Mar 18, 2014 - 10:01 am

University of Tokyo, Tucson, Mie University, IEC, CHAdeMO.

Dual-ion battery: Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have developed a ‘Dual-ion battery’ using a calcium iron oxide cathode, sodium ion electrolyte and metallic sodium anode. This could make batteries cheaper as it is possible to use cathode materials that do not contain scarce elements.
u-tokyo.ac.jp

Arizona bids for Gigafactory: Tucson, Arizona has made a formal proposal to Tesla to build their battery facility there. The city hopes to attract the Californian carmaker with additional tax incentives and various transport links. Tesla has not made a decision yet but apparently does not consider its homeland California an option anymore.
chargedevs.com

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Aqueous lithium air battery: Researchers at Mie University, Japan, have developed a protected lithium electrode for aqueous lithium air batteries. The system is said to have an energy density of more than 300 Wh/kg, about double as much as current commercial li-ion batteries.
greencarcongress.com

CHAdeMO official standard: The FDIS (final draft international standard) for 61851-23 and -24 were finally approved by the IEC technical committees and have been published on the IEC website. The publication was the last step of the standardisation process thus making CHAdeMO an official standard for DC charging of EVs.
chademo.com, webstore.iec.ch (standard)

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:00 am

Pam Fletcher, Max Warburton.

Pam-Fletcher“If you’re driving through the mountains, we don’t want you to be crawling up grades, or to be limited on any terrain.”

According to Pam Fletcher, chief engineer for EVs at GM, this is one reason why the Chevrolet Volt comes with a four-cylinder range extender and not with a two-cylinder engine like the BMW i3 has.
green.autoblog.com

Max-Warburton“Tesla is selling cars to emotional buyers who are comparing the Tesla S to other emotional, irrational and expensive products – such as the Mercedes S class and Maserati. That’s the genius of the product – consumers are not doing any cost/benefit calculations – but rather just saying ‘I want one’.”

Max Warburton, analyst with Bernstein Research, sees the key to Tesla’s success in the positioning at the high end of the market rather than in technology or costs.
forbes.com

Mar 18, 2014 - 09:57 am

Regenerative braking in heavy industrial EVs, The New Fisker.

Study tip: A recently updated IDTechEx report finds that 90% of industrial heavy EVs will make use of regenerative braking systems by 2024. The “Energy Harvesting/Regeneration for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2014-2024” report looks at various forms of power generation for the use in electric vehicles.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

Fisker history at a glance: The aptly named New Fisker website features a timeline listing Fisker milestones. While the Tesla lawsuit is included, the new owner Wanxiang apparently decided to leave out certain bits like the early investors and the inglorious involvement of battery manufacturer A123.
greencarreports.com, thenewfisker.com (timeline)

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Mar 17, 2014 - 10:11 am

Peugeot, Volvo, Porsche, McLaren, Innovative Mobility Automobile.

Peugeot-Partner-ElectricPeugeot electric van for Germany: Peugeot now offers its ‘Partner’ electric van in Germany. It costs 24,752 euros without battery which can be bought for 6,037 euros or leased on a monthly payment. In UK, the Partner EV has been available since last year.
automobilwoche.de (in German), peugeot.co.uk (UK)

Volvo electrifies bus fleet: Andreas Heuke, product manager for alternative propulsion systems at Volvo Buses, explained in an interview the ‘Green-Efficiency-Strategy’ of the Swedish manufacturer. Volvo buses are now only available as hybrids with plug-in hybrids and finally fully electric vehicles to follow. More specifically, Heuke announced an electric version of the Volvo 7900 for 2016.
eurotransport.de (in German)

Porsche plug-in SUV: Spy shots of a Cayenne plug-in hybrid have emerged on the web. It is said to use the same drivetrain as the Porsche Panamera Plug-in.
gtspirit.com, autoblog.com

McLaren P1 reviewed: Matt Davis took prototype no. 5 of McLaren’s P1 for a spin on Dunsfold Airfield, UK. Davis first finds the P1 to be a ‘perfectly fine everyday driver.’ That is before pushing the Race button, which catapults him right into a ‘new world of exotic hardcore speed and balance’ Davis did not think possible in a street car.
autoblog.com (with video)

German Twizy rival: The Colibri by Innovative Mobility Automobile (IMA) from Jena, Germany, is a one seat electric quadricycle. Other than its French counterpart, it is fully covered and measures only 2.8 x 1.1 metres. The Colibri is expected to hit the German market next year at a price from 8,900 euros with a monthly battery lease of 55 euros.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk (with video)

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

Nissan Leaf.

