Feb 26, 2015 - 10:01 am

Dieter Zetsche, Damien Meredith.

Dieter-Zetsche“If there were a rumor that Mercedes or Daimler planned to start building smart phones then they (Apple) would not be sleepless at night. And the same applies to me and this is full of respect for Apple.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche cannot understand why Apple wants to build an electric car. Nor does he believe that it could have any impact on the industry. Funny, since Nokia argued in a similar way before Apple got into the mobile phone business.

Damien-Meredith“I was always a great believer in fuel cell technology, it’s the way of the future. So it’s hybrid, plug-in hybrid, then probably fuel cell. That’s my view.”

Kia Motors Australia CEO Damien Meredith says that it is difficult to decide whether the company should introduce a hybrid to the Australian market, a technology he sees as a stepping stone.

Feb 26, 2015 - 09:59 am

BMW i3 winter test, Apple.

Video tip: BMWBLOG took the BMW i3 for a winter test driving in icy -15 degrees Celsius weather, using a set of Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tires. A good choice, judging by the feedback.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Reading tip: Bloomberg View columnist Katie Benner looks at recent Apple iCar rumours, at what we can expect and at what Apple needs to focus on in order for its projects to be a success. She believes the key lies in the battery technology.

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:06 am

Mitsubishi, Ford, Ecuador, Porsche, Bentley, Harley-Davidson, Polaris.

i-MiEV comeback: Mitsubishi confirmed that the 2016 model of its i-MiEV will arrive at U.S. dealerships in March. The only change is an optional navigation package, while everything under the hood stays the same. As does the car’s price tag: The small EV will go for 22,995 dollars before subsidies.
transportevolved.com, automotiveworld.com

Ford drops prices: The carmaker offers its 2014 Ford C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi at considerably lower prices in the U.S., also to make room for the next model. Customers can benefit from an 18 percent price reduction for the Hybrid and 17.7 percent for the Energi. The programs expire March 31st.
carsdirect.com, greencarreports.com

Ecuador ready to plug in: The South American country has scrapped import taxes on EVs and announced cooperation agreements with BYD, Nissan-Renault and Kia to begin selling electric cars in Ecuador. The government also plans a local production of EVs in the future and said it will invest some three million dollars in charging infrastructure.
ecuadortimes.net, amerika21.de (in German)

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New spy shots: The next-generation Porsche Panamera was caught on camera while being tested in winter conditions. There are also new images of Bentley’s first upcoming SUV, the Bentayga. Both cars will be available as plug-in hybrids.
motorauthority.com (Porsche), carscoops.com (Bentley)

LiveWire Experience Tour extended: Harley-Davidson will sent its first all-electric motorcycle to Asia, Europe and Canada this year to let people there experience it and provide feedback to help with the bike’s further development. After all, the Project LiveWire was designed to see what customers’ expectations for an electric Harley would be.
motorcycle-usa.com, ndtv.com

Polaris buys Hammerhead: With the acquisition of the Shanghai-based manufacturer of petrol powered go-karts, light utility and electric utility vehicles, Polaris hopes to expand both their “international manufacturing footprint and armada of off-road products.”
wallstreet-online.de, marketwatch.com, polaris.com


Feb 25, 2015 - 10:05 am

EV sales in South Korea.

With 414 electric cars sold, Kia takes the crown in South Korea. Almost one third of all electric car sales in the country in 2014 (1,183 units) were Kia Soul EVs. Second place went to the SM3 ZE by Renault Samsung Motors with 309 units sold.
koreaherald.com, koreatimes.co.kr

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:04 am

Apple, Samsung, Ricardo, BASF Toda Battery Materials, Graphene ESD.

Apple vs. Samsung: Not a day goes by without more news or rumours about the iCar-project. Now it seems that Apples was interested in taking over Magna’s battery division, before Samsung SDI got the green light. Moreover, Korea Times reports that Apple continues headhunting Samsung employees, including battery experts.
faz.net (in German), businessinsider.sg, koreatimes.co.kr

Ricardo-RapidSRNew electric motor: British company Ricardo has developed a rare earth element free prototype 85 kW synchronous reluctance motor designed primarily for electric vehicle traction applications. The development was part of the research and development project RapidSR (Rapid Design and Development of a Switched Reluctance Traction Motor).
greencarcongress.com, theengineer.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Japanese joint venture: BASF and Toda Kogyo officially established a joint venture, specializing in cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The cooperation was originally announced back in October. BASF Japan owns 66 percent of the new company BASF Toda Battery Materials.

