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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Which is worse: an e-car sending data to a government, or a phone leaking data to the internet?

Shanghai traffic. Photo by Denys Nevozhai.
Photo by Denys Nevozhai.

Automakers have been open about data collection from electric vehicles. The engine, battery and other components in e-cars are controlled by on-board computers. Vehicles automatically transmit some of this information back to manufacturers. In China, however, the government requires that automakers must pass on all this data to dedicated data collection centers.

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An all-electric van for goods delivery: VW I.D. Buzz Cargo (or a platform for campervan conversions)

VW I.D. Buzz Cargo, electric van for goods delivery

Top management of Volkswagen has spoken some big words about the future of the car brand in the electric vehicle market. The leaders have stated that when the company makes its entry to the mass market in 2022, the production machinery will crank out millions of vehicles right from the start. Compared to the e-car market size in 2018, it feels big, but that’s exactly how new markets are created and dominated.

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The first self-driving taxis are on the road in Phoenix, USA

Waymo One driverless taxi

Waymo, a Google Alphabet company, is one of the pioneers of autonomous driving technology. On December 5th, 2018, the company started a taxi service called Waymo One in Phoenix, Arizona that is completely operated by computers. The taxis are driverless. Well, almost, because a supervisor is sitting on the driver’s seat, ready to take control if required. Eventually, Waymo taxis are planned to drive without a human supervisor on board.

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The first fully autonomous car ferry sailed in Finnish archipelago

Falco autonomous ferry in finland

Global car manufacturers and many startups are investing heavily in self-driving cars. It is a complex field of high technology that involves software algorithms that must make life-saving decisions with monitoring devices that feed data from the surroundings to the computer that is driving a car. Now, self-driving technology has been taken into use in a ferry in Finland.

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A European automaker is marketing electric scooters with its own car brand

Seat / Segway electric scooter, folded

Electric scooters have been a hot topic through the year 2018. It is a new, pollution-free transportation method that can solve the problem of traveling from a car park, train station or bus stop to a place that is a kilometer or two (or a mile) away. A number of startup businesses saw the opportunity in scooter rental, but they also made it a problem by allowing customers to park the vehicles anywhere. Spanish automaker Seat believes Europe needs a Seat electric scooter – in addition to the car, of course.

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