Nov 18, 2014 - 09:11 am

Akio Toyoda, Karun Chandhok.

Akio-Toyoda“It has a fuel cell that creates enough electricity to power a house for about a week.”

These are the words of Toyota president Akio Toyoda on the new Mirai fuel cell model that features energy recovery via ChaDeMo. (with video)

Karun-Chandhok“All the major motor manufacturers have some sort of electric hybrids which will be introduced between now and 2018. Formula E will accelerate the development of this technology, the batteries and motors, the whole drivetrain. You can have the world’s biggest battery, but it needs to be efficient, so it’s a combination of things.”

Formula E driver Karun Chandhok from Team Mahindra on the novelty of the electric racing series which he sees as “totally different” and not at all as a supplement for the original Formula 1.

Nov 18, 2014 - 09:05 am

Tesla story, Fuel cell and hydrogen questions, Lightning LS-218.

Reading tip I: If you think Tesla was created by Elon Musk, you might want to think again as Business Insider takes a look back at the roots of the Californian EV maker in 1990. Get digging!

Reading tip II: Green Car Reports asked Toyota, Honda and Hyundai all you possibly need to know (and a little bit more) about their upcoming fuel cell vehicles and the technology as such. (part 1), (part 2), (part 3)

Video tip: Jay Leno got a new toy in his garage as he looks at the electric superbike LS-218 by Lightning Motorcycles. The “world’s fastest production electric motorcycle” recently was victorious at Pikes Peak. via

Nov 17, 2014 - 09:23 am

Toyota, Li-Tec, GRIFA, Via Motors, BMW, Jaguar.

Toyota-FCV-ConceptToyota FCV update: According to German magazine WirtschaftsWoche Toyota´s fuell cell model will be called Mirai and cost 79,000 euros in Europe. Moreover, a BMW model fitted with Toyota´s fuel cell technology is said to be introduced by late 2016 or early 2017. (in German)

Daimler stops battery cell production: Daimler has confirmed that its subsidiary Li-Tec will cease production of Li-ion battery cells in the German city of Kamenz in December 2015. Li-Tec will be retained as a research location and as has learned, negotiations are underway with various suppliers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in terms of battery cell production in the future., (in German)

Italia plugs ins: The Gruppo Italiano Fabbriche Automobili (GRIFA), headed by former leaders from Fiat, Alfa, and Ferrari, wants to build seven models at a disused Fiat plant on Sicily starting in 2016. These will partly be based on the Fiat Panda platform and include 35,000 hybrid and all-electric cars per year. The price of the hybrid variant is said to be lower than that of the Toyota Yaris.,

Via Motors van gets green light: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given its stamp of approval for the eREV van with range extender, which the manufacturer is now allowed to sell in the U.S. The first 23 units have already been delivered to customers.,,

BMW van with plug: Georg Kacher writes that the BMW 2 series Active Tourer will be available as a plug-in hybrid variant with all-wheel drive, where the electric motor connects to the rear wheels. Starting in summer 2015, the system will allegedly also be implemented in the Grand Tourer seven-seater.

Electric Jaguar? Jaguar Land Rover has patented the name “EV-Type” in Europe and the U.S., which could mean that the carmaker is planning an electric version of its Jaguar F-Type sports car. Recently, rumours about an electric Rover had circulated (we reported).

Nov 17, 2014 - 09:21 am

Car2go users and expansion.

Already 900,000 users are signed up to the carsharing service Car2Go worldwide and the company hopes to top one million by the end of the year. Moreover, Car2Go will extend its electric carsharing service in San Diego, California, for another year and plans to roll out the (electric) Smarts in China, where negotiations with individual cities are already underway. (users, China), (San Diego)

Nov 17, 2014 - 09:20 am

Ligier, Warren Buffet, TU Berlin, Vampire drain.

Ligier-EZ-10Autonomous shuttle: French Ligier has shown its concept of a driverless shuttle at last week’s Bibendum in Chengdu, China and has partnered with Robosoft Technology to create the Easymile Company to market it. The EZ-10 features a camera-based system developed by the Institut Pascal., drivingtothefuture

Warren Buffet buys Duracell: Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the billionaire’s ventures, will acquire the battery maker for roughly three billion dollars. Rumour has it that the acquisition could be a play on EVs, as Berkshire Hathaway also holds a ten percent stake in Chinese car and battery maker BYD.