Supercap cooperation: Graphene ESD and the Research Foundation of Stony Brook University (SBU) will work together on the development of new supercapacitors designs. Target applications are grid-tied inverters, grid-stabilization systems, as well as automotive and locomotive drivetrains.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Technology Review report on BASF researchers exploring the possibilities of nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Feb 25, 2015 - 10:03 am

Christian Malorny, Mark Gibson.

Christian-Malorny“Germany is not a leading market, but a leading supplier of electric cars.”

Christian Malorny, electric mobility expert at McKinsey, says that when criticizing the development of electric mobility in Germany, one has to bear in mind that three quarters of all electric and hybrid cars built there are exported, also securing jobs.
wiwo.de (in German)

Mark-Gibson“The big picture to keep in mind when developing the plans for the future of your vehicle fleet is that the worldwide number of vehicles has increased by 35% since 2005, while the supply of petroleum fuel has only risen by 12%. Therefore basic economics suggests that the periods when fuel prices reduce in future will be the exception, rather than the rule.”

Mark Gibson, Alphabet’s head of marketing and business development, advises fleet managers not to make decisions based on falling petrol prices in the long run.


Feb 25, 2015 - 10:01 am

Toyota Mirai production, Next-gen Nissan Leaf.

Video tip: With these five newly published videos, Toyota offers a rare behind the scenes look at the production of it fuel cell vehicle Mirai. Production was launched at the Motomachi Plant in Japan in November of last year.

Reading tip: Hybrid Cars may not have gotten to peek behind the curtain, but this article lists everything about the next-generation Nissan Leaf. The new model is rumoured to be a 2017 model and to offer significantly more range than the current Leaf.

Feb 24, 2015 - 09:50 am

Fisker, Elux, Renault, BMW, Audi, Toyota, Volvo.

Fisker to become Elux: News agency Reuters quotes insider informations, saying that the Wanxiang Group wants to rename its Fisker-brand as Elux. Moreover, the (Elux) Karma will not be available until mid-2016, instead of later this year, as previously announced. And the hybrid sports car will sport a hefty price tag of 135,000 dollars, about one-fifth more than the original Fisker Karma. Where it will be built remains anyone’s guess – but according to Reuters, it will not be Finland.

Renault-Kangoo-ZE-PickUpE-Kangoo pick-up: Renault now offers a pick-up version of its Kangoo Z.E. via French company Kolle. This version can seat three in the front and can carry a payload of up to 650 kilos. Under the hood, everything stays the same, giving the pick-up truck version a range of up to 106 miles.
insideevs.com, kolle.fr, avere-france.org (in French)

3-Series update: German magazine Auto Bild brings us more details about the new BMW 3-Series, which will be unveiled at the IAA later this year. The Bavarian carmaker will offer hybrid variants with 60 and 90 kW electric motors, while the electric range will be between 50 and 100 kilometres, depending on the version. Moreover, buyers can choose their hybrid with a conductive or an inductive charging system.
autobild.de (in German)

Two Audi A4 hybrids? A Spanish automobile website says it has already taken a peek at the drivetrain technology for the upcoming Audi A4. According to them, two hybrid variants will be offered – one in combination with a 2.0 TFSI petrol engine and the other in combination with a 2.0 TDI diesel.
motor.es (in Spanish) via indianautosblog.com

Toyota takes wraps off new Auris: The carmaker will present its facelifted Auris at the Geneva Auto Show in a few days. On top of some touch-ups to the ex- and interior, the car will apparently also come with new engines. There will still be a hybrid version; more details are to follow in Geneva.
fleetnews.co.uk, puregreencars.com

Modified diesel-hybrid: Volvo announced the V60 D5 Twin Engine, a new version of the V60 plug-in, for the Geneva Auto Show next week. To mark the introduction of the new technology, which will not be offered in Germany, Volvo will build 500 units of a special and limited edition.
emobilitaetonline.de, autosieger.de (articles in German)

Feb 24, 2015 - 09:49 am

Formula E manufacturers for second season.

