Nov 3, 2014 - 09:19 am

Honda Grace, Thailand, Daimler & MV Agusta, Honda FCX Clarity.

Honda-Grace-HybridNew Honda hybrid in Japan: Honda will launch the “Grace” hybrid in its home market on December 1st. It will reportedly be the Honda City, being produced in India, Thailand and Malaysia, with a new powertrain, most likely the Sport Hybrid i-DCD coupled to a dual-clutch transmission.,

Electrifying Thailand: The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and Loxley Public Company have signed an agreement to push for more EV development in Thailand. The focus is on research and development of batteries and charging systems, as well as electric buses that are supposed to replace the current CNG bus fleet in about two years’ time.

Daimler goes Italian: The German carmaker gets on board of Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta, buying 25 percent of the shares. The companies aim to collaborate in terms of marketing and sales. And Daimler probably has an eye on the compact engines that could be used in its hybrid cars.

Driving the Honda FCX Clarity: Transport Evolved took the fuel cell car for a short spin to answer the question, “what does driving a hydrogen fuel cell car feel like?” The answer – a lot like any other electric car, “smooth, refined and relaxing.” (with Video)

Nov 3, 2014 - 09:17 am

EV sales in Western Europe.

Exactly 6,164 all-electric vehicles were newly registered in Western Europe in September, EagleAID reports. That makes it the second more successful month ever. Only March 2014 saw more EVs registered (6,705). via

Nov 3, 2014 - 09:16 am

Lithium-air, Helmholz Institute, Johnson Matthey, Clariant, Quadrofoil.

Lithium-air research: Within the project ABILE (Air Batteries with Ionic Liquid Electrolytes), researchers from the BMW Group and the Universities of Rome, Münster and Seoul have optimized an ionic liquid electrolyte for Li-air batteries. The energy efficiency could be increased to 82 percent in a coin cell, compared with 60 to 70 percent for most existing Li-air batteries.

Helmholz-Institute-Ulm-Battery-LabNew battery research centre: The German state of Baden-Württemberg has invested 12 million euros in a research facility at the Helmholz Institute in Ulm. The new laboratories will enable the institute and its partners, the University of Ulm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research and the German Aerospace Centre to work together even more closely.,, (all articles in German)

Johnson Matthey buys Clariant’s LFP business: The largest producer of hydrothermal Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) worldwide has agreed to sell its Energy Storage business. For 75 million dollars, Johnson Matthey will take over the manufacturing plant in Canada, as well as the R&D and pilot plan in Germany. JM had already bought A123 System’s cathode factory in China in September.,

Unsinkable e-boat: The Quadrofoil resembles a jet ski and supposedly makes you “fly above water.” Starting next year, it will be available starting at 15,000 euros for a version with a 3.7 kW motor, 4.5 kWh battery and 50 km range. There is also a limited edition with 100 km range priced at 22,500 euros. (with video)

Nov 3, 2014 - 09:15 am

Heinz Hollerweger, Kyle Stock.

Heinz-Hollerweger“We could not exclude electrification, we would not exclude electrification. It is a technology that gives also some additional performance.”

Heinz Hollerweger, head of Audi’s quattro division, says that Audi’s RS performance lineup could be electrified, mentioning that electrically driven turbos and super capacitors are both possibilities.

Kyle-Stock“Volkswagen has made the electric car boring, and that’s no small accomplishment.”

Kyle Stock, editor for, comments on Volkswagens electric Golf (“boring brilliance”), that is made on the same assembly line that turns out traditional models.

Nov 3, 2014 - 09:13 am

EV subsidies, Electric and hybrid buses in the US.

Study tip: The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found that in U.S. states with the highest subsidies for EVs, the market share for electric vehicles was two to four times higher than the national average.

Reading tip: This article gives an overview of what regions are planning for electric and/or hybrid buses and when these will go into service. In 2013, 13 percent of buses in the US were all-electric or hybrid.

Oct 31, 2014 - 09:26 am

Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Toyota, Audi, Hero Electric, Mercedes.

Tesla inspired e-Rover? According to Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover is considering an all-electric model. It could be based on a new crossover version of the Range Rover and be ready to take on the Tesla Model X. After all, what is more inspiring than the others’ success?

