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  • | Hibiscusmatters June 17, 201512

    Motoring&transport

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    A nationwide network of stations that can charge an electric car in 1025 minutes is the vision that is being brought to fruition by Steve and Dee West.

    A new Tesla S will set you back around $110,000, but cost next to nothing to run.

    Charging stations just around the cornerThe couple, who have a property in Matakana, drive a Tesla S one of only six in the country and also have the older model Tesla roadster and a Nissan Leaf.Their enthusiasm for electric vehicles, which Steve describes as making perfect sense for New Zealand has led them to set up a business and website this year, focused on rolling out a nationwide network of fast charging stations that anyone can use.Normally an electric car is charged overnight using power from the grid, as it sits in the garage. This is because electric vehicles have a charger built in that converts the AC power from the grid into DC power for the cars battery. Due to size and weight constraints this onboard charger is limited in power and so typically takes six hours to fully charge a car.The Rapid DC Chargers are a powerful unit that allows electric vehicle owners to charge their car in around 25 minutes. They are a much larger version of the onboard charger, and convert high power 3-phase AC into very powerful DC current. This dramatically reduces the charge time.Free from the constraints imposed by the hazardous nature of traditional fossil-based transport fuels, charging

    stations can be placed in much more convenient locations like shopping malls and supermarkets where you would typically park for at least 20-30 minutes anyway, Steve says.The stations cost around $40,000 each and the plan is to start by placing them in the areas of highest electric vehicle ownership Auckland and Wellington, then extend the network in a linear fashion along well-used routes such as State Highway 1.Currently the first one is being tested in Auckland, two more are due to come into the country in July and 20 more in August.Users will be billed for using the stations based on the amount of power used.Steve says because New Zealands power grid comes from almost 80 percent renewable energy, electric vehicles are ideal.We spend $5.5 billion on petrol in this country each year, and the running cost

    of an electric vehicle is a quarter that of a petrol-driven engine, Steve says. There is virtually no maintenance on an electric vehicle as there are no spark plugs, no oil and very little that can wear out. Just brakes, tires and wipers!If you cant afford the Tesla S, which costs around $110,000 and has a 400km range on a single charge, there is the Nissan Leaf (120km range), which Steve says can be bought on the second hand market for around $20,000. He says on Trade Me they are selling around 50 of these a month.Several other car manufacturers, including BMW and Audi, have also introduced electric or hybrid models.We drive electric cars because they are environmentally friendly, and the way of the future, but they are also utterly silent and have a lot of torque at low speed which makes them very zippy when you take off from the lights.Info: charge.net.nz

    High tech electronics are increasingly running our vehicles for us, and some of the latest innovations show that drivers input is becoming less and less important. Car manufacturers have been working on electronic systems to make cars safer, and some of these make their debut in Europe this year. These include technology that helps drivers detect blind spots and alerts them when theyre not paying attention to the road. Should a driver fall asleep and not respond to the warning, the system applies the brakes by itself. There is also a collision mitigation braking system that delivers an audio and visual warning when there is a risk of a head-on collision. Again, if the driver fails to react, the car automatically brakes. Gas generated from sewage and food waste is being harnessed in Britain to run buses. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, trialled at the end of last year, produces fewer emissions than diesel engines and can travel up to 300km on a tank of gas.At the end of last year Google had its first fully functional driverless car ready for testing on public roads. Google also created a self-driving system utilising sensors and computers that can be fitted to SUVs. Countries like Britain and America are working on laws to allow driverless cars.

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    A touch of glamour or quirky individuality can now be added to any vehicle and have become more affordable thanks to the latest self-adhesive vinyls. Karen Browne of NZ Sign Solutions in Silverdale says car owners overseas are increasingly personalising the appearance of their vehicles to suit their own tastes and to create an individual look.She says paint finishes that would normally cost thousands of dollars in a paint shop or finishes that simply cannot be achieved with paint can now easily be realised with the use of self-adhesive vinyls.We are talking about some detailing on the hood, roof, boot, bumper, door panel, exterior mirror or featuring the wheels or wheel arches in a contrast texture thats often all it takes to turn an ordinary car into a statement, Karen says. Were not suggesting the Pimp my Ride conversions that are popular with boy and girl racers, but detailing that makes your car stand out from the crowd, unique and eye-catching. And it doesnt stop with the exterior, the interior can be personalised too. Brushed stainless or aluminium is popular inside.You may have compromised on the type of vehicle you bought (we all want the Ferrari) and settled for a model that will take the kids, so this kind of detailing allows you to refuse to be ordinary and changes your vehicle into a head-turner.There are a huge number of patterns available that faithfully reproduce wood, stone, brushed metal, chrome, leather and so on, but the most fashionable patterns are from the Carbon Fibre-look vinyls. Carbon Fibre Finish is a vinyl film that looks like the real thing but is less expensive and more versatile. Karen

    Personalising your car, inside or out, can now be done with vinyl that looks like carbon fibre or brushed aluminium/copper.

