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.
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.
[bloomberg.com] – VW to Build Electric Versions of All 300 Models by 2030
[welt.de] – Volkswagen startet die große E-Auto-Offensive
[nos.nl] – Volkswagen doet miljardeninvestering om auto’s elektrisch te maken
[autofans.be] – Volkswagen: “50 Elektrische Modellen Tegen 2025”
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.
[independent.co.uk] – Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032
[techcrunch.com] – Scotland plans to ‘phase out’ gas and diesel cars by 2032
[independent.co.uk] – Scotland sets renewable energy record as wind power provides equivalent of 118% of nation’s electricity