Multifunctional catalyst: A team from Technische Universität Berlin reports developing cobalt-manganese-based spinel microspheres as highly efficient multifunctional catalysts that unify the electrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER) with oxidant-driven and photocatalytic water oxidation as well as oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries.

The vampire is back: Since the latest 6.0 software update for the Model S, the issue of the so-called vampire drain is haunting several Tesla owners again. Apparently, ‘sleep mode’ is not working and causes the car to lose power for about 13 miles per night when not plugged in.,

Nov 17, 2014 - 09:18 am

Wolf-Henning Scheider, Edgar Heinrich.

Wolf-Henning-Scheider“They are not out of the race. They are a viable alternative to other zero-emission vehicle technologies.”

Wolf-Henning Scheider, head of Bosch’s automotive division said at an industry conference in Berlin that by 2025, fuel cell production will be more industrialized, bringing down prices and making it viable for the mass market.

Edgar-Heinrich-BMW“Electric commuting will be on the rise, since the need for ‘green’ and ‘safety’ will always grow.”

BMW Motorrad chief designer Edgar Heinrich believes that electric bikes should be “designed emotionally” and not lose their motorcycle identity, just because they might be considered more as a useful mode of transportation.


Nov 17, 2014 - 09:15 am

WiTricity, Michelin Challenge Bibendum.

Reading tip 1: Philip E. Ross looks on WiTricity, that licenses its wireless power technology to car companies and automotive suppliers, which develop it for the market. According to the company, its system can funnel about 90 percent of the input energy into a car’s battery.

Reading tip 2: AutoWeek tested electric at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum, including a Denza, the e-scooter Super Yadea New Bike and foldable electric scooter Bud-e. The one thing they did not get to drive was an electrified Chang with a supposed range of 621 miles – too dangerous, engineers said.

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:25 am

Skoda, Kiira Motors, Audi, Ford, Ecocruise, Ferrari.

Skoda plug-ins in 2016: A Czech newspaper reports that the Volkswagen subsidiary plans to build plug-in hybrids at its plant in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic, under reference to a company application to expand its production site. Starting in 2016, the manufacturer allegedly plans to produce 250 Skoda Superb PHEV per day, followed by the Octavia plug-in hybrid in 2017.

Kiira-EV-SMACKHybrid cars from Africa: Uganda-based Kiira Motors presents its plug-in hybrid Kiira EV SMACK, a further developed version of the Kiira EV built by students from Makerere University in 2011. Starting in 2018, some 300 units of the PHEV are planned to be produced every month.,

Audi Q7 spy shots: Ahead of its official presentation at the NAIAS in January, a barely camouflaged Audi Q7 was caught on camera during test drives. The new model will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid variant next year (we reported).

Electrified ATVs: Ford is selling its F-150 SVT Raptor electric in the U.S., a small EV with a top speed of of 25 mph and a range of 30 miles. The price is more impressive, as it sells for 25,000 dollars. With its 8,500 dollar price tag, the Cruser Sport by Ecocruise is not only cheaper, it also has a range of 60 miles. (Ford), (Ecocruise)

LaFerrari XX in the starting blocks: According to Top Gear, the 1,500 hp race track version of the hybrid supercar LaFerrari will be unveiled in Abu Dhabi in December. Apparently, only a small number of the LaFerrari XX will be build.

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:24 am

EV registrations in France.

A total of 8,005 electric cars have been registered in France this year (Jan-Oct). That is an 8.5 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013. Sales were again spearheaded by the Renault Zoe (4,133), followed by the Nissan Leaf (1,381) and the Bolloré Bluecar (1,008). (in French)


Nov 14, 2014 - 09:23 am

Alstom, Siemens, CAF, Afkar.

