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Cheap Gas (petrol) Helps Pull the Plug on Electric Cars – TIME

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cheap gas

Sales of the Nissan Leaf and other electric cars have dipped thus far in 2015, and automakers have resorted to price cuts to boost interest in plug-ins.

I did not think for one minute that the sales of electric cars would hold  up went he petrol prices came down. Cheap gas is to blame.

Motorists think with their pockets?

If there is any way the motoring public. Hence, can save money on their motoring costs then they will. Accordingly, you have only to look at the large volume of part worn tyres. So, that are sold today to see that. For this reason, drivers will always try to save money. Wherever possible. In fact, they will travel miles to save a few pence per gallon.

I remember when we had previous fuel shortages, the Suez crisis, sticks in my mind. There was all sorts of talk from governments about the environment and how that horrible oil could be replaced, by a greener alternative. What happened?

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As soon as it was all over and the price of fuel dropped we all went back to our old habits and the green thing was forgotten about.

I suspect that something like this will happen again with perhaps a few technologies sticking with us. I like the idea of the hydrogen fuel cars and the EV’s with a battery and a petrol engine to carry out the journey when the battery power ran out.

With the fuel price dropping again the fickle public are reverting back to the cheapest cars, using the cheapest fuels and are not really concerned about the environment. The governments have warned us about the environment, but i do not think that we trust them any more.

www.pellonautocentre.com/blog

All drivers have been penalised in the past years. Especially, with high fuel prices. Cheap gas (petrol) has now returned and is a bonus to us all. Many car owners think very short term when choosing to buy a new car. My belief is that car owners are starting to shun the more expensive electric cars. Because the  cheap gas is the main reason. The problem is that it only takes a world incident to force the prices up again, but many people only think about today. it is going to be a problem for the car makers to solve this problem, unless they bring down the price of the EV’s and other technology driven cars.

Written by Eric Roberts

Source: time.com

H2USA, Department of Energy Announce New Tools for Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Deployment | FuelCellsWorks

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Hydrogen filling station

H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling

To follow recent article. Hence, the USA are studying ways of setting up the Hydrogen fuel cell car filling station network. This is well worth a look at ?.Because as far as i know.As expected the Americans are well ahead of anything .

“H2USA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced two new tools and the release of two reports developed through H2USA to support hydrogen fueling infrastructure deployment.  H2USA is a public private partnership co-launched in 2013 by DOE and industry to develop hydrogen infrastructure and deploy fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) across the United States”

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In the USA the Department of Energy. They have launched a private/public joint venture. That therefore, will be looking at ways of setting up a network of filling stations. Thus,  to accommodate the growing possibility of Hydrogen cars.
Her in the UK. For this reason, are also looking at the problem through the eyes of the UK.  Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

As a result, the association have been spurred on by the plan to provide £11 million to support. So for a network of hydrogen filling stations to be rolled out across the UK. This follows a recent successful campaign. As expected, from a group known as UKH2 Mobility, who supports the network of hydrogen fuel facilities.
As you can see from my image. Naturally, there is already hydrogen fuel filling stations. All dotted around Europe. Therefore it will only be a matter of time. Before we see these as common place on the existing forecourts across the world.Thus, similar to the addition of LPG gas pumps.

To bring this post more upto date.  Countries are expecting to roll out the pumps. Henvce,  to be able to sell Hydrogen fuel to motorists.

Source: www.fuelcellsworks.com

Toyota Mira—on the hydrogen highway – A race between hydrogen and batteries- ConsumerReports.org

Toyota Mira

toyota mira

Consumer Reports drives the 2016 Toyota Mira

—on the hydrogen highway. The promise of free fuel for three years makes this fuel-cell car an intriguing option.

This is one of my best bets for the car of the future.Hence, along with the battery driven car. Toyota have indeed spent millions of dollars. Thus , developing the Mira. Which are expected to travel 300 miles. So using the fuel that consists of a high pressure hydrogen gas. As expected, the gas will be stored in two fiberglass  fuel tanks.

This will give the Toyota Mira a big advantage over the battery driven Lithium-Ion cars, that are at present being developed by a number of car makers.

