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If you realize that the average occupation rate of your standard sedan is ca. 1.25 persons, meaning that a car mindlessly mainly moves 3.75 empty seats around… if you additionally realize that in a carbon-starved world, not because we run out of carbon but rather that we running into limits of the amount of carbon the atmosphere can handle, we cannot continue with our old ways… if you also realize that a car is mainly used for single person commuting (in Holland on average 34 km/day), shopping and business travel and not for happy families of 5 travelling to the seaside with dad-knows-best behind the steering wheel and mum distributing the sandwiches… these three realizations should really cause car designers to rethink traditional personal transportation assumptions.

Enter the Swiss-made Microlino:

Battery: 8 kWh or 14.4 kWh
Acceleration (0-50 km/h): 5 seconds
Range: 120 km or 215 km (with 14.4 kWh battery)
Maximum speed: 90 km/h
Price: 12,000 euros
Market-ready: 2019

Note: this could be the solution for those happy few who still will own a car. For the lesser Gods, the self-driving shared van could be the future.

[] – Microlino
[] – Micro Mobility Systems
[] – The Tiny Electric Microlino Is The Ideal City Mobility Answer
[] – The adorable Microlino car just got approved for European streets

Oh, and happy families can take the train to the sea-side, once or twice a year

Airbus Vahana Autonomous E-Chopper-Plane Ready for Tests

The take-off is verticle and next the rotors tilt and become propellers. Project began early 2016. Eventually the autonomous chopper could be ordered on demand at a cost of 80% less than conventional helicopters.

[] – Welcome to Vahana
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The Vahana prototypes

Volkswagen to Introduce 50 New E-Vehicle Models by 2025

It’s official, Volkswagen is putting its cards on e-mobility by announcing a massive program that should lead to a e-vehicle product palette of no less then 50 full electric models and 30 hybrids by 2025. Investment volume: 20 billion euro in cars and 50 billion euro in better batteries. After the diesel scandal, VW has abandoned its former diesel strategy and wants to be a leader, not a follower in matters of e-mobility. Obvious target: Tesla. VW is following in the footsteps of Mercedes that announced it wants to offer 50 e-models by 2022 and Volvo that announced that by 2019 all new models will be full or partial e-cars.

The e-revolution is clearly beginning in earnest.

[] – VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030
[] – Volkswagen startet die große E-Auto-Offensive
[] – Volkswagen doet miljardeninvestering om auto’s elektrisch te maken
[] – Volkswagen: “50 Elektrische Modellen Tegen 2025”

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Scotland E-Vehicle Country by 2032

The quiet streets of Edinburgh in the late thirties.

The Scottish government has pledged to phase out new petrol and diesel cars and vans across Scotland by 2032, eight years ahead of the UK Government target. Nicola Sturgeon outlined plans to “massively expand” charging points and set up pilot projects to encourage uptake of electric vehicles.

Comment: Scotland can afford it, now that it every now and then produces more than 100% of its electricity needs from renewable power.

[] – Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
[] – Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032
[] – Scotland sets renewable energy record as wind power provides equivalent of 118% of nation’s electricity

Expected Growth Electric Vehicles Sales



Global Electric Car Stock Surpassed 2 Million

[] – The number of electric cars on the world’s roads passed 2 million in 2016, having passed the 1 million mark in 2015

Who Produces E-Vehicles?

[] – Nearly half of all EVs sold in 2016 were made by Chinese manufacturers, a big change from just two years earlier

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