Nissan Leaf owners will have driven one billion electric kilometres by January 2015, the Japanese carmaker believes. To strengthen their claim, Nissan accompanies the race with a series of animated stories featuring Leaf owners from all over the world.
electriccarsreport.com, experience.nissan.co.uk

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:06 am

Scania, AKKA, M55, VeDeCoM.

Scania-ElectrificationScania tests electric trucks: The Swedish carmaker is trying out different methods of charging with electric trucks. At the Siemens test track in Groß Dölln, Germany, the EV is charged conductively via pantograph and overhead wires, while in Mannheim, Germany, Bombardier installed a 200 kW-inductive charging system.
scania.com

Connected, urban & electric: AKKA technologies unveiled its link&go 2.0 platform in Geneva earlier this month. The electric car is a concept of an autonomous-driving car which is connected to the cloud and social media platforms to encourage car pooling.
designboom.com

The ultimate e-bike? American manufacturer M55 claims to have built the fastest electric bike to date. The ‘Terminus’ features a 2,000 Watt motor that can bring a pedaling rider up to a speed of 75 mph. The battery is said to last for 50 miles and to be 80% charged in just an hour. The price for the Terminus starts at 27,000 euros (38,000 dollars).
cleantechnica.com, youtube.com (video)

French research institute: The French VeDeCoM Institute announced its launch as ‘Energy Transition Institute.’ It will look at new transport in terms of electrification, connectivity and user-vehicle relationships. PSA and Renault are among the ten founding members.
ifpenergiesnouvelles.com, greencarcongress.com

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Mar 17, 2014 - 10:05 am

Elon Musk, Hildegard Wortmann.

Elon-Musk“The reason that we did not choose to do this is that the auto dealers have a fundamental conflict of interest between promoting gasoline cars, which constitute virtually all of their revenue, and electric cars, which constitute virtually none.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the reasons for not working with franchises but distributing through manufacturers stores only. He reacted to a recent decision taken by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission making the direct sale of cars by manufacturers impossible.
teslamotors.com

Hildegard-Wortmann“Electrification is here to stay, so whether it’s plug-ins or whatever form it takes, we definitely have to continue working with them. This journey has only just started.”

Hildegard Wortmann is BMW’s senior vice president for product management and aftersales. In this interview, she elaborates on the German carmakers strategy of electrification which has only just begun.
green.autoblog.com

Mar 17, 2014 - 10:03 am

Tesla´s 2006 Masterplan, BMW i3 Review.

Reading tip: Take a look back at Tesla’s blog where Elon Musk published its ‘Masterplan’ eight years ago. Most of his visions have become true, others have been over fulfilled or are about to become a reality.
teslamotors.com (blog entry 2006) via ecomento.tv

Video tip: Grant Thomas took its time with the righthand-drive version of the BMW i3 which he compares to the Nissan Leaf in this 30-minute video review.
youtube.com (video)

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:25 am

Mini, Daimler, Mia Electric, Tesla, Volkswagen, Ford.

