Inductive Charging, DLR, SolarMobil.
Premium inductive charging: BMW and Daimler will join their efforts to develop wireless charging. The system is said to charge at a power rate of 3.6 kW with 90% efficiency. Like the inductive charging system by Swiss supplier Brusa (we reported), the German system seems to work without any external wallbox. A coincidence? The technology might go into serial production in two or three years, according to Daimler.
New H2 tank: Researchers from DLR with partners have developed a sponge-like tank in which hydrogen can be stored at 70 bar and normal outside temperatures. Researchers of the EU project SSH2S were able to fit the entire system to an Iveco Daily van and use it as an auxiliary power unit. A high-temperature fuel cell was used, delivering electricity and the heat required to release the hydrogen from the storage materials.
Indian solar car: SolarMobil is a team of 27 engineers from Manipal University, India, that have put together a solar-powered two-seater. The ‘Solar Electric Road Vehicle (SERVe)’ is said to have a “cruising speed” of up to 120 kph, and 60 kph when running on solar panels only. The team will race at the South African Solar Challenge (SASOL14).
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was our Short Circuit about the “Toro.” A Renault Twizy upgrade for bumpy roads.
Christian Danner, Michaela Cerruti.
“I love racing whether it’s an electric motor or a combustion engine, I don’t care, for me it’s a racing car.”
Ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Danner tested the electric racer for the Formula E and was positively surprised that the Renault Spark is also “just” a racing car in the end.
“I really do believe that this series can help attract people to use electric vehicles and help care for the future of the environment.”
Michaela Cerruti is the second female Formula E driver. She joins FIA in the belief that this event will shape the future of car racing as well as the automotive industry.
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Tesla Model S vs. Mazda Miata, Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Video tip: For once, the Tesla Model S did not stand a chance when taking up this drag race against an electrified Mazda Miata. The latter though, was specifically trimmed for performance and nothing else.
Research tip: Navigant Research predicts the number of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to double until 2035. However, electric and hydrogen vehicles will only reach a one percent marketshare while alternative fuel vehicles gain another four percent within that time.
India, Hyundai, Lexus, Nepal, Tesla, BMW.
EVs to be strengthened in India: The Indian Ministry for Heavy Industries has forwarded a proposal for EV subsidies that could see the government spending 140 billion rupees (2.34bn USD) until 2020. If the cabinet agrees, Indian buyers could get up to 35% of the price difference between a conventional and an electric car, hybrids would get 25%. At the same time, Nissan has announced to offer the Leaf in India soon and is looking for partnerships with local infrastructure providers.
timesofindia.com (subsidies), hindustantimes.com (Nissan)
Hybrid Hyundai delayed: While the new Sonata model has already been launched, an updated hybrid version will have to wait until 2015. Until then, the current Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will stay on the market.
Lexus NX 300h now in the USA: Toyota’s luxury brand has just introduced their latest compact SUV to the States where it will be offered in two versions, the NX 200t conventional and the NX 300h. The latter is a hybrid with a split battery pack for better weight distribution.
Himalayan EV uptake: The Nepalese Ministry for Transport (MoPIT) considers to lower the customs duties for the import of electric vehicles to zero. The policy, which is designed to promote electric mobility especially in public transport, is already at the Cabinet for approval.
Tesla bests again: For the Total Quality Index (TQI), Strategic Vision asked 38,361 drivers about their experiences and matched them with reliability data. The title of ‘Best Model in Total Quality’ went to the Model S while Kia was honoured for its ‘Strategic Vision’ embodied in the Soul EV and Optima.
BMW i3 in real-life test: Michael Specht, reporter at German Spiegel, actually bought the electric BMW and has been “testing” it in his daily life for months. He found fault with “impractical” back doors, a reflecting dashboard that makes the windscreen look “dirty” as well as the high price that pits the risk on the EV buying pioneers alone. Specht praises however, the silent and torque-full drive.
greencarreports.com, spiegel.de (German original)
June 2014 EV sales in Norway.
Norwegians bought 536 Model S by Tesla in the strongest EV month this year. June saw a total of 1,721 EVs sold in the Scandinavian country. Second-best was Nissan’s Leaf though 313 units actually mean its worst month since July 2013. Maybe this drop is due to the arrival of VW’s E-Golf, which found 85 fans in Norway.
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University of Glasgow, Argonne National Laboratory, AnStrom.
3D printed electrolyzers: Researchers from the University of Glasgow have printed a PEM electrolyzer constructed from silver-coated 3D-printed components made of polypropylene. 3D printing allows for the construction of light-weight, low-cost electrolyzers as well as the production of flow batteries and fuel cells.
