Batteries charged by Solar Panels-Toyota’s vision for the future – Drive

Batteries charged

Toyota‘s vision for the future

Drive

Toyota’s Smart House uses solar panels and Batteries charged for all electricity, and the system can also power any plug-in hybrid and electric cars belonging to the occupants.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels Batteries charged this cars batteries

This is a very good and in depth article by Matt Campbell. Hence, this article is about Toyota,s new vision. So of a totally green Batteries charged car. Of course, the car (if you could call it that) is operated by twin electric motors.

Batteries charged

Hydrogen cells are also becoming popular to some car makers. Especially Toyota in Japan . For this reason, Toyota are already in a well advanced stage. So in the race for the end to the gas guzzling cars. Thus, reducing greenhouse gases.

Thus , connected up to a Lithium Ion Battery Pack .Enabling , the car to do 45 k/hr. With a range of about 50 kilometers. This  little car has special suspension .Of course, that allows it to sort of tilt, as you can see in the picture. Thus, is expected to be used in busy cities and towns. Consequently, the car will be known as the i-Road. Subsequently, will also be able to be plugged in and charged at any charging station. Of course, as well as at home.Batteries charged

The future of the Lithium-Ion battery is becoming more certain.Hence, regarding the batteries. Including when they have finished their end of life as a New Car Battery. Although the old replaced battery may not be suitable for a car.

Batteries charged

Then, scientists are thinking of using disused batteries for solar energy Battery storage purposes.To be charged and used as storage. The world will be crying out for some solution to solar energy storage. Of course, the old Lithium-Ion batteries could well be the answer. To the disposal problem.

As a result of demand. Other power saving technologies are been invented in Universities . All over the world. Hence, to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases. Including the Start-Stop Batteries that are now getting more popular with car manufacturers.

for more information…http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/08/toyota-i-road-electric-trike-production/

 

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Two Person Car-The world’s most aerodynamic two-person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries … – Quartz

Geeky gadgets

The world’s most aerodynamic two person car achieves 110km/hr on batteries …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Two Person Car-New car project will play a big part

This new car design is claimed to be one of the most aerodynamic car ever built with greater efficiency than many other cars ever designed. The guy who designed the cars and the cars engineers were funded

by a scheme called the “Kickstarter Campaign”. This is a business funding scheme that lets investors offer the collateral towards any worthy project that they feel as though they could invest in, and the investors will offer their money to make the Project Management work. The Project Ideas will have a time limit and the money is paid out at the end

Two Person Car

Urbee

of the project.

Funding has been very effective at creating new ventures and getting the inventors and investors round a table to help get some great ideas off the ground, including this Two Person Car . As I have said the money will not be paid out until the project has been finished and up to this day over 40% of projects have reached their climax for more information… http://www.kickstarter.com/

“The name of the new Two Person Car will be Urbee, because of its lozenge shape and it has the ability to slip through the air. The car will be driven by a 7 horse power engine the type used in a lawn mower and is thought to be capable of speeds nearing 70mph, the top speed allowed on British motorways. To prove the cars “green status” the engineers who made the car are hoping to travel from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallon of bio-fuel a distance of just short of 3000miles, which must be some kind of World record ,if it is achieved.

The car was put together by a 3D printer, which allows for seamless parts

Which makes the car more efficient and reduces the total weight of the completed car. The parts are thinner and much lighter than the ones which are made from the conventional car manufacturing methods”.

Eric Roberts...www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

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Type of Tyres- a Woman’s Guide to help increase tyre knowledge for safer driving


A Women’s guide about tyres and helpful tips

Not all Type of Tyres are created equal. Yes they are all round- at least they should be if they are in good condition. But there are a variety of Type of Tyres for a variety of uses, situations and road

 Type of Tyres

This X section of a tyre helps people to understand how they are constructed(i think)

conditions. So before you buy just any tyre, buckle up and listen up and learn a little more  about tyres for your car and safety.

Summer  Tyres

These are the standard type of tyres that are supplied on most vehicles when we purchase them. They are all Type of Tyres that can handle well in both average wet and dry conditions. The water channels that you see in the tread area of the tyres allow for normal traction (meaning they grip the road in normal summer weather) during rainy weather they can cope with average type rain fall and the spray that is associated with this.They are the average Type of Tyres for normal weather conditions. This type of  tyres will be on the car when you buy a new one.

