In 2010, the small community of specialists who pay attention to US road safety statistics picked up the first signs of a troubling trend: more and more pedestrians were being killed on American roads. That year, 4,302 American pedestrians died, an increase of almost 5% from 2009. The tally has increased almost every year since, with particularly sharp spikes in 2015 and 2016. Last year, 41% more US pedestrians were killed than in 2008. During this same period, overall non-pedestrian road fatalities moved in the opposite direction, decreasing by more than 7%. For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier. Through the 90s and 00s, the pedestrian death count had declined almost every year. No one would have confused the US for a walkers’ paradise – at least part of the reason fewer pedestrians died in this period was that people were driving more and walking less, which meant that there were fewer opportunities to be … [Read more...] about Collision course: why are cars killing more and more pedestrians?
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Imagine the satisfaction of driving your environmentally friendly electric car for 1,500 miles without having to stop to recharge the battery – a distance more than four times as far as the best and most expensive model currently on the road. Under the bonnet is a revolutionary new type of battery which, unlike those used in conventional electric cars, can also power buses, huge lorries and even aircraft. What’s more, it’s far simpler and cheaper to make than the batteries currently in use in millions of electric vehicles around the world – and, unlike them, it can easily be recycled. This might sound like a science-fiction fantasy. But it’s not. Last Friday, the battery’s inventor, British engineer and former Royal Navy officer Trevor Jackson, signed a multi-million-pound deal to start manufacturing the device on a large scale in the UK. The father-of-eight battery inventor engineer, Trevor Jackson, 58 from Tavistock, Devon, who has signed a … [Read more...] about Father-of-eight invents an electric car battery in a tiny Cornish workshop which will take drivers 1,500 miles without needing to charge it
Drivers of electric cars could be given green number plates that allow them to use bus lanes and park for free. The scheme is part of a £1.5 billion drive to boost sales of electric vehicles. Town halls will be encouraged to grant incentives to cars with the green plates, such as free or cheaper parking. Three designs are being considered, the most radical of which is an all-green plate. If approved, it will be the first major change in plate design since 1969, when silver-on-black plates were replaced with today’s yellow and white reflective versions. The above number plate has been designed specifically for zero-emission cars and could benefit drivers The other two proposed designs feature a green stripe and green dot on the traditional plate. Ministers have launched a 12-week consultation on the plans with a view to introducing green plates within 12 to 18 months. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘The UK is in the driving seat of global efforts to tackle … [Read more...] about Electric car drivers could be given green number plates to allow them to use bus lanes and park for free
A car company has released a video of their £1.6 million hypercar repeatedly smashing into a concrete wall to show consumers their extensive safety checks. Croatia-based Rimac have been putting their C_Two model through a rigorous crash-testing program ahead of its production in 2020. A video detailing the crashes is humorously prefaced with the disclaimer: 'Some car fans may find this content disturbing.' The Rimac C_Two, pictured, is undergoing crash testing before its production run in 2020 and the company have decided to release the footage of the brutal procedure to the public.A disclaimer to the video says: 'Some car fans may find this content disturbing' Rimac drove the hypercar, which is capable of hitting speeds of 285mph, into a wall six times The car has a hefty price tag of £1.6 million but had sold out just three weeks after launching To crash test, the company will drive the car into a wall at a specific speed to see its ability to withstand a … [Read more...] about Driving a £1.6million hypercar into a wall… SIX TIMES: Sports car makers Rimac show how they smash several prototypes as part of extensive safety checks
The Treasury is facing the loss of £28billion in revenue as people switch to tax-free electric cars, say experts. The Government has pledged to make Britain carbon neutral by 2050, which means it will lose revenue from fuel duty. This has fallen by nearly £19billion a year since 2000 and all £28billion will soon be lost if the system does not change, according to a think-tank. Boris Johnson is said to be pressing for fuel duties to be cut by 2p per litre in the forthcoming Budget. Rebekah Stroud, a research economist at the IFS, said: 'The bigger challenge is that revenues are now set to disappear entirely over coming decades as we transition to electric cars' (pictured: a Tesla Model S electric car) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next The costly reality of owning an electric car: How customers... Tesla stock plunges as much as 6% after company reported... Share this article Share This would cost £1billion a year in lost revenue on top of the … [Read more...] about Treasury bosses will face losing £28BILLION in revenue as eco-conscious motorists switch over to tax-free electric cars, experts predict