Intercontinental standards: The Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has started its ‘EV Interoperability Center’ this May. Together with the EU Commission’s ‘Joint Research Centre’ they are working at standards for testing and charging electric vehicles safely as well as “future-proof” smart grid integration.
Efficient electric drive production: The collaborative project ‘AnStrom’ is looking at lamination stack production for electric drives and how it can be optimised. The effort is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and aims to develop design guidelines for sheet geometries ready for production.
effizienzfabrik.de (in German), wbk.kit.edu (project’s website)
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Most clicked link on Monday was the news about the high-speed crash of a stolen Tesla Model S in West Hollywood.
Dale Vince, Mitsuhisa Kato, George Crabtree.
“It’s a very strange situation we’ve got ourselves in – we should all be on the same side. We’ve done a lot of work with the electric highway; they’ve done a lot of work with their electric car. We should get on.”
Ecotricity founder Dale Vince on his difficulties with Tesla over the (Super-) charger infrastructure in Great Britain.
“The cruising distance is so short for EVs, and the charging time is so long. At the current level of technology, somebody needs to invent a Nobel Prize-winning type battery.”
This is Toyota VP Mitsuhisa Kato championing hybrids but even more fuel cell technology as the real alternative to gasoline-powered cars.
“We are putting together the three components of the battery, the anode, the electrolyte, and the cathode, in ways that have never been done before.”
George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne, on the revolutionary or innovative power his laboratory has set out to unfold.
Inside a lithium iron phosphate battery, Automakers taking EVs serious.
Video tip: In this video, EV West is opening a lithium iron phosphate battery with a table saw. Please do not try this at home!
Reading tip: Take a look through the greenwashing curtain to see which car manufacturers actually mean EV when they say it.
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VW Passat, BMW, Govecs, HybridAir, Tesla.
Presenting the new Passat: VW showed the 2015-model in Berlin last Friday. The new generation weighs up to 85 kilograms less and has an overall ‘edgier’ design. For the first time, the Passat will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version, with an electric range of up to 50 kilometres. Sales kick off in Europe this week, with prices starting at 25,875 euros (35,180 dollars) for the sedan and 25,950 euros (35,250 dollars) for the estate.
greencarcongress.com, indianautosblog.com (with video)
BMW 7 Series hybrid comes to India: The vehicle will be available there come July 23rd. It combines a petrol and a 15-kW electric motor and is said to use 15% less fuel than similar cars with petrol engines only. The 2014 edition of the luxury sedan will face little competition on the Indian market, since there are few hybrids currently available.
indianautosblog.com, cartrade.com, carwale.com
New electric scooter by Govecs: The GO!S1.3 has a range of up to 50 kilometres and can be charged up to 80% in just one hour. The Munich-based company swapped its lead batteries for Li-ion ones, saying it will do so for all its scooters. The GO!S1.3 will be available starting at 3,995 euros (5,431 dollars).
bikeundbusiness.de (in German)
Test driving the HybridAir: This prototype of a Peugeot hybrid car has no battery. Instead, it features compressed air technology, which the carmaker developed together with Bosch. The goal is to cut extra costs associated with hybrid vehicles. Unfortunately, test drivers were not impressed, saying the car drove ‘sluggish.’ Still, they support the idea and hope that PSA will perfect the technology soon.
Thief crashes stolen Tesla: Trying to get away from police, a thief raced the Model S through the roads of Hollywood at around 160 kph before crashing into a fully occupied vehicle and a light pole. The collision literally ripped the Tesla in half, with the front catching fire. No one was killed, but all those involved were taken to hospital for treatment.
nbclosangeles.com, teslamag.de, greencarreports.com
June 2014 EV sales in Germany.
In Germany, 1,127 plug-in vehicles hit the road in June. That is an increase of about 70 percent compared to same period in 2013. In the Netherlands, 1,340 units left the dealership, with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV still in the top spot. The UK also saw in increase in sales. Some 831 plug-ins were registered there – almost three times as many, as in June of last year.
kba.de (Germany, in German), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Netherlands), smmt.co.uk (UK)
Li-Ion battery degradation, DOE, Intelligent Energy, TUM.
Why Li-ion batteries get old: U.S. researchers have been able to analyse the changes in Li-ion cells during charging and discharging. The reason the cells degrade over time is a pattern of erosion that happens on the cathode and anode ends. The phenomenon is said to be comparable to that of rusting steel. Also similar is that a coating could help prevent degradation due to age.
