Innvelo, NHTSA, Samsung & Università di Roma, Airwheel.
Meet the Innvelo: The first prototype of the three-wheeled electric vehicle by Form & Drang is ready to roll. The Innvelo features two electric motors with a combined output of 6.4 kW, offering a top speed of 100 kph and a range of up to 100 km. A commercial, work and race version of the car will be available.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Staying silent: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pushed back a final ruling about electric cars emitting manufactured noise to protect especially blind pedestrians. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act was first signed in 2008 and became law in 2011. Yet the NHTSA will not rule on the issue until the end of year, pushing back compliance until 2018.
Solid-state electrolyte: Samsung and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” have fabricated a Li-S battery with novel solid-state electrolyte. Most of the theoretical capacity of sulfur (1,600 mAhg) was attained in the initial discharge-charge cycles with a high coulombic efficiency approaching 99 percent.
Zipping along on two wheels: Airwheel presented a series of self-balancing all-electric scooters at the boat show Batmassan 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The S3, Q3 and X3 feature lithium-ion battery technology apparently also used by Tesla for its EVs.
nachrichten.yahoo.com (in German), airwheel.net
Barry Gardiner, Volkmar Denner, David Bushnell.
“Hands up. There is absolutely no question that the decision that we took was the wrong decision. At that time we didn’t have the evidence that subsequently we did have and we had cleaner diesel engines which we thought meant that any potential problem was a lower grade problem than the problem we’re try to solve of CO2.”
Labour’s shadow environment minister Barry Gardiner says that encouraging diesel cars in order to lower carbon emissions in the UK was the wrong decision. Now, Islington Council increased the cost of parking permits for diesels, hoping to get rid of them by 2023.
“It would be a waste to begin mass producing these technologies.”
Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, is still not convinced of current battery technology for electric cars. The company focuses on R&D for new battery cells to offer higher ranges and less weight at lower costs.
stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German)
“We expected orders of EVs to double in 2015, but initial figures suggest that we could see an even greater increase. We’re only one month into the year and already we’ve taken one fifth of the total amount of orders that we took in the whole of 2014.”
David Bushnell, eMobility Consultant at Alphabet, says that increasing investments in charging infrastructure and subsidies for electric car buyers are driving the company’s EV orders at a faster pace than initially expected.
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Renault Zoe, Formula E School Series.
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youtube.com (French with English subtitles) via ecomento.tv
Video tip 2: A video of the first FE School Series, which took part as a side event during the Formula E’s stop in Argentina, has now been released. 11 to 16-year-old school children present and race their self-build electric cars. The event will also take place during Formula E’s upcoming races.
youtube.com via electricautosport.com
Ashok Leyland, Qianli, Spyker, BMW i, Lexus, Honda.
Commercial EVs from India: Ashok Leyland has presented three new electric commercial vehicle concepts – the Dost LCV, a 10-tonne electric Boss truck and a 10-tonne electric midi bus. The models could be commercialised within two years, if a viable market is found.
Minimalistic EV from China: The Qianli Sea Turtle only has room for two – one in front, the other in the back. The electric motor has an output of only 2.2 kW and is mated to a lead-acid battery. And the price tag is minimalist, too: The EV goes for a mere 23,450 yuan (3,754 dollars).
New hope for Spyker: Dutch luxury car maker Spyker is no longer officially bankrupt, an appeals court ruled this week. Spyker thus returns to the status of “moratorium of payment,” seeking a quick deal with creditors. The company plans to pursue previous plans and merge with an U.S.-based manufacturer of electric airplanes in order to use their technologies for electric Spyker cars “in the foreseeable future”.
autovolt-magazine.com, motoringresearch.com, spykercars.com
India-bound i8: BMW will launch its i8 hybrid sportscar in India on the 18th of February. Only a limited number will be available and for a hefty price: The i8 will cost around 20 million rupees (324,000 dollars).
indianautosblog.com, zigwheels.com, auto.ndtv.com
Lexus NX debuts in Malaysia: The SUV has gone on sale in Malaysia with the hybrid variant 300h starting at 385,063 Ringgit (about 106,000 dollars). Some 600 units have already been ordered since October; how many of them are hybrids, was not announced.
paultan.org (specs), therakyatpost.com (order numbers)
New hybrid offering in Down Under: Honda is giving its hybrid portfolio in Australia a makeover. The CR-Z and Civic Hybrid will be scrapped. Instead, Honda wants to introduce its Accord Hybrid in Australia before mid-2015 and also begin selling the new NSX hybrid sports car in 2016.