Germany funds fuel cell trains: Alstom has received 7.9 million euros in funding from German Ministry of Transportation for the development of railbound vehicles using fuel cell technology. First prototypes will go into service on a trial basis in 2016. Germany’s federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia have already signed letters of intent for the use of the trains. (in German)

GVW-BelAZ-75710World’s biggest truck: The 360 ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck recently began operating at a Siberian mine. It features four 1,200 kW electric traction motors developed by Siemens. Electricity is provided by two generators, each driven by a 16-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 1,700 kW.

Cable-free rail starts operating: Taiwan city of Kaohsiung is beginning test runs with light-rail tram cars from Spanish manufacturer CAF, that completely forgo overhead electrical lines and have supercapacitor energy storage units located at the top of the cabs. The system uses high-energy wireless charging technology that is housed at each station.

Alone on the road: Fraunhofer IPA presents its project Afkar, aimed at developing a robotic system to allow EVs to drive short distances on their own, i.e. to get to a charge point, find a parking spot or ‘meet’ a driver. The car might also know if a charging station is occupied or vacated.,

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the submarine sports cabriolet that is able to float on the water surface, dive – and of course drive on the street.

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:22 am

Pat Cox, Håkan Samuelsson, Mike Jackson.

Pat-Cox“They are probably taking a hit of 50 to 100,000 euros per unit in order to achieve that roll-out.”

In his speech at the Challenge Bibendum in Chendgu, former EU President Pat Cox spoke about Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle, which is just about to launch in Japan.

Hakan-Samuelsson“The question is how long is the V8 going to last once cars have to produce an average of 95g/km? If you want 400bhp, we can give you 400bhp but no one needs it all the time so we provide the power using batteries and meet emissions targets with plug-in hybrids.”

Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson says the carmaker will stick to its four-cylinder and twin-engine strategy, even in the U.S., a market that favours the V8.

Mike-Jackson“If Elon Musk wants to make a mistake and go with an inefficient distribution system, that’s his right as an American.”

Mike Jackson, CEO at AutoNation, is talking about Tesla selling directly to customers. He says that auto-dealer efforts to ban all direct sales by Tesla state by state are “unnecessary protectionism.”

Nov 14, 2014 - 09:20 am

Elon Musk, Fuel Cell reports, Events.

Video tip: German Auto Bild has interviewed Elon Musk. He says that he plans on replicating (and electrifying) the submarine James Bond Lotus, explains why he once told a NASA employee “I love you,” and tells, that he will never leave Tesla, but “may not be the CEO forever”. (video); (written excerpts)

Download tip: The U.S. Department of Energy has published its newest “Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report,” listing hybrid and fuel cell technology trends. Another publication from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) outlines individual funded projects. (PDF), (individual projects)

Events for the upcoming week: International e-Bus Conference (Nov 17-18; Hamburg, Germany) ++ Smart City Expo World Congress (Nov 18-20; Barcelona, Spain) ++ Urban Future Global Conference (Nov 18-19; Graz, Austria) ++ Supercapacitors USA (Nov 19-20; Santa Clara, USA) ++ Guangzhou Motor Show (Nov 20-29; Guangzhou, China) ++ LA Auto Show (Nov 21-30; Los Angeles, USA) ++ FIA Formula E Championship, Round 2 (Nov 22; Putrajaya, Malaysia)

You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at


Nov 13, 2014 - 09:26 am

Kia, Hyundai, Toyota, Lexus, UK, Rakxe, Zoyote.

Kia-Soul-EVGreen Korea: Kia and Hyundai announced a total of 22 “green cars” by 2020. The number of available hybrids will increase from four to 12, including six PHEVs. Also in the pipeline are two all-electric cars to replace the current Ray and Soul EV, as well as two FCVs to take over for the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell.,

Toyota FCV kicks off next week: On November 18th, the carmaker will hold a media briefing in Tokyo concerning its fuel cell sedan. has learned that this will actually mark the official market launch of the FC model in Japan.

Drop-top Lexus: With a teaser image, Lexus takes the lid off its convertible LF-C2 concept, which it will officially present at the LA Auto Show later this month. It could be another version of Lexus’ RC coupé and The Telegraph expects it to feature a hybrid drivetrain. Official details have not yet been released.