DOE asks for input about FCVs: The U.S. Department of Energy asked researchers, industry, governmental bodies and stakeholders about the technical and economic feasibility of commercialising fuel cell range extenders. Among the specific questions raised is also whether it is possible to put refuelling infrastructure in place in the U.S.
Intelligent Energy raises millions: 55 million pounds or 94 million dollars, to be exact. The money was generated through the sale of stakes and will be used to bring a new technology for mobile phone chargers on the market. The company is Britain’s leading hydrogen and fuel cell company, with its main focus on the automotive industry and the development of high-density fuel cell stacks.
Munich University makes batteries: The Institute for Machine Tool and Industrial Management there, has begun operations of its own research production line for lithium-ion batteries. The 200-square meter facility houses 20 productions stations, as well as a drying- and a cleanroom.
tum.de (in German)
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Martin Winterkorn, Chetan Maini.
“We will not back down.”
VW head Martin Winterkorn does not see his competitors such as Tesla or Google as a threat. Au contraire, since it is them who will have to play catch-up with VW’s experience and know-how.
automobilwoche.de (in German)
“To me the question should be why can’t every vehicle be electrical?”
Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicle, wants to create a cultural shift. For him, islands are the perfect place for electric vehicles and he could see Bermuda as leading the way in going 100 percent electric.
France, Zinoro, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Merkel, Audi.
Record registrations in France: Some 1,050 new electric vehicles hit the roads in France in June, more than ever before. The Renault Zoe took the crown, with 641 units sold. However, compared to first six months last year, overall EV registration fell about 10 percent.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), avem.fr (in French)
Caught on camera: Pictures of the Brilliance-BMW Zinoro 1E on the streets of Beijing, China, have been published. The Zinoro is not for sale and can only be rented or leased. Rates start at about 7,400 renminbi (1,190 dollars) a month at a 3-year lease. Another reason why it might have a hard time is the lack of public charging infrastructure in Beijing, where the only dealer is located.
carnewschina.com (pics), pluginindia.com (leasing)
BMW i8 priced for the States: The base price of the all-electric sportscar has been listed at 135,700 dollars, plus a 950 dollar destination fee. The i8 will be available in the U.S. starting August 17th. 90% of the initial production will be available with the 10,800 dollar ‘Pure Impulse World’ launch package.
bmwblog.com via greencarreports.com
The new face of Harley-Davidson: Jim Federico, the former GM executive responsible for the Chevy Volt and Spark EV, has joined the chopper team, where he will head the LiveWire project. By the way, the electric Harley is said to come to Europe next year as well.
Merkel head to China: The German chancellor will travel to the country next week. Among her delegation will also be representatives from the automotive industry and electric mobility projects have also been spotted on the agenda.
Test driving Audi’s A3 Sportback e-tron: The title already sets the mood, saying it is “a car BMW needs to be afraid of.” It is further described as an “absurdly luxurious car for its segment” and the “class benchmark,” since it appeals to a wide range of drivers.
June 2014 U.S. sales.
Exactly 4,982 electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in June. That is a 10.2 percent increase compare to June 2013. Also, 6,511 plug-in hybrids left the dealerships, as well as 39,225 hybrids without a external charging. While the first category saw a jump of over 50 percent, sales dropped 12.7 percent for the latter.
Madrid, Leicester, EV battery reuse, Daimler.
License to park: The City of Madrid installed smart parking metres that will charge higher parking fees for high-emission cars (we reported). To determine its drivetrain technology, drivers have to type in their license plate number at the metre, which is linked to Spain’s vehicle registration database. Hybrid and electric cars receive a 20% discount on standard rates.
Mobile air pollution stations: Starting today, the University of Leicester and CENEX will use EVs to measure the risk of air pollution in the British city. Several electric Smart fortwos have been equipped with special sensors to provide insight into the air quality in polluted urban areas.
Reusing EV batteries: A report by the MINETA National Transit Consortium looks at the possibility of using decommissioned electric vehicle batteries as grid energy storage, as well as at the recycling possibilities for the cells.
sjsu.edu (Report as PDF) via hybridcars.com
Autonomous lorry: At its Shaping Future Transportation 2014 event, Daimler shows its concept of a self-driving lorry. The Highway Pilot system could be ready for real-world use by 2025 and help reduce physical and mental stress on drivers, as well as improve efficiency of the vehicle.
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The most clicked link on Thursday were the design renderings of possible future BMW i models.
