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Iris eTrike: Sinclair C5 reborn

The Iris eTrike is an ultralight streamlined electric-assist vehicle with a cruising speed of 25 mph. The single-seat vehicle is the brainchild of Grant Sinclair, nephew of the man behind the infamous C5 electric trike. Is the world ready for efficient, healthy and environmentally friendly personal transport? Grant Sinclair has addressed many of the criticisms levelled at his uncle’s invention…

A black box in every car will ensure the polluter pays

A new £10 emissions levy on pre-2005 cars in London is only months from launch, but such is the danger to health posed by air pollution that a far more stringent tax is already in development. Under a ‘polluter pays’ approach, local authorities will require that internal combustion engine vehicles be fitted with a black box to track their movements and…

The ghoulish car stickers designed to frighten other drivers

Award winning comprehensive Breakdown Cover from just £39 Our policy covers cars, vans and motorcycles. Get your quote It’s a dog-eat-dog world on the roads today; the automotive arms race that sees motorists choosing ever-larger and aggressive-looking cars has left drivers in China turning to horrifying lengths to gain one-upmanship. Drivers have flocked to buy reflective ghost face decals for…

The decarbonisation of transport

Governments should set ever-stricter emissions limits for lorries and cars, and increase taxes on petrol and diesel so that the internal combustion engine is phased out, according to a 10-year German-led project to find practical ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Renewbility project concluded that a combination of greater efficiency and renewable energy can see an almost total decarbonisation…

Electric cars will leave oil industry stranded

Incumbent technologies are prone to underestimate the threat posed by smaller, disruptive alternatives. Europe’s five major utilities lost £85 bn in the five years to 2013 because they did not prepare for an 8 per cent increase in renewables. A 10% loss of market share was enough to cause the collapse of the coal mining industry in America. The same…