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Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle unveiled

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Toyota Mirai

The Toyota Mirai is an electric drive, mid-size four-door sedan powered by hydrogen, with a range of up to 300 miles, refuel time of about f…

This is just another part of the big mix of fuels that will power the cars of the near future.

Hydrogen cells are also the favorite of some car manufacturers. Including Toyota now with the Toyota Mirai and BMW. In my opinion Hydrogen will be available at many filling stations in the future.

Toyota Mirai is one of the leaders in Hydrogen cell fueled cars

It has come to my attention that there are at least three leading car makes that are heading down the Hydrogen fuel road with their cars. I am a keen follower of the market trends and the direction that the green way forward is heading and that includes the battle that is rising between the EV vehicles and battery technology and the Hydrogen cell technology.

Apart from Toyota with the Toyota Mirai  the other two players are Hyundai and Honda. Other car makers have also been involved with Hydrogen including the American giants, GM. Apparently GM have been running a test fleet of them for a few years now, but it is the Far Eastern country’s car makers that are ahead of the field.

There are enemies of hydrogen as well as battery driven cars

But when the largest car company in the world looks interested in something then it is time to sit up and take note. Toyota is a very experienced and successful manufacturer of cars and has made over 5,600 fuel cell-related patents available. Toyota has started off the motion for hydrogen-powered cars to make it to market at a faster pace.

The inclusion of the auto industry is of particularly import to Japan. Where Toyota, Honda and Nissan are key contributors to Japans economy and where the industry together accounts for 10% of the national workforce and 20% of exports. To me it is a good thing that Japan are thinking about supporting the home industry and developing these new products will bring stability to the home workforce.

It does though have to make these technologies available to us all eventually, to comply with European and American laws, but I think that the Japanese are thinking about this when they free off the patents for the new technology cars.

The scrap between battery power and Hydrogen is on.

Both systems have their advantages and dis-advantages. So, for instance electric cars only require plug-in stations. Of course, to be re-charged. Significantly, the Hydrogen cars will require a network of filling station places. However, this will mean that they could be just added to the existing gas stations all over the world.

Both cars can claim to have zero emissions. But the Lithium-Ion cars are re-charged by “dirty” coal fired power stations. So are not as green as people think. Especially in countries like China! So, the Hydrogen car only emits water, so until the power supplies are greener then the hydrogen car wins there.

At the time of writing this post. Both cars are doing about the same mileage! Subsequently, also both types of cars are still very expensive to buy. Hydrogen cars can be re-fueled the same as a gas engine. Whilst the battery car has to be charged up over a long period. Although scientists are working on a faster charge battery all the time.

Only time will tell which idea brings the most success, but you have to admit that it is interesting times that us auto guys live in.

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

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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. Including, the leagues across the world! Especially in Europe. Significantly, that Yokohama and Chelsea Football club have signed a sponsorship agreement. Importantly, 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. Using of logo and players and coach of Chelsea FC to tyre-related various advertising and

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.

Agreement ends in 2020

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 manager ship 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

So, I hope it improves in profile. Of course and that we sell more tyres at my garage here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Knowing 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. Subsequently, 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. So, 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 their shirt sponsors. So it has to be a thing for the future.

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New tyre labelling- To be introduced from May 2021

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New tyre labelling

So, after much head scratching we are finally accepting the reputation of the truth relating to the information that tyre manufacturers put onto their tyre labels. Of course in the beginning we found that economy tyres were marked up to show them as being much better and therefore a better buy that many of the leading makes.

This set up many suspicion’s in my mind. However moving on a few years things appear to have levelled out! Lets say that some of the figures that went onto tyre labels were more  believable.

In fact we do now use these figures as a fairly level playing field when it comes to tyre performing on these labels. This attached article from “Garage Wire” explains the new labelling that will be introduced in May.

New tyre performance labels

However like many things then the industry is getting used to the information that the tyre manufacturers put on to their labels. Here at Pellon Tyres we often use the information to help sell a brand of tyres. Using the figures as a comparison to aid in the tyres sale.

A new tyre labelling system designed to help motorists understand how well tyres perform, especially for fuel efficiency and grip in the wet, is to be introduced on 1 May 2021. Tyre label ratings will be

Source: New tyre labelling to be introduced from May

How Not to get at Your Locking Wheel Nuts

How Not to get at Your Locking Wheel Nuts !

