Logistics and shopping centers, company facilities and large hotel complexes are suitable for the latest Renault study on future mobility. The EZ-POD can carry either two people or goods fully autonomously. And even in areas with a high level of traffic such as in airports and on large parking lots.

The new entry based on the Twizy is visually reminiscent of the Robo-Taxi study EZ-GO, its modular concept corresponds to that of the recently shown EZ-PRO – only in the smaller Mastab. Because the EZ-POD is a dwarf with a floor space of only three square meters.

Because he is traveling only at low speed, the two-seater should get by with relatively little technical effort. A camera and a lidar detector scan the area in front of the vehicle. Long and short distance radar sensors front and rear, a GPS receiver to determine the vehicle position and two antennas on the roof for networking: The system is ready for fully automated operation.

The item "Renaults Zweimann-Zwerg" was added on May 16, 2019 in the category Environment by Rudolf Huber with the stitch wordsAutonomous Driving, Study, Electromobility, Logistics, Alternative Propulsion, Environment,published.


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The automobile, whether bought, leased or shared, is still enormously important to the Germans. And for younger users more than for more mature Jahrgnge. This is one of the results of the current KS Trend speedometer.

69 percent of motorists find the alternative types of drive particularly exciting. The presentation of new vehicles is of interest to as many respondents. This is followed by comparison tests with 67 percent, for technical details such as assistance systems and for conventional drive systems still show 62 percent interest. The diesel discussion and other economic issues, however, find 52 percent interesting. Tailings for car-related topics include accessories such as roof boxes or bike carriers. Only 36 percent of the motorists surveyed by the Trend-Tacho show interest here.

The article "Great interest in alternative propulsion" was published on 29.04.2019 in the category Environment by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, Study, Alternative Propulsion, Statistics, Environment, released.


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Two fairs, three exciting vehicles from France: At the i-Mobility trade fair in Stuttgart, Peugeot will be presenting two newcomers, who will soon go into production. Citroen fans visiting VivaTech at the Paris Exhibition Center should feel more excited.

The Peugeot 3008 with new four-wheel drive hybrid has its first appearance on the German stage in Stuttgart. The new powertrain will complement the engine offer of the models 508 and 508 SW and 3008 from winter 2019, the French carmaker announces. Both Zero Emission Mode (ZEV) and all-wheel drive (HYBRID4) driving are possible, as well as a sport mode and a versatile hybrid mode.

Under the bonnet is the 1.6 liter PureTech petrol engine, which was specially optimized for the hybrid requirements, including a starter generator and a special cooling air supply. The hybrid drive produces 132 kW / 180 hp, the four-wheel drive variant "HYBRID4" 147 kW / 200 hp. The plug-in hybrid drive features the new e-EAT8 (Electric Efficient Automatic Transmission) eight-speed automatic transmission.

It is charged at the classic household socket or charging station: in seven hours, the battery is charged at 3.3 kW charging power (8A), takes on a reinforced power outlet of the type Green'up (3.3 kW charging power, 14A) the store four hours. In 1:45 hours is at a wall charging station for electric cars (6.6 kW charging power optional, 32A).

In both versions, 300V lithium-ion batteries are installed under the second row of seats, 11.8 kWh or 13.2 kWh is their capacity. Pure electric are up to 50 kilometers range in it. Using energy recovery and features such as e-Save, where the driver decides how he wants to access the electrical energy, make the e-experience even more attractive and efficient in everyday life.

Also new and as a premiere in Stuttgart: the e-208. The all-electric small car leads the way with the 508 oriented design and the new generation 3D-i cockpit. Also on board are – some optional – assistance systems such as the fully automatic parking aid, the Active Lane Keeping Assist or the Mdigkeitswarner.

The electric motor of the e-208 makes 100 kW / 136 hp and creates according to the manufacturer 340 kilometers to WLTP standard. The maximum torque is 260 Newton meters.

Citroen will be presenting a world-premiere concept car at the VivaTech international innovation trade show, which takes place in Paris from 16 to 18 May 2019, to mark the 100th anniversary of the brand. Electric motor and extraordinary design stand for the innovation and the values ​​of the traditional brand from France. Thanks to artificial intelligence, autonomous driving is also possible.

The article "PSA: Electric in Paris and Stuttgart" was on 25.04.2019 in the category Environment by Mirko Stepan with the keywords Study, fair, electric car, hybrid vehicle, environment, released.


