Jul 14, 2014 - 08:36 am

Top selling EVs in the U.S., BMW i3 beats factory figures

Click tip: EVs are selling well in the United States. Ahead of them all is the Nissan Leaf with 10,648 units sold in the first half of 2014. It is followed by Chevy Volt and Tesla Model S. Click here for a list of the top ten.
ev.com

Video tip: Apparently, the BMW i3 is faster than on paper. According to official figures, it needs 7.2 seconds to go from zero to 100 kph. But in this video, it needs only seven.
youtube.com

Jul 11, 2014 - 08:24 am

Bugatti, Honda, Cadillac, BMW, Bristol Cars.

Hybrid Bugatti? Sources at the VW group, owner of the French supercar brand, confirmed that the successor of the Veyron could get a hybrid heart. According to Reuters, this is a request of Bugatti’s new chief executive Wolfgang Dürheimer, who also is CEO at Bentley.
uk.reuters.com via hybridcars.com

Honda recalls hybrids: The company is recalling 175,356 Fit and Vezel Hybrids in Japan. The reason is a software problem which might cause the motor to accelerate unexpectedly. Eleven accidents have already been reported, though none of them heavy or deadly.
puregreencars.com

Too much for too many: Cadillac’s luxus-loving Volt brother, the ELR, apparently cannot find enough buyers. Dealers in the USA are now offering discounts of up to 12,000 dollars for the (almost) 76,000-dollar model.
transportevolved.com, greencarreports.com

BMW i8 review: Alex Kersten is nothing but in awe with the Bavarian hybrid’s appearance as well as performance. In his opinion, the “pin up car” makes you “feel special” when driving it, especially on the open and empty roads of Scotland.
carthrottle.com

New British-built plug-in? Bristol Cars hatches plans for a new luxury sedan with four electric drives – one for each wheel. The 408,000-dollar machine will come with a range extender and aims to be proper competition to the likes of Rolls Royce. So far, it is only at concept stage and a market entry not to be expected before 2016.
autoevolution.com

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Jul 11, 2014 - 08:19 am

MIT, Fraunhofer IAO, Brammo, Fuel cells.

Ambient-MobilitySensible cooperation: Fraunhofer IAO is collaborating with MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. A new research centre in Stuttgart called Ambient Mobility Lab will develop “future-ready mobility concepts” like autonomous driving, carsharing, and new drivetrains. The state of Baden-Württemberg is funding the project with 2.65 million euros.
iao.fraunhofer.de

To electrify them all: E-motorcycle manufacturer Brammo and drivetrain specialist Team Industries plan to jointly offer solutions to electrify a range of vehicles like buses, boats, motorbikes, quads and others. All but cars basically, as they strive to tap the potential of rather new markets.
startribune.com

Deepening fuel cell understanding: Researchers at Stanford, SLAC, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Sandia National Labs, analysed the hydrogen-oxygen reaction in a fuel cell and documented the process using a synchrotron. They expect their observation of the transfer of oxygen ions in the catalysts to lead to more efficient fuel cells.
greencarcongress.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the video of Robb Holland, who learned to love Tesla on the Nürburgring.
youtube.com

Jul 11, 2014 - 08:18 am

Thomas Weber.

thomas-weber“Today, the challenges and complexities faced by F1 are quite similar to those faced by us in designing and developing advanced road cars like the S500 plug-in hybrid: to translate efficiency into superior performance.”

Daimler board member Thomas Weber is describing the technology transfer from Mercedes AMG Petronas to the company’s serial models.
hybridcars.com

Jul 11, 2014 - 08:16 am

EV traction motors, Nissan e-NV200, Events.

Research tip: IDTechEx predicts the market for electric vehicle traction motors to grow rapidly. Taking into account electric vehicles on land, water and in the air, the researchers expect a 25-billion sales volume by 2025.
idtechex.com

Video tip: As it is summer, ‘Fully Charged’ travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to test the Nissan e-NV200. While Robert Llewellyn had no problems with the van, the Catalan traffic did seem to get to him.
youtube.com

Selected events for this week: LowCVP Annual Conference (15 July, London, UK) ++ International Ecoraces Championship 2014 (26 – 27 July, Barcelona, Spain) ++
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

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Jul 10, 2014 - 08:39 am

China, Mercedes, Mahindra, Audi, Berlin.

