Apr 7, 2014 - 08:19 am

BMW, Bluebird, Renault, KF Hisary.

BMW starts e-scooter production: The production of the battery-electric BMW C evolution maxi-scooter kicked off in Berlin. The plant is working closely together with other BMW facilities in Leipzig and Dingolfing. The latter will deliver the li-ion battery moduls for the e-scooter – the same as used for the BMW i3.
electriccarsreport.com

Bluebird to finally fly: The family run business announced it will debut of its electric sports car at a charity race in September. The race is part of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and features celebrity as well as father-son teams. Let’s hope, this time Bluebird will finally have an electric racecar to show.
green.autoblog.com

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16t electric truck trial: French logistics specialist STEF has been testing a 16-ton electric truck by Renault for Carrefour. During the 18-month trial, the e-truck ran 16,000 kilometres while delivering 600 tons of goods in Lyon. The 103 kW electric motor is powered by two li-ion battery packs (170 kWh) weighing two tons. During deceleration, the truck could recover up to 25% of the energy used.
greencarcongress.com

Electric cable ferry: For the past six months, the KF Hisary electric ferry has been sailing between Mjanes and Hisary in Norway, without experiencing any mayor problems due to the freezing temperatures. The two winches of the cable ferry are powered by a 100 kWh li-ion battery system by Electrovaya. The ferry is recharged on the mainland between its ten daily round trips and overnight.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:17 am

Jim Wright, Jim Lentz.

Jim-Wright“We are starting to see a change in the EV marketplace, helped by the fact that BMW have arrived, Volkswagen are about to arrive. Kia showed an EV at Geneva. For one thing, the media acceptance of the technology is starting to mature.”

Jim Wright, Managing Director Nissan UK, is finally seeing light at the end of the EV acceptance tunnel with things starting to change. He thus believes, Nissan will be able to sell a thousand e-NV200 in its first year.
just-auto.com

Jim-Lentz“After we’ve seen the product, understand its range, its driving dynamics, its refueling, we’re a lot more bullish than Japan – probably about fivefold more bullish. It’s just a question of how many can be produced now.”

These are the strong words of Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America, who literally cannot wait to start selling the upcoming FCV.
bloomberg.com

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:15 am

Electric vehicle batteries, California.

Study tip: Navigant Research’s latest report ‘Electric Vehicle Batteries’ predicts worldwide revenue from li-ion batteries for EVs to grow from less than six billion dollars today, to 26.1 billion dollars in 2023.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

All gone: The moment most Californian plug-in hybrid drives feared has come – all 40,000 green stickers allowing access to carpool lanes are gone. At the same time, funds for the Clean Vehicle Rebate have dried out. So while one can still apply, they might have to wait till autumn get some cash back.
greencarreports.com

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Apr 4, 2014 - 09:45 am

HyFive, Beetle, AVAS, Volkswagen, Porsche.

HyFive! Five major carmakers have now announced a 31-million pound (51m dollar) deal at the Mayor of London’s office. Together, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota want to promote H2 transport by supplying 110 fuel cell vehicles (75 of which will be Hyundai’s ix35) in various cities including Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart. Next to existing H2 refuelling stations, project partners like Linde, OMV and ITM Power plan to install new ones by 2015.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com (Hyundai)

Expanding the Beetle family? German magazine AutoBild reports in its print issue about Volkswagen’s plans to expand its Beetle series by 2019. According to a VW product manager, the convertible could be joined by an SUV, coupé and minibus similar to the Bully. Furthermore, all models could possibly come as electric or hybrid vehicles.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Mandatory traffic noise: The European Parliament ruled all electric cars to emit artificial engine noises for the protection of pedestrians, esp. the visually impaired. From 2019 on, ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS) will be compulsory for new electric and hybrid vehicles if the law gets the approval of the EU commission.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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VW electrifies Britain: Volkswagen will present its electric offering to the UK next Wednesday at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham. Here, VW will show its Golf GTE for the first time and also brings along the e-Up and XL-1 but not the e-Golf.
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Porsche Spyder 918: Much has been said about Porsche’s hybrid super car but Nelson Ireson sure gave his review a lot of thought and prose when flying along. He seems intrigued by the Spyder’s performance that feels like magic even though Ireson thinks the hybrid mode is the one most closely to a conventional car.
motorauthority.com (with video)

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:45 am

March 2014 EV sales in Germany.