The hydrogen fuel. Therefore, is expected to be eventually rolled out. Therefore, onto conventional filling stations. Thus, across Europe and the USA, including Japan. The car will fill up in a similar manner to LPG cars are now, and only take a few minutes to fill.

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Hydrogen filling station

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/toyota-to-launch-hydrogen-fuel-cell-vehicles-in-us-next-year-2015-domain-b/

Department of Energy (DOE) are looking at setting up a network of Hydrogen fuel stations across America. H2USA are looking at the financial implications and costs of setting up a network.

http://h2usa.org/why-hydrogen

My own opinion is that all the new technologies will be battling it out for the most cost effective solution to fuels for cars of the future. Crude oil prices,will still have a say in the matter. As new oil fields are still being found. Even in the UK. We have found new oil reserves in the county of Kent. I do believe that the fuels such as hydrogen that could run along the same infrastructure as petrol (gasoline), will be the more successful fuel. The sales of battery driven cars are already falling because of the massive drop in petrol prices so the regular driver is only concerned about his pocket and not the environment.

Source: www.consumerreports.org

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility in Hungary begins – Auto Tech- Update-Factory now open

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility-Apollo Tyres’ first European Greenfield plant in Hungary, started today with the foundation stone laying ceremony, start production in early 2017.

Source: autotechupdates.com

In my opinion Apollo tyres are the tyre company to watch out for.

They are very innovative and are reaching forward to expand to the rest of the world with their tyre products.

They are setting up a tyre dealer network here in the UK, and my tyre company will fortunately be a part of that, due to there involvement with Point-S. the European tyre buying group.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Point+S+++Why+be+a+Member

Apollo tyres now here in the UK

As the article says Apollo tyres are making big plans to expand into the European tyre market. The Indian based company have already bought out the Dutch tyre makers Vredestein tyres, who have strong customer base in the UK. Vredestein are the makers of one of the world’s best winter tyres and Apollo tyres will strengthen the brand name by adding their own selection of tyre types and sizes.
Apollo tyres are a good quality brand and will worry some of the establishment during their climb up the tyre hierarchy ladder. The company are aggressive marketers and have already established links with Manchester United, where the Apollo tyres brand will be advertised on match days on the excellent pitch side electric advertising screens that are now very popular around English premiership football grounds.

Apollo Tyres Greenfield facility

Apollo tyres have also established a deal to supply a tyre buying group in the UK, known as Point-S. This is where I come in because Pellon Tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK, are members of Point-S and we now carry a large stock of Apollo Tyres, to supply the motorists of Halifax.

 

Tyre awards keep coming for Continental Tyres

Tyre awards & more: Independent journalists, consumer champions, environmental bodies and tyre buyers have one thing in common: they give Continental awards

Source: blog.conti-online.co.uk

Continental really are a top tyre company, with many quality achievements and top tyre test results, winning some of the top tyre awards.

Continental tyres are second to none as far as research and development goes. They are always contributing to environmental issues and trying out new ideas and using different products to use in place of the dirty oil based materials. These are the bad materials that cause greenhouse gases.

Continental also support women’s football. Continental tyres are supporting their third season of sponsorship of The FA WSL and would you believe it they have committed themselves to a further  four years of support from 2014-2018 to partner the women’s game. This also includes support to the  England Women’s Team, The FA Women’s Cup,  and the newly extended  FA WSL and The FA WSL Continental Cup.  In addition, Continental will continue to support The FA Girls Football Festivals; a national programme to increase participation at grassroots level.

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Continental Tyres supporting local female football.

This brings me onto the next football story on a more local level. Continental have contributed and large number of training vests and warm up kits. As well as training aids to one of our local ladies open age football teams. The under tens girls team of the Tingley Athletic football club here in Yorkshire UK.