Hybrid system for Porsche 911: Porsche CEO Matthias Müller now confirmed that the 911 model will be hybridised. He did not mention if it will be a plug-in hybrid, but for Porsche it´s most likely. When the hybrid 911 will become available was not confirmed. (in German)

Luxury hybrid for Japanese businessmen: Toyota introduces the Esquire, which will also be available with a hybrid drive unit with a combined 134 hp. This comes after potential customers in Japan had complained that their current luxury SUVs do not seat enough people. (with promo video)

Audi Q7 caught on camera: New, heavily camouflaged images of the Audi Q7 have emerged on the internet. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler had confirmed that the new model will also be available as a plug-in hybrid, soon after being launched in early 2015 (we reported).

New e-bikes for India: Hero Electric launches a new range of pedelecs called Avior. The AMX model is meant for male cyclists and the AFX for female cyclists. Both will feature a 24 V Li-ion battery and will be available at the 250 dealerships in India as well as online.,

Driving the B-Class ED: The Telegraph calls it “the most enjoyable model in the range,” also because of the extra 260 kilos positioned down low balance out the vehicle’s height, making it more “agile and stable.” The author says the electric B-Class may be a better deal than VW e-Golf or BMW i3.


Oct 31, 2014 - 09:25 am

BYD electric buses.

No less than 1,300 all-electric buses have already been sold by Chinese manufacturer BYD. According to the company, another 4,000 have already been ordered. That gives BYD confidence, saying that in 2020, it will build more electric buses than Nissan build Leaf in 2014.

Oct 31, 2014 - 09:23 am

Rescar 2.0, BASF & Toda Kogyo, LG Chem, Reevolt.

For the project Rescar 2.0, Infineon, Audi, Bosch, Elmos and the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology wanted to find a way to make electric components for electric cars more robust. The result is a cross-industry solution that enables more efficient upgrading of electronic control units (ECU).

BASF sets up joint venture in Japan: Together with Japan’s Toda Kogyo Corp., the chemical group wants to research and develop a range of Li-ion cathode materials that will also be used in electric vehicles. Called “BASF Toda Battery Materials,” the joint venture is ready to kick off in February.

LG Chem production site in China: Building of the new factory in Nanjing has begun. There, the battery manufacturer from South Korea hopes to produce enough batteries for 100,000 electric vehicles per year, once the site begins operating at the end of 2015.,

Reevolt retrofit transformer kit: German energy supplier Wemag offers standardised kits to electrify vehicles that can be installed by any garage. And according to the company, the 13,000 euro investment will have paid off after 50,000 km driven.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the “Vega”, Sri Lanka’s first electric super car, that will be unveiled in December by Code Gen International .

Oct 31, 2014 - 09:21 am

Hadi Zablit, Alain Prost, Kenneth Kcomt.

Hadi-Zablit“I would say it’s a signal that the automotive industry needs to move faster. There are two recent evolutions that have happened – the electric car and the connected car – and the auto industry has shown itself to be very conservative [on both counts].”

Hadi Zablit is the co-author of Boston Consulting Group’s annual innovation survey. It shows Tesla in seventh place, while carmakers such as Daimler and Audi are losing ground.

Alain-Prost“I know a lot of people in Formula One and they are looking at what we are doing, because they are losing some spectators and some interest.”

Alain Prost, Formula One legend and now team leader at Formula E, says that the latter will be a success and can win people over. But he adds that it does not aim to replace Formula One.

Kenneth-Kcomt“The sales pace is becoming increasingly stronger. So from a customer convenience and range anxiety standpoint, I think a lot of that is really being alleviated.”

Kenneth Kcomt, director of product planning for Nissan North America, comments on the 140,000 Nissan Leaf that have been sold globally, saying that the expansion of infrastructure is equally growing.


Oct 31, 2014 - 09:20 am

Chevy Volt production, Nissan Leaf sales record, Commercial EVs.

Video tip: CNN looks underneath the hood of the upcoming Chevy Volt and shows how the drive unit and battery pack are built. Watch as CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena (with some assistance from employees at GM battery lab in Warren, Michigan) assembles the next-gen Voltec drive unit.

Click tip: Nissan has set a new sales record, saying it already sold more Leafs until the end of September, than it did in all of 2013 (22,610 units). The first nine months of 2014 showed a 36 percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.,

Study tip: IDTechEx projects that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles for the construction, agriculture and mining sectors will be worth 30 billion dollars by 2025. According to the new report, i.e. tractors in agriculture will be electric in volume quantities by 2025.

Oct 30, 2014 - 09:27 am

Leahead, Kia, Mazda, Vega, China, Detroit Electric.

Kia-Optima-2014Electric Toyota arrives 2015: Toyota’s joint venture Guangqi Toyota in China has founded a new car brand named Leahead. Its first model based on the Levin, which was shown at the Auto China, will be all-electric and become available in China next year. A new hybrid model will also be released next year.

