When it comes to walls, I believe we can learn from Europe, which has done more than its share of wall building in the past. From Hadrian’s Wall (built by the ancient Romans to defend the northern boundary of Britannia) to the Maginot Line (built by the French in the 1930s to keep out the Germans), these walls were symbols of mistrust and insecurity. They were necessary back then, but in our age, society is advancing and dismantling walls as we move forward.
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
Spain’s capital Madrid is the host for one of the largest travel fairs in the world every January. Although it is primarily targeted at industry professionals, the exhibition halls are open for two days to the public as well. That’s when the fun begins. Many destinations try to draw tourists’ attention with music and dance.
Every car manufacturer that believes it has a future in the industry is already marketing electric vehicles or is planning to make them available in the near future. But that’s not all in the electric front. Vehicle manufacturers are also introducing electric bicycles that proudly carry a brand of a car. General Motors, world’s fourth largest automaker, has started marketing electric Ariv bicycles in Europe.
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.
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.
A German entrepreneur has created an innovative product, Plugvan, that can turn an empty cargo van into a campervan in five minutes. Plugvan is a smallish container that includes the essentials of what makes a van a place to stay and travel. The container can be loaded on a van and unloaded relatively easily.
Bigger is not always better on road trips and camping breaks conducted in campervans. Of course, there must be beds for all passengers and storage space for the essential gear, but a large campervan can’t go to the same places where small and light van can. German company Flexcamper has the ultimate solution for people looking for a really compact campervan: a fully equipped van for one person.
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.