All Terrain and Off Road Type of Tyres

If you’re a woman who likes to use her vehicle for off road driving regularly, these would be the tyre for you. These are usually fitted onto mostly SUVs and light trucks, such as Land Rovers. About tyres explains the fact that sidewalls of these types of tyres are stronger than the summer tyres and feature large tread block patterns that deflects mud and slush from the contact patch and improve grip on loose sand or gravel when you go on your off road excursions. The best type of scenario for these type of tyres, would be one that the farmers wife may use.

 Type of Tyres

This is what can happen when you dont inflate your tyres at regular intervals. The tyre has deflated and the tyre is completely damaged.

Winter Tyres

If you are in an area with chilly climes with snow and ice and low temperatures, winter tyres would be your best friend. These will ensure more traction on snow and ice. The main difference between all season tyres and winter tyres is in the type of rubber that is used. Winter tyres would need to grip the ground more to keep the vehicle in control so the rubber that is used is mixed with silica. These type of tyres keep flexible at low temperatures enabling the tyre tread to grip in the cold conditions and are used during winter conditions. Type of Tyres

So when should I change my tyres?

There are several things to note that would indicate that it is time to replace your tyres. Here are the most easily observed ones:

  Tyre tread- The pattern that you see on your wheels is called the tread. Its primary function is to divert water from beneath the tyre to improve traction and maintain smooth handling. If your tyre tread has been worn down to 1.6mm or less, it can no longer perform this function effectively and this could cause the car to skid on wet surfaces and cause hydroplaning, where your  car loses and control and can cause a crash. For safety reasons, it is recommended that you change your tires at a tread depth of 3mm.

             Tread wear- Observe how the wear on your Type of Tyres look. The pattern of the tread wears can also indicate other problems which may have caused them such as under inflation, which can cause wear on the outer edges of the tread and leave the central tread area less worn.

While knowing when to replace a tyre is good stock knowledge to have at your disposal, the best authority to determine whether your tyres need replacing would be an expert tyre dealer. A dealer who would have the experience of the use of a variety of tyres across a variety of brands on a variety of car models. Point-S happens to be the leading independent tyre dealing network. They can assess your requirements and give you product neutral advice in order to arrive at a careful and sound decision for your tyre choice. With over 160 independently owned centres in the UK, finding a Point-S centre near you should be a piece of cake.  

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

  

Camshaft Sensor-Peugeot 206 camshaft Sensor Problems and Location

Camshaft Sensor

In line with most garages we can get customers just turning up with a problem on their car and this morning was no exception.

peugeot, Camshaft Sensor

Camshaft Sensor

A lady customer called in with her Peugeot 206 1.4 with a couple of problems

She said that the car was difficult to start from cold. Thus, when she was driving along. Therefore, the engine felt to be juddering. Also a warning light had come on in the dashboard.

Camshaft Sensor

Peugeot 206 with engine problems Camshaft Sensor

The engine in the Peugeot 206 1.4 is a KFU 16 valve engine.Hence, is a little prone to these kinds of Camshaft Sensor Problems. We pulled the car in to the garage.Therefore, to take a look and plugged in our Snap-On engine code reader. The code that came up was a KFU engine code. Which related to the camshaft sensor. The camshaft sensor is located to the rear right hand side of the engine.Of course, at the side of the air box, and is difficult to spot as you can see on one of the pictures.

The  sensor is an important part in the evolution of the modern car engine. The sensor helps your car run smoothly. Hence, can be difficult to find. As we found out in this Peugeot 206. The Camshaft Sensor operates from magnets. The sensor collects information about the camshaft speed of the car. The information that it gathers is sent to the car computer. Which in turn works out the timing of the ignition. Consequently, the timing of the fuel required by the engine through the fuel injection system. The information that is sent by this sensor is vital. For the engine to work correctly.

Camshaft Sensor

Ryan pointing out the position of the faulty camshaft sensor

The Peugeot camshaft sensor in your car can become weak

for some reason and then sends out an intermittent signal to the car computer thus causing the car not to run properly as in the case of this ladies car. Ryan Linton then proceeded to change the faulty Camshaft Sensor with Peugeot Parts and then cleared the codes in the car computer. This did the trick and the car was running smoothly and back to normal, a job well done.

