Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

The total number of electric buses in service is forecast to more than triple, from 386,000 in 2017 to about 1.2 million in 2025, equal to about 47 per cent of the global city bus fleet, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). E-buses remain more expensive upfront than those fuelled by diesel, but BNEF found that battery-powered buses can already offer a lower total cost of ownership when fuel and maintenance expenses are factored in. A typical e-bus with a 250kWh battery charging once per day at the depot and operating around 166km/per day has a … Continue reading Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

F1 rule changes 2018 – an annotated infographic

It wouldn’t be a new F1 season without a new set of rules and amendments. New rules introduced for the 2018 Formula 1 season are relatively few in number, but of some significance, such as a new driver ‘halo’ protection system and softer, faster tyres. The Formula One 2018 season takes place over 21 races with the first March 25, 2018. Shark Fins and T-wings banned. Introduction of Halo cockpit protection device. Three engines per season limit. Expanded ‘rainbow’ tyre range with new Superhard and Hypersoft tyres. Simplified grid penalties. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading F1 rule changes 2018 – an annotated infographic

Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

The Volvo XC40 is one of the new breed of SUVs. It is likely to be on show at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from March 8-18, with press days March 6-7. Everybody loves SUVs now and the annual Geneva Car Show will show manufacturers like Volvo, with its new XC40, busily expanding their line-ups penetrating into smaller and cheaper sections of the market. The show will also parade the latest electric vehicles, as Europeís manufacturers race to launch the first luxury rivals to the Tesla Model S and Model X. The new all-electric Jaguar I-Pace looks like winning … Continue reading Volvo XC40 at the Geneva Motor Show – an annotated infographic

Europe-wide new car sales since January 2017 – automotive industry on the up – an annotated infographic

Over the first nine months of 2017, demand for passenger cars remained positive in the EU and EFTA (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland), with more than 12 million new vehicles registered – an increase of 3.6 per cent compared to the same period last year. Car sales fell in September, dragged down by a 9.3 per cent fall in the UK, Europe’s second largest auto market, according to the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). The British fall, amid a weak pound and stalled Brexit talks, was the sixth straight monthly decline and the first contraction for September since 2011. Registrations … Continue reading Europe-wide new car sales since January 2017 – automotive industry on the up – an annotated infographic

Norway seeks “Tesla tax” on electric cars – an annotated infographic

Norway – a world leader in zero-emission vehicles – is proposing a one-off tax that will hit owners of large electric cars which have hitherto been exempt from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles. Norway’s capital of Oslo boasts bus-lane access for electric vehicles (EVs), recharging stations aplenty, free parking and toll-free travel for EVs. The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion and noise in urban centres. Now, its primary rationale is combating climate change. With 98 per cent of the country’s electricity coming from hydropower, Norway’s booming EV fleet leaves almost no carbon … Continue reading Norway seeks “Tesla tax” on electric cars – an annotated infographic

#ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

The cost of owning an electric vehicle will draw level with that of a fossil fuel-powered car as early as next year. According to Swiss bank UBS, this will lead to sooner than expected adoption of EVs. An analysis by UBS concluded that the total cost of ownership, which includes fuel and other running costs, will draw level with traditionally powered vehicles next year in Europe, and in 2023 in China and 2025 in the United States. The bank predicted an “inflexion point for demand” for battery-driven cars and raised its expectations for global electric vehicle sales by 50 percent, … Continue reading #ElectricVehicles – the dawn of a new age – an annotated infographic

#Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic

New rules introduced for the 2017 Formula One season will bring the biggest changes to the cars in almost two decades, with revised aerodynamics and improved grip leading to faster racing. The Formula One World Championship commences with the Australian GP in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November. The new rules focus on bodywork changes which increase aerodynamic grip, the downforce, and new tyres which provide greater mechanical grip. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic