Jan 23, 2015 - 09:36 am

Elon Musk, Carlos Ghosn, Ravi Pisharody.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Most of the good that Tesla will accomplish is by cutting a path through the jungle to show what can be done with electric cars. The significance we will have is the degree to which we do force other companies to accelerate their plans.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reconfirmed his true belief in electric vehicles at this year’s Automotive News World Congress: “Electric cars are just fundamentally better.”

Carlos-Ghosn“We need to continue to develop the infrastructure for EVs and charging stations, and we will continue working on increasing the effectiveness of our EV technology including battery range. These investments will pay off over the long term and should not be dictated by the roller coast price of oil. So our strategies do not change. We will stay the course.”

Head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, was asked what his message for EVs for 2015 was. His answer: No matter the petrol price, all carmakers will need to invest in electrification to meet tougher emission standards.

Ravi-Pisharody“We have been showcasing our electric vehicles for some time now. However, it is too early for us to firm up our plans for a commercial launch of an electric bus, as we don’t know how much the manufacturers will get from the money allocated by the government and how much R&D spend can be clawed back.”

Ravi Pisharody, Tata Motors Commercial Vehicles Head and Executive Director, wants to wait and see what incentives the India´s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 will bring. The manufacturer’s rival Ashok Leyland announced its electric bus last week.

Jan 23, 2015 - 09:34 am

Toyota Mirai, Efficiency miles per dollar, Events.

Video tip: Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle Mirai just became available and already the number of orders has overtaken production plans. The first model was handed over to Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said he wants every government agency to have such a car.

Click tip: In order to compare how much one actually spends for driving a car, be it electric, hybrid or petrol-fuelled, AfterOilEV has come up with a new metric. They compare the efficiency of a car based on how far you can go with one dollar worth of energy.
afteroilev.com via greencarreports.com

Selected events for the upcoming week: European Advanced Automotive & Stationary Battery Conference (Jan 26-29; Mainz, Germany) ++ Trophée Andros Electrique (Jan 31; Super-Besse, France)

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

Jan 22, 2015 - 09:46 am

Porsche, Geely & Xin Dayang, Hyundai, Infiniti, Mitsubishi.

Porsche-PajunElectric Porsche in 2018/19: According to German magazine auto motor und sport, Porsche has cancelled the Pajun, a smaller version of the Panamera originally planned for 2016. Instead, it will release the car as a pure-electric model two or three years later to take on Tesla. Porsche hopes that by then, the range can be increased to at least 350 to 400 kilometers with better batteries.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

China gets new JV for EVs: Carmaker Geely and manufacturer of micro electric cars Xindayang are forming a joint venture to focus on the production of all-electric sedans. A total of 161 million dollars will be invested and the partners hope to turn out 50,000 to 100,000 EVs this year. In 2013, Geely had already formed a joint venture with Kandi for the production of small electric buses.
wantchinatimes.com, just-auto.com

Prius-fighter spyshots: As previously reported, Hyundai is working on a new hybrid-only model to challenge the Toyota Prius. Now, pictures have been posted online, allegedly showing the upcoming Prius-fighter from South Korea.

No Infiniti EV? While the carmaker has not openly said that it is putting its LE Concept on ice, rumour has it that Infiniti is doing exactly that since there has been no update after the car was first presented in 2012. Others think the manufacturer will wait until the next-gen Nissan Leaf hits the road in 2017.
hybridcars.com, greencarreports.com

Luxury Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: Focusing more on the company car market, the Japanese carmaker will offer a new trim level of its plug-in hybrid SUV. The decked out GX5hs variant will include leather seats, low level mood lighting, an optimised sound system and multiple USB charging ports.
autovolt-magazine.com, fleetnews.co.uk


Jan 22, 2015 - 09:42 am

Via Motors.

No less than 50,000 plug-in trucks and vans a year is what Via Motors plans to sell by 2018. A lofty goal, considering it only started delivering its plug-in vans in November and the first electrified trucks will be delivered to fleets in February. The sales goal for this year is set at 12,000 units.

Jan 22, 2015 - 09:42 am

Battery production in China, Patents, ABB & Solar Impulse 2.

