In this episode of Ride News Now with Alison Haislip, the French have created an intensely desirable EV, Japan wants to make an all-electric bullet train, and Volkswagen has found a unique way to recycle EV batteries.
- First up, Citroën has built an electric vehicle concept that wears a seriously futuristic aesthetic. It’s called the 1919, and its stats are certainly boast worthy even if they’re conceptual. The driving range is 500 miles and you can zap 372 miles of range back into the system in just 20 minutes. A five-second sprint from 0-60 means its not exactly sluggish either. It’s a wild concept, but hopefully it provides a glimpse into Citroën’s future designs.
- Next up, Japan is working on a new Bullet Train. This one will be fast and quiet. The goal is to see it hit 400 kilometers per hour, which translates to 248 miles per hour. And it will do so by utilizing overhead power lines pumping 24 KiloVolts through the train’s pantographs. If testing proves positive, the train could hit the railway by 2031.
- Lastly, have you considered that there’s a link between EV batteries and porta-potties? Volkswagen has, which is why the automaker is working on an engineered recycling solution devised from the idea behind the mobile bathroom. When a battery pack reaches its retirement age, it can be combined with other packs to create a portable EV charging station. Once the packs are put out to pasture, Volkswagen will shred them and recapture 97% of the materials found inside. It’s a potentially smart solution to a problem that will only grow as more EV options enter the market.