Don’t surf and drive
A driver of a Tesla Model 3 was stopped by police, but not because the officer was curious to see the car. Instead it was to inform the driver that the use of computers when driving is prohibited and pointed to the large display – the one that makes the Tesla dashboard.
How noisy is too noisy?
The automobile manufacturer Ford has asked the US government about providing police cars with an off-switch for the legally mandatory EV noise generators.
LAPD patrolling on speed pedelecs by Bosch
The Los Angeles Police Department has had a quirky addition to their fleet of patrol vehicles as they acquire 20 electric bikes. They have been specifically designed for the force and assist officers up to a speed of 28 mph (45 kph).
Police confused about fueling
The British police forces seem confused with the choice of cars they are being offered, as officers misfueled their tanks 299 times last year. It seems that even traditional combustion motors are too complicated for some, which is especially rich compared to arguments regarding the usability of EVs.
Paris police now patrols with the e-Golf
The “Gendarmerie” of Paris is now approaching their suspects silently as the French force leases 16 e-Golf from Volkswagen. They came fully dressed in what the police calls a black and white retro style and each district will get one for a year.
Organised Tesla theft somewhat
The Tesla store in Salt Lake City got robbed. Over the course of the chase for the stolen electric cars, the police questioned no less than four thieves with half of them claiming to be part of the Tesla family.
China, POLICE, EPA, MIT.
China opens battery market: The government announced that foreign battery makers and suppliers for other EV and PHEV components will no longer need to form joint ventures with Chinese companies. That will at first only be the case for the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Shanghai and Tianjin, but the government will keep a close eye on the development and possible extend or scrap the measure.
Prolonging EVs’ operating life: The three-year research project POLICE (Prolonged Life Cycle for Electric Vehicles) is looking at how electric cars can become more competitive, focusing on multiplying the vehicles’ operating lifespan. The RWTH Aachen, StreetScooter, Dekra and DLR are part of the team. The German Federal Ministry of Economy is funding the project with 1.5m euros.
EPA criticises airplane emissions: The U.S. environmental agency has taken a closer look at emissions above the clouds. While regulatory limits have yet to be established, airplane manufactures are being asked to reduce their engines’ emissions.
MIT makes progress: MIT researchers have found a new approach to engineering lithium-air batteries, keeping oxygen inside using nanoscale particles that hold both Li and O instead of pulling oxygen from the air. That reduces energy loss. Scientists say their prototype was able to hold twice as much energy a Li-ion battery of the same size.
engadget.com , mit.edu
This sculpture looks as if someone really wanted the truck to fit in a small parking spot, pulling its rear up alongside a wall. A policeman thought it would be funny to give the “parking violator” a ticket – as a joke of course. Though it would be interesting to know what a violation for parking on a wall would cost.
autobild.de (in German)
Low speed chase.
A police officer in the States stopped a granny on a mobility scooter – he called it a, “eh, little cart” – as she was cruising in the middle of the road. When discovering that she was lost, he insisted on escorting her home and ended up driving 70 minutes behind her at the speed of 6 mph. Wind down and take your time this weekend!
The right to charge.
In disbelief, we have been watching racial tension in the U.S. escalate. And this story is just as inexplicable. An African-American man was charging his EV in the dark, when police told him to stop since the station was closed. He refused and the officers responded by using pepper spray and tackling him – all for charging his electric vehicle!
Show of police presence.
Dubai Police now welcomed the BMW i8 in its impressive fleet of patrol vehicles. While dressed in white and green, all the super hybrid is missing are the sirens on top of the roof. You got the whole weekend to think about changing your job!
bmwblog.com (with video)
The Dover Police Dep. in Delaware started a new series – the DashCam Confessionals. The star of this episode is a cop, rocking out to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Literally dancing behind the wheel, he does put on a serious face every time there is a passerby – just to continue his dance routine when only YouTube is watching.
Police EV with a view.
The “Zijing Qingyuan Armored Spherical Cabin Electric Patrol Vehicle” was presented at the Security China exhibition in Beijing. It features a sort of glass dome that allows police men a 360 degree look around. It could at least be a serious competitor to the Popemobile.
British police have received the ultimate tool to catch any thief – a race car! The Ariel Atom 3.5R goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Too bad it won’t be used to chase anyone, but to lower motorcycle deaths on British roads. How a race car is supposed to help, remains a bit of a head scratcher.
High level austerity.
While Italy might seem to be in the middle of recession, the Italian State Police got their ride pimped by Lamborghini. The Huracán LP610-4 in blue and white comes outfitted with a siren system, and police radio. It is not the first Lambo in the force but actually replaces two Gallardos. Not exactly what we would call a cut in budget…
BMW in a box.
It probably took the Hungarian police a while to unravel what was in front of their eyes when stopping a VW transporter from Romania. Inside, a stolen BMW X6 had been dismantled and literally stuffed inside the van. What a reduction of residual value!
Snitch a hike.
A thief, who snatched a girl’s handbag on a street in China, must have thought it was his lucky day when a passing scooter driver offered him a ride to escape. The robber soon regretted this hitchhike, however, as his alleged accomplice dropped him off in front of a police station.
mirror.co.uk (with video)
This pickup truck comes flying out of nowhere – literally. Luckily for these Iowa cops, the 4×4 did not clip them as it approached the ditch, where it landed safely and drove off into the night. Have a save weekend!
Full stop out of the blue.
Secret plans of the EU have now come to light, about a device fitted to every car that would enable the police to stop it remotely by cutting the ignition and petrol supply. Even if the latter might be seen as some kind of promotion for EVs, we do not want to raise your hopes too high.
Last Sunday, the police in West Yorkshire stopped a woman on the motorway. While learning drivers in the UK can take their first drives accompanied by any qualified driver, this lady’s pet parrot certainly does not qualify as such supervisionary company. Otherwise, it would have surely kept her from illegally entering the motorway or exceeding the speed limit.