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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In 2018, it was perfectly fine to conduct a road trip across Europe in an electric car

Renault Zoe, compact electric car

Driving around your home town is nothing much to think about for an owner of an electric vehicle, but thinking about a road trip across Europe may raise concerns. The reality is, however, that there are thousands of charging stations in Europe that are ready to feed fresh energy to those tired EV batteries. Here is a story of an Irishman and his wife who took their Renault Zoe for a spin in France and Spain.

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Harley-Davidson LiveWire is a radical electric motorcycle for the road

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

This is the ultimate sign how keen the transportation industry is to build electric vehicles: the legendary motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson has introduced LiveWire, a fully electric motorbike. Hard-core HD believers may miss the low sound of a petrol-engine Harley, but an electric motorbike has other advantages that are already attracting bikers.

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Nextmove rents electric cars in Germany for road trips (and city tours)

Electric vehicles don’t sit in dealer showrooms waiting for customers, but most are sold before they roll out from the factory. People who would like to test drive an electric car won’t necessarily find vehicles easily. In Germany, car rental Nextmove has specialized in electric vehicles, renting e-cars in eight cities.

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Here you can find thousands of places where to charge an electric vehicle during a road trip

PlugShare map for electric vehicle charging stations in Europe

Sure, it would be nice to make a long road trip in an electric vehicle, but where can we charge it while on the road? Drivers of gasoline-burning cars don’t necessarily notice all those small chargers that are already scattered around the globe. When you see them all laid out on a map, it is almost hard to believe that there are already so many charging points available.

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