Battery market on the rise: According to market research firm CCM, the market for Li-ion batteries produced in China will grow 400 percent by 2017, due to the growing EV market there. Moreover, the firm suggests that because most domestic Chinese battery manufacturers are lagging behind their competitors in Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. in terms of their ability to manufacture high performing EV batteries, international players could gain market share.

Patent filing numbers on the rise: According to a new report, carmakers have increased research efforts and patent filing in the field of propulsion technology for the past five years. The reason are the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) regulations and manufacturers trying to avoid penalties if their portfolios are not green enough.
forbes.com, reuters.com

ABB on board: The solar-powered plane ‘Solar Impulse 2’ will start its flight around the world in late February or early March. Engineers from ABB India will accompany the Solar Impulse crew and improve control systems for ground operations, enhance the charging electronics for the plane’s battery systems and resolve obstacles that emerge along the route.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the all-electric DKW Schnellaster from 1956 fully restored by Audi Tradition.

Jan 22, 2015 - 09:40 am

Scott Shepard.

Scott-Shepard“Electric vehicles are expected to become more available in the luxury class segments, where the plug-in vehicle premium is lower than comparable vehicles due to higher overall vehicle prices.”

Scott Shepard, research analyst with Navigant Research says that government incentives for EVs could begin to decrease in most developed regions as the market begins to shift.


Jan 22, 2015 - 09:38 am

Light duty electric vehicles market, PEV sales in the U.S.

Report tip: Navigant Research predicts that the market for light duty electric vehicles will reach 6.4 million dollars in 2023, compared to 2.7 million in 2014. The report also suggests that advancements of fuel-efficient combustion engines could threaten the hybrid market share.
puregreencars.com, navigantresearch.com

Reading tip: What about Barack Obama’s call to get one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015? As David Shepardson reports, the U.S. haven’t even come close to that number and it could take at least four more years to hit the mark.

Jan 21, 2015 - 09:12 am

Jeep, BYD, CCS, AMG, Bosch eBike Systems.

Hybrid Jeep in 2017? Jeep is working on its new Wrangler for 2017 and is considering a hybrid variant, though no decision has been made yet. And Jeep seems to care less about saving petrol than about adding initial torque by adding an electric motor and optimising the crawl ratio.

BYD-TangBYD Tang in the starting blocks: The Chinese manufacturer is introducing its hybrid SUV Tang on its home market. The 354 hp strong vehicle is said to offer an all-electric range of up to 85 km and comes with a price tag of around 250.000 yuan (40,200 dollars), after green-car subsidies.

CCS included: BMW now offers its i3 with CCS rapid-charging capability as standard in the U.S. – an upgrade that still costed 700 dollars in 2014. Heated seats are also standard now. On the other hand, the price of the base MSPR went up by 1,000 dollars. Meanwhile, Volkswagen announced that all future plug-ins in the U.S. will come with CCS quick charging as standard.
insideevs.com (BMW), transportevolved.com (VW)

AMG super hybrid in the making? After speaking to AMG head Tobias Moers, Motor Trend is speculating that a hybrid hypercar to take on the Porsche 918, LaFerrari and McLaren P1 could be in the pipeline. Moers’ lips remained sealed and the speculations unconfirmed.

Bosch eBike Systems kicks off in the U.S.: The German-based company is ready for a new adventure, opening the U.S. headquarters for its e-bike business division in Irvine, California. The Bosch Group launched its e-bike unit in 2009 and now holds large market shares in Europe and Japan.
bike-eu.com, bicycleretailer.com

Jan 21, 2015 - 09:11 am

Chargemaster passes milestone.

The 1,000,000th EV has charged using the British Chargemaster network. The last 500,000 charges were counted in only the past six month. Since September 2012, EVs have charged a total of 9.5 million kWh within the network, enough to travel 49 million miles – or 200 times to the moon and back.


Jan 21, 2015 - 09:09 am

Seeo, DKW, UQM Technologies, Aero Electric Aircraft.

New battery cells put to the test: The Californian start-up Seeo has signed a contract with the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a collaborative organization of i.e. Ford and GM. Under the contract, Seeo will deliver its patented DryLyte battery modules to the consortium for testing. The modules are based on Seeo’s current lithium polymer cells with an energy density of 220 Wh/kg.
chargedevs.com, greencarcongress.com, uscar.org

DKW-Elektrowagen-AudiBlast from the past: Audi Tradition has restored a DKW electric “Schnellaster” from 1956, one of only two remaining models. It has a 5 kW electric engine and two lead-acid battery packs, allowing for a range of 80 km. The Schnellaster (rapid transporter) is seen as the predecessor of the minivan.

