May 8, 2014 - 08:18 am

Lexus ad trashes electric cars, Nissan starts building e-NV200.

Video tip I: In its latest campaign, Lexus basically declares war on electric cars – at least according to Transport Evolved. Either this is just bad marketing or Lexus is seriously afraid of electric cars.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com

Video tip II: Watch Nissan being 100% confident in its electric cars, when it rolls the first Nissan e-NV200 off production line at its plant in Barcelona. Production of the e-NV200 just started (we reported) and the van will be available beginning of June.
youtube.com

May 7, 2014 - 08:46 am

Chrysler, Tesla, Porsche, Berlin, Mercedes.

Two plug-ins from Chrysler: Chrysler wants to introduce a plug-in hybrid Town & Country minivan by 2016, and new full-size crossover PHEV. Instead of offering electric-only or H2 drive options, Chrysler plans to introduce several mild hybrids following the plug-in launch.
detroitnews.com, greencarreports.com, autonews.com

No Model E from Tesla: The carmaker officially abandoned its Model E trademark, which was supposed to get used for Tesla’s 2017 affordable, mass-market electric car. The reason for the withdrawal has not been specified. But a few months ago, Ford had also applied for the same trademark. Originally, Tesla had applied for names reading Model S, E, X and Y.
tsdr.uspto.gov via green.autoblog.com, teslamotors.com (SEXY)

Porsche 911 plug-in: In a recent interview, Porsche chairman Matthias Müller confirmed that the next 911 will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Also, he declined plans of a new low-cost Porsche, available for less than the 50,000 euros (70,000 dollars).
presseportal.de, transporter-news.de (both in German)

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www.siemens.com/electriccar

Berlin in the old days: The planned Eco-Mobility Festival in Berlin (we reported yesterday) has been cancelled. For one month in 2015, residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood would have enjoyed a time of fossil fuel-free mobility. Obviously not everybody liked that idea and so the local authorities pulled the plug.
tagesspiegel.de, morgenpost.de (both in German)

C-Class spy shots: The estate version of the latest Mercedes C-Class will debut in September and also come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains (we reported). The so-called T-Model has now been caught on camera with almost no camouflage.
autozeitung.de (in German)

May 7, 2014 - 08:45 am

BMW i3 sales.

In the first three months of this year, 2,022 BMW i3s were sold worldwide. According to BMW, numbers will steadily rise with production just ramping up. Currently, some 100 cars are leaving the factory every day.
bmwgroup.com

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May 7, 2014 - 08:44 am

EM Safety, Daymak, Panasonic, Johnson Controls.

EM Safety: In an EU-funded study led by Scandinavian research institute SINTEF, researchers from seven different countries found that there is no danger from magnetic fields in electric cars. In fact, field intensity is well below the recommendations set by international standards.
sciencedaily.com, greencarcongress.com

Daymak-BeastSolar electric bike: Canadian Daymak announced the launch of its electric bike called The Beast. The bike has a 15 W solar battery case and according to the manufacturer, good to recharge 10 km of range per 8 hours at ambience light. Full production of the bike is planned for this summer.
prweb.com, daymak.com

Batteries are more than tripling for automotive applications over the last three years. According to Lux Research, in 2013, Panasonic held the biggest share of the market with 39%, followed by NEC (27%) and LG Chem (9%). Top-three demand came from Toyota (28%), Tesla Motors (24%) and Renault-Nissan (21%).
finanznachrichten.de, luxresearchinc.com

Joint battery lab: The new Johnson Controls Advanced Systems Test Lab will be established between the battery manufacturer and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research will focus on systems for vehicle as well as stationary applications and complete the existing UW-Milwaukee partnership.
greencarcongress.com

May 7, 2014 - 08:43 am

Norbert Reithofer, Rory Lumsdon, Nick Clegg.

Norbert-Reithofer“California is the trend market.”

BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer wants and has to see the i3 a success in the EV-friendly U.S. state. The decision to produce more i-models has not been made, Reithofer said in a recent telephone interview.
“Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” print edition. May 7th, 2014. Page 21.

Rory-Lumsdon“It would be irresponsible of Volkswagen only to pursue one strategy. In the short term, battery electric vehicles have the greater real-world potential, but we are also investigating the Volkswagen possibilities of hydrogen.”

Rory Lumsdon, Manager of Product Affairs at Volkswagen UK, talks about VW’s late start to electric cars and why it was worth the wait.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Nick-Clegg“I would love to buy an electric car if they produced more of the family size. […] Most of the electric cars on the market are smaller ones that are not quite right for a family of my size.”

