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European Mobility Week 2021

The theme for European Mobility Week this year is Safe and Healthy with Sustainable Mobility. The event has a focus that pays tribute to the hardships experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It also reflects on the opportunities for change resulting from this health crisis and in particular the creative, resilient responses to the pandemic. This year, European Mobility Week celebrates…

Brompton offered as optional extra with hire cars

Car hire company Enterprise is to offer Bromptons as an optional extra. Customers at its Russel Square branch in London will be able to drive away with one of the folding bicycles in the boot for £20 per day. It will be interesting to see whether the Enterprise offering proves successful as the charges are substantially more than the prices…

Business as usual – Traffic congestion returns to pre-pandemic levels

Traffic congestion has returned to pre-pandemic levels as the end of home working and the start of the new school term has led to many thousands once again reaching for their car keys. Roads in London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Leicester and Liverpool are now as busy as they were in 2019. In other words, it’s back to business as usual;…

Solid-state batteries will boost electric car performance

Solid-state batteries have the potential to improve on current batteries by replacing liquid electrolyte, in which lithium ions carry an electric current, with a solid ceramic material. It’s tech that would result in lighter and smaller batteries with more energy density. The challenge is that industry has struggled to commercialise solid-state batteries. However,  chemicals company Johnson Matthey, battery startup Britishvolt,…

Two thirds would take up electric bicycle grant

Two-thirds of us would consider buying e-bikes if helped by a subsidy scheme, according to a recent study. The research by Bosch comes ahead of a proposed subsidy for electric bicycles, or pedelecs as they are sometimes called, of as much a third. France is planning a similar scheme to boost sales of electric bikes. The study polled over 2,000…