Autor: Stefan Koeller

Jan 18, 2017 - 09:14 am

Mark Reuss, Denise Gray.

Mark-Reuss“I think the platform that we’ve got here is really the platform of the future for us.”

GM product chief Mark Reuss echoes what GM CEO Mary Barra said last week: The Bolt will serve as a platform for more electric vehicles.
gmauthority.com

Denise-Gray-100x100px“It’s a target. It’s aggressive. We don’t have a roadmap that’s going to get us there tomorrow. But everybody is working toward it.”

LG Chem CEO Denise Gray says that she “can’t agree or disagree” with GM’s prediction that the price per kWh will fall to around 145 dollars this year, but says her company is working hard to reach the 100 dollar/kWh target – maybe not this year, but soon.
designnews.com

Jan 18, 2017 - 09:13 am

Swedavia, Lotte Mart, Toyota, CitiPark, Kansas.

500 to 600 EV chargers for Swedish airports: Swedavia, who operates ten airports in Sweden, wants to install some 500 to 600 EV chargers at its locations in the coming three years. It signed a deal with local infrastructure provider Rexel Sverige AB. Some 120 chargers are already installed at the country’s airports.
wallstreet-online.de

Charging Lotte Mart locations : The South Korean department store chain announced that it will equip all of its 119 locations with charging stations for electric vehicles by the end of the year. Customers will then be able to plug in as 141 fast- and three regular chargers.
yonhapnews.co.kr

Demonstrating fuel cell technology: Toyota is working with Air Liquide, Masdar and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), evaluating the use of hydrogen fuel in the United Emirates. Diving a fuelling demonstrations with the Toyota Mirai are part of the project and will kick off in May.
greencarcongress.com

Park and charge: British car park operator CitiPark now offers 16 EV chargers, as well as three Tesla Destination Chargers at its facility in Leeds. CitiPark wants to have a total of 41 EV charging spot up and running in Leeds and other cities before the end of the year.
citipark.co.uk

Park and fly: A total of 27 charging stations for EVs with two charging points each have been installed in two long-term parking garages at the Kansas City International Airport.
kearneycourier.com

Jan 18, 2017 - 09:13 am

Supercharger, Tesla.

Click tip I: Now that Tesla is charging per kWh at its Superchargers, but prices may vary from location to locations, calculating the cost of a trip is some serious brain exercise. Tesla-owner Ben Sullins has come up with an online-tool to help calculate the total.
tableau.com, youtube.com (video tutorial)

Click tip II: Another Tesla owner has created glowing a charging cable. It lights up depending on the amount of current being drawn by the Tesla. That’s some seriously cool engineering.
insideevs.com, youtube.com (video)

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Jan 18, 2017 - 09:12 am

21th century problem.

Tesla driver Ryan Negri got stranded the other day. He had left his car key at home and was using the smartphone app to open and close his EV. But he got locked out when he made a short stop in a dead zone. It’s a true 21th century problem.
mashable.com, recode.net

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:27 am

Tesla, Genesis, China, Volkswagen, Paris, Vera.

Tesla-Model-S-2017Cheaper upgrade: The over-the-air upgrade of a Tesla Model S 60 to Model S 75 just got 2,000 dollars cheaper. Some drivers reported being offered the upgrade for now 7,000 instead of 9,000 dollars, though it remains unclear whether the price will be the same for all. Just a few months ago, Tesla upped the price of its base version by 2,000 dollars, presumably to make the upgrade more attractive.
insideevs.com, autoblog.com, electrek.co

Hyundai’s electrification plans: The carmaker’s luxury brand Genesis will launch three electric models by 2025, Automotive News reports. The first will become available around 2020. All Genesis EVs will be designated models that will be based on a new EV platform, which is currently being developed.
autonews.com

Quadrupled: According to Chinese Industry Minister Miao Wei says the country wants to quadruple its production of electric and plug-in hybrid cars by 2020, essentially churning out 2m vehicles per year. Last year, some 517,000 BEVs and PHEVs rolled off production lines in there, while 100,000 chargers were installed – ten times as many as in 2015.
business-standard.com

VW plans in China: Leaked documents show that Volkswagen is planning to bring a total of eight electric and hybrid cars in China – four under the VW brand (e-Golf, Tiguan PHEV, Phideon PHEV and the VW I.D.), two Audis (A6L e-tron and Q6 e-tron quattro), and two as part of a joint venture with JAC. The latter will most likely be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
forbes.com

Paris fights air pollution: Paris now requires vehicles to sport a sticker in the windscreen, showing how much CO2 they emit. But not all vehicles can get one. Those older than 20 years are therefore banned from entering the city Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mayor Anne Hidalgo wants to ban all diesels from the city by 2020.
rfi.fr

Made for Thailand: The country’s first EV maker Vera has presented its first model. The Vera V1 BEV will be built by Geely and imported to Thailand. Range is estimated at 180 km, while the car will sell for around 28,000 dollars. The company hope to sell 100 units this year.
bangkokpost.com

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:26 am

Europe cracks 200,000 unit mark.

More than 200,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in Europe for the first time in 2016, the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) reports. And those figures don’t even include December sales.
eafo.eu

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Jan 17, 2017 - 09:25 am

Stanford University, Electric GT, Acciona, Lion E-Mobility.

Fire control: Researchers at Stanford University have developed a “smart” sheet of tiny fibres containing flame retardant, said to help prevent Li-ion batteries from going up in flames. Each fibre consists of a plastic shell that will melt when the battery heats up and therefore release the flame retardant.
sciencenews.org, wowscience.io

Tesla hits the track: The new electric racing series Electric GT now unveiled the second version of its Tesla racer, which is based on the Model S P100D. The GT variant is said to be around 500 kg lighter than the original and can go from 0 to 100 kph in just 2.1 seconds (or from 0 to 60 mph in 2 seconds).
insideevs.com, electrek.co

Final destination: For the third time, company Acciona took part in the Dakar Rally in an electric car. But this is the first time, the team actually made it across the finish line. It completed the 9,000-km journey as the first of “18,000 vehicles in the history of the Dakar Rally to complete the event without consuming a drop of fuel or emitting a single molecule of CO2.”
electrek.co, electricautosport.com

Lion E-Mobility announced that its German subsidiary Lion Smart received approval for a public grant of more than 300,000 euros from the Bavarian government. The money will be allocated as part of the electric aviation research project BatSys (Battery systems for hybrid-electric aviation drivetrains). Lion Smart will focus on BMS design and a BMS demonstrator for safe energy storage for aviation.
lionemobility.de

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:24 am

Gerard Detourbet, Sergio Marchionne, Patrice Ratti.

Gerard-Detourbet_100x100px“Look to China rather than the U.S. for the future of electric cars. China is compelled to act – that’s the main difference.”

Gerard Detourbet, a Renault-Nissan executive leading low-cost plug-in development, snubbed the U.S. reservation towards electrification, especially with President-elect Trump vowing to roll back previous measures. U.S. carmakers still invest in electric mobility – but mainly to keep up in China and not at home.
reuters.com

Sergio-Marchionne“The single largest drawback to electrification to us as OEMs is that we’re no longer in control of the components side; all batteries will be made by others.”

Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says that while the carmaker can develop a lot of technology in regards to electric powertrains on its own, many parts and especially the battery will come from others. “It’s really a question of capacity and access to that capacity,” he added.
autonews.com

Patrice-Ratti“A full-electric RS car, yes, it’s coherent with the strategy of Renault and the evolution of the market and we’re looking at the improvements of the batteries now, but it’s still not enough yet.”

Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti says that performance hybrids and even a full EV model have a place in carmaker’s future line-up. But at this point, the cars would still be too heavy.
wheelsmag.com.au

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:23 am

Zapinamo, Volvo, Solaris, China, Green Energy.

UK funds fast-charging tests: UK start-up Zapinamo received 2.2m pounds in government funding, in order to work with Warwick University, Iveco, and Farmdrop to test fast-charging with up to 400 kW for electric utility vehicles.
transportengineer.org.uk, theengineer.co.uk

Delivery contract: Volvo received an order for four hybrid buses form the city of Värmamo in southern Sweden. Adding the four Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid to the fleet will electrify the city’s entire public transport system.
automotiveworld.com

Solaris conquers North: Finish city Tampere commissioned four all-electric buses from Solaris. The latter has now sold more than 100 electric buses in i.e. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain and Sweden – now adding Finland to its list.
newstix.de

Ultimate charging offensive: Tianjin will soon be a mecca for electric mobility. The Chinese city wants to increase the number of charge points from now around 2,000 to 90,000 by 2020. Surely, there will then always be place to plug in.
chinadaily.com

Time of day tariff: Green Energy is now the first utility in the UK that offers residential customers a time of day tariff for EV charging. Using smart meter technology, the company encourages EV drivers to plug in when demand and prices are lower.
fleetnews.co.uk

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:22 am

Thomas Edison, Fully Charged.