FIA has chosen 8 manufacturers which will be allowed to build their own drivetrain for the second season of the Formula E. That includes specifically the e-motor, the inverter, the gearbox and the cooling system. The “chosen ones” are ABT Sportsline, Andretti, Mahindra, Motomatica, NEXTEV TCR, Renault Sport, Venturi Automobiles and Virgin Racing Engineering.


Feb 24, 2015 - 09:46 am

Samsung SDI, Magna Steyr Battery, ED Design, MILA Plus, BASF.

Samsung SDI takes over Magna’s battery division: The South Korean battery producer said it has acquired the battery pack unit of Austria-based auto parts supplier Magna Steyr Battery Systems. The takeover will be finalised on April 1st. 264 employees, as well as all production and development facilities and current contracts will be singed over to Samsung SDI.
yonhapnews.co.kr, techcrunch.com, businesswire.com

Flat and electric: Italian company ED Design released a teaser image of an all-electric race car, which it will presented in Geneva next week. The Torq is only about one metre high and can drive completely autonomously. Apparently reason enough for the Italians to skip adding any windows to the car.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German), quattroruote.it (in Italian)

The MILA Plus is Magna Steyr’s newest lightweight concept vehicle, which the company will unveil at the Auto Show in Geneva. The plug-in hybrid sports car will combine a three cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors and offer an all-electric range of about 75 kilometres. According to the Austrian company, the 1,520 kilo car could be ready for serial production in two to three years.
steiermark.orf.at (in German)

NiMH instead of Li-ion: According to a recent Technology Review report, chemical company BASF researchers have high hopes for nickel-metal hydride batteries. They hope to increase their energy storage capacity tenfold and decrease their costs to only 146 dollars per kWh.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the Bloomberg report on Apple pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020.

Feb 24, 2015 - 09:46 am

Peter Adriaens, John Helveston.

Peter-Adriaens“It’s analogous to the 1990s and computers. The Intel Inside thing. It’s the same thing now where the [tech] companies are saying it’s the tech inside the car not the chassis.”

Peter Adriaens, professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, explains that automotive companies are trying to position themselves more as technology companies, and that it is no surprise that technology companies like Apple are taking over to develop EVs.

anonym“We found that, on average, American consumers are only willing to purchase a pure electric vehicle if it costs $10,000 to $20,000 less than an otherwise equivalent gasoline vehicle, depending on its range and recharging capabilities.”

Ph.D. student John Helveston is the co-author of a new study by the Carnegie Mellon University that says that Chinese customers are more willing to adopt electric cars than U.S. drivers, even if the price is higher. The main selling points are sufficient range and recharging capabilities.

Feb 24, 2015 - 09:44 am

Amp Electric, Range Rover Sport Hybrid.

Reading tip: Amp Electric wants to be the solution when it comes to development and production of all-electric commercial trucks and vans. This article looks at the rise of the company in their field of choice, as well as their Workhorse E-Gen E-100 electric Walk-In Vans.

Click tip: Land Rover sent its Range Rover Sport Hybrid on a 2,500 mile journey through the worst weather conditions to the Arctic Circle. The reason why the hybrid also towed a 2.5 tons Airstream trailer is that most EU owners choose a Land Rover to tow their “silver bullet.”
autovolt-magazine.com, hybridcars.com


Feb 23, 2015 - 10:05 am

PSA, Apple, Jaguar Land Rover, BAIC, Nissan, Volvo.

Peugeot-Partner-ElectricPSA to build own EVs: The French corporation plans to develop its own electric cars, CEO Carlos Tavares told Le Monde. Built on PSA group’s small vehicle platform, the EVs are set for market entry around 2020. The cooperation with Mitsubishi (Peugeot i-On, Citroën C-Zero) will be discontinued.
lemonde.fr (in French), autolinknews.com

iCar by 2020? Apple goes full speed ahead on electric cars, as insiders quoted by Bloomberg believe the company is pushing its engineers in the Titan project to get the iCar ready for production within the next five years. Furthermore, a list of key employees hired by Apple for the project has been revealed.
bloomberg.com, 9to5mac.com (Titan team)

Electric JLRs: Rumour had it that Jaguar Land Rover is working on an all-electric SUV. Now Autocar reports that Jaguar plans to electrify the F-Pace from 2018. The same platform could also be used for an electric Range Rover soon to follow.

