Volkswagen says it'll need to cut at least 10,000 jobs in shift to EV manufacturing. VW management board member and head of human resources, Karlheinz Blessing, says that because it requires fewer workers to build electric motors than internal combustion engines, it will "cost a five-digit number of jobs in coming years," according to Reuters. The VW works council expects 25,000 staff to be cut in the next 10 years as workers retire. The works council is urging VW to build battery cells in-house to make up for the job losses. Read more from Reuters, or at Green Car Reports.
For minimal pollution exposure, city cyclists should ride at eight to nine mph. According to a study from the University of British Columbia (UBC), seven to 12 mph is a safe window for flat roads, but eight to nine mph is the sweet spot for minimal exposure while getting exercise benefits. These speeds balance the pollution inhalation from heavy breathing associated with harder cycling with the time spent exposed to traffic pollution. One to four mph is ideal for walking. Read more at CityLab.
Voltia has unveiled its Maxi cargo EV based on an enlarged Nissan e-NV200. Voltia has taken the electric van and expanded it to hold about 283 cubic feet and 1,323 pounds worth of cargo. As part of its leasing plan, Voltia provides Maxi customers with a range of services, including EV deployment planning, route analysis, and other services fleet managers and business owners might find useful. Voltia sees the Maxi not just as a vehicle, but as a way to provide "delivery companies a new, customized tool they can realistically use to achieve their business goals in a sustainable manner." Check it out in the video above, and read more at EV Obsession.