Electric and sustainable: UQM says it has received a U.S. patent for its new electric vehicle motor design using non-rare earth magnets. The U.S. Department of Energy had funded the research and development of the technology with 4 million dollars.
businesswire.com, greencarcongress.com

Learning to fly with the sun: Colorado-based Aero Electric Aircraft is working on a new solar-powered plane. In 2017, the “Sun Flyer” could be ready for take-off. The Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has already reserved the first 20 units.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was Sabrina, the first electric car to be built in Iran.

Jan 21, 2015 - 09:08 am

Ian Robertson, Alain Visser, John McElroy.

ian-robertson“The legislative framework in the U.S. and Europe, China and Japan is clear, and it’s not going to change. The advent of zero-emission cars is coming, so our strategy remains on that track.”

Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at BMW, says that he does expect sales of electric cars to drop in i.e. the U.S., due to falling petrol prices. But Robertson says, it is only a short-term shift and not enough to change a winning strategy.


Alain-Visser“I rank Formula E as the most competitive motorsport series of right now. That’s all I can say.”

Alain Visser, Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo, says that while racing is generally off the table for Volvo due to the high costs, the Formula E is in comparison to other motorsport series a “much better value for money.”

John-McElroy“In fact electric sales were all up last month, when we saw gasoline prices coming down the most. So, it’s not as if Americans are suddenly getting amnesia and running away from hybrids.”

John McElroy from Detroit-based Autoline.tv explains dropping Prius sales not with falling petrol prices, but the fact that U.S. customers are ready for the new model.

Jan 21, 2015 - 09:05 am

Solar Impulse 2 world trip, Google investment in SpaceX.

Video tip: The Solar Impulse 2 is getting ready for its trip around the world. It was undergoing tests at the Abu Dhabi Airport, including being turned on for the first time. The official flying route has also been made public, with take-off scheduled for the end of next month.
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com

Reading tip: Media report that Google wants to invest up to one billion dollars in Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. A possible reason for the collaboration could be that Musk and Google both want to make the internet available in even remote areas via small satellites.
wsj.com, businessinsider.com


Jan 20, 2015 - 10:38 am

Hyundai, Diar Khodro, India, Taiwan, Mercedes, Lexus.

Hyundai-Tucson-FCVFuel-cell competition: According to The Korean Herald, Hyundai will cut the price of its Tucson FCV to be able to compete with Toyota’s Mirai. Hyundai recently informed Gwangju City, which wants to buy another ten units of the FCV, of its internal decision to cut the car price. How much the price will drop has not yet been revealed.

Iran’s first electric car was unveiled on Sunday and carmaker Diar Khodro kicked off trial production of ‘Sabrina.’ According to TehranTimes, the company plans to build 42,500 units per year. The car looks a lot like a Mercedes B-class, and is most likely licensed from Chinese BAIC BC301Z.
tehrantimes.com, diar-khodro.com (in Persian)

India invests in electric mobility: The country will officially invest 10 billion rupees (some 162 million dollars) until 2017 to build up infrastructure, support the development of new technologies and to set up incentive schemes and pilot projects. The official kick-off date is April 1st.
energysector.in, cardekho.com

Tax break for EVs extended: A newly passed amendment in Taiwan enables local governments to scrap the license tax for electric vehicles until 2018. Previously, the measure had only been good through January 5th of this year.
focustaiwan.tw, wantchinatimes.com

Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid vs. Lexus IS300h: Who would expect a diesel-hybrid of a comparatively new hybrid player to match the proven hybrid drivetrain of Toyota’s premium brand Lexus? The Mercedes C300 Bluetec Hybrid might have done just that – at least for company cars.

Jan 20, 2015 - 10:37 am

Nissan Leaf sales in Europe.

A total of 14,658 Nissan Leaf found a new home in Europe in the past year. That is a 33 percent sales increase compared to 2013 and a new record for the carmaker. The Nissan Leaf was the most sold electric car in Europe and the U.S., a spot it has held for all four years that it has been on the market.
electriccarsreport.com, transportevolved.com

Jan 20, 2015 - 10:36 am

The Future People, ORNL, Formula E, Spira4U.

