Hi and welcome to my fourth winter tyre update. A little over two months since I started this blog and we’ve had one of the mildest winters in years. Just yesterday the temperature in Sheffield was in double figures, a far cry from the weather we had last year. Whilst I’m relieved that we’re having a mild winter it doesn’t help my winter tyre blog!
Transport Minister Norman Baker has urged commuters and businesses in London to think differently about how they travel during the Olympic Games as he marked a year to go to what is likely to be one of the busiest days on the transport network.
Modelling by Games organisers predict that August 3, 2012 will see an extra three million trips made on top of the 12 million trips on public transport being made on an average London workday. This is due to it being the first day for track and field, and with events at larger capacity venues such as the Olympic Stadium, Horse Guards Parade and the Aquatics Centre the number of spectators are likely to peak.
Fleets and company car drivers who took part in BMW Group’s Government-supported research into the day-to-day running of electric cars have given the Mini E the thumbs up.
The manufacturer says that understanding how electric cars are driven in the real world has taken an important step forward with the release of data from the UK Mini E field trial, which involved 62 members of the public and 76 pool users running the battery-powered hatchbacks over two six-month periods.
Headline data from the trial revealed that more than 250,000 miles were driven on UK roads, the average cost to charge the cars was less than 2p per mile, virtually all recharging was carried out at home and the average daily distance driven was 29.7 miles.
Fleet use was a big part of the trial with organisations in the UK and in Europe reporting positive feedback from both individual drivers and also fleet managers monitoring the Mini E’s use as a pool car.