Research: Basic car passive safety
More than 440,000 deaths and serious injuries in cars in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil could be prevented between 2016 and 2030 if minimum passive safety features (occupant protection and seat belts) were legislated, according to TRL (the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory) in its report The potential for vehicle safety standards to prevent deaths and injuries in Latin America
, commissioned by Global NCAP
Action: Crash test proves the point
demonstrated the poor performance of a Mexican-sold, zero-starred Nissan Tsuru in a car-to-car crash test
with a US-sold, five-starred Nissan Versa, conducted at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Virginia, US. (On the eve of the test, Nissan announced they would stop manufacturing the Tsuru in Mexico.)
Research: Fuel economy and ULEVs
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative
(campaigning to double fuel economy in new vehicles by 2030), has published GFEI - An Update for COP22
. The report showcases countries’ initiatives, and supports the call to end government fossil fuel subsidies.
GFEI’s report Can we achieve 100m plug-in cars by 2030?
authored by UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
outlines the challenge of growing the global fleet of electric cars, and the importance of price incentives to encourage ownership of mid and low range electric cars.
Research: Stable electric bicycles
project by the University of Twente’s department of biomechanical engineering, is developing electric bicycles that aim to help elderly or disabled cyclists (for example through adjustable seats and low step in). Read article Sofie: a bicycle that supports older cyclists?