New proposals shake things up in the world of MOTs

With new proposals from the government set to shake things up in the world of MOTs, Motorparks aim to help drivers facing their car’s MOT in the upcoming weeks or months. As we have always known it, a new vehicle is safe to drive on the roads for up to three years without requiring a MOT test – but as the new rules come into play, new cars will now be able to drive up until four years without a MOT certificate.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones pointed out: “We have some of the safest roads in the world and MOT tests play an important role in ensuring the standard of vehicles on our roads.” Continue reading “New proposals shake things up in the world of MOTs”

Ranking the range of electric vans

New statistics revealed by Nextgreencar.com show that our electric vehicle market is a progressively growing one. According to their data, the number of electric vehicles on the UK roads has grown considerably over the past few years.

In 2013, there was 3,500 new electric vehicle registered – by the end of 2016, this had risen to over 85,000 vehicles. It becomes clear the electric vehicle is strong, especially when adding to those numbers is the fact that there are 5,000 registered plug-in vans across the UK too.

As the market grows, it appears so does the choice. With more interest, manufacturers are offering more choice to buyers. Used van specialist Van Monster has evaluated some of the most popular electric vans and ranked them against features such as maximum load, battery charge and speed. Take a look before you invest in your next addition to your fleet – some key features could sway your decision:

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Electric cars

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Best Electric cars

Check out The World’s Most Shocking Driving Laws

Most of us really aren’t thinking about driving laws around the world. But if you’re going to get serious about driving internationally or even just travelling around the world, you might want to think about what those laws might mean for you in the future. And hey, don’t you need more trivia to impress other people at cocktail parties? You might not leave with a date, but who doesn’t want to impress someone with stuff the other person may not even be aware of? We’re going to go and bring out some shocking driving laws that you’ve probably never heard about. We couldn’t do this research totally alone, of course — we had vehicle hire experts at Northgate track down these facts. If you ever need more insight into car hire, these are the people to check out. Now, let’s get on with the list!

Driving Laws

1. You Better Carry Extra Glasses

In Spain, it’s not enough to wear prescription eyewear while you drive. By law, you have to make sure that you have a spare handy. If you’re pulled over and you don’t have them, you can face some stiff fines for not being as prepared as you should be.

2. No Women Drivers (within the country, of course)

In Saudi Arabia, you absolutely cannot drive if you’re a woman. It’s something that has constantly put Saudi Arabia on many lists for their terribly backward treatment of women. We look forward to the day where all Saudi women can drive where they wish to go, without having to have a man present at all.

3. Don’t Help Other Drivers Dodge Tickets

In the United Kingdom, you absolutely cannot do fellow drivers a solid by showing them where the speed traps are. While it definitely is shocking, proponents of the law point out that you are technically keeping the police officer from doing their job. To us, it sounds like the state just doesn’t want to miss out on their share of fines! What do you think?

4. Tipsy? Ride in the Back!

If you’re planning on partying in Macedonia, you need to make sure that you don’t try to ride in the front seat after drinking. Even if you’re not the driver, the driving laws in Macedonia state clearly that you cannot ride in the front if you’ve taken in any alcohol. Since there can be fines and other penalties even for tourist drivers, this is one that you might want to pay attention to later on.

We thought that this list of driving laws around the world were pretty shocking, especially considering that we spend so much time on the road as a whole. We highly doubt most of you have really looked at the full list of driving laws in your country. Check it out before you get behind the wheel, just to stay informed.

The Pre-Production Phase of The Tesla Model 3 Is Exciting!

Tesla is changing the way we think about cars, which is definitely sparking conversation. After all, over 115,000 people put deposits down on the Model 3, one of the latest cars in Tesla’s production lineup. We don’t know a whole bunch about this car yet, but the details that Tesla HQ has released give us enough to at least dream a little bit. We’ve been talking about electric cars, and why adoption is a beautiful thing. For those out in rural areas, charging stations are still scarce. However, that won’t last forever. As demand increases for electric cars, there will be more charging stations. Right now it’s up to people that do have the disposable income buying the cars before the affordability factor comes into play.

Tesla Model 3

This is why Tesla’s announcements on the Model 3 are so interesting: the company is focused heavily on affordability. Itís been the biggest jab to electric cars for a long time. Despite the intentions of the innovators, the fully electric car has been seen as a staple of the well to do, rather than the working class. But the Model 3 is supposed to appeal to middle class tastes without breaking the bank. The MSRP is posted at 35,000, but that’s before any incentives come into play. Most states are pushing for more electric car rebates and incentives in the future, especially as they chase the dream of zero emissions vehicles.

We also have some great features coming up, despite production not fully starting until 2017. The first feature that we noticed being mentioned was the fact that the Model 3 can get 215 miles of range per charge, and there is a supercharger available to cut down on the charging time. For city driving, 215 miles gives you a lot of range. Drivers that like fast acceleration will love that this car can go from zero to 60 in six seconds. No, that’s not a misprint at all: six seconds! That’s a great acceleration time and you’ll get plenty out of life out of this electric car.

The coolest feature in our opinion is the foundational hardware for self-driving cars. This is one of the most innovative feature yet, because self driving cars are on the horizon. Would you let your car drive you around? It’s definitely something to think about.

We’re excited about the Model 3, and plan on giving you more information as it is released.

Have You tried an Electric Vehicle yet?

Shopping for a new car is exciting, and we love the idea of seeing people get an awesome car. But have you considered the ins and outs of getting an electric vehicle? We know what you’re thinking: do you really want to drive something that is completely divorced from the traditional service station experience? Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to at least figure some things out.

Cutting our dependence on foreign oil is a big deal, and it’s something that we can all pitch in and help with. After all, if there’s decreased demand, costs go down for everyone and the environment becomes a little cleaner too.

There are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping for an electric vehicle. Even though there aren’t that many differences, the more information you get before you make the purchase, the less likely you’ll be disappointed years or even a few months down the road.

Electric Vehicle

1. Hunt For Those Incentives!

Skipping over the best part of the green revolution would just be insane! If Government is going to make a push to pour money into e-mobility and the plug in revolution, at least you can take advantage of any grants, subsidies or additional monies they’d like to throw your way. There are also manufacturer’s incentives, because they too need to increase the number of electric vehicles sold.

2. Get Familiar with Charging

Do you know where the nearest charging station is? How about how much a home charging array costs? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, you’re not quite ready to buy an electric vehicle. Make sure that you’re looking at this information before you buy. The last thing that you want to do is buy the vehicle and then get frustrated because charging is such a hassle. If you live in a city, charging is a lot easier than if you’re out in the country. Now, country living is awesome but you might be surprised at how few charging stations there are. Doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy an electric vehicle, but you’ll have to plan things out differently. Continue reading “Have You tried an Electric Vehicle yet?”