Germany gets fast-charging network: SLAM is the name of the new DC charging network to be set up by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics. Until 2017, a total of 400 charging stations will be installed throughout the country at about every 50 kilometres. CCS (DC) and Type 2 (three-phase AC) are the standards in favour, CHAdeMO will be excluded. The project kicks off officially at the Hannover Messe trade show at the beginning of April.
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New fast charging option? BMWi’s head of communication, Weiland Bruch, announced the coming of a new DC-charging solution. Details about what exactly that entails were not disclosed. It is possible, however, that it could have something to do with the above mentioned SLAM project.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV priced down under: Starting on March 31st, the SUV will be available in Australia starting at 47,490 AU dollars (43,026 U.S. dollars). The plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with front and rear electric motors and has a maximum electrical range of 52 kilometres.
Ohio State University enters TT Zero: The RW2.X operates at 450 volts and holds as much energy as a Chevy Volt. The electronics and inner workings of the 70 hp electric motorcycle were entirely designed and build by students. It is the University’s second time entering the race.
Tesla pioneers develop electric race car: Internode-founder and owner of the first Tesla in Australia, Simon Hackett, is investing in eV Race Systems, a start-up aiming to develop a new high-performance electric race car. With Rudi Tuisk and Craig Davis – two former Tesla managers – being part of the executive team, eV Race Systems seems well prepared for the job.
Driving VW: Transport Evolved sat behind the wheel of the Golf GTE, finding that it lives up to “its name of a sporty plug-in hybrid.” GreenCar Reports gave the 2015 e-Golf a go, also having a “favourable” impression. And one thing both test drivers agree on – no matter if its hybrid or all-electric – it still looks and feels like a VW Golf.
transportevolved.com (VW Golf GTE), greencarreports.com (VW e-Golf)