Yokohama Tyres and Chelsea AFC seal a five year sponsorship deal.

Yokohama seal a Sponsorship deal with the giant Chelsea Football club

The strange thing is that I have just finished a blog about the involvement of tyre companies with professional football clubs and leagues across the world and especially Europe. I have just received a press release from Point-S, that Yokohama and Chelsea Football club have signed a sponsorship agreement that will, enable the display and the wear  the tyre companies logo on the official football shirt, Yokohama Tyres UK branding at the stadium and on the pitch-side, etc., use of logo and players and coach of Chelsea FC to tyre-related various advertising andyokohama tyres,chelsea fc

In my opinion Yokohama Japan are already heavily involved in sport through their supplies of tyres for the motorsport industry. The football scene is what all the tyre companies are competing for, and now the Japanese tyre company has joined the club, big style. This will undoubtedly raise the brand awareness for Yokohama, simply because Chelsea like Manchester United are a worldwide brand and the  tyre products will be seen on televisions all over the globe including faraway countries such as Australia and even China.

The agreement that has been signed will be for 5 years from this year (2015) and will put them up there with the big tyre players. Incidentally I have noticed that the big tyre companies, such as Goodyear and Michelin have stayed clear of such large sponsorship deals, (except of course Continental tyres who were one of the world cup sponsors)with the battle been between the main mid-range tyre brands players such as Apollo tyres and Hankook and including Yokohama.

Chelsea FC is a prestigious football club situated in London and are currently in top place of the English Premier League, under the managership of Jose Mourinho, a guy who speaks his mind, with great knowledge of the game, coaching many great teams in European football. The club has won the English Premier league as many as four times and in the 2012-2013 football season, Chelsea won the Europa cup.

It will be good to see the Yokohama ads on the TV screen

I hope it improves in profile and that we sell more tyres at my garage here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. I know that Yokohama are a success at motorsport promotions, but I have thought all along that they are only playing to a small audience compared to the big attraction, such as this deal with Chelsea FC and I know that it will give them a greater exposure, but I hope that they do not drift away from their motorsport background.

I myself like to watch football on TV and I have noticed the increase in the TV exposure of tyre companies. Last night I watched a UEFA Europa league match between Glasgow Celtic and Inter Milan of Italy and could not help notice the terrific amount of exposure that Hankook tyres had with pitch side advertising boards, even though the Milan players have Pirelli for

yokohama tyres,chelsea

Yokohama also help in promoting their brand at small tyre locations

their shirt sponsors, so it has to be a thing for the future.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

 

Waste car Tyres are being looked at by the EU Investigating Covering Roads With … Car Tyre Rubber

Waste car Tyres

Experimental road surface in Poland

The European Union is spending €4.5 million on an experiment to turn Waste car tyres into an elastic material that can be put on road surfaces – particularly motorways – to reduce traffic noise, in an experiment that has, so far, hardly scratched the…

 

This idea is not new  but if implemented would use great amounts of our waste tyres.

Waste car tyre may be a problem of the future?

It could be possible that the waste car tyres  problem is resolved in our lifetimes, (I hope). I reported that waste tyre crumbs were being mixed with tarmac to improve the noise levels of the road surface as well as helping with general waste tyres problem.

Now we have some good news coming out of a European Union funded project called “PERSUADE”. The project kicked off in September 2009, and looks to me as though it is a different of substance to the mixture of tarmac with the rubber crumbs.

The new type of material that is made from waste car tyres is being tested for its compatibility with other road surfaces such as tarmac and concrete, in a bid to reduce road noise. The new type of road material was invented in Sweden as far back as the 1970’s and is made of waste car tyres, that are shredded into granules, which are then covered with a synthetic resin, this is then mixed with stone chippings and chemicals that help the final product give a suitable grip to the traffic that drive on the surface.

The difference between this and normal tarmac as we know it ,is the fact that the mix does not contain bitumen, the Bitumen Products as we know comes from oil and oil waste and is not environmentally friendly more reading… http://www.eurobitume.eu/bitumen/what-bitumen

Persuade were given a budget of 4.5 Million Euros, which includes many different countries and work by several universities as well as companies with similar interests to the project.