Kia plug-in to come 2016: The new non-hybrid Kia Optima will be available in Germany at the end of next year and the plug-in variant will follow at the beginning of 2016. For that same year, Kia also plans a new compact model that will be available as a hybrid only., (articles in German)

Electrified Mazdas? Motor Trend quotes insiders saying that adding electric variants is definitely up for discussion at Mazda. According to rumours, the carmaker will release a diesel hybrid version of its Mazda6 in 2016, followed by an all-electric model in 2018.

Electric supercar from Sri Lanka: The all-electric Vega by software company Code Gen International will be unveiled in December, while a first image and first details have already been released. The EV will feature a carbon body and two electric motors with a combined capacity of 662 kW.

China opens production halls: By the end of the year, the government wants to to finish drafting a policy that would allow new players to produce EVs in China, especially those that are not typical car manufacturers. Companies such as Wanxiang are allegedly in the starting blocks.,

More details about the SP:01: The electric sports car by Detroit Electric will weigh only 1,090 kilos and feature a 37 kWh battery pack, allowing for a range of up to 288 kilometres. Moreover, the supercar is said to go from zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 kph.,

Oct 30, 2014 - 09:27 am

CCS charging stations in Europe.

Exactly 515 CCS charging stations have been installed in Europe by now, according to “CCS Map.” What is notable is that according to the same source there were only 400 CCS chargers in Europe at the beginning of October (we reported).


Oct 30, 2014 - 09:26 am

Voltec, Zelectric Motors, DoE, AMP Electric Vehicles, Hyundai Mobis.

GM-Voltec2Tech details on the new Volt drivetrain: According to GM, the new drive unit will be 45 kilos lighter and up to 12 percent more efficient than the one used for the current model. The battery pack contains 192 cells instead of 288, making the unit 13.6 kilos lighter, but offering more capacity than its predecessor.,

Bug with plug: Zelectric Motors from San Diego presented another electrified version of the VW classic, called the ’66 ZelectricBug. As the name suggests, this model was originally build in 1966. The electrified version has a top speed of 100 miles, a range of 80 miles, and a price tag of 45,000 dollars. via

H2 competition: U.S. Department of Energy and Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the one million dollar “H2 Refuel H-Prize”. The two-year competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.,

Delivery by truck and drone: AMP Electric Vehicles developed the electric delivery truck “Workhorse” based on vehicles used by FedEx and UPS. In combination with its drone “HorseFly,” AMP wants to offer a complete delivery system. Some delivery companies have supposedly already shown interest.

BMS from Korea: Hyundai Mobis has developed a new battery management system supposed to increase the efficiency of electric vehicles, since every cell is connected to a sensor. Serial production, however, will only be possible in two years’ time.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was Chinese manufacturer BYD that recently presented its charging solutions for electric cars and buses.

Oct 30, 2014 - 09:24 am

David Richards, Peter Savagian, Jürgen Stackmann.

David-Richards“Why would you carry two engines around? I certainly can’t see that in a performance brand. I can’t see the justification for a hybrid version at all.”

While others make money and create a stir with their super hybrids, Aston Martin mastermind David Richards dampens hopes that the British carmaker will look to electrify its vehicles.

Peter-Savagian“We were real anxious to see if what we assumed was correct. We got some surprise there, and the biggest one was that people really want to drive electrically and they seek out opportunities to charge. In fact, they charge more than once a day, on average.”

Peter Savagian, GM’s general director of electric and hybrid vehicles talks about the experiences made with the Chevy Volt so far. When it was first introduced, GM assumed people would not drive electric as much as they actually do.

Juergen-Stackmann“Our customers usually have just one car in the household, and we are about value. Sure we could quickly implement that technology because we’re in the Group, but for the moment I’d like use to stay focussed.”

Head of Seat Jürgen Stackmann does not believe in the electrification of his brand (yet).

Oct 30, 2014 - 09:22 am

Kia Soul EV range, Renault Zoe range.

Click tip 1: Inside EVs put the Kia Soul EV to the test. In a very detailed driving report and video they explain how they got the South Korean car to go 101.5 miles (162.4 kilometres) on one charge. Official EPA range is 93 miles (150 kilometres).

Click tip 2: This driver of the Renault Zoe says, he has even made 142 miles (228 kilometres) on one charge. But as you can imagine, it took him a while to reach his destination.


Oct 29, 2014 - 09:40 am

Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Renault, Tesla.

