hydrogen cell cars

Hydrogen Plugin Mercedes Makes Debut-Mercedes prepares hydrogen plug-in hybrid for Frankfurt debut

Hydrogen Plugin Mercedes Makes Debut

Hydrogen Plugin Mercedes Makes Debut

I must admit that I am loosing the plot regarding the number of alternative fueled cars that are now being developed. On the other hand I am very pleased that other forms of fuel are been experimented with.

None of these companies has yet disclosed any sales figures, but their fuels represent much larger pieces of the alternative fuel market. The EIA report for 2016 included less than In the United States, about 500 hydrogen-fueled vehicles are in use, and about 330 of those are registered in California.

The size of this individually produced marketplace of AFVs (Armoured Fighting vehicles). As a result, may never be officially counted or calculated. It’s clear that the shift from petroleum to the next generation of fuels has already gathered a lot of momentum.Indeed things are now moving on at pace. It is also clear that individuals from around the world.

Thus, are not waiting for big automakers. Including their governments. Hence, to decide what fuels they should use.

The only problem with hydrogen cell vehicles is the lack of  the re-fueling infrastructure. However things are slightly improving with a new hydrogen fuel station opening on the M25 here in the UK and several more in the pipeline.

Hydrogen fuel cells are certainly one of the ways forward and emit zero emissions. Indeed UK supermarket chain Sainsburys have opened a hydrogen fuel facility on one of their sites.

Hydrogen Plugin Mercedes Makes Debut-This new model from Mercedes will only re-enforce the interest in this type of alternative fuel.

Of course,there are three major categories of alternative fuels in use now. One that we seem to have forgotten about is  bio-fuels. Also we have electric power and hydrogen power. Subsequently. we have the  electric battery cars versus the hybrid plug in cars debacle? for example, hydrogen fuel cell vs HHO ( which does not appear to be catching on).

Also, bio diesel vs ethanol. In fact bio diesel fuels are also being made from algae.These alternatives though seem to be falling behind. The main emphasis being the drive for the total electric car EV.
There are hundreds of videos out now about converting your car to use these other non viable fuels. However things in this direction are moving real slowly.
Similar companies exist and sell plans, parts lists, and instructions for converting a car to run on electric power (mostly of the plugin variety). Books and instructions on how to build bio diesel kits and recipes for growing algae bio diesel also are easy to find online.

Individuals have produced hybrid cars and vehicles running completely on all of these alternative fuel sources.I must admit though that in big picture of things then these are very small numbers. One company that sells the instructions and maintains a worldwide support group.

Hence, for people doing their own HHO fuel conversion.So, reported that more than 11,000 people bought their product last year.

There’s the difficulty of tracking just who is converting their vehicles and how. The EIA has surveyed private fleet owners. Including quasi-government and local, state and national government bodies. Thus, to get the basis for their calculations.

There are plenty of automakers, small and large, around the world coming out with different variations of all these cars. Including this new Mercedes Model.

Hydrogen Plugin Mercedes Makes Debut-Lithium-Ion may have a short life?

We do need alternatives? The electric car era will be very short because Lithium-Ion batteries are made up by using “Cobalt”. Cobalt is a very rare commodity and we will soon run out if the current volumes of use are not restricted. We also have had recent developments with the good old fossil fueled cars powered by the good old fashioned lead acid car battery.

Mazda have developed the first petrol engine that ignites by compression instead of a spark plug. Also burning much greener with less poisonous emissions. Yet another good step forward?

Mercedes-Benz is putting the finishing touches on a fuel cell version of the GLC ahead of its debut in Frankfurt. We don’t know many details about the car yet, but Mercedes has pulled back the curtain on the development process leading up to its launch.

Source: Mercedes prepares hydrogen plug-in hybrid for Frankfurt debut

See this important breakthrough from our friends in Australia.

 

Scrap Tyre Dumping Returns

Worn Tyres Dangerous-One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on worn tyres

Worn Tyres Dangerous

One-in-six motorists puts safety at risk by driving on Worn Tyres Dangerous?

Irish Independent

PENNY-PINCHING Irish motorists are throwing caution to the winds when it comes to their tyres.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Worn tyres problem not just Irish motorists.

