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Naples
2 women cited for attacking doc at Naples hospital

2 women cited for attacking doc at Naples hospital

 
Brazil: How to reuse electrical wires and cables?

Brazil: How to reuse electrical wires and cables?

 
Firms create solutions for fire systems

Firms create solutions for fire systems

 
Avellino
Avellino declares state of emergency over fire

Avellino declares state of emergency over fire

 
Genoa
9 arrested for faking reports on viaducts

9 arrested for faking reports on viaducts

 
Spoleto
Man gets 5 yrs for killing man with punch

Man gets 5 yrs for killing man with punch

 
Rome
Govt team completed with undersecretaries

Govt team completed with undersecretaries

 
Accumoli
Enough propaganda but rigour - Conte on Ocean Viking

Enough propaganda but rigour - Conte on Ocean Viking

 
Rome
42 undersecretaries named, 21 M5S, 18 PD, 2 LeU, 1 Maie

42 undersecretaries named, 21 M5S, 18 PD, 2 LeU, 1 Maie

 
Avellino

Avellino declares state of emergency over fire

 
Rome
Italian wins Ig Nobel prize for pizza's health benefits

Italian wins Ig Nobel prize for pizza's health benefits

 

Il Biancorosso

Serie C
Il nuovo Bari ricomincia da tre

Il nuovo Bari ricomincia da tre

 

NEWS DALLE PROVINCE

BrindisiEconomia
Brindisi, imprese in provincia in crescita: +0,71%

Brindisi, imprese in provincia in crescita: +0,71%

 
LecceSulla circonvallazione
Lecce, incendia il negozio attiguo al suo bar ormai chiuso: arrestato 57enne

Lecce, incendia il negozio attiguo al suo bar ormai chiuso: arrestato 57enne

 
FoggiaNel foggiano
Manfredonia, da 40 anni botte e violenze dal marito ormai 70enne: arrestato

Manfredonia, botte e violenze contro la moglie da 40 anni: arrestato 72enne

 
BariMultati in 4
Bari, mobili e materassi in strada: la lotta agli "svuotacantine" della polizia

Bari, mobili e materassi in strada: la lotta agli "svuotacantine" della polizia

 
PotenzaA reggio emilia
La birra è troppo fredda, 39enne del Potentino tenta di strangolare una barista

La birra è troppo fredda, 39enne del Potentino tenta di strangolare una barista

 
MateraNel Materano
Craco, pochi alunni: accorpate classi di medie ed elementari, protesta dei genitori

Craco, pochi alunni: accorpate classi di medie ed elementari, protesta dei genitori

 
HomeLa denuncia
Arcelor Mittal, licenziato ingiustamente operaio Usb: la protesta di Borraccino

Arcelor Mittal, licenziato ingiustamente operaio Usb, l'azienda: 'Era di comandata'

 

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Scooters

Market faces challenge of new forms of transport

Electric bikes, hybrid cars no longer the stuff of fiction

Market faces challenge of new forms of transport

Scooters, electric bikes, vehicles available on the sharing economy that are powered by batteries or solar power - these forms of transport, which until a few decades ago would have seemed the stuff of science fiction, are now part of the reality of the world's major metropolises. These innovations can be seen in action in cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and they are now considered an 'irreversible' change for a market that is moving towards a model of sustainable mobility. "In my opinion this trend is irreversible, in part because you can now see the involvement of big companies, the ones that indicate the direction of the whole market, and they are developing their own vehicle-sharing programmes," Carla Fonseca, the director of Garimpo Solucoe and a specialist in creative solutions for creative cities, told ANSA. Faced with this new reality, society, the authorities and the market are facing the challenge of creating regulations for the use of these new - and redesigned - forms of transport. "At the moment the big debate regards physical space," said Luis Antonio Lindau, the director of WRI Brasil's City programme. "Where should these vehicles be used, what type of accidents can they cause, what are the hidden dangers of these new forms of transport? "They require space that is dedicated exclusively to them because the sidewalks are not the most suitable places for them. "In the cities of the future, the biggest dispute will be for the side of the road". One of the most emblematic cases is that of electric kick scooters. With the multiplication of apps and companies that rent scooters, the cities of Brazil and of the whole world are seeking to establish highway codes for this form of transport, banning them from sidewalks and high-speed roads and obliging the users to wear safety equipment, such as helmets. Lindau thinks it is likely that people will move around cities in a totally different way from today in 10 years' time. "The electric-push-scooter industry is currently showing strong growth, as is that for shared electric bikes," he said. "An electric bike is actually assisted motion because, although it has a battery, it only works of the user pedals". As for cars and bigger vehicles, the market debate is not just about traffic regulation, but it is also about energy. "I came back from the Netherlands a few weeks ago and all the taxis that went to the airport were electric," said Alexandre Sedlacek Moana, the president of the Brazilian Association of Energy Conservation Service Companies (ABESCO). "This transition has to be done properly or there is a risk of it being a mere green gesture, a sign of sustainability that in practical terms is not real. "The technological migration needs to be accompanied by intelligence. "For example, if you have to burn fossil fuels in a plant to provide electricity for these new vehicles, it means that you are continuing to pollute anyway. "The only result is that the process is decentralised". This issue is being discussed in Sao Paulo during Ecoenergy (the International Fair and Congress of Clean and Renewable Technologies for the Energy Generation), which is running May 21 to 23 at the Sao Paulo Expo and is organized by Cipa Fiera Milano. This initiative is an opportunity to present the latest developments for the use of renewable energy, including in the field of mobility, as well as for debates and seminars. According to Moana, who is chairing a seminar at Ecoenergy on so-called Smart Grids, hybrid cars represent the model best suited to the Brazil market as "Brazil is a special case because there are still cars powered by alcohol from the 1980s. "A half alcohol, half electric car would be an interesting offer". In the meantime other companies and investors, such as Elon Musk from Tesla, have concentrated on the development of electric cars that are both competitive and capable of replacing conventional vehicles. "It will take a little while to get to the substitution because it regards the vehicle assembly sector, which has a stable place on consolidated markers and has no interest in breaking the mold," said Rodrigo Contin, a mechanical engineer and the CEO of HiTech Eletric, a Brazilian electric car and truck company that is now developing models of solar-powered vehicles. HiTech Eletric works mainly with fleets of company vehicles, but its manager said he has noticed growing interest in vehicles powered by alternative energy by end consumers. "There is a sort of repressed demand in urban mobility," said Contin. "When you explain the benefits, the maintenance costs, the cost of use per kilometre, the clean-energy characteristics, the consumer is won over and is ready to go with the change that these vehicles represent".

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