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The Big Question: Will We Still Be Able To Drive in 20, 30, 50 Years?

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens or international federation of historic vehicles) poses the biggest question facing the historic vehicle community today: In 20, 30, 50 years’ time, will we be allowed to drive historic vehicles at all? “We can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to our future motoring freedom,” says FIVA President Patrick Rollet. “Congestion, pollution ...

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Electric Vehicles Enter Phase of Fastest Growth – Research Report

Like most other new products, electric vehicles sell in an S curve of a slow start with over supply. Then comes fastest growth with supply sometimes unable to keep up with demand then comes saturation.  Take pure electric buses as an example. Here China rapidly deployed 400,000, 99% of the total number in the world, then it collapsed subsidies causing a collapse in deliveries and sadly it mainly makes smoking buses again. The rest ...

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New Market Report On Electric Vehicles in China 2019-2029

China is the world’s largest EV market and an increasingly formidable exporter, innovator and acquiror. The new report “Electric Vehicles in China 2019-2029” from business intelligence firm IDTechEx Research covers markets, technology, export/import prospectsand more. The report, “Electric Vehicles in China 2019-2029” finds that the market penetration in China of electric buses is more impressive than electric cars. However, it cautions that, even here, two or more diesel buses ...

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Bentley’s 100th Anniversary: Review of S2 Continental Flying Spur

Bentley’s centenary celebrations continue in 2019 with the anniversary of another landmark model in the company’s history. July 10, 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year – an extraordinary milestone achieved by only a few companies. To celebrate the occasion, a year-long series of special activities has been planned, with celebrations at events around the world. Like the anniversary of the S2 ...

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Midi and School Buses will Drive Huge Component Demand, finds IDTechEx Research

There are over two million midi buses in the world. For example, most of the 1.6 million school buses are midi buses though North American ones are mainly larger. The new IDTechEx Research report, “Electric School Buses and Midi Buses 2019-2039” finds that almost none are electric. It is very different for larger buses, for now at least. Thanks to strong government direction and subsidies in China, ...

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Secrets to All-New Mustang Shelby GT500 Performance

When the 2020 Shelby GT500 goes on sale later this year, it will be the quickest-accelerating, most aerodynamically advanced street-legal Mustang ever, thanks to virtual testing in supercomputers and 3D printing. Borrowing best practices from more than a century of racing, Ford Performance designers, powertrain and aerodynamics engineers functioned as a virtual racing team to test hundreds of designs both ...

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Next Electric Vehicles Get Ultra Lightweight Motors

In electric aircraft, motor power-to-weight ratio is paramount for endurance, the main constraint on sales. You cannot lug ever more battery weight to get range. Indeed, better motors mean less battery in a land, water or air vehicle.  The new IDTechEx Research report, “Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2019-2029” explains the new emphasis on power-to-weight ratio with good efficiency. 5 kW/kg in most e-aircraft is achieved ...

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