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, stated that EVs are basically unsuitable for families only a few days after announcing a 500m-pound investment to encourage people to buy more green vehicles (we reported).
telegraph.co.uk

May 7, 2014 - 08:40 am

EV incentives worldwide, New electric dragster record.

Study tip: The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) released a study about the various worldwide incentive schemes available when purchasing or using an electric car. Is your country among the top supporters?
greencarreports.com, theicct.org

Video tip: Watch Kristen Stacey when she hits a new EV record with her electric dragster Hammerdown on the quarter-mile length of the dragstrip in 7.89 seconds at 161.87 mph.
green.autoblog.com

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May 6, 2014 - 08:45 am

FAW, Nissan, Porsche, Mercedes, Berlin, Tesla.

China EV strategy: At the recent Bejing motor show, the FAW group announced its ambitious plans to acquire a 15 percent share of the country’s EV market by 2020. Starting with four models this year, FAW hopes to have six new energy vehicle platforms and 16 mass-market vehicles on offer in six years’ time.
greencarcongress.com, faw.com

Nissan e-NV200 production start: Following substantial investments in its Spanish operations, Nissan kicked off production of its second mass-market electric vehicle in Barcelona. The e-NV200 will be available both in a cargo and passenger configuration without compromises in payload or space compared to its petrol sibling. From the start, the e-NV200 will be exported to 20 international markets, including Japan.
electriccarsreport.com

Porsche to expand Cayenne range: As Autocar has learnt from Porsche insiders, we might see a new coupe-style Cayenne by 2018. As part of a new line of SUVs based on VWs modular MQB platform, the Cayenne will also feature plug-in petrol-hybrid and diesel-hybrid powertrains.
autocar.co.uk

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www.siemens.com/electriccar

Tesla genes: It is no news that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive has Tesla technology inside. A recent review undermines that fact, highlighting features such as improved clearance of about five centimetres for battery protection, an understated acceleration figure of 7.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kph and a Range Plus charge-mode that will put an extra 25 percent of energy into the battery. Model S drivers, does that sound familiar?
greencarreports.com

Future for a month: In 2015, about 20,000 residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood in Berlin, will be living car-free for one month. For the duration of the Eco-Mobility Festival, 3,500 conventional cars will have to make room for pedestrians, bikes, public transport, EVs and shared cars. Whether the locals like it or not. The project follows the example of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 that successfully took place in Suwon, South Korea.
tagesspiegel.de (in German), ecomobilityfestival.org (South Korea)

Working for Tesla is something worth going the extra mile for. That is what many might have thought when they headed towards Tesla’s job fair held at the Fremont facility last weekend. Unfortunately, too many candidates led to heavy traffic and the job fair had to shut its doors only two hours after opening.
green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

May 6, 2014 - 08:42 am

EnerDel, GerWeiss Motors, Toyota, Movitz.

Philippines-TrikesBatteries for trikes: EnerDel secured a long-term agreement with GerWeiss Motors to supply 3 kWh battery systems for motorised three-wheelers to be used on the Philippine island of Boracay. GerWeiss aims to convert up to 500 of these vehicles to electric power by 2016.
green.autoblog.com

World’s largest H2 power plant: A 1.11 megawatt fuel-cell system has been installed at Toyota Motor Sales’ headquarters near Los Angeles. The stationary power plant will provide enough energy to provide the campus with half the energy needed during peak times. The hydrogen is produced using a natural gas reformation technique.
electriccarsreport.com

A 10-minute charge will be all Stockholm’s new ferry needs to travel one hour at 9 knots. The Movitz is currently undergoing a retrofit to electric power, which is said to cut 130 tons of CO2 and 1.5 tons of NOx emissions. It will be using a 180 kWh NiMH battery to power two 125 kilowatt motors.
wired.com

Toyota hybrid victorious: At the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the Toyota hybrid race car TS040 prooved successful again and won the race. Next up is Le Mans!
puregreencars.com

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May 6, 2014 - 08:41 am

Charlie Munger, Greg Archer.

Charlie-Munger“You have to consider, this company started from zero. And the electric car which BYD is now building together with Mercedes drives like a dream. At least my associate in China is saying that.”