So,this article in the Irish Independent. Highlighting the problem in the UK as well as Ireland. Significantly, in a recent survey carried out by Micheldever Tyres.

Here in the UK. Checking the tyres outside of a  a primary school. Methodically, the cars were inspected outside of a  a school in the South of England. So by showing the children how to check the tread depth of tyres.

Consequently, the kids then checked their parents and teachers car tyres . Of course, as they came and left school. Somberly, it was found that most of the cars had at least one illegal tyre on their vehicles. Strikingly, in my opinion this is reflected all over Britain and Ireland. Undoubtedly, this is a terrible state of affairs regarding road safety ! Let alone the fact that kids are been driven around in cars with Dangerous worn tyres.

Dangerous tyre becoming a huge problem !

We  retailers see this type of thing all day long. Subsequently, I have started to take pictures of the worst examples of badly Worn Tyres . However, they were so many of them that I had to stop. The tyres in the picture are just a small example of what I am referring to including the part worn tyres fitted to a taxi.

So since writing this post then nothing has really changed! Dangerous and un-regulated part worn tyres are sold all over the UK. Legislation does not seam to have had any effect on this practice although Tyresafe are always raising awareness to the tyre buying public.

Check about tyre safety…www.tyresafe.org

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels-Repairing Alloy Wheels is Making For Steady Business At Local Tyre Stores

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

Potholes Damaging Alloy Wheels and tyres are a major problem everywhere? But you can claim your money back

Of course, this is a story that I have been harping on about for a few years now. It seems that local government highway departments and city government departments are

struggling with the enormity of the problem.

This excellent article is from the Detroit metro in Canada, but the story could be from any city in theWestern World. From a local point of view we have the same problems across the whole of the UK. We are also benefiting from the extra business that this problem is bringing into us, damage to the  wheels and damage to the  tyres and many broken springs.

What to do if your wheels/tyres are damaged !

The potholes also cause damage to the cars suspension and often knock out the cars wheel alignment. Some of the damage can be claimed back from your local authority here in the UK.

Unfortunately, I do not know how the law works in other countries. However, if you do have pot-hole damage. Firstly, then you should take a picture of the potholes.  Secondly get an invoice for the work carried out on your car. Thirdly, then you can put in a claim for compensation. Of course, to recover your losses from the damage that the potholes have caused.

A few of our customers did this after our advice and were successful with their claim. Because of the rise in the number of damaged alloy wheels. So, we have purchased an alloy wheel straightening machine. I feel that this along with a new tyre vulcanising machine will give our customers a better all round service !

Importantly, improving customer services is always one of my business priorities. Consequently, many damaged tyres can be repaired with the correct equipment ! So, large tyres that are now used on many SUV family cars are very expensive. Getting a nail in the side wall normally means a new tyre.

However, we have now invested in equipment to make use able to repair such damage! Significantly, these repairs are both safe and legal.

 

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How Not to get at Your Locking Wheel Nuts

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired- This damage could have spread and shattered the wheel very lucky Driver ?

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired

Damaged Alloy Wheels Repaired

Relaxing. last week I was sat in my small office . Day dreaming and  just looking out of the window. So. I noticed a breakdown recovery truck with a blue car on the back. I never thought more a do about it as we have these broken down cars brought into us all of the time, as most busy auto centres do.

About ten minutes later a member of my staff came in shouting for me to have a look at this wheel..The Damaged Alloy Wheel had come off the car that was brought in on the back of a transporter, a Ford Focus with a sport conversion, up-rated brakes and over size Cheap Alloy Wheels, you know the thing I mean this was a young guys car and a bit sporty.

However the guy had been going at speed and hit a massive pot hole in the road. The impact had caused a massive blow out to both his offside (drivers side) alloy wheel and completely

wrecked the tyres and caused severe damage to the alloy wheels. We can have small damages repaired by a local alloy wheel welding specialist. These are very often small cracks that appear on the rims and start to leak air from the wheel and tyre assembly. This is most common on some BMW models and some times we have known BMW replacing wheels free of charge. These small cracks can be repaired successfully, to the pleasure of many of our customers. It has been a bad time for broken and cracked alloy wheels recently due to the large increase of pot-holes on our roads, and so it is good to be able to give our customers the good news when they do not have to buy a new wheel, but we can have their damaged Refurbished Alloy Wheels repaired.

