The Anonymous Widower

Silicon Roundabout – 6th January 2021

I took these pictures from the top deck of a 21 bus going North from Moorgate to home.

Note.

January 19, 2021 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Silicon Roundabout – 18th January 2021

I took these pictures in two sets on buses as they navigated the roundabout after the North-East corner was opened and the North-West corner was closed at the weekend.

On A 21 Bus Going South To North

Note.

  1. I was on the lower deck.
  2. It was about ten in the morning.
  3. The bus went to the East side of the station.

The bus was just a big red taxi.

On A 243 Bus Going West

 

Note.

  1. I was on the upper deck.
  2. It was about two in the afternoon.
  3. The bus went to the South side of the station.

The bus was just another big red taxi.

On Foot

Note.

  1. You can’t turn right out of Mallow Street.
  2. The contractors had already started to dig up the North-West corner.
  3. The traffic seemed to be running reasonably freely.

The whole project is supposed to be completed in Autumn 2022.

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

The current status of the four sides of the roundabout are.

  • North-East – In Use – Two-way
  • North-West – Closed
  • South-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-East – In Use – Two-way

Note.

  1. At least the South-East side is substantially finished, with more space for vehicles.
  2. The South-West entrance to the station is still open for passengers.

The new road layout appears to be finished. Although, there is still a lot of pavements and road surfacing to complete.

January 19, 2021 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Top Reasons Many Researchers Prefer Hydrogen Fuel Vehicles Over EVs

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Despite the fact that EVs have experienced far more widespread adoption than hydrogen fuel vehicles, many researchers, engineers and environmentalists – as well as drivers – find the latter option more appealing.

These reasons are given.

  • No substantial lifestyle changes are required.
  • H2 powered cars place less strain on the electric grid.
  • They have a larger range
  • Practicality for a larger range of vehicles

If I was thinking of buying an electric vehicle, I;d look at hydrogen before I decided on the vehicle, I would buy.

I don’t drive, but if I wanted to, I suspect I could get my licence back.

  • I have a garage, that opens onto the street.
  • There is no nearby hydrogen station.
  • If I went any distance over about twenty miles, I’d probably use public transport.

I’d probably choose an electric vehicle.

December 31, 2020 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport | , , | 5 Comments

The Changing Face Of Silicon Roundabout – 6th November 2020

I took these pictures, as I walked round Silicon Roundabout this morning.

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

The current status of the four sides of the roundabout are.

  • North-East – Closed
  • North-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-East – In Use – Two-way

Note.

  1. At least the South-East side is substantially finished, with more space for vehicles.
  2. The North-East and North-West entrances to the station are still open for passengers.

It does look to me, that someone has done their project management.

 

November 6, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 2 Comments

Another Product From Hyperdrive Innovation

My Google Alert for Hyperdrive Innovation has picked up this article on Yahoo, which is entitled RBW EV Roadster Is An Electric Take On The Classic MGB.

This is a paragraph from the article.

Managing Director Peter Swain said: “Our patented system places the electric motor at the rear of the car and Hyperdrive Innovation’s lithium-ion battery technology under the bonnet, which gives perfectly balanced weight distribution. Not only does this give the driver much better handling of the car, retaining that sports car feel, but it also affords maximum battery volume to be housed.

As Hyperdrive Innovation are a partner in Hitachi’s Regional Battery Train, does the MGB go like an electric train?

If I still drove a car, I would buy one.

Having driven a few classic roadsters in my time, what is said about the handling of the car is probably true and I could envisage a small manufacturer building a roaster to that design from scratch.

I used to work with a former Engineering Director of Lotus Cars. After his stories about the great Colin Chapman, I’m sure that fertile brain would now be designing an electric roaster to fit the niche of the classic Lotus Seven and Lotus Elan.

  • Simple, but strong, steel or aluminium chassis.
  • Fibreglass body
  • Battery in the front.
  • If the battery was well-forward, it would improve crashworthiness in a head on crash.
  • Rear wheel drive.