China to suspend EV sales tax: From the 1st of September, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles will be exempt from the ten-percent car-purchase tax until 2017. The Chinese government thus hopes to finally boost the uptake of what it calls new-energy cars.
af.reuters.com, bloomberg.com

Mercedes-S500-PlugInMercedes shows S500 hybrid: Daimler brought its latest and most luxurious green car to the Silvretta E-Rally. The Mercedes S500 plug-in hybrid is expected in the USA in spring 2015 and will cost about 100,000 dollars. At the rally, people were invited to take a seat for free.
autoweek.com, rhein-zeitung.de (Silvretta in German)

Mahindra EV for Britain: British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said he expects a Mahindra Reva electric vehicle to arrive on UK shores next year. The news underpins Mahindra’s announcement from March to introduce the E2O to the Norway and UK by the end of this year.
indiancarsbikes.in

A silence that just keeps on giving: These are the close to poetic words of Jonathan Hawley to describe his (electric) drive with the Audi A3 e-tron. Overall, he finds the car “substantial” meaning it even is a better ride than its conventional brother. The A3 e-tron will cost about 60,000 Australian dollars and is set to arrive Down Under in January ’15.
drive.com.au

Berlin misses out: The ‘Eco-Mobility Festival,’ initially designed to electrify a whole Berlin borough (we reported), will now definitely not go ahead. The Global Cities Network Iclei could not find common ground with Berlin officials and has now taken up talks with Johannesburg, South Africa, instead.
berliner-zeitung.de (in German)

Jul 10, 2014 - 08:39 am

Milestone achieved.

More than 500,000 plug-in cars have been sold around the globe to date, according to estimates from different sources that took pure EVs as well as plug-in hybrids into account.
hybridcars.com

Jul 10, 2014 - 08:37 am

Mitsubishi, PNNL, Ruhr University Bochum, UCR.

Mitsubishi-Outlander-PHEVDifferent Outlander PHEV for USA: Mitsubishi aims to launch its PHEV in the U.S. in November 2015 and it appears the new model will be worth the wait. Instead of only minor updates, the U.S. version is said to boast a refined hybrid drive different from the European model.
autoblog.com

Silicon sponge anode: Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and UC San Diego have developed a “mesoporous silicon sponge” material that serves Li-ion batteries as anode. The team reports high energy capacity and cycle stability and plan to develop a larger battery prototype soon.
greencarcongress.com

Twofold catalyst: Chemists at the German Ruhr-Uni Bochum have developed a new catalyst based on carbon, which enables two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen. This might make the storage of renewable energy possible and help the production of cost-efficient EV batteries.
nanowerk.com

Beach-based battery: Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, have developed a Li-ion battery that has sand, or better quartz, or to be precise silicon dioxide as its base. The battery is said to outperform the current industry standard by 300%.
ubergizmo.com, ucrtoday.ucr.edu

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the news of BMW and Daimler jointly developing one common technology for a wireless charging system.
electriccarsreport.com

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Jul 10, 2014 - 08:35 am

Michael O'Kronley, Steve Cannon.

Michael-O-Kronley“We are now focused more on transportation market and as a result, we’ve been able to shed some of the costs and move toward a more focused product strategy in the transportation area, in high voltage and also low voltage applications.”

Michael O’Kronley, A123’s senior director for corporate strategy, is actually rather relieved that Wanxiang ended the bidding war for the battery maker so the company could get back to business.
en.chinagate.cn

Steve_cannon (1)“I still think that fuel cells will be significant over time.”

Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz in the USA, where the electric B-class has just been launched. He believes that FCVs will play a role in the future mainly due to their short “charge” time, though infrastructure will have to be built first.
fastcompany.com

Jul 10, 2014 - 08:32 am

Tesla Nürburgring Lap, Nissan Leaf sustainability.

Video tip I: Race driver Robb Holland could hardly hide his disappointment when being faced with “nothing but” a Model S for testing at Nürburgring. Well, he changed his mind rather quickly once on the track…
youtube.com via jalopnik.com

Video tip II: The Leaf goes further than saving emissions only when in operation. This official Nissan film shows how the Japanese company wants to produce in a more sustainable way, i.e. by the use of 25% recycled materials.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com

Jul 9, 2014 - 08:34 am

Volvo, Smart, Tesla, Nissan, BMW.

