Jun 17, 2014 - 08:26 am

LG Chem, Power Japan Plus, China Dynamics, A123 Systems.

LG-Chem-CellsKorean-Chinese battery deal: LG Chem will supply batteries for electric vehicles from SAIC Motors and Qoros. With these latest deals, the South Korean company now serves the four biggest Chinese car makers, including FAW and Changan. Orders from China stand at more than 100,000 batteries and a joint venture for production in China is already on the agenda, according to LG Chem.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Carbon double: Japanese racing Team TAISAN and Power Japan Plus will jointly develop an electric race car. The racer will be powered by the Ryden dual carbon battery by Power Japan Plus (we reported) which will first be tested in a go-cart.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

New battery player? China Dynamics, formerly Sinocop Resources, is switching its business from metal trading to EV battery development. The company said its battery technology works exceptionally good in cold climates but did not reveal what kind of battery it actually is. It will, however, be used for Rimac’s Concept_One. China Dynamics says it is even thinking about buying 10% of the Croatian supercar manufacturer.

Micro-hybrid focus: Battery producer A123 Systems acquired Leyden Energy’s intellectual property regarding battery materials like Li-titanate (LTO) and non-flammable electrolyte (Li-imide) – technologies mainly used in start-stop systems. As part of the deal, Leyden Energy’s technical staff will join the R&D section of A123.
greencarcongress.com, a123systems.com

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Most clicked Link on Monday was our Short Circuit about a donkey-powered Jaguar.

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:25 am

Christina Bu, Nissan.

anonym“The small, plastic-box electric cars are a thing of the past. The uptake has nothing to do with the Norwegian psyche or love of the environment, it came when people started to realise there were huge savings to be made.”

Economic not ecological concerns are driving Norway’s EV boom claims Christina Bu from the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, when looking at the country’s numerous incentives.

anonym“Nissan welcomes any initiative to expand the volumes of electric vehicles. Nissan is the market leader in EVs and has worked with other manufacturers to help proliferate the technology.”

This is a statement of an undisclosed Nissan manager about Tesla’s decision to make its patents available to other manufacturers.

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:22 am

Formula E, Nissan ZEOD RC.

Video tip I: This Formula E digest shows what has happened so far in the run up to the start of the electric racing series, which will kick off in September this year.

Video tip II: See how Nissan completes an all-electric lap in the ZEOD RC at Le Mans and what it means for the team to have reached this milestone.


Jun 16, 2014 - 08:15 am

Tesla/BMW, Portland, Audi, BMW M, Ford, Nissan.

Tesla-Supercharger1Tesla and BMW to join forces? Apparently, both carmakers have met last week to discuss a possible collaboration “to strengthen the development of electro-mobility on an international level,” a BMW spokesperson confirmed. According to Elon Musk, there had also been talks on how to make better use of Tesla’s Supercharger network.
electric-vehiclenews.com, hybridcars.com, teslamag.de

Portland testing e-NV200: In a six-week trial, Nissan together with Portland General Electric (PGE) will test the viability of an electric commercial vehicle in the States. The utility provider has therefore introduced an e-NV200 into its fleet in Portland.
automotive-business-review.com, green.autoblog.com

Audi takes top spot at hybrid battle: The German carmaker won the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans for the fourth time in a row. At the end, both R18 e-tron quattros battled for the lead, after Toyota’s leading vehicle had to cut its race short. Newcomer Porsche saw one of its cars cross the finish line.
greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

Hybridised BMW M: Friedrich Nitschke, Head of BMW’s M division, can imagine to introduce the M models with carbon and hybrid technology in the near future, German Auto, Motor und Sport reports. However, he does not see a pure M hybrid anytime soon as the additional weight of a 300-kilo battery does not fit into the series’ aim to reduce weight.
focus.de (in German)

Ford has to lower MPG ratings: In accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American carmaker is to correct the fuel economy ratings of six models. Among them are the hybrid C-Max and Fusion which were found to be up to 15% less efficient than previously announced. For the C-Max it is the second downgrade already and Ford promised to reimburse the 200,000 owners.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com, electriccarsreport.com

e-NV200 Review: Following the start of the trial of Nissan’s electric van in Portland, Bengt Halvorson was allowed to take a few turns. He was surprised of how much it actually felt like the 2014 Leaf with which the e-NV200 shares its drivetrain. One difference Halvorson found is the feasible two-stage accelerator linkage designed to prevent van drivers from pushing it too hard if not yet used to the “EV’s instantaneous torque.”

