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Police offer advice as rise in number of cyclists alerts thieves

Cyclists are being urged to secure their bikes following an increase in thefts.

Police have said surge in popularity for cycling during lockdown means demand for bicycles has “never been greater” – leading to an spike in thefts.

Cyclists are being urged to do their part in keeping their bike secure by investing in a sturdy lock, keeping a detailed description of it and taking images.

Constable Mike Urquhart said: “Whether you have just purchased your first bike or are a seasoned cyclist it is worth investing in a good quality cycle-specific lock to secure your bike.

“Thieves will routinely carry bolt croppers or even battery-powered angle grinders and lightweight, poor quality locks offer little resistance.

“As a rough guide consider spending around 10% of the value of your bike on a lock.

“Always buy the best quality lock you can afford and look out for those that have been

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New Head of XP Platform, VP of Operations, and Experienced Technical Hires Propel ATLIS Motor Vehicles Toward Production

MESA, Ariz., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Atlis Motor Vehicles, electric vehicle technology startup, announces recent hire of Chris Dawson, as Head of XP Platform, Robert Mandrov as VP of Operations and two key technical hires: Anirudh Bhokarikar as Battery Cell Engineer and Benoit Le Bourgeois as Lead Connectivity Engineer. These team members will lead ATLIS’s continued development of proprietary battery technology and 100% electric XP Platform and XT Pickup Truck, with production-prototypes tracking for completion in 2021.

“To disrupt the work truck market, we need to deliver a product that’s better than the current standard. Today, that’s gas- and diesel-powered pickup trucks. We are building out a team of high-horsepower engineers and leaders to do just that,” says Atlis CEO and founder Mark Hanchett. “That’s how we change the world: electric without compromise.”

Dawson brings extensive manufacturing, engineering design,

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Free parking for electric cars and VAT cut considered to drive up sale of green vehicles

Free parking and a VAT cut on electric cars are being considered by ministers in efforts to outlaw the sale of new combustion engine vehicles within ten years.

According to a report commissioned by the Department for Transport, a series of “upfront incentives” were required to boost the number of electric vehicles being sold.

Additional financial support to buy a battery-powered car was “one of the most effective and popular levers” which could be introduced by the Government, the report found.

Cutting the VAT rate for electric cars and penalising those who buy petrol or diesel models could also be a popular move to drive change.

Other incentives, including the free use of public car parking spaces, were said to potentially offer a “positive impact” in the short to medium term – and some councils already offer either free or cheaper parking for

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a zippy electric car made for the city



a blue car parked on the side of a road: Renault Zoe


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Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe is an electric car made for the city – compact, agile and packing enough tech to make driving a breeze.

Not only does it offer the likes of cruise control, a reversing camera and a large touchscreen display, the Zoe is also compatible with Renault’s smartphone app and comes with a range-saving Eco mode.

Starting at £26,495 (after the £3,000 plug-in car grant), the Renault Zoe is one of the cheaper electric car options on the market, however we drove the top of the range Zoe GT Line which had an on the road price of £30,120.

Renault Zoe design

The Renault Zoe looks and feels like a slightly raised Renault Clio, and its proportions – and humble boot space – are reminiscent of the now defunct Renault Modus, albeit with more modern styling.

The Celadon Blue paint finish (an additional

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Nissan Z Proto previews next-generation sports car with twin-turbo V-6, retro-modern design

The Nissan Z car has inspired generations of sports car fans since it was released in 1969. It has been an upstart, a disco-era style statement, an upscale sports car, and a long-in-the-tooth coupe just trying to hold on. All the while, it aimed for driver engagement and a sense of style. The Z Proto Nissan showed on Tuesday combines all of those elements, along with elements of design from the car’s six generations.

The prototype appears to be a thinly disguised version of the Z35-generation production model due in the next 18 months to two years, at least from a design standpoint.

Nissan provided sparse information, so let’s start with what we know. The Z Proto combines styling elements from past Zs with an eye toward the future.

Nissan Z Proto

Nissan Z Proto

“Our designers made countless studies and sketches as we researched each generation and what made them a success,”

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Bike sales surge, Schwinn pivots marketing plan

Cruising down the boardwalk in Newport Beach on brown vintage Schwinn Collegiate bike.

