Wednesday 13 December 2017

Moore power to us; Money can't buy you car; New Rexton; Bravo Bumbleette

Ssangyong Rexton
Ssangyong Rexton

All we have to do is to copy computing to beat climate change, experts say. They reckon a new "carbon law", modelled on Moore's Law in computing, is the way ahead, and will halve carbon emissions and double green energy every five years.

Moore's Law says innovation doubles the number of transistors on a computer chip every two years and has done so for 50 years.

The researchers say similar patterns are emerging for green energy. The senior climate-change scientists claim such a law would make governments and businesses cut carbon emissions and increase green energy.

They believe we are already at the start of the "trajectory" claiming the share of renewables in the energy sector has doubled every 5.5 years.

The Guardian reports them as saying that if doubling continues at that pace, fossil fuels will "exit the energy sector well before 2050"; coal disappears by 2030, and oil by 2040. No worries then.

* The Beatles used to sing that money couldn't buy you love. Here's a new twist: €2.5m can't buy you a McLaren three-seater supercar. The car, codenamed BP23, goes on sale in the UK in 2019.

Aficionados will know the significance of it having the same staggered seat arrangement, with the driver's seat central, as the F1 road car from the 1990s.

The hybrid-engine car will be a 'hyperluxury GT' and just 106 will be made (the same total as the F1).

All 106 are sold out; the company was inundated with applications. Many people had to be told their money couldn't buy them a McLaren.

* Skoda has released a murky teaser image of its latest SUV concept. It will be a forerunner to the marque's first electric car and is expected to go on sale before the Kodiaq coupé but after the next Yeti (later this year).

* SEAT is certainly expanding. Now it has the mid-size Ateca up and running, it is planning the Arona for later this year and then, in 2018, comes the larger flagship third SUV (five and seven seats).

* What a wonderful initiative. Bumbleance, the interactive children's ambulance service has expanded. Now there is a smaller, regionally-based unit, named Bumbleette (built on an extra-long Mercedes Vito body). The décor and elements inside include a huge range of online and interactive elements (wi-fi, audio-visual, child-friendly gizmos). The first of the new Bumbleette vehicles will be based in Donegal, servicing the county and wider north west.

* SsangYong's new Rexton (pictured) will be shown at tomorrow's Seoul motor show. It will be a 181-reg here. It will have Apple Carplay, Android Auto, '3D around-view monitoring' and a 9.2ins screen. It is 4,850mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,800mm high and a 2,864mm wheelbase. It will target the Hyundai Santa Fe in particular. The main engine will be a new 2.2-litre diesel.

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