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:14 am

Nissan ZEOD RC sets all-electric record.

Impressive 300 electric kph was the record-breaking top speed reached by Nissan’s driver Satoshi Motoyama in the ZEOD RC at the qualifying in Le Mans. It has been a good day for the Japanese carmaker as Wolfgang Reip was able to complete a full all-electric lap – a first in the history of Le Mans’.
greencarcongress.com (300 kmph), nbcsports.com (electric lap)

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:12 am

Toyota, Nissan, Marbel, Damen Shipyards.

Looking into Li-ion alternatives: Toyota says it is working on an all-solid-state battery with an energy density of 400 Wh/l which could be commercialised by 2020. The Japanese are also researching Li-air batteries which could go to market by 2030 if the current issues can be resolved.
greencarcongress.com, ecs.confex.com

Change in cooling: Transport Evolved took a closer look at the production version of the Nissan e-NV200 and found a novelty: the electric van’s battery pack comes with an active cooling system. A feature which cannot yet be found in the Leaf even though both vehicles share the same capacity battery pack and identical battery cells.

The lightest electric skateboard in the world only weighs five kilos, has a top speed of 30 kph and is said to have a range of 17 kilometres. These impressive specs made the ‘Smart-Skateboard’ by Marbel an instant hit at Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign has easily reached its goal of 90,000 dollars and is currently standing at 285,000 dollars with another four days to go.

Hybrid tug launched: Damen Shipyards has just delivered its first hybrid vessel to the Dutch Iskes Towage & Salvage. The ‘Bernardus’ can sail fully electric at up to five knots and also utilise its batteries when at the quayside. The tug is said to save up to 40% fuel while still being able to haul up to 60 tons.
greencarcongress.com, damen.com


Jun 16, 2014 - 08:12 am

Arndt Ellinghorst.

Arndt-Ellinghorst“We believe collaboration between BMW i and Tesla could prove a powerful combination, with BMW lending its expertise in, as well as potentially the supply of, carbon fibre technology and Tesla in turn assisting BMW with electric powertrain development and supporting infrastructure.”

Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst with International Strategy and Investment (ISI), speculates on the recent talks between Tesla and BMW managers which came after the Californian car maker announced to publish all its patents.

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:09 am

Hybrid marketshare in the U.S., Charging points in the UK.

Research tip: A study by IHS Automotive found that the hybrid marketshare in the U.S. has not kept pace with the growing number of models available at dealers. While hybrid availability doubled from 2009 to 2013, sales have only increased from 2.4 to 3.0%.
blog.polk.com via autoblog.com

Click tip: Next Green Car launched its ‘Zap-Map’ website showing all 6,176 charging points in the UK. 402 of those are fast-charging stations.
zap-map.com via green.autoblog.com

Jun 13, 2014 - 09:02 am

Tesla, Kia, BMW, Continental, Nissan.

Tesla technology for all: Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the industry by surprise with his latest blog post saying that he will not take action against anyone, who wants to use Tesla technology “in good faith.” The reason, Musk says, is that other carmakers are falling behind in developing long-range electric cars. This even tops Tesla’s recent announcement that it will open up its Supercharger patents to other carmakers (we reported).
teslamotors.com, forbes.com, usatoday.com

Kia-Soul-EVKia kicks off Soul EV production: Output at the production facility in South Korea is planned to reach 5,000 units per year. The electric car is Kia’s first zero emission vehicle available on the international market. The Soul EV will hit those markets later this year.
greencarcongress.com, automotiveworld.com

BMW 7-series hybrid: The next-generation BMW 7-series was spotted driving test laps on the Nurburgring, as well as in Italy. It could clearly be identified as “Hybrid Test Vehicle”. Moreover, the BMW 7 Series will set new standards in terms of lightweight construction and driving dynamics, since it will feature a lot of carbon fibre parts.
bmwblog.com, youtube.com (Video Nurburgring), autoevolution.com (pictures)