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The Zoe is still on the upswing: Renault's fully electric model of success more than doubled its registration figures in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the first three months of the previous year. Since the market launch in Germany in 2012, more than 20,000 Zoe have been sold. And that is just the beginning. Because the offer is significantly expanded.

Overall, Renault Germany can present a very successful interim balance for its Stromer. Front runner Zoe sold more than 1,100 times in March 2019 alone. By comparison, in the first quarter of 2018, there were around 1,300 units. The market share of the compact Fnftrers with electric drive is currently 17.1 percent. "From January to March, sales of the Zoe, Kangoo Z.E. and Master Z.E. models increased by 101.1 percent to 2,930 units," says the German importer.

And the power offensive of the French brand continues, with increasing stroke rate: At the Shanghai Motor Show was just the City K-ZE (read: Kej-si) abstolen. The small Stromer enters the A-segment and is expected to play a key role in the booming Chinese market. The sixth electric model of the Renault Group shows the current design DNA of Renault, as a fully everyday suitable city SUV has a ground clearance of 15 centimeters and a wheelbase of 2.4 meters. The latter results in generous space in the interior and a 300-liter boot.

"In fast charging mode, the battery can be charged to 80 percent of its capacity in just 50 minutes," promises Renault. The K-ZE is equipped with an on-board multimedia system with 8-inch touch screen, 4G Internet, intelligent voice recognition, navigation and real-time control of the electric vehicle functions. Particu- larly particulate matter sensors and an air quality control system, which automatically switches to recirculation mode when needed, are particularly helpful in China's megacities. Also on board: a reversing camera and the tire pressure monitor.

The next E-model, the test rig EZ-Flex, should complete its first test of fortune in hard practical use. With a length of 3.86 meters, a width of 1.65 meters and a height of 1.88 meters, the mini transporter is tailor-made for use in the city, its load volume of three cubic meters and its turning circle of only 4.5 meters prädiniert him for delivery and courier services on the last mile.

Its range is 100 kilometers – twice as much as in urban delivery traffic on average per day. Twelve copies will be loaned to companies across Europe, and they will use the EZ-Flex for two years.

As part of the strategy plan "Drive the Future" Renault wants to expand its offer by 2022 to eight electric vehicles worldwide. In addition there are twelve partially electrified models. For example, from 2020 the new Clio as Hybrid, Captur and Mgane will start as plug-in hybrid variants.

Rudolf Huber / mid

The article "Renault: The Electric Offensive Continues" was added on April 24, 2013 in the category Environment by Rudolf Huber with the keywordsCar, Electric Car, Development, Electromobility, Study, Environment,published.


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Cyclists live dangerously. In everyday traffic two-wheelers have a hard time against cars, buses and trucks. But what exactly is the cause of the steadily increasing number of accidents? And who is to blame: driver or cyclist? Ford has now pursued these questions and wanted to know whether motorists who ride bicycles also risk road traffic situations differently.

For the study, Ford asked 2,000 people in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK to investigate seemingly identical images, but with slightly different traffic situations. For example, road signs, cars, bicycles or pedestrians were missing in some comparison pictures.

The results are partly amazing. In 100 percent of all the scenarios shown, motorists who also ride bicycles recognized the difference faster. While interviewees who never ride bicycles took an average of 10.68 seconds to see the difference in the images, the peer group only needed 9.25 seconds, so it was one and a half seconds faster. Also, the group of active cyclists was three percent better in correctly assessing the changed traffic situation.

"Young driver license holders still need to develop the ability to drive cars thoughtfully and confidently, and understanding how important safety distance to cyclists is, we can all contribute to greater road safety," said Jim Graham, Ford Driving Skills Manager for life.

When it comes to road safety, the "Share The Road" campaign, which Ford 2018 has unveiled, could play an important role. It explains terms that are the stuff of the question in Gnther Jauch's cult show "Wer wird Millionr?" huts. Or do you know what the so-called Dutch Reach is?

The correct thing would be: The driver opens the car with the remote hand, so that the upper body automatically rotates further back and possibly passing cyclists or pedestrians emerge in the field of vision. This method is also called "Dutch grip". It should help to prevent collisions of cyclists or Fugngern with the vehicle door.

Of course, the Ford campaign will also focus on overtaking cyclists. Or would you have known right away that motorists are advised to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters when passing by cyclists?

Conclusion: The current study shows that people who ride both bicycles and cars can sometimes process visual information faster. Driving a car thus requires the ability of a person to recognize dangers and react appropriately. And that is exactly what can save lives in an emergency.