Plug-In AWD Mini? BMW sources say, that there will be a plug-in hybrid all-wheel drive version of the 2016 Mini Clubman. The drivetrain would combine the rear wheel setup of the i8 with the hybrid engine seen in the Active Tourer hybrid concept back in 2012.
motoringfile.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Miniature hybrid by Daimler? According to Bernhard Heil, Daimler’s head of engine development, the manufacturer is thinking about developing a three cylinder hybrid powertrain. It would only be used in vehicles with front-wheel drive, like the A- or B-Class.
caranddriver.com, just-auto.com, hybridcars.com

Mia-ElectricThe end for Mia Electric: The Niort Commercial Court has initiated liquidation procedures for the French EV manufacturer. In February, Mia was placed under judicial reorganisation (we reported) but was unable to raise the necessary funds to stay in business. Since mid-December, no car had rolled off the assembly line there.
lepoint.fr (in French), avem.fr (in French)

Tesla eyes Indian market: The company’s chief financial officer, Deepak Ahuja, sees the country as a huge opportunity, saying Tesla could enter the Indian market as soon as next year. Moreover, he believes that the upcoming Model X in particular could be a huge success there.
economictimes.indiatimes.com, indianautosblog.com

VW E-Golf and Golf GTE in Berlin: The car manufacturer is currently presenting the battery electric and hybrid plug-in versions of the famous Golf at its “e-mobilty weeks” in the German capital. Greencarcongress takes a closer look at the two stars of the show, listing technical details such as battery output or regenerative braking settings, as well as availability and pricing.
greencarcongress.com

Driving the Ford 2014 C-Max Hybrid: Jeff Cobb describes it a “solid package, progressively styled, with high utility and quality of build.” He also likes that it can be driven “at a brisk pace.” He does take points off for mpg, saying that it is hard to hit the manufacturer’s fuel economy rating of 43 mpg combined. The C-Max is offered as a hybrid only in the U.S., whereas Europeans can only choose between conventional drivetrain options so far.
hybridcars.com

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Mar 14, 2014 - 10:24 am

Electric scooter sharing in Paris.

As many as 5,000 electric scooters to share and 700 new charging stations – mayoral candidate Anne Hidalgo has big plans for the city of Paris. At a rental price of 3 to 10 euros per hour, the ‘Scootlib’-scheme could be especially interesting for young people.
bike-eu.com

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:22 am

Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Outrider USA, Motiv Power Systems.

Two E-Class plug-in versions: The next generation of Daimler’s flagship (planned for 2017) will be available with two different plug-in powertrains – as diesel-hybrid and as petrol-hybrid. First pictures of the upcoming E-Class have already been released.
autobild.de (in German)

Valuable insight: Nissan has developed an x-ray analysis method that allows it to observe electron activity in li-ion cathode materials during charging and discharging. Researchers hope it will help them build batteries with an increased capacity and durability.
electriccarsreport.com, nissan-global.com

E-mobility makes mobile: Outrider USA is collecting cash for its unique, all-terrain electric trike, designed especially for people with limited abilities. It can be powered by pedalling, hand controls, or purely electric.
kickstarter.com via treehugger.com

California electrifies mail delivery services: The California Energy Commission will hand Motiv Power Systems 1.6 million dollars to integrate its electric powertrains in UPS and U.S. postal vans.
energy.ca.gov

Mar 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Gilles Bernard, Dilbagh Gill.

Takeshi-Uchiyamada“I foresee hybrid models pretty soon reaching 20 percent of global sales from about 13 percent to 14 percent now.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota-Chairman and father of the Prius, does not even include plug-in hybrids in his forecast, saying the cost of the vehicles are too high due to low initial volumes. He contradicts VW’s prediction that plug-in hybrids have the biggest market potential among plug-in technologies.
autonews.com

Gilles-Bernard“If we want to face the real problem of e-mobility, we need an open market of services. (…) This question of ‘where is the next charging station?’ should not exist.”

Gilles Bernard, Chairman of the Board at Gireve, a consortium of French carmakers, financial institutions and utilities, says that the first step in building up charging infrastructure (national and international) is to bring together service providers and station operators. The goal is the possibility to recharge at any station, no matter the operator.
Source: at the Hubject Developers Conference in Berlin

Dilbagh-Gill“We believe that Formula E is the perfect platform to help enhance our knowledge and expertise of electric vehicles, while also helping us to transfer cutting edge technology to our road cars.”

