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Mitsubishi, BAIC, Toyota, Porsche, Koenigsegg.

Outlander-PHEV-2016Mitsubishi Outlander at IAA: The 2016 plug-in variant will make its European debut at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale on September 26th. The rally version will also be shown, as will be a display explaining the Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) electricity supply system that will be available for the new Outlander PHEV.,,

BAIC comes to Silicon Valley: The Chinese manufacturer has opened a research facility for ‘new-energy vehicles’ in the California region that said to roll out four to six new electric and hybrid models a year. The aim is to increase sales of Chinese new-energy vehicles abroad.

Futuristic oldtimer: ‘Midget’ is what Toyota will call its new hybrid sports car that draws inspiration from the 1945 MG TC Midget and original Caterham 7. It is expected to be presented at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, and if feedback is positive, could already be available next year. Moreover, Toyota is expected to show two new fuel cell studies, probably the Lexus LS FCV and Toyota Crown FCV. (sports car), (fuel cell)

Porsche keeps the crown: Following its win at the 24 hour of Le Mans, the carmaker’s 919 hybrid was the first to reach the finish line at the Six Hours of Nürburgring. Despite receiving a three minute penalty for exceeding fuel consumption, the second Porsche team took second place, followed by the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

Hybrid all-wheel drive will come: In recent a peer-led interview, Koenigsegg CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg said that he will use a hybrid all-wheel drive in his supercars, once in-wheel motors get smaller. Right now, space and weight are still too much of an issue.


Self-driving e-cargo bike.

coModule-veleon-Prototype300At the Eurobike, Berlin-based start-up coModule showed the world’s first autonomous electric cargo bike, controlled only by a smartphone app. It is based on the Veleon cargo bike and powered by an electric motor from Heinzmann. electrive’s Nora Manthey took it for a test spin.
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Research + Technology

Samsung, Lionano, GinVelo, Melexis.

Samsung leads pack: The company filed 510 car-related patents in the past ten years, most of them related to battery technology. IT and internet companies follow with 308 auto-related patents filed by Google, 222 by Microsoft and 83 by Apple. Many of those include navigation and entertainment systems.

Drop-in anode: Lionano and Cornell University’s Center for Technology Licensing (CTL) have signed a licensing agreement for the development and production of a new hollow structured metal oxide drop-in anode material, said to reduce the volumetric expansion of a conventional anode in Li-ion batteries.

GinzVelo: This Human Electric Hybrid (HEH) bicycle that looks a lot like a space capsule is said to change city traffic. It is technically a bike and the driver still needs to pedal, but is assisted by a 500 watt electric motor. GinzVelo can go as fast as 20 mph and has a range of up to 100 miles. A crowdfunding campaign is underway., (crowdfunding campaign)

New Melexis seonsors: The microelectronics specialist added a new device to its line-up of Hall-effect current sensors, optimized for hybrid and electric vehicles. The devices can accurately measure current, thus making external ferromagnetic cores unnecessary.

Quotes of the day

Mannix Flynn, Ambuj Sharma.

Mannix-Flynn“It’s an interesting approach to have and we need to make people aware of these possibilities. In 15 years it could be the norm.”

Mannix Flynn, independent City councillor in Dublin, wants electric carsharing and bike sharing schemes to become for all newly developed apartment blocks in the Irish city. He will ask City Council to include his proposal in the City Development plan for 2016-2022.

Ambuj-Sharma“However, to increase the electric vehicle population in the country, we need to bring down the total cost of ownership of pure electric vehicles.”

Ambuj Sharma, Indian Department of Heavy Industries, says that meeting electricity demands for electric cars will not be an issue, but that the government will need to offer incentives if it wants to push EV uptake in India.

Fleets + Infrastructure

Berlin, Uruguay, Singapore, tax credits, Virginia.

Berlin e-bus: As you maybe saw on our Facebook page yesterday, Berlin began operating four all-electric Solaris Urbino 12 buses to service the route 204. The buses are charged inductively at the first and last station on the line via the Primove charging system from Bombardier. (in German), (in Polish) (our photos)

Uruguay wants more e-taxis: The country earmarked 100,000 dollars for each newly purchased electric taxi. A taxi license will be subsidized with 60,000 dollars and the taxi company will be exempt for a 23 percent sales tax. Charging infrastructure will be funded with 5,000 dollars. Moreover, BYD confirmed the delivery of 50 e6 e- taxis for the capital Montevideo.

EV infrastructure in Singapore: Greenlots is partnering with real estate developer CapitaLand and BMW to continue with its second phase of EV charging infrastructure installations in Singapore. The goal is to increase the number of public chargers to 45 at 31 locations across the city state.

Money for the rich: Researchers at the University of California, Berkley, found that between 2006 and 2012, 60 percent of all clean energy tax credits went to people who earned more than 200,000 dollars a year. In the case of electric and hybrid vehicles, that quintile even received 90% of all credits.

Port of Virginia cleans up: Kalmar delivered three hybrid shuttle carriers to The Port of Virginia. They will begin operations at the Virginia International Gateway and are part of the port’s voluntary Green Operator (GO) programme to replace equipment with more energy-efficient alternatives.,

Service + Suggestions

Tesla, BMW i8.

Click tip: ‘Spot the human’ is what this picture should be called. And we bet you, you can’t! Elon Musk posted a picture of the new Tesla production line, featuring no less than 542 robots, 15 of which run simultaneously.

Reading tip: Peter Norby has now been the proud owner of a BMW i8 for eight months, putting 7,200 miles on the odometer. However, he notes that his long trips were made entirely on petrol and without charging the PHEV. Only local trips to i.e. restaurants were made electrically.

Short circuit

Wet feet.

The Traxxas Slash 4×4 is a model car that is not afraid of the water. It drives fast enough that it manages to stay on the surface instead of becoming “a submarine.” Even jumps cannot make this little EV go under. (with video)