Feb 7, 2014 - 09:50 am

RWTH Aachen, Phinergy, Renault, Toyota.

Engineering e-mobility: The German RWTH Aachen University has now founded the ‘Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components.’ There, students will learn to produce electric drive trains, batteries and other EV components. Professor Achim Kampker presides over the new course of study. He is also the CEO of StreetScooter, an electric delivery van company. For RWTH it is the second EV effort, complementing its recently opened Centre for EV production.
automobil-industrie.vogel.de (In German)

High-energy aluminium-air batteries: Together, Israel-based Phinergy and Alcoa want to develop aluminum-air batteries. Phinergy says its batteries would have an increased lifespan and can power an electric car for up to 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
greencarcongress.com, chargedevs.com

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Next Two details: ‘Greencarcongress’ has more details about Renault’s autonomous electric car of 2020. The Next Two prototype is based on the Zoe and is able to drive autonomously in congested traffic at speeds of up to 30 kph or at automated valet parking. The driver can then make use of the integrated video-conference service for example.
greencarcongress.com

Unintentional winter testing: The latest arctic spells over the USA and Canada saw Toyota’s fuel cell cars being put to the test. According to reports from companies using the FCHV in their fleets, the cars worked just fine in sub-zero conditions.
earthtechling.com

Feb 7, 2014 - 09:48 am

Bob Carter, Ken Ogata.

Robert-Carter“If every vehicle in California ran on hydrogen, we could meet refuelling logistics with only 15 percent of the nearly 10,000 gasoline stations currently operating in the state.”

Speaking at the opening of the Chicago Auto Show yesterday, Toyota’s Senior Vice President Bob Carter said that the company’s green car credibility will continue to grow because of its upcoming hydrogen fuel cell car, due next year.
green.autoblog.com

Ken-Ogata“Using this technique will help make battery design much more systematic, and less trial and error.”

Dr. Ken Ogata, Department of Engineering at Cambridge University, on a new method to monitor what happens inside silicon lithium batteries. The researchers went down to atomic level, using a combination of nanotechnology and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques.
cam.ac.uk

Feb 7, 2014 - 09:45 am

Horizon 2020, EV Safety, Electric Highway, Events.

Click tip: Eight million euros (10.9m dollars) are available in the EU’s Horizon programme for electric two-wheelers. Additionally, the ‘Green Vehicle’ initiative holds 129 million euros (175m dollars) for projects in battery research and other related fields. Get digging!
ec.europa.eu (List), ec.europa.eu (Horizon PDF)

Video tip: In this video mainly addressed to rescue workers, you can learn safe handling of an electric vehicle, namely a Tesla, in case of an emergency. Or you can just watch it to take a closer look at the batteries of the Model S.
youtube.com (Video)

Video tip: Fully Charged proudly presents its trip up the electric highway between London and Edinburgh. 13 hours are boiled down to 13 minutes, so take a virtual seat in the Nissan Leaf and enjoy the scenery.
youtube.com (Video) via electric-vehiclenews.com

Select events for the upcoming week: Auto Expo New Delhi (02-07-2014 – 02-11-2014, New Delhi, India) ++ SAE 2014 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium (02-11-2014 – 02-13-2014, La Jolla, USA).
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

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Feb 6, 2014 - 09:38 am

Renault, Mahindra, Hero, Honda, UQM, Pantherwerke.

Renault-KWIDSay Hello to KWID: Renault unveiled its latest concept at the Auto Expo India. The sturdy chassis and the oversized wheels give the Kwid a buggy-look. The interior is inspired by a bird’s nest with wing-like doors, opening up electrically. Speaking of birds – Kwid comes with an integrated drone, which can be used for personal traffic surveillance. Powered by a petrol engine for now, Kwid is “Z.E. ready,” meaning there is space for a battery and the plug is already integrated.
indianautosblog.com, green.autoblog.com, technologicvehicles.com (With videos)

Hybrid Diesel: Mahindra is presenting its XUV500 hybrid at the Auto Expo India. The SUV comes with a diesel engine assisted by a permanent magnet synchronous motor that gets its energy from a li-ion battery. Equipped with a manual transmission, Mahindra claims the XUV500 hybrid will save up to 18% on fuel compared to its diesel-only version.
indianautosblog.com

Hero Scooter: At its home show Auto Expo, Indian manufacturer Hero is displaying two hybrid scooters. With the Leap Hybrid SES being at preproduction stage, the Hero RNT is still a concept. The Leap is in fact an e-scooter featuring a 124cc range extender. The hybrid drivetrain in the RNT is realised by a diesel engine powering the rear and an electric motor powering the front wheels, thus making it an all-wheel drive bike.
technologicvehicles.com (With videos)

Honda Civic sale start: Honda’s 2014 version of its Civic hybrid is now available all over the U.S., starting at 24,635 dollars. Next is the updated Civic powered by CNG, which is expected ten days later and will be available from 26,640 dollars.
green.autoblog.com, greencarcongress.com

UQM capital rise: Colorado-based UQM Technologies, developer of drivetrains for electric vehicles, has announced that it successfully raised its capital by 5.3m dollars through institutional investors. The money will be mainly used for potential joint ventures and capacity expansions.
businesswire.com

Pantherwerke down: German (electric) bicycle manufacturer Panther has filed for insolvency. While based in Germany, it operated factories in Eastern Europe. The Lithuania plant was sold in November last year and the company continues to trade as BV Cycles GmbH from Germany. What effects the bankruptcy will have on other Panther operations is uncertain.
bike-eu.com

Feb 6, 2014 - 09:36 am

Nissan Leaf.

Nissan proudly announced that it has counted 429,000,000 miles driven by its 100,000 Leafs currently on the roads and registered to the Carwings telematic system.
insideevs.com

Feb 6, 2014 - 09:36 am

BASF, Fuel Cell Tuk-Tuk, Hydrogen Smart, Prius Roadster.

BASF facility in Japan: The chemical company opened its ‘R & D Lab and Application Technology Center for Battery Materials’ in Amagasaki. Its focus is on electrolytes and electrode materials for high-performance lithium ion batteries and is BASF’s first operation of this kind in South-East Asia.
greencarcongress.com

Millennium Tuk-Tuk: The result of a joint effort by Birmingham University, UK and DYPDC centre for automotive research in Pune will be presented at Auto Expo this week. The researchers claim to have designed a four-wheeled hydrogen Rikscha. The “fuel” is generated through solar cells, powering a thermal compressor that splits water into H2 and O2.
sciencedaily.com

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Hydrogen Smart: H2-mobil is a project run by South Westphalia University. Their work on converting a Smart into a fuel cell vehicle has been going on for some years and is now bearing fruit. The first so-called H2toDrive is almost ready to enter service in the city of Sundern. To fund the project, operator ProNet Energy is currently looking for 30 sponsors wanting to see their logo on the sides of the fuel cell Smart. In 2014, 30 units will be built for 60,000 euros (81,000 dollars) each, though the price is said to come down at the end of this year.
derwesten.de (In German)

Prius Roadster: Toyota engineers developed the TE-Spyder800 in their spare time, using parts mainly from the Prius and put them on a MR2 base. The resulting plug-in hybrid roadster is working but production is not scheduled – yet.
technologicvehicles.com via earthtechling.com

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Feb 6, 2014 - 09:34 am

Elon Musk.

Elon-Musk“We hope the big car companies do copy Tesla. When you consider what is the fundamental good Tesla will achieve, it’s getting the rest of the car industry to move toward sustainable transport faster. I don’t know why they’re taking so long.”

While Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not afraid of established carmakers, he is impatient about them catching up with him. He can certainly see his company making “millions of electric cars” rather sooner than later.
forbes.com

Feb 6, 2014 - 09:32 am

GM EV1 sightings in China.

Click tip: Back in the day, GM tried to kill its electric car but apparently two of the nowadays cherished EV1 found refuge in China. There, they lead a peaceful life in museums but are said to be fully operational still.
cleantechnica.com

Feb 5, 2014 - 09:41 am

GM India, Toyota, Kia, Audi, Hercules.

Concept Chevy in India: GM India published teaser images showing a compact SUV concept car named Adra, designed and developed at GM’s Technical Centre in India. What engine the Chevrolet will come with is not known but anything else than a plug-in would be pretty surprising.
indianautosblog.com

Toyota-Camry-Hybrid2014Camry in new trim: Toyota will start selling its Camry Hybrid in a SE Limited Edition in the U.S. later this month. The hybrid best-seller will receive a sportier look and some interior upgrades. Being a limited edition, only 5,000 units will be build.
autoblog.com, hybridcars.com

True eco Soul: The new Kia Soul EV not only will be powered by a “green” drivetrain but also uses bio materials in its interior like bio degradable plastic, bio-foam or bio textiles. UL Environment has now officially validated the Soul EV’s claim of using ten percent bio material overall.
nextgreencar.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