Video tip I: Did you know that Thomas Edison already drove electrically? The inventor had a series of electric cars and even an EV charging station in his garage. The latter is being looked at in more detail in the following video.
youtube.com

Video tip II: Robert Llewellyn travelled to France for his show Fully Charged, to take a look at the country’s first solar roadway. He also talks about “lithium anxiety,” so the fear that we could run out of lithium because of all these EVs on the road – which is nonsense.
youtube.com

Jan 17, 2017 - 09:22 am

Skijet of the future.

The emblem and spindle grille are unmistakable. The singe-seat pursuit aircraft is clearly a Lexus. The carmaker cooperated with the film team for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” to get the aircraft of the ground. And while it is not available outside the film studios, this is what mobility could look like in the 28th century.
mightymega.com, .prnewswire.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:22 am

Renault, Chrysler, Faraday Future, EPA, China, South Korea.

renault-master-ze-elektroauto-lieferwagen-brussel-auto-show-300x150Renault Master electrification: The French are not only showing their new Kangoo Z.E. with 270 km range at the Brussels Motor Show, but also premiered the electric version of its transporter van Master. The latter will arrive at European dealers towards the end of the year and will be fitted with a 33-kWh battery pack that allows for a range of 200 km according to NEDC, even though 120 km are a more realistic estimate.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com, renault.com

Serial production plans: According to Detroit News, the in Las Vegas presented Chrysler Portal Concept (we reported) has a real shot of going into serial production. The paper quotes CEP Sergio Marchionne who says the electric van could hit the road in its current or slightly modified for “after 2018.”
detroitnews.com

Naming explained: Faraday Future explained the naming of its models. The FF 91 got its label, because the cars are named after size and price using the number 1 through 9. The 9 therefore stands for it being a top model, while the 1 indicated it being the first generation. Future cars could therefore be called FF 92, 81, 71, etc.
insideevs.com

Lowering emission targets: Just ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration, the EPA confirmed greenhouse-gas emission targets for light utility vehicles through 2025. Despite bickering from manufactures, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) goals for 2025 are 54.5 mpg. The EPA says manufactures have enough technology at their disposal to comply.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

Cutting subsidies: The Chinese government wants to reduce subsidies for EVs through 2020, starting with a 20 percent cut this year. The country now also confirmed that electric or plug-in hybrid buses will receive no more than 300,000 yuan in aides (previously 600,000 yuan), while exact subsidies are based on the buses’ energy density and charging capacity. Trucks and specialty vehicles only get 150,000 yuan and local funding has been capped at 50 percent of state aide.
reuters.com

10-hr rule up for discussion: According to Reuters, the South Korean government is reconsidering its previous rule that EVs will only receive funding, if they can be charged in less than ten hours using a regular Schuko-connection. Especially Tesla would benefit, as its battery packs are too pick to comply.
reuters.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:21 am

CHAdeMO Association hits new milestone.

The CHAdeMO Association reports having a total of 13,500 CHAdeMO fast-chargers installed worldwide. While more than half (7,000) are located in Japan, Europe and the U.S. now count more than 4,000 and 2,000 CHAdeMO chargers, respectively.
insideevs.com, chademo.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:20 am

Dyson, E-Force One, U.S. funding, Fraunhofer ICT.

Dyson update: Rumours that the British hoover manufacture is planning to build and electric car are growing stronger. Apparently, Dyson engaged Ricardo Reyes as new head of communications. Following years at Tesla, Reyes is quite the EV expert.
bloomberg.com

E-Force One update: Swiss electric lorry maker E-Force One announced a new battery technology for this year. The further developed traction battery is said to be more powerful and be available with 90 to 260 kWh. E-Force One also reworked its drivetrain system and will now offer the electric lorry as an 18 to 40-tonner.
logistra.de (in German)

Federal funding: The U.S. Department of Energy earmarked 18m dollars for five projects betting on alternative drivetrains. 2.9m dollars have been given to Odyne Systems to further develop plug-in hybrid lorries to cut fuel consumption by 50 percent. Blue Bird Canyon is getting 4.9 dollars for further development of an electric school bus V2G capabilities. Also, PacificCorp received 3.9m dollars to set up charging corridors along interstates in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
greencarcongress.com

