Jun 4, 2014 - 08:36 am

E-Class, World Cycling Alliance, BMW, Mercedes, Mission.

Take a look at the E-Class: Mercedes has released a rendering of its updated E-Class for 2016. Apparently, the volume seller is supposed to be offered as at least three hybrid versions, two of which are plug-ins, developed in cooperation with Tesla.
indianautosblog.com, autox.in

World Cycling Alliance: The new collective uniting 84 cycling advocates was established at this year’s Velo-City conference in Adelaide, Australia. The World Cycling Alliance (WCA) is open to any NGO and is supposed to put cycling issues on a broader global agenda, whereas before the initiative was led by European ECF alone.

Inner-German competition: Antony Ingram pitched the BMW i3 against the Mercedes’ B-Class ED to see which electric car made in Germany would prove the better sport. As similarities outweigh the differences, though, it all comes down to “consumer’s choice,” Ingram concluded. In other words – it is all a matter of taste.

Mission review: Translogic’s Jonathon Buckley took the Mission RS electric motorcycle on a test ride. Luckily, he was in California and was therefore able to find a charging station after he had run out of power. After having a lot of fun and a little bit of range anxiety, Buckley also interviewed Mark Seeger, CEO of Mission Motorcycles.
autoblog.com (with video)

Jun 4, 2014 - 08:32 am

Phinergy/Alcoa, MIT, Africar, Audi.

Phinergy-Alcoa1,600 kilometres all-electric range, promised Phinergy and Alcoa with their aluminium-air battery (we reported). Now, both companies announced they will demonstrate the technology ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada. The key to the aluminum air’s high energy density is its construction. But technology is still at test phase.
hybridcars.com, transportevolved.com

No more platinum? Researchers at MIT found a way to replace platinum catalysts used in fuel cells with less expensive catalysts. Apparently, they can now produce so-called metal-terminated transition-metal carbides (TMCs), which exhibit catalytic activities similar to platinum group metals (PGMs). To tackle impurities, the MIT team developed a “removable ceramic coating method.”
greencarcongress.com, mit.edu

Electric car for Africa: Students of Munich’s Technical University are developing an electric vehicle with an extra-large loading area, designed to meet demands of Africa’s rural areas. If everything goes to plan, the ‘Africar’ could enter production within the next two or three years.
merkur-online.de (in German)

Audi ready for Le Mans: The German carmaker successfully completed 248 laps with its R18 e-tron on the Le Mans course ahead of the race. The racer survived 2,405 miles faultlessly and all eight drivers got a chance to get acquainted with the vehicle. Albuquerque and Bonanomi finished within 3m 23.799s and came in third in the overall test rating, just behind Toyota.


Jun 4, 2014 - 08:31 am

Karsten Engel, Keith Barnham.

Karsten-Engel“It is not convenient to take any comment over Tesla. But we’d like to see the success of Tesla, and welcome more and more competitors participant the segment, which will benefit the infrastructure development for sure, and benefit us all.”

Karsten Engel, head of BMW’s China division, welcomes Tesla as another player on the Chinese EV market but does not see the disruptive newcomer as a threat.

Keith-Barnham“Free fuel for life from your rooftop. Even the most fervent opponents of electric cars like Jeremy Clarkson couldn’t argue with that.”

Prof. Keith Barnham from the Imperial College of London is working on solar panels, which he says are three times more efficient than conventional ones and could be embedded in almost any material, such as roofs or windows of electric cars.
telegraph.co.uk via transportevolved.com

Jun 4, 2014 - 08:28 am

All-time Top 5 in the U.S., Lithium-air batteries.

Click tip: The EV Sales blog looks at the all-time Top 5 in selected EV markets, starting with the U.S. where the Chevy Volt has proven a classic among electric car owners. Almost 60,000 units have already been sold.

Video tip: Ever wondered how lithium-air batteries work or if they keep their promise? Phinergy and Alcoa have now released a video showcasing their “breath taking” technology.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com

Jun 3, 2014 - 08:34 am

Toyota, Mitsubishi, Kenguru, Nissan, ALTe.