The lucky few: Audi announced the drivers of its R18 e-tron quattro D racing car for WEC and Le Mans. Title defenders Loïc Duval and Tom Kristensen are joined by Lucas di Grassi. For the endurance races, Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer will compete. Further, Audi plans to start with an additional R18 team at Le Mans and Spa.
hybridcars.com

Hercules back home: Dutch Accell Group announced the sale of German bike manufacturer Hercules to ZEG, a buyer collective in Germany. It was said that Hercules’ product range was being too close to Winora’s, another Accell brand, especially in the e-bike segment. The divestment will result in a three-million euros book profit for Accell.
bike-eu.com, bike-eu.com (Statement Winora)

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Feb 5, 2014 - 09:40 am

Top Electric Car States.

In Washington and Hawaii, EVs made up 1.6% of all newly registered cars between January and November 2013. This makes both the U.S. states with the highest percentage of electric cars, followed by California (1.4%) and Georgia (1.1%).
cleantechnica.com

Feb 5, 2014 - 09:39 am

Samsung SDI, IHS Automotive, Shimano, Renault.

New battery factory: Samsung SDI has signed an agreement with Shannxi Province and Anqing Ring to build a car battery factory in Shaanxi, China. The joint venture will be set up by April with Samsung investing about 600 million dollars over the next five years. Production is set to start as early as next year.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

EVs on the rise: According to IHS Automotive, worldwide production of plug-in electric vehicles will increase by 67% this year, mounting to 403,000 electric and hybrid vehicles. Driven by tighter emission standards in Europe, this will also lead to more choices for consumers and eventually result in 1.1 million charging stations worldwide by the end of 2014.
greencarcongress.com

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Get closer to Steps: Shimano introduced its new e-bike system Steps in Bremen, Germany. While being exclusive to the German market in its first year, Dutch Jan Willem van Schaik gave the system a go. He finds it “working smoothly,” especially as all components – mechanical or electric – come from one supplier. First test pedelecs are expected at German dealerships next month.
bike-eu.com

Self-experiment: Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn himself tested the autonomous Zoe called Next Two. The busy manager particularly enjoyed the opportunity to relax and let someone else take care of the steering. The technology is expected to be fully developed in 2020 but the Next Two prototype can already “navigate” through stop-and-go traffic or motorways safely today.
youtube.com (Video) via thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Feb 5, 2014 - 09:38 am

Erich Merkle, Maya Vautier.

Erich-Merkle-Ford“We’re seeing some real softness in the overall electrified vehicle segment because of… the more affordable gas prices that are out there right now.”

Erich Merkle analyses U.S. sales for Ford and concludes that EVs are struggling in general due to low gas prices and extremely cold weather in January.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Maya-Vautier-Renault“It doesn’t call into question our EV strategy.”

Renault’s Maya Vautier denies any notion that the production stop of the Fluence Z.E. in Turkey would have a negative effect on Renault’s plant in Bursa, Korea or the company’s overall EV strategy.
green.autoblog.com

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Feb 4, 2014 - 09:36 am

Volkswagen, Brammo, Kia, Mitsubishi, Subaru.

Polo plug-in hybrid: Volkswagen has just confirmed plans to introduce the city car as PHEV as well as CNG powered version as early as next year. VW’s small plug-in will use the ‘TwinDrive system,’ which can be combined with either petrol or diesel engines. VW made it clear though that the Polo drivetrain will be different from the plug-in drive of the upcoming Golf GTE.
autocar.co.uk

Brammo-Empulse-2014Brammo Empulse updated: The 2014 models of the Empulse and Empulse R electric motorcycles are now 4.5 kg less heavy, which leads to improved handling and performance figures. The refined all-electric motorbikes will become available during 2014 with prices starting at 16,995 dollars.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Kia Soul EV fully exposed: The production version of the Korean electric car has been caught on camera before its official debut at the Chicago Auto Show. The Soul EV has the Kia typical ‘Tiger Nose’ but comes with accents in friendly blue and has a closed-off grille, which is actually bigger as on the standard soul. An electric range of over 120 miles speaks of tiger-like strength.
green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Mitsubishi concepts in Geneva: The Japanese carmaker will show its studies of SUV plug-in hybrids GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV for the first time in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Both concepts debuted at Tokyo Motor Show in November last year.
tagesanzeiger.ch (In German)

Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: The editors of ‘Green Packs’ took a closer look at Subaru’s hybrid SUV that comes with a 3.4 hp electric motor powered by a 13.5kWh nickel-metal hydride battery to support the boxer petrol engine. According to Green Packs, the new hybrid could be a leap to the future for Subaru and help in reaching out to new customers.
greenpacks.org

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:35 am

January 2014 EV Sales in the U.S.