How Not to get at Your Locking Wheel Nuts

How Not to get at Your Locking Wheel Nuts

So, most people in the Auto trade know about the “locking wheel nut problem”. Consequently cars turn up at our garages and tyre centres without any means of taking off the vehicles locking wheel nuts. In the beginning most cars have a set of tools that enable us to remove the locking wheel nuts. These tools are fitted to secure the alloy wheels and prevent theft. Indeed some alloy wheels are very expensive and an easy target to thieves.

Many modern vehicles are fitted alloy wheels and indeed at one time they were a selling point when garages sold a new car. In the early days of this then the wheels were often stolen. The alloys were probably sold as scrap and eventually melted down for other uses. Similar to the latest spate of “Catalytic Converter” Thefts that we are having at the moment!

Alloy wheel thefts what was the answer?

Importantly, the theft problem had to be solved! So, the answer would be the invention of the locking wheel nut. These came in a set of four (one for each wheel). A simple tool would fit onto the locker enabling the driver or garage to remove the locker when required. Over the years the system has worked, except for a few hiccups!

Mainly that the car owner would loose the lockers and when the car turns up for say a service and needs the wheel removing then “whoops” there is no locker to remove the wheels. So, this happens time and time again. Fortunately, as an ingenuous industry  then we again solve the problem. Most garages now carry  a special tool enabling us to get the locker nuts off without damaging the cars valuable alloy wheels.

How not to remove with a saw!

So, I thought that I had seen it all until my staff sent me this image for our blog. One of our customers had attempted to cut out the locker with a hacksaw! This can clearly be seen on the images. What do you think ! Have you seen anything like this ! Please let me know.

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Electric Classic Mini-British firm launches classic Mini electrification kit

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Electric Classic Mini

So, as a guy who has owned three of these fabulous little cars in the past, then this development excites me! As a garage owner who has spent the past forty odd years repairing and servicing conventional cars and vans. Then I am not a fan of Electrical car developments (EV’s). Because I think that the EV’s are going to be a threat to our very existence.

However, I must admit that the this little red classic mini looks great. So, and will be an eye opener to millions of older people who were previous owners. Also the very thought of the power that this electric conversion will have gives my skin the bumps. However , it is still a rich mans toy and beyond the means of most people. Including myself!

Although I might add that these people are selling an electrification kit, complete with a battery pack. This will inevitably bring down the price for the experienced DIY mechanics amongst us.

A complete electrification kit which will turn any classic Mini into an electric vehicle has been made available for enthusiasts, specialists and EV conversion businesses. Created in response to growing customer demand to electrify classic cars

Source: British firm launches classic Mini electrification kit – Garagewire

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Good News for Garages-Repair investment prompts 3.8 million owners to keep their car for longer

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Good News for Garages

Just as I excepted, the news is that consumer are keeping their vehicle longer at the moment. Importantly, I am old enough to know that this is always the case when any sort of crisis occurs! This time it is the “Covid 19” pandemic that we are having to face. So, other years we have had to suffer with financial down turns. However this time its an health issue.

Businesses and regular workers always pull in their horns in a time of crisis? It is not the time to be going out and buying a new car. Especially with people not knowing whether they will have a job at the end of it all. Drivers are opting to keep hold of their old car in the premise of “if its not broken dont fix it”. better to pay out a few hundred pounds for a couple of new tyres or a service, than lay thousands out on a new car.

As the owner of Pellon Tyre and Autocentre then this is good news to my ears. Knowing that this pandemic will also slow down the rush to car electrification. MOT testing is expected to remain at a high level and our customers are certainly buying lots of tyres here in Halifax UK.

Almost four million of the nation’s drivers have opted to keep their car for longer after spending money on repairs and maintenance, new research shows. The study for Kwik Fit, shows that the third of drivers

Source: Repair investment prompts 3.8 million owners to keep their car for longer – Garagewire

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Pellon Autocentre Remains Open-UK’s independent garages remain open amid latest wave of lockdowns

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Pellon Autocentre Remains Open

So, the attached article explains about how British garages will remain open in the current “Lockdown2”. Of course, this includes my business Pellon Tyres and Autocentre here in Halifax UK. For the purpose of carrying on with our job of keeping the working public of Halifax on the road. Unfortunately, we have had one of staff in self isolation after his partner contracted the “covid 19” virus.

She is not seriously ill and is expected to have a full recovery. Meanwhile we are carrying on trying to get through the backlog of MOT test and the repairs required to get the vehicles through the test.