I must admit that this project came as a surprise to me and I did not realise that such projects were in operation and I have to admit that I am pleasantly surprised that one day the tyre industry will not have to pay for tyre removal and old tyres will be of good use.

After several test tracks a full scale one was built in three EU countries Poland, Belgium and Sweden. These were built with an up to date mixture of the waste car tyres and other

Waste car Tyres

Another test track in Sweden

ingredients. This was in 2014 and up to now  has proved successful with favorable road noise results, but the trials will be ongoing and take into account the winter performance, skid resistance, durability and of course the road noise.

I know that other people in the tyre industry will be very pleased and even excited about these events, and I hope that the news will be as pleasing to them as it was to me, for more information about persuade… http://persuade.fehrl.org/

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 Continental Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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. As an update i have found out that the rubber and asphalt mix is approved and used in Canada check out this link…http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/tires/RAC/

City wants to buy your old waste tyres – WRDW-TV

old waste tyres

New money, for old waste tyres. That’s one of the ideas behind a tire drop-off pilot program an Augusta Committee approved this week. News 12’s Jorge Lopez is on your side with how you could cash in if the commission signs off on it.

 

Tyre dumps like this one could be a thing of the past, if the rest of the world take up Augusta’s idea, of paying for your old waste tyres. At the moment tyres a dumped all over the place and it costs local authorities millions of dollars to clean them up. If the people take their old tyres to a designated site they will be paid for the old tyres.

This will be rolled out to the public at first and NOT the tyre retailers.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/environment.htm

Buying your old waste tyres? Not bad if you can afford to

I have been writing about the disposal and after care of the old discarded old waste tyres for as long as I can remember?

It has always been a thorny issue and a huge problem for the end user, the tyre retailer. As a tyre retailer I have no problems with the way that we are licensed, and have to effectively, monitor a tyres life from cradle to grave. We have to dispose our waste car tyres as the law states and most of us do that.

However there are always those who flaunt the law, the same as all things in life and these are the guys who dump the old tyres on any piece of waste ground that is available. We have all taken a stroll through our local woodland and beauty spots only to see piles of discarded tyres.

The problem with old waste tyres is that they take hundreds of years to rot back to nature and so cannot be sent to landfill sites. They are not thrown away by the public, because 99% of the

waste tyres retailer

This guy would be in for $500 by the looks of the size of his load?

The ones that are removed from the public’s cars are retained and handled by the responsible fitting stations, and are disposed of within the law.

In my own particular area if Halifax in Yorkshire, UK, the local council will allow you to take up to four scrap ones to the local waste facility for no charge, it is a free service. But many drivers just cannot be bothered and we see many just thrown at the side of the road, in some secluded area.

This local authority in the USA has come up with the idea of paying drivers for taking their old waste tyres to them after they have had new tyres fitted. This would only apply to the public and to tyre retailers or garages, but could filter back to them?

What I mean is if the local authority gave the drivers say £1 or $1 for each scrap tyre, then you would open the gates to all sorts of scenarios? As a tyre retailer I could give the customers their old waste tyres back to take them to the council and claim some money back. This would save me the fee of £1 that I have to pay for my old tyre removing? A win, win, situation.

But wait? Why don’t they just give the tyre retailer £1 for all their waste tyres and just cut the public out?

One advantage though is that you get the kids looking for old tyres to take back to the local authority and claim their £1 a tyre, it could clean things up a little, that is if they could take their faces out from their computers and tablets? When I was a kid we used to take “pop” bottles back and exchange them for sweets or ice cream. I am not sure about the kids of today? I don’t even think that their parents would be bothered to take them back to the nearest facility.

To conclude; unfortunately I don’t think this idea will work, I would love to be wrong, but I don’t think so.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

Earth-Mover tyres-Man dies as tyres explode at Qld mine – Yahoo!7 – Yahoo!7 News

Earth-Mover tyres

Giant earth-mover tyres like these are fitted with the up most safety and equipment,

Another worker has been killed by an exploding tyre at a Queensland mine, the latest in a string of similar fatalities.

