Paul Nieuwenhuis

Paul Nieuwenhuis was born in the Netherlands and studied in Australia, Belgium, Spain and Scotland, where he obtained an MA and PhD from Edinburgh University. A lifelong interest in cars and car making allowed him to get a job with the Motor Industry Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. The unit was later privatized and this moved him into the consultancy world, carrying out projects for most of the world’s car and truck makers, as well as governments and international organisations. Since 1990, he has been with the Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR) at Cardiff University. CAIR specialises in the economic and strategic aspects of the world automotive sector, giving it a rare overview of the industry. Here he also developed his special interest in the problems of making personal mobility compatible with the need for sustainability. In 2001 he became a founder member of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Centre for Business Responsibility, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University. More recently he created the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence with colleagues at the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. He has advised the EU Commission, State Planning Bureau of the Peoples’ Republic of China and the OECD, among others. At Cardiff University he teaches on the MSc and MBA programmes and is co-founder of the Post Graduate Diploma in Motoring Journalism taught by the School of Journalism. His main interests have been historic and environmental and publications have been in these areas, e.g. The Green Car Guide (1992), The Death of Motoring? (1997), The Automotive Industry and the Environment (2003), The Business of Sustainable Mobility (edited, 2006), a string of articles, and he also contributed to the Beaulieu Encyclopaedia of the Automobile. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and of the Society of Automotive Historians.

Elon Musk of Tesla fame suggested recently that the idea of a recall should be recalled. He was making the point that in the case of his Tesla Model S, much of the car’s software can be reconfigured remotely and in fact where most traditional manufacturers would require a trip to the dealer for most software updates – if they bother...Full Article »
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