Charlie Munger, vice-chairman at Berkshire Hathaway and business partner of Warren Buffett, is backing BYD over its losses at the stock market and increasing competition.
all-in.de, business-panorama.de (both in German)

Greg-Archer“Fuel efficiency standards for vehicles are Europe’s single most effective policy to drive down CO2 emissions, but are being undermined by an obsolete test.”

Greg Archer, clean vehicles manager at Transport and Environment (T&E), seems back environmental campaigners’ claims that the announcement that new cars sold in Europe in 2013 are four percent cleaner, was exaggerated.
reuters.com

May 6, 2014 - 08:37 am

Tesla conspiracy, Lexus IS300h review.

Reading tip: According to flyers stuck the windshield of Tesla cars in San Francisco, Tesla Motors is involved in organised crimes and other conspiracies. We guess you could just use it as a list of things Tesla is most likely not doing – or just have a good laugh!
twitter.com (flier) via cleantechnica.com

Video tip: In the newest edition of Robert Llewelly’s ‘Fully Charged,’ the former test drives the Lexus IS300h. A hybrid vehicle with a bright future ahead, despite a worldwide economic downturn – at least that is what Robert Llewellyn deducts, when looking at early sales numbers of the Toyota Prius.
youtube.com

May 5, 2014 - 09:25 am

Toyota, Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes, European Environment Agency.

Toyota considers new hybrid: Once the technology gets more affordable, the carmaker might offer its new Toyota Aygo as a hybrid. Just not yet. The combustion version will hit the streets this summer.Meanwhile, with every third car sold being a hybrid, the Yaris hybrid has proven to be a success story for Toyota. The same is true for the Auris with 40% and Auris ST estate with 60% of the customers going for hybrid.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German), welt.de (in German)

Ferrari plans new hybrid models: Especially the 458 might be offered as a hybrid version in the near future. But here too, cost is still an issue. Ferrari-Chef Amedeo Felisa says, he wants to wait for further technological development and lower battery prices.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

First BMW i3 delivered in the U.S.: Charles Rabie, a professor at Tulf University in Boston was the lucky first to drive off the lot on Friday. On the other end of the U.S., California buyers are happy to hear that even the BMW i3 with extended range will receive the same 2,500 dollar incentive as the fully electric version.
electriccarsreport.com (Boston), greencarreports.com (California)

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www.siemens.com/electriccar

B-Class Electric Drive priced in the UK: As of the first quarter 2015, the Mercedes will be available for 32,000 pounds (54,000 dollars) before rebates. And with the 5,000-pound (8,440 dollars) government grant extended to 2017, the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive will cost only 1,320 pounds (2,230 dollars) more than the BMW i3.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, autocar.co.uk

Introducing C evolution: BMW’s all-electric maxi scooter is available as of today and is said to combine the qualities of a motorcycle and agility of a scooter. The 15,000-euro price tag (20,800 dollars) puts it in the ‘Tesla category’ among scooters. An investment that pays off. C evolution can save the driver 6,000 euros (8,300 dollars) per 10,000 kilometres driven.
designboom.com

The European Union is happy with how fast carmakers are achieving their climate goals, saying the 2015 target has already been met. Climate organisations, on the other hand, accuse manufacturers of lying about their vehicles’ CO2 emission figures.
greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com

LaFerrari test drive: Rory Caroll describes it as ‘otherwordly,’ as he sits behind the steering wheel of the new super hybrid. Only 499 units will build and sold to selective customers. And despite its 1.4 million dollar price tag, they have already sold out.
autoweek.com

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May 5, 2014 - 09:23 am

April 2014 EV sales in the U.S.

Some 4,187 electric vehicles were sold in the U.S. in April, two percent more as in April 2013. Moreover, 4,718 plug-in hybrids and 39,430 hybrids left the dealership lots. The Nissan Leaf is once again in the lead, with 2,088 units sold, followed by the Chevy Volt with 1,548 units sold.
hybridcars.com (April), hybridcars.com (Nissan vs Chevy)

May 5, 2014 - 09:21 am

DoE, General Motors, Saroléa, Proterra.

As much as ten million dollars: That is how much the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will put into zero emission cargo transport solutions in the United States. With the investment, they are footing half of the states’ and local governments’ bills for these type of projects.
greencarcongress.com, eere-exchange.energy.gov (application docs)

New GM production facility: General Motors has kicked-off construction of a new plant for engines and transmissions in Pontiac, Michigan. The “GM Performance and Racing Center (GMPRC)” will also be the birth place of electric motors.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Saroléa presents the Saroléa SP: The new machine can go from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. It features a battery pack with a yet unknown capacity, as well as a 13o kW motor. The electric motorcycle will soon head to the Isle of Man to battle for the trophy in this year’s TT Zero.
green.autoblog.com

Proterra sets the new record for the most miles traveled by a battery-operated bus in one day, putting some 700 miles behind it in just 24 hours. It was charged up a few times during that time period, using Proterra’s proprietary fast-charging process.
electriccarsreport.com

May 5, 2014 - 09:19 am

Volkmar Denner.