TM4-Shelby-Cobra-ReplicaNew 3-D printed electric car: Oak Ridge Laboratory showcased a 3-D printed Shelby Cobra replica equipped with an electric powertrain from TM4. The car was printed using 20% carbon fiber reinforced ABS material. The design allows integrated components to be tested and enhanced in real time.
insideevs.com, tm4.com

Human-powered vehicles in Detroit: “The Future People” presented its Cyclone and Zeppelin at the NAIAS. Both “future cycles” are powered by pedalling and are supported by an electric motor. The Zeppelin, for instance, has a 750 watt electric rear motor and reaches up to 25 mph (40 kph).
gizmag.com, slate.com

FE School Series debuts in Buenos Aires: As part of the Formula E racing series, 11 to 16-year-old students built and drove a total of ten Michelin-shod Greenpower Formula E cars. Six kids competed per team in a 20 minute race. The same format will also be found as a support race during the ePrix in Miami, Long Beach, Berlin and the final in London.

Squishy EV: Spira4U showed off its small car made entirely of foam and plastic in Detroit last week (we reported). Frank Markus drove the car and found out that “there’s plenty of electric motor whirring to be heard, and even at less than 20 mph, wind can be detected whizzing by the sliding side windows.”

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was electric motorcycle maker Brammo, which has sold its motorcycle business to Polaris Industries.


Jan 20, 2015 - 10:35 am

Carlos Ghosn, Linda Jackson, Elon Musk.

Carlos-Ghosn“They’re too costly and the infrastructure is far from being ready. But it’s a very promising technology.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that while the company is working on fuel cell technology, he does not see Renault-Nissan producing FCVs anytime soon.

Linda-Jackson“Electric and hybrid cars are part of the PSA strategy. We will have plug-in electric vehicles when they’re available throughout the group.”

Linda Jackson, CEO of Citroën, says that the carmaker plans to focus on Cactus style vehicles and larger SUVs, but that greener cars are also on the agenda.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I think that’s great. I hope to see a lot more of that. I don’t see it as a competitive threat because I think all cars will go electric.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk welcomes GM’s all-electric Bolt and does not consider the car as a potential competitor to Tesla’s Model 3.

Jan 20, 2015 - 10:34 am

Elon Musk Q&A, Trophée Andros Electrique.

Video tip 1: At NAIAS, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told reporters that the focus this year will be putting the final touches on the upcoming Model X and in 2016, it will be the turn to the Model 3. There are a few surprises for the Model X left in store – none of which he unveiled here, unfortunately.

Video tip 2: These cars are hopefully not driving on thin ice. Watch the latest races from the “Trophée Andros Electrique”, held in France. The all-electric car races take place on actual snow and ice – a slippery affair indeed.

– Short Circuit –

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:34 am

Polaris, Brammo, Porsche, Scion, Gigafactory, Toyota, McLaren.

Polaris buys Brammo’s motorcycle business: The investment will allow Brammo to focus solely on designing, developing and integrating electric drivetrains. Polaris’ will help market vehicles using Brammo technology and utilize the assets acquired to manufacture electric motorcycles later this year.
puregreencars.com, electriccarsreport.com

Porsche-919-HybridPorsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 unveiled: The second generation of the Le Mans racer features a more angular nose than last year’s design. The hybrid drivetrain will consist of a V4 gasoline engine, an electric motor to power the front wheels, as well as two recuperation systems.
autosport.com, jalopnik.com, greencarcongress.com

Toyota kills Scion iQ: Due to ever falling sales figures, the company is pulling its Smart lookalike off the market. The electric variant had already been cancelled with fewer than 200 units built. Scion as a brand will continue to exist. If it will venture into the electric or hybrid market again remains to be seen.