Germans bought 823 electric cars in March as well as 156 plug-in hybrids. Furthermore, Germany’s federal motor transport authority KBA counted 2,511 new hybrids without a plug. Compared to 2013, sales of all three electric vehicle categories increased.
kba.de (in German)

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:43 am

Continental/Zytek, BASF/Toda Kogyo, Volkswagen, DoE.

Continental take over: German company fully acquired its British joint venture partner Zytek Automotive. The two companies have been working together on electric and hybrid drivetrains and will continue to do so with Zytek now operating as part of the Continental Engineering Services (CES) in the UK.
twst.com, greencarcongress.com

New battery joint venture: Currently, BASF is in negotiations to join forces with Toda Kogyo, a specialist for cathode materials. The focus is on production, marketing and sales of active cathode materials (CAM) used in li-ion batteries in Japan.
greencarcongress.com, basf.com

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VW’s modular platform: Most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles of Volkswagen are based on the same modular toolkit called MQB. Now technical details emerged and have been avidly summarised by our colleagues over at Green Car Congress.
greencarcongress.com

16 million dollars are left as loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) programme of the U.S. DoE. The scheme which has already supported company’s such as Fisker and Tesla has now been improved to include part makers and has received a simplified application processes.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov

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Apr 4, 2014 - 09:36 am

Byung Kwon Rhim, Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Byung-Kwon-Rhim“The collective mid-term goal is to grow a pan-European refuelling network and ensure more vehicles are seen on the road.”

Byung Kwon Rhim, President of Hyundai Europe, comments on the HyFive network of H2 stations and vehicles which he sees as a tool for growing awareness for low emission transport.
businessgreen.com

Nikki-Gordon-Bloomfield“In the world of Daily Mail readership, it seems there’s one thing more hated than electric cars: directives from the European Union legislative.”

Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield from Transport Evolved tries to find an answer to why readers of UK’s Daily Mail, which is “also known for its hatred of electric cars,” are all of a sudden defending electric cars instead of dismissing them.
transportevolved.com

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:32 am

South Korea, Bill O'Reilly on Tesla Motors.

Reading tip: South Korea, more specifically the island of Jeju, is turning into the land of dreams for EV manufacturers as it subsidies EV sales with 21,000 dollars (we reported). Read on which craze the generous offer has generated…
wardsauto.com

Video tip: Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has asked its viewers to follow Tesla’s example and get behind the wheel of an EV. Unfortunately, his favourable comments are mingled with his usual climate change denial, so be warned.
videos.rawstory.com

Apr 3, 2014 - 08:42 am

Norway, Passat, China, BMW, Johammer, ZSW.

Norway loves Tesla: For the second time, the Model S has become Norway’s bestselling car, accounting for 10.8% of all car sales last month! Tesla sold 1,493 units here in March, even more than in the U.S. in the same month (estimated 1,300).
insideevs.com (Norway), hybridcars.com (USA)

Passat spy shots: 2015 will see the new generation of Volkswagen’s classic hitting the market also as plug-in hybrid (we reported). Now, new spy shots of the Passat have emerged but they don’t really tell much with all that camouflage applied.
motorvision.de (in German)

Tax break for EVs in China? The Chinese government might exempt electric cars from the 10% vehicle purchase tax. More details will follow soon.
chinacartimes.com

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Price-gouging: Some BMW dealers in the U.S. are apparently trying to take advantage of the high demand for the i3. While the electric car is not yet fully available or only after a long wait, dealers are asking higher prices or include optional extras as “standard.”
transportevolved.com

E-Motorcycle from Austria: Johann Hammerschmid is the inventor of the Johammer. His rather interestingly looking electric motorcycle has a 12.7 kWh battery getting its energy from 1,200 Panasonic cells. The first seven units have now been build and sold for 25,000 euros (34.500 dollars). For the start, 50 Johammer will be build a year while 300 would be necessary to make a profit.
nachrichten.at (in German)

In English, please: On Tuesday, we reported about the German ZSW study currently counting 405,000 EVs worldwide. Now, the story has made it into English-speaking media, so if you want to catch up on all details, just click below.
greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

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Apr 3, 2014 - 08:41 am

March 2014 Dashboard USA.