New BAIC facility: Chinese carmaker BAIC is currently constructing a new production facility for electric cars in the city of Laixi in Eastern China. The first models to roll off the line will be the E150EV and Weiwang 306. Up to 5,000 units could be produced annually.

Pathfinder Hybrid soon to be lost? Nissan’s website lists the 2015 Pathfinder but an updated version of its mild hybrid sibling is nowhere to be seen. When asked by Green Car Reports, the company was evasive at best, so the Pathfinder Hybrid’s destiny remains unclear.

First drive: John Voelcker took the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid on a 96-mile trip through the Spanish countryside. The Swedes’ SUV is set to go on sale in the States this autumn and Voelcker believes the market will receive the seven-seater hybrid well.

Feb 23, 2015 - 10:04 am

Hydrogen and fuel cell development plans.

A total of 10,800 FCVs, 640 FC buses, and 110 H2 fuelling stations in eight North-Eastern states until 2025 are outlined in the ‘2015 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Development Plans’ by the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster in the USA.

Feb 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

TaxiBot, Aalto University, Battery innovations, GaN Systems.

TaxiBot-FraportTaxiBot in operation: The hybrid tow tractor which had been tested at Frankfurt Airport since last year (we reported) is now being used in real flight operations. The 800-hp TaxiBot is soon to be developed into an even stronger model, able to tow a Boeing 747 or Airbus A380.

Finnish fuel cell research: A team at Aalto University has developed a new electrocatalyst for fuel cells, which is said to be as efficient as platinum but more cost-effective. It is made from iron and carbon as well as graphene.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, sciencedaily.com

EV battery prize: The UK government will launch a new competition worth 10 million pounds this April for innovations in battery design for the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). A winner is to be named already this summer.
yahoo.com, huffingtonpost.co.uk

Canada invests in clean tech: GaN Systems from Ottawa has been rewarded 2,188,000 dollars by the government to maximise the efficiency of EV chargers connected to smart grids. The grant is part of an investment round totalling over 26.8 million dollars going to clean tech companies.


Feb 23, 2015 - 10:00 am

Steve LeVine, Jim Cramer.

Steve-LeVine“That’s the inflection point — the proving ground — that brings on the electric age. Now you have Apple coming in and this is critical mass. Was GM really going to be able to match Tesla? Apple can.”

Steve LeVine, author of ‘The Powerhouse,’ a book about the automotive battery industry, on Apple’s alleged plan to enter the electric vehicle market within this decade.

Jim-Cramer“This company should be stickered as not a real company.”

These are the rather harsh words of Jim Cramer from CNBC, when commenting on Tesla’s Q4 call. In his analysis, he said that “Tesla lost $10,000 per car.”

Feb 23, 2015 - 09:58 am

Electric vehicle charging services, Utilities.

Research tip: A new study by Navigant Research called “Electric Vehicle Charging Services” believes the market for EV charging equipment will grow from today’s 152.6 million to 2.9 billion dollars by 2023.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

Reading tip: Diane Cardwell follows up on an emerging trend across the States where more and more utility providers try to tap into the EV market by setting up charging stations.

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:04 am

Rolls-Royce, Citroën, London Taxi, Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Formula E.

It is official, Rolls-Royce will build a luxury SUV, following customer demand. A launch in 2017 is likely, as is a plug-in hybrid variant, Auto Express reports. The portal expects prices to start at 250,000 GBP (385,000 dollars) – it is a Royce after all.

