Large electric SUV Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz with long range, autonomous driving

VW ID Roomzz electric SUV

Volkswagen has introduced a new member to its family of I.D. electric vehicles: the Roomzz. It is a relatively large SUV model that is designed for autonomous driving as well. VW has shown a prototype in April 2019, is planning to show a production model in 2020, and the production of the electric SUV should start in 2021.

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How does an electric vehicle survive freezing winters? Fine, it seems

red compact car partially covered in snow. photo by Skitterphoto.

Canadian electric car owner Richard Corley has written a fascinating article for The Globe and Mail newspaper where he answers some frequently asked questions, and explains how his e-cars run fine even during the cold Canadian winter. Here are the key takeaways from his experiences with electric vehicles and their batteries in cold climate.

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Zipcar rental cars lost their network connectivity, leaving drivers stranded

Zipcar rental car parked

We have been warned. Now, let’s hope that car manufacturers and rental companies have learned their lesson. Zipcar, a car rental company that operates in 10 countries, suffered a connectivity breakdown that caused a significant amount of its fleet in New York, California and Oregon to halt. Wherever customers happened to be, their cars simply refused to start for about 10% of Zipcar customers.

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Rent a Finn provides hosts for visitors but which one to choose for a trip to Finland?

a scenery in FInland's lakeland district: Koli.
Koli, a scenery in eastern Finland lake district.

Here is an exceptional travel initiative from Finland: for June, July and August 2019, visitors can apply for a genuine Finn to host and guide them for three days. The purpose is to introduce the way of life that has made Finland the happiest nation in the world in 2018 (according to this report). The hosts will do whatever they do at home, at a cottage, or during their leisure time activities.

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A major German grocery store is building an electric car charging network for shoppers

Lidl electric car charging point at car park in Germany

Good news for drivers who are planning a road trip in Central Europe in an electric car in 2020. One of Europe’s largest grocery store chains Lidl is installing e-car charging points at car parks of its 400 stores in Germany. The big installation project has already started, but it takes a year to complete. All 400 charging stations will be available for Lidl shoppers by March 2020.

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Electric van from Mercedes-Benz: the Concept EQV introduced, production in 2019

mercedes-benz concept eqv van

Mercedes-Benz wants to be ready in the EV market in all categories sooner rather than later. The German automaker introduced the Concept EQV van in early March 2019 as a concept, but confirmed it is going to production soon- likely by the end of 2019. The battery capacity, power output and available passenger/cargo space make it a van that is ready for road trips as well.

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Trending city destination in South Europe: Valencia is a genuine Spanish experience

Estacio Nord, Valencia, Spain

For years, Valencia has been a popular destination for Spanish seeking a break in a historic city, grand carnivals and beaches. Over the years, Americans, tourists from other Europeans countries and recently also Asians have discovered Valencia. Some visitors like to explore the historic city center, others admire the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, sun lovers head to the beaches, whereas others want to join a genuine Spanish fiesta. A travel guide shows you what the city of Valencia has to offer for visitors.

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