Hyperdrive Innovation’s HYVE facility will manufacture tens of thousands of batteries annually and drive uptake of electric vehicles and energy storage.
HYVE, the UK’s largest independent battery manufacturing facility, outside major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), opens in Sunderland today.
The site is home to Hyperdrive Innovation, the UK’s foremost designer and manufacturer of lithium-ion battery technology. Sunderland-based Hyperdrive – which makes battery packs for electric vehicles and energy storage systems – has invested £7m into its manufacturing capabilities since moving to the site in 2014.
TyresOnTheDrive.com has been recognised for its commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van operations after being certified by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) as a Van Excellence operator.
The mobile tyre fitting service which operates across the UK via a fleet of over 70 vehicles, successfully passed the extensive Van Excellence audit.
Amid Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) recent announcement to invest over £1bn in electric car production, global engineering consultancy HORIBA MIRA is calling on the industry to accelerate the development and public adoption of such vehicles in the UK.
The government has further cemented its position as a global leader in the transition to zero emission transport, by securing new regulations to make electric vehicles safer and provide greater confidence to vulnerable road users.
Today (9 July 2019), the government announced it is investing £37 million into British engineering to transform electric chargepoint infrastructure, revolutionising the experience for the record levels of ultra-low emission vehicle drivers on UK roads.
Twelve projects are set to receive a share of the funding, to support the creation of innovations including wireless charging technologies, meaning electric vehicles of the future could charge without the need to plug in a cable.
Most buyers are not yet ready to purchase their next car online as the dealership remains a significant element of the buying journey, according to a new study by CitNOW.
Over two thirds (67%) of drivers will still not consider making their next car purchase online, with the forecourt still the most crucial aspect of the car buying journey for most buyers.
Visitors to Coach & Bus UK, being held at the NEC Birmingham on 2-3 October, will get an opportunity to enjoy a ride in the UK’s first full-sized autonomous bus.
The 11.5m Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) manufactured Enviro200 single-deck vehicle, fitted with Fusion Processing’s CAVstar® control and sensing system, is being trialled by Stagecoach. While, next year, a fleet of five similar autonomous buses will be taking part in a larger (government-funded) trial – billed as a world’s first – carrying passengers across Scotland’s Forth Bridge.
Fully charged as it accelerates along its Future Highway 2025, the BMW Group is adjusting frequency to up the tempo of its electromobility expansion programme. The company will now achieve the total of 25 electrified models previously announced for 2025 two years earlier, in 2023. Thanks to flexible vehicle architectures for fully-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion engine drive trains, the company is able to respond quickly to changing conditions. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric.
Just a few weeks after the presentation of the battery-electric version, Vauxhall has released first pictures of the all-new fifth generation Corsa, that features a new range of high-efficiency petrol and diesel powertrains.
The all-new Corsa offers reduced fuel consumption, flexibility and refinement as key characteristics of all powertrain options, with every variant of the new model emitting less CO2 than the most efficient versions of the Corsa currently on offer.
Vauxhall has revealed the first pictures of the brand-new Astra, which sets the standard for efficiency and low emissions with a range of petrol and diesel powertrains. Building on the wide success of the outgoing model, customers will benefit from reduced CO2 and fuel consumption, as well as a series of class-leading technology and equipment.
Meticulous development in the wind tunnel also made a significant contribution to the reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The Government must support flexible, pay-as-you-go forms of motoring in order to improve the urban environment and encourage people to walk, cycle and use more public transport.
Cars in the City, a new report from the BVRLA and advisory firm Global Counsel, urges policymakers to consider a growing range of car use options, taking account of the different urban environments we travel in and the needs of those making journeys.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK continues to buck the trend in the plug-in hybrid market with the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which once again topped the sales charts in June.
Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has sold 3,647 Outlander PHEVs in the first half of 2019 despite increasingly difficult market conditions. According to the SMMT, overall sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles are down 50% compared to June 2018 as the government’s disregard for this important technology takes hold. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains the best-selling plug-in vehicle (PHEV or EV) in the UK and sales are resilient at the same level as 2018’s figure for the first half of the year. Other, less well-established models are failing to find customers as the lack of meaningful financial incentives and a lack of government support leaves many customers reticent about taking the plug-in plunge for the first time.
During the media event dedicated to the new Ducato MY2020, Fiat Professional gave the world its very first glimpse of the Ducato Electric – an all-electric BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) version - which will go on sale in 2020.
The new Ducato continues along an evolutionary path that has never stopped for almost forty years, with excellent performance, a strong focus on TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and the best vehicle to support the different needs of every professional mission.
Nissan has today released more information on the enhanced Nissan Navara pick-up truck, on sale now across Europe. An array of upgraded technologies ensure the Navara is top of the class in the pick-up truck sector, alongside an industry-leading pan-European 5 year / 100,000-mile warranty as standard.
Business owners and families will be reassured by the Navara’s improved efficiency, and journeys will be smoother thanks to the Navara’s all-new six speed manual transmission. Upgraded suspension improves the ride, handling and comfort of the vehicle, and front and rear disc brakes are now applied as standard for improved stopping power. The revised suspension means that the Navara can now also carry heavier payloads and thanks to Intelligent Trailer Sway Assist technology, towing has never been so confident.
With nearly one-in-10 van accidents occurring when reversing or parking, PEUGEOT has invited six of the UK’s tradesmen to go head-to-head in a unique challenge to test new safety-boosting technology on the all-new PEUGEOT Partner van.
Contract hire and fleet management company, Specialist Fleet Services Ltd (SFS), has been named as a supplier on Lot 2 of the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Vehicle Lease, Fleet Management and Flexible Rental Solutions framework. Lot 2 is for the supply of commercial vehicles and related lease management services.
The framework is free to use for public sector organisations and enables them to lease and manage fleets of vehicles, including associated services such as service, maintenance and repair.
Watson Fuels has begun the replacement of its 350-strong fleet of trucks with newer, more efficient and more environmentally-sensitive vehicles.
The commercial fuels and lubricants specialist has already introduced 58 new DAF rigid trucks to its UK fleet – ranging from 12 to 32 tonne – with another 30 to be added this month.
Lightfoot and Bott expand fleet partnership- Working together to build fleet efficiencies, compliance and safety
Lightfoot, the maker of the world’s first technology to reward better driving, today announces the expansion of its relationship with vehicle conversion specialist, Bott. The businesses have been working together for several years, but have now taken the decision to extend their partnership, identifying suitable opportunities to work together, promoting growth for both businesses and expanding into new sectors.
Motor fraudsters have adopted a dangerous new tactic to trap unsuspecting drivers in ‘crash-for-cash’ scams according to anti-fraud experts at AX, the provider of intelligent vehicle protection and management technologies for the automotive and insurance industries.
Europcar Mobility Group UK opens major van rental station servicing businesses across the South-East
As part of an ongoing commitment to expand its growing supersite network, Europcar Mobility Group UK has officially opened the latest of its van rental supersites in Purfleet, Essex. Ideally positioned just inside the M25, the state-of-the-art station provides easy access for customers and businesses trading within East London as well as Kent, East Anglia and Hertfordshire.