Convoy of electric cars embarks on 9-day road trip via Muscat

A convoy of some 10 electric cars began a nine-day road trip on Thursday from Abu Dhabi to Muscat. (Shutterstock)
Updated 18 January 2018
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Convoy of electric cars embarks on 9-day road trip via Muscat

A convoy of some 10 electric cars began a nine-day road trip on Thursday from Abu Dhabi to Muscat, Times of Oman reported.
The vehicles will cover more than 1,200 kilometers, ending the trip at Sustainable City in Dubai.
The road trip will see several charging stations launched, including the first in Oman.
Most of the stations will be opened at hotels where people can relax while their vehicles recharge.


Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

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Updated 13 April 2018
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Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

FRANKFURT: Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis and ride-sharing services, Porsche sales chief Detlev von Platen told a German magazine.
“That would really make sense. If I drive from (the Porsche plant in) Zuffenhausen to Stuttgart airport, I need at least half an hour, if I’m lucky. Flying would take only three and a half minutes,” Automobilwoche quoted von Platen as saying.
Porsche would join a raft of companies working on designs for flying cars in anticipation of a shift in the transport market away from conventional cars to self-driving vehicles shared via ride-hailing apps.
Volkswagen’s auto designer Italdesign and Airbus at last year’s Geneva auto show presented a two-seater flying car, called Pop.Up, designed to avoid gridlock on city roads.
The magazine said that under Porsche’s plans, passengers would be able to have some control over the flying vehicle themselves but would not need a pilot license because many of the car’s functions would be automated.
Potential competitors to a flying vehicle made by Porsche would be German start-ups Volocopter, backed by Daimler , Lilium Jet and eVolo, as well as US-based Terrafugia and California-based Joby Aviation.