Tesla goes insane.
Just 2.8 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph? If you believe the rumours based on informations from Tesla insiders, a new firmware update will give the Model S P85D the extra boost to make the “insane mode” even more insane. How insane that already is, can be seen in the video below.
teslamotorsclub.com via insideevs.com, youtube.com (video; viewer discretion advised)
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Virtual Vehicle, Toyota, Volvo & Spheros, Renault Sports F1.
EU gives millions to “green vehicles” research: The EU programme Horizon 2020 earmarked funding for another five projects for the Austrian research centre “Virtual Vehicle” in Graz. These deal with i.e. optimising the range of EVs, developing new cell technologies for batteries, and increasing efficiency of hybrid drivetrains. The budget allotted for Virtual Vehicle’s coordination of these projects amounts to 2.9 million euros. The total budget for the realization of the projects is 75.4 million euros.
v2c2.at, science.apa.at (articles in German)
Testing SiC semiconductors: Using a Camry hybrid and a fuel cell bus, Toyota will begin on-road tests with silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors in Japan later this year. The carmaker hopes that the technology will significantly increase the efficiency of vehicles with hybrid and electric drivetrains.
greencarcongress.com, toyota.co.jp, electric-vehiclenews.com
Energy saving air con: Volvo has signed another framework agreement with the German company Spheros. It states that all of Volvo’s air-conditioned hybrid buses for the European market will be equipped with the REVO-E all-electric roof-mounted air-conditioning system.
New Renault drivetrain for the track: The Renault Formula One team has given a sneak preview of its upcoming drivetrain to be used by Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso. The main changes compared to last season concern the combustion engine, the turbo charger and the battery.
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Most clicked link on Thursday was the report from French daily Les Echos on the next generation Renault Zoe coming with a real-world range of 300 kilometers.
Vincent Bolloré, Nihar Patel.
“We’ve embarked on a very different path, which is a people’s electric car, democratic, that everyone can use. Tesla positioned itself on the completely opposite end of the range. Overall, all this goes toward the same direction and this is very positive.”
Vincent Bolloré believes that his affordable approach to electrification is the best way to fight pollution. Bolloré also announced that he is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric car-sharing.
“We think that the federal credit expiration last year puts hydrogen customers in a fairly disadvantageous position.”
Nihar Patel, vice president of North American Business Strategy for Toyota, wants fuel cell car drivers in the U.S. to receive the same advantages as BEV drivers do. At the end of December, the U.S. federal government let the 8,000 dollar tax credit for hydrogen-powered vehicles expire.
Colibri, Amsterdam, Event.
Reading tip: BBC takes a closer look at the “tiny” EV Colibri from Jena, Germany, calling it “Germany’s one-seat wonder.” And in terms of success, the wonder car seems a shoe-in as well, as some 150 dealers from around the globe have already applied for licenses to sell it.
Click tip: The American network CNBC brings a story about electric cars in Amsterdam (text and video), explaining why the city believes that EVs are the answer to growing CO2 emissions. Looking at the success of the Amsterdam Electric initiative, it might be on the right track.
Event for the upcoming week: Trophée Andros Electrique (Feb 07; Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
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BYD, Renault, Mitsubishi, Paris, UK e-bike regulations, Volvo.
BYD unveils electric coach: The Chinese manufacturer introduced its first long range coach C9. Equipped with a 365 kWh Li-ion iron phosphate battery pack that can be quickly charged, the C9 can carry 47 people at highway speed for more than 190 miles The C10 and C6 coaches will follow this year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, prnewswire.com
Twice the range: The next generation Zoe will come with a real-world range of 300 kilometers, head of Renault Z.E. Béatrice Foucher told Les Echos. According to the French paper, the new Renault Zoe as well as the new Nissan Leaf, possibly equipped with a 48 kWh battery pack, will be ready in 2017.
lesechos.fr (in French) via insideevs.com
Joint venture scrapped: Mitsubishi and Renault have ended their planned cooperation before it even began. Costs and currency-related issues were given as reasons. However, Mitsubishi still ponders the joint development of a small car together with Nissan, including an electric version
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Paris ban to go ahead: Mayor Anne Hidalgo now gave a timeline for her measures to fight pollution in the city. From July 2015, the most polluting buses and trucks will be banned. In July 2016, the ban will be extendes to all vehicles over a fixed emission level, though no clear definition has been provided yet.
