Just when we thought that caravans (or campers) that have to be towed with a car were practically forgotten, Dethleffs believes they may have a future as electric vehicles. The German company has introduced a concept caravan called e.home coco that has its own solar panels, batteries, and curiously, electric motors that assist the towing car to pull the caravan.
Autonomous vehicles, cars that are driven by computers, will some day be as normal as riding a horse used to be for long and short distance journeys long time ago. I bet people sitting in their cars will be thinking how on earth a human driver could manage everything that is going on in traffic and in the car. Although it may still take 10 or more years before self-driving cars are common and safe, we can already plan what do we actually do in the car when it is driven by a software algorithm.
Read the story “If your car is self-driving during a road trip, what is the best way to enjoy the ride?”
Dutch company Allego has developed an electric vehicle charger that can add 100 km / 62 miles worth of power into a car battery in 5 minutes. The company is building a large network of charging stations across continental Europe that is compatible with electric cars, buses and light trucks.
Transportation service Uber has decided to use bicycle sharing service Jump it acquired earlier as a new strategy to enter the European market. Jump has established a bicycle sharing system in a few US cities. A mobile application lets customers book a ride on Jump’s electric bicycles. Uber has integrated Jump bicycle sharing in its popular application, making it possible to book a car and a bicycle ride in the same app.
Read the story “Uber brings Jump electric bicycle sharing service to Europe, starting in Berlin”
Nissan has introduced an electric campervan e-NV200 in Europe (in Spain in early June 2018) that the company says will be available for summer 2018. Nissan Iberia urges people who have been waiting for an electric camper van to contact a Nissan dealer for customizing a road trip vehicle for them.
Read the story “Nissan e-NV200 electric campervan available in Europe”
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For years, we have heard rumours about Apple’s ambitions on creating an electric vehicle. According to The New York Times that has received confidential information from a number of Apple managers, many serious attempts to design an Apple vehicle, or manufacture one with an auto-industry partner have been discarded. Instead of its own car and design, Apple has now partnered with Volkswagen to manufacture an electric van for Apple from the Transporter T6 van.
Electric vehicles are on a strong growth path in Europe, but which brands and models are attracting the most customers? NewMotion, a company that builds vehicle charging networks conducted a survey to find out the bestselling models. Compact cars with a long range are popular, as well as models suitable for road trips.
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Volkswagen is already actively promoting its line of electric cars that are scheduled to come out of production lines in 2020 and 2022. The company is so confident that the I.D. product range electric vehicles are ready to fascinate reviewers that it is letting reporters to try them out. A reviewer was so excited about the ID Buzz van that he wanted to buy one right away. Here is the video.