Faster e-bikes for the UK: The Department for Transport considers increasing the legal power limit for pedelecs from 200 to 250 watts, putting regulation in line with EU-wide standards. Moreover, the speed cut-off for power assist could be raised to 15.5 mph (25 kph). High-speed bikes are out of the question.,

Electric bikes and scooters from China: The new line of electric scooters by Chinese company Rakxe feature a 1,000 watt motor. The speed limit is set to 45 kph, while the range is estimated at 65 km. The e-bikes feature a Li-ion battery, have top speeds of 35 kph and also a 65 km range.,

More EVs from China: Automobile manufacturer Zoyote is working on two all-electric models. The two- and four-door versions will be called E01 and E02. More details about the cars or a timetable have not been released.

Nov 13, 2014 - 09:24 am

PEV sales in China.

Exactly 38,163 all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in China in the first nine months of 2014. Compared to the same period last year, numbers have almost tripled. Moreover, EVs spearheaded sales, accounting for 58 percent of newly registered cars.

Nov 13, 2014 - 09:24 am

Volkswagen, Continental, Teijin Limited, Freedom Won.

VW-CrossBlue-InnenlebenVW technology update: At its Innovation Workshop VW presented a range of new technologies to cut CO2 emissions: A mild hybrid system that shuts off the engine even at higher speeds as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, as well as a new TDI with electric booster. For its all-electric models, VW presented a range manager for optimal battery usage and an efficient air conditioning.,

Continental presents mild hybrid: Carmakers can integrate the “48 Volt Eco Drive” in serial production by 2016, a system that according to Continental can easily be fitted into cars with conventional drives. It reduces fuel consumption through recuperation and switching off the combustion engine while driving.

Platinum-free catalyst: Teijin Limited is working on non-platinum carbon alloy catalyst (CAC) used for the cathode oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The goal is to develop automotive fuel cells using the technology. Teijin is targeting commercial use by 2025.,

Electrifcation in South Africa: Freedom Won has electrified a Land Rover Defender 130, now dubbed Freedom 3. The vehicle has a range of 100 kilometres and will be used for tourist safaris by Chobe Game Lodge. A boat was also electrified, all in line with Chobe’s sustainable eco-tourism strategy.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the BYD transporter M3 DM, that was spied testing in China and is said to be available in early 2015.


Nov 13, 2014 - 09:23 am

Thomas Kuttruf, Anne Brons, Steve Wozniak.

Thomas-Kuttruf“We are 100% committed to the e-bike technology. We will deliver more motorcycles with an electric drive system, definitely. The scooter however, has been replaced by more important priorities.”

We will not see an electric scooter by KTM, says the company’s PR Manager Thomas Kuttruf. KTM had presented a study last year, but decided not to bring it to the market.

Anne-Brons“Drivers are rewarded because the environment is taxed less when used properly. But our research shows that only a limited number of PHEV-lease drivers use the car in the right way.”

Anne Brons, Director Marketing and Business Development of Alphabet Nederland, regrets that according to recent studies, PHEV lease drivers usually drive on gasoline. 80 percent of all their kilometers are powered by fuel instead of electricity.

Steve-Wozniak“He was kind of saying I wasn’t a true Silicon Valley boy if I ordered it, canceled it and bought a gas-guzzler like a Mercedes instead.”

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that he cancelled his first ordered placed for a Tesla Model S, because he was concerned if the vehicle’s range would suffice. But Elon Musk himself convinced him to buy the ell-electric sedan after all.

Nov 13, 2014 - 09:21 am

Audi A3 e-tron ad, Camo-wrapped Tesla Model S.

Video tip: Audi released a commercial for its A3 Sportback e-tron. As always, there is no off-voice, just electronic music a DJ plays at a club mirroring Audi’s claim for its plug-in hybrid: “The perfect mix.”

Click tip: Tesla already employs a number of U.S. veterans (we reported). To honour them on Veterans Day, the carmaker now created a unique Model S in camouflaged colors with patriotic military insignias – and the hashtag #TeslaVets.,

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:36 am

VW Golf, Local Motors, BYD, Tesla, Kia, Mercedes.

