Amsterdam's Taxi Electric liked its two-plus years with an all-Nissan Leaf electric vehicle fleet so much that it just got bigger, or at least with its vehicle choice. The company, which says it's the first private-taxi outfit to boast an all-electric fleet, is going to start adding Nissan e-NV200 electric compact vans to its stable of vehicles.
Amsterdam is a city of canals and those historic waterways are home to many boats. Many noisy, polluting boats. It could be, though, that by 2020 only electric craft will be allowed to ply these municipal waters, and one company is poised to take full advantage of this happy development.
BMW has been making bikes for years, but it wasn't until this week that we took the time to pedal around in one. After all, it's pretty clear that four wheels are more fun than two when it comes to the roundel. But, well, maybe not always. For example, if you're trying to navigate through a dense urban center, then a car often falls short compared to a bike if you're looking to, you know, actually get where you're going. We'd certainly rather get some exercise as we run our downtown errands than
China-based automaker BYD won a contract from the city of Amsterdam for what the company says will be the largest-ever European fleet of battery-electric buses. BYD will produce 35 buses that will be used at the city's Schiphol Airport to shuttle passengers between terminals and aircraft on the tarmac. The buses, which will start going into service next July, will replace older buses and are expected to cut maintenance costs in addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the airp
Holland has become a bellwether for electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure development. The numbers certainly are not staggering – about 7,500 on the roads throughout the Netherlands – but they did increase eightfold last year and charging posts are showing up in cities everywhere. Change is happening in this small country – about 100 miles east to west – where gasoline process hover around $8.50 a gallon and there's a long tradition of environmental activism.
Well this is something you don't see every day. Thieves in Amsterdam have been preying upon unsuspecting Porsche models recently. That may not be unusual in and of itself, but the burglars are not attempting to make off with the entire car. Rather, they are stealing only the HID headlights. But what's most interesting is the purpose behind snatching just the headlamp assemblies.
How much would you pay to drive an electric vehicle? How about 29 cents a minute? That's the rate that Car2go will charge for its EV car-sharing service in Amsterdam that will kick off by the end of November.
There are a lot of hurdles to getting people into electric cars. There's the cheaper price of gasoline, worries about range anxiety, and those cancer fears. Who would've thunk it that another problem is people are too in love with their bicycles? This is the situation in Amsterdam, where decades of bicycle promotion have resulted in a population that happily gets around on two wheels. Who wouldn't, considering that bikes have the right-of-way over cars? Some people in the city really don't like
Note to Smart Fortwo owners in the Netherlands: Don't park your itty-bitty city cars near easily-accessible bodies of water. If you thought the car's errant transmission and its rough-and-tumble shifts were your biggest concern, you've likely never heard of the latest craze sweeping Amsterdam: "Smart Smijten." That's 'Smart Tipping' in American, and the reality of the situation is just about as distasteful as it sounds to owners of affected Fortwos.