Service + Suggestions

12-18-2013

ZEV-Guidebook, Tesla Model S.


Video Tip: Tesla has been braving through fire and now ice. A new video highlights the Model S’ rather cool features, which are designed to make it run smoothly even in winter.
youtube.com

Click Tip: The Californian government has published a guide aimed at cities and provides recommendation for the construction of charging stations and hydrogen fueling stations. The goal is to have 1.5 million EV on the roads by 20150.
opr.ca.gov (download as PDF)

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Brands + News

01-06-2014

Audi, GM, Tesla, Mitsubishi.


Welcome to a new edition of “electrive.com today”, the new industry service for electric mobility – Made in Germany! Here are the top news and innovations this monday:

– Brands + News –

Audi’s big plans for the future: The German carmaker will invest 22 billion euros (30 billion USD ) in new models until 2018, thus expanding its range from currently 49 to 60 products. Already, Audi has trademarked new model names like SQ2, SQ4, and Q9 as well as f-tron. The latter indicates that there might be a fuel-cell powered Audi in the future.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, hybridcars.com

Speculations about GM buying Tesla: A trading analyst told CNBC that General Motors or other established car manufacturers might show an interest in the Californians already in 2014. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has so far denied any plans to repeat his move from 2002 when he sold PayPal to eBay.
usatoday.com, forbes.com, hybridcars.com

New Mitsubishi hybrids for the USA: The Japanese want to bring a new Evo, which is supposed to not have anything to do with the current Lancer to the U.S. market no later than 2017. By then there will also be a new PHEV version of the Pajero (Montero in Europe). The start of the new Outlander PHEV however, is delayed until 2015 due to delivery problems at Mitsubishi’s battery supplier Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ).
autoblog.com (Evo), autoblog.com (Pajero/ Montero), autonews.com (Outlander)

Tesla rating revisited: The Model S was the highest-rated car Consumer Report (CR) tested (99 out of 100 points). After one year and 11,380 miles (18,500 km) driven, the testers noticed a few minor flaws with the avg. range being “only” 225 miles (362 km) and range losses when using the air con or not charging for more than a day. However, CR is still „impressed by the quiet glide and instant and irresistible power“ of their Tesla.
green.autoblog.com, consumerreports.org

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Fleets + Infrastructure

01-09-2014

Tesla, Navigant Research, Formula E.


Tesla has more Superchargers in the U.S. than there are states, with no. 51 and 52 just having been erected in Florida and Wisconsin. Tesla is on track to reach its target of covering 98 % of the U.S. population in 2015.
mein-elektroauto.com (In German)

35 million EVs worldwide: Navigant Research predicts that in 2022 there will be more than 35 million electric vehicles on the roads around the globe. Their forecast is based on rising gasoline prices and decreasing costs of EV ownership which will be further fuelled by innovations such as V2G systems.
navigantresearch.com

Formula E Drivers’ Club: Membership in this circle surely is sought after, as its members might become the future racers in the upcoming e-racing series. Eight drivers have been added to the club so far, another ten will follow soon. Each of the ten Formula E teams will later choose their drivers from those fortunate 18.
fiaformulae.com

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Brands + News

01-13-2014

Audi, BAIC, Tesla, BladeGlider, Hyundai Porsche.


Welcome to a new edition of “electrive.com today”, the fresh industry service for electric mobility – made in Germany! Our newsletter is published every workday, delivering you all the latest global emobility news – short, to the point, and free of charge. Here are today’s top stories and innovations:

– Brands + News –

Audi-e-tron-CrossoverAudi plug-in concept: Before today’s start of the Detroit Auto Show, Audi released details of its latest crossover concept. The Allroad Shooting Brake has a 2.0 TFSI engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor with 85 kW powering the rear axle. The concept car is presumably a preview of what we might see in the next Q1.
greencarcongress.com, carmagazine.co.uk, autoblog.com (photos)

Electric Saab for China: BAIC will bring the Saab 9-5 back to life as an electric version for the Chinese market. As Shenbao D or Senova D it will cost about 37,000 euros. This year’s production of 10,000 is set to double by 2015. With a 40 kW motor, the EV has a top speed of 130 km/h and a range of 150 kilometres. When the electric Saab will come to Europe is yet unknown.
carnewschina.com

Tesla upgrades wall adapter: After six Model S drivers reported problems with overheating wall-charger adapters, the Californian company will send out new plugs including a new thermal fuse to all customers for free. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that these incidents are “very rare.”
bloomberg.com, greencarreports.com, green.autoblog.com

BladeGlider might go into production: According to Nissan’s VP Andy Palmer it is in “the mid-term plan” to build the triangle-shaped concept in small numbers. First, a lawsuit over copyrights will have to be sorted as Don Panoz believes the BladeGlider resembles his DeltaWing racer all too strongly.
carmagazine.co.uk, autoblog.com

Hyundai fuel cell lease: The US branch of Hyundai has specified the terms for leasing their Tucson FuelCell, which is better known as IX35 FCEV in Europe. On a two-years contract, customers pay a monthly instalment of 499 dollars with 2,999 dollars down payment. The lease includes maintenance as well as fuel.
hyundaiusa.com

Panamera S E-Hybrid test ride: John Simpson was sceptical before riding the plug-in hybrid Porsche but was soon won over by its performance. Yet Simpson found a “snag” – the price of 89,000 GBP (147,000 USD) and he wonders, if buyers that can afford this car will benefit from the government’s plug-in car grant.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

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Brands + News

01-15-2014

BMW, Audi, VW, Tesla, European Parliament.