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Schwinn, the most recognized bicycle brand in the U.S. and once the top seller, was all set to celebrate its 125th anniversary this year with a marketing campaign featuring modern versions of such venerable models as the Sting-Ray, Varsity, Collegiate and Paramount. Then the coronavirus pandemic slammed on the brakes.

 The offices of the Madison, Wisconsin-based company closed on March 13, around the same time the entire country began shutting down. Then, almost as suddenly, millions of stuck-at-home Americans started riding bikes, many for the first time in years, or the first time ever. Sales of adult and kids’ bicycles surged, to the point where by mid-May two-wheelers under $1,000 were as scarce as toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

 According to market research firm NPD Group, retail bike sales

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EV maker Canoo shows running, driving skateboard platform for the first time

Canoo Skateboard Main Art

This skateboard platform is totally drivable.


Canoo

You know Canoo, that upstart EV company that’s developing a lozenge-shaped rolling lounge? Well, on Friday, the California-based company showed off a running, driving example of its skateboard platform for the first time.

This integrated architecture is the foundation of its future products, starting with the Canoo — the car and company share the same name. This skateboard contains nearly all the vehicle’s vital components, including the motor, battery pack and suspension, but that’s not the end of it. “We incorporated into the skateboard 70% of all structural elements that are needed to fulfill an overall five-star crash rating,” Ulrich Kranz, the man in charge of Canoo, said while speaking on a webcast. Just like the company’s unconventional vehicle name, employees don’t have official titles, rather, they kind of just go by what they do. No matter what you call him,

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World EV Day 2020: The Most Outrageous Electric Bikes In The World

Outrageous e bikes

Gone are the days when electric vehicles were considered to be inferior to petrol-powered counterparts. The advancement of technology in the world of electric two-wheelers have made some of the bikes defy conventional wisdom and stand apart for their uniqueness. On this year’s World EV Day, we explore some of the most outrageous electric motorcycles to have graced modern history.

World’s most expensive electric bike:

UK-based Arc Vehicle have created one of the most futuristic-looking electric motorcycles called the Vector. The British designers and engineers have left no stone unturned when it comes to the juicy specifications of this electric motorcycle. Top-spec underpinnings? Check. Carbonfibre chassis? Check. Lightning-quick charging? Check. Extreme range? Check.

The Arc Vector is capable of putting petrol-powered bikes to shame with a range of 436km on a single charge. What’s more, the battery pack sitting inside the full-carbon fibre monocoque chassis can be charged via a

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Digital Cockpit To Be Mainstream by 2030 Due to Major Restructure of The Connected Automotive Infotainment Architecture | News

LONDON, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Although still in the early stages, all-digital display-based dashboards will replace analog clusters, making the entire cockpit digital and incorporated into a single Engine Control Unit (ECU). Global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, forecasts that between 2020 and 2030, 461 million vehicles with head-unit and digital dashboard displays and 115 million vehicles with digital cockpit architecture will be shipped.

Next-generation infotainment will include multiple high-resolution displays with shared content, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based virtual assistants that provide a personalized environment, digital dashboards, video, and gaming streaming, over the air (OTA) updates, and Augmented Reality (AR)-based Heads-Up displays. “As a substantial amount of information must be processed and rendered to enable these functionalities, vehicles will require robust and flexible hardware solutions with high-performance graphics and communication channels between different tasks and displays. Therefore, modern cars will have digital cockpit architecture with powerful computing,”

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What To Know When Getting A Motorcycle License

Getting my motorcycle license is probably among the most amazing choices I’ve made in life. Although it might seem quite hectic – it is, no lie – the licensing procedures, the e-permit Test, choosing what to read for, and making time for all the tests were just the perfect recipe for crazy. At first, I have to admit, I thought it was a walk in the park, you know, show up, do a little test, and voila! Get on the road to freedom – or should I say “the track to freedom”– bear in mind I had already purchased my bike from my motorcycle trader and the thrill of new wheels was just uncontainable.

Training Course

Like most people, I already knew how to ride one and therefore didn’t see the need to enrol in a motorcycle skills class. But my advice, if this isn’t mandatory to acquire a license … Read More