Vespa Elettrica, an electrically powered scooter, will zoom the streets of many cities and towns, at least in Europe in 2018. The all-electric model of the iconic scooter has retained its beautiful ageless looks, while adding a bit of extra power for that moment when the red lights change to green. For travelers, an electric Vespa brings a little bit of quietness to noisy city streets, and perhaps scooter rentals pick up the model for tourists to rent.
The introduction of electric vehicles is bringing many innovations for all travelers and commuters. One of the smartest ideas for charging electric cars is being trialed in London where ecar owners can charge their autos from street side lampposts in 2018.
Travelers who are making long road trips don’t think much about the availability of petrol stations because they are everywhere. If you are planning to make a long tour on an electric car, careful planning is required today. Ionity, a joint venture of German automakers, aims to change that. The new company is going to build a network of charging stations along major route across Europe.
Everyone who has been on a road trip in Germany has experienced autobahns where the only speed limit is the driver’s belief in his or her driving skills. In a Bavarian small town of Bad Birnach, however, the new shuttle bus has a speed limit of 15 kmh / 9 mph. The reason is that the small bus is fully autonomous, driven by a computer.
Electric cars, scooters and bicycles are here already, but conducting a long road trip on a fully electric car has a problem: range. For instance, manufacturers of compact electric cars may specify a 200 mile / 350 km range for their vehicles, but in reality, the range can be one-fourth or one-third shorter than that. Toshiba’s solution to the problem is the SCIB vehicle battery that fully charges in six minutes.
Many cities around the world have bicycles available for visitors and locals for short term use. In some cases, these city bikes are free to loan, but many cities charge a fee for the loan period. Startup companies in Paris and Nice have developed the concept further, and introduced electric scooters that can be booked and paid for with a mobile app.
Electric vehicles are arriving on the roads faster than most drivers anticipated: Tesla is a household name in many countries, VW has announced an electric campervan, and Detleffs has a prototype for a solar-powered motorhome. If you want to go for, say, a tour of France on an electric compact car, is it really conceivable today?