Speed Limiters To Be Fitted To All New Vehicles From 2022

Speed Limiters To Be Fitted To All New Vehicles From 2022

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Speed Limiters To Be Fitted To All New Vehicles From 2022

The introduction of speed limiters to become mandatory from next year – the reasons why and what it will mean for your fleet

Speed Limiters are already being used in some vehicles. In a bid to reduce the number of deaths from road traffic accidents, car manufacturers such as Volvo have already introduced speed caps to all their new vehicles since 2020, limiting them to 112mph.

From 2022 though, intelligent speed limiters and data loggers will now be a mandatory fitting for all new vehicles. Although approved by European parliament, the UK will also follow suit with these regulations despite their departure from the EU.

What is an ‘intelligent speed limiter’ and how do they work?

There are currently two types of speed limiter. The most commonly used and perhaps most familiar to drivers so far is the adjustable speed limiter- these allow the driver to manually set the limiter to their chosen speed. They require the driver to adjust this accordingly in line with the speed limit.

The second type is known as an intelligent limiter or more formally an ‘Intelligent Speed Assistance’ (ISA).

Now these really are pretty clever- they use GPS data and even traffic recognition cameras to determine the speed limit of the road you are driving on. The Intelligent Speed Assistant will then limit the power of your vehicle to match this speed. This means you are unable to break that speed limit.

Although it is still possible to override by pressing hard on the throttle, many ISA systems will prompt a visual and audio warning until you slow down so it will be obvious you are exceeding the limit.

How do speed limiting systems communicate to your vehicle’s speed?

Various sensors on your vehicle are used to determine the speed it is travelling at-this information is then fed back to the internal computer of your vehicle’s engine. Once the pre-determined limit is met, the computer can restrict the flow of fuel and air to the engine which prevents the driver from exceeding the top speed.

How can the implementation of ISAs benefit your business?

There are multiple benefits that ISAs can bring, many of which will also have a positive financial impact for your business.

Driver safety

This new law will certainly help to improve the safety of our roads with the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) predicting that limiters could reduce collisions by 30% and save around 25,000 lives within 15 years.

Reduce Costs

Not only will this improve your drivers’ safety on the road but also reduce the amount of accidents for your fleet- all helping to keep costs down and reduce the number of vehicles off the road for repairs.

In addition to this there should also be a reduction in costs to your drivers such as speeding fines, insurance cost hikes due to points on their licence and worst case scenario driving bans.

Having vehicles with safety features like this on your fleet can also help reduce insurance premiums as the risk is lessened.

Fuel Efficiency

With ISAs also improving the fuel efficiency of each vehicle you will save on fuel costs as well as reducing C02 emissions.

Reduction in Wear & Tear

The wear and tear caused to your vehicles should also be kept to a minimum with drivers encouraged to drive in a more efficient and responsible way.

In Summary

There are likely to be the usual dissenting voices amongst drivers. It’s usually along the lines that it’s “big brother” watching over drivers, and that it’s a way of potentially racking up fines etc…by stealth.

However, if there is a reduction in deaths on the roads, and tangible cost benefits, the introduction of speed limiters is probably long overdue. It was something that was always on the cards, it just needed the technology to be available, which it now is.

What are your thoughts on speed limiters? Do you have any concerns? Can you see any disadvantages in them? What would they mean for your business? Please feel free to leave your comments below.

 

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Stunning Mercedes EQS Interior Blows Away Rivals

Stunning Mercedes EQS Interior Blows Away Rivals

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Stunning Mercedes EQS Interior Blows Away Rivals

Mercedes EQS Interior To Lead The Way in the EV Market

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is one of the most eagerly anticipated EV cars to be launched. Now we can see what it looks like on the inside – the EQS is shaping up to be one of those “landmark” cars. So let’s take a look.

It’s futuristic exterior is super-slick and streamlined, infact it is the most-aerodynamical production car ever built.

