Electric vehicles are on a strong growth path in Europe, but which brands and models are attracting the most customers? NewMotion, a company that builds vehicle charging networks conducted a survey to find out the bestselling models. Compact cars with a long range are popular, as well as models suitable for road trips.
Making use of a pick-up truck’s platform for camping purposes is an old trick, but a startup called Leentu believes it has a winning proposition. Leentu has designed a compact, light-weight camping system for Toyota pick-up trucks.
Toyota vans are hugely popular in some markets, especially in countries that don’t have vehicle brands of their own. It is, however, quite rare to spot a Toyota campervan on the road, but starting in 2018, the situation may change in Europe. Toyota and British vendor Wellhouse Leisure have designed a compact campervan that is built on the Proace van.
If a bicycle is too large (even a foldable model) for you to take along for a trip, perhaps a foldable scooter is your vehicle. Gadget company Archos has designed a small, foldable scooter – the Citee – that is powered by an electric motor and controlled by a dashboard running on Android software.
Byron Bay on Australia’s east coast is a small town that used to attract surfers, beachgoers and fishermen, but today it is a tourist destination on its own right. So many tourists have discovered the magnificent natural environment of Byron Bay that a train company has built a rail track that connects the town’s two primary beaches. The train that uses the track is entirely powered by solar energy.
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. Completing the entire trail is only for the toughest hikers, but sections of the trail are used by hundreds of thousands of outdoor lovers annually.
Jucy is a car rental company that started in Auckland, New Zealand, but today has operations in Australia and in the U.S. as well. The company is renowned for its selection of rental campervans and motorhomes. In 2018, the selection is growing with electric campervans that Jucy will be renting to some customers to test vehicles on real road trips.
Many travelers who drive a motorhome or a large campervan in an unfamiliar territory may encounter roads that are too narrow, have low bridges, or are simply too bumpy and twisty for a large, relatively heavy vehicle. Following instructions of an ordinary GPS navigator may lead the driver to a place where it is difficult to continue and difficult to turn back. Fortunately, a few specialized navigators for trucks are available that can help.
Travelers who make long road trips often like to pack a bicycle along for excursions in city centers or old towns. Foldable bikes that don’t take much space inside a motorhome or a campervan are handy, and suitable for short rides. What if the foldable bike had an electric motor and was engineered like a sports car? The Gocycle GS is not only all that, but comes with many other innovations as well.
Electric vehicles can come with plenty of innovation as companies like Tesla, Google and Uber have already shown to the world, but a startup Lit Motors intends to change the way motorcycles are built and ridden. C1, the planned electric motorbike from Lit Motors is designed to stay upright even when a sudden heavy impact hits it on the side.