So now your dreams could become true, if your pockets are deep enough and be the proud owner of an Aston Martin DB5
The carmaker has announced that it is to make 25 , which will also include some of the gadgets such as , revolving number plate , rear smokescreen, battering rams everything bar the ejector seat , which a spokesman joked would have been a nightmare getting past “health and safety”.
The cars will all be silver with 282 bhp and reaching 0-60 in 7.1 seconds with a top speed just short of 150 mph.
So the price just a mere 2.75 million and don’t think about nipping down the shops in one ,they are not going to road legal and will be just for private grounds and tracks , so a real toy for the boys and girls.
The increase in electric cars will with out doubt have a great influence on employment levels within the motor industry .
Gone will be the days of in the case of Aston Martin where each individual engine has a signed plaque , for the person who built it a lovely personal touch. Some engines can have up 1200 components compare that to its electric counterpart with a mere 24 , it is clear the effect that will have.
A further impact will be the servicing and maintenance of vehicles , which is a main income for dealerships , this will decline and the new technology allows for fewer services due to the fact they are less moving parts so less to go wrong. Added to that the new players Telsa and Volvo are moving away from the big shinny showroom , opting for central shopping centres resulting in less staffing needs.
The switch to electric will without doubt take time and will not be an overnight problems but also without doubt is the long term effect on employment within the industry .
Speed Cameras around the UK have been found to have varying tolerances , at the start of 2019 it was alleged that some cameras were calibrated to the extent that even one mile over the 70 limit would generate a ticket. From a freedom of information request it was found that most forces use 10% plus 2 miles , so allowing a good error margin for both drivers and speedometers, however the Metropolitan Police are more generous with 10% + 3 miles, citing volume of traffic means a greater tolerance is required. Whilst some forces refused to provide any information for fear of encouraging speeding .
Three people had to be saved from the roof of their car, while trying to cross a ford , the Fire Service had to deploy an inflatable raft to bring them back and they warned against crossing fords or any body of water.
2019 sees more new electric models being launched , but sales are still low , in a recent poll buyers were asked to rate their understanding of the technology , they rated their initial knowledge as 2.7 out of 5 rising to 3.4 after a 10 day period but this fell back by a point after 3 weeks, which give rise to concern about conflicting information.
Further research found cost was a huge factor in the lack of sales followed by concerns over the lack of flexibility afforded by petrol or diesel options.
Thanks in a large part to China where Aston Martin’s client base is 50% female together with the emerging Saudi market who have now lifted restrictions on women drivers , the company is seeing an up turn in its sales to women.
The company is keen to expand this market but are keen to state “There will be no pinking and shrinking” and have set up a female advisory board on how to approach this client base from design to advertising , whist not disturbing their current client base being mainly male.
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