BG Automotive publishes latest updates in ‘BGA Insider’

Timing chain kits, camtrains and gaskets among latest additions

BG Automotive has announced the addition of ten new part numbers to its range.

The latest additions, which have been outlined in the latest issue of BGA insider, include timing chain kits, camtrains and gaskets.

BG Automotive supply over 33,000 different references, available for immediate dispatch from its UK-based warehouse.

Workshops can view the full range of products available by viewing BG Automotive’s online catalogue.

View the latest issue of BGA Insider here.

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DVSA plans to increase MOT slot fee

First increase since 2010 as agency vows to “continue to make essential improvements”

The DVSA has opened a consultation on its plans to increase its fees, including the MOT slot fee.

The MOT slot fee is currently £2.05 but will increase to £2.08 for 2021 to 2022 under the DVSA’s proposed plans.

A DVSA spokesperson said: “We’re launching a consultation to get your views on increasing the cost of DVSA services.

“So that we can continue to develop and invest in the services we provide, whilst still covering our costs, we are proposing to increase all our fees by a small amount (1.5%).

“Most of our fees haven’t increased since 2010, and we’ve worked hard to make savings through efficiency measures in the last few years.

“We’ve continued to develop and improve the MOT service including the reminder service which almost 3.4 million people have signed up to so far.”

For the MOT for cars, motorcycles and vans, the DVSA says it has continued to invest in the digital MOT testing service, claiming it has increased the information available to MOT centres.

It has also allowed certain equipment to connect directly to the service to record MOT test results.

The spokesperson added: “The small increase will allow us to continue to make essential improvements to our services.

“In the next year we’ll be focusing on improving the driving test booking service, the way the theory test service is delivered, how we carry out heavy vehicle enforcement and the MOT testing service.”

The consultation closes at 11:59 PM on 2 September.

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£91M for low carbon auto tech including hydrogen engines and ultra-fast charging batteries

EV batteries with range similar to internal combustion engines and which can charge in as little as 12 mins among projects awarded funding

Electric car batteries with range similar to internal combustion engines and which can charge in as little as 12 minutes are among projects awarded over £91 million of government and industry funding to develop the latest green automotive technology.

Four projects have been awarded funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) Collaborative Research and Development competition, which supports the development of innovative low carbon automotive technology.

Together they could save almost 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to the lifetime emissions of 1.3 million cars, and secure over 2,700 jobs across the country.

These innovations will address motorists’ concerns about adopting electric vehicles by cutting charge times and boosting driving range. They will help to make electric vehicles more affordable, efficient and convenient.

Projects awarded funding

  • BMW-UK-BEV, Oxford – £26.2 million to develop an electric battery that will rival the driving range of internal combustion engines, helping put concerns over how far electric vehicles can travel to rest
  • Project CELERITAS, Birmingham – £9.7 million to create ultra-fast charging batteries for electric and fuel cell hybrid vehicles that can charge in as little as 12 minutes
  • The BRUNEL project, Darlington – £14.6 million to develop a novel zero emission, hydrogen-fuelled engine to help decarbonise heavy goods vehicles
  • REEcorner, Nuneaton – £41.2 million to radically redesign light and medium-sized commercial electric vehicles in Nuneaton by moving the steering, breaking, suspension and powertrain into the wheel arch enabling increased autonomous capability, storage space and design flexibility

Minister for Investment Lord Grimstone said: “By investing tens of millions in the technology needed to decarbonise our roads, not only are we working hard to end our contribution to climate change, but also ensuring our automotive sector has a competitive future that will secure thousands of highly-skilled jobs.

“Seizing the opportunities that arise from the global green automotive revolution is central to our plans to build back greener, and these winning projects will help make the widespread application and adoption of cutting-edge, clean automotive technology a reality.”

The government has already announced the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030, putting the UK on course to be the fastest major economy to decarbonise cars and vans, and is currently consulting on phasing out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, as set out in the government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan.

The projects awarded funding today will help make the technological developments needed to meet these goals.

CEO at the Advanced Propulsion Centre Ian Constance said: “These projects tackle some really important challenges in the journey to net-zero road transport.

“They address range anxiety and cost, which can be a barrier to people making the switch to electric vehicles and they also provide potential solutions to the challenge of how we decarbonise public transport and the movement of goods.

