Is history repeating for electric cars?

Mark Schneider | 13/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

New car buyers are faced with more vehicle choices than ever before, and it’s not just about make and model. Today we can choose between petrol and diesel engines, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and even pure electric vehicles. Well history has a way of repeating itself and you may be interested to learn that today’s plethora of choice is a curious echo of an earlier age, especially when it comes to electric cars. Electric was more popular than petrol Electric cars have a su...

Slow but steady roll out for Australia's "electric roads"

Mark Schneider | 19/06/2015 11:10:34 AM

Australia has quite a way to go before an electric car becomes a practical proposition for anyone but the most city-bound motorists, but a couple of recent developments have eliminated “range anxiety” on some key routes. In April electric car maker Tesla announced that a supercharger station would be opened in Goulburn New South Wales by mid year, making it possible for Tesla owners to travel between Sydney and Canberra. Recharging their car is free. It’s part of Tes...

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How Fuel Is Made From Crude Oil

Jess Wallace | 10/10/2014 9:33:10 AM

We use it every time we start our vehicles and spend a fortune on the stuff, yet most of us wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to how it’s made, let alone that it’s made from crude oil. This article is here to explain how fuel is changed from its natural state to the fuel we pump into our vehicles at the local petrol station.  Where it all begins It all begins with crude oil – a black substance made up of what people in white coats call hydrocarbons. Crud...

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The power of 24/7 Information

Kirsten Brent | 8/07/2013 10:18:38 AM

In today’s global society where everyone is constantly connected by the Internet, the world of business has also become more global in nature than ever before. Because of the differences in time zones and the round-the-clock nature of modern living, resolving issues and spotting problems at any hour is more important than ever. The power of 24/7 information allows business owners to be constantly connected to every aspect of their companies, and fleet management is no exception. The...

The modern approach to road trip planning

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 31/05/2013 11:51:10 AM

The road trip is a sacred ritual carried out by all self-respecting motorists, but is it keeping up with the times? Ask most people how they plan their road trips, and you’ll get a variety of answers from the haphazard to the old school. Only rarely do you find someone who is using the best tool of all, Google maps. Yes, most will use it, along with a sat nav to get some directions and alternative routes, but would you think of using it to learn and discover more about the route itself?...

No More Bulldust–The history of Australian roads

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 6/05/2013 10:20:25 AM

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Australia’s roads are a massive part of the landscape and it seems the more we write about them, the more interesting they and their history become. After writing a number of articles on the topic, we decided to write a piece on the history of our roads. How were they built, when were they built and how the country built such a huge network of roads in such a short timeframe. It’s easy to forget the impact of a fully rolled ...

Car security explored

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 8/02/2013 1:39:30 PM

With the exception of the 2011/12 financial year, car thefts have been falling for the past 10 years. Like the dramatic falls in car related fatalities, huge improvements have been seen in the area but as long as cars are still being stolen and unrecoved there is still room for improvement. With all that in mind we thought we would go through some of the important features which may help in your efforts to protect your car.   What are the most popular/standard features? The sta...

The connected car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 1/02/2013 1:47:20 PM

For many a “connected car” means plugging your smart phone into the cigarette lighter/charger or, if you’re lucky connecting your car and phone via Bluetooth. In car information systems vary from poor to downright archaic. I can’t tell you how many new or near new cars I’ve driven which wouldn’t even give me information on my litres per 100km figure. So whats going on? Why are our favourite vehicles so far behind a device as small as a smartphone?   ...

Look mum no hands – Googles self-driving car

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/12/2012 12:29:30 PM

“You look at self-driving cars. You know a lot of people die, and there's a lot of wasted labour. The better transportation you have, the more choice in jobs.” Those were the words of much respected Larry Page on the topic of why Google is working on a self driving car. On reading the quote it appears that Page has over-cooked the explanation, a simple “It sounded like fun” would have covered it. Regardless of his and Googles motivations, its clear to all that mass...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. The list rules Usi...

Changing Times - Logbooks and FBT

Michael Hunt and Rory Deegan | 7/09/2012 1:47:15 PM

2011 and 2012 were years of big change in the Australian tax landscape. The headlines were grabbed by new costs on carbon and proposals for mining profits taxes. While all this was happening a major shift also occurred in the area of FBT (Fringe Benefit Tax). In short the new situation will see the rates of FBT flattened to 20% across all kilometre ranges from 1 April 2014. What made the change remarkable was the fact that the previous system actually granted drivers lower rates as a res...

Driving and behavioural change

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 24/08/2012 8:38:19 AM

Just this week French car maker Peugeot was hauled over the coals by the Advertising Standards Board. What was their offence? Could it be scantily clad ladies, perhaps some questionable claims about fuel efficiency or maybe it was some underestimation on the car price? Surprising as it may seem, their only offence was a hand being waved outside the vehicle in their recent advert for the 4008 SUV (pictured). Many will think this is a vast overreaction and many more will argue that Peugeots off...

Drink driving laws - the new landscape

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 17/08/2012 8:46:20 AM

"Alcohol is currently a factor in almost a third of crashes in which people are killed and seriously injured on Western Australian roads,'' those were the words of WA Police and Road Safety Minister, Liza Harvey. The minister delivered the frankly shocking statistic in an interview where she went on to explain the new crackdown on drink driving in the Wildflower State. The crackdown, which mainly rotates around the confiscating of licences before court cases, is one of many acros...

Holden Colorado -Don't think, don't hope, do

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 10/08/2012 8:55:20 AM

In the recent ad campaign for the Holden Colorado the famous Hawthorn AFL coach John Kennedy Snr. is heard booming in the background. His famous "Don't think, don't hope, do!" speach compels us to consider his words in the wider context of how Holden is managing its own current difficulties. I first saw the Colorado at the 2011 Perth motor show where it was unveiled amid a flurry of flash bulbs and cheers. Fast forward a year and a few months and the mood at Holden HQ has ch...

The road trip checklist

Fleetcare Government Department and Rory Deegan | 3/08/2012 9:01:38 AM

Ah, the road trip. We’ve all had one, hated one, loved one or just had one we simply could not avoid. In Australia, like in the US, the long haul car trip is an institution with its own traditions and unique culture. Done well, it can be an enjoyable way to see the Australian bush and countryside. Done poorly and you’ll be at the mercy of the emergency services. With this in mind we took to creating a road trip checklist to help all those new at the experience.   The li...

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