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.
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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.
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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.
Read the story “Top 10 electric cars in Europe by market share: vehicles with long range are winning”
If a bicycle is too large (even a foldable model) for you to take along for a trip, perhaps a foldable scooter is your vehicle. Gadget company Archos has designed a small, foldable scooter – the Citee – that is powered by an electric motor and controlled by a dashboard running on Android software.
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Vespa Elettrica, an electrically powered scooter, will zoom the streets of many cities and towns, at least in Europe in 2018. The all-electric model of the iconic scooter has retained its beautiful ageless looks, while adding a bit of extra power for that moment when the red lights change to green. For travelers, an electric Vespa brings a little bit of quietness to noisy city streets, and perhaps scooter rentals pick up the model for tourists to rent.
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The introduction of electric vehicles is bringing many innovations for all travelers and commuters. One of the smartest ideas for charging electric cars is being trialed in London where ecar owners can charge their autos from street side lampposts in 2018.
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Travelers who are making long road trips don’t think much about the availability of petrol stations because they are everywhere. If you are planning to make a long tour on an electric car, careful planning is required today. Ionity, a joint venture of German automakers, aims to change that. The new company is going to build a network of charging stations along major route across Europe.
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Electric cars, scooters and bicycles are here already, but conducting a long road trip on a fully electric car has a problem: range. For instance, manufacturers of compact electric cars may specify a 200 mile / 350 km range for their vehicles, but in reality, the range can be one-fourth or one-third shorter than that. Toshiba’s solution to the problem is the SCIB vehicle battery that fully charges in six minutes.
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Many cities around the world have bicycles available for visitors and locals for short term use. In some cases, these city bikes are free to loan, but many cities charge a fee for the loan period. Startup companies in Paris and Nice have developed the concept further, and introduced electric scooters that can be booked and paid for with a mobile app.
Read the story “In Paris and Nice, you can use an app to book an electric scooter for moving around the city”