The urgency of the climate problem demands us to work more from home, and also to apply maximum speed limits everywhere in Europe, Maarten Steinbuch writes.
Ten years after his first experience with an electric car, Maarten Steinbuch has now flown electric for the first time. He describes his experiences.
New urban air mobility is not about kilometers high in the sky, but about the first few hundred meters above us. Maarten Steinbuch explores where this is going.
Maarten Steinbuch's experience with the 250 kW charger shows that electric driving is entering the next phase. Throughout Europe, fast-chargers are now being installed.
Our society is being digitized at a rapid pace. The question is to what extent technology will not only support but also determine our lives, columnist Maarten Steinbuch writes.
The newly planned rail connection to the Northern part of the Netherlands, Lely Line, is expensive. The government has to add €75 per one-way trip. There are alternatives, says Carlo van de Weijer.
We are in a special phase of the exponential curve of the development of computing power. Now that the auto market is picking up, auto chip makers need to accelerate again.
Range anxiety, a common feeling among drivers of electric cars, will soon be over for good, Carlo van de Weijer claims in his new column.
Producing synthetic kerosene, also called e-fuel, will be a huge economic activity in the next decades. One day, it will be cheaper to make fuel than to pump and refine oil, Maarten Steinbuch says.
By 2030, 100% of new cars sold in the Netherlands must be electric. According to Maarten Steinbuch, it can be done faster.
Elon Musk's achievements contribute a lot to a better mobile future. But that won't be a future with lots of robotaxis.
The 'massless' battery is designed to be not only a source of energy but also a solid structural material. The electrical components are cleverly incorporated into the other materials.
The traffic jams and full trains will probably return. But now that we have all learned that things can easily be done in a much smarter way, we, as a society, should stop thinking that's a bad thing.
The advantages of eVTOLs are short travel times because of the high speeds and the absence of traffic jams, and also low fuel costs because of the use of batteries for electric propulsion.
Soon, we will no longer refine fuel from crude oil but produce it from clean electricity in places where enough cheap clean energy can be generated.
"Especially for those applications where battery weight is a strong limiting factor, there's a future for hydrogen powder or paste."
"You will have to be very sure that electric flying will not succeed to invest now in any other form of medium distance transport."
There will be a further substantial increase in battery capacity, which will also reduce weight. The cost will decrease, and the lifetime will increase.
"For years, pedestrian bottlenecks have been insufficiently addressed by politicians. In urban areas, in particular, the capacity of the sidewalk and footpath has reached its limit."
"The Netherlands is well prepared for this transition - thanks in part to the many fine new companies that provide chargers and fast-charging stations."