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Does Volvo move mark end of the beginning for EVs

Does Volvo move mark end of the beginning for EVs

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Volvo’s announcement that it will stop making purely internal combustion engine vehicles within the next few years is important, but signals a shift for the sector and not a revolution The automotive sector seems to have reached, if not a tipping point, then certainly an important inflection with the news that Volvo is going to cease making cars powered solely by internal combustion engines by 2019. After this date, says the Chinese-owned manufacturer, all of its models will be plug-in hybrids, purely electric vehicles or mild hybrids (incapable of purely electric operation but using an electric motor to allow the petrol engine to be turned off when the car is coasting, braking or stopped). But to paraphrase Winston Churchill, this is not the end for the internal combustion engine, nor
World record for EV

World record for EV

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A long time ago the first vehicle I put hydraulics on was “Max”, a Beetle for my daughter. Max became a show winner and was featured in most magazines and TV shows at the time. Flat4 magazine covered the Air Cooled scene at that time and one John Smith was starting out on his media career with the mag. The first vehicle I fitted out for a customer was a Granada for Jonny. The first kit I supplied was to Nick Farrow for his “FuzzyJuice” Bay window camper. Fast forward to 2016 and Jonny (aka Car Pervert) has built a World record breaking EV, partly sponsored by Gasit (Nick’s most recent and innovative LPG company) with Nick as Crew Chief. WELL DONE GUYS Forget about Tesla Motors or other similar zero-emission vehicles because the world speed record for electric vehicles has j
McLaren forms dream team

McLaren forms dream team

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Alongside BMW, who previously worked on the engine for the legendary McLaren F1, the Woking outfit has brought together Ricardo, Grainger and Worrall, Lentus Composites and Bath University. The partners will aim to develop new internal combustion technology that delivers more power by volume than currently exists, while at the same time cutting CO2 emissions. “This is an exciting project that plays to the strengths of all partners,” said McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt. “McLaren Automotive has an exceptional reputation for building the world’s finest engines, as showcased by our M838T and its previous category wins in the International Engine of the Year awards.” The project will be part-funded by the UK government via the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). Much of fundament