BMW-i3BMW i3 sparks interest: At the Detroit Auto Show, Ian Robertson, member of the board for sales and marketing at BMW, said they had received 11,000 orders for the all-electric car. The German head of sales, Roland Krüger, spoke of “numerous test ride requests” which have become a “logistical challenge” lately. The BMW i3 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. by May, with the i8 following this summer.
automobilwoche.de (In German), europe.autonews.com (General numbers)

Technology flagship: According to Audi’s head of technical development, Ulrich Hackenberg, the R8 e-tron will have its comeback and eventually go into production. Offering a better range and cost performance, he wants to convince the Audi board to make the electric supercar the brand‘s “technology flagship.”
autocar.co.uk via greencarreports.com

VW shows e-Golf in Detroit: At NAIAS, Volkswagen unveiled the electric Golf for the U.S. market. The e-Golf will go on sale in selected states in late 2014. To tackle range anxiety, VW will offer a ‘Roadside Assistance Plan’ to assist drivers in case they get stranded with an empty battery.
plugincars.com, ens-newswire.com

Tesla exceeding goals: Tesla delivered a whopping 6,900 cars to its customers in the last quarter of 2013. That is 20% higher than Tesla expected, VP Jerome Guillen yesterday said in Detroit. But he also admitted that sales are not going as well as expected in Germany. Interesting: The upcoming Model X is reportedly having more than 6,000 reservation holders so far.
autoweek.com

New CO2 limit: The European Parliament approved a draft yesterday that is outlining new CO2 emission limits for light commercial vehicles sold in the EU. By 2020 the limit will go down from today’s 203 g/km to 147 g/km. Probably it will not take long before we see small hybrid vans on our roads.
europarl.europa.eu

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Short circuit

01-16-2014

Indulgence.


In Ohio, Senator Tom Patton repeatedly tried to pass anti-Tesla laws under the cover of serving the established businesses of his county. Turns out he wasn’t that selfless a servant as he received more than 40,000 dollars from dealer organisations. Instead of trying to pass Amendments this man should better make amends!
transportevolved.com

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Fleets + Infrastructure

01-16-2014

Tesla, VIA Motors, Northrhine-Westphalia.


Super Chargers for China: Tesla announced the start of negotiations and preparations to install a network of its Super Chargers across the Asian nation. The first corridor to open up for all-electric rides is planned to be Beijing-Shanghai. When the first chargers will be ready for use is not said.
chinacartimes.com, teslamotors.com

Canada electrified: VIA Motors has signed an 80 million dollar purchase agreement with Sun Country Highway. A deposit of 8m dollars for the first 100 VIA electric-vans has already been placed. The vehicles will go to Best Western Hotels in Canada, which have been supplied with 1,000 public chargers by the privately funded electrification project Sun Country Highway.
marketwired.com

“Klimaschutz made in NRW”: This is the Denglish slogan of a new initiative in the German city of Essen. “NRW” is short for Northrhine-Westphalia while “Klimaschutz” means climate protection and is in this case a mini-fleet of four electric cars. For the next two years, employees of the State Office for environment and consumer protection will drive around in three Renault Zoé and one Fluence to test if EVs are a viable option for their daily routines. If so, more will be purchased.
emobilserver.de (In German), youtube.com (Video in German)

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Short circuit

01-17-2014

Homework.


Accurate production numbers of the Tesla Model S are always hard to come by. Now secretiveness has ended but you have to do the math – you got all weekend…
greencarreports.com

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Brands + News

01-17-2014

BMW, Infiniti, BYD, Tesla, Ford.


Next electric BMW: The German car maker confirmed that they are planning the next model in the electric i-series and it is likely to be the i5. Meanwhile, the ‘Electronaut’ testing programme is about to end and participants will be the first in line to exchange their ActiveE for the i3 Electronaut edition.
green.autoblog.com

No upscale Leaf: The Infiniti LE was supposed to become a luxury version of Nissan’s electric car but has now been “delayed indefinitely,” according to Infiniti President Johan de Nyssche. He denied that the delay has anything to do with the efforts to give the car greater range or the planned wireless charging system.
plugincars.com

BYD-QinQin coming to Europe: BYD’s Qin hybrid only recently launched in China and is now set to be offered in Europe by 2015. The PHEV has an all-electric range of 44 miles and a top speed of 115 mph. Moreover, the car can be remotely manoeuvred at very low speed from outside the vehicle. In China, the Qin starts at the equivalent of 32,266 dollars.
green.autoblog.com

Tesla goes Down Under: The Californians are ever further expanding and will launch their Model S in Australia by June this year. First orders have been taken and Tesla plans to develop its familiar network of concept stores across the continent rather than working with traditional dealerships.
electric-vehiclenews.com

Twice as many hybrids: Ford’s top development executive, Raj Nair, announced plans to double the U.S. car maker’s hybrid offerings by 2020. Speaking in Detroit, Nair said the move is driven by the growing demand for green vehicles in China and Europe.
reuters.com, green.autoblog.com

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Short circuit

01-21-2014

Purest of pleasures.


Apart from zero emissions and other advantages, the best thing about electric driving is the silent and powerful acceleration. This seems to have instantly appealed to three young ladies who could not get enough of the family’s Tesla Model S. Electric driving has found its sound – excited screams of joy. Again, please!
youtube.com

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