Dilbagh Gill, Team Principal at Mahindra Racing, sees the challenges Formula E will face in its first year as the perfect opportunity to tackle problems such as aerodynamics or setting standards for testing an e-racer.
fiaformulae.com

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Mar 14, 2014 - 10:19 am

Formula 1, E-move.me, eMobility-Buzz.

Video tip 1: This weekend, Formula 1 gets ready to rev their engines again. Supported by impressive animations, drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo explain the new regulations and technical changes of the upcoming season, including the new Energy Recovery System (ERS).
youtube.com

Video tip 2: The E-move.me team has come up with a solution tackling charging difficulties when using automated parking systems. In their video they show how it can be done using a Tesla Model S.
youtube.com

The Tesla Model S beats the BMW i3 in terms of influence on the web: According to the latest edition of our eMobility-Buzz, the Model S could benefit from the hype around Tesla’s Megafactory announcement in February and overtake its German rival. Every month this new service of our German edition electrive.net will measure the mentions of all available electric cars in german-speaking online media.
electrive.net (in German)

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:50 am

Nissan, Philippines, Autoscout24, Austria.

E-NV200 pricing: Nissan Europe has announced the price for its new electric van in Germany. The E-NV200 will be available at the end of July starting at 24,157 euros (33,600 dollars) with battery leasing and for 29,819 euros (41,400 dollar) including the battery. Both the cargo and the 5-seater version (under the name Evalia) will offer the same payload and interior space as their combustion siblings. The drivetrain and battery pack are taken from best-selling Nissan Leaf and bear the same specifications.
transporter-news.de (in German), auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

One million EVs: The Philippines, or more precisely the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP), aims at having 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2020. It seems like a very ambitious goal – just the registration of a single Tesla Model S poses a big problem because authorities have failed to introduce a category for electric cars so far.
green.autoblog.com (1m EVs), abs-cbnnews.com (Tesla registration)

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Form should follow function: A recent survey ordered by Autoscout24 found that 59% of Europeans would not mind if the design of future cars was directed by reasons ecologically beneficial. Another 46% think that the sound of the future car should be different of today’s and in accordance with its drive technology.
car-it.com (in German), autoscout24.de (survey download, in German)

Austrians consider EV: In another survey three out of four Austrian male drivers said that they would consider buying an electric car in the next five years. Among female drivers every fourth was interested. When the participants in total denial were asked for their reasons to do so, initial costs of purchase and lack of charging infrastructure were named as the main obstacles. No surprise: The younger and the wealthier, the higher is the willingness to adopt electric vehicles.
ad-hoc-news.de (in German)

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:48 am

California EV market.

California now holds 40.96 percent of the battery electric car market in the U.S. and has the most robust fast-charging network in the country, according to plugincars’ state-by-state fast-charging guide.
plugincars.com

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:45 am

Proton OnSite, Inmares, Volvo.

Proton electrolyser for Hamburg: U.S.-based Proton OnSite has been chosen to install its proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser as part of the new H2 fuelling station by H2 Logic in Hamburg, Germany (we reported). The first proton electrolyser for the refuelling of hydrogen vehicles in Germany was installed in 2012 at Fraunhofer ISE’s solar-powered refuelling station in Freiburg.
greencarcongress.com, prweb.com

Electric test carriage: Aaglander, manufacturer of motorised carriages, says it is pleased with the outcome of this year’s motor show in Geneva. The ‘Connected Dual Servo-Drive’ (we reported) on display is a joint development of Linde Material Handling and Inmares AG and will be put to the test as drive in a carriage in six weeks time. Further applications are in the pipeline and soon to be revealed.
nordbayern.de (in German)

Magnets for autonomous driving: To allow self-driving cars to locate their position on the road more precisely, Volvo is currently testing a rather low-tech solution. By embedding ferrit magnets in the road, a invisible ‘railway’ is enabling the positioning of a car with an inaccuracy of less than one decimetre. The carmaker is planning on putting 100 autonomous driving cars for trial on Swedish roads starting in 2017.
automobilemag.com, gizmag.com

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:44 am

Kevin Layden.