Toyota-FCV-ConceptToyota applies pressure: The Japanese company plans to commercialise its fuel cell vehicle at the end of this fiscal year (March 2015). The move is backed by the Japanese government, which considers raising the pressure limit for fuel tanks from 700 to 875 atmospheres (886 bar). That could increase the range for H2-cars by up to 20%. Furthermore, Tokyo is lobbying the UN and EU to deregulate in a similar manner.
asia.nikkei.com, greencarreports.com

Updated i-MiEV hits USA: Mitsubishi’s 2014 model will replace the 2012 version and with a price tag of 23,845 dollars, it costs 6,130 dollars less than its predecessor. Customers eligible for the full 7,500 dollars tax credit would thus pay less than 16,000 dollars.

Jumpstarting the Kenguru Car: The wheelchair accessible electric car was first introduced back in 2012. Since then, founder Istvan Kissaroslaki has had to overcome financial and logistical problems and the Kenguru got two new competitors – Chairiot and EcoCentre. All three companies say they are ready to roll as soon as the demand takes it there.

Leaf tuning: At the AMI in Leipzig, Germany, Nissan is showing its electric flagship packed in NISMO’s Aero Performance tuning kit, which has been available in other countries for some time already. Depending on demand, the aerodynamic and stylish Leaf version might be offered on the German market as well.
mein-elektroauto.com (in German)

Electrified Ford van reviewed: ALTe, a company formed by three ex-Tesla employees, recently converted a Ford E-350 into to a plug-in hybrid able to run 22 miles on battery power alone. Jeff Cobb takes a test drive as a welcome opportunity to scrape together all available information on the company, which is now looking from hybrids into pure EVs, too.


Jun 3, 2014 - 08:33 am

Longest parade of electric vehicles.

An impressive 507 EVs gathered in Stuttgart last weekend to form the longest parade of electric vehicles to date. The WAVE (World Advanced Vehicle Expedition) is expected to have broken previous records from Zurich (305) and Norway (399), but Guinness still has to officially recognise this new World Record. The WAVE Trophy runs until June 8th through Germany and Switzerland.
hybridcars.com, transportevolved.com

Jun 3, 2014 - 08:31 am

Mitsubishi, Solar Impulse 2, Suitcase scooter, KDS, Efacec.

Mitsubishi-MiEV-EvolutionIIIMitsubishi’s “mountaineer”: The Japanese have unveiled the ‘MiEV Evolution III’ with which they will compete at this year’s Pikes Peak race. The upgraded electric racer comes with 450 kW and is thus 50kW stronger than its predecessor.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Electric maiden flight: The ‘Solar Impulse 2’ solar aircraft has managed its inaugural 2.5-hour flight successfully. It is an upgraded version of the plane which carried Swiss Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg across the United States. In 2015, the two pioneers plan to fly around the world powered only by the sun.
bbc.co.uk, phys.org, youtube.com (video of take-off)

Suitcase scooter: Chinese inventor He Liangcai has filed a patent for his electric suitcase, which not only carries luggage but the traveller as well. It has three wheels and a steering wheel, transforming any trolley into a mini e-scooter.

System solution for e-buses: Kinetics Drive Solutions and Efacec Electric Mobility from Portugal partner up to deliver fully integrated systems for electric buses to bus OEMs. Their NexDrive system is designed to be implemented on various platforms, while minimising engineering efforts. Efacec’s first e-bus using the system is set for operation in July.

Jun 3, 2014 - 08:29 am

Bertrand Picard, Arndt Ellinghorst.

Bertrand-Picard“An aeroplane like this is absolutely unique. And for the first time in history, we have an aeroplane that is flying with no fuel day and night, showing the incredible potential of the clean technologies.”

These are the proud words of solar plane pioneer Bertrand Picard after the maiden flight of the Solar Impulse 2.

Arndt-Ellinghorst“BMW is the only carmaker globally, next to Tesla, taking e-mobility as an opportunity to build a business rather than just defensively using it to improve fleet average fuel economy.”

Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst at International Strategy and Investment of London, appreciates Bavarian and Californian electric strategies. We wonder, what Renault-Nissan would think of his assessment?!


Jun 3, 2014 - 08:26 am

Hybrid and pure electric car sales, Men and women drive EVs differently.

Research tip I: IDTechEx predicts global sales of hybrid and pure electric cars to triple, reaching 178.9 billion dollars in 2024, as components become more integrated and range extenders even out the conventional car’s competitive edge.

Research tip II: The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies conducted two studies taking a gendered approach to examining EV uptake. In short, women look at the practicalities, while men are drawn to EVs because of their fascination with new technology.
its.ucdavis.edu, its.ucdavis.edu (PHEV ownership in CA) via mein-elektroauto.com (in German)

Jun 2, 2014 - 08:52 am

McLaren, BMW, Rimac, Berlin, Beijing, Tesla.