March was a strong month with 4,578 EVs sold in the U.S., an increase of 38.5 per cent compared to the same month last year. A further 4,594 plug-ins (+23.5%) and 43,790 hybrid vehicles (+43.3%) add to the delightful mix.
hybridcars.com

Apr 3, 2014 - 08:39 am

Infineon, Telefónica, Battery research, Tesla.

Infineon research project: Together with 26 research partners from six countries, Infineon is leading the 55-million euro (75.7m dollars) eRamp project. The project is aiming on strengthening and expanding Germany’s and Europe’s expertise in the production of power electronics.
greencarcongress.com

Telefónica to connect Tesla: The mobile network provider and the Californian carmaker announced an agreement for M2M connectivity for the Model S. Telefonica and its partners from the M2M World Alliance will be able to provide services all over Europe. In Germany and UK, O2 will serve Tesla drivers.
electriccarsreport.com, techcrunch.com

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A new electrolyte developed by the universities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science is said to lower charging times for li-ion batteries by one third and to increase the nominal standard cell voltage from 3 to 5 volts. The new electrolyte contains a high concentration of lithium ion.
t.u-tokyo.ac.jp, vr-zone.com

Tesla batteries from local sources: To make the battery production of its future Gigafactory as green as possible, Tesla is planning on sourcing raw-materials also from North America. Tesla hopes to offset the higher prices by the fact that far less transportation and logistics will be involved.
green.autoblog.com

Apr 3, 2014 - 08:37 am

Knut Hechtfischer, Matthias Müller.

Knut-Hechtfischer“Cars are only in one place or another at a point in time, so why build two meters, two systems? The car is either here or there.”

Knut Hechtfischer, co-founder of German Ubitricity company on its idea of lamp-post charging and mobile metering.
forbes.com

Matthias-Mueller“The 911 should not be getting any bigger. And this will be a challenge with the next generation: to be able to integrate new technologies such as the plug-in hybrid without increasing the size of the car.”

Porsche executive Matthias Müller is obviously considering the introduction of hybrid drivetrains for the next generation of the 911. An all-electric version of the Boxster is also possible.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

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Apr 3, 2014 - 08:33 am

Fake engine sounds for Model S, Affordable everywhere charging.

Video tip: Viewers of the 60 Minutes show from CBS might have wondered about the sound the Model S suddenly was making. Sound engineers must have thought, that the car was simply to quiet and added some combustion engine sound. CBS apologised and has now deleted the artificial soundtrack. It is still a nice report on “Elon Musk’s industrial empire” though.
cbsnews.com (video) via greencarreports.com

Charge your EV anywhere: At a streetlamp for example and pay your provider via your personal mobile meter. An intriguing idea which German Ubitricity has come up with and already has put into practice. Enough reason for Forbes to speak to one of the company’s founders.
forbes.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:40 am

Li-Tec Battery, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Renault, Detroit Electric.

Evonik bows out: Daimler will take over all of Evonik’s shares held in the two joint ventures Li-Tec Battery GmbH (50.1%) and Deutsche ACCUmotive (10%). This makes Daimler the sole owner of the companies, set up back in 2008. The sales price has been kept secret.
greencarcongress.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, bloomberg.com

New Subaru SUV plug-in? Based on insider information, “Motor Trend” reports that the Viziv-2 concept shown in Geneva will go into series production. The plan is for the SUV plug-in diesel hybrid to replace the Tribeca.
motortrend.com, autoblog.com

Outlander PHEV on sale in the UK: The plug-in hybrid will be available starting at 28,249 pounds (46,988 dollars), after a 5,000 pound (8,316 USD) governmental rebate. Meaning it costs exactly the same as Mitsubishi’s automatic Outlander GX3 diesel.
fleetnews.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Renault rents battery for less: Monthly rates for batteries for the Twizy and Zoe have been cut significantly in Germany. For the Twizy, battery pricing now starts at 30 euros (41 dollars) per month, compared to 50 euros (69 dollars) before. The rental for the Zoe battery has been dropped from 79 (109 dollars) euros to 49 euros (68 dollars) per month. That the Zoe will be sold with the battery included, however, will remain a unique deal only available to customers in Norway (we reported).
renault-presse.de (in German), transportevolved.com (Norway)

Not very patriotic: Detroit Electric’s E-Roadster SP:01 will not build in Detroit and not in Plymouth, as announced earlier. Instead, production will kick off in the Netherlands later this year. If Detroit Electric manages to sell 999 units, it also plans an electric Limousine.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:39 am

March 2014 EV sales.