Citroen-Berlingo-2016Berlingo Electric facelift: Citroën has issued pictures showing the new Berlingo which is to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model will again be offered with an electric drive, that powers the mini van with 49 kW. Range is out at about 106 miles.
carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

The electric cab for London is to go-ahead as the London Taxi Company will build a 300-million-dollar facility close to Coventry. The Geely subsidiary plans to launch an all-electric cab by 2018 and will also host R&D and sales at the British site.
china.org.cn, shanghaidaily.com

Ford to cut prices: Both the Fusion Hybrid und Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid will become 900 dollars cheaper once the model year 2016 starts. New prices are set at 25,675 dollars for the Fusion Hybrid S and 33,900 dollars for the Fusion Energi SE Luxury.
carsdirect.com, hybridcars.com

Spy shots: Chrysler’s new Town & Country Minivan, which is to come as a plug-in hybrid as well, has been spotted heavily camouflaged. Also, another PHEV has been caught on camera, the BYD Yuan.
autoblog.com (Chrysler), carnewschina.com (BYD)

Formula E double-header: The London race of the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship has received planning approval to be held within the grounds of Battersea Park. The final in London will see not one but two races (June, 27 & 28). Hence, the Formula E season now includes eleven dates.
electricautosport.com, fiaformulae.com

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:03 am

Toyota Prius in California.

A total of 71,210 Toyota Prius were sold in California in 2014. A lot, one might think, but not enough to score a hattrick as the most sold car in the Golden State in three consecutive years. The Prius was beaten by the Honda Accord with 71,578 units sold last year.
greencarreports.com, latimes.com

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:02 am

Apple, University of California, Kyburz, UQM Technologies.

Apple EV batteries? In a lawsuit, A123 Systems accuses Apple of poaching employees. The latter are also being sued for breaching NDAs as they moved on to work for Apple on similar projects involving Li-Ion batteries. It does look like the iCar rumours are getting more substantial by the day.
bloomberg.com, reuters.com

Paper-like electrode: Researchers from the University of California have developed a new material for Li-Ion battery electrodes. With paper-like silicon nanofibres, it is a 100 times thinner than a human hair and said to have the potential to increase the specific energy multiple times.
phys.org, electric-vehiclenews.com

Hot Rod electrified: Swiss Kyburz presents the E-Rod prototype at the Swiss Moto show. The small sports car has a top speed of 120 kph (about 75 mph) and a range of up to 200 km (124 miles). The E-Rod is to be offered as a DIY kit for about 20,000 CHF (21,000 dollars).
zuonline.ch (in German)

Beyond electric motors: UQM Technologies Inc. is to venture out into the fuel cell business by taking over the fuel cell compressor module business from Roush Performance Products. Already this May, UQM plans to start production of fuel cell compressors itself.
greencarcongress.com, businesswire.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was Exxon Mobil’s move into the EV charging market.

Feb 20, 2015 - 10:01 am

Håkan Samuelsson, Alejandro Agag, Dan Akerson.

Hakan-Samuelsson“I think in the future there will be an evolution, also maybe downsizing of the engines, and more batteries, more powerful batteries, and then you can call that an electric car with a range extender. It’s exactly the same technology. So, that’s the path we have chosen.”

Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson does not believes in pure electric cars but apparently aims at something like a very evolved plug-in hybrid which some then might call a range-extended EV. Question is, where do you draw the line?

Alejandro-Agag-2014“In terms of technical changes, we certainly want teams to keep the same chassis as that’s not the technological direction we want them to focus on. Instead, we want teams to concentrate on developing new powertrains and batteries as this is what is going to benefit everyday electric cars users the most.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag on upcoming changes in the electric racing series, which will see increased competition from manufacturer in the next season. The Spark-Renault chassis however, is to remain the same.

Dan-Akerson“A lot of people who don’t ever operate in it don’t understand and have a tendency to underestimate.”

Former GM CEO Dan Akerson here tries to discourage Apple from becoming a carmaker, which in his words is a “low-margin” industry, especially if you compare it with the margin on a mass-produced iPhone.

Feb 20, 2015 - 09:59 am

Temperature vs. range, EV adoption in South Africa, Events.

Research tip: Cold climate does not favour EVs, that much we knew, but researchers from Carnegie Mellon University now put data behind the assumption. They analysed 7,000 trips taken in a Nissan Leaf in different states of North America and could thus pin down regional differences.
greencarcongress.com, pubs.acs.org

Reading tip: The biggest obstacle to EV adoption in South Africa might not be hesitant consumers but the country’s often brittle grid. Furthermore, electricity is expensive and infrastructure scarce at best.

