The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says car-makers that still refused to share service and repair data with independent workshops are costing consumers $1 billion a year. ACCC chairman Rod Sims told the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics that consumers were being disadvantaged by car-makers that cite safety reasons for not granting Continue reading No repair data sharing costs $1b a year: ACCC
Two people were hospitalised with “significant” burns caused by a refrigeration compressor explosion at the food court of Parabanks Shopping Centre in Adelaide on September 7. A tradesperson working on the compressor reportedly suffered full body burns to their chest and face in the incident, which also inflicted burns to the legs of the owner Continue reading Another hydrocarbon refrigerant incident?
We may never see an EV battery pack capable of providing a million-mile (1.6 million km) range, but one capable of enough discharge and recharge cycles to carry a vehicle this huge distance could become available as soon as next year, according to Tesla. The main benefit of this battery technology could be to help Continue reading Mooted million-mile battery pack could be electric truck game-changer
The Porsche Taycan pictured above is hooked up to an Australian-made ultra rapid charger capable of zapping a colossal 350kW into the battery of an electric vehicle, provided it is capable of handling this level of throughput. Porsche has engineered the Taycan to take a not-inconsiderable 270kW of charge when plugged into the right 800-volt Continue reading Porsche has Taycan thermal management to new heights with its EV
VASA has been saying it for some time, but now Denso sees thermal management as one of its most important focus areas. Denso CEO of thermal systems in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Marco Di Rao, predicts that heat pumps and thermal management will be“key enablers of the electrification of mobility”. “First of all, Continue reading Denso zeroes in on heat pumps
A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) is highlights both direct and indirect emissions caused by automotive air-conditioning, recommending governments take a holistic approach to addressing these issues that includes the adoption of low-GWP refrigerants, improved system efficiency and increased vehicle electrification. Few reports of this kind cover both direct and indirect emissions, usually Continue reading Auto-AC has big energy role to play in reducing emissions
The red R134a sticker on a refrigerant line fitting in the image above is found under the bonnet of a cutting-edge electric vehicle that is selling well in Australia. The Hyundai Kona. Inset is a J639 label from another hi-tech EV, the Jaguar I-Pace, sold in Australia carrying 850 grams of R134a. The Kona uses Continue reading Car-makers keep using high-GWP refrigerant