Which compact car is safer: electric or petrol-powered vehicle?

renault zoe electric compact car in crash test

During the last fifty years, the safety of motor vehicles has significantly improved. Features from safety belts and ABS brakes to alerts and automatic braking systems when objects are dangerously near are all vital innovations. As electric vehicles are attracting more buyers, some drivers are pondering their safety. In Germany, an enterprise that is specialized in safety, Dekra, conducted a series of crash tests to determine if an electric compact car is safer or more dangerous in collisions than a car powered by an internal combustion engine.

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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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Segway-Ninebot electric scooter can return to the home base autonomously

Segway-Ninebot Kickscooter T60 self-driving

In many cities, small electric scooters can be rented for short trips for a little money. The scooters provide easy and relatively fast transportation for locals and tourists, but the downside is that scooters are left in parks, streets, doorways, and other places where they do not belong. Segway-Ninebot has developed an electric scooter that can return to its base after a ride has ended.

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At low speeds, electric vehicles must generate an audible sound in EU countries

Tesla model S, charging in Copenhagen Denmark

A few years ago, I was about to cross a street in the old city center of Copenhagen, Denmark, without even bothering to look if any cars were approaching from behind (note: you should always look both ways because bicycles travel fast and silently along Copenhagen’s flat terrain) since I didn’t hear engines running. From the corner of my eye, however, I could see a dark shadow silently approaching from the morning mist. I stopped and waited on the pavement. A black Tesla slowly sailed by. It was completely silent. I could only hear a faint sound as the electric vehicle’s tires rolled over wet cobble stones.

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Volkswagen drops new pieces of information on the electric VW ID Buzz camper van

VW ID Buzz electric camper van on the road

Volkswagen is seriously banging the drum for the electric camper van VW I.D. Buzz three years before its planned production. That’s fine. Give us all the information you have, VW marketing managers! The migration to electric vehicles is such a big and potentially long process for drivers of ordinary cars, but for people who take their electric vehicles on a road trip, the process is even longer. So, the sooner we have the information, the easier it is to prepare for the electric future.

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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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