Longer Tesla Model S: According to a ‘Tesla-insider,’ the Model S might become available with a stretched wheelbase later this year. This would especially cater to the Chinese market, where customers place a lot of importance on rear leg room, since they often have drivers. The insider tip has not officially been confirmed.
gas2.org, greencarreports.com

Tyres for hybrids: Continental has adapted the Conti.eContact tyre technology – originally meant for EVs – for hybrid vehicles. Rolling resistance is about 20% lower than with conventional tyres. Continental will start with a low-volume production at its site in Sarreguemines, France.

Driving the e-NV200: John Simpson took the Nissan e-NV200 van for a spin, describing it as a Leaf “with a panel van dropped on its head.” Convinced by the design and versatility, the tester wonders, how many of Nissan’s target group or “smaller businesses will be convinced to jump on the electric van bandwagon.”


Jun 13, 2014 - 09:01 am

Best-selling plug-ins in UK and Sweden.

The 5 best-selling plug-ins have been listed for the UK and Sweden. While in the UK, the Nissan Leaf blows all others away, it lingers in fifth place in Sweden. There, the Toyota Prius Plug-in takes the crown, while it holds the second spot in the UK. Here it has to be said that the units sold in both countries are almost identical (976 in the UK and 989 in Sweden).
ev-sales.blogspot.de (UK), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Sweden)

Jun 13, 2014 - 09:00 am

SchmiRmaL, Leclanché, Drive EO, Momentum Dynamics.

Schmiral-BoschConductive lubricants: The Bosch-led project “SchmiRmaL,” is working on innovative lubricants for ball bearings in electric motors. The addition of ionized liquids, researchers say, could reduce friction some ten million times. Enough to counter unwanted discharging of electricity.

Researching ceramic separator: Swiss battery-maker Leclanché and French company Saint-Gobain want to develop a new ceramic separator for lithium-ion cells. If successful, Leclanché will use it in its stationary product range; Saint-Gobain will be in charge of marketing.

Tesla with new peak power: The Lithuanian engineering company Drive EO will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak using an electric racer based on the Tesla Roadster. It features a 360 kW modified drivetrain and 40 kWh battery pack.
gas2.org, technologicvehicles.com, youtube.com (Video)

New inductive player? Momentum Dynamics is working on an inductive charging system for EVs that, in terms of price, could compete with plug-in systems. According to the company, it currently delivers as much as 50 kW at a 90% efficiency rate.

Jun 13, 2014 - 08:58 am

Elon Musk, Volker Blandow.

Elon-Musk“Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor, but rather by the ability of a company to attract and motivate the world’s most talented engineers.”

Elon Musk announced in a blog post that all of Tesla’s patents have been made available, so other carmakers can learn from and copy the Californian’s technology.

Volker-Blandow“It is not about speed to market, it is about getting it right, and the diligent set-up of public private partnerships in infrastructure are steps in the right direction to make this a reality.”

Volker Blandow, head of e-mobility at TÜV SÜD AG, talks about electric mobility in Asia, saying authorities need to introduce favourable framework and incentives for EVs, and that major stakeholders will need to be patient for people to really be ready for a new kind of mobility.


Jun 13, 2014 - 08:55 am

Toyota investigating hover cars, Carsharing in China, Events.

Future tip: According to Toyota, the car manufacturer is working on vehicles that hover above instead of roll on the streets. It would not be a flying vehicle, since it would travel really just above the surface.
theverge.com, autoblog.com

Study tip: According to a recent report by consulting agency Roland Berger, China’s carsharing market could grow by 80% per year between now and 2018. The growth rate worldwide is said to be 70% annually.

Selected events for the next time: 4th North European E-Mobile Rally (13 – 15 June, Denmark and Germany) ++ World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) (15 – 20 June, Gwangju Metropolitan City, S. Korea) ++ 14th Ulm ElectroChemical Talks (14th UECT) (23 – 26 June, Ulm, Germany) ++
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:27 am

Entropy EVSR, Toyota & BMW, Bentley, Nissan, Hyundai, Ford.

