Synthetic fuels

Synthetic fuels are nothing particularly new, and we’re familiar with GTL (Gas to Liquid) fuels that are made from natural gas. The Fischer-Tropsch process that’s used for this can employ all kinds of hydrocarbon raw materials, to create designer fuels like kerosene, petrol and diesel, all of them significantly purer and lower in emissions than […]

Green electricity

As we’ve pointed out previously, the benefits of electric power for transport hinges significantly on how green the electricity is when vehicles are charged. Some electricity suppliers claim to supply only renewable “zero carbon” electricity, where they “buy” green electricity on the wholesale market. But there isn’t an inexhaustible supply of “green” zero carbon electricity […]

Ageing of the electric vehicle

Most readers will be aware of the degradation effects of ageing in electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries, which are primarily related to the crystal structure and chemistry of the electrodes. It’s a result of the inevitable charge/recharge cycle, how many times this takes place, and the rate of charge and discharge. The effects of extreme […]

Precision spray painting technology

Electrostatic airless rotary atomisers were developed for use in car painting in the 1980s and ‘90s, primarily for their economic use of paint, where 90% of the paint can be applied directly onto the bodywork, improving greatly on earlier spray technology. Applying opposite electrostatic charging to the paint and the receptor body ensures good adhesion […]

FWD, RWD and AWD in EVs

For most small and medium hatchbacks and SUVs, front-wheel drive (FWD) has long been the norm, yet many new dedicated all-electric cars are seemingly reverting back to the classic rear-drive layout. New EV models created as purely electric cars from the outset, like the BMW i3, the Tesla Model 3, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, and […]