Steve Cropley: A week rediscovering the breaks went well Car News

This week Steve reconnects with the underrated world of long-held estates, is fascinated by the evolution to solid-state electric batteries which are gaining momentum and unleashed against the ongoing bastardy acts of Highways England .


It’s not really new, but I just spent a whole week rediscovering breaks. I have covered 1400 miles in a Mondeo hybrid, the best and the last of a Ford family that will be extinct in a year. The practical excellence of this car came as a real surprise: it is long, it is comfortable, and it has as much cargo floor area as any of the larger SUVs, but the much smaller frontal area means it glides significantly more easily through the air and delivers 3,5mpg more in the equivalent mechanical specs.

The hybrid side of things worked for me too. I didn’t even focus on the fact that he uses a “ springy ” CVT, as it allows him to be both long legged and fast. When I returned to the Ford Fleet Garage, the on-board computer read 50.3 mpg. What not to like?


I am fascinated to see the evolution towards solid-state EV batteries accelerating so quickly. This week (so far) we’ve heard how BMW, Ford, Toyota and the Volkswagen Group are increasing their investments in this technology – which credible experts, such as Globaldata chief Dave Leggett, believe it should last longer, reducing charging times, increasing energy density, reducing the risk of fire and increasing range “a lot”, even doubling what we expect from lithium-ion batteries today.

This raises a billion dollar question: who will be the first to market with a solid-state EV? It seems to me that anyone who does this can expect a huge bank of instant orders, even if the vehicle itself has the style of a Wartburg.


The latest act of bastardy by the brains of Highways England appears to involve the completion of their controversial ‘smart’ highways while denying us their use. The M4 on the west side of London is a prime example: they’ve completed large stretches of eight-lane road, but the inside lane on either side is closed to provide us with a de facto hard shoulder – which is what we’re supposed to do. no need. So we spent the money to have what we had before, except that it is now limited to 60mph. Bonkers is too small a word.

Apparently, these experts have now decided that the new roads cannot be used as they were designed until they are equipped with radar systems capable of instantly spotting stationary vehicles and then closing the lanes. if necessary (as if this prevented gigantic stacking). They are actively inventing and researching suitable systems while the cones continue to protect us. More than a few months and millions.


I have spent the whole year speculating on the ultimate connection with a Jaguar E-Type, which I have consistently ranked as one of the best cars.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 05:01:24