At first glance you have to remind yourself this is an executive saloon that is roughly the same size as it’s non-EV blood brother, the S-Class. And that’s great. But it’s the Mercedes EQS’ interior that is really setting tongues wagging.

Straight away it’s easy to see why.

I mean look at it.

Mercedes Benz EQS interior front with it's 3 screens

It’s The Jetsons, meets Tomorrow’s World, meets Star Trek.

But way, way, way better.

In fact, this is probably the most jaw-dropping interior I have seen. Ever. And even with the whole future in front of us, this already feels like it’s going to take some beating.

Of course, I appreciate it might seem I am over-egging this a little bit, but you see, the Mercedes EQS is A LOT of a big deal and the pressure is on to deliver- as the main people at Mercedes have acknowledged themselves.

Deserving of the ‘S’

In simplistic terms, the EQS could be equated to an electric version of Mercedes’ standard-bearer S-Class – the very model which defines the Mercedes-Benz brand.

Mercedes CEO, Ola Källenius, recently highlighted it’s significance when he said;

“The EQS is designed to exceed the expectations of even our most demanding customers. That’s exactly what a Mercedes has to do to earn the letter ‘S’ in its name. Because we don’t award that letter lightly.”

And boy has it earnt that letter.

In this particular instance, the ‘S’ could mean Stunning, Superior, Superb, Sublime. Take your pick.

So, drooling aside, let’s look at the meat on the bones of the Mercedes EQS.

The Tech

The MBUX Hyperscreen

Well, first of all it comes packed with the things you would expect from a quality executive saloon – but it takes each thing that little bit further.

The base model comes with the standard S-Class dashboard – which is superb in itself. In the pictures shown above however, you can see the MBUX Hyperscreen option.

“The EQS is designed to exceed the expectations of even our most demanding customers.” – Ola Källenius

This Hyperscreen option is phenomenal. It provides 3 high quality, high definition screens – a 12.3 inch screen for the dashboard dials, a 17 inch central console (the same size as a large laptop) and another 12.3 inch screen for the passenger.

Housed behind a scratch-proof glass that’s easy to clean, the screens have also been positioned to minimise reflections and the Hyperscreen. The result is simply breath-taking. 

Intuitive Controls

Where the EQS becomes even more space-aged though is in it’s intuitive controls and ability to make life almost unnecessarily easy.

First of all, it’s voice control is one of the better versions on the market. Each person is allocated their own “profile” and through a number of microphones dotted around the car, it knows who has requested what. 

It also has features such as doors that know when to open, headlights that can project messages onto the road. The car also uses a GPS system to remember where speed-bumps and steep driveways are, so it will raise the car up next time it goes over them – ensuring a smoother ride.

There is also a Face-recognition system to identify who is driving, which will then upload your own personal settings.

Clever.

But perhaps even more impressive is the car’s use of AI (artificial intelligence).

There are plenty of other AI features where the onboard computer is able to pre-empt your behaviours to help with menu/submenu choices, saving you having to scroll through whilst driving – like having your own Personal Assistant work your settings for you.

Very clever. Infact could it be too clever?

Will you need a PHd in Quantum Physics just to start the engine?

Apparently not.

CEO Källenius claims that the system can be learnt in 10 minutes. This remains to be seen of course, but you get the point. It should be a doddle.

An Intuitive Interior, Built For Comfort

Mercedes EQS rear interior is simply stunning

The interior of the Mercedes EQS is also more than just pleasing on the eye, or being clever just for being clever’s sake.

Away from the stunning looks, the EQS works just as hard to make the journey as pleasurable for the passengers as it does it’s driver.

A Car for the Senses

The Mercedes EQS doesn’t just want to get people from A to B. It feels like it wants to deliver an out-of-body experience.

All of the seats are like a warm embrace after not seeing a loved one for a while.

The accompanying soundtrack for your journey vary from the usual pre-programmed driving sounds which change with driving style – to soundscapes which include soothing sounds called Forest Glade, Sounds of the Sea, and Summer Rain that can be selected during stop-overs helping the vehicle users to relax – to the point where the line between car journey and spa break becomes blurred.