Events for the upcoming week: International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo & Battery Japan (Feb 25-27; Tokyo, Japan) ++ Green eMotion Stakeholder Forum (Feb 26-27; Brussels, Belgium) ++ Shell Eco-marathon Asia (Feb 26-Mar 01; Manila, Philippines)

You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:06 am

Jaguar Land Rover, Koenigsegg, California, Netherlands, McLaren, Kia.

Range-Rover-Hybrid-LWBJLR’s electric plans: An all-electric Jaguar Land Rover SUV is getting more concrete, German auto motor und sport reports. Under which brand the new model will be offered has not been said, however, earlier rumours hint at an electric Range Rover. A plug-in hybrid can be expected already in 2017.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Megacar from Sweden: “The Regera will reign as the king of the road, as the fastest accelerating, most powerful production car ever.” This is how sports carmaker Koenigsegg promotes its hybrid super car, ahead of its debut in Geneva. Obviously, it is designed to compete against Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari but strives to top them all. So far, “only” about 500 kW delievered by electric motors are confirmed but as it is dubbed a “megacar,” expect more than 1,000 kW from the hybrid system.
carscoops.com, hybridcars.com, jalopnik.com

Transatlantic innovation: California and the Netherlands have agreed on initiating joint funding for innovative electric vehicle development. While the Dutch will spend 6 million euros, the rest of the total of 24 millions is to come from the Golden state and other investors.
telegraaf.nl, rijksoverheid.nl (both in Dutch)

1,000 hp McLaren: While the official premiere is only set for the Geneva Motor Show, the Brits could not wait to show the production-ready super hybrid P1 GTR. The race track version of the P1 boast 1,000 hp instead of the 916 hp of the standard version, while its weight was decreased by 50 kilos.
electriccarsreport.com, worldcarfans.com, indianautosblog.com

Kia estate: The Koreans will present the Sportspace Concept in Geneva which is said to give an outlook on the 2016 Optima station wagon. The latter is likely to be offered as plug-in hybrid, too.
autoexpress.co.uk, indianautosblog.com

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:05 am

Tesla subsidies.

Tesla made more than 300 million dollars from taxpayers money since 2011, the Wall Street Journal reports. However, 216 million of those come from selling ZEV credits to less green carmakers. In 2014, those credits brought Tesla 150 million dollars.
wsj.com via forbes.com

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:04 am

ZSW, Maruti Suzuki, Nemaska Lithium, TM4, Ballard Power Systems.

Li-Ion cells made in Germany: German ZSW, a research centre for solar and hydrogen energy, says it has produced Li-Ion cells close to serial production on its recently completed assembly line in the city of Ulm. According to the ZSW, 23 Ah capacity puts them at level with similar cells commercially produced in Asia and the research centre strives to increase this capacity even further in the future.
iwr.de (in German)

Plug-in-Swift-SuzukiHybrid tech for small cars: Maruti Suzuki engineers are working on a low cost hybrid technology aimed at small cars. Set to be ready by 2017, the technology is to first be utilised in the next generation Swift. Production will take place in India, which is seen as a key market.
business-standard.com, indianautosblog.com

Canada to fund clean tech: Natural Resources Canada and Sustainable Development Technology Canada will spend 29.5 million dollars to support 6 projects. Nemaska Lithium is to receive 12.87 million dollars to pilot production of lithium hydroxide and carbonate which could make for cheaper EV batteries. 3.7 million will go to TM4 to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Ballard fuel cells for buses: Ballard Power Systems expects to supply 10 FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell modules to power buses as part of two projects that were recently awarded funding by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration. BAE Systems and ElDorado National are project partners for Ballard.
greencarcongress.com, ballard.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the NanoFlowcell Quantino, which is said to offer a range of more than 1,000 kilometres.

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:03 am

Erik Gordon, Sohinder Gill.

Erik-Gordon“For Apple, the problem isn’t paying to build the car, its getting a return on the investment. Shareholders and analysts will hate the margins and the distraction. They’re not even the cool, first player. They are following Tesla and Google.”