Harmonising effort: The UK will finally harmonise its e-bike regulations with the rest of Europe in a long expected move. The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EPAC) Regulations 2015 will update the UK’s original 1983 legislation and come into effect from January 2016. They will practically rule out ‘twist-an-go’ vehicles. However, speed pedelecs are still awaiting a more harmonious approval.
Volvo V60 PHEV review: The Volvo V60 PHEV has been taken for a spin by Cars UK. While the test drivers were impressed by performance and economy, the rather hefty price tag is a far cry from acceptable, especially as the V60 does not feature the new Drive-E engines – yet.
Toyota Mirai "hand raisers" in the U.S.
About 16,000 Americans have raised their hands to buy a Toyota Mirai, according to Toyota’s senior VP for U.S. operations, Bob Carter. The leases will start at 499 dollars a month when the FCV will launch in the States in October.
Hyundai/Kia, Feadship Savannah, University of Michigan, Tongass Rain.
A centre for innovation has been opened by Hyundai and Kia in the South Korean city of Gwangju. The R&D facility focuses on fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and is to fund young businesses with up to 177.5 billion won (162m dollars) in cooperation with the City of Gwangju and investors. Hyundai and Kia will provide around 1,000 unused patents to those who want to open automotive start-ups.
koreajoongangdaily.com, koreatimes.co.kr, just-auto.com
Hybrid superyacht: Dutch Feadship says it is about to build the world’s first hybrid megayacht. The Savannah is 83.50 metres long and features a diesel engine, three diesel-electric generators as well as Li-Ion batteries with a capacity of 1,000 kWh. Together, the setup is said to save about 30 percent fuel.
“Bulletproof” battery: A new battery technology developed by the University of Michigan is said to prevent fires like the ones that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The trick is an advanced barrier made from Kevlar, the material in bulletproof vests, between the electrodes pf Li-ion batteries.
Truly eco tours: The Tongass Rain is an electric catamaran Bob Varness is looking to build. It is designed to provide a silent and thus unobtrusive approach to whale watching in his hometown Juneau, Alaska. The electric vessel is ready for production, provided crowdfunding seeps in.
kickstarter.com (campaign), juneauempire.com
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Salamander, an all-electric amphibious rickshaw developed by H2 Technologies.
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Miguel Arias Cañete, Henrik Fisker, Stephan Reil.
“New targets will trigger innovation and investments, but we do not yet have a clear view on the timing and the winning technologies, for example how the shares of electric, plug-in-hybrid or hydrogen vehicles will develop.”
Miguel Arias Cañete, EU commissioner for climate action and energy, has full trust in EU’s regulative power defining CO2-emission targets – but not the means to achieve them.
“I want to explore the existing manufacturing abilities of Indian companies and create products together.”
Danish car designer Henrik Fisker is eyeing India and says he is currently exploring JV opportunities there. More concrete news can be expected in three to four months, the former Fisker Automotive Executive announced.
“We know that it hybridisation could give us more in terms of straight line performance. But it is not just about straight-line performance. It is about performance in the bends, how it feels as well. At the moment there are more negatives than positives.”
Stephan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro division, slashes all hopes for high-performance RS hybrids anytime soon. He would not rule these out entirely though he described the next-gen batteries as “very interesting.”
Electric and hybrid buses, First 2016 Chevy Volt ad.
Research tip: According to a new report by IDTechEx, the market for electric and hybrid buses could reach a volume of more than 72 billion dollars by 2025. The “Electric Buses 2015-2025″ report analyses about 100 manufacturers while taking into account regional trends.
Video-Tipp: Fear-free driving is the key message of Chevrolet’s first spot for the new Volt. The video appeals to emotion only as no words are spoken while the new range-extended EV is driven and driven and driven. Range anxiety suddenly seems so yesterday.
…would have been the correct approach for James Bell, Head of Consumer Affairs at GM, when being asked about the Bolt. Instead he announced that the EV will be in showrooms in 2016. However, the GM management was quick to deny such plans, saying that “James made a simple mistake after a long day of interviews.”