There’s enough space in the back for an entire Yoga class.

Then there are the materials and the little details that once again take the EQS to that next level.  The textures, the shapes and designs, the ambient lighting – it’s like a mobile sensory room.

You know perfectly well that a whole-day meeting was probably called to discuss the door panels.

This is Grand Design without any of the toil to get the result. It’s just the jaw-dropping result.

The End Result

We’ve not really touched on the performance of the car and how it compares to it’s rivals from Porsche and Tesla. Don’t worry though, it’s performance is brilliant too, and we will be reviewing it again in the coming months.

For now though, I just wanted to share something with you that is rather magnificent. A glimpse into the future.

In 5-10 years time, many of the features of the EQS will be available as standard in run-of-the-mill hatchbacks – and that’s exciting.

By then Mercedes will of course no doubt be creating vehicles that can fly, or just simply a way of teleporting you directly to your destination.

Whatever the future holds, it’s hard to see just what can be included to improve vehicles from here – and yet, Mercedes already have another 7 EVs being built next year. The mind boggles at what’s coming next.

The Mercedes EQS will be available later this summer, with prices for the base model starting from £80,000.

 

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New Audi A6 e-Tron Showcases Audi’s PPE Architecture in Stunning New Saloon

New Audi A6 e-Tron Showcases Audi’s PPE Architecture in Stunning New Saloon

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New Audi A6 e-Tron Showcases Audi’s PPE Architecture in Stunning New Saloon

 The new Audi A6 e-Tron is due to be launching in 2023 and is Audi’s first saloon to carry it’s new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) architecture – allowing for a slick design and a performance edge. We take a sneak peak at what you can expect from this stunning looking saloon. 

First of all, what is Audi’s PPE?

Before a deep dive into the Audi A6 e-Tron, we need to look at the architecture behind it.

Now, the term PPE has been bandied about quite a lot these last 12 months or so – sadly for very different reasons. In this context though, Audi’s PPE is an exciting development that could re-shape (literally) the way electric vehicles are designed by aerodynamically helping to improve their performance.

In a nutshell, it’s flat floor allows for a lower roof without compromising space. This, coupled with a smooth, curved body, means the car can move through the air better – helping the vehicle perform better.

What This Means for A6 e-Tron?

The aerodynamic design of the flat floor and low roofline in the PPE concept could cause concern about leaving enough battery space.

You needn’t worry.

The battery in the A6 e-Tron is a 100kWh battery, is larger than the current e-tron GT battery. Audi say it will give it a range of more than 435 miles. This range puts it within similar company to the Mercedes EQS – with it’s 478 miles range.

So essentially you have a sleek vehicle, cutting through the air better, with excellent battery range. This sounds exciting doesn’t it? So is there anything else you should be excited about?

Well, yes. Lots.

Charging the battery

One of the other main plusses (and there are many) of the A6 e-Tron is it’s rapid charging.

The A6 e-tron is compatible with 270kW chargers. If you can find one of these, then the A6 e-Tron can add 186 miles of range in a 10 minute blast – which is quicker than the Mercedes EQS.

Giving the battery a 25 minute blast on a 270kW charger will see the battery leap from 5% to 80%.

This makes the car ideal for the business executive and those guys out on the road.

And there’s more…

Although the pics are just a prototype at the moment, Audi have promised it is as near as damnit. If that’s right, it’s going to be a stunning looking car.

The curved windows and closed-off grille all add to the smooth looks, but also add that extra aerodynamic percentage to performance.

A6 e-Tron rear

 

One of the many highlights on the outside are the customisable LED tail-lights.

The tail-light bar isn’t the only Wow! lighting feature.

Perhaps one of the most stand-out features of the A6 e-Tron is the projectors around the sides of the car which can project messages onto the pavement.

