Automakers are embracing electric bicycles – here is the GM Ariv

GM Aric electric bicycles in a park

Every car manufacturer that believes it has a future in the industry is already marketing electric vehicles or is planning to make them available in the near future. But that’s not all in the electric front. Vehicle manufacturers are also introducing electric bicycles that proudly carry a brand of a car. General Motors, world’s fourth largest automaker, has started marketing electric Ariv bicycles in Europe.

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Renault believes electric delivery vans are ready to lower business costs

Renault Master ZR electric van

Each automaker believes it has the answer for the breakthrough electric car that will become the first EV mega success. Tesla believes in high-end electric cars, Nissan in small compact cars, Audi in electric sports vehicles, Volkswagen in the successors of Golf and Transporter (I.D.), but Renault has another approach. The automaker is marketing electric vans to be used for delivering goods in cities.

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Both Hyundai Kona and Kia Niro electric cars have the range for a road trip

Hyundai Kona Electric car
Hyundai Kona Electric on the road.

Two new compact electric cars that are available in early 2019 have the battery capacity for conducting road trips. The Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro EV are electric SUV models with 400-480 km / 250-300 mile range. If that’s not enough for a day’s drive, both can be charged rapidly in 60-75 minutes up to 80% of battery capacity.

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Convert a van into a campervan in 5 minutes

Plugvan campervan module

A German entrepreneur has created an innovative product, Plugvan, that can turn an empty cargo van into a campervan in five minutes. Plugvan is a smallish container that includes the essentials of what makes a van a place to stay and travel. The container can be loaded on a van and unloaded relatively easily.

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One person campervan Fiat Flexcamper is a miracle in space usage

Fiat Fiorino mini van

Bigger is not always better on road trips and camping breaks conducted in campervans. Of course, there must be beds for all passengers and storage space for the essential gear, but a large campervan can’t go to the same places where small and light van can. German company Flexcamper has the ultimate solution for people looking for a really compact campervan: a fully equipped van for one person.

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Electric car rental competition is heating up in Paris, France

Smart EQ electric car in Paris by Car2go

Many large cities in Europe have problems with pollution created by vehicles running on petrol and diesel engines. Complex schemes that restrict access to the city centers have been implemented, for instance, in Madrid, Spain, but the problem remains. Big automakers believe that people and tourists in the French capital Paris are ready to adopt electric cars: Daimler’s Car2Go is the latest car rental that started its operation in the city. You may pick up a tiny electric Smart car from the street.

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The strangest festivity I have ever seen takes place in Southern Europe

Els Enfarinats fiesta in Ibi, Spain

It seems that some countries in Europe are specializing in eccentric events that are attracting tourists to otherwise quiet towns, but these festivities also reveal a lot about local people and their culture. In Northern Europe, Finland is renowned for a football tournament played in marshland. In Southern Europe, Spain has a big fiesta in Pamplona where bulls are harassed, a tomato throwing fiesta in Bunol, and a fight of two teams in Ibi where flour and raw eggs are the only weapons available.

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Avoiding conflicts between petrol car drivers and electric vehicle owners

e-car charging parking San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.
San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.

Even if you don’t drive an electric car, you are probably aware of the way these vehicles are charged. Depending on the car (how modern it is) and the charging station (which electricity options and ports it has), topping up a battery may take some time – from 15 minutes to a few hours. Since gasoline car owners may regard a charging station that no one is using as a free car park, conflicts are inevitable.

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