 

This is always a risk?

these giant earth-mover tyres have to be fitted with huge machines and with care.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

From Car tyres to Earth-mover tyres

Believe it or not this was to be only my second move from the car tyre industry. I had worked for the Dunlop retail outlet of National tyres then for about six years and was ready for a move. I did not want to leave the industry that I loved so well, but do to a disagreement with my manager at the time; a chance came my way to learn about the giant earth-mover tyres that were appearing all over the country and the Giant Earth-movers that they were fitted to.

In Yorkshire, industry was booming, we had a vibrant coal mining industry as well as the steel making in Sheffield and the north east, Middlesboro was famous for the big kilns for smelting metals. They were also a surge to build new motorways including the east to west motorway the M62, over the Pennine hills.

This required massive earth-moving machines, some had tracks fitted, similar to army tanks, but many of them were fitted with giant tyres. I remember my first few days, and I was very nervous, but also keen to learn. The first job I had was in the reception, doing a similar job to the one at my previous employment. I was desperate to learn more about these giant tyres, they were the same as a car tyre, but on a much larger scale. We also had to fit tyres to the world’s largest earth-mover at the time in the Welsh coal fields.

earth-mover tyres

This is similar equipment that i would use to remove earth-mover tyres out on the job

The big difference was the way that they were fitted to the machine. I asked my new boss if I could be a tyre fitter and learn as much as I could about these earth-mover tyres. The boss gave me the thumbs up, but the first thing I had to do was to pass my heavy goods vehicle test as large trucks are needed for transporting and fitting these tyres.

I was paid to take a week’s lessons followed by the test, I always have thought that I was a good driver and after a week’s lessons I passed the test. My boss and I were both over the moon and it was not too long before I teamed up with another experienced and qualified Earth-Mover tyres fitter.

Safety is a huge aspect of earth-mover tyre fitting

I was very impressed at the methodical way these tyres were fitted, on some machines such as the Caterpillar 631 box scrapers; we removed and fitted the huge tyres on the machine itself. On the huge Terex dumper trucks, we would take a wheel and tyre that we had previously built up and change the wheel using the Hiab lifting equipment that we had fitted to the truck. These were the bee’s knees for maneuvering the giant wheels from and onto the giant trucks.

The time passed quickly and I soon began to be the main fitter in a two man team, going all over the UK to fit these giant earth-mover tyres. The one thing that I was impressed with was the safety aspect of the job. Fitting car tyres was relatively easy and you just have to watch your hands and feet, but the earth-mover tyre fitting was a much more disciplined procedure and no risks were taken. We would have massive blocks of hardwood chocks to prop up the machine in case a problem occurred when the wheel was off.

We used nitrogen bottles to inflate and seal the tyres once they were fitted and these would be fully checked and tested all the time. I never had or saw a single accident, in the five years that were to be the best years of my life, I loved the job, it was man’s work and I was as fit as a fiddle and brown as a berry with working outdoors all the time.

This is what I could not believe when I read the story about the guy who was killed fitting the Earth-Mover tyres. Any accident or death is a tragedy, but it made me recall how cautious we were and safety was a number one priority. I wish the guys family all the best and hope they can accept my condolences.

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 Pirelli Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

 

 

 

AGM Batteries-Versus Traditional Batteries-VSP News: Kolman’s Korner, Episode 69 –

AGM Batteries

Trojan AGM batteries are being promoted to upgrade the power needs for more powerful cars and trucks.

Brad Bisaillon, director of strategic accounts, North America and Europe, for the Trojan Battery Company, discusses the differences between AGM Batteries and traditional batteries.

 

A good battery video to watch for the Trojan battery fans amongst,us and this includes me.

http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/ourshop/prod_3603081-27TMXWNT-12-VOLT-TROJAN-TRAFFIC-LIGHTS-BATTERY.html

Trojan batteries versus traditional batteries

AGM batteries are once again becoming more popular in the car and transport industry, because of the constant strain that on board computers and other electronics have to absorb on the modern vehicles of today.

This is most evident on the start-stop technology that we use in today’s cars. This system requires many more starting cycles that can only be handled by a start-stop AGM battery. These batteries come to us in the Varta brand, one of the companies that are owned by Johnson controls who are the world’s number one battery manufacturer.