Hybrid Golf SUV? According to Car Magazine, Volkswagen is working on a SUV version of its Golf. A plug-in hybrid could feature technology now used for the Golf GTE, which combines a 1.4-litre TSI engine with an electric motor. The Golf SUV is said to be available in 2018.

Local-Motors-Rally-FighterOffroad hybrid: After making headlines with its 3D printed EV, Local Motors presents an all-wheel drive hybrid concept of its Rally Fighter, that is limited to 2,000 units. Whether the hybrid Rally Fighter will go on sale has not been revealed.,

BYD spy shots: The Chinese-made transporter M3 DM, that debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April was caught on camera during test drives. It features a hybrid drivetrain with a combined output of 259 hp and will be available early 2015 starting at 150,000 yuan (24,500 dollars).

Tesla cuts options: On top of eliminating the Model S P85 and P85+ performance versions with rear-wheel drive, Tesla also pulls the 60D, the all-wheel drive version featuring a smaller 60 kWh battery pack. That leaves four possible editions of the electric sedan – the rear-wheel-drive 60 and 85 kWh versions and the dual-motor all-wheel-drive 85D and P85D.

Soul EV goes on sale in UK: There, the electric Kia can now be bought starting at 24,995 pounds (39,788 USD) after government incentives. The carmaker only expects to sell about 200 units per year in the UK, offering the Soul EV at only 13 dealerships nationwide.,

No more “Electric Drive”: Starting next year, Mercedes will simplify the names of some of its models and the drivetrain designations. All electric and plug-in hybrid models will be marked with an ‘e’, hybrids without plugs will receive the letter ‘h’ and fuel cell vehicles the letter ‘f”.,

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:35 am

PEV sales in Spain.

The Spanish record has been broken, as 240 plug-in vehicles were sold in the country in October. The Nissan Leaf spearheaded sales (73 units), closely followed by the Renault Zoe Z.E. (71 units). In the first ten months of 2014, a total of 1,149 EVs were newly registered in Spain., (in Spanish)

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:33 am

Lithium-air, Lithium-sulfur, Supercapacitors, LG Chem, Sakti3.

Lithium-air research: Scientists at the universities Graz, St. Andrews, Oxford and Amiens, as well as Collège de France have been able to better clarify the discharge process of lithium-air batteries. They say the key to increase capacity is an electrolyte with high donor number like i.e. sulfoxides or imidazole., (all articles in German)

Next-gen lithium-sulfur cells: Battery specialist Oxis Energy says it developed such a cell with an energy density of 300 Wh/kg, increasing its capacity twelve fold to 25 Ah within 18 months. The company believes it can develop cells with an energy density of 500 Wh/kg by 2018. According to Oxis, vehicle manufacturers are already reviewing and evaluating the cell technology.,

Supercapacitors for EVs: Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have developed a lightweight supercapacitor, that was made into a thin film with a high power density. The supercaps could be embedded in a car’s body panels, roof, doors, bonnet and floor. The scientists say that once they increase energy density, the supercapacitors could allow for a range of around 500 kilometres.

Battery talks: Autoline Network airs a discussion between (among others) the CEO of LG Chem’s North American unit and the founder of Sakti3 about the future of batteries. The experts agree that for at least the next 10 to 15 years, nothing will be able to replace lithium cells. (Video) via

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was Italian e-bike manufacturer Velorapida that has adopted the ZeHus Bike+ kit for an unlimited range.

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:32 am

Alain Uyttenhoven, Jeff Guyton, Elon Musk.

Alain-Uyttenhoven“Paris is planning to ban diesels from the city centre and in France three quarters of cars are diesels, so we will see big changes coming. For us, [petrol] hybrid is the answer.”

Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe, predicts that as it becomes more expensive to purify a diesel car, these engines will cost a lot more in the future.

Jeff-Guyton“We might all wake up tomorrow and find somebody has invented the greatest way to create electricity and the greatest way to carry it around with you. But in the absence of that, we are taking what we think is the most rational approach, which is to get the most out of every drop of gasoline.”

Mazda Motor Europe’s president and CEO Jeff Guyton says that while he does believe that electrification will be part of the future, it is at this point not a viable concept for Mazda to bet on.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Whatever we build out for the Gigafactory has to work at least at the lab level this year because we’re making monster investments in equipment, and there’s a certain amount of time – a year or two at least – from working at the lab level to working at small-scale production.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not worried about a “breakthrough” battery technology to steal the show before his Gigafactory is up and running.

Nov 12, 2014 - 09:30 am

E-Mobility NSR, ChargePoint & Sun Edsion.

Download tip: The EU project “E-Mobility NSR,” which kicked off in October 2011, has come to an end and presents its results. Eleven international partners from the North Sea region contributed to a better awareness of electric mobility in the region and now report on their project achievements. (Summary), (Brochure as PDF)

Reading tip: ChargePoint and Sun Edsion are working on a solar EV home charging solution. In an interview with Venture Capital Dispatch, ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano talks about the new partnership.

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:20 am

Seoul, FDG Electric Vehicles, Honda, Renault, BYD, Tesla.

Seoul means business: The capital of South Korea partners with BMW, GM, Kia and Renault-Samsung and offers up to 18,425 dollars in incentives to residents who buy an EV from those manufacturers, while businesses can also receive up to 6,400 dollars in funding for installing charging stations. Moreover, BMW wants to erect 120 chargers in Seoul and allow customers with its “BMW i3 Link Package” to test drive or rent a car from BMW’s entire line-up for ten days per year.,

FDG kicks off production in China: FDG Electric Vehicles hopes to produce 10,000 electric utility vehicles per year at its plant in Kunming. In the first half of 2015, FDG will open a second production site in Hangzhou, with the capacity of 100,000 units per year. FDG was formerly known as Sinopoly Battery, but changed its name into FDG Electric Vehicles after investing in Smith Electric Vehicles.

Honda Legend hybrid announced: The Japanese carmaker will begin offering the hybrid Legend on its home market starting January 22nd. It uses the same three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, as the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Pricing starts at 59,000 dollars.,

Renault Z.E. interest in Australia: After launching a trial with Australia Post, Renault has seen some interest by other businesses in its Kangoo Z.E., but sales in Down Under will probably not kick off for at least another year, as the country lacks i.e. incentives for EV programmes.

BYD eyes Brazil: The Chinese manufacturer unveiled it electric bus K9-12d for the Brazilian market. At the beginning of next year, BYD wants to begin building around 500 electric buses per year in the South American country and also export them to Columbia, Chile and Uruguay.

Model S price adjustment? According to CEO Elon Musk, Tesla considers upping the prices for its all-electric sedan in Europe. The reason is a seven percent change in the dollar-euro exchange rates. Not surprisingly, Musk is telling potential customers to buy rather sooner than later.

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:18 am

Supercharger energy output.

In October, Tesla drivers charged 2 gigawatt hours at the 241 Superchargers installed worldwide. In June 2014, Tesla counted only 128 of its charge points and energy charged amounted to only 1 GWh.

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:17 am

Toyota, GKN eAxle, A* Star Institute, Velorapida.

Toyota-TS040-HybridRacing components for Prius: According to Toyota Motorsport president Yoshiaki Kinoshita, the next generation Prius will feature some components that were already tested in 2014 WEC racer TS040 Hybrid. The parts will not be mechanical, but rather microchips and microcontrollers.

Two-speed eAxle: GKN has developed the first two-speed eAxle and the technology has entered production on the BMW i8. According to GKN, giving the electric motor an additional gear ratio improves acceleration as well as pure electric range.,


Vehicles to produce own hydrogen? Researchers at the A* Star Institute in Singapore developed a rhodium-based catalyst that enables hydrogen to be generated at temperatures as low as 350 ˚C. This is seen as a key step forward for the realization of small-scale on-board reformers to convert biomass into hydrogen fuel for powering vehicles.,

No-charge e-bike: Italian manufacturer Velorapida has presented its VeloPlus models, featuring ZeHus technology. Recuperation and balancing the rider’s power makes having to charge the battery a thing of the past, according to the company.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the Arcimoto SRK, an all-electric three-wheeler that is said to cost less than 20,000 dollars.