Gigafactory update: Recent construction permits for Tesla’s battery plant in Nevada reveal that just laying foundation will cost some 16 million dollars and the first phase of structural steel construction another 15 million. The total cost of the project is estimated at 5 billion dollars. Right next door, the company Switch will build what will be the world’s largest data centre.
forbes.com (Tesla), gigaom.com (Switch)

Toyota recall: In the U.S., the carmaker is calling back 5,000 Prius V from model years 2014 and 2015 due to possible issues with the Occupant Classification System (OCS). The system is responsible for activating and deactivating the passenger seat air bag and may not have been calibrated correctly.
puregreencars.com, autoblog.com

McLaren P1 GTR headed for Geneva: The track-only hypercar will be unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show as a world premiere. The GTR features a tweaked version of the hybrid system from the P1 road car and only existing P1 owners will get a chance to buy it.
roadandtrack.com (with video), topgear.com

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:33 am

Tesla Model S production.

Around 70,000 Model S have been built since Tesla kicked off production two and a half years ago. The numbers are not official, since Tesla is waiting for year-end financial results. Instead, they are based on adding up estimates, as well as the serial numbers of the vehicles shown at the Detroit Auto Show.

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:32 am

Renault, Hyperloop, Schaeffler, Chevy Volt.

Renault-Twizy-DeliveryTwizy truck: On Twitter, Renault posted a picture of its Twizy featuring a one square metre large cargo area. The six-wheeled Twizy delivery concept was conceived as part of the VELUD (Electric Vehicle for Sustainable Urban Logistics) project and will first be tested in Paris. If it ever makes serial production, remains to be seen.
twitter.com (photo) via autoblog.com

Hyperlooping Texas? Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced he wants to build a test track for the Hyperloop train – most likely in Texas. There, students and companies will be able to test their prototypes that run up to 4,000 mph. Musk is even considering an annual pod racer competition. The deal with Texas is also part of Tesla’s move to the U.S. state to allow Tesla stores.

Schaeffler showed its line-up of engine technologies in Detroit, allowing carmakers to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements. It also presented a close-to-production vehicle based on a Ford Kuga that already meets the standards due to its mild 48V hybridization.
automotiveworld.com, automobil-industrie.vogel.de (in German)

Prius fighter? The new Volt’s drivetrain has two motor-generators with its total drive power of 111 kW (149 hp). While one motor acts as a 45-kW generator, it can be used as a second motor to provide extra torque. Green Car Reports believes it could be GM’s technological answer to the upcoming new Prius.

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:31 am

Mark Fields, John B. Rogers Jr., Levi M. Tillemann.

Mark-Fields-Ford“We term it, in some cases, how do we go from fun to drive to fun to ride.”

According to Ford CEO Mark Fields, the experience matters. Commenting on the Smart Mobility Initiative, he says that some people will want fully autonomous vehicles in some places. But how they feel using these is just as important as considering the fun a driver has behind the wheel.

Jay-Rogers“We like to think of it as Build-A-Bear, mashed up with Ikea, mashed up with Formula One.”

John B. Rogers Jr., founder and CEO of Local Motors, is one of the minds behind the 3-D printed Strati EV. While he does not see other carmakers adopting 3-D printing anytime soon, he believes the technology is the future and the supply chain the past.

Levi-M-Tillemann“That’s because today’s electric car boom isn’t really about oil prices at all; it’s about clean air.”

Levi M. Tillemann, fellow at the New America Foundation, does not see falling petrol prices as a threat to electric mobility. Using California as an example, he says policy to push for greener cars was not the result of high petrol prices in the first place.

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:29 am

Workplace charging, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid & Plug-in Hybrid.

Reading tip: Plug-In America is giving tips about how to best offer charging at the workplace. It says that charging should not be free, since it could lead to ‘freeloading’ and overloading, saying it is still better when an EV driver charges at home at night, when electricity is cheap and abundant.
pluginamerica.org via autoblog.com

Video tip: At the Detroit Auto Show, Green Car Reports got a closer look at Hyundai’s new 2015 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid. Besides showing both variants inside an out, the video also takes us through the technical details of both versions.
youtube.com via greencarreports.com

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:35 am

Google, VIA Motors, GM, Toyota, Zero Motorcycles.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle ready to take the wheel: The internet giant wants to test a fleet of 150 of its self-driving vehicles on public roads in California as early as this spring. The electric car will be built in Detroit. Google is also in talks with suppliers and hopes to introduce a production version of the vehicle by 2020. The list includes Bosch, LG Electronics, Continental and Roush, as well as carmakers GM, Ford, Toyota Motor, Daimler and VW.
greencarcongress.com, reuters.com

Chevy Silverado (finally) electrified: VIA Motors kicked off commercial production of the e-truck with range extender. 40 eREV have already been delivered to customers, another 200 retrofitted units are on their way. According to VIA Motors, their factory in Mexico could retrofit up to 10,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com

Who made the Bolt: It is hard to deny that the new all-electric Chevy looks a lot like BMW’s i3. Apparently the EV was thought up by GM’s design studio in Port Melbourne, Australia. The Chevy Bolt is also the result of collaboration between GM Australia, GM Korea and GM North America.