Volkmar-Denner“We have to remain realistic. When we predicted a few years ago that by 2020 ten percent of the cars will be electrified, we were the only ones doing so. By now, the whole industry shares this view.”

Bosch-director Volkmar Denner in an interview talking about Bosch’s future plans to get more independent of the automotive industry and about it visions for the Internet of Things.
welt.de (in German)

May 5, 2014 - 09:16 am

BMW i8, Unusual places to charge, Formula E.

Video tip: He hated getting to it, but he loved driving it! After flying to Los Angeles, Chris Harris got behind the wheel of the BMW i8. He is impressed with how much the production car still resembles the concept.
youtube.com

Click tip: You do not have to charge you EV at home or at a charging station – how about parking your electric motorcycle in a restaurant kitchen for juice? And that is just one of the most unusual place to charge up.
greencarreports.com

Formula E: He is the first Chinese race driver to test drive a Formula E car. In this video, Ho-Pin Tung describes his experience – just in time for the official opening of the Formula E headquarters in Donington Park on May 15th.
fiaformulae.com, youtube.com (Video)

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:52 am

Geely, Volkswagen, Tesla, Cadillac, BMW, Elon Musk.

Geely plug-in concept: The Volvo owner is looking at electrifying its own models too and presented the Emgrand Cross Concept PHEV in Beijing. The car is destined to hit its domestic market by 2015 and has a said electric range of 31 miles.
carnewschina.com, green.autoblog.com

Passat gets a new look: Spy shots of the next generation VW Passat have emerged. The pictures show the Chinese version called Magotan, which is identical to the European version except for the longer wheelbase. Based on VW’s MQB platform, it will almost certainly be offered as plug-in hybrid by 2015.
indianautosblog.com

Better safe than sorry: To minimise any delay caused by last-minute issues for its Gigafactory battery plant, Tesla will move forward its planning considering at least two different states. Tesla is currently assessing sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. California is not an option due to timing requirements of regulatory matters.
bloomberg.com via green.autoblog.com

A taste of luxury: Cadillac has started a series of test drive events to get people into the new ELR. The ‘ELR Mobile Experience’ is currently travelling through California, stopping at busy districts and festivals in L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area.
hybridcars.com

How sexy is the BMW i8? Wondered John Voelcker and colleagues. So they took the Bavarian plug-in hybrid for a spin in L.A. where it “drew crowds” while its wingdoors when opened inspired numerous selfies. Inspiring enough?!
greencarreports.com

Salary slash: Tesla paid its CEO Elon Musk 69,989 dollars in 2013. Compared to 2012 where he made almost 80 million, this seems to be a rather radical cut. Yet, a thorough look reveals Musk as Tesla’s biggest shareholder, not to speak of his numerous other sources of income and ventures.
bloomberg.com

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:51 am

ZAP, Jonway Auto.

From China come 25,000 orders of the Sparkee and Urbee EVs by Zap and its subsidiary Jonway. According to the company, the orders are “committed” and will be dealt with throughout the course of this year by a newly set up ‘super dealer company.’
online.wsj.com

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:48 am

BYD, WiTricity, Vivax, Hayvard.

BYD-TangBYD unveils Tang: The Chinese manufacturer has officially unveiled its latest plug-in SUV in Beijing. The Tang comes as 4WD and is said to drive about 40 miles all electrically. Furthermore, BYD revealed plans to offer a new ‘super-hybrid’ called Ming featuring four in-wheel drives by 2016.
automotive-business-review.com, green.autoblog.com

Wireless charging commercialised: WiTricity is licensing its inductive charging technology to the Japanese TDK Corporation. The licensing agreement will enable TDK to market WiTricity’s wireless charging technology for EVs on a large scale.
greencarcongress.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Small secret: The Vivax Assist conversion kit for pedelecs is inserted into the seat post and can provide a boost of up to 200 W. Its battery sits in a saddle bag. The system is so inconspicuous that once a cyclist at the Tour de France was suspected to have used it secretly.
treehugger.com

Fuel saving PSV: Hayvard has been commissioned by Fafnir Offshore HF to design and build a hybrid Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) together with Norwegian Electric Systems. Ironically, the boat is supposed to serve around offshore oil platforms in the Arctic while saving 30 to 40% of fuel itself.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:46 am

Rik Baert, Nick Clegg.