Eric Roberts

Winter tyres rush-Massive Push for Winter Tyres

Winter tyres rush


Massive Winter tyres rush

This past few weeks has been hectic to say the least. I think that one of the contributors to this.Was the front page warning of a cold and  snowy weather here in Britain. To arrive over the next six weeks.Consequently, as my readers well know. I am always advocating the need for drivers to fit winter tyres. Of course, onto their cars in November,

Winter tyres rush

Nissan Terrano having 4 Yokohama winter tyres

 

Winter tyres rush

Honda CV having 4 Dunlop Grandtrek tyres fitted

 A popular request was for Nokian Winter Tyres but my customers in Halifax thought they were a bit on the expensive side and so went for our favourite winter tyres, the General Winters.

Winter tyres rush

Of course, we have been selling and stocking Yokohama tyres now for three years. Therefore, we are very pleased at the quality of the products and the competitiveness of the prices.

I have decided to do a sort of collage of some of the cars that have had winter tyres fitted in the past Winter tyres rush weeks, just out of interest really.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Of course, I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Consequently,I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Thus, before starting my first business. Naturally, I now own a garage and MOT testing centre.Here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Now blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.naturally, are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Winter tyres rush

Citroen Xsara Picasso having a Winter tyres rush buying 4 Yokohama winter tyres fitted

Car Repair Garages-This is the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

Car Repair Garages

Smart receptions in the car repair garages like this should be the norm in 2013

If your heart sinks every time you know that a trip to the Car Repair Garages for a minor car  repair garages, scuff or dent repair is needed, you’re not alone. (Is this the way forward for car repair garages? ChipsAway in Abingdon puts customers first.

For the car repair garages to survive they must have modern facilities for their customers.Car Repair Garages

This is a point I have been making for the past twenty years at least. The American companies were the first to supply their customers with a reception and waiting room for the car repair garages. This was picked up by Tom Farmer when he visited America and on his return home decided that this was the way forward, and implemented the new style reception areas into his early Kwik-fit empire.

After that Car Repair Garages UK all over the UK began to copy his style of operation, but many of the Auto Repair Services and car repair garages were too small and half of them were just back street dirty places and would not have warranted money spending on them. Altogether though it was a huge improvement and many tyre depots and Car Repair Garages where brought into the twentieth century and were fit for motorists to sit in while their car was been repaired, or their tyres were been fitted.

As time went on more and more ladies were taking up driving and the move to step up the facilities in the car repair garages was imminent. The customers wanted a better experience when visiting the garage or tyre depot for work doing on their cars. The main dealer garages started to introduce courtesy cars, to loan to their customers while work was been carried out on their cars, a good idea!

The courtesy car idea became a little tarnished when some of the garages started to charge for their use, or for insurance. I thought this was a negative affect and was not in the spirit of the idea. We at Pellon Tyre and Autocentre in Halifax UK provide courtesy cars for our customers, mainly because we are about two miles out of the town centre, and it allows our customers to go shopping or to work, while their car is been repaired.

Many of the switched on Car Service Garages offer their clients  a free coffee machine in their reception as well as a TV and up-to-date magazines for their entertainment while they are waiting for a Car Repairs or an MOT or a tyre fitting. In my opinion this is what today’s modern consumer wants, this coupled with the fact that as I have said earlier, many of our customers are now ladies and they do not want to turn up to a dirty old Car repair garages in their nice clean clothes.

So this standard is the way forward and any garage or tyre fitting station that does not have customer facilities will fall behind and eventually perish.  

Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

car repair garages

A smart reception like this one will be important for the car repair garages survival in the future

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Filling Stations-Fuel duty ‘holiday’ urged to help small garages survive – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Fuel duty ‘holiday’ urged to help smaller Filling Stations survive
Telegraph.co.uk

The closures of small garages or filling stations

Is nothing new here in the UK and many other countries, including the USA (where the accompanying video was made). In my opinion they have been squeezed out by the greedy supermarket chains that decided to open up petrol filling stations on their car park areas.

The good thing about this is that this has reduced the price of petrol and diesel to the consumers, “you and me”. The bigger oil company sites such as BP have remained open offering the supermarkets competition with the prices. Another nail in the coffin for the small garages has been the development of mini supermarket attached to garage forecourt there will be many Filling Stations for Sale. This has now become very popular with the motorists, as they can now buy anything from magazines to logs for the fire.

The smaller filling stations do not have the room or probably the finance to run a shop on the smaller sites, not like the large companies who often have The Filling Station Restaurant on their own site or even a Filling Station Menu . The people who are really suffering are the ones that live in rural areas. They have to pay top price for their fuel because they are serviced by smaller filling stations, which have to pay more for their Fuel Prices in the first place, usually because they pay a premium from buying smaller amounts from the petrol and Diesel Fuel wholesaler and they also have to travel further.