Ralf Loweg / mid

The article "Driving with the eyes of a cyclist" was published on 23.04.2019 in the category News by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Motorists, Bicycle, Traffic Safety, Study, News, released.


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For the carmaker is certain: The future belongs to alternative drives. Especially for the electric mobility many manufacturers make an exaggerated hype, after they have neglected this topic for years profanely. But the customers still do not really want to leave for the Stromer. Why is that?

One of the biggest barriers to buying is the fear of not being able to drive far enough with an e-car. This emerges from the Automotive Barometer 2019 by Consors Finanz. For 42 percent of the world's respondents, an acquisition is out of the question for this reason. That's even 69 percent in Germany. 25 percent worldwide or 38 percent of the German respondents would opt for an electric car only when the battery reaches at least 500 kilometers. The fewest drivers really do cover such distances per day, according to the study results.

"Range anxiety is so great because the charging infrastructure does not convince consumers," says Bernd Brauer, Head of Automotive Financial Services, from the study. After all, 75 percent of the respondents believe that the public charging stations along the road network are not yet available in sufficient quantities (Germany 81 percent). 74 percent (85 percent in Germany) also consider the battery charging time much too long.

For 52 percent, the interest in an electric car could only be awakened when the charging speed takes a maximum of 30 minutes. "The infrastructure is an important topic," confirms Professor Claus-Christian Carbon, Professor of General Psychology and Methodology at the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg. "On the one hand it depends on availability and reliability and on the other hand, if and how many fast charging schools are available on the route."

The study shows that range anxiety is an obstacle that exists primarily in the minds of consumers. On average, they cover just 51 kilometers on a weekday. In Germany it is even only 43 kilometers. Only ten car trips a year are on average more than 400 kilometers worldwide – in Germany only eight.

"Nevertheless, the psychological effect of a sufficient supply must not be underestimated," says Bernd Brauer. "The success of the e-car is highly dependent on the infrastructure." Professor Carbon adds: "As soon as there is only one quick-loading school in an expansible space, it will drastically reduce the range anxiety."

The article "Study: Range anxiety is a matter of the head" was on 09.04.2019 in the category Environment by Ralf Loweg with the StichwörternElectric mobility, range, infrastructure, charging stations, study, environment,published.


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Electric cars are considered a clean way to get around. But a full-fledged switch to the purring Stromer probably had its dark side. The conversion to electromobility could eliminate about 75,000 jobs, reports the Sddeutsche Zeitung and refers to a study by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering on behalf of IG Metall and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).

According to the forecast, the need for personnel, especially for many suppliers, should drop significantly in the coming years. The consequences for smaller companies can also be drastic if, for example, they can no longer profitably sell their components for internal combustion engines. It is true that jobs are also created when the demand for batteries and technology for electric cars rises: the economists expect a plus of around 25,000 jobs. However, these are already calculated out at the loss of 75,000 jobs.

The study is based on the scenario that by 2030 about a quarter of all vehicles in Germany will be powered by electricity. But that also means: 60 percent of the vehicles will still have a petrol or diesel engine, the rest are plug-in hybrids.

At the same time, the scenario presupposes that the components for hybrid and electric vehicles are largely manufactured in Germany – which is by no means said. In e-mobility, China is a big leap ahead: Since 2016, more than 650,000 electric vehicles are rolling on the streets in the People's Republic, and according to experts, the Chinese currently have more than 70 e-models available.

The article "Study: Electromobility destroys workplaces" was added to the category Environment by Ralf Loweg on 18.03.2019Electromobility, Study, Suppliers, Economy, Environment,verƶffentlicht.


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It is six meters long, has three axles and rear axle steering, fuel cell propulsion and can accommodate up to four people – a rover with pressurized cabin from Toyota. However, the vehicle for foreign worlds is still a vision of the future.

Toyota is currently exploring "opportunities for cooperation with the Japanese space agency JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in international space research," said the Japanese carmaker. For almost a year, the car and space experts have been working on a rover concept for exploration of foreign planets. On 13 square meters of living and working space two standard, if necessary even four astronauts can be accommodated.

The vehicle is a mobile space station – children of the 1970s and 1980s, of course, now immediately think of the Death Star from the science fiction saga "Star Wars", but the seizure of world domination certainly has no one in mind at Toyota.

Instead, the rover's abilities are focused entirely on the peaceful exploration of alien worlds. May the power be with Toyota.

The item "Toyota for distant galaxies" was added to the category News by Mirko Stepan on 15.03.2019 Car, Research, Study, Autonomous Driving, News, released.


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