Volvo-XC90Plug-in hybrid made in Sweden: Volvo has released details on the new XC90’s powertrain. The SUV, set for 2015, will be powered by the ‘Twin Engine.’ A 2.0-litre engine, both super- and turbocharged, will drive the front wheels, while the rear wheels are driven by an 80-hp electric motor with an electric range of 25 miles. In total, the system delivers 294 kW and 640 Nm torque.
greencarcongress.com, greencarreports.com, autoblog.com

Smart start? The next-generation Smart fortwo is set to be unveiled on the 16th of July and is already featured in a video preview by the Daimler subsidy. If and when a new electric version will be released or if the Smart forfour will eventually get an ‘ED’ behind its name remains a matter of speculation.
youtube.com (teaser), greencarreports.com, worldcarfans.com

Trademark troubles in China: Chinese Zhan Baosheng has appealed last year’s decision which saw a Chinese court supporting the Californian carmaker’s claim to its name. Zhan, who had registered ‘Te Si La’ as his trademark, is now suing Tesla to seize all sales in China and is asking for 23.9 million yuan (3.9m dollars) in compensation. One more time, courts will have to decide.
bloomberg.com

U.S. Leaf 2015: Nissan has released pricing of its updated electric model for the States. There, the new Leaf will be available from 29,010 dollars before incentives and thus sees a slight price increase from 30 to 100 dollars depending on specification.
transportevolved.com, nissannews.com

BMW i3 solar panel package: The Canadian arm of the German carmaker is encouraging its customers to put solar panels on their house roofs. Buyers of the i3 will receive a ten-percent discount off the price of 20,000 dollars for the solar installation by Pure Energies Group.
theglobeandmail.com

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Jul 9, 2014 - 08:32 am

Inductive Charging, DLR, SolarMobil.

BMW-Induktives-LadenPremium inductive charging: BMW and Daimler will join their efforts to develop wireless charging. The system is said to charge at a power rate of 3.6 kW with 90% efficiency. Like the inductive charging system by Swiss supplier Brusa (we reported), the German system seems to work without any external wallbox. A coincidence? The technology might go into serial production in two or three years, according to Daimler.
electriccarsreport.com

New H2 tank: Researchers from DLR with partners have developed a sponge-like tank in which hydrogen can be stored at 70 bar and normal outside temperatures. Researchers of the EU project SSH2S were able to fit the entire system to an Iveco Daily van and use it as an auxiliary power unit. A high-temperature fuel cell was used, delivering electricity and the heat required to release the hydrogen from the storage materials.
chemistryviews.org, dlr.de

Indian solar car: SolarMobil is a team of 27 engineers from Manipal University, India, that have put together a solar-powered two-seater. The ‘Solar Electric Road Vehicle (SERVe)’ is said to have a “cruising speed” of up to 120 kph, and 60 kph when running on solar panels only. The team will race at the South African Solar Challenge (SASOL14).
auto.ndtv.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was our Short Circuit about the “Toro.” A Renault Twizy upgrade for bumpy roads.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Jul 9, 2014 - 08:31 am

Christian Danner, Michaela Cerruti.

Christian-Danner“I love racing whether it’s an electric motor or a combustion engine, I don’t care, for me it’s a racing car.”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Danner tested the electric racer for the Formula E and was positively surprised that the Renault Spark is also “just” a racing car in the end.
fiaformulae.com

Michaela-Cerruti“I really do believe that this series can help attract people to use electric vehicles and help care for the future of the environment.”

Michaela Cerruti is the second female Formula E driver. She joins FIA in the belief that this event will shape the future of car racing as well as the automotive industry.
gas2.org

Jul 9, 2014 - 08:27 am

Tesla Model S vs. Mazda Miata, Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

Video tip: For once, the Tesla Model S did not stand a chance when taking up this drag race against an electrified Mazda Miata. The latter though, was specifically trimmed for performance and nothing else.
youtube.com

Research tip: Navigant Research predicts the number of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to double until 2035. However, electric and hydrogen vehicles will only reach a one percent marketshare while alternative fuel vehicles gain another four percent within that time.
greencarcongress.com

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:35 am

India, Hyundai, Lexus, Nepal, Tesla, BMW.

