The first electric car for mass markets just rolled out of Volkswagen factory

VW ID.3, first e-cars out of factory

The first electric VW ID.3 compact cars rolled out of the Volkswagen factory in Zwickau in early November 2019. Cars will be available in European markets in June, July, August 2020 time frame. The estimated retail price for the basic model of the VW ID.3 is under 30,000 euros in Germany.

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In 2020, Citroen, Opel, Peugeot, Vauxhall vans to be powered by electricity

peugeot electric van charging

Peugeot, Opel, and Citroen are among the most popular vans in Europe both for cargo and passenger transport. The mid-size models, like Vivaro, Jumpy, Expert, and Traveller, as well as the large models are often also used as campervans. Opel and Vauxhall even market a factory-built Vivaro Life for road trips and for vanlife lifestyle. Now, PSA Group that owns all these brands has announced that these mid-size vans will have an all-electric version in 2020.

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Volkswagen has created an electric vehicle conversion kit for the Beetle

VW e-beetle on the road

The VW Beetle is such an iconic car model that people all over the world recognize it immediately. Because of its long-lasting popularity, many cars are still on the road. Now, Volkswagen has an answer to Beetle fans who want a modern, small car – a conversion kit that turns an ordinary Beetle into an electric, battery powered e-Beetle.

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Electric SUV and truck from Bollinger for off-road trips

Bollinger B1 electric SUV

Bollinger is a legendary French champagne brand that people have enjoyed for almost 200 years. Now, it is also a brand new electric vehicle after U.S. based Bollinger Motors introduced two cars, B2 pickup truck and B1 SUV. Both are electric, designed for dirt roads and off road conditions.

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Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric vans from Rivian, a startup that’s building electric adventure vehicles

Rivian electric pickup truck

Recently Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos announced that the company is serious with its environmental initiative that aims at reducing pollution. The company ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from a U.S. startup called Rivian. The vans will be delivered to Amazon during ten years. 10,000 electric vans are planned to be on the road in 2022 and the last ones rolling along asphalt by 2030.

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Tips for planning a week, month and six months long trip in Europe

Coimbra, Portugal, central square in old town
Coimbra, Portugal.

Exploring Europe is easier than many travelers realize when planning a trip to the old continent. In many regions, fabulous destinations are only a couple of hours away from one another (by car or train). Nonetheless, time tends to run out because there is so much to see. Here are a few tips for visiting Europe if you have a week, a month or six months time to experience it.

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Some cities are on track to welcoming more tourists, while others struggle with crowds

source WTTC, JLL.
Readiness for tourism growth (from the report Destination 2030).

Everyone who has visited a popular, well-known tourist destination during the high season has experienced the crowds, endless queues, and overpriced cafes. Overtourism has been recognized as an emerging problem, especially, in some European cities, whereas other cities are spending plenty of money in campaigns to attract more travelers. WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) and JLL have produced a report that studies a number of cities across the world, and their ability to respond to the growing numbers of visitors.

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Mont Blanc: Long-Distance Hikes and Mountain Hospitality

From: Rick Steves’ Travel Blog

I was just in the Alps with my TV crew, filming three new episodes of Rick Steves Europe. We spent a couple of days hiking (and filming) on the Tour du Mont Blanc trail, in the French Alps. It’s a whole parallel world there, away from the tourist crowds and intensity of the Alpine resorts, and really peaceful. 

After just a taste of this classic long-distance hike, I am dreaming of coming back and doing the entire loop and once again, I’m reminded that you can never run out of rewarding corners of Europe to explore.  

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