Date logger: A new data logger from the Fraunhofer ICT simultaneously collects vehicle data from electric drivetrains, combustion engines, external sensors and even location data and is said to lay the foundation for the development of new hybrid and electric vehicles. It can also be used to increase efficiency of vehicle fleets.
phys.org

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:19 am

Elon Musk, Takao Asami, Thomas Sedran.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Increasing capacity at existing Supercharger locations now has top priority. Some are overflowing while a nearby one is empty.”

Elon Musk answered an inquiry by twitter follower, saying that the carmaker won’t just focus on opening new locations, but also in increase the number of stalls at popular Supercharger locations.
electrek.co

Takao-Asami_100x100px“Before we had the concern about the degradation of the battery — that’s why we had to limit the amount of energy we could pull out of the vehicle. But year by year this durability is being improved.”

Nissan Senior Vice President Takao Asami says V2G technology is becoming more relevant. Whereas carmakers were worried about pulling energy from the car battery, now there are so many EVs that only small amounts of energy need to be fed into to the grid to support peak power needs.
greentechmedia.com

Thomas-Sedran“Quite frankly, if we compare ourselves today with Samsung and LG they are light years ahead of us.”

Thomas Sedran, VW’s head of group strategy, says that due to lack of in-house expertise, it is favourable to continue buying batteries from suppliers who have truly pushed the technology along.
autonews.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:18 am

Thuringia, Supercharger, Atlanta, EVA+, Dubai.

The German federal state of Thuringia has revealed its charging infrastructure plan LISS until 2020. It plans 370 new EV chargers in the next three years, where a total of 32 local utilities will work together to install 300 regular and 70 fast-chargers. The federal state is funding slower chargers with 975 euros, while 2.46m euros will be invested in fast-chargers at a federal level. The utilities are investing a combined 2.61 euros.
thueringen24.de, thueringen.de (articles in German)

Good-bye free charging: As reported, Tesla cars ordered after January 15th will not be allowed to charge for free at Superchargers. Only the first 400 kWh will be included in the price of the car. After that, Tesla will charge per kWh, meaning the fee will differ from area to area. The carmaker also emphasised that it will not profit, but will merely cover costs.
insideevs.com, teslarati.com, tesla.com

Ultimate charge and fly: No less than 102 parking spots have been fitted with EV chargers at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Another 200 more parking spots will also be modernised in the coming years.
airport.blog.ajc.com

Electric Vehicle Arteries: Project EVA+, which was unveiled in Brussels and is being funded with 4.2m euros by the EU, wants to set up 200 multi-charger stations in Italy and Austria in the coming three years. For the project, utility Enel and Verbund have teamed up with BMW, Nissan, Renault and Volkswagen.
insideevs.com, enel.com

Plugging-in: The British government is looking for ways to simplify charging and cut cost. Parallel pricing, as well as a pricing cap are among propositions on the table, as is a standard charge chard that will work at all EV chargers in the country.
autocar.co.uk, insideevs.com

Dubai goes hybrid: The country’s Roads and Transport Authority has issued a five-year plan that also calls for half of all taxis to be fitted with hybrid drivetrains by 2021. That would be the equivalent of 2,280 hybrid taxis.
arabianbusiness.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:17 am

ZeEUS, Contemporary Amperex Technology.

Study tip: A report from project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus Systems) provides an overview of electric buses in Europe. In line with strategies from 19 transport agencies, some 2,500 electric and plug-in hybrid buses will roam the streets of 25 European cities by 2020. Another 13 transport agencies in another 18 cities are planning for a total of 6,100 of said buses by 2025.
zeeus.eu

Reading tip: Reuters provides some insights on China’s aspiring battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). It could triple production capacity in the past year and even surpassed BYD’s battery production. By 2020, CATL wants to churn out 50 GWh per year.
reuters.com

Jan 16, 2017 - 09:16 am

Sweet revenge.

A VW Golf owner in the U.S. wanted VW to pay him back for his car. According to a nationwide court-ordered buyback, the car has to be operable. It can do that without doors or any other knick-knack, the owner thought, and stripped it of nearly everything. Needless to say, VW wasn’t too happy, saying that stripping the car “wasn’t in the spirit of the buyback.”
jalopnik.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:19 am

Bentley, GAC Motors, GM, Lexus, Volkswagen, Rivian Automotive.

