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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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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The bestselling electric cars in the world

Nissan Leaf Plus e-car

The bestselling electric car in the world comes from Japan: the Nissan Leaf. That’s what the statistics from the last five years show us. Almost half of the world’s electric cars are rolling on the roads of China. More than million e-cars are whizzing on the roads in the US as well as 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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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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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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Electric car VW I.D. to compete with VW Golf in stores in 2020

VW I.D., an electric car from Volkswagen

The VW Golf is an iconic, hugely successful car in Volkswagen’s product range, but it will have an in-house competitor in 2020. Then, the all-electric, all-new VW I.D. is planned to be available. The VW ID is the same size as the Golf, and it is in the same price range, but has the advantages of an electric vehicle. Let’s take a look at early test rides on the VW ID if it really can compete with Golf.

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