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Electric cars now travel further than petrol vehicles – 'range anxiety is thing of past'

New research from Nissan has revealed cars are travelling around 630 clean kilometres further than traditional internal combustion engines. Owners of electric models completed an average of 14,200km every year compared to just owners of traditional cars who travel just 13,600km a year.

The shock finding comes as new data still suggest range anxiety is one of the biggest concerns among road users and a barrier to more people making the switch.

Over half of drivers who are unlikely to consider buying a fully electric vehicle said their biggest concern was low driving range.

A total of 56 percent of internal combustion engine drivers who are not considering an EV believe there are not enough charging points.

Almost half said there was not enough public charging infrastructure in place to run an electric vehicle.

READ MORE: British drivers can now travel for just 1p per mile

Arnaud Charpentier, Region Vice President at Nissan was confident range anxiety would soon become an issue of the past.

He said: “This research reiterates that electric driving is not only a smart option beneficial to the environment but also a fun, exciting and convenient choice for the owners.

“It is no surprise that people now drive EV further than ICE cars.

“We are confident that with more EV on the road dispelling myths, range anxiety will soon be in the past.”

Electric car infrastructure is dramatically expanding to ensure drivers are fully catered for.

As of 1 April 2021, there were over 22,500 public electric charging devices available across the UK.

Of this total, there were a total of 4,259 rapid charging devices across the UK.

Available devices increased by over 2,000 during the first quarter of the year.

This was up nearly 10 percent on the previous quarter while 379 rapid charging devices were almost installed.

According to GOV.UK, this was the largest quarterly growth in both total and rapid devices since 2015.

Nissan says over the first decade of electric cars, their popular Nissan LEAF has attracted 500,000 owners globally.

Nissan promises there will be “more choice” to “inspire drivers” to make the switch to electric cars over the coming years.

Mr Charpentier said: “This is an exciting time for the automotive industry.

“As we continue to expand our electric line-up with the all-electric coupé crossover, the Nissan Ariya and the all-new Qashqai with our award-winning e-POWER technology, there will be more choice to help inspire drivers to make the switch and continue this positive trend of cleaner travel for our planet.”

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All Those Electric Vehicles Pose a Problem for Building Roads

Last week, Washington governor Jay Inslee—the guy who, while running for president two years ago, proposed a nationwide ban on sales of gas-powered cars by 2030—vetoed a statewide ban on gas-powered car sales by 2030.

The reason for the puzzling move, Inslee said in a statement, was a provision tucked into the legislation. The language said the 2030 target would take effect only if lawmakers created a program to charge drivers based on how far they drive each year.

The bill had been hailed as pathbreaking for electric vehicles and US climate policy, more aggressive than deadlines from states like California, Massachusetts, and New York, which have set their sights on 2035. Washington plans to follow California’s rules and phase out the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

But there’s a hitch in those plans: The nation uses gas taxes to fund the construction and upkeep of everything from roads and bridges to buses and ferries. As more electric vehicles—including the Ford F-150 Lightning, which goes on sale next year—hit the road, gas sales will decline, along with the revenue from taxing them.

Matthew Metz, founder and co-executive director of the Seattle-based environmental group Coltura, says he was surprised and disappointed that Inslee missed a chance to set the earliest zero-emission sales deadline in the country. He says signing the legislation, even with the attached per-mile tax program, would have staved off future angst about paying for the state’s infrastructure. Lawmakers “can keep kicking this issue down the road, but eventually it’s going to have to stop,” Metz says.

In the US, state and federal motor fuel taxes account for more than 40 percent of transportation funding—the largest revenue source. But the federal government hasn’t raised the gas tax since 1993, when it was fixed at 18.4 cents a gallon. Since 2008, Congress has allocated additional funds from elsewhere, but the situation is not sustainable: The Congressional Budget Office says that if the funding system doesn’t change by 2030 federal transportation funding will exceed its budget by $ 188 billion. At least 36 states have increased their fuel taxes since 2010 to bring in more money.

Meanwhile, vehicles have gotten more fuel-efficient—and a small but growing share of US vehicles aren’t using gas at all. Automakers promise to spend the next decade rolling out battery-powered models. (Anyone want an electric version of the best-selling vehicle in America, the Ford F-150 pickup? You can buy one in 2022.)

That transition is important to the planet. Twenty-nine percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions waft from the transportation sector, and nearly 60 percent of those are from light-duty vehicles. Many believe that electrifying the country’s transportation system must be a key element of any plan to beat back climate change.

“Lawmakers are realizing that yes, you’re meeting this environmental goal” by setting ambitious electrification targets, says Douglas Shinkle, who directs the transportation program at the National Conference of State Legislatures. “But at the same time, you’re negatively impacting the system that those vehicles drive on.”

Which is why policymakers like those in Washington state are interested in road user fees. In theory, the policy is simple: Instead of paying a tax on each gallon of gas they use, drivers would pay a tax per mile they drive. US Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg endorsed the idea in March, though it didn’t make it into President Biden’s infrastructure proposal. Also in March, the Federal Highway Administration announced it would fund eight state- and regional-level road-user-fee pilot programs. At least 13 states have introduced legislation concerning road user charges, Shinkle says.

But states that have experimented with and even implemented road user fees—a club that includes California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia—have run into plenty of thorny questions. Collecting a gas tax is easy and cheap; drivers pay at the pump. But a per-mile charge would require gathering data and fees from millions of vehicles. Some states have experimented with radio transponders, others with devices that plug into vehicles and send data to transportation departments. Skeptics have raised concerns about tracking residents’ locations. And it’s not clear that such a system would raise more money than it costs.

