Episode 179: Virtual Flowers - Alternative fuel misconceptions, BMW recall, SEAT and VW seat belts, Self-Driving car language

This week is a solo show for Andrew because Alan is unwell. Andrew isn't exactly full of vim and vigour, so this is a short episode. Normal service should be resumed next week! Apologies.

PERCEPTION HINDERS HYBRID AND EV SALES

In a survey from Autocar and Simpson Carpenter, about driver’s thoughts on different fuel options, they found that there is confusion over the capabilities of the powertrains. Approximately, a third of participants cited range anxiety as a reason not to buy a hybrid. However, there is a rise of 7% who are planning to buy a hybrid or electric car next, on last year’s survey. To read more click the Autocar link here.

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY DEVELOPS DIESEL TECHNOLOGY

Loughborough University’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has developed ammonia creation and conversion technology (ACCT). This modifies AdBlue to work effectively at lower exhaust temperatures, typical when a car engine is cold and only doing stop-start type journeys in urban areas. To read more about this click on the FleetNews article here.

BMW RECALL

BMW has recalled 312,000 cars in the UK due to a critical electrical issue, which could result in the engine cutting out and leaving the driver unable to switch on brake or hazard lights. DVSA has accused BMW of providing “incorrect information” since it was aware of this issue back in 2014. To read more and check if you or someone you know is affected click the Autocar article here.

VW AND SEAT YET TO RECALL

Volkswagen Polo along with Seat Ibiza and Arona owners are advised not to us the middle rear seat until an official recall has been instigated. The left rear seatbelt can become undone if the middle is occupied and the vehicle performs a high-speed lane change to the right. To read more and see if you or someone you know is affected click the Autocar article here.

DS SALES DROP IS OF NO CONCERN

PSA boss Carlos Tavares has stated that the DS strategy will not change, as it has 28 years left to run, even though there has been a drop in sales globally of 38.5%. To read more click the Autocar article here.


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FORMULA E BERLIN REMINDER

Formula E is back this weekend, this time in Berlin. We will tweet out where and when you can see in the UK when we know.

WRC PORTUGAL REMINDER

WRC is back also this weekend, this time in Portugal.

BUY CLASSIC PEUGEOT AND CITROËN PARTS ONLINE

PSA has followed suit with other manufacturers and realised that many like to keep their classic cars on the road. To help this you can now buy parts, directly from them online. To see this site click the link here.

LUNCHTIME READ: THE LANGUAGE OF SELF-DRIVING CARS IS DANGEROUS

This is a wonderful piece by Alex Roy on how to fix the language around self-driving cars, which he explains is confusing. To read this, as we strongly recommend you do, click The Drive article here.

Dr Matthew Channon's Rear View episode

Will autonomous cars make roads safer, or just make money (Irish Times) thanks to Neil Briscoe for asking Andrew his opinions on this topic.

LIST OF THE WEEK: CLASSICS FROM 1978 WILL BE TAX-FREE

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith has created another wonderful list for us all to pour over. This time he has a selection of lovely cars that will soon be tax-free. To gaze in wonder click the Motoring Research article here.

AND FINALLY: MAN RACES SHED

Kevin Nicks has broken his own World’s Fastest Shed record on the Pendine Sands, with a speed of 101 miles per hour. To read more click on the Jalopnik article here.

REAR VIEW PODCAST

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