Nissan delivered 1,252 Leafs in January, making it the strongest ever January in the U.S. but lowest month since February 2013. Other carmakers saw a similar quiet start of the year with GM selling only 918 Volts. Its Cadillac ELR however, added 41 sales to its first 6 in December.
greencarreports.com

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:32 am

DHL France, PowerCell, Air Products.

DHL enlarges EV fleet: The logistics company has just added the ‘Colibus’ to its fleet in Bordeaux. This electric transporter built in Auch, France, can carry up to 750 kilos, has a range of 120 kilometres and reaches a top speed of 80 kph. The addition of the Colibus brings DHL’s count of all-electric vehicles in its French fleet up to six.
journalauto.com (In French), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)

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New automotive fuel cell stack: PowerCell, a Volvo spin-off developing fuel cell technology, is about to finalise its second generation (S2) fuel cell stack platform. The S2 covers a power range up to 25 kW and can be used in stationary but also automotive applications as it is very compact.
greencarcongress.com

Mobile H2 charging truck: Air Products launched a lorry capable of transporting hydrogen at a pressure of up to 350 bar. The ‘SmartFuel’ tube trailer can also operate as a mobile fueling station and will be used to support the hydrogen fuel cell bus programme in London.
fleetnews.co.uk

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:31 am

Snorre Sletvold, John Andrews.

Snorre-Sletvold“A boatload of Nissan Leafs arrives in Norway each week and is sold almost immediately. It is astonishing. We did not expect this. Electric cars started as an Oslo phenomenom but they are now selling all over Norway. By the end of February we expect to be the first country in the world where 1 in 100 cars on the road are electric.”

Even Snorre Sletvold, president of the Norwegian electric vehicle association, is astounded by the uptake of Norway’s EV initiative. The first 50,000 electric car drivers benefit from comprising incentives. At the current registration rate though, this figure could be reached within the next 18 months. Already well before 2018, as the Norwegian government expected.
theguardian.com

John-Andrews“The high-volume production cost of fuel cells fell from 275 dollars per kilowatt in 2002 to only 51 dollars per kilowatt.”

For associate Professor John Andrews from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University, the price reduction in the fuel cell sector is only one of many reasons why the technology is going through a renaissance.
eco-business.com

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:29 am

EVs in Norway, Formula E.

Reading tip: John Vidal takes a closer look at Norway’s love affair with EVs and finds numbers which are positively shocking. If Norwegians keep buying electric cars at this rate, the affair might come to an end earlier than expected.
theguardian.com via green.autoblog.com

Click tip: All you need to know about the Formula E electric racing series has been accurately compiled by Markus Rovito. Boost your brain with e-racing trivia.
chargedevs.com via greencarreports.com

Feb 3, 2014 - 10:00 am

Mahindra, Terra Motors, Mini, Renault, Saleen, Audi.

Mahindra-e2oMahindra’s many EVs: The company has now announced to exhibit a new electric sports car concept called HALO along with its Formula E racing car at the upcoming Auto Expo in India. Furthermore, Mahindra will have a fast-charging version of the e2o (photo), the new Verito electric sedan and Maxximo electric light truck on display. The latter two are set for commercialisation at the end of this year.
indianautosblog.com

Zero S copy? The electric super-bike presented by Terra Motors as the Kiwami a few days ago in India (we reported), seems to be a re-badged Zero S from California. When asked, Zero Motorcycles said that it does not have any licensing agreement with Terra Motors and plans on seeking “legal remedy.”
green.autoblog.com

Electric Mini in the making: Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini, said to German Wirtschaftswoche, that the electric drive is essential for a city car like the Mini. First prototypes are already being built but a decision on the final design has yet to be made.
wiwo.de (In German)

Drive less, pay less: Renault offers a new Zoe deal for its UK customers. Based on a three year contract with 3,000 miles per annum, the battery hire price goes down to 45 pounds (74 dollars). So far, the cheapest option was priced at 70 GBP (115 USD) with 7,500 mi per year. A 7 kW wall charger is complimentary for all Zoe buyers.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Tuning Tesla: Californian tuning specialist, Saleen Automotive, has set eyes on electric cars and is currently drafting a high-performance Model S. While details are yet unknown, it is expected that Saleen might twist the suspension and come up with some stylish bodywork.
motorauthority.com, greencarreports.com, electriccarsreport.com