Deep cycle AGM batteries are made with thicker plates and a stronger grid system. They are also practically dry compared to a normal free flow lead acid battery, that are fitted into the regular gasoline engine car, that are primarily used to start the car and also for the cars lighting. The plates are much thinner and perforated with small holes; this gives the battery more power up front to start the car’s engine and is known as CCA (cold cracking amps).

The AGM Batteries have much thicker plates and is virtually dry and is completely sealed. The plates are covered with glass matting that absorbs the acid, making the battery virtually dry and able to take a much larger charge and discharge. This was found to be the best option for the new start-stop technology.

There are now other makes of cars such as the Jeep models that come with an Optima AGM battery that does the same job of supplying a good CCA for starting purposes and also keeping the cars computer system and many on-board electronics fully serviced, by the fact that the battery has a deep cycle capability.

This also applies to the trucking industry. Trojan are informing truck fleet users, the benefits of fitting Trojan batteries to their trucks, replacing the normal lead acid batteries that are fitted as original equipment.

The Trojan  are one of the best quality batteries in the world and are manufactured to alloy very deep cycles, without damaging the battery. The necessity to upgrade the battery comes with the fact that these vehicles use much more power with high demand at certain times, making it necessary to fit a deep cycle battery. The drivers sleeper cab is very often fitted with cooking facilities and even a TV like a mini RV vehicle, and so requires an AGM battery such as the Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy agm battery products online.

 

 

Part Worn tyres-Guilty verdict for illegal part worn tyre seller – FleetNews

part worn tyres

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn tyres to the public.

 

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn car tyres to the public. Good news for the battle against traders selling these unsafe tyre products to unsuspecting but gullible public.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Part+Worn+Tyres+Policy

Illegal Part Worn tyres

This is one of my pet hates, the fact that people are allowed to sell these illegal part worn tyres and get away with it, (well some of them). This is not the first time that the part worn tyre problem has come to haunt the industry. It last raised its ugly head in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

There was a huge outcry from within the tyre industry, which eventually led to the Government setting certain standards, that would allow part worn tyres to be sold legally. These are listed below courtesy of tyresafe.org.

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offense for anyone to sell Part Worn Tyres UK that do not meet the following principal requirements:

1-   The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

2- Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

3- The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

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This tyre was sold as used and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

4-  Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.

5- Part-worn tyres that have been retreaded must have one of the following:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a retread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a retread on or after 1 January 2004)

A permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply

The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.

A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim.

– See more at: http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/part-worn-tyres-and-the-law#sthash.7yuu0qZi.dpuf

These rules (laws) were brought out to try and make re-used old ones  safer when sold to the unsuspecting public. After a few years things appeared to level off and the industry thought that things had calmed down.

Part worn tyres raise their ugly heads again

Then came yet another recession and the tyre industry began to suffer once again, with the rise again of the illegal waste tyre trader. Small bucket shops began to open up all over the country, selling any old tyre rubbish as Part Worn tyres. I thought that there would be no way that the public would buy from such places, but I was wrong?

Not only was I wrong but these tyres were being sold with total disregard for the 1994 regulations, it is as though they never existed? Many trade bodies have been lobbying our government and people like me have been venting our frustration at the way that these tyres have been openly sold without any regard to safety or the 1994 regulations.

My main concern is purely the safety aspects for the thousands of motorists that buy these things, not knowing there condition or where they came from. It is good however that some trading standards department are once again raiding the premises of these people and prosecuting them for their actions. This is also occurring in the USA, the whole world is finally opening their eyes to the vast safety problem associated with these part worn accidents waiting to happen.

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 Yokohama Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

Storage Batteries Power grids – For future solar energy storage

Storage Batteries

The plunge in oil prices that began in mid-2014 has been relentless. It has pushed a clutch of oil-exporting nations into deficit spending, hobbled Russia’s ambitions, and altered the calculus behind Iran’s nuclear program.

 

This is one of best articles that i have read on this subject and is based on a book, that i am certainly going to buy. it looks at all sides of the argument relating to off grid electric Storage Batteries and other fuels of the future.

www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Storage Batteries will be in the big future energy mix

The original source for the article that I have curated comes from an excellent book called; The Powerhouse-Inside the invention of a battery to save world.

