The future of British service stations

Possibly some of our readers have seen the recent short television series about the M6 northbound and southbound motorway service stations at Tebay, in the Lake District. It’s a real eye-opener, and you can’t help thinking when the credits are playing out “Why can’t all motorway services be like that?” Fortunately, they are not alone, […]

Critical EV raw materials

Most readers will be aware of the current shortage of what we’ll call “computer chips” that are used today in all sorts of technological areas, but critically in car manufacturing. Compared with only a decade ago, most cars contain ten times as many such chips today, many of them involved in safety systems, communications, and […]

A classic denied diesel

Something recently resparked my interest and admiration for the 1955 Citroën DS, the first mass production car with disc brakes, and so many other engineering firsts that made it a totally ground-breaking design. Aside from the engineering, the innovation in styling alone is stunning in comparison to its immediate predecessor, the much-admired Citroën Light 15, […]

A road map for going electric – part three

We’ve looked previously at the various critical issues surrounding electrification of road transport and, like it or not, there’s little chance Britain will run out of steam on the electric road, or that alternative technology, such as hydrogen power, will displace electricity as the primary source of motive power on our roads. Many obstacles exist […]

A road map for going electric – part two

So, we’re now seemingly travelling the road to a zero carbon 2030, and we have some sort of route plan, although the destination is only defined as somewhere between three million and ten million electric vehicles (EVs), using National Grid forecasts. Some critical matters will be clarified as we travel along the road, with the […]