Nissan-Leaf-2013EVs to be strengthened in India: The Indian Ministry for Heavy Industries has forwarded a proposal for EV subsidies that could see the government spending 140 billion rupees (2.34bn USD) until 2020. If the cabinet agrees, Indian buyers could get up to 35% of the price difference between a conventional and an electric car, hybrids would get 25%. At the same time, Nissan has announced to offer the Leaf in India soon and is looking for partnerships with local infrastructure providers.
timesofindia.com (subsidies), hindustantimes.com (Nissan)

Hybrid Hyundai delayed: While the new Sonata model has already been launched, an updated hybrid version will have to wait until 2015. Until then, the current Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will stay on the market.
hybridcars.com, caranddriver.com

Lexus NX 300h now in the USA: Toyota’s luxury brand has just introduced their latest compact SUV to the States where it will be offered in two versions, the NX 200t conventional and the NX 300h. The latter is a hybrid with a split battery pack for better weight distribution.
greencarcongress.com

Himalayan EV uptake: The Nepalese Ministry for Transport (MoPIT) considers to lower the customs duties for the import of electric vehicles to zero. The policy, which is designed to promote electric mobility especially in public transport, is already at the Cabinet for approval.
thehimalayantimes.com

Tesla bests again: For the Total Quality Index (TQI), Strategic Vision asked 38,361 drivers about their experiences and matched them with reliability data. The title of ‘Best Model in Total Quality’ went to the Model S while Kia was honoured for its ‘Strategic Vision’ embodied in the Soul EV and Optima.
autoblog.com

BMW i3 in real-life test: Michael Specht, reporter at German Spiegel, actually bought the electric BMW and has been “testing” it in his daily life for months. He found fault with “impractical” back doors, a reflecting dashboard that makes the windscreen look “dirty” as well as the high price that pits the risk on the EV buying pioneers alone. Specht praises however, the silent and torque-full drive.
greencarreports.com, spiegel.de (German original)

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:33 am

June 2014 EV sales in Norway.

Norwegians bought 536 Model S by Tesla in the strongest EV month this year. June saw a total of 1,721 EVs sold in the Scandinavian country. Second-best was Nissan’s Leaf though 313 units actually mean its worst month since July 2013. Maybe this drop is due to the arrival of VW’s E-Golf, which found 85 fans in Norway.
ev-sales.blogspot.de

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:32 am

University of Glasgow, Argonne National Laboratory, AnStrom.

3D printed electrolyzers: Researchers from the University of Glasgow have printed a PEM electrolyzer constructed from silver-coated 3D-printed components made of polypropylene. 3D printing allows for the construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers as well as the production of flow batteries and fuel cells.
greencarcongress.com

Intercontinental standards: The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has started its ‘EV Interoperability Center’ this May. Together with the EU Commission’s ‘Joint Research Centre’ they are working at standards for testing and charging electric vehicles safely as well as “future-proof” smart grid integration.
electriccarsreport.com

Efficient electric drive production: The collaborative project ‘AnStrom’ is looking at lamination stack production for electric drives and how it can be optimised. The effort is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to develop design guidelines for sheet geometries ready for production.
effizienzfabrik.de (in German), wbk.kit.edu (project’s website)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the news about the high-speed crash of a stolen Tesla Model S in West Hollywood.
nbclosangeles.com

Jul 8, 2014 - 08:29 am

Dale Vince, Mitsuhisa Kato, George Crabtree.

Dale-Vince“It’s a very strange situation we’ve got ourselves in – we should all be on the same side. We’ve done a lot of work with the electric highway; they’ve done a lot of work with their electric car. We should get on.”

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince on his difficulties with Tesla over the (Super-) charger infrastructure in Great Britain.
independent.co.uk

Mitsuhisa-Kato“The cruising distance is so short for EVs, and the charging time is so long. At the current level of technology, somebody needs to invent a Nobel Prize-winning type battery.”

This is Toyota VP Mitsuhisa Kato championing hybrids but even more fuel cell technology as the real alternative to gasoline-powered cars.
autonews.com

anonym“We are putting together the three components of the battery, the anode, the electrolyte, and the cathode, in ways that have never been done before.”

George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne, on the revolutionary or innovative power his laboratory has set out to unfold.
evwind.es

Jul 7, 2014 - 08:23 am

VW Passat, BMW, Govecs, HybridAir, Tesla.