Entrophy-EVSRE-racer for everyone: Entropy has presented its EVSR, an electric race car which is supposed to be offered to non-professional club racers along with additional coaching and management. The company has already competed against petrol-powered competitors at Pocono Raceway with two cars finishing at an overall 8th place. The EVSR is set to come to market by 2015.

Silk Road 2: This is the codename of a joint project by Toyota and BMW. According to British Car magazine, the Silk Road 2 is planned as a two-seat mid-engine sports car which will also be offered as plug-in hybrid by 2018 or 2019. That would be just after Porsche’s 911 plug-in debut.
carmagazine.co.uk, caradvice.com.au

Bentley teases: The British brand’s first SUV due in 2016 has now been spotted though heavily camouflaged. At the same time, Bentley has set up a new microsite with more teasers for the new model which will also come as a plug-in hybrid.

Nissan Leaf recall: A total of 196 electric cars build in April are affected by a new recall. The Leafs are called into the workshops to exchange the inverter which has been fitted with a faulty circuit board. Nissan has already contacted the owners of the vehicles in question.

The Tucson Fuel Cell has arrived in California where the first car has just been handed over to the first customer. Hyundai is offering its H2 Tuscon in the sunshine state and for lease customers only. The monthly rate is at 499 dollars on a 36-month contract and already includes unlimited free hydrogen refilling.

Ford Fusion Energi review: Josh Miller takes a detailed yet perfectly structured look at Ford’s plug-in hybrid which he sees as the company’s “stepping stone to electric cars.” With 7.6 kWh of battery capacity, the Fusion bares an EPA rating of 21 all-electric miles.

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:26 am

Interview with filmmaker Chris Paine.

– Exclusive –

Chris-Paine-interview-teaser“The industry will not let it die again,” Chris Paine says about electric vehicles. The American filmmaker is known for his documentaries “Who Killed the Electric Car” (2006) and “The Revenge of the Electric Car” (2011). Obviously a big fan and supporter of EVs, he took part of the Wave Trophy 2014, where he met up with our editor Marc Kudling to talk about the past, present and future of electric mobility in this exclusive interview.
read out the whole interview on electrive.com >>

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:24 am

Trikelet, H2ase S–77, Porsche, Solar Roadways.

Last-mile solution: Green Energy Motors has made a foldable electric scooter that fits in a train’s luggage compartment. The Trikelet comes with two tiny rear-wheels and a front-wheel for steering. At 12 kilos, a top speed of 12 mph and a price of 1,350 dollars, the Trikelet could become a very attractive (but not exactly pretty) solution. However, it will take at least another year to arrive on the market, the company said.
greencarreports.com, youtube.com (video)

Active volcanic catalyst: From the middle of the earth, the active volcano Mount Aso to be precise, comes a new material which could replace platinum in fuel cells. The enzyme called H2ase S–77 is said to be 600 times more active than platinum and was discovered on Kyushu Island, Japan, by a researcher from Kyushu University.
hydrogenfuelnews.com, cleantechnica.com

Exhaustive recuperation: Porsche’s new race car, the Spyder 919, brings energy recovery to a whole new level. The hybrid recuperates energy from exhaust fumes. Porsche uses this so-called excess energy to drive a turbine which drives a generator which produces electrical energy.

Crowd fond of Solar Roadways: A crowdfunding campaign for electricity-generating highways which pay for themselves through the energy they produce has reached 200 percent of its original funding goal. The kickstarter campaign Solar Roadways (we reported) found 45,000 backers putting over two million dollars into the project.

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:23 am

Dave Zuchowski, Pat Davis.

dave-zuchowski“Fuel-cell technology is not intended to replace electric vehicles. We see it as the next electric vehicle, but with no compromises.”

Dave Zuchowski, chief executive officer of Hyundai’s US sales, in an attempt to put battery-electric vehicles and H2 powered cars on one line. He refused to say how many Tuscon Fuel Cell cars the Korean car maker intends to deliver to California this year.