The race is on from governments and universities to come up with  better Storage Batteries, that if nothing else will store the energy that we can now harvest from the sun. I am not talking about

Storage Batteries

The ability to store the power from large solar panel installations like this will will be paramount in reducing oil consumption int he future.

anything small as far as batteries go, but huge electrical storage systems that will be grid sized.

These Storage Batteries will be just as important as the continuous drive to find new oil and gas fields and the exploration of shale gas. The big bug bare for the Storage Batteries, is the high cost, we have only to look at the Lithium-Ion car batteries to see this, the batteries account for a third of the cost to make the whole vehicle. The cost though has started to come down as battery improvements are continuously made and this along with more stringent emission regulations for the petrol driven cars, will level out the playing field by 2024.

The largest maker of the EV car batteries at the moment are Japan and South Korea, but it is expected that as more cars and therefor batteries, then the USA and China will be more interested in manufacturing these batteries, bringing down the unit price of the battery and the car.

Batteries will replace a large amount of oil consumption

Apart from the auto industry Storage Batteries grid systems could replace millions of barrels of oil a day. I was surprised and shocked at the fact that a small country likes the UK, where I live burns gas and oil to operate the power stations that supply the national grid with electricity. If we had giant Storage Batteries grids then by storing the electricity that we get from solar panel farms and wind turbine farms. We would be saving billions of pounds in energy imports.

I have noticed that we are starting to build very large solar panel farms in the middle of our countryside, but the electricity that is created, just joins the grid network.

We would also reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses and make the planet more environmentally friendly by building huge battery storage facilities, it can be done on a smaller scale, as there are a few islands that are totally supplied with electricity from solar energy a and a battery storage system. These islands were once relying on a power supply from the mainland, or larger islands, but this was unreliable in bad weather and storms, where the supply would be cut, but they are now self-sufficient, and so I do believe that larger facilities to store huge amounts of electricity can be achieved with the willpower from governments, making us more less reliant on importing oil.

Storage Batteries

This is probably the largest battery energy storage unit in use at the moment, but much larger ones will be needed in the future.

This article in Foreign Affairs.com goes into extreme depth and I recommend that the guys in LinkedIn battery groups take a read of it.  Thanks Eric Roberts

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

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Power Storage Tesla battery could take your home off the grid with – Inhabitat (blog)

Power Storage

 

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.

 

Is it legal to run off grid in the USA/

I might  sound pessimistic, but what if you are having problems with your battery power storage ?

Who do call for help, it does happen ?

http://www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/ourshop/cat_917607-Solar-Batteries.html

Battery Power storage will be part of the big energy mix in the future

This whole scenario of battery Power Storage and off grid electricity, is now going above my head? Tesla cars are now claiming that the Lithium-Ion battery unit, that drives their cars could be used to store solar energy for the average family home for a good three and a  half days, (or should it be nights).

You see I can’t get my head around the fact that power that we would need to power the average home would be cheaper than the power supplied the grid. The total cost of solar panels or wind turbines combined with a large enough battery storage pack, that would adequately cope with all the power that was needed, without totally flattening the batteries and look after itself when the owners were away would surely outweigh the cost of mains electricity You would also need a backup diesel generator, to use as a back- up for your solar system should

power storage,battery storage

Whole communities with a battery power storage system should be built similar to this one. All these homes have solar panels but not a joined up storage system.

Power Storage

you have any problems. It would be like having to pay your electric bill 20 years in advance?

I know that there are whole island populations that are now using a solar power electricity system that has a huge battery power storage system that fits into a 20 foot container. I think the system was set up by Saft a French battery company and the island is in the Caribbean group of islands and so can rely on a constant supply of sunshine, but the experts say that these systems can work across most of the world, using the sun that is available to them.

I am not sure if there are many other battery projects on the go but the way I see it as a layman, is that all the experts from all the countries are just going there one way, when what is needed is the getting together of heads and experimenting on housing developments that are nothing like the ones today. These developments would be away from the national grid and would be totally environmentally friendly using all the latest materials for insulation, (I see that here in the UK we are starting to revert back to straw as an insulation material).

I have seen something similar here in the UK, with the homes facing the right way (south) and totally insulated. This in my opinion is going the right way, but to go further, each development should have its own battery Power Storage system which connects all the homes together. The initial electricity will be powered by solar panels and if possible a wind turbine.