VW-Passat-2015Presenting the new Passat: VW showed the 2015-model in Berlin last Friday. The new generation weighs up to 85 kilograms less and has an overall ‘edgier’ design. For the first time, the Passat will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version, with an electric range of up to 50 kilometres. Sales kick off in Europe this week, with prices starting at 25,875 euros (35,180 dollars) for the sedan and 25,950 euros (35,250 dollars) for the estate.
greencarcongress.com, indianautosblog.com (with video)

BMW 7 Series hybrid comes to India: The vehicle will be available there come July 23rd. It combines a petrol and a 15-kW electric motor and is said to use 15% less fuel than similar cars with petrol engines only. The 2014 edition of the luxury sedan will face little competition on the Indian market, since there are few hybrids currently available.
indianautosblog.com, cartrade.com, carwale.com

New electric scooter by Govecs: The GO!S1.3 has a range of up to 50 kilometres and can be charged up to 80% in just one hour. The Munich-based company swapped its lead batteries for Li-ion ones, saying it will do so for all its scooters. The GO!S1.3 will be available starting at 3,995 euros (5,431 dollars).
bikeundbusiness.de (in German)

Test driving the HybridAir: This prototype of a Peugeot hybrid car has no battery. Instead, it features compressed air technology, which the carmaker developed together with Bosch. The goal is to cut extra costs associated with hybrid vehicles. Unfortunately, test drivers were not impressed, saying the car drove ‘sluggish.’ Still, they support the idea and hope that PSA will perfect the technology soon.
autoexpress.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

Thief crashes stolen Tesla: Trying to get away from police, a thief raced the Model S through the roads of Hollywood at around 160 kph before crashing into a fully occupied vehicle and a light pole. The collision literally ripped the Tesla in half, with the front catching fire. No one was killed, but all those involved were taken to hospital for treatment.
nbclosangeles.com, teslamag.de, greencarreports.com

Jul 7, 2014 - 08:22 am

June 2014 EV sales in Germany.

In Germany, 1,127 plug-in vehicles hit the road in June. That is an increase of about 70 percent compared to same period in 2013. In the Netherlands, 1,340 units left the dealership, with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV still in the top spot. The UK also saw in increase in sales. Some 831 plug-ins were registered there – almost three times as many, as in June of last year.
kba.de (Germany, in German), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Netherlands), smmt.co.uk (UK)

Jul 7, 2014 - 08:21 am

Li-Ion battery degradation, DOE, Intelligent Energy, TUM.

Why Li-ion batteries get old: U.S. researchers have been able to analyse the changes in Li-ion cells during charging and discharging. The reason the cells degrade over time is a pattern of erosion that happens on the cathode and anode ends. The phenomenon is said to be comparable to that of rusting steel. Also similar is that a coating could help prevent degradation due to age.
bnl.gov, power-eetimes.com

DOE asks for input about FCVs: The U.S. Department of Energy asked researchers, industry, governmental bodies and stakeholders about the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising fuel cell range extenders. Among the specific questions raised is also whether it is possible to put refuelling infrastructure in place in the U.S.
greencarcongress.com

Intelligent Energy raises millions: 55 million pounds or 94 million dollars, to be exact. The money was generated through the sale of stakes and will be used to bring a new technology for mobile phone chargers on the market. The company is Britain’s leading hydrogen and fuel cell company, with its main focus on the automotive industry and the development of high-density fuel cell stacks.
reuters.com, cleantechinvestor.com

Munich University makes batteries: The Institute for Machine Tool and Industrial Management there, has begun operations of its own research production line for lithium-ion batteries. The 200-square meter facility houses 20 productions stations, as well as a drying- and a cleanroom.
tum.de (in German)

Jul 7, 2014 - 08:19 am

Martin Winterkorn, Chetan Maini.

martin-winterkorn“We will not back down.”

VW head Martin Winterkorn does not see his competitors such as Tesla or Google as a threat. Au contraire, since it is them who will have to play catch-up with VW’s experience and know-how.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

Chetan-Maini“To me the question should be why can’t every vehicle be electrical?”

Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicle, wants to create a cultural shift. For him, islands are the perfect place for electric vehicles and he could see Bermuda as leading the way in going 100 percent electric.
bermudasun.bm

Jul 7, 2014 - 08:17 am

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV technology explained.

Video tip: If you have not had a chance to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, this video might be for you. It explains the inner workings of the plug-in hybrid SUV, breaking it down to and explaining every possible driving mode.
youtube.com

Jul 4, 2014 - 08:42 am

France, Zinoro, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Merkel, Audi.

