In less than a year, a group of fast-growing electric scooter and electric bicycle companies have stocked U.S. city streets with lightweight, dockless, connected vehicles. To some, they're a tech bro nuisance and yet another manifestation of Silicon Valley overreach; to others, a brand-new method of urban transit for the first, last or only miles of daily travel. Bloomberg Opinion’s Virginia Postrel and Nathaniel Bullard corresponded via email on the electric scooter craze; this is a lightly edited version of that conversation.NB: Since you're in Los Angeles: Given that the scooter business in the U.S. kicked off in Santa Monica, and that the city recently passed a pretty forward-looking pilot program, is there something uniquely SoCal about scooters? As opposed to, say, uniquely San Francisco (where Uber began)?VP: Starting with the riders, Southern California has several advantages for a dockless scooter business. The traffic is awful, so people are looking for ways around it, … [Read more...] about Let’s Talk About All Those Electric Scooters
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Brought to you by Adrian Monti New technological developments are making it even easier to own and run an electric vehicle – and now you could even make money off them With more than 145,000 plug-in electric cars in the UK today, the much-heralded revolution on our roads has finally arrived. But what’s it like to be part of this new driving experience? Here Tom Pakenham, OVO Energy’s director of electric vehicles, reveals what you can expect. Are electric vehicles (EV) becoming more popular? More than 47,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered last year in the UK, setting an annual sales record. The UK’s best-selling “pure” plug-in electric car is the Nissan Leaf. Meanwhile the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is a hybrid vehicle with an electric motor alongside a normal combustion engine, is the country’s biggest-selling plug-in EV. How much are they to buy? They’re more expensive than the equivalent car with a … [Read more...] about What is it really like to own an electric car?
Seems every week there’s an explosive new Tesla story. CEO Elon Musk’s dealings with Wall Street investors and the media seem to happen in parallel universes, talking in the same language about the same issues, but curiously out of sync. The hot topic at present is whether the new Tesla Model 3, which competes with the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, can be built as rapidly as originally promised. It seems not, which means all those UK speculators who put down £1,000 deposits have longer to wait. But should you buy a Tesla anyway? The Model S luxury saloon and the dramatic Model X SUV are available right now. I took the latter for an extended test, driving to the west country for our annual village walking weekend. It allowed me to try recharging on the hoof and answer what turned out to interminable questions about Tesla, the Model X and electric cars in general. It’s a topic that seems to engage almost everyone. The Model X itself is a deeply impressive machine. With … [Read more...] about Tesla Model X 100D review: Is now the right time to buy a Tesla? We revisit the superstar of electric cars
BANK holiday Brits face fresh travel chaos with flooding, hailstones and lightning set to further batter the UK. The Met Office are warning huge swathes of the county are set to be hit by violent thunderstorms tonight and into Monday. While temperatures will remain high - with some places reaching 27C - the agency has issued a yellow alert warning sporadic outbreaks of extreme weather are likely. Forecasters have warned homes and businesses could be flooded in flash downpours and fast-flowing flood water could pose a risk to those out and about in affected areas. Trains could also be severely affected by flooding or lighting strikes. People across the Midlands and south of England have also been told to brace themselves hazardous conditions, including lightening strikes hail and fierce winds. Earlier today dozens of planes at the airport in Essex were forced to remain grounded leading to scenes of chaos at the airport. Passengers have reported delays of more than three hours, with many … [Read more...] about UK weather – Flood and HAILSTORMS set to batter Britain as Bank Holiday misery continues after travel chaos
After White House chief of staff John Kelly pressured President Donald Trump last fall to install his top deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, atop the Department of Homeland Security, the president lost his temper when conservative allies argued she wasn't sufficiently hardline on immigration. "You didn't tell me she was a [expletive] George W. Bush person," Trump growled. After Kelly told Fox News Channel's Bret Baier in a January interview that Trump's immigration views had not been "fully informed" during the campaign and had since "evolved," the president berated Kelly in the Oval Office - his shouts so loud they could be heard through the doors. And just 11 days ago, Kelly grew so frustrated on the day that Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin that Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis both tried to calm him down and offer pep talks, according to three people with knowledge of the incident. "I'm out of here, guys," Kelly said - comments some interpreted as a … [Read more...] about The inside story of how Trump’s Chief of Staff lost his power