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Are You Looking for Commercial Vehicle Services in Brisbane?

One thing’s for sure – Australians love their commercial vehicles, especially in Queensland. They’re everywhere! And even once they’ve retired from their working life, they are often transformed into campervans to continue their adventures.

It’s important to remember that having a commercial vehicle is very different in some respects from having a car. It requires different safety checks, different registration and different servicing and repairs.

Once you reach a certain size of commercial vehicle, it can also affect where you take it for servicing, as not all workshops are equipped for larger vehicles. And if it is a European model, you will need to take the vehicle to a specialist technician for best results.

It is extremely important to keep commercial vehicle services up-to-date, especially if you are relying on the vehicle for work. It is altogether more efficient and cost-effective to prevent rather than cure.

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One of the biggest problems faced by owners of commercial vehicles in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, is unexpected breakdowns. It’s never going to be convenient and you can almost guarantee it will happen at the worst possible time.

Whatever business you’re in, a breakdown is likely to affect your customers and your income. It means you or your employee are unable to get to the customer for starters. What if it was an emergency? What if the vehicle was carrying an urgent delivery, or refrigerated goods? It’s a stressful situation for sure.

Then, to make matters worse, it will probably cost more to repair than it would have to prevent.

Another ‘biggie’ is safety. If you fail to properly maintain your commercial vehicle, and it is involved in an accident, you could face very serious consequences. Apart from the legal and insurance implications, there’s the safety of your employees to consider. You could also end up paying out a lot of money in Workcover.

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Remember, your commercial vehicle can be pulled over at any time by the police or safety inspectors. You could end up with a handful of defect notices and some hefty fines.

All this can be avoided by regularly using commercial vehicle services. Well maintained commercial vehicles run more efficiently and use less fuel – one of the biggest business costs. As they are less likely to break down, you will be able to keep your customers happy, too.

In most cases, it’s not the business owner is against regular servicing, it’s just difficult to fit it in. If you only have one vehicle, you know that vehicle will be off the road for a couple of hours. However, isn’t that better than being off the road for days? Or losing your licence?

If you have a fleet of commercial vehicles, you may wish to consider a fleet management arrangement. Your mechanic will keep records of your vehicles and will be able to stagger servicing dates and repairs to suit you.

Innovative Technology

The good news is that commercial vehicle manufacturers are heavily investing in new innovative technology to make the vehicles more durable, reliable and eco-friendly, as well as comfortable to drive. Expect to see more hybrid vans over the next year or two.

Intelligent navigation will no doubt be welcomed by any tradie or delivery driver who has quite literally driven around in circles to find a destination! In addition, the GPS data is sent to the engine control system to select the most efficient rpm.

Of course, safety is also in the spotlight, as well as the prospect of autonomous driving. Increased digitalization will make it far easier to manage a fleet of commercial vehicles in Brisbane and Australia-wide.

Some of the best commercial vans come from Europe, with marques like Mercedes and Renault leading the way. Renault is Europe’s largest producer of light commercial vehicles, including the Kangoo, Trafic and Master.

European Commercial Vehicles

It is really important to use European commercial vehicle services, to keep your van in peak condition and ensure many years of trouble-free service. European vehicles are very advanced and should only be worked on by master technicians, trained on those particular marques.

If you’re in Brisbane or on the Sunshine Coast, you’re well covered by SVS Autocare. These very experienced European master technicians – supported by the best customer service professionals – offer the region’s #1 service in after-market care. Sounds expensive, you may think, but the fact is, they generally charge less than the dealership, as their overheads are less.

Many commercial vehicle dealerships will tell you the vehicle must be returned to them for servicing, to maintain your warranty. This isn’t true. By law, you can take the vehicle to any registered mechanic for log book servicing.

But only choose mechanics who are trained on those vehicles and who use genuine parts and products. That way, your commercial vehicle will continue to be a reliable business asset.

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Electric cars are getting more popular with each passing day not in the developed economies alone but in the developing ones too. And, this can be well attributed to the growing concerns over the irreparable damage caused to the environment due to the combustion of fuel. Considering this, having an electric car in a well-developed European nation is much cheaper than having a petrol-run car these days. All thanks to the government subsidies for the cause. Not just this, automobile giants have also joined the race of developing electric vehicles after realizing the huge potential in the segment.

Dwelling in the past!

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The traces of electric vehicles are found during the early 19th century when French, Scottish and American innovators attempted to develop an electric car that was capable of carrying goods. However, these experiments did not meet significant success due to the fact that internal combustion engines were getting better, and electric starter made fossil fuel-powered cars way better and cheaper. The concept of electric cars was dead only until concerns were raised against air pollution spread by cars, which use fossil fuel like gasoline, petrol, or diesel.

If we talk about the time, the golden time, when electric cars started going mainstream. It was, indeed, the period from the ‘80s to 2000s, where we could really see electric cars on the streets that were capable enough to compete with any diesel- or petrol-powered vehicle. Tesla Motors played a significant role in this revolution. And, one of the earlier outcomes was Tesla Roadster, which was the first highway legal serial production all-electric car to use lithium-ion battery cells just like any other electronic gadget. Undoubtedly, the most impressive part about Tesla Roadster was the power and performance it delivered; clocking at more than 320 km trip per charge. Soon after Tesla Roadster, Tesla Model X was launched. Following the footsteps of Tesla who pioneered the electric vehicle technology, soon Mitsubishi Motors introduced the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

Later, automobile giants like Nissan, General Motors and BMW (Volkswagen) invested heavily in research regarding electric and autonomous cars. Notably, Nissan Leaf, introduced in Japan and the United States in December 2010 became the first modern all-electric family hatchback to be produced for the mass market from a major manufacturer. Further, Renault Fluence Z.E. was the first electric car for mass production to come with the switchable battery technology. During 2012-2013, BMW, Renault, Honda, Toyota, Mahindra and Mercedes were in a fierce race. But, Tesla Model S took away the cake in the plug-in electric car category in North America.

Scanning the Presence!

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If we talk about the current situation, the electric car adoption rate is the highest in Norway where electric cars make up to 45.3 per cent of the total vehicles on roads, whereas plug-in hybrids have a market share of 14.9 per cent. It was no surprise to know that Norway is the first country where one out of every ten registered passenger cars, is a plug-in electric vehicle. Countries like the Netherlands and Sweden have also got an automobile market where electric cars have quite a sweet pie; followed by France, the U.K., China, and the U.S. Overall, the trend is catching up, and there is no visible slowdown as yet when it comes to making new efficient and modern electric cars.

In emerging markets like China and India, car manufacturers have a goal to sell as many as 7 million and 10 million electric cars by 2025 and 2030, respectively. Further, France and the United Kingdom aim to go towards an all-electric car market by 2040. Moving ahead, it looks like China would be one of the first nations to adopt the electric car technology for almost everything. But, there is one big challenge and that is to set up charging stations and electric vehicle policies.

It is to be noted that Norway could evolve fast because the country has already planned reduction in carbon emissions by selling its natural resources (fossil fuel) to other nations at the price where the nation would reward its citizens to go eco-friendly. But, countries like China and India, where indigenous technologies are ruling, rewards for buying cleaner and greener fuel cannot be offered to the population. Besides sustainability issues, there might be a huge protest starting-off soon from the oil industry; pressurising the governments to levy a tax on electric cars.

Certainly, the future is as diverse as a prism breaks the light in seven parts. And, it’s time to prepare for the adoption of electric vehicles for a better future and for a better Earth.

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