Record registrations in France: Some 1,050 new electric vehicles hit the roads in France in June, more than ever before. The Renault Zoe took the crown, with 641 units sold. However, compared to first six months last year, overall EV registration fell about 10 percent.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), avem.fr (in French)

Zinoro-IECaught on camera: Pictures of the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E on the streets of Beijing, China, have been published. The Zinoro is not for sale and can only be rented or leased. Rates start at about 7,400 renminbi (1,190 dollars) a month at a 3-year lease. Another reason why it might have a hard time is the lack of public charging infrastructure in Beijing, where the only dealer is located.
carnewschina.com (pics), pluginindia.com (leasing)

BMW i8 priced for the States: The base price of the all-electric sportscar has been listed at 135,700 dollars, plus a 950 dollar destination fee. The i8 will be available in the U.S. starting August 17th. 90% of the initial production will be available with the 10,800 dollar ‘Pure Impulse World’ launch package.
bmwblog.com via greencarreports.com

The new face of Harley-Davidson: Jim Federico, the former GM executive responsible for the Chevy Volt and Spark EV, has joined the chopper team, where he will head the LiveWire project. By the way, the electric Harley is said to come to Europe next year as well.
autoevolution.com

Merkel head to China: The German chancellor will travel to the country next week. Among her delegation will also be representatives from the automotive industry and electric mobility projects have also been spotted on the agenda.
autonews.gasgoo.com

Test driving Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron: The title already sets the mood, saying it is “a car BMW needs to be afraid of.” It is further described as an “absurdly luxurious car for its segment” and the “class benchmark,” since it appeals to a wide range of drivers.
ecomento.com

Jul 4, 2014 - 08:41 am

June 2014 U.S. sales.

Exactly 4,982 electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in June. That is a 10.2 percent increase compare to June 2013. Also, 6,511 plug-in hybrids left the dealerships, as well as 39,225 hybrids without a external charging. While the first category saw a jump of over 50 percent, sales dropped 12.7 percent for the latter.
hybridcars.com

Jul 4, 2014 - 08:40 am

Madrid, Leicester, EV battery reuse, Daimler.

License to park: The City of Madrid installed smart parking metres that will charge higher parking fees for high-emission cars (we reported). To determine its drivetrain technology, drivers have to type in their license plate number at the metre, which is linked to Spain’s vehicle registration database. Hybrid and electric cars receive a 20% discount on standard rates.
businessweek.com

Mobile air pollution stations: Starting today, the University of Leicester and CENEX will use EVs to measure the risk of air pollution in the British city. Several electric Smart fortwos have been equipped with special sensors to provide insight into the air quality in polluted urban areas.
fleetnews.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Reusing EV batteries: A report by the MINETA National Transit Consortium looks at the possibility of using decommissioned electric vehicle batteries as grid energy storage, as well as at the recycling possibilities for the cells.
sjsu.edu (Report as PDF) via hybridcars.com

Autonomous lorry: At its Shaping Future Transportation 2014 event, Daimler shows its concept of a self-driving lorry. The Highway Pilot system could be ready for real-world use by 2025 and help reduce physical and mental stress on drivers, as well as improve efficiency of the vehicle.
overdriveonline.com, daimler.com

– Feedback –

The most clicked link on Thursday were the design renderings of possible future BMW i models.
ecomento.com

Jul 4, 2014 - 08:38 am

Catherine Tucker, Koert Groeneveld.

Catherine-Tucker“Aggressive patent litigation is ultimately detrimental to the ability of an entire industry to develop new technologies.”

Says Catherine Tucker. The associate professor of marketing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hopes that Tesla sharing its patents could lead to the creation of industry standards and create more competition to push the EV market to the next level.
rsc.org

Koert-Groeneveld“Tesla’s proposal is an interesting idea. However, we think standardisation should not be defined by one manufacturer, but in a joint effort between manufacturers, politicians and energy distributors.”

Koert Groeneveld, Head of Research & Development Communications at Daimler, sees standardisation of infrastructure as the biggest hurdle. It seems he wants to make sure that Daimler is not left out of the process of creating that standard.
rsc.org

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/07/14/top-selling-evs-in-the-u-s-bmw-i3-beats-factory-figures/
14.07.2014 08:24