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Solar Panels to be fitted on the roof of this Ford Concept Car

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Ford Is Making A Concept Car With Solar Panels For A Roof

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What do Superman and the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept car have in common? Both receive power from the sun.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels on car roofs a great idea but not a new idea

In my opinion this idea from Ford motor company is one of the biggest step forwards yet, in the quest for the electric cars to cover more mileage.

The car could be run on solar energy from Solar Panels even when running, and the batteries will also be charged. This will be a big step in the right direction and I can envisage all EV’s and all electric cars will have this technology incorporated in the cars electric system.

This is not the first time that solar panels have been used to power cars, but I believe that it will be the first time that a major car manufacturer has incorporated solar panels onto an actual model.

A guy called Ed Passerini was probably the first man to invent the first solar powered car way back in 1977. After building several smaller prototype cars he eventually built the solar car known as Bluebird.

More recently in 1983 two Australian’s, Hans Tholstrup and racing driver, Larry Perkins managed to drive a solar powered car from Perth to Sydney a total 2566 miles a great achievement. The vehicle was called the “Achiever”, which was equipped with a solar cell panel fitted to the roof that charged 2x 12 volt lead acid batteries, this for use when the Sun was behind clouds or even in darkness. Many of today’s Solar Panels and solar energy equipment had not even been invented back then, so the electrics they used were pretty basic. They had an electric motor to drive the car with a basic type gearbox that could only have the gears changed when the vehicle was stopped. The acceleration was done by either using 24 volts or 12 volts, the 24 volt was the fastest option, depending on the amount of battery storage.

Other recent tries at utilising solar energy were carried out by the larger auto companies such as Ford, using them in the headlights.

 

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 worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company 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.
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Citroën DS3 R3T to power the Junior WRC this year – World Rally Blog

Citroën DS3

Citroën DS3

All Citroën DS3 cars will be factory prepared to set standards and rules and all teams will use Michelin tyres and fuel supplied by the FIA‘s partner in crime . FIA claims this step is going to make JWRC even more accessible… no, hold on, …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This will be a great site watching the Citroen DS3’s racing

This is a great announcement from the FIA. So,the Junior World Rally Championships .Hence,will be the cars used in this category of the junior rally championships.

Citroën DS3,Michelin

Michelin man on a Citroen DS21

The car will be a special front wheel drive turbocharges version. Of this very popular French car. This Citroën DS3 has been prepared by Citroen. Having to be used by all the participants. So who want to compete in this class of rally racing.

The Citroën DS3 will only be able to use Michelin tyres. But they are amongst the best tyres in the world anyhow. The new cars will benefit from having special springs and shock absorbers with modernised Brembo brakes fitted.

Citroën DS3

This new car will also be fitted with super lightweight alloy wheels. Including, 18 inch tyres and will have a 20 mm wider track for better stability and cornering. The engine will also be improved by the addition of a larger turbocharger to improve the engines combustion.

Michelin and Citroen combine once again in motor sport Click To Tweet

The Citroen DS3 R will be available to the public and is expected to be on sale at around the £23 to £24,000 mark.

Just as a footnote I was interested to see that Vauxhall have brought out the “Adam”, with colour mixes and matches very similar to the Citroën DS3 ?

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Hence, for a couple of national tyre companies. Of course, before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products.That will help my business.
See on www.worldrallyblog.com

Suspension Arm Bolts-BMW 1 Series Car- Breaks Suspension Arm Bolts


BMW 1 Series Car in for He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts

On one of the worse windy and rainy days of the year, one of our good customers was out and about in his BMW 1 series car, 2008 model and found himself having to swerve his car to avoid a broken branch that had just snapped off a tree due to the high winds.

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW suspension arm bolts showing the sheared off bolt, the other bent

His car skidded and crashed into the kerb, causing damage to the underside of the car, the customer suspected that something had been broken the Front Suspension Arm Rubber Bush, or the Suspension Arm Bolts, and so limped into my garage in Halifax West Yorkshire.

Manager the garage department, Ryan Linton pulled the car onto a ramp to examine the car to see what had happened. He found that when the car had skidded and hit the kerb it had snapped the Suspension Arm Bolts, on the multilink suspension that these cars have.

Also the TPMS sensor lights were illuminated and when checking, the tyres were found to be inflated to the wrong pressures. We now think that this could have caused the car to swerve and hit the kerb, when trying to avoid the tree branch.

The problem was discovered and the hub had to be removed and the broken stud drilled out as the stud had been snapped off flush with the hub. The bolt was drilled out and the hole was re-tapped to take a new stud. The other Suspension Arm Bolts were BMW Parts ( supplied by the local BMW dealer in Wakefield, the nearest one to my garage in Halifax) were also changed and the assembly was re-fitted.

BMW car had low tyre pressures

As I have stated we think that the guys low tyre pressures were the cause of the car correctly not handling when he swerved to miss the branch, we also checked and inflated his tyres and he went off on his way three hours later.

Eric Roberts...www.mot-halifax.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 tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.

 

Suspension Arm Bolts

BMW rear hub area where the Suspension Arm Bolts sheared from

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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Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem -We all hear about these monster cars with problems- News – What Car?

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

Citroen C4 Picasso wheel problem

News – What Car?

Seven rear tyres, six wheel alignments, and bills totaling £679 in three years were not what John Leslie and his wife, Isobel, expected from their  C4 Picasso.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

 Picasso had (wheel alignment problem)

As a garage owner myself  I think it is fair to say that we do get our fair share of Citroen C4 cars in for various types of repair work, especially for doing repairs after MOT failures.

This particular Citroen C4 was having tyre wear problems, the car had many wheel alignment checks and even had the suspension at the rear of the car reset, but the car continued to go through tyres at an alarming rate.

The Citroen C4 went through different  garages in Scotland and in the end the guy was compensated for some of his problems, but the problem was never cured ?.

Over the years we have all had our customers with problematic cars ,especially cars that wear tyres out, we used to call them Friday made cars, because the men at the factory never finished them off, because they could not wait to get home and the cars were not so good because of short cuts, I am not sure if that happens in to days car factories, but you still get rogue cars that has problems that we can never cure and this Citroen C4 is one of them, the guy would do well to get rid of the car. according to the  Picasso owners club, tyres wearing at the edged area a common problem.

Read more…http://www.citroenpicasso.org.uk/picasso/index.php?/topic/17827-outside-tyre-wear/

Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk

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

 

Talbot Express Camper Van- turns up with a broken EXHAUST MANIFOLD parts Difficult to Find?

Talbot Express Camper Van

Talbot Express Camper Van

 

We located a second hand exhaust manifold for this Talbot Express

When this vehicle pulled in, the name reminded me of a car that I bought in 1979. I had forgotten the name “Talbot Express” ever existed, but it brought back great memories of my early days as a young mechanic.

Talbot Express

Commer van conversion

I attended the local college in the nearby town of Batley here in West Yorkshire, as an apprentice mechanic, studying to pass my mechanics exam. All the guys in my class worked for different garages from all the Towns in the area. As you can imagine over the course some of us became great friends. One of them worked as an apprentice mechanic at a “Rootes Group Garage”. He worked on models from Hillman the Hunter and the more famous Hillman imp, a competitor for the BMC Minis that were very popular then. He also worked on Humber,Singers,Talbots and Commer vans.

Talbot Express Camper Van

Talbot Express

Talbot Express in for his exhaust blowing

He told me that Talbot was bringing out a new model called the “Horizon”. I was in the market for a new car at the time, and so went on a test drive. So was very impressed and struck a good deal with the salesman, buying a new Light green car. Thinking this car was wonderful and my girlfriend at the time (soon to be my wife) and I toured Europe in the car without any problems what so ever. I believe we had the car for ten years before selling it.

The Talbot express auto sleeper that came in for the exhaust manifold fitting was a 1986 model and in pretty good condition. They were made between 1981 and 1993 and were sold in the UK only as Talbots. The same model was sold in other parts of Europe under other marques, they were also known as the Alfa Romeo AR6, and in France the Peugeot J5 and the Citroen C25, and they were the last of any Talbot model to be sold in the UK.

Exhaust manifold was fixed and then an  added bonus of an immaculately restored Commer van conversion

In the same day we also had an added bonus of Commer Van converted into a motor home. The van was in for an MOT test and a few other jobs doing, but I could not resist taking some pictures for the Pellon Tyre blog. The model we had in was a 1974 model but they dropped the “Commer” name a couple of years later in 1976.

2nd hand manifold fitted

Article and photos by Eric Robertswww.mot-halifax.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. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size.

VW Camper Vans-Very Well Restored at Piece Hall-Halifax-Yorkshire-UK

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VW Camper Vans on show at Piece Hall, Halifax, Yorkshire UK

Although this was a couple of years ago, it became a costly trip?

When I set off on the Sunday morning, the weather was dull and foggy and I almost stayed at home. Anyway I decided to go along and set off with my trusty camera. When I arrived in Halifax I decided to park my car in the Railway Station car park. It was Sunday and very quiet.

I parked up and walked the short distance up to Piece Hall (a famous Halifax landmark). The Camper Vans and other old VW’s were all parked up in rows for the visitors to admire. The show was courtesy of the Bradford VW club and they put on a splendid show.