Kevin-Layden“I don’t think we need a dedicated EV to be as efficient as we want to be. We have some PHEV customers getting over 95 percent of their range from the battery alone, and overall, they’re reporting about 75 percent of their miles.”

In an interview Kevin Layden, Ford’s Director of Electrified Powertrain Engineering, said Ford will not develop a dedicated EV platform but concentrate on efficient hybrid power packs that can be distributed over the model range and used globally wherever it makes sense.
green.autoblog.com

Mar 13, 2014 - 09:42 am

Tesla's anticipated sales, GOe3´s fast charging network.

Reading tip: Any doubt that Tesla’s anticipated annual sales figures of 500,000 cars in 2020 will happen? You might want to read this investor’s evaluation.
fool.com

Video tip: GOe3 is planning on erecting multi-system fast-chargers on an U.S. coast to coast route at about every 45 miles in the next 18 to 24 months. GoE3 CEO and Founder Bruce Brimacombe was on Bloomberg TV to discuss more details about his “take on Tesla’s super charger network.”
bloomberg.com

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:42 am

Audi, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen.

Audi R8 e-tron only on request: Audi’s EV will be available towards the end of the year and have a 280-mile range (450 km), double of what the carmaker had publicised last year. It features a 48.6 kWh battery with an increased power density. The R8 e-tron will be built only upon “customer request.” A price has yet to be fixed.
ecomento.com

Hyundai to follow in Kia’s footsteps: The South Korean carmaker wants to do it like its subsidy and launch its own fully electric vehicle in 2016. Meanwhile, Kia is gearing up to launch its Soul EV on the market. For this year, it has set a global sales target of 5,000 units.
reuters.com, slashgear.com

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Pre-orders for E-Golf kick off in the UK: The zero-emission hatchback can be reserved via 24 dealers across the country and has a price tag of 25,845 pounds (42,963 dollars) after a 5,000-pound (8,312 dollars) government rebate. That puts it in the same price class as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

E-Up for delivery services: At its event “electrified!” in Berlin, VW presented a delivery concept van, the E-Load-Up. It has a 160-kilometre range and was conceived for small package and pizza delivery services. But the carmaker says it will only begin producing the EV, once there is a clear demand.
transporter-news.de (in German)

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:41 am

February 2014 sales in Canada.

With a total of 98 units sold in Canada last month, the Chevy Volt has a solid lead on the Nissan Leaf (64 units) and Tesla Model S (20 units) in the EV ranking. It is the fifth consecutive month that Chevrolet beat the competition. The Toyota Prius Plug-in, on the other hand, continues to trail behind with only four units sold.
ev-sales.blogspot.de

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:40 am

Toyota, Daimler, Perrinn.

Fuel-cell bus and industrial vehicles by Toyota: On top of developing the 2015 FCV passenger car, the carmaker is also contriving an H2-bus together with Hino Motors, which is said to hit the roads by 2016. Moreover, Toyota is focusing on the development of fuel cell industrial vehicles, like a FC fork lift.
greencarcongress.com

Electric S-Class? A Daimler manager said there might be an all-electric version of the S-class “in the future.” A more specific time frame would depend on the development of battery technologies.
topgear.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Hybrid racer by everyone: British race car manufacturer Perrinn has started an open source project to get the public involved in designing the (maybe) winner of the Le Mans race in 2015. Via ‘myTeam,’ everyone is invited to give their input to the design of the hybrid-powered race car.
hybridcars.com, perrinn.com (project website)

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:39 am

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Ki-Sang Lee.

Yoshikazu-Tanaka“In order to give (…) customers what they want within an appropriate timescale, we are committed to developing a broad range of technologies—including plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle and FCV, corresponding to the simultaneous diversification of energy sources.”