VW-Golf-PlugInVW ready to plug in: According to Jochem Heinzmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, the carmaker wants to introduce more than 20 all-electric and plug-in hybrid models on the Chinese market “in the near future.” These will range from small cars to full-size SUVs.

Hyundai and Kia think electric: With the Soul EV, the latter already has an electric car in its portfolio. According to a Korean news portal, Kia now plans to introduce the all-electric K3 in South Korea in 2016, while partner Hyundai will unveil its Avante electric.

Mercedes GLE as PHEV: The face lifted version of the M-Class will become available next year and be renamed GLE. New spy shots show that it is also planned as a plug-in variant. It’s not known whether the drivetrain will be that of the C- or S-Class.

Affordable Renault plug-in: The French manufacturer presented its Eolab concept at the Motor Show in Paris. The production version of the plug-in hybrid is said to cost no more than the Clio DCi 90, priced at around 18,500 euros. When the PHEV will go into serial production remains unknown.,

Price adjustment for Tesla P85D: The all-wheel variant of the Model S was said to cost 120,170 dollars, when it was introduced a few weeks back. According to Inside EVs, Tesla quietly decontented the minimum requirements for the P85D, making the base model available starting at 105,670 dollars.

B-Class ED priced in the UK: After rebates, the all-electric Mercedes will cost 27,000 pounds (43,562 USD), 1,500 pounds (2,420 USD) less than the BMW i3. In the U.S., the 2015 model will feature the ‘Range Package’ option as standard. Before, it was a 600 dollar option. (UK), (USA)

Oct 29, 2014 - 09:40 am

Audi A6 Hybrid.

Audi has sold only 4,000 of its A6 Hybrid over the past three years, according to media reports. Based on those poor sales figures, the German carmaker now allegedly decided to stop selling the hybrid variant of the A6.,

Oct 29, 2014 - 09:39 am

Chevy Volt, Hyundai, Greenkraft & Efficient Drivetrains, Amlin Aguri.

Chevy-Volt-2015-TeaserGM invests in Volt drivetrain plant: The new Chevrolet Volt, which debuts at NAIAS Detroit in January, will receive its new drivetrain from Warren, Michigan. There, General Motors will invest 240 million dollars to build the new electric drive unit for the Volt. The range extender will be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder which is part of an all-new engine family.,,

New hybrid transmission: Hyundai unveiled a new six-speed automatic transmission for its future hybrid cars. Hyundai says it was able to integrate almost every hybrid component, including the electric motor. The mechanical oil pump has been replaced by an electric one to increase efficiency.,

Plug-in gas truck: The California Energy Commission now approved Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains´ joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas Class-4 truck combined with a plug-in hybrid powertrain (we reported).,

Aguri plans ahead: In the second season of the Formula E, teams will be allowed to use their own drivetrains and battery systems (we reported). The Japanese Amlin Aguri is already in the process of developing a year-two powertrain together with partners.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was EV manufacturer Cenntro Automotive starting production of its electric light commercial utility vehicle called Citelec for the U.S. market at its production site in Nevada.

Oct 29, 2014 - 09:38 am

Harald Kroeger, Mary Barra, Jim Buczkowski.

Harald-Kroeger“Who would have thought that among Porsche customers 10% would care for the polar bears? That basically shows there is something out there.”

Says Harald Kroeger, vice president-electrical/electronics and electric drive at Mercedes-Benz, about Porsche electrifying its portfolio. He is certain that in ten years’ time, there will be battery cells with twice the capacity at half the price: “We have the first samples in our labs at home that show me it’s true.”

Mary-Barra“As you look at regulatory requirements around the globe, electrification is a key part in making those targets. But doing it in a way that is focused on the customer.”

GM CEO Mary Barra says the manufacturer has “to be part of defining the future,” but that ultimately, the customer will decide what the future will be.

Jim-Buczkowski“I think that’s the challenge we face. We have to have C- and D-segment vehicles that are very affordable for customers to really get EVs to take off.”

Jim Buczkowski, Ford’s director-electrical and electronics systems/research and innovation, says that falling gas prices pose a significant problem for the electric mobility market.

Oct 29, 2014 - 09:36 am

Pick a plug-in, Affordable EVs in California.

Click tip: Sierra Club’s online EV Guide helps pick the perfect plug-in. So far it is only available to U.S. customers but it can even search for local incentives and tax rebates. The tool also considers i.e. how many miles a person drives per day or if they have an outlet for charging. via

Reading tip: No less than 11 EV models can be bought in California for less than 27,000 dollars. That is after tax credits and the state’s 2,500 dollars EV rebate. With a final price tag of 12,995 USD, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the cheapest option, followed by the Smart ED and Chevy Spark.