Catherine Tucker, Koert Groeneveld.
“Aggressive patent litigation is ultimately detrimental to the ability of an entire industry to develop new technologies.”
Says Catherine Tucker. The associate professor of marketing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hopes that Tesla sharing its patents could lead to the creation of industry standards and create more competition to push the EV market to the next level.
“Tesla’s proposal is an interesting idea. However, we think standardisation should not be defined by one manufacturer, but in a joint effort between manufacturers, politicians and energy distributors.”
Koert Groeneveld, Head of Research & Development Communications at Daimler, sees standardisation of infrastructure as the biggest hurdle. It seems he wants to make sure that Daimler is not left out of the process of creating that standard.
Tesla Supercharger, Event.
Video tip: A Model S owner from Norway filmed the dashboard, while hooked up to a Supercharger. The time lapse shows, it apparently takes less than one hour to recharge from 30 kilometres to 371 kilometres of range.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Infiniti, China, Tesla, BMW, Solaris.
Electric Infiniti: Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer again confirmed that a new line of fully-electric vehicles is being developed, which will make use of the next-gen Nissan Leaf powertrain and can be charged inductively. Palmer also said that the carmaker’s electric supercar concept, the Emerg-E (photo), will most likely see production.
China awaits i3, where sales of the electric BMW will kick-off in September. Initially, the i3 will be offered at only seven dealerships in the country. While the Bavarian carmaker expects fewer than 1,000 units to be sold there by the end of the year, it also sees China as potentially the biggest EV market by 2019.
Tesla steps up production: The California EV-maker delivered around 7,500 Model S between April and June, while production reached between 8,500 and 9,000 units. That is a 13 to 19% increase compared to the first quarter of 2014. The final numbers will be released in August.
Blueprints of the future: One BMW designer published his renderings of how he thinks the i-brand will evolve. He sees the BMW i6 hit the road as early as 2022, the self-driving i7 in 2027, the sportscar i2 in 2032 and 2048 will be the year of the modular concept iQ. Just wow!
Urbino ready for the future: At this year’s IAA exhibition for commercial vehicles in September, Solaris will present the next generation of its Urbino city bus. The new Solaris was developed from the start to get both diesel-electric hybrid and full-electric drivetrains.
EV registrations in Germany.
The registrations of new EVs in Germany rose 75.3 percent, compared to the first six-month period last year. Still, electric cars only hold a market share of 0.3% there. In Sweden, plug-ins are slowly gaining ground. With 623 new EVs sold in June, these now hold a market share of 1.52%. By the way, best-seller was Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV with 428 units sold.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (Germany; in German), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Sweden)
Eindhoven University of Technology, LG Chem, Maxwell Technologies.
Hybrid racer from Holland: Team InMotion from the Eindhoven University of Technology is building a futuristic-looking hybrid racecar. Each wheel will be powered by its own electric motor, while a rotary engine will serve as range extender. Two years from now, the team hopes to break the lap record with its “IM01” at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, as well as compete at Le Mans in 2017 0r 2018.
LG Chem goes east: The battery manufacturer will build a new plant for electric car batteries in China, which set to open its doors at the end of next year. The factory will have an annual capacity of 100,000 units. This follows LG Chem’s latest purchase agreement with SAIC Motors and Qoros (we reported).
New battery on board: Maxwell Technologies says it is developing new ultracaps that could be used in mass transit applications, such as hybrid buses. The 2.85-volt, 3400-farad cells are said to have three times the shock and vibration tolerance as competing products.
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The most clicked link on Wednesday was our exclusive report from the Formula E kick-off event in London.
HAN Hydromotive, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, LiveWire, EVs in India.
Video tip: Developing and building a car to compete at the Shell Eco Marathon is already a big challenge itself. Winning it, another one. Watch the 4-minute video on how team HAN Hydromotive not only prepared their vehicle for the competition but got it legalised for the use on public roads.
Video tip: In this new edition of ‘QuickCharge,’ Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield gets behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. While Nikki seems to like the SUV, she is not impressed with the multi-function display, saying it is “a pain” to get to work.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Reading tip: Everyone is talking about it – the Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire electric motorcycle. If you could not make it to the revelation, this article tells you what you missed.
Study tip: Frost & Sullivan predicts that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles in India will grow from 125,000 units per year in 2013 to 1.1 million in 2021. The main reasons are the growing investment in charging infrastructure there, as well as the 25 new (partially) electric models available by 2021.
frost.com via business-standard.com
Scania, ElringKlinger, Bodo, Tesla, Mitsubishi.
