Uh oh… Audi recalls new E-Tron in US.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-10/audi-recalls-first-electric-vehicle-in-u-s-on-battery-fire-risk The above Bloomberg link points to a story showing Audi's voluntary recall of all its new E-Tron SUV's sold in the US (1644 total) due to the risk of battery fire. It's important to note that NO fires have been reported. The recall came about after five cases of owners flagged a battery fault light that appeared on their dashboards. Audi has since declared that the…

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EV batteries not the only reason for fire…

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/30/electric-vehicle-drivers-at-risk-by-charging-from-home-mains-supply The link to the Guardian article highlights a critical issue concerning those EV owners who charge at home. No, it doesn't talk about the risk of your battery powered EV unexpectedly catching fire, but does discuss the heightened risk of a domestic electrical fire if proper care isn't taken while charging your EV at home. The most alarming feature of this story is the statistic that…

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Dyson’s new EV looks strangely like all the others…

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/09/dyson-patents-reveal-plans-for-an-electric-car-with-off-road-potential The above link from the Guardian points to an article that shows plans for Dyson and their foray into the world of EVs. It's no secret that Dyson were planning on launching an EV, but the company has done a good job of ensuring all information regarding any Dyson-branded EV was to be kept firmly under wraps by employees. The article highlights that founder Sir James…

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Do we really need AWD in our… saloons??

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/save-dying-sedan-automakers-steal-100000754.html The above link points to a story showing that car manufacturers are launching saloons in all-wheel-drive (AWD) or four-wheel-drive to compete alongside ever-trendy SUVs. I thought I'd share some thoughts on this with you... For context, the rise in popularity of the SUV with their (mostly) AWD of 4WD drivetrains has seen a fall in sales of the humble saloon. In response to this, car manufacturers…

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Wait a second… Audi to replace petrols with diesels?!? And only in Europe?!?

https://www.topgear.com/car-news/audi-s4-now-diesel-car-too Have a read of the link above. Should we not be a little concerned that Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) continue to push diesels on us in this era of heightened climate change awareness? I understand completely that new diesels run a lot cleaner than those of the past, and I also understand that for certain "applications" diesels are preferred. But until such time as no NOx…

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China’s car industry – a joint-force to be reckoned with!

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/china-apos-car-industry-rapidly-100800396.html?bcmt=1 The above link, originally written by Sean O'Grady from the Independent, points to China's growing car industry and their quest to not only compete, but also eclipse, the more established and certainly better known Western and Japanese car manufacturers. How? By joining them! It's a fairly dense read, but the jist of the article is that the car industry is becoming more cut throat and, in…

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Actor and EV enthusiast discusses EV ownership concerns…

https://www.theguardian.com/green-light/2019/mar/19/will-i-make-it-out-of-town-common-electric-car-questions-answered The link above from the Guardian features actor and EV enthusiast Robert Llewellyn answer some of the more common concerns associated with EV ownership. (Interesting that the old marketing term "FUD", for fear, uncertainty, doubt, gets used in the title to really hammer home the point that it's wrong to have any concerns whatsoever!) Llewellyn tackles nine of what he considers to be the most common…

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Why is my car covered in red dust??

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48037362 The above link points to a story explaining why our cars occasionally have a layer of red dust on them. I've heard various reasons including jet fuel being "dropped" by aircraft to lighten their loads prior to landing. To me, this did seem like a perfectly plausible explanation as I am indeed just below the flight path of those planes landing at Heathrow. And yet the…

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Shanghai Auto show – The biggest and most important car show in the world!

https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/electric-car-makers-woo-chinese-011112708.html The above link highlights the Shanghai Auto show, which is heavily skewed towards electric vehicles. GM, Geely, BYD and VW have unveiled an impressive array of new EV’s at the show that opens to the public this Saturday. As they strive to become a global tech leader in areas ranging from robotics to biotech, China’s communist party have granted generous subsidies to EV manufacturers over the…

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Diesels fitted with DPF’s are more harmful than those without?!?

https://airqualitynews.com/2019/04/12/filtered-diesel-exhausts-may-worsen-allergies-study-finds/ Have a read of this article, and be prepared to be shocked like I was. In a nutshell, a research report published by the American Thoracic Society shows that people suffering from pre-existing respiratory conditions suffer more from exhaust fumes emitted from diesel vehicles fitted with Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF's) than those without. I find this truly remarkable as DPF's are mandatory for all diesel cars…

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