In March, Nissan sold 2,507 Leafs in the U.S.; a 12 percent increase compared to the same time last year. It was its best March to date! That puts the Leaf at 5,184 units sold since the beginning of the year. The Chevrolet Volt was able to attract 1,478 buyers with the Prius Plug-In Hybrid following closely with 1,452 units.
greencarreports.com, electriccarsreport.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:37 am

Mitsubishi, Tesla, Lithium-sulfur batteries.

E not Evo: Mitsubishi will not launch a new generation of its Lancer Evolution with combustion engine. Instead, the carmaker wants to focus on ‘high performance’ vehicles with electric drives. We cannot wait!
autoweek.com, autoblog.com

Cameras instead of mirrors: Tesla and the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures (including GM, Toyota and VW) want to replace a car’s side mirrors with cameras. A formal request has been handed in to the National Traffic Safety Administration.
autonews.com, greencarreports.com

Low-cost lithium-sulfur battery: Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering developed a silicon nanoparticle, as well as a sulfur-based cathode for rechargeable lithium-sulfur batteries. The technology lowers production costs and increases electrode performance.
greencarcongress.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:36 am

Harald Kröger, Toby Perry.

Harald-Kroeger“Along the value chain for drive-system batteries with lithium-ion technology, we now have the two most important components: the production of battery cells and the related development and production of highly complex drive-system batteries as a combination of cells and battery electronics.”

Harald Kröger, Head of Development at Mercedes-Benz Cars Electrics/Electronics explains that the take over Evonik’s shares of their lithium-ion battery joined venture, boosts the carmaker’s competitiveness on the international market.
noodls.com

Toby-Perry-Nissan“Leaf is continuing to see strong performance as our buyers become evangelists for the vehicle.”

Toby Perry, Nissan’s director of EV Sales and Marketing, is happy to report that last month was the second strongest in terms of sales since the launch of the Nissan Leaf in 2010.
hybridcars.com

Apr 2, 2014 - 08:34 am

Toyota FCV, Volkswagen e-Golf.

Video tip: Toyota provides an overview of the inner workings of their FCV concept vehicle – starting with the design of its fuel cell technology all the way to the stop at the hydrogen gas-station.
youtube.com

Reading tip: The news went almost unnoticed – VW will not include a cooling system for its e-Golf battery. This article looks at what that means for the battery, the car, and what it could mean for the carmaker’s image when things do ‘get hot.’
green.autoblog.com

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:41 am

Daimler, BMW, Nissan, ZSW.

Daimler to double production in China: The German carmaker plans to invest a total of four billion euros (5.5bn dollars) in its Chinese joint venture Beijing Benz (BBAC) with one billion being reserved for the expansion of local car and engine production alone until 2015.
just-auto.com

BMW strengthened the China-German relations too when signing a declaration of intent with its Chinese partner Brilliance Automotive to continue and deepen the cooperation. Last year, the BMW-Brilliance JV sold 206,729 BMW vehicles, an increase of 28.5%.
rttnews.com, automobil-industrie.vogel.de (in German)

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One year with a Leaf: Lou Grinzo delivers some insights about his life with an electric Nissan. To cut a long story short: he loves the car but would love it even more with some more range even though he does not mind the daily plugging at all. His only worry left is which plug-in to lease next…
theenergycollective.com

405,000 EVs worldwide: According to the German research centre ZSW, the number of electric vehicles, including range extended EVs and plug-in hybrids, has doubled since last year. Leading EV nation is the U.S. with 174,000 vehicles followed by Japan with 68,000 and China with 45,000. Germany only took seventh place with 17,500 electric cars counted.
emobilserver.de (in German), zsw-bw.de (in German)

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:40 am

Fuel saving.