“By investing in this innovation, we’re taking these technologies closer to the point where they are commercially viable, which will strengthen the UK’s automotive supply chain, safeguard or create jobs and reduce harmful greenhouse emissions.”

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ZF Aftermarket launches mental health initiative to protect employee wellbeing

New medical room opened at Wrexham site

ZF Aftermarket is making employee wellbeing a priority with its latest mental health initiative.

The company has opened a new medical room at its site in Wrexham, offering its employees a place to go if they are experiencing mental health illness.

Along with this, ZF has also assigned a team of mental health first aiders to help support staff members.

The new medical room is spilt into two areas: a mental wellbeing area and general first aid area.

The first half of the room is to be used for occupational health services and a place for first aid to be administered in case of injury.

The other half of the room is a more informal space to assist when anyone is emotionally distressed and needs mental health support.

Here, conversation is encouraged in a safe and calm place with some privacy to bring tranquility and peace.

Lloyd Williams, HR Officer at ZF Aftermarket said: “Looking after employee welfare has always been key at ZF.

“The coronavirus pandemic has seen a sharp rise in mental health issues and pressures and so ZF’s new mental health first aiders team and medical room has provided us with an opportunity to develop a better mental health support network for our employees.”

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E10 petrol to be introduced at pumps in matter of days

Around 700,000 cars registered prior to 2002 unable to use E10 fuel but E5 will continue to be available in ‘super’ grade

New E10 fuel is set to hit forecourts in September but many motorists have already reported seeing the new fuel at pumps.

The new petrol is made of 10 per cent renewable ethanol, which will replace E5 as the new standard unleaded grade in the UK.

By blending it with a larger amount of ethanol, carbon emissions are reduced.

Experts suggest E10 petrol can slightly reduce fuel economy by around one per cent.

Speaking earlier this year, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re going further and faster than ever to cut emissions from our roads, cleaning up our air as we accelerate towards a zero-emission transport future.

“Although more and more motorists are driving electric vehicles, there are steps we can take to reduce emissions from the millions of vehicles already on our roads – the small switch to E10 petrol will help drivers across the country reduce the environmental impact of every journey, as we build back greener.”

E10 is set to be rolled out in Northern Ireland in 2022.

Older vehicles, including some from the early 2000s, that cannot run on the new fuel can continue to be filled with E5 fuel, which will be maintained in a ‘super’ grade.

The DfT has developed an online E10 compatibility checker and published guidance for motorists.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “The switch to E10 petrol is clearly good news for the environment and will not affect the vast majority of the UK’s 33m car drivers although some may see the number of miles they get from a tank go down as research suggests E10 is potentially slightly less efficient.

“It’s estimated that around 700,000 cars registered prior to 2002 shouldn’t use E10 as seals, plastics and metals may be damaged by its corrosive properties if used exclusively over longer periods.

“It’s vital that anyone with an older vehicle gets the message about the switch otherwise they could end up with a big repair bill.

“Those with no option but to continue using E5 will have to fork out quite a lot of extra money as super grade unleaded is currently 136p a litre which is over 13p more expensive than regular petrol.

“There’s also a danger that E5 premium grade petrol may be harder to find in some more rural locations.”

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Robinson returns to racing with Anger Management 2.0

New look for 1969 Camaro race car three years after it was written off in 200mph accident

NGK-sponsored seven-times UK pro mod champion Andy Robinson is set to return to the drag racing scene next month with a completely new look for his ’69 Camaro race car.

Andy is set to debut the NGK-liveried ‘Anger Management 2.0’ at The Doorslammers meeting on September 3-5 at Northamptonshire’s Santa Pod Raceway, the scene of his spectacular crash.

Ignition and sensor specialistNGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd and Andy’s company, Robinson Race Cars, have a long-established relationship spanning more than ten years and the arrival of the new pro mod dragster will mark an even closer bond between the two.

Andy said: “It’s been a long journey getting Anger Management 2.0 ready for racing. It looks great and I can‘t wait to debut it in front of our fans at Santa Pod.“

The building of this new race car was prompted by the 200mph accident in the 2018 National Finals at the Santa Pod Raceway.

So bad was the damage inflicted by the high speed crash that the team were left with no choice but to write off the original race car, known as ‘Anger Management’.

Fortunately Andy, driver and owner of the race team, walked away shaken but otherwise unhurt, testament to the team‘s acknowledged excellence in chassis and roll cage design and fabrication.