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:16 am

Georg Ell, Ron Baron.

Georg-Ell“We have software that updates every three or four months, or even faster. […] This is a car that gets better with age, instead of depreciating.”

Tesla’s UK and Ireland director Georg Ell compares the EV to a computer and says that Tesla is in fact a technology company that builds electric cars.

Ron-Baron“We believe that BMW will likely phase out internal combustion engines over the next 10 years.”

Ron Baron, CEO of Baron Capital, says that two of the company’s analysts, who visited BMW in Germany, were told that the Bavarian carmaker believes that a “revolution in the drive train is underway.”

Nov 11, 2014 - 09:14 am

Electric Vehicle Symposium 2017, Internet satellites.

Event tip: AVERE has chosen Germany’s application for the 30th Electric Vehicle Symposium. Therefore, the EVS 2017 will be held in Stuttgart, Germany. Next year Goyang, South Korea will host the symposium and Montreal, Canada in 2016. (in German)

Reading tip: Is Elon Musk already planning his next business adventure? According to Wall Street Journal, the Tesla CEO wants to build and launch 700 small satellites that will provide wireless access to the internet around the world.

Nov 10, 2014 - 09:20 am

Volkswagen, Proton, Govecs, Turkey, Kazakhstan.

VW to present FCEVs: According to German magazine Wirtschaftswoche, Volkswagen will show fuel cell versions of the Passat and the Golf at the L.A. Auto Show. The FCEVs will be available for test drives, but serial production is not in the cards any time soon, also because of missing hydrogen infrastructure. (in German)

Proton-Preve-REEVProton prototype: The Malaysian company unveils its Preve REEV, a range-extended model featuring a 15.7 kWh Li-ion battery, that has an all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles). The vehicle has a top speed of 128 kph (80 mph), though it needs 14.7 seconds to go from zero to 100 kph.,

Govecs shows new e-scooters: The German company presents the “GO! S3.4 Sharing” that can communicate with mobility sharing services via an app. Govecs also revealed that it will further develop and produce the all-electric “Scrooser”, which will become available in the second quarter of next year. (in German)

Turkey pushes EV adoption: The country hopes to lessen congestion in Istanbul and Ankara, by introducing a fee on vehicles in the cities’ centres. According to Hürriyet Daily News, the government also considers cutting taxes for EVs and hybrids.

EVs from Kazakhstan: Following the elimination of import taxes on electric vehicles (we reported), the country wants to begin building its own plug-ins by the end of the year. Negotiations are underway with Italian manufacturer Iveco, whose production facilities are already up and running in Kazakhstan. Moreover, KazMunaiGas is said to install a minimum of eight charging spots in the city of Astana.

Nov 10, 2014 - 09:19 am

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

No less than 14,100 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV were registered in Western Europe in the first nine months of 2014, reports EagleAID. According to the same report, 3,000 of the SUV were registered in September alone – about 1,000 more than Nissan Leaf. via

Nov 10, 2014 - 09:19 am

NCA batteries, Allison Transmission, Arcimoto, EaglePicher.

Increasing lifetime of NCA batteries: The Korean government funded three studies to analyze degradation patterns of Li-ion batteries composed of nickel, cobalt and aluminum. Heat makes the batteries degrade more quickly and with this research, scientists hope to counter the effects.

Components electrification: Allison Transmission presents a new solution for its hybrid drivetrains for buses that will supposedly increase fuel savings from 25 to 41 percent and more. The system comes with a DC-AC converter that makes it possible to use energy from the hybrid system to power accessory components such as electric air compressors.,

Affortable EV: U.S. based company Arcimoto has developed an all-electric three-wheeler that it says will sell for less than 20,000 dollars. 15 of the Arcimoto SRK will be produced for a trial mid-2015. Serial production could kick-off as soon as the end of 2016.

Li-ion cells for US military: EaglePicher Technolgies received 22 million dollars in funding from the US Department of Defense for the second phase of the project “Lithium-Ion Battery for Military Applications (LIMA).” The goal is to develop more powerful Li-ion cells for i.e. military aircrafts.,

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