2017-Bentley-Bentayga-300x150pxBentley adds e-power: The British luxury brand wants to offer a hybrid variant of every one of its future models, Automotive News reports, quoting Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer. The first one on the list will be the Bentayga, scheduled for 2018, followed by the next generation Continental GT.
autonews.com

Chinese manufacturer GAC Motors presented a PHEV crossover called Enspirit at the motor show in Detroit. It has an all-electric range of 80 km. The carmaker also showed its all-electric GE3, which is based on GAC’s new EV platform. Range is estimated at 300 km. The GE3 will become available in China from June and will be marketed under the Trumpchi brand.
motorauthority.com, hybridcars.com

Bolt-based: General Motors wants to build a number of electric cars based on the Chevrolet Bolt platform, CEO Mary Barra said in an interview in Detroit. She did not, however, spill any more details.
youtube.com (video interview) via insideevs.com

New Lexus: The carmaker wants to launch the series version of the UX Concept that it unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October. Autocar learned the compact SUV will also be offered as a hybrid under the name of UX250h and will apparently replace the Lexus CT. Moreover, Lexus is planning a seven-seater version of its RX, which will also be sold as a hybrid from 2018.
autocar.co.uk

No PHEVs for the U.S.: The diesel scandal also affects plug-in hybrids, Car and Driver reports. Apparently, the VW Group scrapped plans to sell in the Audi Q7 e-tron in the States, as well as PHEV variants for the A6 and A7, which would combine an electric motor and 3-L diesel engine. There will also be no modified versions featuring petrol engines for the U.S., meaning the Audi A3 e-tron will remain the only Audi PHEV sold there.
caranddriver.com

Electric start-up scene: U.S. start-up Rivian Automotive has purchased a former Mitsubishi plant in Michigan, investing 175m dollars and wants to begin churning out EVs from 2019. A first model could already be unveiled this year.
themanufacturer.com, pantagraph.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:18 am

Plug-in sales in the U.S.

Exactly 157,181 electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in the U.S. this past year, marking a 37.6 percent increase compared to 2015. The Tesla Model S was the most popular car (with plug) for the second year in a row. Since 2008, a total of 570,187 plug-in models have been sold in the States.
hybridcars.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:15 am

OSVehicle, Isabellenhütte, Aisin Group, Scienlab.

EV hardware platform: Italian company OSVehicle presented the second generation of its open source platform Tabby, used for the development of electric vehicles. Tabby is a two-seater hardware platform that is made available with and without battery pack.
electrek.co

Increased voltage withstand capability: Isabellenhütte unveiled its further developed measurement system IVT-S, which designed for an increased voltage withstand capability in traction batteries in EV and stationary energy storage. The metering system has a maximum voltage withstand capability of 1,000 Volt.
isabellenhuette.de (in German)

New transmissions: Global manufacturer Aisin Group has developed three new transmissions for the global market, including a hybrid transmission. The multi-stage THS II RWD is said to be the first hybrid transmission for a rear wheel drive vehicle.
prnewswire.com

New partners: Scienlab announced that it has been selected by BMW to serve as strategic partner and help with the development of electric components for upcoming EV and hybrid models. The carmaker is said to invest in testing lab to research and develop i.e. energy storage devices and inverters.
scienlab.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:14 am

Dieter Zetsche, Barack Obama, Stefan Bratzel.

Dieter-Zetsche“We are at the leading edge in this technology, but at the same time, in the last five, six, seven years, battery electric vehicles have developed much faster and further than we expected, and the advantages of fuel-cell vehicles as far as range is concerned, as far as filling time is concerned, has become much smaller.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is not putting a lot of faith in fuel technology. The carmaker is still planning to “launch a four-digit number of fuel-cell vehicles” next year, but not everyone can buy them. But Zetsche also admits, that all could change in ten years.
caradvice.com.au

Barack-Obama“I believe the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.”

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama wrote in the journal Science that clean energy technology will continue under President Trump – whether he wants to or not. The reason is that people living in the U.S. have begun integrating the change in i.e. mobility into their own lives.
sciencemag.org via teslarati.com

Stefan-Bratzel“Over the last couple of years, German manufacturers and others have been investing very heavily in electric mobility. They are still a bit slower than Tesla but I wouldn’t underestimate their progress.”