Continental Tyres and Pellon Tyre & AutoCentre Ltd support Grass roots football
The Tingley U10s Girls received a Continental Warm up Kit to boost their training supplies this week after a kind donation by Continental. Debbie Bastow, who manages the Open Age Ladies team at Tingley. She also works at Pellon Tyre & AutoCentre Ltd, Halifax. It was agreed after a meeting recently with the Continental rep. He said that he would be happy to continue their ongoing support with grassroots football by giving a warm up kit. The kit consists of bibs, balls, cones, bag and pop up goal.
Nicola Smith who manages the U10s has been doing a great job this season. The team is growing in confidence and skills. They are currently looking for new players to join next season and will be training throughout the summer, they play in the West Riding Junior Girls Football League. They generally have matches every weekend. It is a good thing when giant companies like Continental tyres can take time out to help the female game at a local level.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1231/CONTINENTAL

Car Tyres are NOT created equally – Practical Motoring

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When it comes to changing your car tyres, you can’t have everything, good grip, long-lasting and cheap – not all tyres are created equal.

Source: practicalmotoring.com.au

A good article as usual from practical motoring. It is not rocket science to know that you cannot have a perfect tyre.

When customers buy cheap car tyres, then they are only going to get what they pay for?

Cheap tyres will not last as long as a premium brand such as Continental tyres. Tyre companies such as Continental have put over 100 years of technology and research and development into their products. Budget Car tyres from mainly China are made from mass production facilities, with quantity and not quality in mind.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/what-our-customers-ask-us-when-buying-tyres/

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Buying your car tyres?

Like any purchase that we make, whatever it is then there will be differences in price and quality of the product that you buy.

Car tyres are no exception to this rule?

In general you have a choice of three different types of car tyres, the Budget car tyres, the mid-range car tyres and the premium car tyres. A very good point to make about choosing car tyres is that there are no real grey areas. What I mean is that when you buy say clothing, perhaps a new coat, then it is difficult to really know the quality ratio to the price that you pay. You can go to M&S a buy a new pair of trousers then you could pay a high price for something that is made in a huge factory in China.
Car tyres are more specific. Most motorists have heard of the premium tyre manufacturers, companies such as Continental, Michelin, Avon and Goodyear have all been about for well over 100 years. These car tyres will always give you top quality performance and will be long wearing. There are diversities within this, you will always find someone who was not satisfied with their mileage or road holding, but in general the leading tyre makers make a very good product.
The premium tyre companies have put over a hundred years into research and development to help create today’s excellent products. The down side is that you will have to pay more, these car tyres are often more expensive.

Mid-range car tyres

These are the tyres that are from the up and coming tyre companies of the world, such as Kumho, Hankook, Apollo and Yokohama tyres. These tyre companies also offer an excellent product. They are relatively new tyre companies from the past 20 years and emanate from the east, South Korea and India. These tyre companies produce a good tyre are not very far behind the premium tyre companies, both in quality and in their marketing efforts. This tyre would be the choice of the undecided motorist who are careful with their money, lady customers will very often choose a mid-range tyre.
Cheap car tyres
This is the final category before slumping to part worn tyres. These tyres are made by various tyre companies. Some are in fact made by the premium tyre companies and would be my choice if I had to buy a budget car tyre? Michelin make a tyre called the Kormoran tyres which are made by the Polish tyre company Stomil which Michelin bought/invested in a while back. The tyres are not the same as a Michelin but I am sure that Michelin will have had some sort of input into the product.
Other leading tyre makers make similar products and the rest are from Eastern Europe and China. These tyres will not give the mileage and comfort levels of the last two categories’? They are though a much better choice than part worn tyres and in my own area of Halifax Yorkshire UK, are a very popular choice of tyre and worth buying if you have an older car or just tootle about town. I hope this helps. If you are not sure which category of tyre fall into then just ask the guy in your local tyre depot.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Apollo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin buys 40 % of tyre web shop Allpneus – Retail Detail Europe (press release) (blog)

Michelin buys

Michelin Buys a 40 % stake in the French market leader in online tyre sales, Allpneus, for 60 million euro.

Source: www.retaildetail.eu

Wow this is a shock?

A tyre manufacturer openly buying into an online tyre business?

In my opinion this will change the ball game and open the door for all sorts of ducking and diving amongst tyre manufacturers and wholesalers.

Will Michelin now miss the tyre wholesales out of the equation. By going online they are certainly missing out the middle man? the tyre wholesalers.

Watch this space

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin buys French Online Company ALLPNUES Throw Down the Gauntlet with the 40% Acquisition

Wow I have been saying for the past two years that we in the tyre trade are living in interesting times, but this announcement is one of the most interesting stories I have yet to come across?

Michelin are going online?

This will be done with a 40% acquisition of the French online tyre retailer “Allpnues”. The michelin buysonline tyre company sold 3 million tyres online last year, which accounts for 7% of the French tyre market.

Michelin to use ATS as the fitting stations

Michelin have also announced that they are going to use their network of ATS tyre depots to carry out their fitting work, across Europe.
When I first read the story I thought that Michelin were just going to supply France and use the French ATS depots, but they say that they will be using all the ATS depots across Europe. I did notice that some of the local ATS depots were not doing any truck work anymore and have been smartened up for retail, and so this has been a plan of theirs for some time.
One thing is for sure, this will kick off repercussions amongst tyre wholesalers and will there be a big rush from the other tyre manufacturers to compete on the same lines. This effectively means that Michelin are missing out the middle man, which at the moment, are the big tyre wholesalers.
I can remember years ago when Michelin decided to go into ASDA to sell tyres. This too caused a huge rumpus and I think that it was ATS who eventually stopped the process and Michelin closed down the tyre shops within the supermarket. This time ATS will be one of the main players and have no complaints.
I also wonder what Michelin will do with other brands that Allpnues also sell? Will they be pushing out their own product? I think so. It is a big investment to make just to sell Dunlop’s and Continentals products.
Whatever happens, it has certainly changed the game big style? But I can’t help feeling that this is the way to go, it makes good business sense and will cut out the middle man as I have stated earlier. It could be the start of another dot/com boom, but in the tyre industry, watch this space?
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Continental car Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin Agilis 51 Van Tyre have some suspected defects. On VW T5 T30 Transporter

 

My VW Transporter T5 T30 2.5Tdi 130 Kombi camper van has been developing an increasingly bad droning / humming noise when travelling at speeds over …

Source: www.youtube.com

This is an interesting video to watch as it very rare to see a faulty Michelin Agilis tyre?

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

Michelin Agilis Van and Motorhome tyres

I am still of the opinion that the Michelin tyre product is the best one in the world. Other tyre companies come a close second such as Continental tyres, but the radial tyre inventors are still king in my opinion.
The Michelin Agilis range of tyres is no different and offer excellent quality, both for vans and motorhomes. The Agilis is kept in high regard by the people who buy these tyres for their vehicles and this includes the Agilis Camping, which has been specially designed for the drivers of motorhomes. These tyres are marked up as an M+S tyre and this is for when the motor has to park on soft ground and surfaces.
The other Agilis tyres in the range are the 41/51 and 61 Van tyres that have a reputation for big mileages and are original equipment fitments on VW’s and some of the Mercedes range of vans.

Michelin Agilis tyre problems

I have always been the first to say that I have never seen a genuine Michelin FAULTY tyre, until perhaps now?
We recently had a customer call in with his van. The van was fitted with Michelin Agilis 51 tyres. The guy was experiencing vibrations when driving at about 60 mph. We immediately diagnosed a wheel balancing problem and balanced the wheels accordingly.

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Michelin Agilis showing various stages of the problem

My fitter reported back to me that the wheels were difficult to balance correctly, but he did the job and the guy paid and went away. I have in the past that if the wheels are not straight foreword to balance there will be a problem with the tyre. It can mean that the steel belt is not stable due to some problem with the tread separating from the tyres casing, (the rest of the tyre).
In this case we have not seen the guy come back yet, but I decided to research into some internet forums, because I do believe that the tyres could be faulty?
Other van users have been experiencing problems with the Agilis 51 tyre? The problems start with balancing issues, followed by bulges developing as the tyre go out of shape. This is a relatively common problem with tyre companies over the length of my career in tyres, but never with Michelin.
A few van drivers were having these problems, but not with the Agilis 61 tyres. Until the guy suffers any more balancing problems, then this is only my first personal experience with this Michelin problem. It is possible that the tyres have been misused by the drivers; we all know what tight schedules the van drivers have to stick to these days, but I just thought it was an interesting topic.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Agilis Van Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Waste tyres-California re-used them in rivers and beaches to stop erosion.