I was amazed at the different classic cars and VW Camper Vans that were on display and began to take some pictures.

The owners were very friendly.Of course, and were willing to tell me all about their vehicles. Including,the hours of restoration work that they had taken. Hence, to bring their VW’s up to such high standards.

My favourites though were the VW  Vans. Of course, the interiors had been fitted out to extremely high standards. Using only quality fabrics and materials.

Unfortunately it began to rain; I had not come prepared for the rain. So decided to return home. Of course, eager to find out how my photos had turned out.

When I returned to my car. I found that I had a fixed penalty parking fine attached to the wipers. I just hate this kind of thing. Looking round I could see no warning signs about illegal parking. Because,the trains in Halifax are far and few between on Sundays. So, the car park was half empty.

When I returned home I uploaded my images onto my computer. Then I contacted the railway police fines department. They assured me that there was a warning sign. But of course, it was high up on a lamp post. Making it difficult to see.

Needless to say I had to pay the expensive £80 fine.But have not used a train since, so the rail company are the real losers.

Eric Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toyota’s Prius EV-Refresh, hydrogen fuel cell Batteries on tap for 2015 – Newsday

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV in Belgium

Newsday Toyota’s Prius EV refresh, hydrogen fuel cell car on tap for 2015 Newsday The next Prius, which is expected in 2015, will include improved batteries and smaller, more powerful electric motors, and will be built on the company’s new global…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

This is great news about the Toyota’s Prius EV Hydrogen Batteries

This news is good news for the many motoring fans.Thus, who think that the future should be a mix of technologies. In the World of cars. The past twenty years alone we have seen many new developments. Of course, In the battery World.

Apart from modifying the ever present free flow lead acid batteries. So we have seen the new battery types such as AGM and GEL batteries cropping up to serve as back up batteries. Hence, for many industries such as computer back up systems and even for the early computers that we all used. All this new technology was introduced along with need for progress and the appetite from consumers and industry for better and faster electrical equipment.

Toyota's Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

Toyota’s Prius EV

This development has never stopped. Of late we have developed many new types of batteries. As a result, that were funded by Governments and large corporations. So, to satisfy the need of the ever expanding electrical and engineering projects. Whether they were large or small.

The next generation of batteries was to be known as the NiMH, Nickel metal hydride batteries. Mainly for use the ever expanding miniaturization of personnel computers. These were followed by the invention of the Lithium- Ion batteries . Invented in the 1990’s for use on the Stealth aircraft in the USA. Also used in the space program by NASA, the American space agency.

The latest surge in Toyota’s Prius EV development. Came when there was an urgent need to save the Earth from greenhouse gases. The main culprit is pollution from fossil fuel driven cars. So the Governments of the World. Have got together and agreed that emissions had to be reduced. This caused a frantic rush. Thus, for the car makers to come up with an alternative fuel supply. Hence, to gasoline products. Of course, the answer would be the electric car. At first car makers came up with the Lithium-Ion batteries and are still developing today.

Toyota’s Prius EV Looking for alternatives

However because these cars will not travel far. Before the batteries require re-charging. Scientists are trying to come up with an alternative. One of the companies to do this is Toyota’s Prius EV from Japan. This new type of Toyota’s Prius EV battery is called the Hydrogen-cell battery and in my opinion will be the winner of this technology race in the future.

The car. Toyota’s Prius EV is expected to be coming onto the market as early as 2015. Already gas stations are been prepared by adding Hydrogen pumps on their forecourts. In my opinion, yet another step forward.

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

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee. Of course, for all our work and parts. Selling  General Car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. Using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us.Naturally, for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes. Carrying out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

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Ford Escort RS1600-My First Dream Car

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

The Ford Escort RS1600 would be the one for me,(but it never happened) ?

The first time that I came across this car, was when I worked for one of the Goodyear tyres outlets Tyreservices GB. The company no longer exists, but in the sixties and seventies the company was thriving as this was the time that the tyre manufactures were expanding at a rapid rate, and buying out tyre retail depots all over the UK, to secure a top place for their tyre products.

Whole companies and single tyre depots were bought out by the tyre giants, in order for them to have a full coverage of depots in Great Britain. I remember getting promoted to Branch Manager and it was then that I became interested in car rallying.Ford Escort RS1600

Tyreservices began sponsoring a female driver called Chrissie Ashford in the late 70,s…  She was from North Yorkshire not too far from my depot in Huddersfield . All the depots received a memo asking for volunteers to fit the Goodyear rally tyres for Chrissie and a few other competitors at the local rallies including stages of the Mintex rally staged in Yorkshire.

