Midweek morsels

August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • Predictions, predictions. Glass’s Guides say today that EVs and hybrids will account for 21% of the UK car market by 2020 (and 26% of the German car market). Hybrids will take 10% and EVs edge ahead to 11%, and will be sold in similar proportions in Italy and France, though account for a smaller share of the market in Spain. Glass’s experts say that the offering of separate long-life battery warranties and battery-leasing or buy-back schemes will be key to the take-up of EVs and plug-in hybrids.
  • Bosch has anounced a 400million euro annual investment in electric and hybrid technology. It is building two new assembly lines and plans to offer car manufacturers a full range of electric and hybrid powertrain solutions off-the-shelf. Bosch has recently developed the parallel-hybrid system for the Porsche Cayenne S and Volkswagen Touareg, and will launch a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain with Peugeot-Citroen next year.
  • But why spend all that money to save fuel? Just improve your driving instead. Some sensible advice from the Institute of Advanced Motorists today in promotion of its Ecolution course for drivers: brush up on your driving technique, advanced anticipation, route planning and, of course, speed control, and you could halve your fuel consumption.  One participating company’s fleet drivers have already increased their mpg by nearly a third, says the IAM.
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