McLaren electrifies: The CEO of the British sports car manufacturer, Mike Flewitt, announced that within ten years’ time, “all models will be hybrids,” and that he even plays with the thought of offering an all-electric model. Meanwhile, rumour has it that McLaren will present the P13 in Geneva 2015, an entry level sports car for about 210,000 dollars.
edmunds.com, autoblog.com

BMW all-electric in China: President of BMW China, Karsten Engel, says the i3 will go on sale in September. It will join the Zinoro E1, an all-electric car built by BMW’s Chinese joint venture Brilliance, which can only be rented at the moment. When asked about his plans for China, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer only said that the carmaker is talking about broadening the Zinoro offer.
uk.reuters.com (i3 start China), automobil-produktion.de (Reithofer, in German)

Rimac to become reality: The Croatian electric super sports car Concept One is getting closer to small scale production, as Colombian investor Frank Kanayet Yepes will be joined by three more investors from Asia. The combined investment comes to about 13 million euros (17.7m dollars)

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Berlin-Beijing connection: To commemorate the 20-year-partnership between the German and the Chinese capital, Berlin’s mayor Klaus Wowereit visited Beijing, trying to encourage more investment. Furthermore, the two cities will work together in the field of charging infrastructure, as both strive to be exemplary in their countries.
tagesspiegel.de (e-mobility, in German), globalpost.com

BMW i8 to launch in India: The plug-in hybrid is set to enter the Indian market at the end of this year. The Bavarian carmaker sees potential for the i8 in urban centres like Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. BMW India also plans to increase its dealer network from the current 12 to a total of 50 outlets.
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Tesla pricing for Australia: The Californian announced its prices of the Model S for Down Under. The Model S 60 starts at 91,400 Australian dollars, while the performance P85 will be available from 119,900 dollars. The midrange Model S 85 will be available starting at 103,400 dollars.


Jun 2, 2014 - 08:49 am

Google, DELIVER, DeltaWing, BMW.

Google-selfdriving-carGoogle introduces autonomous EV: Google surprised the automobile sector last week – and us as well. The internet giant presented its first vehicle prototype – a two-seater without a steering wheel or pedals. A push of a button is enough and thanks to cameras, sensors, and complex software, the car can navigate on its own. Purely electric, of course.
Read our special report: electrive.com

Futuristic delivery van: Germany University RWTH Aachen developed an all-electric van as part of the DELIVER (Design of Electric Light Vans for Environment-impact Reduction) project, funded by the EU. The stylish prototype, which was built by Liberty Electric Cars, is currently on display at the FISTA World Automotive Congress in Maastricht, Netherlands. The modular van is said to have 120 kilometres range and can take a payload of 700 kilos. It is not due to enter the market before 2020, however.
technologicvehicles.com (with video), greencarcongress.com, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com

DeltaWing four-seater concept: A new rendering shows an arrow-shaped vehicle, which DeltaWing claims to be a road and not a race car concept. While the company hopes to license the platform to carmakers, its strong resemblance to Nissan’s BladeGlider and a pending lawsuit regarding such licensing, makes its timely realisation somewhat unlikely.

Flaws in BMW security? Security expert Ken Munro has revealed shortcomings in the i3 and other car’s security systems concerning the iRemote-App and the ConnectedDrive portal. While Munro admits that the Bavarians have put more thought into their system than Tesla, improvements should be made with regards to predictability of user names. BMW said the information has been sent to Germany and will be addressed.

Jun 2, 2014 - 08:48 am

Karsten Engel, Alan Epstein.

Karsten-Engel“I personally would assume that in less than five years, China would be the largest market for electric mobility.”

BMW China CEO Karsten Engel has no doubt that the Asian giant will become a huge market for the carmaker’s electric offering. The i3 is set to launch in China in September, but with a cap of 1,000 vehicles this year – even though 28,000 Chinese have expressed interest in a test drive.

Alan-Epstein“Three miracles are about two-and-a-half too many for an industrial organisation and one-and-a-half too many for most companies.”

Alan Epstein, VP of Technology and Environment at Pratt & Whitney, believes in miracles or is working on them to make electric flying a reality. Currently though, battery technology as well as heavy magnetic shielding for large electric motors pose huge problems.
flightglobal.com via chargedevs.com

Jun 2, 2014 - 08:46 am

Virtual hybrid racer, Real hybrid winner.