 

I thought this was a great opportunity for me to gain some knowledge and so I became involved and this is where I began to be interested in the Ford Escort RS 1600, because this was the car that I would be following around the rallies. I believe that the car was then known as the Ford Escort Mexico and in 1970 the car became available to the public as a road going version called the Ford Escort Mexico. I can remember that we still had some working “woollen mills” in the area and the Mexicos were often bought by the rich sons of the wealthy mill owners, so we changed few tyres on these cars, Goodyears of course.

These Ford Escort cars were tremendous to watch

The road version of these classic racers the Mexico were miles away from my budget, as a branch manager we were poorly paid and could not afford Ford Escort RS1600one of these cars even the second hand car cost more than I could afford and in fact kept there prices high, I remember that I had to make do with yet another Mini.

The Mexico was capable of doing 0 to 60 in about 10.5 seconds and would cost around the £1100 brand new, far out of my reach, you must not forget that in those days there were no easy payment deals like today,s car buying public. This car did not have many competitors either, it was virtually in a class of its own. Even today one of these in good condition would

Ford Escort RS1600 on goodyear tyres

Ford Escort RS 2000 Rally Spec

cost you anything up to £20,000.00, (that’s how good they were). This car was tremendous to watch on the road and in the rallies.

The tyres were mainly different sizes of wide 13 inch, the road tyres were different to the rally tyres and the battery was the first type of heavy duty with the “bolt on terminals” part number085 battery(still available today)

For far more information…

“The engine however, was the most important part of the Ford Escort RS1600 as it was the first block that Cosworth – at the time, a very small company – had produced. ‘Cosseh’ as it became known as in later years, bored the engine of the Twin Cam out to 16 valves and dubbed it the BDA (Belt Drive A-Type). Cosworth used a clogged belt drive to spin the cams in time, and combined this with twice the number of valves. The result was the 1.6 litre engine having an increased output from 109 to 120 bhp for street use, and the RS1600 cemented its place in the hearts of driving purists over the world thanks to its light body, sharp handling and decent amount of power”… http://classiccarmag.net/ford-escort-rs1600-history/ .

This was a great part of my life as I also met my wife, who also worked for Tyreservices GB at the Dewsbury Branch.

Eric Roberts

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 Discount Goodyear Tyres Online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.

Noisy Car Brakes-Nice Red Citroen DS3 Pulls in with a Grinding Brakes Problem?

Post Updated 6th Jan 2014

I was surprised to see this nice red car with Noisy Car Brakes   .

Been the owner of a busy garage has many” ups and downs”. One of the more nicer and pleasant aspects of the job is to see the the number of different cars and car models that would appear in any given week.

This past week has seen cars as diverse as a Rolls Royce Wraith ( which was one of only 220 cars produced) to a Wolsey Hornet Mini from the late sixties, not counting the everyday cars such as Ford Fiestas and VW Golfs.Noisy Car Brakes Early on in the week we had a car made by Citroen, the DS3 call in to us with Noisy Car Brakes. The was in my favorite  colour a very bright red, ( I love red cars). We put the citroen car with the Noisy Car Brakes on a ramp and removed all the wheels to check the Noisy Car Brakes, and sure enough the front pads were worn down to the metal and the friction from having “metal to metal” had also damaged the front discs. The rear brakes were cleaned and checked and were good for further use.

We contacted the customer and was given the go ahead to replace the brakes

Because we are a Unipart Car Care Centre (UCCC) we fitted Unipart Car Brakes , this meant that the customer was getting good quality brakes with a nation wide guarantee. The Noisy Car Brakes job was completed and the customer went on his way, but I took a couple of pictures because I am a great fan of the Citroen DS3.The colours are very bright and modern looking with a choice of 11 colours and four different roof colours, you can even have colour coded alloy wheels and also different carpet designs.There is also a sports version known as the D-Sport which comes with Blue-tooth and climate control. The car also include 17 inch alloy wheels, the one I looked at came with Yokohama tyres and looked great. They also come out with additional body modifications and really look very stylish.

Noisy Car Brakes

Noisy Car Brakes DS3 brakes” new and old disks”

This car in my opinion is a great tribute to the New Citroen DS3 designers, who had to compete with the BMW Mini and the great little Fiat 500.

More reading…

The DS3 is the first in a range of very different Citroen models that put the emphasis on style and personality, along with strong performance and driver appeal. With its stylish look and compact size, it’s easy to see why so many comparisons have been drawn with the popular MINI and Fiat 500. msn cars

And also..

“The engine combines strong low-rev performance – 110bhp at 3600rpm and 199lb ft at 2000rpm, enough for a sub-10.0sec 0-60mph time – with a claimed 62.8mpg (combined cycle) and 118g/km of CO2 emissions, which sees annual road tax costing just £20…”EVO

This article was written by Eric Roberts...

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 New Brake Parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com 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.