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Mitsubishi, Mini, Rome, Xin Longma, Tata Motors.
Mitsubishi to show PHEV concept: The Japanese manufacturer will present a yet unnamed compact SUV plug-in hybrid concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. For now, Mitsubishi released two teaser images, prompting speculations that the concept might preview the new ASX.
Electric Mini? Together with Toyota, BMW wants to introduce a smaller version of the Mini called Minor, which might also be fitted with an electric drivetrain, according to Georg Kacher. Moreover, the 2016 Mini Countryman could feature a plug-in hybrid variant and the Superleggera is earmarked for early 2018.
automobilemag.com, autobild.de (in German)
No roads to Rome: The Italian capital has banned private cars within the ‘fascia verde’ (green belt) this coming Sunday, in an effort to curb pollution. Electric cars and carsharing vehicles will be allowed in the city, as well as petrol and diesel Euro 5 cars. The move will be repeated on 22nd of February.
Waiting for the Outlander PHEV: Instead of launching the plug-in SUV early 2016 as previously announced, it will not debut in the U.S. until Q2 of 2016. No official reason has been given, but Mitsubishi might want to wait to see what competitors put out there first to make its final adjustments.
Electric minivan for China: Car News China shows first images of the minivan Xin Longma Kaiteng EX80, which will be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. An all-electric variant is also planned.
Electric delivery truck: India’s Tata Motors will issue an all-electric version of its most popular light truck Ace in the next financial year. With a top speed of around 50 km/h, it will be much slower than its diesel cousins. Other technical details have not been announced yet.
Tesla sales in China.
A total of 4,761 Tesla Model S were delivered to China last year, investment research firm JL Warren Capital reports. What is odd is that only 2,500 units were actually registered there. Could some Chinese be buying the EV as accessory to attract customers for their business? That is just one of many guesses about what happened – the actual reason is unknown.
Semiconductors, PSA Hybrid Air, Lotus F1, H2 Technologies.
Semiconductor boom: According to IHS analysts, the market for semiconductors grew ten percent in 2014, reaching 29 billion dollars. Hybrid-electric and connected vehicles were among the main drivers for the growth. Infineon has now taken the lead spot in the semiconductor market from Renesas.
greencarcongress.com, chargedevs.com, ihs.com
Hybrid Air project on hold: PSA denies a report in the French press, saying it will cancel its Hybrid Air project. However, the technology, which was developed together with Bosch, has been put on ice until another partner has been found to help with the production phase.
Lotus F1 shows new hybrid racer: The E23 Hybrid is the first car for the Formula One team to pack a Mercedes Power Unit instead of one from Renault. The new Lotus race car also features a completely new suspension setup and a more conventional nose to replace the twin-tusk setup of the E22.
Swimming e-rickshaw: India-based company H2 Technologies has developed the Salamander amphibious tricycle, an all-electric rickshaw that can also be driven on water. It is powered by a 5 kW electric motor and seats up to six on land and four on water. The price is set at 6,345 dollars.
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was the report from Daily Kanban about a range-doubling Nissan Leaf by 2016.
Kim Jeong-wook, Jerome Dumortier.
“The growth in electric vehicles until 2020 will come in response to various regulations being imposed by key governments in the United States, Europe and China as opposed to economic benefits like oil prices.”
Samsung SDI Senior Vice President Kim Jeong-wook is certain that today’s low petrol prices won’t change the long-term outlook for electric cars.
“Consumers have been slow to buy hybrids and plug-ins because they cost more initially than conventional cars. Our research indicates car shoppers are less hesitant when they see the big picture, what it really costs to own a vehicle over 10 years.”
Jerome Dumortier, Assistant Professor at Indiana University, is co-author of a study asking people to react to EPA fuel economy labels without attached brand names. Only fuel consumption did not seem to influence them, while the total cost of ownership did.
E-bike market, Fracking.
Study tip: Navigant Research predicts that by 2023, e-bikes sales will surpass 360 million units per year. The technological trends include combined throttle-control and pedal-assist models, electric cargo bicycles, retrofit kits and wheels, 3D-printed bicycles, and the use of e-bikes in security applications.
Reading tip: Ben Griffin explores the question what impact the booming fracking will have on the electric car industry. Fracking could increase access to oil tenfold, but Griffin quotes Tesla CEO Elon Musk saying that EV fans will remain EV fans, no matter the price of petrol.
