A Friend of mine is the MD of Endemol Shine North and he needed someone he could trust to help them with the first series of Supercarmegabuild so he called on me. Essentially I project manage the car builds, source the suppliers and contractors for the builds, source the cars,give technical advice, help come up with storylines and even do some stunt driving. I guess I did a good enough job as since then I have helped with 3 other shows for them.
Hi I am Danny and I am the MD of Autodan LTD. I have had my own business for 25 years now. Our Business is a large independent garage in Hampshire, we have recently added Re-mapping to our business for both performance and economy.
I am also a Car Producer for Endemol Shine North and have helped produce Supercarmegabuild for National Geographic and Ali A’s Superchargers for CBBC.
I think there is still Mileage to be had from the internal combustion engine and its development until a credible alternative comes along for energy storage that has a real world lower emissions level from its build to disposal. At the moment it seems Governments are doing something for the sake of doing something even if that doing something is actually worse for the environment than doing nothing.
What interests me about the switch over to Full or Hybrid Electric vehicles is it seems only about point of use emissions, I have read a lot of articles about the environmental impact of Electric vehicles from construction to disposal including the replacement batteries when needed and disposal of the battery packs and it seems that we are just kicking the football down the road until it becomes too big to kick. The point of use Emissions will of course be lower but the Carbon footprint seems to come out higher which should be of concern if true? Not to mention the impact on the Environment of mining the materials used in the batteries.
I recently read an article about Hydrogen as an alternative fuel, this seems a better approach if the energy used to make the Hydrogen is renewable. It does indeed take more energy to create the Hydrogen than we get back out of it, however this isn’t a problem if we use Solar, wind tidal and any other renewable source as it comes on line. These Renewable sources can be used when the demand is not there on the grid to create Hydrogen, turning the Hydrogen into an energy store, a kind of battery which can then be used in Fuel cells or even internal combustion engines. I also read another article a few years ago that a research part of Oxford University had designed a way of capturing Hydrogen in small bead form that flowed like a liquid and could be delivered using existing infrastructure. Just my thoughts as we sit at a crossroads for personal transport.