Pat-Davis-DOE“Whether we meet the president’s goal or not in that timeframe isn’t really as important as that we’re on the right path to growing the market.”

Pat Davis, director of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) vehicle technologies programme, sees Barack Obama’s goal of having one million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015 more as a driving challenge then a must.

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:21 am

Psychological effects of range anxiety, Right-hand drive Model S.

Reading-tip: If you like suspense novels, this personal account of the psychological effects of range anxiety might just be the right pre-weekend read and also delivers some semi-scientific facts. To be evolved…

Video tip: Tesla Motors published a promo video for its right-hand drive Model S. For those not in the UK it might be a bit hard to get your head around it but it is definitely a change of perspective.

Jun 12, 2014 - 07:54 am

Interview: Chris Paine, filmmaker, about the rebirth of electric cars.

“The industry will not let it die again,” Chris Paine says about electric vehicles. The American filmmaker is known for his documentaries “Who Killed the Electric Car” (2006) and “The Revenge of the Electric Car” (2011). Obviously a big fan and supporter of EVs, he took part of the Wave Trophy 2014, where he met […]

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Jun 11, 2014 - 08:37 am

Ssangyong, Toyota, Formula E, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes.

Ssangyong-Korando-C-EV-RSsangyong surprises in Seoul where it is displaying an electric version of the Korando that comes with range extender. However, the SUV is not more than a study and will serve as research vehicle mainly as the infrastructure in South Korea cannot accommodate for series electric vehicles yet. The research was being carried out with the support of the government.

Toyota FCEV ahead of schedule: The Japanese car maker will start production of its fuel cell vehicle by mid-december and start delivering the first units immediately afterwards. The price is said to be about eight million yen (roughly 78,000 dollars) but Toyota believes it will be able to cut the price by 50% by the end of the decade.
japantimes.co.jp, nbcnews.com, greencarreports.com

Formula E without Drayson? It looks like Lord Paul Drayson will hand over his place in the Formula E to a team led by former Maserati and Ferrari GT boss Claudio Berro and ex Formula 1 racer Jarno Trulli. Apparently negotiations are still on-going but no explanation has been made so far on why Drayson might back off.

VW delivers XL-1: The first customer for Volkswagen’s ultra-efficient XL-1 is from Berlin. He picked up the car at VW’s transparent factory (Gläserne Manufaktur) in Dresden. The plug-in, which is actually built at VW’s Osnabrück plant, is limited to 250 units and exact prices remain a secret.

First BMW i8 delivered: Eight selected customers have already received their plug-in hybrid sportscars at a pre-launch event in Munich. With that, BMW has just managed to be the first car maker actually delivering a vehicle with laser lights, a title Audi recently tried to claim for itself.

Poor man’s Tesla? This is the question raised by Susan Carpenter when reviewing the electric Mercedes B-class. Not only makes the company a “compelling case for EVs” but also got the details right and thus offers “the most luxurious EV experience” one can get if a Model S is not in your budget, finds Carpenter.

Jun 11, 2014 - 08:36 am

Ford and BMW sales.

Ford sold 4,296 Fusion Energi this year, that is an increase of 260 percent compared to 2013. Another 2,940 C-Max Energi and 699 Focus Electric seem to confirm that plug-ins are the future. In comparison, BMW has sold its i3 already 4,145 times worldwide this year.
plugincars.com (Ford), presseportal.de (BMW)

Jun 11, 2014 - 08:35 am

Helmholtz-Institute Münster, Tesla, HorseFly, NTT Docomo.

Concentrated battery competence: The Research Centre Jülich, together with Münster University and RWTH Aachen have now founded the Helmholtz-Institute Münster (HI MS) or ‘Ionics in Energy Storage.’ There, they want to join forces in research and development of batteries. The focus of their research activities lies on electrolytes which are the key to develop new storage technologies.
idw-online.de (in German)

Tesla facilities in Europe? CEO Elon Musk can well imagine to build a R&D centre on British soil, much rather than a factory which he sees in the Netherlands. A factory would need to produce about 500,000 cars a year to be viable.