Stefan Bratzel of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) says that if Tesla does not manage to be profitable, it could be taken over by a company that is currently still playing catch-up.
forbes.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:14 am

UK, South Korea, PG&E, Fastned, Flyer.

Funding: The UK government announced a 20m pound subsidy programme for electric mobility in the cargo and logistics sector. The money will be distributed to 20 companies to introduce low-emission and zero-emission vehicles. More than 40 companies had a applied for the grant.
businessgreen.com, edie.net, gov.uk

Cheaper charging: From today, the South Korean government has cut the cost of electricity used to charge a vehicle, to incentivise people even further to purchase an EV. The price used to be at 313.1 won per kWh (0.26 USD) and has been lowered to 173.8 won per kWh (0.15 USD). The country will also see 530 new fast-chargers installed this year.
koreajoongangdaily.joins.com

Clean Fuel Rebate: California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) now offers its EV driving customers a so-called “Clean Fuel Rebate” of 500 dollars. The company is passing on money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard programme, which gives credits to utilities whose customers use home electricity to charge electric cars. Moreover, PG&E plans to install 7,500 EV chargers in California.
greencarreports.com

Annual closure: Dutch infrastructure provider says revue grew to 81,382 euros in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 174 percent increase to same period in 2015. The number of kWh charged meanwhile increased by 209 percent, reaching 168,381 kWh in Q4. The operator also says it lowered the price per kWh at its chargers, as well as its monthly standard fee.
fastned.de

U.S. manufacturer Flyer delivered a total of 213 electric buses this past year, marking an increase of 48 percent compared to 2015. And with an estimated 255 equivalent units of heavy-duty transit bus deliveries to have been zero emission in 2016, Flyer contributed 83 percent.
electriccarsreport.com, edmontonjournal.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:13 am

China, USA.

Reading tip I: Ever wonder why China has so many nationally produced EVs? This article sheds some light on how relatively cheap and locally produced models manage to dominate the international EV marked and steal big OEMs and their expensive cars the show.
reuters.com

Reading tip II: At this point, no less than ten U.S. states are asking drivers of electric and plug-in hybrids (and in two cases, pure hybrids) to open their wallets and to pay additional fees. The money is said to make up for lost petrol-tax revenues.
forbes.com

Jan 13, 2017 - 09:12 am

Bring it on!

Tesla has hidden a new Easter Egg for the P100D versions of the Model S and X. Holding the Ludicrous button for five seconds will activate Ludicrous+ and make acceleration from 0 to 100 kph 0.1 seconds faster. But you have time to change your mind, as the car will first make decide between “no, I want my mommy” and “yes, bring it on!”
teslarati.com, autoblog.com, youtube.com (demonstration of Ludicrous+ mode)

Jan 12, 2017 - 09:17 am

Mercedes AMG, Tesla, Kia, BYD, Munro Motor.

mercedes-amg-project-one-teaser-hypercar_300x150pxHybrid anniversary gift: The Mercedes-AMG hyper car that will hit the road for the companies 50th anniversary, will be called Project One. It will be presented at this year’s IAA. Mercedes-AMG meanwhile released a new teaser and confirmed that the vehicle will be fitted with the hybrid drivetrain from the current Formula One racer.
autocar.co.uk, gtspirit.com, topgear.com

New Autopilot programme lead: Chris Lattner, an 11-year Apple veteran and creator of the Swift programming language, has taken a new job as Vice-President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. He takes over the steering wheel from Jinnah Hosein, SpaceX’s Vice President of Software, who will now fully focus his time on the space venture.
electrek.co, teslarati.com, tesla.com

New electrified car? Kia unveiled a four-door sports limousine called Stinger at the NAIAS in Detroit. Autocar reports that the new car could be made available as a hybrid variant – and possible even as a purely electric vehicle.
autocar.co.uk

BYD expands: The Chinese manufacturer wants to kick off construction of two new factories in Latin America before the end of the year. It will serve as production site for electric busses for the local market, as well as complement existing production facilities for the U.S., Hungary, and Brazil.
chinadaily.com

Chinese Munro Motor presented a retro-style electric moped. The Munro 2.0 weighs just above 35 kg and features a Bosch electric motor. Top speed is capped at 28 mph (45 kph and the exchangeable battery pack has enough capacity for 30 miles (50 km) of range. In China, pricing start at around 800 dollars, while the e-moped will be offered in the U.S. for 1,700 dollars from April.
techcrunch.com, electrek.co

Jan 12, 2017 - 09:16 am

Electric registrations in the Netherlands.