Oct 28, 2014 - 09:33 am

Tesla, Detroit Electric, Cenntro Automotive, Audi, Formula 1.

One Tesla fits all: In order to make the Model 3 attractive for as many potential customers as possible, Tesla wants to offer a number of derivatives. According to Tesla’s vice president for engineering Chris Porritt, it could i.e be available as a SUV or an estate – a product strategy similar to that of VW’s Golf.,

Elon Musk announces new leasing conditions for the Model S in the U.S. Working with US Bank, monthly leasing rates will drop around 25 percent. Moreover, if a customer is not satisfied with the car, he or she can return it within three months of purchase.,

Detroit-Electric-SP01-backDetroit Electric teases SP:01: The U.S. carmaker shows its upcoming electric sports car piece by piece. This time, it released a back shot of the final exterior. The SP:01 is said to be the world’s fastest production electric sports car when it becomes available next year.

Citelec for USA: Cenntro Automotive has begun building the small electric utility vehicle for the U.S. market at its production site in Nevada. It can carry up to 635 kilos, has a range of 200 kilometres and comes with a price tag of 20,000 dollars. In Europe, the Citelec is available since 2013.

Audi A9 as plug-in? The German manufacturer will unveil a design study at the LA Auto Show, which will most likely become available as the new Audi A9 in 2016. German Autobild published a rendering of what the car could look like and Autocar reports, that Audi plans two plug-in hybrid options. (rendering), (plug-in rumours)

Audi to hit the F1 track? UK’s Auto Express sites insiders saying that Audi will quit Le Mans and DTM by the end of next year and plans to join forces with Red Bull for the Formula 1 in 2016. So far, Audi officially says that is just a rumour.,

Oct 28, 2014 - 09:32 am

PEV sales in Europe.

A combined total of 10,216 electric cars and plug-in hybrids were sold in Europe in September. According to figures published by EV Sales, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV spearheaded sales (2,453 units) followed by the Nissan Leaf (1,986) and Renault Zoe (1,343).

Oct 28, 2014 - 09:32 am

BMW, Ford, Graphene 3D Lab, Hendo Hover.

BMW plans R&D centre in South Korea: The new research and development centre will have two locations, one in Seoul and one in Incheon. In the latter, BMW already is involved in a electric car project and has just recently deepened its relationship with Samsung SDI.

Ford is capable of buidling a Tesla-like long-range high performance electric car, Ford CEO Mark Fields said last week, and such a product would be “consistent with our product philosophy.” Surprisingly, Mark Fields revealed that Ford bought a Model S: “We drove it. We took it apart. We put it back together, and we drove it again.”,

3D-printed battery: Graphene 3D Lab Inc. has developed a 3D printable graphene battery. The components had been printed in seperate printing sessions. But with a true multi-material 3D printer, the battery could be produced in a single print, the company says. The technology could be used to 3D print supercapacitors or batteries that are incorporated in the body of car.

The Hoverboard is here, almost: US-based Hendo Hover is developing a hovering skateboard that uses magnetic levitation to fly about one inch above ground. The Kickstarter campaign was succesfull and collected more than 370,000 dollars already.,,

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was Henrik Fisker and his plan to reveal two new models at the LA Auto Show.

Oct 28, 2014 - 09:30 am

Patrick Moseley, Miao Wei, Mark Preston.

Patrick-Moseley“Over the past 25 years, the auto industry has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from a 1990 baseline, which is less than 1 per cent a year. Over the next 35 years, the industry will have to sustain the 2 to 3 per cent annual reduction that it is now achieving. That’s a tall order.”

Patrick Moseley, president emeritus of the Advanced Lead–Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and one of the authors of the book “Towards Sustainable Road Transport,” explains why by 2050, most cars will have to be either electric or fuel cell vehicles.

Miao-Wei“We have to increase the building of charging facilities. And we have to urge the National Energy Administration and housing authorities to include charging facilities into urban planning.”

Miao Wei, Minister of Industry and Information Technology, announces a new plan for China to further push the installation of charging infrastructure in the country. There are currently more than 60,000 charging points in China.

Mark-Preston“The recent announcement by Foxconn is an interesting example of the future of the world’s largest manufacturers and it could be the start of more movements by Apple, Google and others into one of the oldest markets in the world: transportation.”

