Boxy But Good


This morning/afternoon.

Mansion House, Dublin 2.

David Thomas, Managing Director of Volvo Car Ireland, presents cycle lane-hogging Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring with the keys to a hybrid-powered Volvo S90 T8 for use as his official car for 2019.

Volvo has seen a significant increase in the demand for their T8 hybrid with orders accounting for 20% of sales on available models.


18 thoughts on “Boxy But Good

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    I wouldn’t touch a hybrid. The batteries only have a 10 year shelf life and cost thousands to replace.

    1. Praetorian.

      This is the thing everyone is not being told about this hybrid/electric sham…vilifying diesels which if they have euro 6 engines are cleaner than petrols.
      Renault charge close on €100 a month to ‘rent’ the battery on the Zoe…this apparently offsets the massive replacement and ongoing maintenance fees…the whole thing is a scam.

      1. Rob_G

        ” … 6 engines are cleaner than petrols

        mmm, not really.

        Though I agree that the whole hybrid/electric car thing is kind of a canard; replacing ICEs with a lot of electric cars might reduce pollution a little*, but won’t do anything to reduce all of the other societal problems resulting from single-occupancy vehicles.

        Get on your bikes, folks.

        * though not hugely – the extraction processes used to get the rare earth minerals needed for electric cars are an environmental disaster.

        1. dhaughton99

          I cant drive. When I was younger, I went through 6 motorbikes and crashed everyone of them. Can you imagine the damage i’d do if I had a car?

          Anyways, a few weeks ago I thought, Hey, I might get a motorbike. Looked into how to go legit. My God, Its so much hassle. Theory tests, yellow vests, lessons, L plates then N plates.

          Feck that. I’m sticking to my fixed gear and Nikes.

          1. Termagant

            They’ve certainly thrown up a lot of obstacles, and a lot of them don’t make much sense. If you want to ride anything north of 125cc you’ve got to do your IBT on a 400, which meant for me I had the equivalent of a day’s riding to go from never having ridden a motorbike to being comfortable riding in traffic at 80kmh on a bigger bike than I was comfortable with. It’s a hames.

          2. Cian

            My God, Its so much hassle. Theory tests, yellow vests, lessons, L plates then N plates
            Damn gubbermint making us learn the rules of the road, improve visability, learn how to ride, and tell other road users of our inexperience.

            Coming from someone that has had SIX motorbike write-offs…. the mind boggles

          3. dhaughton99

            I didnt say I wrote off 6. I said crashed. I know how to ride, I was just to fond of going too fast. For the 15 years of cycling in Dublin city everyday, I’ve crashed badly 3 times. And 1 of those was Luas tracks, which is a rite of passage for Dubs.

          4. Cian

            sorry, I misunderstood the “going through 6 motorbikes”.

            Either way, I don’t see the problem with needing to know the rules of the road, to be visible to other users, to learn how to ride, and to proclaim ones learner status.

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