Video tip I: Playstation game ‘Gran Turismo 6’ features Mitsubishi’s ‘Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo.’ In this video, the Japanese introduce their virtual racer en detail.

Video tip II: The Honda Accord Hybrid has been named “Green Car Reports’ 2014 Best Car To Buy;” this video review explains why.
youtube.com via greencarreports.com

May 28, 2014 - 07:20 pm

Google presents self-driving electric car.

Google surprised the automobile sector this morning – and us as well. That the internet giant has been testing autonomous driving on other vehicles was no secret. But this might be the closest it has gotten to demonstrate its vision for the future of mobility. Google presented its first vehicle prototype – a two seater […]

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May 28, 2014 - 09:00 am

Volkwagen, Volvo, Bentley, Toyota, BMW, Ferrari.

A plug-in VW Touran? The first spy shots of the next-gen Touran have been released. They do not show much, but it is said that the famous family van will get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain when making its debut at the Paris Auto Show in October. We hope so!
autoevolution.com, autozeitung.de (in German)

Volvo XC90 sneak preview: Ahead of its full revelation in August, Volvo has released imagery and videos of the interior of the redesigned XC90. The Swedish SUV will be offered as a plug-in hybrid and fully electric at some point (we reported).
worldcarfans.com, indianautosblog.com

Bentley teaser: Bentley published a video for its upcoming SUV, due to arrive in 2016. While the video does give any new details, we hope Bentley will stick to its plan and introduce a plug-in version in 2017.

Toyota Yaris redefined: Being the only car in its class to offer a full-hybrid drivetrain, the small Toyota Yaris is quite successful in Europe – every third customer chooses the hybrid version. This summer, the Yaris will undergo a facelift and be introduced to the Australian market shortly after.
caradvice.com.au (Australia), autobild.de (Europe, in German)

First premium hybrid for India: In June, BMW will introduce the 7 Series ActiveHybrid to the Indian market. It will be the first hybrid-driven car from BMW in India or more precisely, the only one of any premium brand.
motoringworld.net via indianautosblog.com

Four miles to the gallon: Andrew English from The Telegraph was lucky and drove the LaFerrari for a day. Among the many details he provides in his review, some facts clearly stand out. It is not the mileage (4 mpg at test day) nor the price (1.15m pounds) that keep Ferraristi from wanting to get their hands on the vehicle. All 499 units have already been sold.

May 28, 2014 - 08:59 am

Tesla Model S Coupé and Convertible.

A Chinese investor has ordered another 100 Tesla Model S Coupé conversions from Newport Convertible Engineering. Just a few weeks ago, the same investor had placed an order for 100 convertible conversions (we reported). Both conversions will be available to other Model S owner starting at 35,000 dollars.
cleantechnica.com, newportconvertible.com

May 28, 2014 - 08:50 am

Gigafactory, H2BER, Porsche, Airbus, George Washington University.

Gigafactory partners: Tesla’s J.B. Straubel told The Wall Street Journal that Panasonic will be the exclusive battery manufacturer to work with Tesla on its Gigafactory site, but that other partners will also be involved in the project. Tesla will cut the cost of its batteries by 30%, not only by saving during the manufacturing process, but by improvements on several fields such as logistics, administration and sourcing of row materials.

H2BERMulti-energy fuelling station: The Green Hydrogen Hub (H2BER) in Berlin is a demonstration project designed to produce hydrogen from a surplus of wind and solar power using a McPhy electrolyser. The gas will be used to power buses and cars, a combined heat-power plant and will be supplied to industrial clients.

High-tech for Le Mans: The Porsche 919 Hybrid is the most complex racing car the carmaker has ever built. With the 24 hours of Le Mans approaching fast, why not catch up on the technical details of this hybrid race car?

The dream of flying electrically is becoming more and more reality. The E-Fan from Airbus had one of its first public appearances at the ILA Berlin Air Show last weekend. The electric airplane is designed for pilot training and has a range of about one hour. Airbus’ ultimate goal is a 70- to 80-person hybrid-electric jet with a range of three hours to be developed by the year 2050.
scientificamerican.com, designnews.com

Molten-air battery for EVs: Researchers from the George Washington University have developed a lower-temperature iron molten air battery, a new version of a technology they presented back in 2013. This new version being more apt for the use in electric vehicles. A molten air battery is said to have 45 times the storage capacity of a Li-ion battery.