 I have a friend that still operates two pumps from outside his MOT station/Filling Stations in a small village called Oxenhope in the beautiful country side near Howarth in the Bronte

Filling Stations

Small garages like this are closing down

country of Yorkshire, he tells me that he does not make a penny on the fuel and also has to pay for it when it is delivered, no credit account. Robert the owner says that he keeps selling it as a service to the community because most of them are his MOT customers anyway.

To conclude I think that this kind of thing is just progress. A few years ago we had a small shop on every street corner, now after most of them had closed down; the supermarkets are opening up small shops again “what comes around goes around” springs to mind and one day we may see the smaller garages and filling stations opening up again. Incidentally all the closed down filling stations have been turned into car washes, and appear to be very busy.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Recharging EV Batteries-Industry Rises – New York Times

New York Times
A Recharging EV Batteries Industry Rises
New York Times
Such public charging has an advantage over the 240-volt charger that a car owner can install in a garage or car port, said Michael D.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Recharging EV Batteries but EV batteries may not be here to stay?

It seems that Americans are throwing billions of dollars in the production of electric car, now they are expanding the car battery

charger market. In the article by the New York Times it explains the way that the USA is going towards in this direction.

I live in the North of the UK at it appears that we are miles behind in the establishment of Battery charging stations in our towns and cities. There is a website that shows EV drivers where their electric cars can be charged up, but to date I have only seen the Battery Charging Stations in the Cheshire city of Chester, where there are three of them in one spot, a local hotel.Recharging EV Batteries

We do have companies that manufacture charging stations; one of them is Schneider Electric’s EV Link fast charge stations…http://www.schneider-electric.co.uk/sites/uk/en/products-services/electrical-distribution/products-offer/ev-link-charging-solutions/electric-vehicle-fast-charging-infrastructures/ev-link-fast-charger.page   that can charge 80% of the Car Batteries in less than 30 minutes. These Recharging EV Batteries stations can be bought for home use or for use by businesses and the Electric Vehicles owners will be able to easily and safely charge their vehicles, without any risk of exceeding their supply contract and in the most environmental friendly manner.

The UK also has web site that shows electric car owners where to find the car  batteries charging points to recharge their cars batteries

the web site is http://www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/charging-points.php it also tells you other valuable information, such as the number of fast charging sites, it now states that we have 3035 fast charging sites in the UK, alright if you are near one?

The big problem here in the UK is that the public have not taken the electric car to their heart, they do not seem interested. According to the figures only just over 1000 cars were sold in the UK in year ending in October 2011 and figures for up to October 2012 were even worse at 950 cars, these figures are measly

Recharging EV Batteries

A Renault Twizy at a charging station in Rome Italy

compared to 981,000 diesel cars sold and 934,000 petrol cars sold in the same period… Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-2243534/How-does-cost-charge-electric-car-home.html#ixzz2kpbrHF3a

In my opinion the bottom line is that it is too early just to go out and buy a so called green car because you care about the” greenhouse effect “on our planet. The reason being that there

Recharging EV Batteries

Filling a Toyota Hydrogen cell vehicle

are many new technologies that will be coming onto the market in the next few years that will not run solely on batteries , but use other mechanical methods to lower the emissions, the new technology that is coming out of Peugeot looks a good alternative and Toyota are looking into Nitrogen powered engines, so it will be very interesting to say the least.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk
See on www.nytimes.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Women Drivers-What a Lady May be Looking for when taking their car in for a Service or the MOT TEST.


What Women Drivers want to know that an Auto centre is backed by more than word of mouth.

Women Drivers unfortunately can have a bit of a blind spot ,when it comes to knowing anything about their cars?. People tend to think that women only buy a car on account of whether the

Women Drivers,women service garage

We at Pellon employ a lady receptionists because of the large increase in our Women Drivers customers.

colour looks good, or if the upholstery looks  nice. The truth is, while there are a few who may be that way, many Women Drivers are more knowledgeable about their cars than you think.  Here are a few things that most females  may expect from a garage when they take their car in for a Car Service.

1.  Positive Feedback.

Girls are born shoppers for the most part. And while a few know exactly what they want and buy it at first sight, most prefer to window shop. Asking around and getting feedback from people who have used the garage is one of the most reliable ways to gauge how good (or bad) the service is. You don’t expect the manager or sales person who works for the garage to say anything negative, do you? So getting recommendations or cautionary tales is the best way to weed out the good from the bad.