Sport Quattro Concept review: Georg Kacher got hold of Audi’s latest hybrid concept and put it to the test against its ancestor, the “Ur Quattro,” as he calls it. Even though he could only drive a pre-prototype, Kacher found out it “is much further down the road to production than the PRs would have us believe” and calls on all “bean counters” (on the Audi board) to just “drive it” if still in doubt…
carmagazine.co.uk

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:58 am

Tesla Model S Registrations in the U.S.

Mississippi saw its first Model S registration, making it the 50th state in which the Tesla can be found. It took the Californian company 1.5 years to become a truly nationwide phenomenon.
edmunds.com

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:54 am

Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.

Hino-Cool-HybridHybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
greencarcongress.com, densomediacenter.com

Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
greencarcongress.com, ballard.com

Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)

Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.
technologicvehicles.com

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:52 am

Dieter Zetsche, Herbert Diess.

Dieter-Zetsche“Their project leader was a former member of our team so we have a lot of very good links, a very constructive good relationship, which certainly has room for further expansion.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is full of praise for Tesla and open to working on new projects together with the Californian carmaker in the future.
just-auto.com

Herbert-Diess“Public infrastructure is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home.”

According to Herbert Diess, board member of BMW, home charging stations are the real key to EV acceptance. Diess underscored its point with is own experience: “Not once have I touched public charging.”
wardsauto.com

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:50 am

B-Class in Death Valley, Q&A with Elon Musk and JB Straubel.

Video tip 1: In this short film the fuel cell Mercedes B-Class proves to be a true life-saver for Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson when crossing the Death Valley. Its emissions provided the two with drinking water collected in a tank installed to the car’s exhaust. Daimler also tests its new concept under less extreme circumstances and says its 300 H2 cars running under real-life conditions have already been driven 5m miles.
youtube.com (Video), media.daimler.com (Infos)

Video tip 2: Watch Elon Musk and JB Straubel going through an hourlong Q&A at the Dutch Tesla outlet in Amsterdam with their dedicated, yet not entirely uncritical followers.
youtube.com via myelifenow.com

Pedelec & E-bike test: ExtraEnergy’s bi-annual test of electric bicycles is open for registration. Manufacturers applying until 19th February will qualify for a discount, while the testing is scheduled to begin at 25th March. Tests results will be published in the Elektrobike magazine with a circulation 45,000 copies.
extraenergy.org

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:47 am

Lexus, Nissan, ACEEE, Zero Motorcycles, BYD.

Lexus-LF-NXIs this the Lexus NX? In an recent presentation, Tim Lentz, CEO of Toyota USA, has revealed new pictures of the LF-NX Concept. Or at least he was planning on doing that. Instead, the pictures seem to show a production version of what could be the future Lexus NX hybrid car. The production version is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this spring.
greencarreports.com

150-mile question: In an online survey, Nissan recently asked existing Leaf owners how much (more) they would be willing to pay for a Leaf with a 150 mile range. While all questions were hypothetical, do they point to a new Leaf with extended range and faster charging?
transportevolved.com, mynissanleaf.com

Greenest of’em all: The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published its annual list of the most environmental friendly cars. The Smart Fortwo ED is on top and scores 59 out of 100. It is closely followed by Toyota’s Prius C (known as Aqua in Japan and Yaris Hybrid in Europe) and the electric Nissan Leaf.
electriccarsreport.com, ens-newswire.com

Zero in down under: The electric motorcycle company Zero has named a distributor for Australia. Cento Per Cento will launch the full 2014 model range under the trade name ‘Zero Motorcycles Australia.’
electric-vehiclenews.com

Qin sells online: The Chinese plug-in hybrid has just been launched on the domestic market but it took only two seconds to sell the first 100 cars, according to BYD. About 100,000 visitors had surfed the Qin web shop prior to the launch, with 23,405 of those actually witnessing the start of sale.
cleantechnica.com

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:45 am

Nissan fast chargers in Europe.

Nissan has just installed the 1,000th CHAdeMO fast charger in Europe. It has been erected in Surrey in collaboration with energy provider Ecotricity and is part of a network of 195 chargers across Great Britain. Nissan works with partners all over Europe to have 1,800 chargers installed by the end of 2014.
electriccarsreport.com

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:43 am

Toyota, Green Vehicles Initiative, Porous Power Technologies.

