Jun 19, 2014 - 09:02 am

Detroit Electric, Peugeot, Honda, Formula E, Kia.

detroit-electricDetroit Electric about to start: The company announced it will complete its European testing of the SP:01 shortly. This means Detroit Electric will start production of its electric roadster soon after and promises more details in the coming weeks.
finanznachrichten.de, automobilesreview.com

Meet the new Peugeot 508: The French carmaker revealed its new 508 in London yesterday, which is set to arrive at dealers in September. Both the estate RXH and saloon will be offered with the Hybrid4 diesel-hybrid option.
topgear.com, peugeot.com

Honda is killing the (mild) hybrid car, now also for its luxury brand ILX and will not offer the Acura hybrid again next year. After the recent ‘death’ of the Insight and the CR-Z (only in Europe, we reported), the Acura is the next car being cancelled that uses the Japanese’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild-hybrid system.
hybridcars.com, greencarreports.com

Trulli team confirmed: All is set for former Formula 1 driver Jarno Trulli to enter the electric racing series with his team ‘Trulli GP Formula E.’ Even though Trulli is taking the slot of Lord Drayson’s team (we reported), they will stay on board the Formula E as technology partner and will work with TrulliGP on wireless charging.

Certified climate protector: German TÜV Nord attests that the new Kia Soul EV has a strong “Global Warming Potential,” or better, cooling, as the Korean EV emits about 40% fewer greenhouse gases over its whole life than its diesel counterpart. This means the Kia Soul EV scores high on the ISO 14040 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standard, which takes into account manufacturing, materials, tailpipe emissions and recycling.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Jun 19, 2014 - 09:01 am

May 2014 EV sales in Norway.

Nissan sold 342 Leaf in Norway last month – less than in any other month this year. Maybe the expected arrival of its fiercest competitor, the E-Golf, is responsible for pushing Nissan’s EV into third place. Tesla’s Model S, on the other hand, takes the pole position with 371 units sold in May. The E-Up came in second (358).

Jun 19, 2014 - 09:00 am

Washington State University, Mercedes, BMW, Urine carbon.

Gasoline powered fuel cell: Researchers from Washington State University have developed a fuel cell that literally convert fuels such as kerosin into electricity. They claim it is a more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes compared to a combustion engine.
sciencenewsline.com, nblo.gs

Mercedes ready for Austria: At the Canadian Grand Prix, both Mercedes race cars suffered a failure of the MGU-K energy recovery system as its power electronics overheated and forced Lewis Hamilton out of the race. The company is confident it has now solved the problem.

Audible Pedestrian Protection is the name for a new option for BMW’s electric offering. Buyers of the i3 or i8 can add the artificial sound generator, which warns pedestrian of the electric car’s silent approach with a “turbine-like” noise.

Powerful pee: To replace platinum in fuel cells scientists have now identified another potent source of carbon catalysts. A team from Korea University harvested porous urine carbon (URC) from human urine. Will this change the way we treat our everyday biological waste?
asianscientist.com, zeenews.india.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the spy shot of a ghost – a VW GTE plug-in hybrid estate.


Jun 19, 2014 - 08:58 am

Victor Yang, Ed Kim, Elon Musk.

Geely-Logo“The electric car market is too small. By banding together, Tesla and others can achieve economies of scale, and when the market grows, the government will pay more attention.”

To Geely spokesperson Victor Yang, trilateral talks between Tesla, BMW and Nissan only make (common) sense, whereas BYD says it is not interested in Tesla’s technology and that its own technology is the “most advanced” already.

Ed-Kim“It will take Tesla a bit longer to ramp up in Western Europe than in the US.”

Ed Kim, vice president of industry analysis at AutoPacific, thinks Tesla is in for slower growth in Europe than in the States, since people there are less garage and car focused.

Elon-Musk“Probably Mars.”

Elon Musk’s answers the question about what he thinks is easier to achieve: going to Mars or building an EV battery for less than 5,000 dollars.

Jun 19, 2014 - 08:56 am

Tesla patents, BMW i8 vs. stretched Model S.

Click tip: uAutoInsurance looked at how many patents Tesla actually has, counting 249. Alone 104 of those have to do with batteries, followed by charging (28) and motor patents (13).
uautoinsurance.com via cleantechnica.com

Reading tip: Bill Howard is putting the BMW i8 head to head with the prolonged Model S. The latter, he finds, is still too short for China’s rich executives but indeed stretches into BMW territory. However, the Bavarian super hybrid might win over a Tesla fan or two – if only it were fully electric.

Jun 18, 2014 - 08:33 am

NEVS, Lexus, Volvo, Tesla, Volkswagen.

NEVS is looking for investors: Financial problems at National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Chinese company owning Saab, continue. NEVS now confirmed talks with two Asian OEMs, interested in coming on board. Rumour has it, these two might be Mahindra and Dongfeng.
thetruthaboutcars.com, saabsunited.com

Lexus-LF-NXToyota to take its time: Even though the Japanese carmaker sold 6,503 hybrids in the first quarter of this year in China, it has no concrete plans to set up a production line for its Lexus brand there. Despite 27% of all Lexus sold in China being hybrids, the brand is well behind the overall growth of its German competitors.

Volvo XC90 to go Down Under: Volvo Cars Australia will not import the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid V60. Instead, it will introduce the upcoming petrol-electric plug-in hybrid SUV, which is expected to arrive before the end of 2015.

Sharing is caring: Tesla shares rose by almost nine percent last Monday, when news broke about a possible cooperation with BMW and maybe Nissan. With their value reaching 224.61 dollars, it was the highest closing price in two months.

Spy shot of a ghost: At San Francisco Airport, a VW fan has spotted what appears to be a GTE plug-in hybrid estate – a model that is not even in production in Europe. But who knows what VW has got in the pipeline?!
golfgteforum.com via hybridcars.com


Jun 18, 2014 - 08:32 am

Chevy Volt electric miles.

More than half a billion miles have been travelled electrically in the Chevy Volt since its introduction in December 2010. GM got its data from a fleet of about 47,000 owners which have agreed to be monitored via the OnStar system.

Jun 18, 2014 - 08:30 am

Honda, Paul Scherrer Institute, DOE.

Honda parks and charges autonomously: In Japan, a Fit EV is currently being tested which not only charges inductively but parks itself in order to do so. The feature comes in handy in Honda’s domestic market as Japanese garages are particularly small.
transportevolved.com (with video), rte.ie

Imaging fuel cell icing: Researchers at the Swiss Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have managed to image water and ice in a hydrogen fuel cell for the first time. They applied a new imaging technique that distinguishes between areas with liquid and frozen water extremely reliably. The problem of ice affecting a fuel cell’s performance might now be better understood and avoided.

20 million dollars will be awarded to ten projects concerning advances in hydrogen production and delivery by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The aim of these projects is to bring the price of hydrogen down to less than four dollars per gallon (about one dollar per litre).

– Feedback –

Most clicked Link on Tuesday was the news about Nissan possibly joining BMW-Tesla talks about charging networks.

Jun 18, 2014 - 08:29 am

Gareth Chandler.

Gareth-Chandler“I’ve sold so many because I live and breathe the Leaf.”

Nissan dealer Gareth Chandler from Gateshead, UK, has sold 200 Leaf – more than any other car seller in the country. Naturally, he is driving the fully-electric Nissan himself too.


Jun 18, 2014 - 08:28 am

E-Mobility Information Centres, SunHawk.

Download tip: A new report by e-mobility NSR gives recommendations for setting up regional E-Mobility Information Centres (EMICs). The UK serves as a best practice example, while the transnational comparison found two awareness gaps which could easily be overcome with EMICs.
e-mobility-nsr.eu (download) via e-mobility-nsr.eu

Click tip: The SUNY New Palz has developed the ‘SunHawk,’ a solar car that looks a bit like a flying saucer covered in solar cells. And its two halves are held together by plastic zippers only. Click here, to see for yourself.

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:28 am

Nissan, McLaren, Tesla, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, BMW.

Supercharger connection? It looks like BMW might be joined by Nissan in its open approach to Tesla, the ‘Financial Times’ reports. The Japanese carmaker has been talking with the Californians, too, and rumour has it that all three mayor manufacturers might indeed join forces to create charge points to be used by all.
ft.com, insideevs.com, transportevolved.com

McLaren to build track-only P1: McLaren now confirmed to be working on a powerful race car called P1 GTR (we reported). Its hybrid drive is said to come with 1,000 hp and is currently being developed. At the same time, Ferrari is working on the LaFerrari XX, a race version of its hybrid supercar La Ferrari.
topgear.com, autoblog.com

Tesla-Model-XModel X coming up: Reservation holders for the Tesla Model X received an email confirming the arrival of the first cars in early 2015. The electric SUV will now definitively get all-wheel drive, an optional third row and the much-anticipated gull-wing doors.

It looks like the latest TV spot for VW’s E-Golf is essentially a copy of Ford’s 2013 clip for its EcoBoost technology. Both videos show a man nostalgically saying goodbye to its local gas station. The concept, however, dates even further back and was first used by Chevrolet to advertise its Cruze.
youtube.com (VW), youtube.com (Ford), youtube.com (Chevrolet)

Differences explained: Luke Ottaway compared the working principle of Chevy’s Volt and the BMW i3 REx. He dubs both as “plug-in hybrids” even though he later admits that the i3 “is primarily a pure electric car.”

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:27 am

May 2014 Plug-in-sales in Sweden.

In Sweden, 387 EVs were sold in May of which 239 were Mitsubishi Outlanders. The second most sold car was Renault’s Zoe even though 24 units might not exactly qualify as big seller. The same goes for Tesla’s 23 sales.


Jun 17, 2014 - 08:26 am

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

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

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

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

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

– Feedback –

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

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:25 am

Christina Bu, Nissan.

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

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

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

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

Jun 17, 2014 - 08:22 am

Formula E, Nissan ZEOD RC.

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

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

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:15 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:14 am

Nissan ZEOD RC sets all-electric record.

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

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:12 am

Toyota, Nissan, Marbel, Damen Shipyards.

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

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

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

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

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:12 am

Arndt Ellinghorst.

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

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

Jun 16, 2014 - 08:09 am

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2014 - 09:02 am

Tesla, Kia, BMW, Continental, Nissan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2014 - 09:01 am

Best-selling plug-ins in UK and Sweden.

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

Jun 13, 2014 - 09:00 am

SchmiRmaL, Leclanché, Drive EO, Momentum Dynamics.

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

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2014 - 08:58 am

Elon Musk, Volker Blandow.

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

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2014 - 08:55 am

Toyota investigating hover cars, Carsharing in China, Events.

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

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

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

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:27 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:26 am

Interview with filmmaker Chris Paine.

– Exclusive –

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

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:24 am

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:23 am

Dave Zuchowski, Pat Davis.

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

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

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

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

Jun 12, 2014 - 08:21 am

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

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

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

Found on electrive.com
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