2.   Professionalism.

If Women Drivers know nothing about cars, the reputation of male mechanics may lean towards the seedy and lecherous, who think a woman’s face is below her neck line. By calling in to see  the person who she will be dealing with, a lady will know if the garage is  meant for her or not? we employ female reception staff  and also have a warm and friendly reception area where  she will not be uncomfortable and have to put up with any male bad behavior or comments. There is a place and time to be flirty. A Car Auto- centre is not one of them.

Women Drivers

Unipart service centre in Halifax West Yorkshire a garage well trusted by Women Drivers, in fact we estimate that 60% of our customers are from the fair sex.

3.    Handling Complaints

While this may come together with the feedback, it is important for women to find out how complaints are handled. Females are meticulous in general, so if something is not up to standard and she wants her car repaired or serviced, will the garage be reasonable in the respect of say pricing for parts that she may not have had fitted?. Ask around about how the Auto-centre you are looking into handles complaints. The after service response can be a very telling sign if the  centre gives the Women Drivers customer a good experience, because this is where you find out how they handle back jobs and complaints. Check also how many complaints they get on  average. Too many complaints are a signal of poor service.  

4.    Affiliations

Women Drivers want to know that an Auto centre is backed by more than word of mouth. If she knows that a garage has affiliations with companies that provide support and training for them, such as Motorcodes and she will rest easier to  choose a company that have the backing of such an organisation.

5.         Women want Guarantees on parts and service

While there are no guarantees in life, a garage should have a guarantee on their parts and/or service. If they are as good as they make themselves out to be, they should not hesitate to give a guarantee on the work.

So if a lady finds all of this in one garage, she will most likely choose that one. Lucky for her, Unipart Car Care Centrescan help her find these kinds of service centres from among their

Women Drivers

Look out for the Motorcodes sign for better quality service.

700 independent and vetted garages nationwide. All these garages share the core beliefs of Unipart Car Care Centres which are

             An open and honest approach with all the customers

             A high standard of work and excellent value for money and also save the old parts to show the customer.

             12 month guarantee on parts and labour

             An open invitation to inspect, review and rate the service from the people that you would trust with your car. Of your choice to make the best informed decision for your needs  

Should Women Drivers even be looking anywhere else? NO

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Economy Tyres Online from our website  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Yokohama Winter Tyres- A set of 4 for this Land Rover Freelander GS TD 4


This winter is becoming one of the best years for our customers buying their first set of winter tyres.(Yokohama Winter Tyres)

It is probably due to the fact that we have had a run of cold snowy winters over the past three or four years and the need for winter tyres are slowly sinking in. We also have a large Polish community in the Halifax area, where my tyre-centre is situated and they are familiar with the need for winter tyres, in fact I think it may now be compulsory in Poland to fit winter tyres from November to march, the same as some other European countries.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Freelander with its new set of winter tyres

Which winter tyres ?

We have found over the years that as an independent tyre retailer, most customers think in two ways, either they know exactly what they want, or they will take our recommendations as to which brand and at what price to pay for their tyres. The majority of our customers come to us on word of mouth recommendations, or because they have received good service in the past, we know this because we do not advertise as such, only through social media sites and internet directories. In the past when our profit margins were higher we would regularly take out full page ads in the local papers, costing us an arm and a leg, we never really knew if the ads paid off or not.Yokohama Winter Tyres

We have and still do sell many different brands of tyres including winter tyres. In the past two years we have been able to buy our tyres from the major tyre companies because we are a member of a buying group known as Point-S tyres. We were very happy to open an account with Yokohama Winter Tyres from Japan, because we knew from experience that this company made excellent tyres, including winter tyres. This will be our third year selling Yokohama winter tyres and we are pleased with the very good response we had from the drivers who have experienced these tyres in winter conditions. The Halifax area is very hilly, we are in the foothills of the Pennine mountain range and therefore we have very tricky roads, especially in winter snowy conditions.

The latest car to arrive for a set of four Yokohama Winter Tyres was a Land Rover-Freelander 2-GS-TD4. This nice looking car had a set of four 235/65R17 108H Yokohama W Winter tyres. It’s great when you love the job that you are doing and can write about it in our company blog.

Yokohama Winter Tyres

Yokohama winter tyres

Article written by Eric Roberts …www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk