Dec 18, 2014 - 09:31 am

AlphaElectric UK.

In Great Britain, 738 EVs are leased through AlphaElectric. The company has thus surpassed its 2014 EV target of 595 units by 24 percent, resulting in 240 customers using at least one electric car in their fleet. Alphabet expects this number to rise “significantly” next year.

Dec 18, 2014 - 09:30 am

Scania, Rogue Rovers, Graphene ESD, Lithium-sulfur.

Scania-ElektrobusScania to charge inductively: Together with the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Scania will be testing a plug-in hybrid bus in the Swedish city of Södertälje from June 2016. The bus is based on the Scania Citywide and will be charged inductively at a bus stop.,

Autonomous electric ATV: Rogue Rovers from Oregon has completed a prototype of an autonomous EV which could be used in agriculture to i.e. apply pesticides without a human driver. Potential customers could start testing the electric ATV by January.

Supercap investment: Lomiko Metals will invest in a new venture named Graphene Energy Storage Devices. Graphene ESD has been formed to commercialize graphene-based supercapacitor technology.,

Lithium-Sulfur research: Researchers from Cambridge and Beijing have devised a three-dimensional hierarchical sandwich-type graphene sheet sulfur/carbon composite to address performance-related issues in Lithium-sulfur batteries such as low efficiency and capacity degradation.,

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the new electric mini bus service that now travels through the Old Town of Geneva, Switzerland.

Dec 18, 2014 - 09:29 am

Ian Robertson, Liam Neeson.

ian-robertson“To reach the 95g/km target we need pure electric vehicles, but to sell pure electric vehicles we need governments to provide the infrastructure and to incentivise the technology. All that takes time, not two or three years.”

BMW’s head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson once more moans about EU emission regulations which he not only finds premature but also one-sided.

Liam-Neeson“The mayor wants to replace carriage horses with electric cars. That’s exactly what New York needs, more cars.”

Actor Liam Neeson proves to be a traditionalist as he takes a rather ironic approach to NYC’s plans to replace Central Park’s most cherished tourist attraction.


Dec 18, 2014 - 09:26 am

Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid, Nissan Leaf batteries.

Video tip: Autoblog pitched the Tesla Model S versus Porsche’s Cayenne S E Hybrid in a drag race. While German engineering initially is faster, the Californian just needed some time to get warm before flexing its electric muscles.

Click tip: The making of Nissan´s Leaf batteries in its British Sunderland plant is brought to us by Inside EVs who prepared an info graphic, numerous photos and a video.

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:43 am

Hyundai, Toyota, Kia, Mercedes.

Hyundai-Sonata-Hybrid-2015New Hyundai hybrids: Hyundai has unveiled its latest Sonata hybrid which will arrive in major markets outside of Korea starting in the first half of 2015, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow. Hyundai also plans to introduce its first dedicated hybrid model in the second half of next year.,,

Fashionably late: Toyota has delayed production of its new Prius until the end of 2015, as design changes and other issues have to be solved first. The new Prius is aimed to appeal to younger buyers while becoming more clearly differentiated from the more conservative plug-in hybrid version.

Korean Prius fighter: New details emerged in German Auto Bild on the new hybrid-only Kia which is developed under the code name “DE” (we reported). Initially, the crossover model will go on sale in 2016 as a plug-less hybrid first, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow shortly after its launch. (in German)

B-Class ED mobility package: In Germany, Mercedes-Benz-Bank now offers the ‘B flexible Package’ for customers of the all-electric B-Class. The package includes free hire of any Mercedes model for 15 days per year as well as free use of the car2go and car2go black service for three hours per month. (in German)

S500 Plug-in hybrid review: The luxury Mercedes here receives the slightly surprising verdict of being a real cost saver, at least if compared with the S300 Bluetec Hybrid. According to Matt Saunders, the S500 Plug-in Hybrid works out level on price with the cheapest-to-run diesel on a monthly basis – and quite a lot cheaper if you happen to live in London and regularly pay the congestion charge.

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:41 am

EV sales in Switzerland.

Tesla sold 390 Model S in Switzerland this year, making it the the best-selling electric car in the affluent alpine country. The BMW i3 follows closely behind (333), while the third place goes to the Renault Zoe in 2014 – if there are no big electric surprises waiting under the X-mas tree.,


Dec 17, 2014 - 09:40 am

Kandi, Paul Scherrer Institute, Toyota & ESC, ULEMCo.

