Recharge Wrap-up: Voltia debuts Maxi cargo EV, NextEV's Martin Leach dies

Ride your bike at 8-9 mph to minimize pollution exposure; VW needs to cut over 10K jobs for EV switch.

NextEV President Dr. Martin Leach has died of cancer. The 59-year-old enjoyed a 40-year career in the automotive industry, spending time as an executive at Ford, Mazda, and Maserati before joining NextEV. "I feel honored to have worked with Dr. Martin Leach, and it's a big loss for everybody," says Nelson Piquet Jr., NextEV driver and 2014-15 Champion in the Formula E racing series. "He wasn't just a team boss, he was there for all of us." Read more at

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.

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