May 28, 2014 - 08:49 am

Alain Uyttenhoven, Jim Lentz.

Alain-Uyttenhoven“We could react rapidly but currently there’s no intention.”

Alain Uyttenhoven, Vice President of Lexus Europe, is no fan of the plug-in hybrid drivetrain but admits that Lexus’ strategy could change once technology and infrastructure improved and allow cable-free charging.

Jim-Lentz“I’m more bullish on fuel cell than I was on EV. I think the cost of fuel cells is going to be substantially less than in an EV.”

Jim Lentz, CEO for Toyota North America, is convinced that California’s plan to have more than 50 hydrogen filling stations in the next two years, will be enough to support at least 10,000 of Toyota’s fuel-cell cars, due to arrive in 2015.

May 28, 2014 - 08:47 am

48-volt hybrid systems, Formula E.

Study tip: According to a recent study undertaken by Lux, 48-volt hybrid systems are likely to exceeded 7 million vehicles by 2024. Researchers predict that lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries will be the preferred energy storage technology, because of their ability to charge and discharge fast, which is critical for micro-hybrid applications.
chargedevs.com, portal.luxresearchinc.com (study)

Video tip: Watch this video from the Formula E launch event and see what Alain Prost, Alejandro Agag und Lucas di Grassi like most about the new Championship series.

May 27, 2014 - 08:43 am

BMW, Volkswagen, Iran, Mahindra Racing, Chevrolet.

BMW electric MPV in the making: With backlogs of at least six months for the BMW i3 and i8 due to high demand, the Bavarian carmaker is already planning its next BMW i electric vehicle, according to a member of the BMW board. Other sources report that the new EV will be an electric version of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) similar to the new 2-series Active Tourer.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

First details of plug-in Passat: In its eighth version, Volkswagen’s famous Passat will receive a plug-in hybrid heart. While details are scarce, the Passat is certain to have 31 miles of all-electric range and will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

No import tax: The Iranian government will no longer collect taxes on imported hybrid and electric cars, providing they do not have engines that hold more than 2.5 litres. Originally, the duties had been introduced to boost the local car industry. Instead, the measure led to a deterioration of quality of the Iran car market.

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The Mahindra racing team is now complete. Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna, two former Formula One drivers will join the upcoming Formula E Championship and make up the only Indian team. So far, six of the 20 Formula E drivers have been confirmed.

Chevrolet Spark EV is not for everyone: Jeff Cobb from hybridcars.com put together a nice review of the 2014 Chevy Spark EV. Even though the small EV really seems to be a great car at a reasonable price, GM is only selling it in the U.S. states of California and Oregon.

May 27, 2014 - 08:39 am

China pollution.

China is set to discard 6 million high-polluting vehicles from is roads by the end of this year. The action plan requires all cars that do not meet emissions standards to be scraped. According to environmental authorities, 31.1 percent of air pollution in Beijing is caused by vehicle emissions.

May 27, 2014 - 08:36 am

TransPower, Japanese combustion engine collaboration.

TransPower-engineAll-electric short-haul: TransPower wants to electrify the short-haul drayage market. Its ElecTruck drive system includes dual electric motors, a modular 270 kWh Li-ion battery, and a five speed transmission. Eight of these heavy weights will be put into drayage service at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, California, by the end of the year.

All for one, one for all: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu have announced an alliance to improve fuel economy of future combustion engines. The Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines is aiming to bring the efficiency up to 50%. Even the EV-loving Japanese seem to think that combustion engines will not be pushed off the streets anytime soon.

May 27, 2014 - 08:34 am

Yoshio Ito, Stella Li.

Yoshio-Ito“Panasonic does not have a timeframe for a decision on its investment but any expenditure this year would be small.”

Yoshio Ito, Senior Managing Executive Officer and President of the Panasonic’s automotive and industrial division, sees no need to rush regarding investments to be made in Tesla’s Gigafactory. Those will be made step-by-step and gradually.

Stella-Li-BYD“Once Tesla warms up the market, BYD should follow to pick up some real fruits.”

BYD’s Senior Vice President Stella Li confidently challenges assumptions of Tesla becoming a dominant force in the Chinese EV market. Instead as a competitor, she sees the Californian car maker as potential collaborator and points out that BYD as battery manufacturer might even become a supplier to Tesla at some point.
knowledge.ckgsb.edu.cn via forbes.com

May 27, 2014 - 08:33 am

VW e-Golf, BMW i3.