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Electric mobility in 2015: It has been said that there are more events about electric mobility than there are electric cars on the road. And the same seems to be true for 2015. In our calendar section, we have listed the most important trade shows, conferences, workshops, driving events and seminars for you.
electrive.com/calendar (Please send additional information to contact@electrive.com)

Cadillac opens check book: The carmaker wants to invest 12 billion dollars in the development of eight new models by 2020. Unfortunately, neither a new ELR plug-in hybrid nor a pure electric car made the list, even though Cadillac has said that it would want an EV in its portfolio.

Long waiting lists: A total of 1,500 customers have placed their order for a Toyota Mirai FCV in Japan in the first month. Toyota had estimated it would sell only 400 units in the whole of 2015. As the carmaker steps up production, waiting times for the car will increase. By 2017, Toyota hopes to quadruple production, rolling out 3,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com (orders), asia.nikkei.com (production)

Zero Motorcycles in Thailand: Late last year, BV Moto was made the official reseller of the all-electric vehicle and now hopes to sell 30 units a year. The bikes are imported from the U.S. and sell for 690,000 to 870,000 Thai Baht (21,000 – 26,600 dollars). Motocross models start at 630,000 Baht (19,200 USD).

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:34 am

Plug-ins Built and Sold in China.

A total of 78,499 plug-in vehicles were built in China this past year, says CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). That is more than triple than in 2013.About half (48,605) were pure-electric vehicles. With 74,763 plug-ins sold in China, sales figures are just show of production numbers.

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:33 am

Ashok Leyland, Audi, Tesla, Torqeedo.

Ashok-Leyland-Optare-Versa-EVAshok Leyland unveils first e-bus in India: The Optare Versa EV Bus seats up to 44 people. It is available in four sizes, ranging from 10 to 12 metres and is the first zero emission bus in the country. The bus was shown at the Bus and Special Vehicles Show 2015 in Greater Noida.

Q7 turns up the heat: The new Audi is the first plug-in hybrid to come with a heat pump instead of a resistive-based heating system. The car therefore requires less electrical energy to heat the cabin and has more energy left to go the extra mile. The technology is already featured in pure EVs.

Expensive repairs: Even dents, scratches and other minor injuries can leave Tesla Model S owners with a major bill. One reason is that car’s body is made from aluminium. Because the material” has no memory,” the car’s body cannot simply be pushed back into place. Therefore, even small repairs can require extensive labour.

Torqeedo presents Deep Blue Hybrid system: The technology enables boat owners to harness solar, wind and regenerative power, as well as from the grid. The system supplies energy to the ship’s hybrid drive and all electrical loads on board. It would i.e. allow work boats to power tools directly from the battery.
chargedevs.com (with video and pictures)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the Mullen 700e review, the “sedan that seems destined to a life of rejection and lost opportunities.”

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:32 am

Shinzo Abe, Elon Musk, Philippe Klein.

Shinzo-Abe“It’s time to introduce a hydrogen era.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the first to receive Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell model. He is a huge fan and wants “all ministries and agencies” to have one, as well has put in place measure that enable further development of hydrogen-infrastructure.
bloomberg.com via greencarreports.com

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I just think that they are extremely silly.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not see fuel-cell technology as a rival and remains certain that “all cars will go electric.” Moreover, he sees the technology as too complicated to succeed.

Philippe-Klein“We don’t need that much to get out from the basic range anxiety. We’re going to be there relatively quickly.”

Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein says the carmaker will present a more powerful battery pack around 2017-2018. He did elaborate on whether the battery would be featured in a new Nissan Leaf, also scheduled for that same timeframe.

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:30 am

Move Forward, Strati, Events.

Click tip: Daimler has launched an English-language platform called Move Forward. The goal is to create an international dialogue about the future of mobility, as the website seeks to inform about technical innovation, lifestyle changes and legal framework associated with i.e. electric mobility.