I had not seen alloy wheel so badly damaged ?

We were all amazed at the massive split in the Pothole Damaged Alloy Wheel that came off the front. Shockingly, have never seen one so bad. Splitting was almost all round the circumference of the wheel. If you look at the image bellow then  you can see what I mean. Luckily for the customer we have just become a member of a buying group. Now here in the UK called MD . Fortunately, one of the suppliers we can deal with. Hence, sells TSW wheels Alloy Wheel and Tyre Packages. We were able to supply four new wheels along with two new General Tyres and the guy went on his way a happy driver.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs now including “Wheel Repairs” to all makes of vehicles.  Also we sell General Tyres online from our website.  Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. Leaving their car with us for work doing. Of course, we are also an official MOT testing station.

So, 80% of cars now have alloy wheels fitted to them! and as you know, every day thousands of these wheels are incurring minor damage. Of course, from kerbing, potholes. Causing  stone chipping and lacquer discoloration. Predominantly, this damage stands out like a sore thumb. Especially on polished rims. Of course by offering this new service we were looking for a cost effective method. Of course to repair and bring the damaged alloy wheel(s) back to a showroom finish.

Scrap Tyre Dumping Returns

Nail in your Sidewall-We now can probably repair most car tyre by Hot-Vulcanising

Nail in your Sidewall

Nail in your Sidewall

I will always remember my time spent at Kurt Neild Tyres in Leeds UK. Because this is where I learned most of my tyre and business skills. Neilds always employed the best skilled staff to teach others how to carry out tyre repairs. Especially on the large earthmover tyres. 

Importantly, all types of tyre repairing is very much the same. The only difference being the physical size of tyre that are to be repaired. from the giant earthmover tyres to the regular car tyres then the repair systems are pretty much the same. Hence the basic repair materials are made from raw rubber products. Especially, the repairs when using the new “hot vulcanisation machine” that I have just bought to improve our tyre repair service offered to the customers.

As the saying goes “What Comes Around Go’s Around” So this what has happened recently ! So, as I have said, one of the services that we used to offer our customers was a car tyre vulcanising service.

Discerning customers had to buy a new tyre. Because of the rules regarding tyre repairs at that particular time. So, the tyre with the nail in the shoulder or sidewall could not be repaired. The image to the left shows exactly what i am referring to.

Vulcanising machine purchased

Customers had to buy a new tyre if they had this type of damage to their tyre. Passionate about my business, I took the decision to buy a specialist tyre repairing machine. Enabling us to repair this type of tyre damage. So offering a more complete service to our tyre buying customers. Of course, the largest tyre sizes at that time were the new 16 inch tyres. Indeed these tyres were very expensive when they first came out. So, it was more economical to have your tyre repaired at a cost of say £29.90 that pay £80 for a new tyre.

Subsequently, the 16 inch tyres became cheaper ! So making the tyre vulcanising  less viable. Customers would opt for the new tyre. Rather than have a vulcanised repair. Eventually, it became less profitable and we stopped offering the service. However we did continue with the standard puncture repairs and of course still do today.

So this is where the “What Comes Around Go’s Around” applies to our business today. SUV cars and larger tyre sizes have now become common place. Resourceful customers with these large cars are now having to pay well over £100 for a new economy tyre. Significantly, tyre sizes go well over the 20 inch mark with high replacement costs.

Specialist tyre repairing is back on the agenda ?

So, because of the expense of these large tyres we have made a corporate decision. Of course. to buy a new tyre vulcanising machine. Enabling us to repair customers tyres (safely and legally) with say a nail or screw in the sidewall or shoulder area of the tyre. So, the machine will bring the repaired area of the tyre up to new tyre standard and also within the tyre laws.

A vulcanised repair will be half the cost of a new tyre and just as safe.

mot test-Online Bookings on Increase

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing | FindGarage.Co.Uk

MOT Test Combined with Car Servicing

Unlike an MOT test, servicing is not a legal requirement for your vehicle. However, you will probably find that regular servicing can help to keep everything.