Rik-Baert“The future of the internal combustion engine is leaner, meaner and greener … and here to stay. Affordable, compact, clean and tuned for high-energy fuels, this ICE will continue to be the principal automotive power source for decades to come.”

This is the belief of Prof. Rik Baert, TNO Automotive and Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Let’s see if time will tell differently – soon.
hybridcars.com

Nick-Clegg“Owning an electric car is no longer a dream or an inconvenience.”

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg yesterday announced the start of the next phase of the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle programme with 500 million pounds (841.2m dollars) to be spent between 2015 and 2020.
gov.uk

Apr 30, 2014 - 08:45 am

BYD, EV West, Navigant Research.

Video tip I: Aptly name “Quality,” BYD published a video on its rigorous testing methods – in a rather stylised manner…
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Video tip II: EV West built the tablet-controlled electric 818 for Factory Five and 33 Machine. Hold on tight, you are in for a ride!
youtube.com

Study tip: Navigant forecasts a growth rate of 23.7 percent for plug-in electric vehicles worldwide and expects to see more than 2.7 million PEVs on American roads by 2023.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:28 am

BMW, Mercedes, Rimac, Phoenix Motorcars.

BMW talks future: Only after presenting the i8 to the press, the Bavarian carmaker is already thinking about new models in the i-series like a stretched i3 or a van or even an i3 coupé. The BMW i8 might be turned into a roadster already this summer too.
automobilwoche.de (in German)

B-class ED pricing: With 41,450 dollars, the new electric Mercedes B-class will cost almost exactly the same as the BMW i3 when it comes to selected dealerships in some US states this summer. Nationwide availability is announced for early 2015.
insideevs.com

More money for Croatian super car: Rimac, known for its Concept One electric sports car is about to receive another eight million euros (11m dollars) funding from two investors. For the future, the electric car and drivetrain manufacturer is looking at building less expensive cars while it aims at selling a couple of hundred units of its G-12 electric motorcycle already this year.
transportevolved.com

The ‘real’ experience: BMW i has just started a new online campaign to promote electric driving. As part of it, the company asked 107 people to test drive the i3 while filming their experiences.
press.bmwgroup.com, thebmwi3experience.com (campaign)

Phoenix rising from the ashes? It looks like the company from California has survived its 2009 bankruptcy and is back to further develop its electric shuttle bus with 14 seats. If this e-bus will still sit on the same platform as the original concept which was based on a Ford is not yet known.
green.autoblog.com, phoenixmotorcars.com

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:27 am

Elio Motors three-wheeler.

The Trike strikes again with 15,000 orders taken by Elio Motors even before their three-wheeled fuel-wonder has gone into production. However, reservations can be made from 100 dollars, meaning that enthusiasts will still need to be turned into sincere buyers at some point.
greencarreports.com

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:24 am

Logos Technologies, Nexeon, ERAU, Sumitomo/Nissan.

Military motorcycle: But make it a hybrid… This is the task Logos Technologies was given by the research branch of the Pentagon. The hybrid motorcycle is supposed to enable soldiers to get close to the enemy lines silently, yet escape with full power and range of the combustion engine if they must.
popsci.com, hybridcars.com

New anode facility: The British Nexeon, producer of silicon anode, has finished the construction of its process development and manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Oxfordshire. The factory can produce more than 20 tonnes of product a year and is said to be highly versatile.
greencarcongress.com

Electric flight programme: Students of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida will work together with Powering Imagination to convert a Diamond HK36 motorglider into an electric plane. It might make its first flight already in mid-2015.
daytonabeach.erau.edu via greencarcongress.com

Second life as solar storage: On the artificial island of Yumeshima, Japan, Nissan and Sumitomo have installed a large scale solar power storage system reusing old EV batteries (we reported). Now, Nissan has issued a video introducing the ‘Hikari-no-mori’ project.
youtube.com via electriccarsreport.com

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:22 am

Mate Rimac.

Mate-Rimac“Electric motors are so much better, so much more suited to power cars and other vehicles that it was a no-brainer.”