In my opinion the problem lies with the fact that everything is based on converting new systems from old, but I do not think this will work. You cannot just disconnect yourself from the grid because of many other issues, including where the old electric cables run, what if you wanted to sell the house, it will be mixing lots of old problems with new problems. I have solar panels fitted to my roof and think that they look fine but I know some people who hate the site of them and I won’t even go into wind-turbines.

I am just scratching the surface here. We need some good joined up thinking and we need to build proper working experimental housing developments using the latest technology and test it out over a number of years. When I hear Tesla talking about their car battery storing power for home owners it makes me cringe, it would probably capable of this but we should be talking collectively and build whole communities, using the latest methods and a collective battery storage system and not load of individuals using all sorts of mis-match battery storage systems that you can find instruction on how to do, on YouTube.

Most of our towns and cities will always be run off the national grids, for well into the future; our infrastructures are too old to cope with major changes.

Power Storage

Whole 20 ft containers are now used for battery storage

There is no doubt in my mind that battery power will be the future, wherever it comes from, but we should get our heads together and build proper sustainable environmentally friendly housing using only the power of the elements, this would be the way forward and if you read this article and know of such experiments taking place, please let me know.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

Hybrid Battery-Toyota dealer wanted $4400 to repair, fix turned out to cost $10 – Geek

hybrid battery

Nissan leaf hybrid battery very similar to the broken Toyota Lithium-Ion battery

 

Cars are a lot more complicated than they used to be with less modular designs and more technology under the hood. That makes repairs more difficult and expensive, and then you figure in […]

 

This is a great story about a Hybrid Battery that went wrong?

The battery was showing certain error codes and the local Toyota dealer wanted to fit a new battery costing????

Worth a read yourself.

www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk/blog/

Lithium-Ion hybrid battery repairs?

When I first saw this article from the “geek” web site, it made me cringe. I thought here we go again, a main dealer trying to “rip off” a poor customer. Over the years I have known some really bad stories from our customers that were taken for a ride by the main dealer (franchise) garage from where they bought their car.

The common one that still goes on is the letter that the main dealer sends to a customer, telling them that their car servicing is now due and failure to have it serviced, will affect the cars warranty. I know this still goes on because my son has received such a letter from the local Toyota dealer, from where he bought his Yaris. When he told them that we owned our own service centre and the car would be serviced there. The Toyota service guy then went onto explain to my son that it would invalidate his warranty terms, (a load of rubbish).

Anyway I am going off the point slightly? When I thought about this problem I think that the Franchise dealership was probably right in this case. This is also the first time that I have come across a motorist having a “broken” Lithium-Ion battery. I must admit that although we do sell many batteries for cars, then we have not yet gone into the replacement EV car battery market and are sticking to the century old lead acid batteries, where we know our limits.

We do service hybrid cars, but the full EV’s are still under the control of the franchise dealers. At the moment I am quite happy about this, because we do not yet have enough knowledge about these types of Hybrid Battery at the moment, although I am trying to learn as much as I can.

At first Lithium-Ion car batteries spelled danger to me

The first thing that alarmed me about the thought of a regular DIY motorist stripping down his Lithium-Ion battery, to repair it, made me shudder. My head was so full of stories, about these types of Hybrid Battery causing major fires in aircraft and more recently the upgraded packaging laws that were needed to ship these batteries about, making them appear less than safe.

I know that we must take safety precautions in many things involving cars, but as a garage owner though, I had forgotten about the dangers of the petrol engine, in fact I almost burned down my own house when I was young and foolish whilst trying to make my Mini go faster. My parents lived in an upside down house, with the garage situated underneath the living

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Electric car EV, charging up at a roadside charging station.

quarters. I had done a few modifications, to the Mini’s engine and not cleaned up the unburned fuel from the engine unit. When I fired the car up, the whole lot ignited and I ran out of the garage screaming “Fire, Fire”.

The fire brigade were called out and they put the fire out, before the house burned down. Another lesson from that was to buy my own fire extinguisher, in case there was ever a next time. Petrol engine fires cause many fires in cars but we forget about this and the new Lithium-Ion car batteries are probably just as safe or dangerous whichever way you want to look at it.

