Fast Lane: Peugeot's foldable e-bike

Peugeot’s foldable e-bike
Peugeot’s foldable e-bikePHOTO: PEUGEOT
1960 Mercedes 300SL Roadster
1960 Mercedes 300SL RoadsterPHOTO: FULLERTON

Peugeot's foldable e-bike

Who needs shared bicycles? Peugeot has launched the eF01 foldable electric bicycle for first-and last-mile solutions.

Designed to fit the new Peugeot 5008's boot, the stylish eF01 is an aluminium-framed two-wheeler weighing only 18.6kg.

With a range of up to 40km and a top speed of 20kmh, it will even cover door-to-door commutes in Singapore, which average 10km each way. At around €2,000 (S$3,180), it is not cheap, but it may well suit commuters who want a break from public transport and motorists who tire of driving and parking in the CBD.

Either way, it should pay for itself within two years (including electricity charges).

Audi and Hyundai tie up on fuel cell

Audi and Hyundai Motor are teaming up to develop fuel-cell technologies. The two companies plan to cross-license patents and grant access to non-competitive components.

Through their collaboration, both groups aim to bring the fuel cell to volume production maturity more quickly and more efficiently.

Long ranges and short refuelling times make the hydrogen fuel cell an attractive alternative to the lithium-ion battery electric car. This is particularly true for larger vehicles, where the weight advantages of the fuel cell become more apparent.

Hyundai first announced plans to roll out fuel cell models five years ago. In 2013, its ix35 Fuel Cell became the world's first series production fuel cell car.

A showcase of elegance

The Fullerton Concours d'Elegance is on this weekend. Among the 90 cars (including the 1960 Mercedes 300SL Roadster) that will be showcased, 26 fully restored classic and vintage collector cars will enter the "competition of elegance".

Judges for the competition include Mr David Thomson, previous president of the Malaysia-Singapore Vintage Car Register, Mr James Ogilvy-Stuart and Mr Joseph Fung, who were judges at the Gold Coast Motor Festival Concours d'Elegance, as well as Mr Chia Quee Khee, a retired lawyer who is an avid fan of classic cars.

Members of the public can already get in on the action by voting for their favourite cars at A charity drive segment, intended to raise funds for the President's Challenge, has been cancelled.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2018, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe