A full tank of electricity 1/2

Des véhicules boostés à l’électricité
There’s definitely something electric in the air in the transport industry right now – more specifically, on the roads. There’s a relentless drive to find an alternative to fossil fuels for our tanks. And as cities already contain more than half the world’s population and generate almost 70 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, it’s hardly surprising that the initial aim of this green revolution is to find new means of urban transport. For example, vehicles boosted by electric current, like the Tri’Ode, electric scooter, which has a smart tilt-control system so you don’t have to put your foot on the ground at every traffic light, and the Artelex 670. The first scooter has the twin advantage of being suitable for couriers (it can store up to 60 kilograms of items for delivery) and economical (it only uses 60 euro cents’ worth of electricity per 100 kilometres), while the second has a range of 100 kilometres thanks to its lithium-ion battery. What’s more, both can be charged using domestic plug sockets.
Another avenue that has been persistently explored for several years is the electric car, specially designed for short inner-city trips. WEEz a microcar for which you don’t need a licence, encourages the very youngest drivers to go green. It can be driven from the age of 14 and its small lithium battery gives it a range of up to 60 kilometres. Navya, is a specialist urban shuttle that goes even further by removing the need for a driver. It is fully electric and fitted with laser (LiDAR) sensors that detect any obstacle within a range of 200 metres. The passengers can select and then monitor their destination, route and estimated travel time on a convenient touch screen. Finally, as the success of bike-hire schemes testifies, cycling is on the up in cities. BikeBerri caters for those who don’t hone their calves on the roads during the Tour de France, offering electric assistance via a fuel cell. It provides a welcome boost as you attack the start of a hill.
Electric vehicles are now gaining enough ground to take them beyond the confines of the city. Voglib, a water-based version of vehicle-sharing schemes, is setting up stations on docks offering electric motor boats for hire. Their cruising speed is limited to five knots, they can be locked in the event of bad weather, and they only work in a pre-determined area. Voglib aims to make recreational boating accessible to the general public. Sunsearider, a boat powered by photovoltaic panels and energy stored in silicone or lithium batteries, has equally impressive green credentials. Find out the projects selected for the second edition of the EDF Pulse AwardsDownload the dataviz of innovation tendancies for the 2nd Edition of the EDF Pulse Awards
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