In fact lithium-Ion is most vulnerable when the battery is in the charging process. If the Hybrid Battery is overcharged, then the cells will overheat and expand becoming very hot. This overheating can lead to the battery expanding and end up igniting. One bit of knowledge that I have learned that you can use a regular water fire extinguisher to put out a fire in a lithium-ion battery.

I am not going into how a lithium-Ion battery works as I have placed a couple of good links at the end of this post for my readers to expand their brain power about the EV cars battery system. The modern EV cars that are made by say Toyota are equipped with many in built devices to prevent the batteries from being overcharged. Refinement of technologies to improve the safety of these batteries will be only a matter of time away.

As for the guy who repaired his own battery? Well I am not sure, I think that Toyota could have given him a bit more help, but I don’t know what the full conversation was, you just can’t deal with some of these customers, and that could have been the problem in this case?

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.

 

Car batteries the Cold weather and your car: How to keep your battery from dying

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AA is getting a record number of calls for storm-related problems with nearly half being for dead batteries.

 

Another warning to vehicle users to have their car batteries checked before the winter and you will reduce the risk of being caught out in a snow storm?

it would be like sitting in a fridge and i am sure that it does happen to some people, remember that when it is cold we use all the electrical appliances in your car and if your battery is not up to scratch, then it will let you down and it could let you down in an isolated place or a snow drift if you live on the east coast of America, with the massive snow falls that they are having at the moment.

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Car batteries let you down when you least expect it

After years of experience of selling car batteries, I know that it is the last thing on a drivers mind when they set off on a journey. It is like any other battery situation, you only know about it when the battery runs out of power. The best example which happens in most households is the mobile phone, specifically when the phone  goes flat, it is total panic and the phone must be charged up at all costs.

Fortunately your car battery is a better engineered system, it will probably never let you down in a five year period, but when it does, you will be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in most cases it will not be a simple case of charging it back up again.

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Testing a battery with a volt meter, most garages will do this free of charge

Statistically your regular car batteries would fail in the cold winter months. This would always apply when I was first time Lucas battery retailer in the 1970’s. I would stock up in the summer time when the battery companies would always have a quantity deal, all ready for the winter explosion of car battery sales. The first cold spell in November would bring in number of cars with our first rush of flat Cheap Car Batteries, it never failed us.

Since the early days car batteries have changed

There were a couple of marked differences concerning car batteries then compared to modern day cars. First the car manufacturers would make millions of one model of car, say Vauxhall made millions of Vivas and Cavaliers, Ford made millions of Escorts and Cortina’s and then of course came the original Minis. They outcome of this was that the size and part number of the batteries were all the same, the 038 battery fitted almost every car other that the Fords, who opted for square bolt on terminals part numbers 037 and 085, later the 065 battery became more popular.

As years went by we started to import many makes of cars from the Far East, such as Toyota, Nissan at first and then many more cars came into the UK. This had a massive effect on battery sizes and part numbers, making the car batteries market more specialised.

This is where I made am good business decision and I decided to make the battery market a key part of my business strategy. Although I did not know it the time this decision gave me contacts that were to last me right up to today.

Car batteries remained much the same, the only thing that changed was the different terminals and physical sizes of the batteries, battery plates, became a new mix of alloys and lead alloys and companies the likes of Lucas batteries became the first to introduce practically sealed batteries that were maintenance free, there were no screw tops on the Car batteries for the driver to check the acid level.

Also there was the evolution of the cars. Cars were now coming out on more sophisticated electrical systems, which required car batteries with more power. We found that a difference in the old type battery and the new type of battery was that the new types of battery did not give you much time after failure, one morning the battery light would come on in your car and you would need a new battery, there and then; you do not have the time any more.

This is why it is important to check the batterybefore the winter time and when the car has a service. The winter cold that I have recently seen in the east coast of the USA makes me cringe at the number of drivers who must have been stuck in their cars with a dead battery. Remember they will let you down when you least expect them to, they do not give you much

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This battery is in a bad state and would have been a good contender for failure, before the winter time.

warning like they used to do.

So my 40 year old advice is to check your car batteries before every winter and if the battery is over 5 years old then do not risk it and buy a new battery, once again especially before winter?

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy battery products online.