Americans are saving 45 million gallons of gasoline (170m litres) a year already by driving EVs and PHEVs, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says. Money-wise they are saving 100 million dollars in refuelling costs.
electriccarsreport.com

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:39 am

DoE, Tesla.

17 millions for 17 projects: The American DoE has awarded 17 million dollars to 17 projects now entering phase II, which means further developing projects from phase I by building prototypes. The projects include vehicle-related technologies and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, as well as energy and manufacturing innovations.
greencarcongress.com

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Model S easy to hack? Nitesh Dhanjani, a corporate security consultant, has published his findings on design flaws of Tesla’s security system. According to Dhanjani, the Model S could be located and unlocked remotely simply by cracking the six-character user password with traditional hacking techniques. He now has submitted his findings to Tesla.
reuters.com, dhanjani.com (Dhanjani’s report) via electriccarsreport.com

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:38 am

Elliott Woodhead, Helmut Becker.

Elliott-Woodhead“Having driven the ix35 the biggest compliment I can pay Hyundai is to say that the vehicle drove as well as any other vehicle in its class and it was not obvious that this was a different drive train.”

Elliott Woodhead, Director of Partnerships and SME at Arval UK, tested the Korean fuel cell car and was quite impressed when likening its performance to diesel- or petrol-powered models.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Helmut-Becker“Everyone is working on electric cars while actually waiting for fuel cell technology.”

Helmut Becker, analyst at the Institute for Economic Analysis and Communication in Munich, believes that the car industry’s efforts to build EVs only serve as alibi to not openly oppose the discussion around CO2 emissions.
wirtschaftsblatt.at (in German)

Apr 1, 2014 - 09:36 am

Epic Electric American Roadtrip, Fuel efficiency.

Roadtrip tip: Recargo manager Norman Hajjar plans nothing less than the ‘Epic Electric American Roadtrip’ in a Tesla Model S with which he will drive 12,000 miles in 18 days to set a Guinness World Record. Happy travels!
electriccarsreport.com

Study tip: Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that hybrid cars are significantly more fuel-efficient in India and China than in the US. This is due to different traffic conditions with more frequent starting and stopping, considerable amount of time spent idling, and low percentage of time spent on highways.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (purchase study)

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Mar 31, 2014 - 08:26 am

Germany, Renault, FAW/SAIC, Formula E, VW.

Electric car privileges by law: Transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, reaffirmed his proposal for legislation to strengthen e-mobility in Germany. His ‘Elektromobilitätsgesetz’ (e-mobility bill) calls for designated license plates with an ‘E’ for electric vehicles, the regulation of charging infrastructure as well as funding for the research of fuel cell and battery technologies through the state-owned KfW bank. However, Dobrindt again dismissed monetary incentives for EV buyers.
newsticker.sueddeutsche.de (in German), autoservicepraxis.de (in German)

Renault goes all in for the last remaining incentives in Norway and offers its Zoe at an ultra-low price from 191,980 kroner (32,000 dollar) – including a 3.7 kW wallbox and even the battery. Norway is the first market where the Zoe is available without the otherwise mandatory battery rental.
insideevs.com

Chinese-German partnership: On his visit to Germany, China’s president Xi has strengthened economic relations between the two countries. VW’s Martin Winterkorn personally agreed to produce fuel cell and hybrid cars with its two Chinese partners FAW and SAIC and also Daimler and BMW pledged to increase their cooperative efforts with their partners in the east.
forbes.com, spiegel.de (in German)

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Formula E race in NYC? The electric arm of the racing series is thinking about a street race in the shadows of the city’s skyscraper. Apparently, the decision depends on what is happening between New York and the classic Formula 1 who has been trying to host a race in the Big Apple since ages.
forbes.com

Driving the VW e-Up as an American citizen must have been a bit of a torture for John Voelcker. Not because he did not like it, no, he was having “a blast” in Berlin, but because Volkswagen will not offer its smallest electric car in the states as it does not comply with federal safety regulations.
greencarreports.com

Mar 31, 2014 - 08:24 am

Tesla, SGL, Walmart, Cadillac.

