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Daimler, Ranz E50, Ford, Bugatti, Energica, Mini.

Volvo-Bus-Plug-in-HybridDaimler’s electric buses: In the future, the German company’s bus business is to include all-electric offerings. The Citaro will drive electrically under the name of E-Cell within this decade and will also be available as a fuel cell variant, then aptly named F-Cell. Daimler names tightening regulations on CO2 emissions as the reason for the electrification and aims to sell 80% of its Citaros as E-Cells by 2030.

Electric Toyota for China: The Japanese firm launched the production version of the Ranz E50 EV in Shanghai, which it developed together with its Chinese joint venture partner FAW. Based on the Corolla, the EV will go on sale in the second half of this year.

Low petrol prices cost automotive jobs, says Ford. The American carmaker explains that it would make 700 employees redundant in its Wayne facility in Michigan, where the hybrid variants of the Focus and C-Max are being assembled.,,

Bugatti Veyron successor spied: It looks like Bugatti has been testing what could become the Chiron by 2016 at the Nürburgring in Germany. The Veyron successor is believed to be able to deliver 1,500 hp.,

Superbike approved: Energica Motor Company has successfully applied for NHTSA and EPA certification for its Ego electric sport bike to be sold in the United States. Deliveries are set for autumn this year with pre-orders already being plenty.

Hybrid Countryman: It looks like there will indeed be a plug-in hybrid Mini Countryman soon, as new spy shots have now appeared, showing a new Countryman designated as ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle.’

Number of the Day

Coast-to-Coast Trip.

A record breaking 58 hours and 55 minutes were all it took for a Tesla Model S P85D to drive 3,011 miles from Los Angeles to New York – including charging. The previous record for the coast-to-coast trip was 67 hours and 21 minutes.

Research + Technology

TUM Create, Ames Laboratory, Honda, LG Chem.

TUM-Create-TaxiGerman-Sino electric cab: TUM Create, the joint venture between the Technical Universities of Munich and Nanyang, presents the prototype of an electric taxi designed to serve in mega cities with tropical climate. EVA is said to have a range of 200 kilometres and to be charged inductively in 25 minutes. The electric cab is about 150 kg lighter than its conventional counterparts.,,

Cost effective electric motor: Researchers at the DoE’s Ames Laboratory developed a lower-cost magnetic alloy as an alternative to conventional NdFeB-based permanent magnets. The new alloy uses neodymium, iron and boron with cerium and cobalt replaces the costly rare earth material dysprosium.,

Honda’s Hyperloop alternative: At the SAE congress, Honda presented its version of Elon Musk’s high-speed transport system. Connected and widely autonomous vehicles could travel with up to 300 kph in a dedicated tube running parallel to the Interstate 5 between LA and Frisco.,

LG Chem, too, looks to Tesla as an example (or is it the other way around?!) and presented its AC battery for private and commercial use. The stationery energy storage is built together with Eguana Technologies and destined for North America.

Quotes of the day

Mike Tinskey and Frank Paluch.

Mike-Tinskey“I think battery swapping is much, much less likely now. Fast charging is becoming much more fast, high-power.”

For Mike Tinskey, Ford’s global director of electrification and infrastructure, it is all about EVs in the future as charging is becoming ever quicker. He added that automakers are now pondering “150 kilowatts” and beyond.

Frank-Paluch“No single company, no enterprise, has the size or reach to line up all these pieces by themselves. If we want to secure the future and relevance of our industry, we have got to work together, break down the walls that divide us, think beyond traditional alliances and partnerships and build better, faster networks of communication and collaboration between all the stakeholders in this game.”

Honda’s R&D Americas President Frank Paluch calls upon his fellow engineers to think differently in the future and to facilitate the move away from the oil age to a more sustainable mobility.

Fleets + Infrastructure

Wuhan, Bangalore, Electric Car Hire, Rolec, Charge Your Car.

Electric cabs for China: The capital of Hubei province, Wuhan, plans to introduce 1,100 electric taxis. Both Dongfeng and BYD are to deliver 500 electric cabs each by August, and another 100 Tesla Model S will be added to the fleet.,

Electric cabs become reality: In Bangalore, company Lithium started its service. The fleet is to grow to 400 EVs within a year. Furthermore, the company plans to roll out its service in other Indian cities, too, intending to launch up to 2,000 electric cabs over the next two years.

BMW i3 rental service: British Electric Car Hire is offering businesses in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire and Wiltshire to rent the all-electric BMW. The service includes the drop-off of the i3 at the companies for 21.50 pounds per day or 235 pounds per week.

National Parks EV initiative: The Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks will receive 200,000 dollars through the DoE’s Clean Cities National Parks Initiative. The money will be used to acquire plug-in hybrid vehicles and the erection of six EV charging stations.

Charging package: Rolec and Charge Your Car (CYC) have designed a package for both home and public charging. It includes a domestic EV charging station and one year access to CYC’s network that entails about 2,000 public quick charging points.

Service + Suggestions

Tesla CHAdeMO Adapter, Toyota iRoad.

Reading tip I: Teslarati has published a rather instructive review of Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter. It covers everything from ordering, over packaging to the actual charging. But is the 1,000-dollar piece really worth it?!

Reading tip II: Philip Kendall was “iRoading” in Tokyo, where Toyota just launched a sharing service for the nimble three-wheeler. While renting it is not too easy, driving the iRoad and handing it back is. (with video)

Short circuit

Intentional Irony.

Soon there will be a new species populating the South Pole – not due to global warming, but to tackle it. The Zero South mission has taken it upon itself to take central Antarctica with mega vehicles converted into plug-in hybrids running on electricity and bio fuel. Recharging with solar power is obviously out of the question.