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But efforts to use the trash as building materials offer new hope.

Source: www.hcn.org

Wow this is yet another great innovation, coming out of California?

I must admit that i have seen something like this in the past, but on a smaller scale, and waste tyres were used were left whole. These used on a grander scale have had the sidewalls removed.?

I guess that this makes the wall more stable that leaving the sidewalls on. On a local note the guy who lives next door to my tyre depot in Halifax Yorkshire UK, did a similar thing, but did it with whole tyres. At first it all went well but after a year the whole thing collapsed into the valley bellow.

I am sure that this will not happen in California though, they will have given the problem much more thought. It looks good and uses up waste, end of life tyres,GREAT!

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Tyre+Disposal+Policy

Many new ways of using waste tyres

Over the past two years I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of new ways that have come to my notice to use up waste tyres at the end of their life .
There are many things from fashion items to garden ornaments, and on a larger scale the use of rubber pellets to mix with tarmac to construct new roads and re-lay old ones. It is not too long ago that the world had a gigantic problem, of disposing of the toxic waste tyres, but ingenious ways have moved us on and although things are not perfect then we are moving in the right direction and many great ideas have emerged for waste tyres to be re-used and re-cycled.
This idea used in California is no exception to the rule. The waste tyres are used to build sea walls and buffers to protect beaches and river beds. As you can see in the image the

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lady bird planters made from waste tyres

sidewalls are removed, just leaving the centre of the waste tyres intact. These are filled with soil and then planted and they look really good and sturdy.
On a smaller scale people paint the old waste tyres and use in a garden display. I was not sure about this in the first place, but my wife and I had a go and they looked pretty good. The old tyres retain moister and warmth and the plants love this growing environment. We have also been successful in growing vegetables, in waste tyres that are stacked up in three’s and fours. This is especially good for growing potatoes, because you can remove the top tyres to get at the potatoes, when they have grown.
Waste tyres are also used to re-establish coral reefs and it has been found that they make great hiding and breeding places for fish and molluscs, so there may be further under water ideas to be considered for using waste tyres in the lakes and seas of the world.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Apllo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

Wheel alignment Necessary-Have you checked yours recently? It could save you money and tyre wear.

Wheel alignment Necessary

Wheel alignment Necessary

Wheel alignment Necessary

 

STAFF at a car care and motorcycle maintenance centre in Somerset are asking motorists to check their vehicles’ wheel alignment to help save them money on fuel costs (March, 2015).  Autoserv…

wheel alignment is something that the tyre trade are always harping on about.

To be truthful drivers usually do have the wheel alignment checked. Of course, when they have new tyres fitted. The thing is that it really does save you money. In the long run. If your wheels are not aligned correctly.Consequently, then it firstly it means that your nice new, probably expensive tyres will scrub off.

This happens on the inside or the outside edges of the tyres. Therefore,  could cost you half the life of your tyres. I love showing the images of tyres that we have removed here in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

One of the problems that we have is when we are very busy. Hence, such as this week with a bank holiday coming up for Easter. Motorists want their new tyres fitting at once. Because of this we do not have time to carry out the free wheel alignment checks that we normally do.

wheel alignment

We always point out to the customers that the car is out of alignment , but they forget and fail to return to get the work carried out.

Another problem that the motorists get with out of alignment cars is the the steering wheel is not straight and the car pulls to one side. in this case as well as doing the alignment, we have to also straighten their steering wheel. Depending which model the car is then we may have to charge a little extra, especially if the car is fitted with steering sensors, like some of the BMW’s and Mercedes cars.

This means that when the job is complete then we have to reset the warning light with a special computer the we had to buy(although the computer does other functions, besides that).

A good wheel alignment guide can be found on…http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/TyreInfo/GuideToAlignment

Source: www.westerndailypress.co.uk