The accident came at the end of a season that had seen the team continually raise the performance bar, culminating in a record breaking run of 5.867 seconds and a top speed of 246.37mph for the quarter mile.

Andy later reflected: “It was such a shame because the car was getting faster and faster. Earlier in the year we had set our best time ever, setting a track record in the process.

“We were looking forward to going faster still in 2019 with two goals in sight, breaking the 250mph barrier and setting a 5.7 seconds time, and the way we were developing the car I think we could have done it.”

However within days of the accident the team promised a comeback and started to plan the build of Anger Management 2.0, a car that they vowed would be even faster than its predecessor, but in saying so they knew that no small task faced them and it was a project that couldn’t be rushed.

Mark Hallam, marketing manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “With a relationship that spans more than ten years we told Andy we would stand by the team for as long as it takes to build the new car.

“When Andy came to us with his new design proposals we were thrilled to see how he’d integrated NGK into the overall design. Now we can’t wait to see if it’s as quick as it looks.”

While Andy‘s car was out of action NGK set him another challenge in the shape of its MO70 Dragmower project.

The original ride-on mower, on which MO70 was based, was transformed by Andy and was piloted by NGK Sales Representative John Catterson at Santa Pod in October 2019 when it reached 115.53mph in just 9.49 seconds, believed to be a record for a ride-on mower over the quarter-mile distance.

Andy values his long-term relationship with NGK. He said: “We’ve always felt very privileged to have a name like NGK behind us and it seems absolutely right that ten years on we celebrate that relationship by having NGK featured so prominently on our new car.

“Now it’s down to us to deliver. No pressure then.”

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Government appoints design team to create “iconic British chargepoint”

Project could see EV chargepoints join Britain’s renowned emblems, alongside the red post box and black cab

Electric vehicle chargepoints across the UK could become as recognisable as the red post box or black cab, following the appointment of the Royal College of Art (RCA) and PA Consulting to deliver an iconic British chargepoint design, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

The design will be unveiled at COP26 in Glasgow this November and could be seen on streets across the country from 2022.

The chargepoints will be functional and accessible for all users with sustainability at the heart of the design.

This project gets underway as independently produced statistics from Zap Map reveal there are now over 25,000 public charging devices across the UK – a major milestone, which means that electric vehicle drivers are never more than 25 miles from a chargepoint on UK roads.

This comes as recent statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that over one in 6 cars sold in July 2021 had a plug.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Excellent design plays a key role in supporting our transition to zero emission vehicles, which is why I want to see EV chargepoints that are as iconic and recognisable as the British phone box, London bus or black cab.

“With less than three months to go until COP26, we continue to put the UK at the forefront of the design, manufacture and use of zero emission vehicles and their charging infrastructure, as we build back greener and call on countries around the world to similarly accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.”

The rollout will allow chargepoints to be more recognisable for drivers, helping to create awareness around the transition to EVs – and linking them to the iconic British designs of old that are recognised the world over.

The announcement follows the launch of government’s Transport decarbonisation plan, a world-leading ‘greenprint’ published earlier this summer that sets out a credible path for the UK to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and lead the world in tackling climate change.

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Traction gas springs – a new highly requested product group

Specialist springs group continues to provide the widest range of products to customers in diverse industries across the world. 

Lesjöfors’ product range is growing continuously. We can now also offer traction gas springs that provide immediate power and high safety in applications that require a controlled closing. The products are available both in the standard range and as well as custom-made adapted to individual requirements.

A traction gas spring is different from a conventional gas spring since it is working in the opposite direction, which means that it contracts instead of being pushed out. Unloaded, the piston rod is inside the cylinder while as under load; the force works to pull the rod back into the cylinder. It also has flat progression, which means a relatively even force throughout the stroke, unlike a wire spring where the force increases gradually.

Diversified use

Common applications for traction gas springs are, for example, doors, hatches and lids that open sloping where the function of the gas spring is to retract the door. Traction gas springs can be very useful in a variety of diversified industrial applications.

“We have noticed an increase in demand from the market in recent years and therefore it was just the right time to introduce this product group now. There is a demand from, above all, industrial customers throughout Europe and we are pleased to now be able to supplement our range of gas springs with another in-demand product”, says Greg Lehman, product manager at Lesjöfors Stockholms Fjäder.

Standard or customized versions

Technical engineers from Lesjöfors Stockholms Fjäder have led all development of the traction gas springs in close collaboration with the group’s producing units in South Korea and Latvia. After the summer, Lesjöfors in Latvia will provide a warehouse for the complete standard gas spring range, including traction gas springs.

“We can already offer standard variants in black-painted carbon steel in a number of dimensions. We can also manufacture customized variants in different dimensions or in stainless steel according to the customer’s individual requirements”, says Greg Lehman.

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NGK launches two new product catalogues

Industry specialist launches catalogues packed with information to help installers identify the correct parts

Ignition and sensor specialist NGK has brought out two new product catalogues packed with all the information needed for installers to select the right part for millions of vehicles on the road.

The Spark Plug & Diesel Glow Plug 2021/22 catalogue includes spark plug upgrades and is published with a photo of racing driver and NGK Ambassador Nic Hamilton on the front cover.

Comprising 184 pages, it includes 28 new spark plugs and six new glow plugs, with 6917 applications.

While the company’s new 144-page 2021/22 Ignition Coils & Lead Sets catalogue features six new ignition coils and 294 part numbers with 3211 applications. Lead sets are included in a combined catalogue for the first time with 43 part numbers with 445 applications.

The catalogues are published in hard copy format and will also soon be available to download from the company’s website.

Mark Hallam, Marketing Manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The new catalogues provide the UK and Ireland automotive aftermarket with all the relevant information they need about our original equipment (OE) spark plug and diesel glow plug range and our comprehensive ignition coils and lead sets range.

“They are designed to make the correct selection of our products more straightforward than ever and are sure to be invaluable to workshops and distributors.”

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Nissan worker saves life on way to work

Hero delivers life-saving CPR to an elderly cyclist who went into cardiac arrest.

A factory worker has been hailed a hero after he delivered life-saving CPR to an elderly cyclist who went into cardiac arrest.

Karl Harrison has been praised after he leaped into action when a 76-year-old man collapsed while riding his bike on Washington Road near Nissan Sunderland Plant at about 7.40am on Thursday (12th August).

Karl, who received his first aid training as part of his Quality Assurance job at Nissan from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), saw the pensioner collapse as he drove into work.

Recognising that the cyclist had gone into cardiac arrest, Karl immediately began to perform chest compressions while a colleague called 999.

Paramedics and police arrived on scene a short time later and, with the assistance of a defibrillator, the medical professionals were able to revive the patient.

He was taken to hospital where he is described as being in a stable condition. Emergency services say Karl’s intervention almost certainly saved the man’s life.

PC Mary-Anne Hutchison, of Northumbria Police, attended the factory last week to thank him for his efforts and update him on the pensioner’s condition.

She said: “There is no doubt that the CPR delivered by Karl in the moments after the cyclist collapsed have saved his life.

“He did not think twice about intervening and delivering first aid to this stranger who had collapsed in front of him on his morning commute.

“We have spoken to the cyclist’s family and he is stable in hospital and very grateful to Karl for what he did that day.

“Karl should be very proud of himself and it was our pleasure to meet him on Thursday and deliver the good news about the patient.”

Karl, 43, who lives in Hartlepool, said: “It’s not what you expect at about 7am on your way into work, but human instinct to help just kicks in.

“When I did my CPR training with Nissan and the Ambulance Service I hoped I’d never have to use it, but this just shows why it is so important to get this training.

“I don’t even normally drive that way – by chance I had taken a detour to a newsagents on my way in. It was a collective effort from me and some other passers-by to keep him alive until the paramedics arrived.

“I’m just glad he’s going to be ok.”

Dr Michael Norton, deputy medical director at North East Ambulance Service, said they were delighted that their first aid training had helped save a man’s life and joined the police in praising Karl.

He said: “Cardiac arrest can strike anybody, at any time, in any place, and every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10 per cent.

“CPR is easy to learn and can make a real difference to someone’s chances of survival whilst our ambulance crews are travelling in those first few minutes after someone’s heart stops beating. Your hands could, quite literally, save a life, as Karl has proven here.

“Our trained health advisors will stay on the phone with you and guide you through how to do CPR but there are simple steps everyone can do, from watching the videos on the British Heart Foundation’s website to taking a first aid training course where restrictions allow.

“It’s fantastic to hear such a positive outcome and we wish the patient well in their recovery.”

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