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Peter
Els

Peter Els

After qualifying as an Automotive Engineer, Peter has spent 40 years in the South African Automotive industry. Having started his career with Nissan’s product development division, automotive technology and engineering remain his passion.

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Rearview mirrors have been around for more than a hundred years, but few people are aware that the first rearview mirror fitted to a car played a pivotal role in delivering a race win! Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, mostly thanks to him fitting a mirror to his Marmon Wasp while all the other competitors had to drag around a “
Rearview mirrors have been around for more than a hundred years, but few people are aware that the first rearview mirror fitted to a car played a pivotal role in delivering a race win! Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, mostly thanks to him fitting a mirror to his Marmon Wasp while all the other competitors had to drag around a “...Full Article »
Current Lithium-ion batteries rely on the flow of ions through a liquid electrolyte between two electrodes; however, cells incorporating a liquid electrolyte are prone to problems, including low charge retention, reduced efficiency when operating at high and low temperature and susceptibility to thermal runaway.
Current Lithium-ion batteries rely on the flow of ions through a liquid electrolyte between two electrodes; however, cells incorporating a liquid electrolyte are prone to problems, including low charge retention, reduced efficiency when operating at high and low temperature and susceptibility to thermal runaway....Full Article »
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For more than a century, motor vehicle suspension systems have been associated with ride and handling, but the rapid deployment of electric and hybrid cars has added a whole new dimension: To overcome EV customers’ range anxiety, engineers are turning to “regeneration” of energy.
For more than a century, motor vehicle suspension systems have been associated with ride and handling, but the rapid deployment of electric and hybrid cars has added a whole new dimension: To overcome EV customers’ range anxiety, engineers are turning to “regeneration” of energy....Full Article »
Before the 2014 Formula One season had even kicked off in Australia, race followers were already decrying the lack of a screaming exhaust note from the 1.6 liter turbocharged V6 engines. The fact that these little powerhouses were putting out more than 450 kW from the ICE, with a further 120 kW from the electric motor seems to have gone unnoticed
Before the 2014 Formula One season had even kicked off in Australia, race followers were already decrying the lack of a screaming exhaust note from the 1.6 liter turbocharged V6 engines. The fact that these little powerhouses were putting out more than 450 kW from the ICE, with a further 120 kW from the electric motor seems to have gone unnoticed...Full Article »
For the layperson whose knowledge of turbocharged engines comes primarily from their experience behind the wheel of a car it may come as quite a shock to learn that the car engine is a bit of a latecomer when it comes to enjoying the benefits of turbocharging: Unlike mainstream passenger car engines that have only recently turned to forced
For the layperson whose knowledge of turbocharged engines comes primarily from their experience behind the wheel of a car it may come as quite a shock to learn that the car engine is a bit of a latecomer when it comes to enjoying the benefits of turbocharging: Unlike mainstream passenger car engines that have only recently turned to forced...Full Article »
Electric vehicles first appeared in the mid 19th century and were so efficient that an electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900. However, the relatively high cost, low top speed and short range of battery electric vehicles compared to the emerging internal combustion engine vehicles led to a worldwide decline in
Electric vehicles first appeared in the mid 19th century and were so efficient that an electric vehicle held the vehicular land speed record until around 1900. However, the relatively high cost, low top speed and short range of battery electric vehicles compared to the emerging internal combustion engine vehicles led to a worldwide decline in...Full Article »
Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are one of the most promising solutions to long term emission targets in the automotive industry, and the electrification of transport is a growing trend. Potentially more efficient and much greener than internal combustion engines, advances in battery and powertrain technologies mean better performance and
Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are one of the most promising solutions to long term emission targets in the automotive industry, and the electrification of transport is a growing trend. Potentially more efficient and much greener than internal combustion engines, advances in battery and powertrain technologies mean better performance and...Full Article »
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In Western car-interior design, the center of attention is mostly on the driver, whereas in China, emphasis is placed on the other passengers. So because of this, and other cultural differences, many Western OEMs are choosing to incorporate subtle design changes to better meet the needs of the market in this area.
In Western car-interior design, the center of attention is mostly on the driver, whereas in China, emphasis is placed on the other passengers. So because of this, and other cultural differences, many Western OEMs are choosing to incorporate subtle design changes to better meet the needs of the market in this area....Full Article »
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The past two decades have probably been the most innovative years in the history of the automotive industry. The speed at which the spotlight has moved from downsized IC engines to PHEVs and onto full EVs and fully self-driving cars is absolutely astounding, and every time we look at these advances and try and imagine what the future might look
The past two decades have probably been the most innovative years in the history of the automotive industry. The speed at which the spotlight has moved from downsized IC engines to PHEVs and onto full EVs and fully self-driving cars is absolutely astounding, and every time we look at these advances and try and imagine what the future might look...Full Article »
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There’s a potential constraint to EV growth. Namely, where will all this electricity come from? By 2040, electric cars will draw 1,900 terawatt-hours of electricity, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That’s equivalent to ten percent of humanity’s electricity produced last year.
There’s a potential constraint to EV growth. Namely, where will all this electricity come from? By 2040, electric cars will draw 1,900 terawatt-hours of electricity, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). That’s equivalent to ten percent of humanity’s electricity produced last year....Full Article »
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