UK aims to make all new cars sold there electric by 2035

29 Jun
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in LondonThe United Kingdom wants the cars on its roads to go electric, and it intends do so five years earlier than previously announced In the signing of legislation ordering the U.K. to reduce its emissions to net-zero come 2050, a proposal to make all new cars sold in region electric by 2035 is now on the table. Phys.org reported the all-electric...

Drones could someday fix potholes overnight

15 Jun
Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_noseA new technology under development in the U.K. makes use of drones and 3-D printing to quickly repair potholes. Wait, what? The process involves a pair of drones, one that searches for cracks and potholes overnight and another dispatched by the first drone to patch the roadway with 3-D printed asphalt. The Telegraph reported Monday that some fixes...

Brexit is causing big headaches for UK automakers

23 Aug
Daniel Craig as James Bond, Agent 007, in Skyfall, with Aston Martin DB5Last June, voters in the United Kingdom faced a very serious question: should the UK remain a member of the European Union as it had been since 1973, or should it back out of the political and economic alliance, going it alone? When all the votes had been counted, 51.9 percent had chosen the latter path. As we discussed at the time, the vote sent...

Ford launches cash-for-clunkers program in UK, may begin manufacturing cars in China

22 Aug
Jin Zheyong of Anhui Zotye Automobile and Peter Fleet of Ford Motor CompanyIn the UK and in China, Ford is working to put motorists behind the wheels of cleaner, more efficient automobiles--though it's going about it in two different ways. Asian electrification In China, the Detroit automaker has announced a budding partnership with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co., a manufacturer of electric vehicles based in the city of...

UK to outlaw gas and diesel vehicles by 2040

26 Jul
Mark Webber driving a 2016 Porsche 919 Hybrid in LondonNo fossil fuels, please--we're British. That's the message put out by the United Kingdom's Environment Minister, Michael Gove, earlier today. Speaking to BBC Radio, Gove said that the U.K. plans to outlaw the sale of vehicles that run solely on gas or diesel by the year 2040. Completely details of that plan haven't been announced. However, it...