Kandi needs more batteries: The Chinese carmaker had to turn from its current battery suppliers to Zhejiang Tianneng Energy Technology. The one-year supply agreement is to meet the accelerated demand brought about by Kandi’s successful electric car-sharing program.

Anode research: Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute has developed a new type of anode material (MSnS2), that is able to cycle in both lithium-ion and lithium-sulfur batteries. The team attained specific charges greater than 750 mAh/g and 500 mAh/g for the Li–S and Li–ion system, respectively, after 400 cycles.,

Electrochemical research: Toyota and the Electrochemical Society (ESC) have launched the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship. It is to encourage young professors and scholars to pursue research in green energy technology that may promote the development of next-generation vehicles.,

Fuel cell vans: ULEMCo is planning to roll-out its hydrogen-fuel technology to fleets after its converted vehicles were granted ultra-low emission status by the British approval authority Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The vans can run for 200 miles on hydrogen before switching back into diesel mode.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was our “Short Circuit” showing Santa Claus shopping at the Galleries Lafayette in Berlin with a Brabus Smart Electric Drive.

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:40 am

Wolfgang Hatz, Ian Hughes.

Wolfgang-Hatz“Will we build a successor to the 918? Yes. Not immediately, but not in 20 years’ time either.”

Porsche’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz, here confirms that a successor to the sold out 918 Spyder will arrive – somehow at some point.

Ian-Hughes“We are delighted with the change of direction by Renault in its electric vehicle strategy. It was particularly difficult to forecast an accurate residual value in circumstances when a vehicle is bought but the battery hired – a bit like trying to sell a car without an engine.”

Ian Hughes, commercial director at Zenith Leasedrive, is one of the many people welcoming Renault UK’s decision to now offer batteries of the Zoe and Kangoo EV for sale, optionally.

Dec 17, 2014 - 09:37 am

Hybrids vs. hydrogen vehicles, EV emissions.

Reading tip: The Union of Concerned Scientists is warning to overrate hydrogen vehicles but recommends hybrids instead as a more cost-effective and greener solution (wells-to-wheels analysis). via

Study tip: A new study by the University of Minnesota confirms that the carbon footprint of EVs is dependent on the energy source. Media hype has it though that EVs are actually more pollutant than gasmobiles, again, it depends…


Dec 16, 2014 - 09:31 am

Toyota Mirai, Lexus, BMW, Philippines, Mercedes.

Toyota-MiraiMirai on sale: Toyota began selling its fuel-cell car Mirai in Japan yesterday. About 400 pre-orders have been taken so far, according to the company. Toyota will mainly sell the “future” in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, where hydrogen stations are expected to be built.,

New Infiniti concept: A first teaser image shows the latest concept by Nissan’s luxury brand. The Q60 Concept will debut at the Detroit Auto Show and give an outlook on what might become a sports coupé in the future. Infiniti has not given any information on drivetrain options yet.,

BMW 3-series PHEV details: BMW’s plug-in hybrid 3-series is set to go to market by early 2016. The production model will then combine a 180-hp combustion engine with a 70 kW electric motor. Pricing is said to start at around 39,000 euros (about 50,000 dollars). (in German)

EV initiative on the Philippines: The Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) is asking the government for an exemption from value-added tax (VAT) and excise tax for EVs until 2020 to get the industry off the ground. EVAP is claiming that the State got nothing to lose but much to gain.

Driving experience B-Class ED: CleanTechnica reader Kyle Field in his guest contribution details his very first month with the 2014 Mercedes B-Class ED. Switching from gas to electric offered a few learnings on home charging (recommended), public charging (mostly overrated), and a powerful regen mode that equals out the somewhat heavy weight and perceived low range (87 miles) of the B-Class.

Dec 16, 2014 - 09:30 am

EV sales in India.

Only 24,000 EVs will be sold in India this year, according to industry estimates. That would mean that EV sales have almost halved in this calendar year, as there were 43,000 units sold in 2013. The withdrawal of EV subsidies in 2012 and the on-going delay of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) are the reasons for the downward trend. via

Dec 16, 2014 - 09:29 am

BMW i, Renault, Infineon & UMC, Sunswift.

BMW-i3Self-parking i3: BMW will present the Remote Valet Parking Assistant at the CES 2015 in Las Vegas early next month. The laser scanning system is activated via smartwatch and enables the BMW i3 to autonomously detect a free parking space and park itself, even in multi-storey carparks. The technology can also be used to hail the car back again.,

Lightweight Renault concept: The french carmaker is working on a new concept vehicle called the ‘Value Up’ aiming to be lightweight (830 kg), efficient, and cheap, Autocar has learned. Using bamboo and other weight-saving materials, the vehicle could also be equipped with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. However, the Value Up so far only serves as platform new models might be built upon in the future.

Semiconductor agreement: Infineon and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) announced the extension of their manufacturing partnership into semiconductors for automotive applications. Both companies will jointly transfer Infineon’s Smart Power Technology (SPT9) to UMC and extend its production to 300mm wafers.

Sunswift crowdfunding: The solar powered EV built by students of the University of New South Wales Solar Racing Team has reached its first crowdfunding target of 30,000 AUS (24,600 USD). The money will be used to convert the racer into a street-legal EV. The campaign for the Sunswift eVe continues., (campaign)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the next-gen BMW 5-series spotted with a little door at the front left fender which appears to be a charging port.


Dec 16, 2014 - 09:28 am

Maurizio Reggiani, Jeff Bracken.

Maurizio-Reggiani“We face new challenges. I think to maintain the DNA of a sports car will need naturally aspirated engines with a high number of cylinders. Maybe one day we will have to downsize and use turbochargers. But I think plug-in is the right solution.”

Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s head of research and development, is hinting at the Asterion concept plug-in hybrid going into production. If it does, it would come at a price of about 350,000 pounds (548,000 dollars).

Jeff-Bracken“The model that Tesla has to open up their outlets in shopping malls is a clever one. I think they’re getting a lot of folks to stop in and learn about Tesla.”

Jeff Bracken, group vice president-Lexus at Toyota Motor Sales USA, is eyeing its competitor. Bracken believes that Tesla’s mall stores offer a good opportunity to catch the attention of younger buyers.

Dec 16, 2014 - 09:27 am

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Tesla Model S P85D.

Video tip: CarAdvice pitched the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV against its diesel counterpart to find out which performs better in terms of fuel economy. Ratig included both motorway and congested city roads as well as costs of fuel and electricity used at peak time. (watch), (read)

Reading tip: ‘ElectraGirl’ took the chance to test drive the new Tesla Model S P85D and got mixed feelings about it. While not being a fan of the “insanely fast” acceleration that so excited her co-drivers, at her own speed this electric car is a definite “want.”

Dec 15, 2014 - 09:32 am

Audi, BMW i, Tesla, BMW 5 series, Formula E.

Audi-Q7Audi Q7 e-tron quattro: Audi has revealed the first official photos and details of its upcoming SUV which is to premier at the Detroit Auto Show. The Q7 will be offered as plug-in hybrid variant with a six-cylinder diesel engine which produces 190 kW and an electric motor with an output of 94 kW. The Audi Q7 e-tron is said to come with an all-electric range of up to 56 kilometers (35 miles).,,

New BMWi services: At the Detroit Auto Show, BMW will not only present its fuel cell stack developed together with Toyota (we reported) but also new services for its electric range. The ChargeNow, ParkNow and DriveNow apps will be extended to include new features like ParkNow LongTerm, which will let drivers find a permanent parking space where they can fill up their batteries.,

Tesla’s China president resigns: Veronica Wu, head of Tesla’s Chinese operations, will leave the company after just 9 months on the job. Wu provided no reason for her departure. Tom Zhu, who now runs Tesla’s charging network development in China, will take over her role.,

Spy shots of the 5 series: BMW has been caught testing the new BMW 5 series. When taking a close look, one can see a little door at the front left fender which might be the charging port for a plug-in hybrid version. The new 5 series is expected to arrive by 2016.

ePrix in Uruguay: Sebastien Buemi (e.dams-Renault) drove to victory in the third race of the Formula E at Punta del Este, Uruguay. He was joined on the podium by Nelson Piquet Jr. (China Racing) and Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt), who remains the championship leader., (race highlights)


Dec 15, 2014 - 09:31 am

UK e-bike market.

The number of e-bikes in the UK grew by 80 percent from January to July this year as total of 28,275 e-bikes were imported into the UK compared to 15,772 in the same period of 2013. In the 12 months ending July 2014, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) counted 49,000 imported e-bikes which gives a good indication of overall e-bikes sales as almost none are being manufactured in Great Britain.

Dec 15, 2014 - 09:30 am

Renault, Continental, Nokian.

Renault innovations: Based on its Eolab protoype, the French carmaker has previewed new engines and other innovations. Its new compact electric motor develops 65 kW and peak torque of 220 Nm and is slated to enter production in 2015. Furthermore, prototypes like the Twizy Delivery Concept were shown as part of the VELUD (Electric Vehicle for Sustainable Urban Logistics) project. (electric motor), (Twizy)

Next stage eHorizon: Continental, together with its partner IBM and cloud company HERE is to present ‘dynamic eHorizon’. The updated service that builds on eHorizon (we reported) takes into account real time events like weather and accidents and further serves to optimise the engine management system in hybrid vehicles as well as range maximization of electric vehicles.

EV tires: Finnish Nokian has come up with the Hakkapeliitta R2 which is specifically designed for the BMW i3, the company claims. The winter tire will go on sale by January 2015 and is said to reduce the rolling resistance by up to 30 percent and thus to increase the electric vehicle’s range.

Dec 15, 2014 - 09:30 am

Mateo Jaramillo, Peter Harrop.

Mateo-Jaramillo“Everywhere we look, there’s an opportunity for storage.”

Mateo Jaramillo, Tesla’s director of powertrain business development, speaking on the Energy Gang podcast about opportunities to reuse EV batteries and Tesla’s strategy for storage solutions. (podcast) via

Peter-Harrop“An extra 100 miles in electric car range will come from multiple energy harvesting over and above the extra 100 miles range from better batteries. The resulting 300 miles range for affordable pure electric cars will make sales take off in a few years from now.”

Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx, is here talking about spray-on photovoltaic cells developed by researchers at Toronto University among others., (IDTechEx report)

Dec 15, 2014 - 09:27 am

EV Show, Electric cars review of 2014.

Video tip: EV West wants to issue its videos more regularly and plans to start a monthly “EV Show” that lasts an hour. The first episode sees the guys electrify nothing less than a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS, a model made famous by its role in the Magnum TV series. via

Reading tip: How has 2014 been for EVs? Depends on what you are looking at as EV sales have not taken off despite what Jack Perkowski calls a “media hype.” However, EV numbers are steadily rising and might continue to do so, esp. if China awakens.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:15 am

Tesla Fighters, Aston Martin, Mini, Prodeco, Saab, Tesla, Mercedes.

Tesla-Model-XGerman Tesla fighters: Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche plan to take over the electric luxury segment by 2018, German Auto Bild reports in its print edition and in an online report by its employee Georg Kacher. Under a program known internally as Ecoluxe, Mercedes is planning four new electric models to be built in a new plant. According to the reports, Porsche is working on the all-electric 717 with a range of 500 kilometers. BMW will issue the i5 while Audi is going to start with the Q6 e-tron. (Autobild teaser in German) (Details in Englisch)

Aston Martin hybrids? The British carmaker is preparing to generate between 100 million and 150 million pounds by issuing new shares or bonds, Reuters reports exclusively. The money is intended for new models including hybrids as part of a recovery strategy until 2020.

Vision to become true: Apparently, Mini is planning to create a production version of its electric roadster concept Superleggera Vision as patent drawings have surfaced on the world wide web. However, the sketches show a slightly less extravagant EV.,

PayMeOn to acquire Prodeco: Already a minority holder, PayMeOn now signed a letter of intent to fully take over the American e-bike manufacturer Prodeco. Its e-bikes are mainly throttle-operated although a pedal-assisted version for the European market debuted at this year’s Eurobike show.

Grace period for Saab: The Swedish district court dealing with the restructuring of Saab-owner NEVS has granted the process another three months. NEVS now has time until March 2 2015 to reorganise its business. All 19 creditors apart from one have agreed.

Tesla goes big in Canada: Last week, the Californian carmaker opened a 45,000-square-foot Tesla Store in Montreal. It is the biggest outlet of all 60 stores in North America to date.,

Review C300 BlueTEC Hybrid: Alex Grant takes Mercedes’ diesel-electric hybrid on the road and finds it to be a true hybrid not only by engine but by built, too. The system works effectively in both the city and on the motorway, but will not make a “a big dent in overall running costs,” Grant thinks.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:14 am

PEV shares in California and The Netherlands.

In California, every 5th out of a 1,000 is a PEV, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). This makes the Golden State the EV state of the country. Seems like the Netherlands are far ahead as there, electric and hybrid cars had a share of 15% in the last quarter of 2013. In 2014, the share normalised at 4.3%. (USA), (Netherlands)

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:12 am

Volvo, Sevcon, Cobi.

Volvo to downsize: The Swedish brand is developing a new three-cylinder petrol engine which can develop up to 180 hp, to be added to its Drive-E range. The new engine will be applied to the 40 and 60 series and could easily be used for plug-in hybrid variants as well.,

Asian hybrids with UK controllers: British supplier Sevcon has signed an agreement with an unnamed carmaker from South-East Asia. The latter is to use controllers from Sevcon for a new line of hybrid 4-door sedans.,

Connected Bike: German iCradle has come up with a device called Cobi which integrates all sorts of bike technologies like navigation or fitness applications in a smartphone which can be locked and charged on the handlebar. The company is looking for funding and the system also integrates well with e-bikes, namely their batteries. (campaign) via (in German)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was our “Short circuit” showing the Dojo Pioneer, an Aston Martin Cygnet copycat from China.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:11 am

Hubertus Troska, Kent Ramos.

hubertus_troska“You’re carrying 150 kilos of electric components with you that add to the fuel consumption. The effective reduction of emissions will only come if customers actually charge their plug-ins every day.”

Which actually poses a serious problem in China as Hubertus Troska, head of Daimler’s Chinese operations very well knows. Generous government subsidies led buyers to opt for plug-ins but they often find themselves driving with gas as charging stations are scarce.

Kent-Ramos“We have been serving the Sacramento market with a variety of fuels for over 60 years and we are anxious to support the infrastructure necessary to prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix.”

Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company, is obviously open to various forms of fuels. His station in Sacramento has just become the sight of Linde LLC’s first hydrogen fuelling station in the U.S.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:09 am

EV batteries for Indian schools, 200,000-mile Chevy Volt.

Investment tip: Driving an EV could now become even more of a good deed as electrical engineer Siva Rajendran is looking to use old EV batteries to bring light to India’s “affordable private schools” (APS). His company Totus Power seeks to raise 40,000 dollars on Indiegogo. via

Click tip: Meet the first Chevy Volt with 200,000 miles on its back. Inside EVs has followed the ride of Erick Belmer for quite some time until this milestone was reached.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:20 am

Mercedes, Audi, Kia, Nissan, Mahindra, Saab, VW, Volvo.

B-Class-Electric-DriveB-Class ED bargain: Mercedes announced a new deal for leasing the B-Class Electric Drive in the States through December 31, 2014. New rates of 299 dollars per month would mean a price decrease of about 4,000 dollars. The deal does not include the Range Package which is optional for the 2014 series.,

New crash test ratings: EuroNCAP put the Audi A3 e‑tron and Kia Soul EV literally up against the wall. The German plug-in hybrid received a five star rating while the Korean EV got a satisfactory 4-star rating. Interestingly, the Soul EV was deemed safer than its combustion engine counterpart., (Audi),, (Kia)

Nissan hybrid convertible? Apparently, the successor of the 370Z is to become the ‘Nissan Z,’ a topless hybrid, according to insiders. However, it will not come with a plug but likely be designed as a mild hybrid, similar to Hondas IMA system.,,

New Mahindra EV: The Indian company is planning to introduce an all-electric version of its Verito in mid-2015 and place it in the taxi and commercial car-rental space. Mahindra hopes to sell about 100 units of the Verito electric a month, possibly in Europe too.,

Mahindra to save Saab? It looks like rumours have been true for once as Nasdaq reports that Mahindra & Mahindra is to invest in Saab. The information is deriven from a document filed to the Swedish court by one of the creditors of NEVS. The latter refused to comment.

VW electrifies Asia: At an event in Kuala Lumpur, Volkswagen introduced the Passat B8, Golf GTE and e-Up to the Asian market. In Malaysia, the Golf GTE and the Passat are set to launch next year.

Meet the Volvo S60L PHEV: Built at Volvo’s plant in Chengdu, China, the Swedish brand plans to throw its limousine on the U.S. market by 2015. At a first drive by Frank Markus (in Sweden), the plug-in hybrid performed “admirably” in all three drive modes.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:19 am

BMW i sales.

BMW´s i sub-brand has sold almost 15,000 cars worldwide this year. The i3 accounted for 13,849 sales from January to November, while the i8 has sold 1129 examples since it launched earlier this summer, according to the manufacturer.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:18 am

DeltaWing, Peugeot Sport, Chengdu Xundi, NanoFlowcell.

DeltaWing-Concept-EVDeltaWing to build EV? Usually known for its racers, DeltaWing wants to build three-wheeled electric vehicles in Georgia, supposed to come at a price of only 15,000 dollars. Designed to serve in a car sharing scheme, the EVs could also be sold. DeltaWing is not sure when the cars will be ready, as the company first has to build a manufacturing plant.,

Peugeot Sport thinking of hybrids: The sports section of Peugeot will put its new focus on plug-in hybrid technology, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares told Auto Express. The aim is a reduction in running costs while maintaining performance. Tavares did not yet name any models to be hybridised.

New battery cooperation: Chinese EV manufacturer Chengdu Xundi has signed a strategic agreement with Advanced Battery Technologies. Together, the firms plan to develop batteries to supply a driving range above 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) for electric cars.

Updated flow-cell technology: NanoFlowcell says it is working on an advanced version of its Quant E, that will be named Quant F. The new car will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, together with a “further surprise”. (R&D), (Geneva)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was German postal and logistics group Deutsche Post DHL acquiring StreetScooter, a spin-off of German university RWTH Aachen.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:17 am

Carlos Ghosn, Dieter Zetsche.

Carlos-Ghosn“Over the past century, we’ve spent trillions of dollars to develop a sophisticated global infrastructure around petroleum. Gasoline service stations are now so common in the industrialized world that people often forget conventional cars have a limited range.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wrote in a post on LinkedIn. He believes, a similar expansion will be possible for charging stations and that initiatives to boost charging infrastructure always lead to growing EV sales.

Dieter-Zetsche“Today, unlike five years ago, I am convinced that we will be able to reach a range of 400 or 500 kilometers in this decade, keeping weight and costs to a minimum.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said in an interview with German magazine Stern, talking about self-driving electric cars of the future. And he clearly favors batteries over fuel cell technology. (in German)

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:15 am

Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Koenigsegg Agera R, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt.

Video tip: Which car wins? The Swedish hyper sports car Koenigsegg Agera R or the Porsche 918 Spyder that features an electric engine for an extra boost of power and is equipped with the Weissach package? We won´t tell – watch the video to find out.

Reading tip: Happy Birthday, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt! Both turn four these days. Hybrid Cars has published an article looking back at what these two pioneers cars went through since December 2010.

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

StreetScooter, DHL, Audi, BMW, Tesla, Ford, China.

StreetScooter-PostDHL buys StreetScooter: Deutsche Post DHL has acquired the RWTH Aachen spin-off StreetScooter GmbH including the development and production rights to electric vehicles. StreetScooter CEO Achim Kampker believes that from next year on up to 10,000 EVs could be built in Aachen annually, German Focus Online reports. Already, Deutsche Post is using about 70 StreetScooter and plans to electrify its entire mail and parcel deliveries in the city of Bonn by 2016., (in German)

Audi plug-in to premier in Geneva: The German carmaker will present its Q7 plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, Audi’s head of sales Luca de Meo announced in Berlin. He further remarked that there will be “more to come” in 2015 but did not go into any details. (in German)

New BMW Chief: Norbert Reithofer will step down as chief executive of the German carmaker next year and will be replaced by Harald Krüger, the head of production. Reithofer will continue in a strategic role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Meanwhile, BMW development chief Herbert Diess will take over as Chairman of Volkswagen´s passenger cars brand.,

Tesla goes Down Under: The Californian carmaker has officially launched its Model S in Australia with the delivery of nine units and the opening of its first store and service centre in Sydney. Tesla also energised the first Superchargers in Australia and plans to build up a network that will connect Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney next year and all major cities along the east coast of Australia by 2016.

Ford hybrids for Australia: Ford Australia is committed to bring hybrid cars to the local market “within the next few years,” Trevor Worthington, VP of Product Development in the Asia/Pacific region said. This comes as a surprise as before the company believed that there is no demand in the region.

Chinese EV alliance: Geely, Changan, Great Wall and other Chinese carmakers intend to form the ‘Chinese Auto Export Enterprises Alliance’ designed to collectively raise their sales in markets oversea. Both Geely and Changan are already offering hybrid and all-electric models,

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