I have been reading lots of reports from the US about e-scooters recently. The scooters I am referring to are those small wheeled devices that children typically ride about on and they use one foot for power - not what the rest of the world calls a scooter i.e. a Vespa or Lambretta style machine. An e-scooter is a battery powered version of the smaller machine with about a 20km range. In many cities across the world, the business of rental bicycles has been expanded with hundreds of bicycles randomly placed all over urban areas and in many cities they have been vandalised or simply binned by councils who objected to them! In some cities like Melbourne, they ended up in the local river. In San Francisco, as an example, several companies have been founded to operate a similar business model for e-scooters. As they have a limited range, the rental companies advise the users to simply abandon the scooter when the battery dies and an employee will find and recharge them overnight! … [Read More...]
New York has made some regulatory changes to ride-share systems to flatten the imbalance between them and traditional taxi systems.
Tesla is at a critical point – its founder, Elon Musk, appears to be struggling personally and maybe going off the rails with some recent behaviour that is raising eyebrows.
Tesla has reached 200,000 deliveries in the US and that means that the Federal Tax Credit that could be applied by an owner is to wind down. This gives its competitors a chance to make some sales.
Waymo took Uber to court over trade secrets that were alleged to have been stolen. Uber settled out of court – a wise move considering the damage that could have happened if the allegations were proved true.
A partnership has come up with a way to re-use existing infrastructure to provide electric charging points in urban environments.
Ultracapacitors are rapidly becoming used as a fast energy storage unit for hybrid systems and electric vehicles. They will soon be more powerful that rechargeable batteries.
Delphi, a parts supplier, has developed a fuel economy system using a hybrid with cylinder deactivation to reduce the thirst of the engine and reduce the subsequent emissions.
Nissan through their Infiniti brand has released a variable compression engine to attempt to provide power and economy when either are needed.