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Do you have an AVAS?
Did you know that from 1 July 2019 it is a legal requirement for all new private and commercial hybrid and electric vehicles that have four (or more) wheels are fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System, otherwise known as AVAS?
Though the regulation does not require the AVAS is retrofitted in older electric and hybrid vehicles, it might be something that is considered going forward.
The EU Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle will ensure that vehicles that otherwise have very little sound (such as hybrid and electric cars) are more easily heard by pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable groups who use the roads.
The regulations go into detail about the decibel volume of the AVAS, which is 56dB, around the same level as a paper shredder, electric toothbrush or the hum of your fridge). It also specifies that the sound should be continuous, indicating vehicle behaviour, such as acceleration and decceleration, to other road users.
This is a logical development to ensure safety of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable users.
New car market suffered another drop in May
For the fifth month in a row, SMMT are reporting that new car registrations on British roads has experienced a drop.
In January registrations were down by 1.6% on the same period in 2018.
February saw a drop of 1.4% in comparison with February 2018.
March, by far the biggest and busiest month of the year when it comes to car purchasing, saw a decline of 2.4%.
In April 2018, there were 167,911 new cars registered on UK roads, during the same period in 2019, 161,064 new cars were registered, a reduction of 4.1%.
May 2019 saw a drop of 4.6%.
This drop is due to many contributory factors which include a reduction in the number of cars manufactured in the UK and globally. However, this is a drop which was also seen to a similar degree at the same time last year.
Citroen is looking for André…
Have you recently had a baby. or know someone who has had a baby?
If so, then you could be exactly who Citroen UK are looking for.
To mark the centenary of the French manufacturer, Citroen in the UK have launched a campaign on social #BornAndré, in tribute to André Citroen.
The company are searching for just one lucky child born between 1 and 7 June 2019 who is called one of the following names:
The lucky baby will be presented with a very unique birthday present (though they probably won’t be able to make personal use of it for a pretty long time)…
A Citroen C3 ‘Origins’ Collector’s Edition, which has been launched especially to mark the manufacturer’s centenary.
Citroen UK is asking for help in finding this baby, and if there is more than one who qualifies, then the winner will be picked at random.
Would you consider naming your baby any of those names if you had a chance of being gifted with a new car?
Could we be on the verge of Petrolgate?
WLTP was meant to ensure that CO2 emissions more closely replicated actual vehicle use (albeit in a laboratory environment).
While test results are now much closer to the real-world figures than they were previously. A review by Emissions Analytics, the leading independent global testing company for real-world emissions has found that there is a major discrepancy between the results achieved in lab tests and real emissions results when it comes to petrol cars.
According to the report from Emissions Analytics, despite the WLTP getting tougher, the CO2 emissions for the latest certified vehicles have fallen, to an average of 133g/km.
However, Emissions Analytics’ findings show that the real-world average, is much higher, at 185g/km.
These figures raise concerns that car makers may be optimising their cars for laboratory testing, which possibly skews real-world results.
Definitely something which could lead to issues upon the introduction of required RDE1 and RDE2 over the next few years.
BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to collaborate
BMW is focusing its energies on making the technology for next-level electrification more widely available, and is, therefore, focusing on co-operations to make this happen.
Collaborations between car manufacturers are vital to the progression of the motor industry, especially as they tackle developments which offer up complexity such as ACES (Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services).
On 5 June 2019, BMW Group and Jaguar Land Rover confirmed that they will be working collaboratively to develop next-generation electric drive units. This joint project will help to support the advancement of electrification technologies in the motoring industry.
The two companies share the same vision when it comes to an environmentally-friendly future. BMW have a long history of producing electric drive units, having produced their first for the BMW i3 in 2013. Jaguar Land Rover has also got an impressive record when it comes to the production of electrified vehicles, with a considerable number of plug-in hybrids and their prize-winning Jaguar I-Pace.