Madrid private car ban is here to stay

Several countries, including the UK, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, have announced plans to eliminate ICE vehicles, and a few cities are proposing to ban them from city centers. Paris and Amsterdam have ambitious plans to banish dinosaur burners by 2030. Obviously, such plans have opponents, and they aren’t likely to become law without political battles.

Recent events in Madrid indicate that, for now, the tide is
running in favor of limiting cars in city centers. In 2018, the Spanish capital
banned all non-resident cars from the center. The only vehicles allowed in the
central zone are cars belonging to residents, delivery vehicles, taxis and
public transport.

In May, a new, more right-leaning city government was
elected, and began dismantling the ban. Some saw the beginning of a brown
backlash that would strike down proposed car bans across Europe. However, thousands
protested the repeal, and finally a judge forced the city council to reinstate
the ban.

Unlike the ICE bans proposed in Paris and Amsterdam, the Madrid measure isn’t aimed at gas-burning vehicles, but rather at reducing traffic in general (however, the city has long regulated emissions – most of the city’s taxis are hybrids, and a growing number are electric). However, as CityLab puts it, the popular opposition to the repeal of the ban indicates that there is “widespread support for green urban policies even when the political pendulum swings right.”

Repealing the car ban was a priority for Madrid’s newly elected mayor, and the new president of the Madrid region waxed nostalgic for traffic jams, saying they were part of the city’s character. However, at the end of June, when the city suspended fines for driving in the car-free zone, thousands took to the streets, and international media, including the New York Times, picked up the story.

Locals were especially incensed by amateur video footage that
showed the city dismantling planters filled with flowers in order to reclaim
the space for parking. Finally, a local court forced the city to reinstate the
ban, saying that it was necessary “to improve the quality of the air that the
citizens of Madrid breathe, which has a direct impact on health.”

Hyundai teases a new 1970s-inspired electric car to be unveiled next month

Hyundai is teasing a new 1970s-inspired electric car concept set to be unveiled at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next month. more…


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MAHLE’s new battery housing delivers same power from 40% smaller batteries

MAHLE has developed a new battery housing concept with integrated thermal management designed to increase rapid charging capability and vehicle range.

MAHLE claims the new housing allows manufacturers to use batteries
that are about 40% smaller, which not only reduces the CO2 footprint
of the EV, but also lowers the demand for raw battery materials.

To meet the high cooling performance required during rapid
charging, MAHLE’s designers have equipped the housing with dielectric fluid that
surrounds the battery cells. The German parts maker says the fiber-reinforced
plastic design is lightweight and extremely robust.

“With our new battery housing concept, we are making EVs more
economical and environmentally friendly,” says Dr. Otmar Scharrer, MAHLE Head
of Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering. “Both its moderate production
costs and the elimination of expensive, powerful batteries are making a
targeted contribution to bringing affordable electric vehicles to a broader
market.”

RadRunner review: The first test of Rad Power Bikes’ new $1,299 mini-bike style electric commuter

Rad Power Bikes has just released its newest electric bicycle, the RadRunner. And of course Electrek made sure to get one early so we could already have a review for you with all of the details.

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Tesla is looking at Gigafactory sites in Lower Saxony, local govt says

Tesla has been talking about building a Gigafactory in Europe to build electric vehicles and batteries for years, but it now says that it is finally closing in on a site.

The local government in Lower Saxony now says that Tesla is particularly interested in a few sites in the region. more…


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VW CEO is open to investing in Tesla (TSLA) [Update: VW denies]

Tesla (TSLA) has attracted interest from many established automakers over the years, and now it adds Volkswagen to the list as VW CEO Herbert Diess says he is open to investing in Tesla, according to a report from Germany. more…


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