Tesla to the rescue
Falck, a company specialising in ambulance services, has converted a Tesla Model X into a rescue vehicle and is currently testing it in southern Denmark. A rollout is not entirely unlikely, given they went as far as designing a new system to power live-saving equipment independently.
The end of ICEing
ICEing, the practice of blocking a charge spot by parking a gas guzzler in front of it, may seen its last days, at least in China. There, a Supercharger can only be accessed with a QR code supplied to Tesla drivers via WeChat, that then lowers the forbidding iron bar guard.
Lime pulls 500 e-scooters off Swiss streets
In Switzerland, there has been a number of incidents involving Lime electric scooter’s displays shutting off and slamming on the front brakes at full-speed. The US-American company has taken their 500 electric scooters off Swiss streets for repair.
From trolling to towing
ICEing appears to have been around since the dawn of the electric age, yet it recently reached a new low with pick-up drivers purposely blocking Tesla Superchargers. So, it was time for some de-ICEing and this Model X driver took matters into his on hands – or on his tow bar rather.
Hyundai’s car with legs can save lives
What looks like something out of a Star Wars film is just a new kind of vehicle for emergency responders in crises situations. Hyundai has built a vehicle called Elevate that is a new class of vehicle. It can drive like a regular vehicle, but grows legs to step through rubble, or climb up stairs.
Tesla explores fresh ground in emissions testing
Tesla has pioneered a new emissions test with their most recent software update, albeit not for the vehicle itself. As a battery electric car, the Tesla models do not emit any greenhouse gases, but now drivers can measure their own emissions for a more honest and holistic picture.
Die-hard pick-up fans protest Tesla
A new “trend” seems to be picking up in the USA, where pick-up truck drivers purposefully park in front of Tesla supercharging stations where they can insult Tesla drivers. At least that’s what happened in the town of Hickory, North Carolina.
Tesla drivers go too fast
Three-quarters of the 9,000 Tesla drivers in the Netherlands were fined for speeding last year, according to figures from the national statistics office CBS. No other car brand showed such a high proportion of speeders.
Burning Tesla story takes on bizarre twist
Back in 2014, the owner of a brand new Tesla claimed his Model S spontaneously caught fire and Tesla offered him compensation. Tesla went back on the deal when they discovered that the fire was caused, not by a faulty battery, but by a bullet.
Vespa-infused electric unicycle made in Barcelona
A monowheel scooter sounds interesting enough but this one also uses the iconic Vespa look and has some more surprises hidden under the seat. Built by Bel y Bel in Barcelona, this electric unicycle – or uni scooter – self balances and shows some impressive performance.
Why Tesla was almost called Faraday
Tesla bought the rights to the company name in 2004 for 75,000 dollars from a man named Brad Siewert, who had already had it protected in 1994, Elon Musk now revealed. At first, the man did not want to sell the rights.
A drag race of a kind nature never invented
Formula E has released another rather spectacular PR film just before the start of the fifth season in Saudi Arabia. This time it is about one of the oldest sports in the world and one beloved in the arabic world. Here, it is of course combined with one of the newest.
Aldi’s electric kids’ cars sell like hot cakes
It seems that electric cars can sell well in Australia after all. With Christmas at the door, one of Aldi Australia’s best and fastest-selling “special buys” is back. The kids’ electric cars that sold out in seconds in 2017 are on offer again this year.
In Québec, Racine offers a spin in a Tesla to sell their EVs
Sometimes a little madness goes a long way: The Canadian state of Québec is trying to get more EVs in the country to satisfy increasing demand. Racine has just opened a pre-owned EV division offering a free ride in Québec’s “fastest” EV – a pimped Tesla Model 3 – to inspire electric vehicle ownership.
Insensible urban aesthetics
The Zipcar car club that runs 325 VW e-Golf in London complains about the slow expansion of fast-charging infrastructure in the British capital. That is nothing new, unfortunately, but Zipcar makes a new argument.
Electric SUVs now grace the African Serengeti
In Tanzania, the Mount Kilimanjaro Safari Club (MKSC) announced its plans to electrify its fleet of safari vehicles following a successful trial. The idea is to reduce emissions across the whole operation with the electric cars charging on solar power.
Now that’s a fine
The Spanish government has decreed that major gas station operators have to provide EV charging stations within the next two years, and that failure to do so will result in fines of up to 30 million euros. Yet, it was not the money but time frame the association of pit stop owners complained about when calling the measure “absolutely hasty”.