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    says it is perfect for wrapping exterior car surfaces such as bonnets, side view mirrors and interior plastic. Another trend is matt colours, such as Matt Black and Matt Khaki, which stand out for being unusual amongst the shiny finishes. All are scratch resistant and durable.Depending on the size of the vehicle, installation by a professional installer can take less than a day and once the film is applied the car can go straight back on to the road so there is no down time waiting for paint to dry and cure.The advantage of using vinyl as opposed to paint is that the film provides protection to the paintwork and also can be removed, allowing the car to be returned to its original condition if needed, Karen says.

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    Engine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justy fit together at Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

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    Check EngineThe check engine or service engine soon light comes on to alert you that your vehicles onboard computer has detected a problem with the emissions system on your vehicle. This could indicate something simple like a loose gas cap or a more serious issue.

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    Engine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justy fit together at Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

    Advanced Engine Diagnostic To keep-up with technological advances in the mo-tor industry and the manufacturing techniques our mechanics are fully trained to check and service all models and makes.

    Complex faults, advanced systems, delicate sen-sors and actuators arent a problem for our team, our sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully tests your car to detect faults and potential fail-ures, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights in all Japanese and European makes and models.

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    Check EngineThe check engine or service engine soon light comes on to alert you that your vehicles onboard computer has detected a problem with the emissions system on your vehicle. This could indicate something simple like a loose gas cap or a more serious issue.

    ComputersMost cars these days have a lot of computer equipment keeping things running behind the scenes. We will diagnose any problems and aim to repair the fault.

    Fuel InjectionIf you are having trouble starting your engine, or it is cutting out or idling noisily, you could have dirty fuel injectors. We recommend you get them cleaned at around every 60,000km. Clean fuel injectors can result in lower fuel consumption.

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    ComputersMost cars these days have a lot of computer equipment keeping things running behind the scenes. We will diagnose any problems and aim to repair the fault.

    Fuel InjectionIf you are having trouble starting your engine, or it is cutting out or idling noisily, you could have dirty fuel injectors. We recommend you get them cleaned at around every 60,000km. Clean fuel injectors can result in lower fuel consumption.

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    History

    Driving challenges of the 1920sBefore you grizzle about the state of the roads today, think back to what earlier generations had to cope with.By the early 1920s motoring was taking off in NZ and while there might have been only a few cars in what is now the Hibiscus Coast, there were at least 70 motorists in Warkworth. Most cars were imported from the USA as they were cheaper than the British models and the after sales service was apparently superior. Adventurers wrote detailed reports of their journeys and the places they visited. A run from Auckland to Orewa was a favourite trip and motorists were enthusiastic about the beautiful beach surrounded by green hills. One visitor commented that it was a great place to build a town and he could imagine all the distant hills covered with bungalows!The biggest snag was the state of the roads. The road from Dairy Flat to Silverdale came in for particularly harsh criticism. Built on clay, it was virtually impassable in wet weather and travellers were advised to carry chains. Driving along Orewa Beach was preferable to the recently built main road. Signposts had only just started to appear and there were complaints that these showed destinations but gave no indication of mileage. One correspondent suggested that the name of each settlement should be painted on the schools so that people knew where they were.Most early cars were open tourers (imagine the dust in summer) but by the mid-1920s more closed cars were imported. Early motorists used hand signals to indicate which way they were turning; these could not be seen at night. One enterprising driver invented a device to fit onto the bonnet that lit up to show his intention to turn.Steam and electric cars were experimented with. Motorists complained about the price of petrol and one columnist (in 1923) speculated that by 1973 steam and electric cars would replace oil fuelled vehicles. He also predicted that traffic control would be a problem. Intersections in the 1920s were controlled by pointsmen. Pedestrians were generally seen as a nuisance to motorists. People were not used to cars children played in the streets and left behind rocks and litter and tried to poke sticks through the spokes of slow moving vehicles. People crossed busy streets right in front of cars. It took time to adjust to this splendid new craze.

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    Engine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justy fit together at Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

    Advanced Engine Diagnostic To keep-up with technological advances in the mo-tor industry and the manufacturing techniques our mechanics are fully trained to check and service all models and makes.

    Complex faults, advanced systems, delicate sen-sors and actuators arent a problem for our team, our sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully tests your car to detect faults and potential fail-ures, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights in all Japanese and European makes and models.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHDiagnostic Service Centre

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Alternators Batteries Brake Repairs Clutches Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Check EngineThe check engine or service engine soon light comes on to alert you that your vehicles onboard computer has detected a problem with the emissions system on your vehicle. This could indicate something simple like a loose gas cap or a more serious issue.

    ComputersMost cars these days have a lot of computer equipment keeping things running behind the scenes. We will diagnose any problems and aim to repair the fault.

    Fuel InjectionIf you are having trouble starting your engine, or it is cutting out or idling noisily, you could have dirty fuel injectors. We recommend you get them cleaned at around every 60,000km. Clean fuel injectors can result in lower fuel consumption.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHAuto Electrical Serviceing

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Batteries Lights Fault Finding Trailers Wired Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Engine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justy fit together at Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

    Advanced Engine Diagnostic To keep-up with technological advances in the mo-tor industry and the manufacturing techniques our mechanics are fully trained to check and service all models and makes.