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Toyota head of fuel cell development, says that none of the alternative drives available to date are flawless. But in order to make them attractive to customers, different kinds of technologies fit for different situations are made available.
greencarcongress.com

Ki-Sang-Lee“There is no clear direction about which eco-friendly cars will win. We are dividing the roles of Hyundai and Kia, with Hyundai launching fuel cell cars and Kia focusing on electric cars. But the time will come when Kia will introduce a fuel-cell car. Hyundai is also preparing to launch a (battery-powered) electric car in 2016.”

Ki-Sang Lee, senior vice-president of Hyundai Motors confirms that the South Korean carmaker plans on developing a fully-electric vehicle by 2016, while it had focused on FCVs until this point.
reuters.com

Mar 12, 2014 - 09:36 am

Energy savings of PHEVs.

Study tip: U.S. researchers compared the cost of energy for combustion engines, hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. They found that plug-ins are clearly cheaper to charge in areas with a well-developed charging network, than in ‘charging-scarce’ areas.
sciencedirect.com via greencarcongress.com

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:47 am

BMW, VW, Honda, Smart, Fiat, Nissan, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Tesla.

Even more efficient than planned: The new BMW i8 has received its official figures for efficiency in accordance to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The plug-in hybrid will only use up 2.1 litres of fuel and 11.9 kWh per 100 kilometres with an all-electric range of 37 kilometres. Deliveries of the i8 in Europe will commence in June.
bmwgroup.com (in German), autozeitung.de (in German)

New battery from VW? Heinz-Jakob Neußer, head of Volkswagen’s powertrain development, said in Geneva that the carmaker is developing a new battery that would have 80 kWh but still be about the same size as given battery packs. However, he would not confirm (nor deny) assumptions that the research concerns a lithium-air battery.
telegraph.co.uk

Will Honda’s Vezel be called HR-V in the U.S.? The Japanese carmaker filed a trademark application for the name in the United States. In Japan, a version of the Urban SUV concept is already being sold as ‘Vezel.’ Even if the name for the American version has yet to be confirmed, Honda did say that it will be powered by a VTEC turbo engine. If the hybrid versions offered in Japan will be available in the HR-V is unknown.
autoguide.com, indianautosblog.com

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EV-test leaves “Car and Driver” unimpressed: The editors of the website tested six electric cars – the Smart ED, the Fiat 500E, the Nissan Leaf, the Honda Fit EV, the Ford electric and Chevy Spark – and found them too expensive and not very practical. Even the winner, the Chevy Spark, could not escape critique – 12 hours is simply too long for a full charge.
caranddriver.com

Looking back on his year with Tesla: After driving over 15,000 miles (or more than 24,000 km), this Model S driver still loves his car. What he does not love is that it sucks up energy even when parked, making it not as efficient as on paper. A basic flaw, he says, a luxury car like a Tesla should not have.
greencarreports.com

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:45 am

February 2014 EV sales in Norway.

With 484 units sold in Norway in February, the Nissan Leaf is closing in on the number one conventional car, the VW Golf, which was sold only four times more than the EV. Tesla’s Model S takes second place in the EV ranking, with 431 new units on the road and the BMW i3 overtakes the VW E-up, pushing forward into third place.
ev-sales.blogspot.co.uk

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:44 am

Audi, Solvay, Toshiba, Turkey.

Audi hopes to win the race with an electrified quattro four-wheel drive, which will be featured in the 2014 R18 e-tron racecar. The power distribution to the wheels of Audi’s diesel-hybrid is controlled purely electronically, with the front-wheel drive components integrated in the vehicles monocoque. Recuperated energy is stored in the new flywheel energy storage system. Audi will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with two R18.
hybridcars.com, electriccarsreport.com

Greener energy storage: Chemical firm Solvay wants to replace organic solvents with water during the production of cathodes for lithium-ion batteries. A pilot production facility is set to open its doors next year. The research is part of LIFE+GLEE project and in part funded by the EU.
solvayplastics.com (project website)

Vroom goes the EV: Toshiba’s TB2909FNG chip imitates the sounds of a conventional combustion engine to make quiet electric cars louder. The company refers to a 2011 EU resolution amendment that would require EVs to be equipped with ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS).
electronicsweekly.com

Turkey wants to build own EVs: According to the national newspaper ‘Sabah,’ plans to form a brand that specialises in electric mobility are becoming more concrete. Ten technological concepts for the first Turkish-produced electric vehicles are being considered, but only one will be able to receive the 33 million euros (45.8 million dollars) in government funding.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German), sabah.com.tr (in Turkish)

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:43 am

Torsten Müller-Otvos, Wolfgang Epple, Adam Jonas.