Erik Gordon, professor at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business here gives his opinions on Apple´s “Titan” project that might result in an iCar one day.

Sohinder-Gill“For us the roll out of NEMMP 2020 is of critical importance. If it doesn’t happen in this Budget then it would be end of the road for the industry.”

Hero Electric CEO Sohinder Gill is urging the Indian government to go ahead with the ‘National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020’ as otherwise the EV industry of the country would simply die out. The plan has not seen concrete action since 2013.

Feb 19, 2015 - 10:01 am

Tesla's China business, BMW vs. Tesla.

Reading tip I: Forbes’ Junghen Li is looking at the reasons why Tesla’s China business remains low. Rich Chinese people seem little concerned about the environment while experienced automotive people are scarce and easily scared away by managing methods as lately applied by Elon Musk (we reported).

Reading tip II: BMW might try to take on Tesla but Transport Evolved believes that even a i5 or i7 plug-in hybrid would not be much of a threat to the Californians. Instead it might be the other way around, Inside EVs suggests, as the Model 3 could become a serious competitor for BMW’s i3 very soon.
transportevolved.com (BMW vs. Tesla), insideevs.com (Tesla vs. BMW)

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:39 am

Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Nissan, General Motors, Recall.

Outlander PHEV facelift: Mitsubishi will bring an updated version of its Outlander to the New York Auto Show. The 2016 model is inspired by the Outlander PHEV Concept S that was shown at the Paris Motor Show last year. No updates to the current plug-in hybrid drivetrain have been announced yet.
caradvice.com.au, thenewswheel.com, indianautosblog.com

New Hyundai Tucson revealed: First pictures show the all-new Hyundai Tucson, which will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month and is set to launch in the second half of 2015. When a new fuel cell version will follow is not clear yet, according to a Hyundai spokesperson. Until then, the ix35 Fuel Cell will remain available.
autocar.co.uk, sueddeutsche.de (fuel cell version in German)

Nissan competition: Nissan together with Aston University in Birmingham has launched a competition asking students for strategies to promote the e-NV200 with a focus on small to medium sized businesses. Final presentations in front of professors and Nissan representatives are to be held today.

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Tesla patents turned down: General Motors´ Director of Battery Systems Bill Wallace told GM Authority that the automaker behind the Chevy Volt and the Bolt EV concept is not interested in Tesla´s openly-sourced patented technologies currently. The statement came at the Chicago Auto Show last week.
gmauthority.com, hybridcars.com

Korean recall: Hyundai is asking about 10,000 owners of the Grandeur Hybrid produced between Dec 2013 and Oct 2014 to return to the garages immediately. The recall is due to a fault with the vehicle’s brake system that may fail to warn the driver of lacking brake fluid, which could lead to brake failure.

Feb 18, 2015 - 10:37 am

NanoFlowcell, GM & Honda, ETH Lausanne, Lightning Hybrids.

NanoFlowcell-QuantinoEV for everyone? NanoFlowcell will reveal a pre-production version of its Quantino in Geneva. Smaller than the Quant F, the low-voltage (48V) Quantino uses four 25kW electric motors to generate around 136 hp and reach a top speed of 200 km/h. With 350 litres of ionic liquid, the 2+2-seater is said to offer a range of over 1,000 kilometres. Testing is set to begin this year.
performancedrive.com.au, nanoflowcell.com

Fuel cell future: GM and Honda are working on one common next generation fuel cell system which is scheduled for production around 2020, focusing on the reduction of costs. For one example, the team is targeting a reduction in platinum loading to about 11g, down from 30g in the current fuel cell system.

Autonomous EVs on campus: As part of the European CityMobil2 programme, ETH Lausanne is testing six driverless electric mini buses. Produced by French EasyMile, the EVs fit up to ten persons.
24heures.ch (in French), easymile.com

Hydraulic hybrid debut: Lightning Hybrids showed its hydraulic hybrid system for trucks and buses for the first time in action yesterday. The system does not use batteries as the company applies a hydraulic system to the driveline to regenerate braking energy, which is stored and used for accelerating again.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was Porsche’s all-electric 717 which can be expected in about four years time.

Found on electrive.com
26.02.2015 10:41