Mate Rimac, founder of Rimac Automobili and inventor of the Concept_One, on why it was no question for him that his super car would be electrically powered.
tech.eu

Apr 29, 2014 - 08:21 am

Siemens/BAIC, BMW i8 test drive, Chevy Volt.

Video tip: Siemens and BAIC are to form a joint venture for the development of electric drives (we reported). Here is the official announcement from the Beijing Auto Show.
youtube.com

Test drive BMW i8: On a more professional note is Mark Vaughn’s review of the hybrid super car. He was, however, similarly enthused by what he calls the “world’s fourth-fastest hybrid” and the most affordable one too, when comparing it to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari.
autoweek.com

Reading tip: Will the new Chevrolet Volt mark the end of the Opel Ampera as we know it? Darren Moss from Autocar speculates that the Volt’s new drivetrain could also get used in a more European-friendly car from Opel.
autocar.co.uk

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Apr 28, 2014 - 08:40 am

Mia Electric, Qoros, Peugeot, Denza, Toyota, Lexus.

Mia Electric revival? Apparently, four parties are interested in taking over the bankrupt French electric car manufacturer. The battery producer E4V as well as NSD2 and the 4H Holding all expressed their interest. Furthermore, a group of German companies bid for Mia Electric as ‘Mia Generation.’ Offers can be handed in until May, 5th at the commercial court of the Poitou-Charentes region, France.
afp.com, avem.fr (both in French), emobilitaetonline.de (in German)

Qoros to become electric: In an exclusive interview with the German Wirtschaftswoche, Qoros CEO Volker Steinwascher announced plans to export the brand to Germany by 2016. Furthermore, Qoros is working on an SUV which could be turned into a hybrid or electric version at a later date.
wiwo.de (in German)

Peugeot electric bicycles: Anthony Ingram took his chance at a Peugeot press event in France to take a trip into the world of pedal-powered electric two-wheelers. He found that Peugeots’s AE21 and CE21 offered a very different riding experience, while using similar technology and concluded it is worth to “shop around” before buying a pedelec.
greencarreports.com

DenzaDenza to remain in China: In an interview with the German daily Die Welt, CEO Arno Röhringer specified the strategy for Daimler’s and BYD’s electric model. The Denza will be launched by September in Shenzhen, Beijing and Shanghai before being rolled out in other mega cities like Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Tianjin. The car will remain in China however, and will not come to Europe as it has been specifically developed for its land of origin.
welt.de (in German)

Meet the new Prius: Or at least take a look at this rendering by ‘Car Sensor’ that shows how the next generation could look like. The new 2016 model of the hybrid classic is expected to come out next year and will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform.
indianautosblog.com

Quick spin: Steven J. Ewing had high hopes when trying the Lexus CT 200h F Sport as he thought that the “added dose of sportiness” could only mean more fun. However, after taking the hybrid for a ride, the concept just did not “make a whole lot of sense” to Ewing anymore.
autoblog.com

Apr 28, 2014 - 08:37 am

Airbus, Siemens, DeLorean.

Electric by air: Airbus is working on a two-seater electric airplane designed for pilot training or aerobatics. The E-Fan works with two electric motors and can fly for half an hour. Production could begin by 2017. The E-Fan shall serve as a model for a regional hybrid plane with space for up to 90 passengers. However, such an aircraft, which takes off and lands electrically, will take between 15 and 20 years to develop, according to Airbus.
electric-vehiclenews.com, online.wsj.com, youtube.com (video)

Electric by sea: On the River Elbe, Germany, Siemens is testing a diesel hybrid SWASH (Small Waterplane Area Single Hull) boat. The Explorer’s hybrid system is based on the ELFA drive system, originally developed for buses. The electric drive serves either as a motor or a generator.
greencarcongress.com (with video)

Back to the future: Students of Belfast University, Northern Ireland, have gotten their hands on an original DeLorean. The car that starred as a time-machine in the film ‘Back to the Future,’ is about to be electrified by the young team with completion targeted for October of the year 2015.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Apr 28, 2014 - 08:37 am

Kandy Wong.

Kandy-Wong“In order to ensure everything goes well, Tesla will have to overcome three big hurdles: the transmission of electricity from the grid to the charging stations that are owned by different companies, the approval of multiple levels of government officials and the lethargy of the state-owned grid operators.”

Forbes contributor Kandy Wong on the challenges Tesla is facing in China. She concludes that bringing the Model S to the streets is one thing, charging it another.
forbes.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/05/08/lexus-ad-trashes-electric-cars-nissan-starts-building-e-nv200/
08.05.2014 08:19