Eric Roberts‘s insight:

We all must be responsible for our cars servicing and MOT test

Sometimes I find it a great shame. Incredibly,  that we in the motor trade. Insistently, have to keep harping on about servicing your cars. One of the main excuses in recent times! Of course, has been the recession. Recently, car drivers just haven’t had any spare cash to spend on their vehicles. Consequently, we have all seen people just putting £10’s worth of fuel into their cars at the filling station? Ridiculous, but true !

In my opinion I think that these people should have some kind of a budget. A sort of “piggy bank” and save to have their vehicle serviced. Including any mechanical work required when it goes in for its annual MOT test. Incidentally it is estimated that 4.7 million miss their mot testing date. I am sure that drivers either just flaunt the law or are not aware that driving your

car without a valid MOT test certificate is an offense reference section 47 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act.

Also driving without an MOT test will make your insurance invalid and you may receive a fine of up to £1000. Is it really worth it, when you can have an MOT test and a service for most average family saloons for around £150? If you are not sure where you can go for your vehicle serviced you should go online and look for your nearest local independent garage they will offer you excellent service at a fair price.

Once you have had your MOT test and service you should be safer for another year, although I recommend that you have an engine oil and filter change in between the tests to be on the safe side. Also do not forget check your levels at regular periods, say once a week and top them up when required.

Here we are now at the back end of 2020, nearing Christmas time and the price of fuel has plummeted. The only problem is that the price of oil and petrol is not following as fast. The experts say that it may take a little longer for this to take place, but i was just wondering if services on cars wold be also coming down. I am not so sure , but i suspect so.

gifts for a mechanic

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology+Mazda to offer world-first compression+ignition petrol engine

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

This is great news to the regular mechanic who is sick of hearing about electric cars. Including the billions of dollars that are being thrown at them.

Many small garage owners are fearful for their futures. Including the futures of their families. This news from Mazda could be ground breaking and may be followed by other car manufacturers.

In regards to normal modern vehicles that have been around for ever. Then, there are two main types of engines available. Of course,the two main types are either a petrol combustion engine. Or a diesel compression engine.

To explain the differences we must first explain the similarities. Hence, of both engine types. In my opinion we should use a four cylinder engine. So as the basic model. Because, it is common in both petrol and diesel configurations.

As a result, in both diesel and petrol engines the following holds true. Both engine types convert burning fuel into mechanical energy. Of course, through a common series of explosions.Thus, inside the engines combustion chambers. All very basic stuff? These explosions force the rotation of the crank. This in turn, by design. Forces another piston in the line up into the bore of the next cylinder in the firing order. This repeats the process over and over again. Resulting in the rotation of the engine.

This is where the difference comes in from Mazda?

In the normal compressed fuel engine, . Then the fuel/air mix is compressed and then ignited. Which is what drives the engine. The Mazda system does the same thing as a conventional diesel engine but uses petrol. Subsequently, the fuel/air mixture is first heated and then compressed by the piston. Thus to the extent at which it creates combustion spontaneously.

This has never been done in the past. The Mazda system works very much the same way as our conventional diesel engines but fires on combustion using petrol. Consequently burning much less fuel. Therefore making the engine much more environmentally friendly.

This now makes into three types of engine-Mazda offer Improved Engine Technology

Over the years the basic design of the engines stays the same. Regardless of the vehicle manufacturer. Of course, fuel delivery systems do vary but at the end of that day the internal process is the same for all vehicle types..

On a diesel engine there are no spark plugs. Therefore, the ignition process is carried out by the compression of the air itself. because of the higher compression of diesel engines by design. Then the air when compressed reaches temperatures high enough to ignite. Of course, when fuel is introduced into the cylinder.Hence at a specific time in the combustion cycle.

This is the same in the new Mazda engine. This could revolutionize the petrol engine and give the technology a new boost of life. Hydrogen cell engines are also moving ahead and should one day become part of the big mix of engine technologies.

Perhaps the death of the petrol engine may now of been postponed? I for one hope so.

Mazda’s new engine, known as SKYACTIV-X, will be launched in 2019, as part of the  https://www.theengineer.co.uk/mazda-compression-ignition-technology/