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JAC Motors, China, Tesla, Honda, Lexus.

JAC-iEV4Made by China for China: The state-owned carmaker JAC Motors has launched its latest model on its domestic market. The iEV 4 is said to offer a range of 200 kilometres per charge. With a price tag of just 74,800 yuan (about 12,000 dollars) the iEV 4 is in competition with BAIC’s E150EV.,

Protectionism in China: The latest EV programme of the Chinese government will only back domestic production. Imported new energy cars like Tesla will not benefit from waived purchase tax and other incentives, the deputy minister for Industry and Information Technology now said.

Tesla production stopped: The Fremont facility has come to a scheduled halt at least until August 4th. During that time, the Californian electric carmaker will prepare the production line for the upcoming Model X and at the same time increase the production capacity for the Model S by 25%. The modifications will cost Tesla 100 million dollars.,,

Honda NSX spied at the Ring: A production prototype of the Japanese supercar has been photographed on the Nürburgring. The Honda NSX is driven by a V6 engine and 3 electric motors and is said to be unveiled at Detroit Motorshow and the Salon in Geneva before launching later in 2015.,

New Lexus hybrids: Toyota is keeping busy expanding its luxury segment. The NX Hybrid will be followed by the LF-LC which is also planned as a hybrid, possibly with BMW. Even sooner, one can expect the Lexus RC Coupe which will also get partial support by an electric drive.

Number of the Day

Tesla Model S coast-to-coast road trip.

From the beach to the big apple in 67:21 hours is the latest record driven in a Model S. The team from Edmunds, an online car dealer, says it has broken a previous record by another Tesla team and has stopped at 23 superchargers on their route from Redondo Beach, California to New York.,

Research + Technology

TaxiBot, Samsung SDI, Envia Systems, CALEB & CalBattery.

TaxiBot-FraportA hybrid towtruck for plane taxiing is currently being tested by Lufthansa at Frankfurt Airport. The airline believes the diesel-electric TaxiBot could be approved in about two months as it already has passed the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) test. Once certified, the semi-electric taxiing could save up to 1.9 million euros (2.57m dollars) a year at the airport alone, Lufthansa said.,

Samsung future-safe: On its website, the Korean manufacturer is giving an outlook on energy density. According to that, Samsung SDI will increase the energy of its nickel-cobalt-manganese cells from 130 to 250 Wh/kg by 2019. At the turn of the decade, it plans to have lithium-air batteries ready. via

7.7-million dollar contract: The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), jointly operated by Chrysler, Ford and GM, awarded a 7.7-million dollar contract to Envia Systems. The company will use the money for developing high-energy cathode and anode material in the next three years.

Californian battery JV: CALEB Technology and California Lithium Battery (CalBattery) plan to form a joint venture to produce Li-ion batteries for consumer electronic devices and power tools. Batteries for EVs are planned for the second generation with the first gen expected to arrive by 2016.

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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the most detailed Green Car Congress report on Volkswagen’s E-Golf strategy and production process, as well on the car itself.

Quotes of the day

Elon Musk, Ulrich Hackenberg, Sohinder Gill.

Elon-Musk“It will be possible to have a 500-mile range car. In fact we could do it quite soon, but it would increase the price. Over time you could expect to have that kind of range.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk presents himself as cost-conscious as ever when talking about the future of batteries as he sees it. Even for the Model III he expects a 200-mile range for about 35,000 dollars.

Ulrich-Hackenberg“We will use all the technologies we can – 48-volt electrification, starter-generator and electric compressors – to give the customer what they want whilst reducing emissions.”

Audi’s chief developer Ulrich Hackenberg is keeping his options all wide open and advocates for diesel technology – once more.

Sohinder-Gill“The target of the plan is to have 6-7 million electric vehicles on the Indian roads by 2020. It will help save 2.2-2.5 million tonnes of fuel.”

Sohinder Gill, Director of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV), on the Indian government’s ‘National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020.’

Fleets + Infrastructure

UK, DG Cars, New Jersey, South Sioux City, BMW.

Home chargers not free anymore: The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has reduced its grant by a 100 pounds from former 1,000, causing British Gas to now install EV home charging stations for a charge of 115 pounds. Renault UK announced however, that its 7-kW wallbox will remain free of charge, even though it is installed by British Gas.,

Electric cabs for England: It seems as Nottingham is ahead of London as local taxi company DG Cars adds six Nissan Leafs to its fleet. In total, the firm is running with 650 cars and plans to add more EVs over time depending on customer reactions and actual savings.

Free charging points for companies is utility provider Public Service Electric & Gas giving away in a programme in New Jersey. Its pilot project is designed to encourage companies to erect charging stations at the workplace. In two years, up to 150 units are set to be installed with no cost for the employer.,

Nebraska on charge: South Sioux City already has a Leaf in its fleet and is about to add three more with the help of a government grant. The then four electric cars will have to share the only two public charging stations in the city: one at the Billion Auto dealership, the other at the Hy Vee supermarket. (EVs), (stations)

The BMW i3 REx is to be exempt from New Jersey’s usual automotive sales tax. The decision comes last-minute, as before the electric BMW was to be taxed because of its on-board petrol engine. Some dealerships in the state had offered discounts effectively taking out the tax before the law changed., (list of cars exempted from tax in New Jersey)

Service + Suggestions

Electric BMW M3, EV sales in the U.S.

Reading tip I: If EV West is doing something, it does it right and so the ev-conversion company has found, that the best conversions, are full conversions – fully electric that is. Their most famous conversion certainly is the Pikes Peak winning BMW M3. Check it out!

Reading tip II: Peter Kelly-Detwiler is taking an expectant look at the strong EV sales in the U.S. for the first half of this year (up 33%) and wonders if this growth will even be stronger in the months to come. While the Leaf is in the lead, Tesla sales have taken a slight slope.

Short circuit

Audio crash test.

For sure, the most dramatic element in this crash test video is the music that goes along with it. Even though it is no less than the new Smart fortwo heading into a new Mercedes S-Class, which is double the weight. The Smart’s Tridion safety cell seems to perform well but we’d prefer the collision avoidance system – and a different soundtrack.,