We are uniquely positioned in the UK, with our motor racing heritage to design and build such a car in the UK.

October 8, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Changing Face Of Silicon Roundabout – 7th October 2020

I took these pictures, as I walked round Silicon Roundabout this morning.

The area is certainly changing.

This map from Transport for London shows the future layout.

The current status of the four sides of the roundabout are.

  • North-East – In Use – Two-way
  • North-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-West – In Use – Two-way
  • South-East – Closed

It was originally planned to be finished in 2022.

October 7, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment

BMW: Fuel Cell Electric Drive Trains Could Become Our Fourth Pillar

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on H2 View.

BMW have released this video.

Could this be a significant moment in the future of motoring?

Since the 1970s, BMW have led motoring with advanced vehicles and this seems to be following that trend.

As they say in the video, hydrogen is well suited for SUVs and longer ranges.

Ihope this vehicle is a success, as it could change the colour of personal motoring in a big way!

June 9, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Pedestrians Get More Space In Dalston

I took these pictures in the Kingsland Road in Dalston this morning.

It will be interesting to see how this narrowing works out.

Not just for pedestrians! But for politicians as well!

There has been a certain amount of drivers against the narrowed roads. Who will they vote for in the next election for London Mayor?

 

 

May 19, 2020 Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hiring More Female Lorry Drivers Would Cut Accidents

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in The Times.

A study by the University of Westminster has shown that women drivers have less accidents.

This is a paragraph from the article.

Academics called for more women to be recruited to driving jobs in light of their better road safety record. They said that greater gender equality in positions that rely on motoring skills such as driving taxis, HGVs and delivery vans was needed to help cut deaths.

The article didn’t give any prediction about what will happen in the future.

So here goes!

We are already seeing taxis and delivery vans going zero carbon and I think within twenty years or even less, a large proportion of taxis, HGVs and delivery vans will be either battery-powered, or more likely, in my view, hydrogen-powered.

Look at the LEVC black taxi and compare it to its diesel forerunner.

  • It is more environmentally-friendly.
  • It has a lot of driver and passenger-friendly features.

But it is more expensive.

I suspect that the capital cost of a zero-carbon HGV bus or delivery van, will also be more expensive, than the current diesels.

  • As to the fuel costs between diesel, battery and hydrogen, this would depend on the application, but fuel costs tend to even themselves out.
  • There could be a saving with battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles in terms of maintenance, just because they are less complicated.

Summing up I could say the following.

  • I am fairly sure, that a zero-carbon taxi, HGV bus or delivery van will have an acquisition cost, that is higher than a diesel version.
  • I also think that if the vehicle was run on a twenty-four hour basis, that the fuel costs would be comparable per mile, but maintenance costs would be less.
  • So I think it likely, that vehicle owners would be more likely to want to run vehicles on a twenty-four hour basis, to get a better return on their capital.

Surely, this would require more drivers.

Consider.

  • A lot of black taxis in London are shared between two drivers.
  • There have been several instances, where I have read that a couple have both been London Underground drivers, as they can arrange shifts to fit in with child care and domestic duties.
  • The partner of a driver, will surely know what the job entails.
  • Driving a modern HGV or bus, is a lot less gruelling than it used to be.

Will more family-friendly methods of working emerge, that allows partners of existing drivers to join the profession?

London Underground certainly changed working conditions to get enough driver for the Night Tube.

Conclusion

Would employing more female drivers cut accidents?

It all depends on the quality of the drivers; both male and female.

But, I suspect that improvements in all vehicles in the future, will cut accidents anyway!

 

April 7, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 1 Comment

Should Everybody Aim For NoDrive Months?

Over the last few years, we have had vegan and alcohol-free months.

So why shouldn’t people try to organise months, when they don’t drive?

I suspect people would perhaps start with one summer month in a particular year.

 

January 17, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , | 4 Comments