Scania shows hybrid powertrain: The Swedish manufacturer will present the technology integrated in its new hybrid bus, the Scania Citywide, at the IAA in Hanover in September. The company will also show an updated version of its Eco-roll technology, which lets the vehicle determine whether to roll down hill in neutral gear and with an idle engine.
ElringKlinger takes over 75% of the fuel cell specialist New Enerday. Their solid oxide fuel cell systems generate electrical energy directly from fossil fuels such as natural gas, LPG, bioethanol or diesel. The unites are intended for the on-board power supply of boats and recreational and commercial vehicles. The deal is said to be finalised in the third Quarter of 2014.
Bodo looks west: Chinese EV-maker Bodo Electric Vehicle Group wants to bring its e-bike brand “Rank” to Europe. A warning shot for local manufacturers, since Bodo can produce up to three million electric two- and three-wheelers at its four manufacturing sites.
Tesla priced at 81,070 dollars in China: Add to that shipping and handling as well as local taxes and VAT, and the price tag reads 121,370 dollars. That is not including any option. And one option that is not available in China yet, is an on-board GPS, since Google Maps is not supported there. The carmaker says it is working on a solution to come later this year.
Driving the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: It is an SUV “to silence the SUV-bashers,” says The Green Car Website, while it is currently “the only option for guilt-free SUV ownership.” Overall, the verdict on the vehicles performance is positive. And also the price convinced the driver, saying that “the heavy premium usually associated with hybrids is a thing of the past.”
Kick-off in London – Formula E wants to shape the future.
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The Formula E is ready at the stating gates: electrive’s Nora Manthey was at the kick-off event in London on Monday evening. She says, organisers of the electric racing series have one clear message – “We are the future!” That even gets Germany’s automotive industry to prick up its ears. BMW is the latest to join the series – partly at least.
read on at electrive.com >>
Toyota, University of Stuttgart, DLR, Tesla, ElectroGraph.
Toyota asks for exemption: The carmaker appealed to the American NHTSA, asking to circumvent a safety rule that requires the isolation of high-voltage parts in EVs in the event of a crash. The reason, Toyota says, is that it renders its FCV inoperable. Instead, the company proposes to uses metal barriers to isolate battery, motor and fuel-cell stack. The NHTSA has yet to respond.
Induction instead overhead lines: Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing the possibility of transmitting energy inductively for railroad vehicles. The state of Baden-Württemberg supports the ‘DLR@Uni-Stuttgart’ programme with 860,000 euros in funding.
Tesla says no to aluminum: Unlike the Model S, the car formerly known as Model E will use cheaper materials instead, to keep the vehicle more affordable. Which ones has yet to be confirmed. But since keeping costs low is a top priority, aluminum will most likely not be replaced by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
Super supercapacitors: Developed by the EU-project ‘ElectroGraph’ these store electrical energy as charged particles attached on the electrode material. Researcher therefore created electrodes with a larger surface, to increase energy storage capabilities. The project is headed by Fraunhofer IPA and includes ten partners from both research institutes and industries.
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The most clicked link on Tuesday was our reading tip on why Tesla’s Model X could become its fastest-selling car.
Peter Fonda, Dan Ammann.
“I can’t wait to ride it across the country.”
Actor Peter Fonda and star of the 1969 movie ‘Easy Rider’ wants to travel the same route he did in the film, only this time on an electric motorcycle. And you might have guessed which one he chose – the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, of course.
“No one told us to do it [the Ampera]; we did it because it was the right thing to do.”
Dan Ammann, President of General Motors, says that GM developed the Ampera despite the fact that it is not easy to make money with this kind of vehicle yet – also because there are still advances being made in conventional engine technology.
BMW i8 review, Mahindra electric car rally.
Video tip: In a new episode of ‘Translogic,’ Jonathon Buckley gets behind the wheel of the BMW i8. And he loves every minute of it. He also speaks to Paul Ferraiolo from BMW of North America, who sums up all the i8 has to offer.
Click tip: Mahindra Reva e2o electric cars took to the streets of Bangalore for a 5-kilometre e-rally over the weekend. Judging by these photographs, it was a fun 5 kilometres.
Kick-off in London – Formula E wants to shape the future.
The Formula E is ready at the stating gates. electrive’s Nora Manthey was at the kick-off event in London on Monday evening. She says, organisers of the electric racing series have one clear message – “We are the future!” That even gets Germany’s automotive industry to prick up its ears. BMW is the latest to […]Continue reading