 

A6 e-tron headlights project indicators onto road

 

The rather smart, slimline Matrix LED Headlights can also be used as a special Spaceship video game from Audi, which plugs into a smartphone – as the crossover between car and “gimmicky” tech pushes ever-more bizarre boundaries.

Swiftly moving onto the interior of the car, as mentioned, the PPE architecture means it retains the generous interior space of a saloon.

The interior design is still somewhat of a mystery though as there aren’t any pics yet at the time of writing. But if the e-Tron GT is anything to go by, you can expect sporty, minimal, and likely to come with 2 infotainment screens compared to the current A6’s 3 screens – Audi perhaps learning that less can be more…

In summary

Make no mistake, the Audi A6 e-Tron promises to be a stunning car. With excellent range and rapid charging times, for those companies looking to put their reps into new cars in a couple of years, we reckon this could be a real viable option.

It’s certainly one to keep an eye out for…

The Tesla Model 3 – The Reviews

The Tesla Model 3 – The Reviews

The Tesla Model 3 – The Reviews

There has been a lot of noise about the Tesla Model 3 for quite a while – and there are currently lots of great deals to be had. So could the Tesla Model 3 be worth a punt?

To help you cut through the noise, I’ve put together a collection of reviews and comments from the main review sites out there – giving you a snapshot of this much-sought after electric car.

The Car itself and – why it’s so sought after.

Tesla’s Model 3 is getting so much attention because it’s their first real affordable “volume” car.

As a mid-sized executive car, it’s pitching itself in the territory of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4 as an alternative. And that puts it under quite a lot of immediate pressure.

The car also comes with an impressive set of stats. The standard-range model – which most people will go for – comes with a range of 254-mile WLTP-rated (so obviously will be dependent on the usual factors such as weather, usage etc…).

There is a “Long-range” model which comes with an industry-leading WLTP-rated 348-mile range. There is also a “Performance” range which comes with a 329-mile WLTP rated range – and this model will also achieve 60mph in a remarkable 3.2 seconds – putting it in Ferrari Territory.

Practicality and user-friendliness

The Model 3 is a 5-seat saloon. It is slightly longer than a BMW 3 Series and so it affords more space inside and in the boot – particularly as there is less mechanical bits to work around.

The car comes with all the luxury mod-cons you would expect in an executive saloon – leather upholstery, powered steering adjustment, rear view camera, climate control, DVD System, 4 USB ports, docking station etc… There’s also a huge 15-inch touchscreen control which contains a variety of apps including Google Maps – excellent for intuitive real-time traffic updates – and there is a smartcard entry and start-up system.

It’s also worth noting that the car comes with a 4 year / 50,000 mile vehicle warranty and an 8 year battery warranty.

 

So that’s the car – what are the reviews saying? Let’s take a look.

“The Tesla Model 3 offers impressive performance, great range and a unique take on car design. It’s a relatively expensive EV, but certainly one of the best.”

5 /5 Stars

“It’s still the most usable electric car on the market, thanks to Tesla’s brilliant Supercharger network, while the well-planned interior is bristling with clever design and storage solutions that make day-to-day use even more enjoyable.”

4/5 Stars

“There is much more to the Model 3 than a Tesla badge at an affordable price. Even in the current cheapest, lowliest form, the car combines truly realistic and practical usability with competitive saloon-car practicality, really striking performance and handling dynamism that doesn’t lack anything for the want of ambition.”

4/5 Stars

“Everything Tesla has done up to this point has built towards the Model 3… and it’s been worth it”

8/10

“The Tesla Model 3 is good to drive, packed full of tech, fast (ridiculously so in Performance guise) and even reasonably practical. Yes, it is firmer-riding than some of its executive car rivals, but it’s never uncomfortable, even on beaten-up UK roads. It’s is also competitively priced and well equipped, and factor in its long battery range and Tesla’s world-beating charging infrastructure and it’s more recommendable than the Polestar 2. Indeed, it’s a real contender not just in the electric car class, but the wider executive car class, too.”