Torsten-Mueller-Oetvoes“A Rolls-Royce cannot come with any kind of compromise, and both the recharging times and the range were not acceptable for our buyers – but with hybrid technology that is no longer a problem.”

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Otvos explains why the electric 100EX Phantom never got made, saying that reviews from potential customers worldwide were too ambivalent.
autoexpress.co.uk

Wolfgang-Epple“We will have to have a zero-emission car in the range in order to meet regulations. We need this by 2025, possibly even sooner for certain markets.”

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Landrover, said at the Geneva Auto Salon that the carmaker plans on developing and producing a pure electric vehicle in the near future. Still, he believes that the hybrid drive will be dominant among upper vehicle classes.
chargedevs.com

Adam-Jonas“The scale of Tesla’s battery production, even for its own use as an auto manufacturer, thrusts the company into ‘key player’ status for grid storage.”

Morgan Stanley Analyst Adam Jonas believes that Tesla’s lithium-ion batteries can revolutionise the energy and EV market, if they can be sold at a price customers can afford. Something that could in fact become a reality once the carmaker’s planned ‘gigafactory’ opens its doors.
theenergycollective.com

Mar 11, 2014 - 09:41 am

China EV market, Tesla Model E rendering.

Reading tip: This article provides background information and anlysis about the development of the electric car market in China, rounded up with charts about subsidy policies in the country.
autonews.gasgoo.com

Click tip: Elon Musk already revealed that the Model E will be about 20% smaller than the Model S. For those who need a bit more to spark their imagination, Photoshop artist Remco Meulendijk put its ‘picture in mind’ on paper.
gas2.org

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:45 am

The New Fisker, Chevrolet, Saleen, A2B, Cadillac.

The New Fisker: This is the name under which Wanxiang will start selling the plug-in hybrid “as soon as possible.” Production of the Karma is to be restarted in Finland while all planned Fisker models like the Atlantic, Surf Shooting Brake and the Sunset convertible are said to be launched eventually.
autoweek.com, greencarreports.com, thenewfisker.com (new website)

Chevy Volt redesign: Industry insiders believe GM to launch an update of its Volt in the U.S. by 2015. It will possibly feature a new front-wheel drive platform while the body style is not expected to change too much.
edmunds.com via electric-vehiclenews.com

Saleen to enter China: The automotive manufacturer has chosen GreenTech Automotive (GTA) as its distributor in China. The US-based GTA will start selling in spring and offer the full Saleen range in China. Saleen has recently made the news when it teamed up with AC Propulsion to work on a new electric sports car (we reported).
greenvehicles.automotive-business-review.com

Review Alva+ e-bike: This model of the A2B company is a hybrid between e-bike and pedelec, combining pedal-assist and throttle operation. While Jason Fogelson concludes that the Alva+ is “a very attractive form of alternative green transportation” he cannot see it outperform a scooter or motorcycle yet.
forbes.com

The Caddy ELR is more than just a luxury version of the Volt: John Voelcker joins the club of reviewers who admit that GM has launched a “very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior” but still thinks it overpriced by as much as 30,000 dollars, esp. as its electric drive is “just not there” in freezing temperatures.
greencarreports.com

Mar 10, 2014 - 09:44 am

Shanghai charging spots.

The City of Shanghai wants to install 6,000 charging stations by 2015 as it expects 10,000 EVs to roam its streets by then. Furthermore, the Shanghai government aims at having one charge spot every ten square metres by 2020.
shanghaidaily.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/03/18/university-of-tokyo-tucson-mie-university-iec-chademo/
18.03.2014 10:57