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Delivery via air: The university of Cincinnati and AMP Electric Vehicles have developed an autonomous and unmanned flying electric vehicle. The HorseFly is an octocopter destined to support AMP drivers of electric trucks with their deliveries.
uc.edu, pddnet.com

Tesla in Japanese: The Californian car maker has named its partner of choice, NTT Docomo, to provide communication services starting with 3G for the Model S in Japan. Tesla will start selling in Japan later this summer.

Jun 11, 2014 - 08:33 am

Andy Palmer, Elon Musk, PSA.

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“Nissan is committed to the complete elimination of emissions from cars, not partial improvements such as those achieved simply by clean diesel or hybridisation. We believe the ultimate goal is zero.”

Said Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer when introducing the e-NV200 which will go on sale in Japan this October. The Japanese carmaker is hoping to sell about 500 electric vans a month.

Elon-Musk“We will be making a submarine car.”

The streets are not enough for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who promised the audience in Britain to make an underwater car. And yes, he talked about flying cars too…

anonym“PSA is more looking to develop hybrid technology than only 100 percent electric technologies.”

These are the words of an unnamed spokesperson for PSA, reasoning why Peugeot-Citroen will reconsider their cooperation on electric vehicles with Mitsubishi.

Jun 11, 2014 - 08:31 am

EV state Atlanta, Elon Musk Interview.

Reading tip: Atlanta is the latest example of best practice to get electric cars taking off. A mixture of incentives and cheap energy has helped making Atlanta the second best state for electric car sales.
bizjournals.com, online.wsj.com

Listening tip: The BBC’s Radio 4 interviewed Tesla CEO Elon Musk and asked him about his entrepreneurial endeavours which are nothing short of impressive. Tune in!

Jun 10, 2014 - 08:53 am

Tesla, Nissan, Oullim Spirra, California, CO2 reduction, Ford.

Tesla-Supercharger1Tesla update: The Model X is scheduled for mid-2015 while the Tesla for the people, i.e. the affordable one, will only arrive by the end of 2016, according to CEO Elon Musk. Meanwhile, the Californians plan a Roadster software update this year as well as a reduction of the price for the Model S. In terms of super-charging, Tesla will open up its patents to other carmakers if they contribute a “fair” proportion of the maintenance and running costs.
green.autoblog.com (Roadster), engadget.com (Supercharger)

Nissan to build plug-in hybrids? According to Nissan’s head of development, Andy Palmer, the Japanese company might deviate from its pure electric path as it plans to offer a plug-in hybrid by the end of 2015. Palmer sees hybrids a more viable application in vehicles weighing from 1.75 tons.

Electric super car from South Korea: Actually, the electric ‘Oullim Spirra’ with 4WD will be built in the Netherlands. The electric sports car is based on the Proto Motors’ standard Spirra from South Korea and is said to be presented at next year’s Geneva Auto Show, shortly before going into production.
telegraaf.nl (in Dutch) via greencarreports.com

California dangles a big carrot in front of Tesla’s nose to get the carmaker to build the Gigafactory in its sunny homestate. A new bill declares the legislature’s plan to change regulation as well as the generous use of financial incentives and all sorts of credits, all in the name of job creation.

CO2 reduction in progress: Transport & Environment is looking at carbon emission savings of carmakers to predict when they could reach the EU requirement of 95 g/km given they keep at the current speed. Volvo and Toyota would comply by 2018, BMW and GM not before 2024.
transportenvironment.org, transportenvironment.org

Electric Ford reviewed: “Normal” is probably the most used word in James Fossdyke’s review of the Ford Focus Electric which is just like any other Focus but with an electric motor. Fossdyke sees the electric Focus as valuable addition to the growing market providing that Ford will bring more than just 30 units of the next-gen model to Great Britain.

Jun 10, 2014 - 08:52 am

All-time Top 5 in France, China and Norway.

