means ScotRail can keep 13 three-carriage Class 170 carriages beyond 2018.
It will also allow Abellio ScotRail to run additional services for Tayside, Stirlingshire, Perthsire, Aberdeenshire and Borders after 2018, with 20,000 seats daily.
Transport minister Derek Mackay said: “The retention of these units will complement the arrival of our new high speed trains, which will allow for new and improved intercity connections.
“They will also make our rail network more resilient, creating opportunities to run faster services on key commuter routes and offering better connectivity for regional areas.”

Driving is the new smoking – the silent killer.

Transport emissions kill more people in the UK every year than die from obesity and alcoholism combined.

It is estimated that 40,000 people every year die as a result of poor air quality from transport, say the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Just stop and imagine that for one moment. The highest crowd at the Everton football stadium last season was 39,598. Imagine each and every person in that stadium, wiped out in some unthinkable tragedy. Gone.

There would, rightly, be a week of mourning declared and tributes paid to each and every lost soul.

What about those 40,000 lost to breathing problems caused by transport? Nothing.