Author: Aarian Marshall
This post originally appeared on Business Latest

Protesters who obstruct emergency vehicles could face felony charges in Texas

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1 dead, several others badly injured after 4 vehicles crash, 1 rolls over on I-35 in central Austin

Author: Harley Tamplin
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One person has died and multiple others were badly hurt in a number of linked crashes on I-35 in central Austin early Saturday morning.

The northbound and southbound lanes of I-35 were shut down at the location of the incident, near the 51st Street intersection.

Medics from Austin-Travis County EMS were called to reports of multiple related crashes involving four vehicles at 1:55 a.m.

One vehicle rolled over and an unknown number of people were ejected onto the road, according to EMS.

In total, five people were injured. Three people were transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries – and one of those people died from their injuries.

Another two people were taken to Dell Seton with serious injuries, EMS said, and an additional three people refused transport to a hospital.

Tesla buyers can purchase vehicles with bitcoin, Musk says

Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskSanders: Musk should ‘focus on Earth’ instead of space Elon Musk: Not broke, never woke, and in on the joke Elon Musk denies cars were used to spy in China: Tesla would be ‘shut down’ MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] on Wednesday announced that his customers can now purchase electric vehicles using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

“You can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin,” Musk said in a Twitter thread outlining how purchases will be handled.

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He also stated in a tweet that customers outside of the United States will have the option to make purchases using Bitcoin later this year.

Last month, Tesla announced that it purchased $ 1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin[8] and had plans to accept the cryptocurrency as a form of payment in the future.

Since Musk’s Wednesday tweet, Bitcoin, which is currently the world’s largest digital currency, has increased by 4 percent and is trading at $ 56,429, according to Reuters[9].

While Bitcoin has recently been embraced by companies such as Mastercard and Bank of New York Mellon following Tesla’s purchase, it has been rarely used for commerce, Reuters noted. The cryptocurrency is known to have high volatility and is also costly with slow processing times.

Musk also wrote that Tesla will not convert the Bitcoin payments it receives into traditional currency and noted that his company will use “internal & open source software” in his thread.

Last month, he criticized cash, saying that when the currency “has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn’t look elsewhere,” Reuters reported.

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Classic car MOT test changes will make historic vehicles 'more usable' and 'safer'

Experts at Classic Car LEDs have warned the new update will be able to “weed out poorer performing products” and will ensure classic cars can “compete” with new vehicles. The new changes mean drivers can upgrade their cars and ensure they meet up to date MOT guidelines. according to the specialists.
Earlier this month, the DVSA said halogen headlights should not be converted to be used with HID or LED bulbs.

They previously said any such conversions would guarantee drivers failed the headlamp test.

However, the DVSA has since amended the rules meaning the new law will only apply to owners of some vehicles.

The changes now mean those who own cars built and first used before 1 April 1986 will not fail their test but those built afterwards could still be at risk.

READ MORE: Classic car owners could fail due to new MOT changes

Duncan Rickards, spokesperson for Classic Car LEDs previously said the rules surrounding headlight conversions were confused.

However, he said the new amendments were a “welcome step” for owners and would help ensure road safety.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The changes made to the MOT regulations with effect from Monday 22 March to allow LED conversion that meets the beam pattern test for halogen headlamps for Class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles with halogen headlamp units first used before 1 April 1986 and all Class 1 and 2 Motorcycles are a very welcome step forward in making our Classic vehicles more useable and therefore safer on the roads.

“What it also does is weed out the poorer performing products that are flooding the market that will not pass this test and therefore are likely to give glare to other road users.

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“Classic vehicle lighting was never the best and competing with modern vehicle light outputs is a struggle.

“We hope that customers will now be able to upgrade in the knowledge that they can meet the MOT guidelines and have safer and more comfortable enjoyment of their vehicles.

“The changes do not mean though owners should not have to inform their insurers of the modification.

“It is a notifiable change that needs to be made.”

The DVSA said: “DfT (Department for Transport) has recently reviewed the lighting regulations in line with the UK road lighting regulations 1989 and the interpretation now concludes:

“If you swap your headlamp bulb from a halogen to an HID or LED bulb this is an MOT failure for cars and vans first used on or after 1 April 1986

“This conversion failure doesn’t apply to motorcycles

“Converted headlamps are not a failure item for cars or vans if a vehicle was first used before 1 April 1986

“Any lighting will still need to comply with the MOT’s standards on beam spread etc.”

Luxury car marque Aston Martin to start making electric models in UK amid shift away from traditional vehicles – media

Aston Martin has vowed to build its electric cars in the UK from 2025, Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll has revealed. The pledge comes in response to the British government’s push to abandon petrol and diesel vehicles.

Stroll promised in an interview with the Financial Times that its battery sports cars and sport utility vehicles would be produced at plants in England and Wales, respectively. The Canadian billionaire took up his role at the company last year, when he acquired an over 20 percent holding.
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The statement comes as the UK pushes ahead with its plan to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars, with the measure scheduled to come into force by 2030. However, Stroll signaled that Aston Martin would not be entirely stopping production of vehicles with a traditional engine, but would make them available for car enthusiasts outside the UK.

Aston Martin has until recently appeared to be more focused on hybridization rather than battery-electric cars. The production of its first electric model, the Rapide E, which officially debuted at the 2019 Auto Shanghai, was reportedly indefinitely suspended earlier this year. However, in an earlier interview with Bloomberg, Stroll said the company plans to introduce an electric sports car and a SUV by 2025.

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