Mark Preston from the Amlin Aguri Formula E Team believes that Foxconn’s announcement to build EVs is just the beginning. Others will want to get on board and electric vehicles could revolutionize the automotive sector as smartphones did in the telephone market.

Oct 28, 2014 - 09:29 am

Carbon fibre demand, Porsche 918 Spyder.

Study tip: Lux Research predicts that the demand for carbon fibre will grow an average of 13 percent per year, increasing from 36,000 tons in 2013 to 86,000 tons in 2020. A market that could then be worth 35 billion dollars.

Video tip: Take a seat and buckle up as one guy pushes his Porsche 918 Spyder to hit 325 kph on the German Autobahn – camera rolling, of course. In a short self-interview, the driver says that he is amazed how well the Porsche handles, even at such high speeds.

Oct 27, 2014 - 09:24 am

Toyota, Tesla, Henrik Fisker, Porsche, Formula E.

TeslaToyota sells Tesla shares: Following Daimler’s announcement that it sold its stakes (we reported), the Japanese carmaker cashes in on its Tesla shares. It is unclear whether Toyota sold all of its shares, leaving Panasonic as the only major corporate investor, or if it simply took advantage of recently high share prices. Also, Toyota now sold its factory in Freemont, California, to Tesla, which will become the assembly site for the Model X.,

New Fisker models in LA? Not Fisker, the carmaker that was taken over by Chinese Waxiang Group, but Henrik Fisker, the man who gave the company its name, wants to present two new models at the LA Auto Show. One project is dubbed the “Ultimate American Muscle Car,” indicating it will be very different from the Karma extended-range electric sedan.

Driving the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid: Autocar and Telegraph got to take the petrol-electric SUV for a spin. The latter was not too keen on the model, giving it three out of five stars, also because of its high price. Funny enough, Autocar argues the opposite, saying the Porsche is a better deal than other hybrids in its class.,

Formula E gives boost: Four weeks ahead of the second ePrix race in Putrajaya, Malaysia, FIA’s re-opens its “FanBoost.” Fans can vote for their favourite driver and the top three will get a five second boost during the race, increasing power from 150 to 180 kW. This time, voting is available in Chinese and Japanese.,

Oct 27, 2014 - 09:23 am

Hybrid sales worldwide.

Worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles dropped 9 percent in the first eight months of this year, compared to sales during the same period in 2013. In the U.S. alone, five percent fewer hybrids left dealership lots. The reasons are dropping petrol prices and the rise of more efficient petrol-powered cars. (worldwide), (U.S.)

Oct 27, 2014 - 09:22 am

Virginia Commonwealth University, Maxwell & Corning, TDAP.

Halogen-free Li-ion batteries: Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University have identified a series of halogen-free electrolytes but with comparable performance characteristics. Halogen is toxic and with this research, scientists hope for the development of safer Li-ion batteries.

Ultracapacitor development: Maxwell and Corning will work together to increase the capacity of energy storage systems by addressing issues with ultracapacitors, such as cost, energy density, lifetime, etc. Unlike batteries, ultracapacitors store energy in an electric field.

Funds for low-carbon technology: The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) by the UK Advanced Propulsion Centre will fund successful applicants developing innovative low-carbon technologies that can be used by the automotive sector. Existing technologies from other sectors may also apply. The deadline is October 31st., (application)

Oct 27, 2014 - 09:21 am

Manfred Schürmann, Eugene Groysman.

anonym“The packaging is impossible for the Macan. This system is too big.”

Porsche’s hybrid powertrain manager Manfred Schürmann silences rumours that the Macan SUV will be made available with the hybrid drive from the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. According to Schürman, the 911 model can´t be fitted with this hybrid system either.

anonym“No, Tesla has already shown the viability of the electric car market. That is why I still think they’re a game changer.”

Eugene Groysman, a Tesla investor, looks back at Tesla’s progression. Whether the carmaker continues to be a “game changer,” will depend on whether the upcoming Model X can compete with other SUVs on the market, especially in terms of price.

Oct 27, 2014 - 09:19 am

Tesla Model S, London's EV charging network.

Video tip: For a television crew from CNBS, IHS Technology took apart a Tesla Model S to see what technology is under the hood. While many parts are Tesla originals, others are provided by Texas Instruments or Qualcomm. via

Reading tip: Is London’s EV charging network falling apart? Many of the stations are out of order and will probably not be repaired soon. Source London says it currently has no jurisdiction to repair broken points, because maintenance is the responsibility of charger manufacturers, some of whom are not cooperating.

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