Video tip: It’s kick-off for the e-Golf media campaign. The first TV ad, in which an e-Golf owner says his heartbreaking good-byes to his old gas station, can already be seen online.
youtube.com (in German)

Charity tip: Make It Right, the charity that builds green homes for people in need (mainly in New Orleans), gave away a donated BMW i3 in a raffle at its recent gala. Make It Right founder Brad Pitt and presenter Sandra Bullock announced the lucky winner themselves.

May 26, 2014 - 08:33 am

Renault, Lexus, Formula E, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen.

Electric Twingo to be delayed: Renault has put the electrification of its revamped compact car on hold without providing a new introduction date. The company makes low demand for pure electric cars responsible for the move, as consumers are not accepting lower range and comparatively high costs.

European debut for Lexus NX: Toyota’s premium brand presented its first SUV, which it believes to become a “game changer” when it goes on sale in Europe this October. The NX 300h hybrid will be available with one or two electric motors with a total system output of 145 kW. In the UK, prices start at 29,495 pounds (about 50,000 dollars).
autocar.co.uk, puregreencars.com

Long Beach ePrix: Formula E has revealed the location of round seven of its inaugural season – Long Beach, California. At the ePrix race on April 4th, 2015, the audience will have free access to the Long Beach street circuit with its scenic start/finish line at the Marina.

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Outlander test drive: American Green Car Reports had to go all the way to the UK for a chance to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, since in the U.S., the plug-in will only be available in 2016. This delay (we reported) is also the Outlanders “biggest issue,” while it is otherwise “perfectly pleasant,” Antony Ingram believes. But he fears that the vehicle might appear outdated by the time it arrives in the States.

E-Golf review: Top Gear’s Sam Philip let the E-Golf spin its wheels, as he got carried away with the torque that makes the car feel faster than its spec suggests. Even though Philip only got 100 rather than VW’s declared 118 miles of range, he thinks “it’s the most convincing electric car ever made.”

May 26, 2014 - 08:32 am


Renault sold its 40,000th electric car, a Kangoo Z.E., in Austria this weekend. Meanwhile, its partner Nissan delivered Leaf no. 50,000 in the U.S. earlier this month.
aktiencheck.de (Renault, in German), electric-vehiclenews.com (Nissan USA)

May 26, 2014 - 08:31 am

Mini, Segway, SILENT-F, Nissan.

Mini-Superleggera-VisionSuperleggera Vision: Mini together with Milanese coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has created an electric open-top retro roadster. The two-seat Mini concept debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza, Italy last weekend. Its electric drivetrain is still a secret but believed to be based on the BMW i3 drive.
autoweek.com, electriccarsreport.com

Police Segway: The SE-3 Patroller is a stand-in tricycle specifically designed for police and security patrols. The three-wheel and extra high Segway comes with independent direct rear wheel drive, can travel in reverse and has a small turning radius. A top speed has not been revealed yet. The company hopes its 12,000 dollar EV will soon replace patrol cars at airports.

Fuel cell range extender: SILENT-F is a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) hybrid system developed in a joint project of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The DMFC is set up as range extender for EVs and is much quieter than conventional REX systems. A test vehicle has just recently been launched.

Nissan’s challenger for WEC: The Japanese car maker confirmed it would take part in the World Endurance Championship in Le Mans in 2015. The new GT-R LM Nismo will not be just “another hybrid” but “a little bit different,” Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer declared but did not go into further detail.

May 26, 2014 - 08:30 am

Jerome Stoll, An Conghui.

Jerome-Stoll“We’re not in a situation where the market has followed our forecasts. People haven’t yet reached the point where they feel the need to have an electric vehicle for full daily use. People need to feel that need to shift to electric models.”

Jerome Stoll on putting the electric Twingo on hold as demand remains far behind Renault’s expectations.

An-Conghui“Geely will take oil-electronic hybrid type and plug-in hybrid modes as important pivot for company development in the future.”

Geely president An Conghui wants to double sales to 1.2 million cars in 2019. Not all of them will be electric or hybrid though the Chinese car maker is undergoing extensive rebranding and restructuring efforts which will also see them working more closely with Volvo in the future.

Found on electrive.com
04.06.2014 08:08