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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Found! The shittiest Airbnb tourist apartment for a price of a very nice hotel room

airbnb container rental in Amsterdam. photo by AT5
One of the containers taken away in Amsterdam. Photo by AT5.

Here is a sad case that represents the wonders and ugliness of the sharing economy, like Airbnb. An Airbnb host in Amsterdam, Holland dropped two cargo containers on pavements of the city, published them as tourist apartments at Airbnb, and waited for bookings to come in. The first guests who arrived in one of the containers in early May 2019, instantly turned away when they realized a dirty bare-bones cargo container on the street side would be their home away from home for the next night.

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Crash test dummies didn’t survive test collisions in new motorhomes

crashed van or motorhome, photo by mali maeder.
Photo by Mali Maeder.

Sales of motorhomes has risen rapidly in Sweden, and so have accidents where motorhomes have been involved. The Swedish traffic authority Trafikverket decided to test new motorhomes with crash test dummies to find out if these vehicles were as unsafe as they suspected. The results are bad. So bad that it makes us wonder why this hasn’t been discovered earlier.

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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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City tours with style in Europe: rent and drive a classic car like a boss

classic Citroen photo by 2CV Paris Tour
Citroen 2CV in Paris.

Modern tourist buses are an easy and comfortable option for taking a city tour, but if you want to experience a destination in style like locals did a few decades ago, you can drive an old classic car yourself in a number of European cities.

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Tips for finding the right place to stay in Algarve, Portugal for longer than a week

Carvoeiro beach, fishing village, fishermen's beach in Algarve, Portugal.
Carvoeiro beach, fishing village, fishermen’s beach in Algarve, Portugal.

The south coast of Portugal – the Algarve Province – attracts holidaymakers in summer, and digital nomads, remote workers, and retirees in autumn, winter and spring. Whereas visitors who are on vacation need a place to stay for one or two weeks, other travelers are looking for a place for a month or for a longer time. Here are a few tips on where and how to find the right kind of accommodation in Algarve.

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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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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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