Toyota, BYD, Audi, BAIC, Chevrolet, Tesla.
New hybrid vans for Japan: Toyota announced an all new version of both its Alphard and Vellfire minivans. The two eight-seaters will also be offered with a hybrid drivetrain, which combines a 2.5 litre engine with 152 hp and two electric motors with 105 kW and 50 kW.
First look at BYD’s upcoming hybrid SUVs: The BYD Yuan will be powered by a 1.3-liter four cylinder, as well as two electric motors. The Song will even be offered as a pure-EV by 2016. The hybrid variant scheduled for 2015 will feature a 1.5-liter turbo four cylinder engine and two electric motors.
e-Quattro in the making: According to the magazine Car, this year’s Audi A4 and 2017 TTQ could be fitted with an AWD e-quattro system. They hybrid drivetrain consists of one combustion engine and two electric motors with a combined output of up to 408 hp in high-performance versions. Moreover, the report mentions that the TTQ could be offered with wireless inductive charging.
Tesla fighter from China: The state-owned Chinese carmaker BAIC wants to introduce an all-electric premium car next year that has a range of up to 400 km to compete with Tesla’s Model S sedan. No further details have been announced yet.
Volt called back: An unknown number of Chevy Volt built between 2011 and 2014 are recalled due to faulty rear liftgate struts. Whether the callback also concerns the Opel Ampera is not known at this time.
facebook.com via transportevolved.com, insideevs.com
Tesla steps up offer in China: The Californian carmaker plans to introduce its Model S with all-wheel drive in China in the coming months, as well as the new Model X SUV starting early next year. Moreover, Tesla aims to optimise its sales process there.
Plug-in market share in the U.S. and China.
EVs and PHEVs accounted for 0.86 percent of all new-car sales in the U.S. in 2014, car resale firm Carlypso reports. According to EV Sales, the plug-in share in China reached 0.25 percent in 2014 – three times of what it was in 2013.
autoblog.com (USA), ev-sales.blogspot.co.uk (China)
Nissan, Le Mans, LG Chem, Cadillac.
Will Nissan double its range? A Nissan press conference revealed some interesting information about Nissan’s new and improved battery pack that will give upcoming electric models a definite range boost. If the proportions of the shown graphics are any indication, range could double, reaching around 450 km. Whether the new technology will be used for a new Leaf or a different model was not announced.
A peak at Nissan’s Le Mans racer: First images of the GT-R LM Nismo have emerged on the web, with which Nissan will compete against Audi, Porsche, and Toyota in Le Mans later this year. The video also gives a taste of what Nissan´s new hybrid racer sounds like.
jalopnik.com via gas2.org
LG Chem sees business grow: The South Korean battery-maker announced that its business improved considerably last year due to an increasing demand from Chinese carmakers. The operating profit more than doubled compared to 2013, reaching 64.9 billion won (around 60 million dollars).
AWD Caddy in the pipeline: According to media reports, Cadillac is working on a high-performance electric all-wheel-drive system that could be used in their V-Series or crossover models. Other Alpha-platform-based vehicles from GM could also profit, such as the Chevrolet Camaro.
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Most clicked link on Monday was Wrightspeed expanding its business with a new facility planned in the immediate future.
Lex Kerssemakers, Ian Wright, Bob Carter.
“Our focus is the roll-out of our plug-in hybrids. Once there is a more sustainable business case behind full EV we can do it – our platform is scalable and fully flexible. But we must see how the EV business evolves and what pressures there are from fuel efficiency requirements and cities closing borders.”
Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s vice president of product strategy, says that the company won’t launch fully electric cars until market or legislative demand makes it necessary and will keep focusing on its plug-in hybrid models including the V60 and the XC90.
“They believe that pure electric cars are the way to go, and if you just make them cheap enough everybody will buy them, everybody will drive them and I’m afraid I’ve never really been on board with that.”
Tesla co-founder Ian Wright is actually surprised by the company’s success. He left Tesla back in 2003 to found his own company – Wrightspeed. He is also the maker of the fastest street legal car.
“I’m a little disappointed in Mr. Musk’s comments in Detroit last week. But I understand. If I was in a position that I had all of my eggs in one basket I would perhaps be making those same comments.”
Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota USA, on the latest comments from Tesla CEO Elon Musk about energy storage mechanisms, saying that “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb one to pick.”