Details on AWD hybrid powertrain: Toyota released more details on its TS040 Hybrid racer for Le Mans. By combining a hybrid powertrain from Aisin in the front with a Denso unit at the rear, the TS040 is becoming a powerful AWD race car.
electric-vehiclenews.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Electric 2-wheeler funding: The Green Cars Initiative, which was part of the Horizon 2020 research program by the European Union, has been renamed to the Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) and is now including electric two-wheelers and light vehicles. The EU is willing to spend five to eight million euros on concepts designed to increase efficiency of transport. While regular pedelecs and e-bikes are excluded, speed pedelecs and e-cargo bikes are eligible for funding.
bike-eu.com

Microporous membrane: A new separator for li-ion batteries by Porous Power Technologies (PPT) called Symmetrix is supposedly safer than conventional polyolefin separators as the company demonstrates in a video showing the nail penetration test. The trick is to cast, not to stretch the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) used here, according to PPT.
youtube.com (Video) via chargedevs.com

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:42 am

Li Keqiang, Nick Clegg, Toru Tokushige.

Li-Keqiang“The government should play an exemplary role.”

China’s Premier Li Keqiang issued a statement online, acknowledging the advantages of clean vehicles like e-buses for keeping pollution and noise levels down. He is calling on “everyone”, including his government, to make use of them.
rtcc.org

Nick-Clegg“Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.”

Apparently, China is not the only country updating their EV policies. Nick Clegg, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, just announced another nine million pounds (14.8m dollars) to top up the GoUltraLow campaign.
gov.uk

Toru-Tokushige“We are planning to also provide the premium scooter and this will be a pretty good market. So I can say about 10,000 units, that’s how much we are planning to produce.”

Toru Tokushige, founder and CEO of Terra Motors, has high hopes for the Indian market and even sees chances to produce some of the components in India.
indianautosblog.com

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:37 am

Fully Charged drives the BMW i3, Tesla coast to coast trip.

Video tip: In another episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn takes a look at the BMW i3. He not only seems to be completely sold on the car itself, but also on BMW’s TV spot emphasising world’s overpopulation.
youtube.com (Video)

Click tip: Tesla opens all its channels to keep Model S fans up-to-date on the coast to coast trip which might set a new three-day record this weekend. Stay tuned!
teslamotors.com (Blog), twitter.com (Tweets), instagram.com (Images)

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:16 am

Mahindra, GAC, Hero Motorcorp., Nissan.

Mahindra Verito Electric spotted: What looks like the new Mahindra was spied in Bangalore, India. While the logo had been covered, ‘automatic’ and ‘electric’ were visible and a clear sign. The Verito EV will probably launch next week at the Indian Auto Expo.
indianautosblog.com

e-PatriotElectric patriot act: Green Automotive Company (GAC) will present its new all-electric shuttle bus at the LCT in Las Vegas. The ‘e-Patriot’ is built by GAC’s subsidiary Newport Coachworks and is said to have a range of up to 100 miles with a top speed of 60 mph.
puregreencars.com, electriccarsreport.com

Homemade London cab: Nissan confirmed that the final assembly of its taxi for London will be done by British ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, UK. The Nissan cab is based on the NV200, currently built in Barcelona. Nissan will start production of the taxi end of this year, with an electric version following 2015.
hybridcars.com, puregreencars.com

Hero(es) for India: Five new motorbikes have just been unveiled by Hero Motorcorp. in India. Among them is the Hero Leap that features an on-board generator as range extender. The RNT-Concept will be available with a generator and front-wheel electric drive, making it a diesel hybrid motorcycle.
indianautosblog.com

Meet Mr. EV ordinary: In a new spot for the Leaf, Nissan puts the spotlight on Atlanta, apparently one of its fastest growing markets. This is thanks to people like George, who is happily driving around town in his Leaf and tells all his friends about it. So it seems word of mouth is one way to get EVs rolling.
youtube.com (Video) via transportevolved.com

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

EV subsidies for low-income families.

In California, low-income families can get a 2,500 dollar voucher from California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) when buying a plug-in vehicle. CARB counts on the fact that those on lower wages benefit from fuel savings the most and might even gain access to jobs previously being to far away to get there.
cleantechnica.com, carnewscafe.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/02/07/rwth-aachen-phinergy-renault-toyota/
07.02.2014 09:22