After a bodged repair by a local London garage to my swirl flaps and deep concerns about my 2001 BMW 530D Touring I consulted Peter from pmwltd about the condition of my car. My regular mechanic whom I have known for 20 years simply took out my swirl flaps and replaced the shafts with bolts. This at some time later, only (900 miles) caused an ingestion into the chamber and ruined my piston and valves and looked like a very time consuming and costly repair. After completion I took my car to peter at pmw and discussed the works. He had his guys strip out the existing bolts that were very unprofessional and replaced with his swirl flap blanking plates. Now I have heard a lot about these plates and swirl flap damage and I can tell you as an ex AA Patrol man that if not done correctly as Peter has done you will cause serious damage to your beloved engine. This is a guy with a great team and a wealth of knowledge behind them who know their stuff, not your usual bit mechanic who ”
knows a bit about engines”. I drove down from Lewisham London to his workshops in Chelmsford and it only took an hour and was easy to get to. If I was you I would call them for your piece of mind because you know like I do that you don’t want just anyone tinkering with your pride and joy. Its worth the drive knowing your car is in safe and knowledgeable hands at pmw. He,s not a rip off either, he is a very reasonable honest mechanic and cheaper than the main dealers out there. Thanks peter.
“Just to say that if you live close enough and can get there, I would recommend these guys at PMW. Very helpful, professional and understanding. Was having big problems with my ‘07 320i M sport having only owned it for a couple of months but now thanks to PMW the car is running like a dream”
James B. Harlow
Hybrid drives for automotive applications, combining the internal combustion engine with an electric motor, offer significant potential for reducing both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Bosch is currently working on the development of a parallel hybrid system, with modular components which can be customized to meet individual OEM requirements and, due to the make-up of the system can also be combined with different transmission types. Bosch already has its first orders for both gasoline and diesel hybrids.
Diesel hybrids produce 20 percent less CO2 than conventional diesel engines, while the emissions for petrol hybrids are up to 25 percent less than their conventional counterparts. Coupled with technologies such as gasoline direct injection and optimised transmission systems, hybrid systems can offer further improvements to fuel consumption and emissions.
The electric drive of the Bosch parallel hybrid system generates enough power to allow a vehicle to cover short distances using solely electrical power, therefore reducing CO2 emissions completely. It also acts as a powerful boost for the internal combustion engine – a significant benefit for urban driving.
Alongside this parallel system, Bosch is also developing several further hybrid concepts as well as a number of simpler methods to allow notable CO2 reductions such as innovative start-stop techniques and the recovery of braking energy via the alternator.
Bosch predicts that by 2015, the hybrid market will be split 50:50 between parallel hybrid systems, the main focus of Bosch hybrid development, and distributed hybrids. The potential growth markets for hybrid drives include the NAFTA countries – Canada, the United States and Mexico – and Japan, as efforts are made by these countries to further reduce emission levels. Bosch believes that, by 2015, hybrid vehicles will account for nine per cent in Japan and four per cent of production in the NAFTA countries. Forecasts for Europe are comparatively low, with hybrid production accounting for only one per cent.