5/5

Are there any downsides?

In looking around the reviews – the only negative comments are that some reviewers say it’s expensive whilst others feel it is competitively priced.

The only other comments noted are in relation to a slightly “firm” ride quality – but again, this varies from review to review.

In Summary

The feeling is out there in review-land that there are certainly no bad reviews we can find for the Tesla Model 3.

The car is not only viewed as a leading Electric Car, but also one of the leading executive saloons amongst some very established competition.

With Tesla Model 3’s available and in-stock at the moment, there are lots of great deals on the Model 3 to be had.

To receive quotes on the Tesla Model 3 contact our team to discuss your needs and we’ll find you a great deal!

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The VW ID.4 SUV – VW’s stunning new all-electric about to launch in the UK.

The VW ID.4 SUV – VW’s stunning new all-electric about to launch in the UK.

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The VW ID.4 SUV – VW’s stunning new all-electric about to launch in the UK.

There is a limited batch of VW’s first “all-electric” SUV coming to the UK from April-May time.
The ID.4 is being pitched into the market to compete with the Kia e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electrical along with models Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Tesla Model Y.

It’s already looking like there are some excellent deals to be had. But how does VW’s first global fully-electric car stack up?

Here we’ll answer some of the most commonly-asked questions.

The Performance

What can I expert from the engine?

The ID.4 comes with a range of models offering varying levels of output and mileage range. Perhaps the most impressive is the “first edition” model with a mileage range WLTP rated 323 miles, 204 Ps (which is essentially an equivalent of Horsepower) and a top speed of 99mph.

What does WLTP rated mean?

WLTP stands for Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure – and despite having more words than letters in it’s anacronym – it is essentially a testing procedure to see how all vehicles perform in everyday conditions. The caveat here of course is that it won’t account for things like your personal driving style, weight carried and so forth – so the mileage range should always be taken as more of a best case for what you could expect.

In terms of future models, VW are readying a 266 Ps version and also looking at releasing a GTX hot-hatch version.

How long does it take to charge?

One of the main considerations in switching to an electric vehicle is the charge time.

In the ID.4, The battery can be charged from 0-80% in 38 minutes – with 80% providing plenty of power for most average days use.

To achieve 100% there is a battery fast charge time of 450 minutes, however charging to 100% regularly can impair the battery’s longevity.

What’s it like to drive?

Autoexpress sum it up perfectly when they say that the car – despite it’s weight – is “fun to drive” and… “surprisingly agile and links nicely with the light and accurate controls”.

It also comes with simple controls and not too many buttons or gadgets to leave your head spinning, making it a perfect introduction to the EV market.

What “tech” does it come with?

The car has a minimal interior but comes with a 10 or 12” display infotainment touchscreen – depending on the trim chosen.

The ID.4 main cabin features can be controlled by the, rather excellent, “Hello Volkswagen” voice control system.

It also comes with excellent “driving assist” features such as lane assist, reversing camera and a rather cool digital display for the dashboard instruments.

There is also “ID.Light”. This is superb feature which uses a band of LED light running across the width of the windscreen which changes colour and pattern to supplement and support navigation controls, charging status and prompts for other useful driving assist features.

Suitability

What’s it like to drive in towns & cities?

Despite being slightly bigger than the VW Tiguan, with a tight turning circle, the ID.4 is an SUV that is a doddle to park and deal easily with tight spaces.

Who is it most suitable for?

As an SUV the ID.4 is the perfect family car. It can also comfortably fit two adults in the back – 3 at a push. The ID.4 also comes with ample boot space, and the rear seats fold to reveal an excellent sized space.

The ID.4 can also tow a tonne in weight and is also the first VW electric vehicle to come with the option of a towbar.

Verdict

The ID.4 is going to be a hugely popular electric vehicle and the “1st Edition” will be a landmark in VW’s foray into the electric market.

There are already some superb deals to be had for when the vehicle lands in the next couple of months – if you would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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