Tesla triples safety: Following incidents of burning Model S’ last year, the Californian carmaker now outfits its vehicle bodies with a triple underbody shield. All Model S produced since 6th of March already have this feature. For all others, Tesla offers retrofitting upon request and free of charge. The NHTSA fully approved the measure and has closed its investigation.
chargedevs.com, medium.com (with videos), electriccarsreport.com

Cheaper carbon fibre: German carbon specialist SGL expects prices to fall by up to 90% within the next few years due to reduced manufacturing costs. This would mean 30 euros (41 dollars) or less per kilo and could make carbon fibre reinforced parts an even more viable alternative for cars.
reuters.com

Walmart shows the future in form of its aerodynamic hybrid truck. Its trailer is entirely made out of carbon fibre. The whole vehicle has now been presented at the Mid America Trucking Show (MATS) in Kentucky, USA.
hybridcars.com, greencarcongress.com (with video)

First-world problems: Cadillac is recalling 656 ELRs with range extender due to a fault with the electronic stability control. Fortunately, only 55 had actually been delivered to consumers while the rest is still at dealers or at the plant. According to GM, the problem does not affect any Volt vehicles.
autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

Mar 31, 2014 - 08:23 am

Kazuhiro Tsuga, Elon Musk.

“Our approach is to make investments step by step. Elon plans to produce more affordable models besides Model S, and I understand his thinking and would like to cooperate as much as we can. But the investment risk is definitely larger.” Panasonic president, Kazuhiro Tsuga, has carefully slowed down speculations on his company’s investment in […]

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Mar 31, 2014 - 08:22 am

Mercedes AMG SLS Electric Drive, Cadillac ELR.

Video tip: TopGear called for the war of the roses when putting the Mercedes AMG SLS Electric Drive up against its brother, the SLS AMG Black Series. See for yourself if the extra electric power is enough to beat the lightweight!
youtube.com via hybridcars.com

Click tip: Photoshop can make the world look so much better and has been applied to this rendering of a Caddy ELR – now convertible. Suddenly, the pool advertisement is starting to make sense…
cleantechnica.com

Mar 28, 2014 - 10:22 am

Audi, StreetScooter, Vauxhall, Mando Footloose, Japan.

Audi energy: Since Germany has a liberalised energy market, Audi in cooperation with LichtBlick SE can offer every buyer of its A3 e-tron a clean electricity package. The electricity comes solely from hydro-electric power stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the package not only includes the plug-in hybrid’s energy needs but also the supply of the owners homes.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

StreetScooter launch: The electric delivery van by the German university RWTH Aachen will be industrialised in the third quarter of 2013. The first utility vehicle called Work will be exclusively distributed by Spijkstaal Elektro B.V. in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In Germany, StreetScooter vehicles are currently used by Deutsche Post for deliveries for which they were initially developed for.
Information via mail

Low price Ampera: Vauxhall dealer Pentagon is offering GM’s electric car with range extender from 22,995 pounds (38,200 dollars). That is 10,000 pounds less than listed but already includes the 5,000 grant from the UK government. Interestingly, this puts the plug-in Ampera in the price range of the Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion starting at 21,270 pounds (35,300 dollars).
autoexpress.co.uk

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

E-bike for traveller: The chainless e-bike Mando Footloose by Haller Meister made its retail debut at consumer electronics shop Capi at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The retailer wants to support sales with large-scale promotions. Luckily, home delivery will be available as e-bikes are not allowed on planes due to li-ion battery regulations.
bike-eu.com

Sales in Japan: Here are the numbers for the electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Japan of the year 2013: Toyota again came in first with sales of 1,280,235 units, accounting for about 83% of Japan’s hybrid and EV market. Honda on the other hand reported a decline on sales of 19%, whereas Mitsubishi was able to kick-off its Outlander plug-in with 20,026 units.
just-auto.com

Mar 28, 2014 - 10:21 am

E-bike sales in Germany.

The sale of 410,000 e-bikes has saved the German bicycle market in 2013. While regular bike sales saw a drop of 5.5% down to 3.75m units, pedelecs continued to grow (+7.9%). With a record marketshare of 11%, pedal-assisted bicycles have become the third largest segment in Germany.
bike-eu.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/04/07/bmw-bluebird-renault-kf-hisary/
07.04.2014 08:10