Because of my age then I have to keep away from other people as much as I can. Although I certainly have plenty to do looking after my battery, winter  tyres and the Pellon Autocentre websites.

With the entire UK now back under some form of lockdown, independent garages across nation remain open and are continuing to deal with a backlog of MOTs. The Independent Garage Association welcomed government clarification which confirmed

Source: Here we go again: UK’s independent garages remain open amid latest wave of lockdowns – Garagewire

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Car Servicing Tips-Six Easy Steps for Avoiding Expensive Car Repairs by sticking to basics

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Car Servicing Tips; Car repairs need not be that expensive

Significantly, a visit to your local car repairs shop can be even more stressful. Say  than a visit to your local dentist. Perhaps you wont suffer physical pain. But sometimes your car repairs bill. Frighteningly, can leave your wallet or purse feeling pretty empty. Including, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth. 

The best way to try and avoid costly repairs. So, is to take preventative maintenance measures and  Car Servicing Tips that will keep your car in the best condition possible.

The foremost thing that you should do is to follow the car manufacturers maintenance schedule. Of course, that will be outlined in your owner’s manual. The best guidelines are always always the ones that are recommended. Of course, by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines. Your warranty may be voided for future repairs. Although here in Europe. You are allowed to have your car repairs and  servicing. So, carried out by a reputable garage, that uses original equipment service parts and oils by law. So, without breaking your warranty agreement. Importantly, a reputable garage would be one that operates under the  MOT testing station scheme.

Always be sure to change fluids

Naturally, such as your brake fluid, all the filters and spark plugs (if fitted) to what the car’s manufacturer recommends. It is also a good idea to upgrade your motor oil to a higher performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s overall performance. We keep in several types of oil for servicing as specifications are changing all the time but using synthetic oil is not a bad thing and will cover most modern engines.

Always be sure that your tyres are correctly inflated. This is especially important, because tyres with too little air, or too much, can result in excessive wear with bad handling and may cause a tyre to blow out. It is often recommended that your tyre pressures are checked during every other visit to the petrol station. While this may seems excessive, you won’t be sorry that you have kept your tyres correctly inflated and therefore safer. For reasons of both safety and the expense of new tyres, the extra effort is well worth it.

If you notice any unusual noises coming from your car, possibly engine problems! Whilst driving along check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual information section will let you know whether or not a visit to the Auto-centre is necessary.

Use a reputable garage for your car repairs

If you find that you do have to take your vehicle in for some Car Repair Advice, be sure that you are dealing with a reputable local company. Check with the other local people and ask your family or friends for recommendations. Also look out for your local independent garage, as they have very high standards to qualify for membership, and a nationwide warranty system, for if problems occur see your Local Car Repair Garages.

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

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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

Of course ,which includes many different countries and work by several universities. So, as well as companies with similar interests to the project.

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

After several test tracks. Consequently, 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 ingredients.

This was in 2014! So, 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/

As an update i have found out that the rubber and asphalt mix is approved and used in Canada .

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Hybrid Car Servicing-Good Garage Scheme Car Servicing in Great Britain : Get Ready for …

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With cold weather just around the corner and nights beginning to draw in, the Good Garage Scheme is encouraging motorists to have their cars professionally checked to ensure they are safe and reliable in the winter months …

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Winter is on its way ?

This article from the “Good garage scheme” . Thus, pointing out to the motorist to the severe weather conditions the could be imminent. Of course, that may lie ahead. Frighteningly, with the  effects that a severe winter could have on your car. Importantly, if you did not prepare for it by servicing your hybrid car before the winter arrives.

So, helping the consumers by offering an MOT test and service for just about the £100 mark all inclusive. This offer is for most small and medium sized cars and will carry out your hybrid Servicing. Of course, on their cars for the winter ahead. This offer also includes a brake check and your anti-freeze levels topping up the correct winter levels. So you won’t be the one with a frozen engine. We also give your battery a good check over. For fear that, you will not be late to work because your cars battery has failed you.

Of course, it is now 2020 and we are just starting our second Covid 19 lockdown.

If your car does require an MOT test. Then it is important to give your garage plenty of time when booking in your car for a test. In there usual wisdom the government decided to postpone MOT testing for a 6 month period. Consequently, we now have a large backlog of tests.

The second lockdown starting on the 5th November 2020. Thankfully, the government are not suspending any testing for the second time.

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