Video tip: The Telegraph published a video about the Strati, the 3D-printed electric car, at the Detroit Auto Show. The company now takes 44 hours to print the EV. Production time is said to be reduced significantly until the car (could) hit the road later this year.
youtube.com via autorevue.at (in German)

Selected events for the upcoming weeks: Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe (01/26-29, Mainz, Germany) ++ Energy Storage Seminar (02/09-10, Greenville, SC, USA) ++ SAE 2015 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium (02/10-12, Los Angeles, USA) ++ Canadian International AutoShow (02/13-22,Toronto, Canada).

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

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:50 am

Honda, GM, VW Golf GTE, Smart, Mullen 700e.

Honda-FCVHonda shows FCV concept: Unveiled in Tokyo last year, the concept now made its North American debut in Detroit. The hydrogen-powered vehicle is said to have a 300-mile range and will become available in Japan in March of next year. Furthermore, Honda announced a plug-in hybrid and all-electric car for 2018, without giving any further details.
just-auto.com, automotive-business-review.com, nytimes.com

Drive of Fame: Unveiling the next-generation Volt at the Detroit Auto Show was not enough for GM. It also presented the plug-in hybrid to a group of Hollywood stars. The goal is to use their influence to promote greener vehicles. And to make sure they are also seen driving one, GM also loans them the vehicle.

Golf GTE priced in the UK: 28,035 pounds (42,700 USD) after a 5,000 pound government rebate is what the car will be selling for there. Unlike Volkswagen’s other plug-ins, the car will not only be sold by a specialised network of EV retailers, but be available at all of the carmaker’s dealerships.
puregreencars.com, transportevolved.com

Honda hybrid for Japan: The carmaker will offer a hybrid model of its Jade (JDM) on its home market, though the car had originally been developed for the Chinese market. It can seat up to six and comes with a 1.5-liter hybrid motor and seven-speed DCT as seen in the Honda Vezel and Fit hybrids.

Smart fortwo freshened up: Daimler’s “little” sister shows a new edition of its small cabrio. The edition flashlight features a black or white body that is accentuated by bright orange safety cell and mirrors. The style is available for all versions, including the electric Smart. Deliveries start in April.

Mullen 700e reviewed: This is “a sedan that seems destined to a life of rejection and lost opportunities,” the author writes. Despite a new battery, it is still the same car it was seven years ago. After numerous delays, bankruptcy, and a buy-out, even the new battery and 180-mile range can do little to keep up with Tesla or Nissan.

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:49 am

Tesla Non-Profit.

A total of 0 (zero) dollars is what Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company will rake in between now and 2020. As the carmaker plans to boost production to “a few million a year” by 2025, Musk says the EV start-up may not be profitable in the coming years – because of its investments in the future. Factories in China and Europe would be required.
reuters.com, forbes.com

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:48 am

Electric Vehicle Roadway, Network Rail, EC Power, Foton.

Charge as you go: Utah State University has begun construction of its Electric Vehicle Roadway (EVR) research facility. It will include a quarter-mile (400 metre) test track with wireless charging to test the possibility of charging while driving. The goal is to also test drivetrain designs, the integration of renewable energies and storage.

IPEMU-battery-trainBattery-powered train: Network Rail introduced the first train with rechargeable batteries. The modified Class 379 Electrostar has a top speed of 50 mph and can travel up to 43 miles on one charge. It has been fitted with 80,000 AA-size batteries! While that sounds a lot, their weight is supposed to be less than that of a Li-ion battery in an EV.
express.co.uk, theengineer.co.uk (with video)

Quicker development of batteries: A new software by EC Power promises that Li-ion batteries can be developed more quickly and cost effective. The programme AutoLion offers advanced modelling tools that take into account electrochemistry as well as a wide range in temperature to provide reliable models.

Foton shows off new energy cars: It is the only self-owned exhibition in the industry. At its first show ever in Shandong in China last week, Chinese carmaker Foton auto presented its portfolio of new energy vehicles, including its SAUVANA SUV and the latest MPV.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Chinese copycat – the Rayttle E28 mini EV that looks a lot like the Renault Twizy.

Found on electrive.com
23.01.2015 09:16