    Complex faults, advanced systems, delicate sen-sors and actuators arent a problem for our team, our sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully tests your car to detect faults and potential fail-ures, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights in all Japanese and European makes and models.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHDiagnostic Service Centre

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Alternators Batteries Brake Repairs Clutches Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Check EngineThe check engine or service engine soon light comes on to alert you that your vehicles onboard computer has detected a problem with the emissions system on your vehicle. This could indicate something simple like a loose gas cap or a more serious issue.

    ComputersMost cars these days have a lot of computer equipment keeping things running behind the scenes. We will diagnose any problems and aim to repair the fault.

    Fuel InjectionIf you are having trouble starting your engine, or it is cutting out or idling noisily, you could have dirty fuel injectors. We recommend you get them cleaned at around every 60,000km. Clean fuel injectors can result in lower fuel consumption.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHAuto Electrical Serviceing

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Batteries Lights Fault Finding Trailers Wired Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 1507 7 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland

    [email protected]

    Engine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justy fit together at Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

    Advanced Engine Diagnostic To keep-up with technological advances in the mo-tor industry and the manufacturing techniques our mechanics are fully trained to check and service all models and makes.

    Complex faults, advanced systems, delicate sen-sors and actuators arent a problem for our team, our sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully tests your car to detect faults and potential fail-ures, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights in all Japanese and European makes and models.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHDiagnostic Service Centre

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Alternators Batteries Brake Repairs Clutches Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Check EngineThe check engine or service engine soon light comes on to alert you that your vehicles onboard computer has detected a problem with the emissions system on your vehicle. This could indicate something simple like a loose gas cap or a more serious issue.

    ComputersMost cars these days have a lot of computer equipment keeping things running behind the scenes. We will diagnose any problems and aim to repair the fault.

    Fuel InjectionIf you are having trouble starting your engine, or it is cutting out or idling noisily, you could have dirty fuel injectors. We recommend you get them cleaned at around every 60,000km. Clean fuel injectors can result in lower fuel consumption.

    [email protected]

    CORNISH

    Silverdale Phone 09 444 15077 Furnace Place, Silverdale, Auckland.

    AUTOTECHAuto Electrical Serviceing

    Courtesy vehicles available

    We do it all - Batteries Lights Fault Finding Trailers Wired Cambelts Cooling Systems CV Shafts & Boots Engines Exhausts Fuel Systems Gear Boxes Starter Motors Suspension and Shocks Transmission Services

    Diagnostic Service CentreEngine diagnostic checks and the latest motor vehicle testing technology justly fit togetherat Cornish Autotech. Our experienced diagnostics team understand the importance of frequent engine checks, servicing and maintenance, to extend the life of your vehicle parts.

    Advanced Engine DiagnosticTo keep up with technological advances in the motor industry and the manufacturing techniques, our mechanics are fully trained to check and service all models and makes.Complex faults, advanced systems, delicate sensors and actuators arent a problem for our team. Our sophisticated state of the art equipment, fully tests your car to detect faults and potential failures, allowing us to confidently re-set service lights in all Japanese and European makes and models.

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    A ferry survey recently conducted by Cr John Watson shows that passengers using the increased service from Gulf Harbour are hoping for even more sailings.Cr Watson conducted his survey at the end of April, and received 101 responses to the survey forms, which were handed to ferry passengers leaving Gulf Harbour.The responses showed support for a service every 30 minutes at peak times as well as weekend sailings and a late ferry on Fridays.Commuters commented that parking on the Hammerhead is an issue for later commuters, there is no footpath leading to the terminal, no covered parking for bikes and inadequate lighting.Cr Watson says his survey indicates that most ferry users come from east of Manly. Anyone living east of the Plaza and working in the city should

    be considering the ferry. Its going to be easily the fastest and most efficient way to get into town, given congestion on Whangaparaoa Rd and the Northern Motorway, Cr Watson says.Cr Watson says its hoped that additional sailings will be put on as a new ferry contract is negotiated over the next year, moving towards a half hourly frequency at peak times and ultimately to an all-day service. Improvements to the type of vessels being used could also reduce the travelling time to something like 35 minutes.AT begins its review of the increased ferry service next month, one year after it began and Fairway Bay developer Top Harbour is running a survey to find out from users and potential users what time they want to catch the ferry. There is a link to the survey attached to this story at localmatters.co.nz

    The Coast has a strong history of ferry usage and this includes a precedent for developers supporting a ferry service. At Manly, land was selling slowly in the 1920s. To aid the sale of their sections the first developers of Manly, Laurie Taylor and Ted Brown, built a wharf at Little Manly. It was an impressive looking structure, pictured, that stretched far into the bay. They also bought a launch called the Star of Manly to bring people up from Auckland. Unfortunately this steamer caught fire after six months and thereafter they had to rely on the vessels of the Northern Steamship Company, which regularly sailed up to Little Manly and Arkles Bay.

    Coast ferry users surveyed