A total of 11,132 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were newly registered in the Netherlands in December, accounting for about 30 percent of all sales. The top five models sold are still PHEVs, with the VW Passat GTE taking the crown (2,707), followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander (1,065), BMW 330e (1,033), Audi Q7 e-tron (947) and Mercedes C350e (892.
ev-sales.blogspot.de

Jan 12, 2017 - 09:15 am

Wolfspeed, India, UCR.

Reducing inverter losses: Wolfspeed has introduced a new 900 V, 10 mΩ MOSFET, which is for 196 A of continuous drain current at a case temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. The silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET is said to allow for a reduction of EV drivetrain inverter losses of about 78 percent based on EPA mileage standards.
greencarcongress.com, electronicsweekly.com

India pitches in: The country’s government says it will foot 60 percent of the bill for research and development projects in the field of electric mobility. Launching the Technology Platform for Electric Mobility (TPEM) is said to especially push projects concerning Li-ion batteries, electric motors, charging infrastructure, light construction, and transportation concepts in the country.
indiatimes.com

Connectivity as fuel saver: Engineers at the University of California Riverside (UCR) have developed a new online energy management system (EMS) for plug-in hybrids. Using real-time information about i.e. traffic or road conditions and an evolutionary algorithm (EA) to optimise fuel consumption, the latter can be reduced by more than 30 percent.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedaily.com

Jan 12, 2017 - 09:15 am

Jens Thiemer, Hakan Samelsson, Frank van Meel.

Jens-Thiemer“We will, I call it, begin ‘EQ-ing’ our cars. We will also see electric cars from Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, so that’s what we are thinking.”

Jens Thiemer, Mercedes’ Vice President for Marketing, confirmed that the Mercedes luxury brand Maybach will also be electrified in the future, with the entire line-up to eventually feature a pure electric or at least hybrid drivetrain.
autoexpress.co.uk

Hakan-Samuelsson“Premium high-performance cars will probably be attractive in the future, but we have a feeling they will not be based on gasoline combustion engine.”

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson reveals that the recently acquired tuning arm Polestar will not be used to develop powerful petrol cars, but instead to at first add an “electric boost,” all the way to developing a high-performance EV.
caradvice.com.au

Frank-van-Meel_100x100px“We already see the stop/start feature coming to M vehicles and the next step is electrification. At the end it will also be pure electric, but it’s going to take some time.”

BMW-M-Chef Frank van Meel comments on electrification plans at BMW’s performance arm. But at this point, battery weight is still an issue. But nevertheless, the group is constantly looking at what its colleagues at i-branch are doing.
autoexpress.co.uk

Jan 12, 2017 - 09:14 am

Proterra, EV order, Navya, New York, London.

Electrifying transit: King County Metro Transit in the U.S. state of Washington wants to purchase no less than 120 electric buses by 2020. It will acquire nine long-range busses from different manufactures to test the technology. With 73 e-buses ordered, California-based Proterra will get the biggest part of pie. The first eight buses will go into service this year, another 12 in 2019.
greencarcongress.com, kingcounty.gov

Record EV order: The U.S. cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland have presented the prospect of ordering a total of 24,000 electric vehicles in the coming years. In a first part of a formal bidding, the cities have asked carmakers to provide information about what cars they could have when and at what cost.
eenews.net, sfexaminer.com

Autonomous to the next casino: Navya and Keolis have begun operating the first autonomously driving electric shuttle on U.S public roads in Las Vegas. The public can hitch a free ride during the testing phase between January 11th and 20th.
digitaljournal.com, keolisnorthamerica.com

Electric clean-up: New York Central Park Conservatory workers have traded in their petrol-powered rubbish carts for electric ones. A total of 52 of them are ready to go into service this month.
nytimes.com

New Low Emission Zones: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced ten new Low Emission Bus Zones, deploying the city’s hybrid and electric buses on the London’s most polluted roads to clear the air. Khan estimates that the measure will cut NOx emissions from buses along those routes by 84 percent.
london.gov.uk

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2017/01/18/mark-reuss-denise-gray/
18.01.2017 09:21