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Our roads were built for bicycles

How many miles of road would you guess crisscross this little island of ours? 100,000? 200,000? According to the Department for Transport there are 245,000 miles of roads in Britain; a distance equivalent to circumnavigating the earth 10 times. Even more surprising than the size of our road network is the relatively tiny proportion of it that was designed and…

Why your next car will need a 48-volt battery

Electric car technology is evolving quickly, but don’t expect the internal combustion engine to go down without a fight. By the 1950s most cars had ditched 6-volt batteries in favour of the 12-volt variety. The larger capacity was better suited to cold starts and the increasing number of powered gizmos being used to tempt drivers. Almost 70 years later at…

Urban transport 2030: Electric car vs. electric bicycle

Toyota has the answer to urban transport in 2030. Possibly. Forget about 0-60 times and top speed, the latest Toyota concept car is being promoted on the promise of “fun whilst driving even at slow speeds in the urban environment.” In a sign of cars to come, i-TRIL is driven by an electric motor, seats three and weighs in at only…

Volta: The world’s most discreet electric bicycle

The Volta is a bicycle of contradictions. First off, it’s an electric bike, but with a battery and motor are so discreet you wouldn’t know they were there. Furthermore, its aspiration to be a light cargo bike is countered by sleek looks and a weight of only 15 kg. On top of these attributes, the Volta packs technological features such as…

Nissan driverless cars, close overtakes and cyclists

Driverless cars are at risk from inheriting the bad habits of their human predecessors. Hopes that driverless cars might represent a Holy Grail for vulnerable road users – effectively putting an end to widespread road danger – seemed premature this week after a Nissan equipped with the technology came close to hitting a cyclist. Petite vidéo de la conduite autonome.…