The all-time Top 5 series continues with the EV Sales blog looking at France where the Kangoo Z.E., Zoe, Twizy, and the Bolloré BlueCar are the Nations favourite. The only non-French car that made it is the Nissan Leaf. In China, nationalism is equally high with the Chery QQ3, JAC J3 EV, and BYD’s e6, Qin and F3 being at the top. Norwegians take the best from everyone and love the Leaf the most which is followed by the Model S and Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV, the VW e-Up and Citroen’s C-Zero.
ev-sales.blogspot.de (France), ev-sales.blogspot.de (China), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Norway)

Jun 10, 2014 - 08:51 am

Aluminium-Air, ANSYS, Volvo, DOE.

Aluminium-air battery to see the light? Phinergy and Alcoa are apparently in talks with Renault-Nissan to test their battery technology which is said to prolong EV range to up to 1,000 kilometres by 2017. However, the date might be rescheduled to 2019 but Phinergy founder, Aviv Tzidon, said his company is “patient” and here to stay.
hybridcars.com, youtube.com (video)

Battery design made easier: ANSYS is working with General Motors, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ESim on including battery models into ANSYS’ Fluent software. The aim of the DOE-funded ‘Computer-Aided Engineering for Electric Drive Vehicle Batteries’ (CAEBAT) project is to make battery design quicker and safer while creating longer-lasting Li-ion batteries.

Power according to route: In Gothenburg, Volvo is currently testing its Zone Management technology, which automatically regulates the speed but also the drive state of the hybrid bus depending on the route. The system works with GPS so the bus automatically switches to electric in a zero-emission zone.

More money for fuel cells: The States’ DOE announced to spend another 4.6 million dollars for funding of fuel cell activities. Projects, both from industry and academia, lasting one to two years and come up with innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies are eligible.

Jun 10, 2014 - 08:50 am

Elon Musk, John Gartner.

Elon-Musk“And so, my response always, when I hear about electro-chemical breakthroughs, is, ‘Please send us a sample cell.’ That usually, well that always, has resulted in nothing coming.”

Elon Musk is not impressed by yet another battery said to revolutionise the market. He does however, firmly believe that advances will be made.

John-Gartner“So for soccer moms and dads in the United States, buying a plug-in SUV remains a dream deferred, at least for now.”

In his comment for Forbes, John Gartner moans about the comparably small offering of plug-in SUVs in the U.S., which is arguably the land of the great cars, as many models available in Europe will only arrive late or never in the States.

Jun 10, 2014 - 08:47 am

Aerodynamic Tesla Model S, Audi welcomes Porsche back to Le Mans.

Video tip I: Car and Driver put the Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and Mercedes CLA into a wind tunnel to see who is the most aerodynamic. Guess who has proven the most slick (it bears a capital S in its name)?!

Video tip II: Audi sent a special ambassador, the R18 e-tron quattro, to Porsche’s headquarter in Germany to deliver an impressive welcome message. Porsche is returning to the Le Mans race course after 16 years of absence and will compete in the 919.
youtube.com (video message) via autoweek.com

Jun 6, 2014 - 08:35 am

Nissan, Hyundai, Ford & Samsung SDI, Isle of Man.

Nissan-Leaf-2013Nissan Leaf hits Mexican roads: Sales of the all-electric Nissan have just started at certified dealers in Mexico City, making it the first EV available in the country. Moreover, Nissan is cooperating with the Mexican government is setting up an electric corridor between Mexico City and Cuernavaca.

Compliance car: Hyundai admitted that it is only offering its Tucson fuel cell vehicle in California, because it earns the carmaker zero emission vehicle (ZEV) credits. For every unit leased for the next 36 months, the Korean will earn 26 points, allowing it to sell more cars with combustion engines there.
transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com

Joint battery research: Ford and Samsung SDI work together to develop next-generation Li-on batteries to be used in Ford’s hybrid cars and vehicles with start-stop technology. The research includes systems combining Li-ion with lead-acid batteries, with the aim to eventually replace the 12-V lead-acid with Li-ion batteries completely.

John McGuiness sets new record: He finished the 37.7-mile course at the TT Zero on the Isle of Man in 19:17 minutes, driving an average speed of 117.366 mph. He is also the first to complete a full electric lap in less than 20 minutes. Needless to say, he was also crowned the winner of the alternative-drive motorcycle race.

Found on electrive.com
17.06.2014 08:14