BMW i3 Super Bowl commercial, Energy Saving Trust.
Video tip: No need to wait for the Super Bowl to watch BMW’s newest commercial for the all-electric i3. The idea is that the car is much more than a “newfangled idea,” which is what a lot of people used to call the internet twenty years ago. And you see what happened with that…
Click tip: Via their new online platform, Energy Saving Trust is offering customized and free advice to companies investigating ultra-low emission vehicles. The goal is to help them understand where and how plug-in vehicles could work within their fleet.
pluginadvice.org.uk via fleetnews.co.uk
USA, Cadillac, Wrightspeed, BYD, VW e-Golf.
U.S. will not hit EV target: Energy secretary Ernest Moniz now officially confirmed that the country will not meet its goal of having one million plug-in electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year and said hitting the target could be a few years away. About 280,000 PEVs have been sold in the U.S. so far.
Cadillac electrifies: Company president Johan Nysschen announced at the Washington Auto Show that plug-in technology will be “applied across the spectrum of our portfolio.” Five out of the upcoming eight models “will take Cadillac into market segments where the brand is not even present today.”
Wrightspeed is expanding: Wrightspeed seems on a roll and the order for range-extended trucks by FedEx only the beginning. The company wants to move into a production facility, three times the size of its current place, and also plans to grow from 23 employees to more than 200 in the next three years.
BYD Tang ready for preorders: Priced at 300,000 yuan (about $48,300) before government incentives, the Chinese carmaker expects its upcoming plug-in hybrid SUV with a total system output of 498 hp to become the best-selling SUV worldwide, even overtaking its own plug-in Qin.
Driving the e-Golf: Transport Evolved got behind the wheel of Volkswagen electric e-Golf, recording their initial impressions (video). Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield’s first though was that it is “surprisingly – and refreshingly – conventional on the inside” and that it looks and feels like a regular Golf.
E-Car333, DoE, California, Lithium iron phosphate batteries.
EV from Belgium: The E-Car333 by Xavier Van Der Stappen is manufactured in Belgium and made only out recycled materials. The three-wheeler is said to have a 300 km range and become available in 2016. The starting price is set at 20,000 euros (22,400 dollars).
nieuwsblad.be, ecar333.be (in Dutch), grenzecho.net (in German)
DoE increases investments: The U.S. Department of Energy says it earmarked 55.8 million dollars in funding for “cutting-edge vehicle technologies” such as better batteries and alternative drivetrains. Another 35 million dollars have been reserved for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com, greencarcongress.com (fuel cell)
New research centre: The California Energy Commission will allocate 1.2 million dollars for a new facility that will research alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. The proposed center must be open to the public and must support local agencies and businesses.
Growth market: According to TechNavio analysts, the worldwide market for lithium iron phosphate batteries will grow up to 20 percent anually until 2019. The driving force is a growing demand from China.
reportbuyer.com via consumerelectronicsnet.com
Nihar Patel, Robert Bienenfeld.
“Consumers and the investment community need a clear signal that government is not choosing winners or losers in the zero emission vehicle race. These vehicles should be treated equally to allow the market to decide.”
Nihar Patel, Toyota’s Vice President of North American Business Strategy, criticises that after the federal fuel cell credit expired last year, only BEV and hybrid car buyers will receive incentives, while buyers of fuel vehicles go home empty handed.
“Fuel-cell vehicles are a critical pillar for meeting our mid- to long-term carbon cutting goals. With renewed attention to the development and thoughtful rollout of a fueling infrastructure, it’s a very exciting time for both the technology and the promise it holds.”
Said Robert Bienenfeld, assistant vice president of environment and energy strategy for American Honda Motor Co. at the Washington Auto Show, where Honda is showcasing its FCV Concept. The car is expected to launch in the U.S. in 2016.
Electric motorcycles, Hydrogen.
Reading tip: Ted Dillard from InsideEVs is publishing a five-part series about electric motorcycles. In part one he analyses the feel of the riding an e-motorcycle compared to a petrol-fuelled one. He loves that power delivery is smooth and more or less immediately. Part two through five can also be found here.
Video tip: TV channel France24 has published a story looking at the potential of hydrogen as an alternative and green fuel. The conclusion: The potential is there, but there is still a long way to go, also because the production is still elaborate and costly.