Apr 23, 2014 - 08:46 am

Tesla Cross Country Rally, Ride the Future Tour.

Video tip: You can’t get enough of Tesla? Than take another look at what was going behind the scenes of the Tesla cross country rally – part two.

Click tip: The Ride the Future Tour saw six electrically-driven friends covering 4,000 miles in 44 days. They now have made a film about the trip called “Kick Gas.”
greencarreports.com (with trailer), kickgas.vhx.tv (full film, available for a donation)

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:28 am

Denza, Audi, Tesla, Fisker, Volkswagen, Accell.

Denza comes with subsidies: Daimler’s and BYD’s joint electric car is priced at 369,000 renminbi (59,300 dollars). However, the Denza will be eligible for local subsidies of up to 120,000 renminbi (19,300 dollar), Daimler said, as well as other EV privileges in cities like Beijing or Shenzhen.

Audi’s new plug-in concept: In Beijing, the German carmaker presents the Audi TT offroad concept with wireless charging. The car is a combination of a coupé and a compact SUV, which comes with a two-motor e-tron quattro drive. The electric range is said to be over 50 kilometres.
greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

Tesla to produce in China: Elon Musk has said at a conference yesterday, that Tesla will make electric cars in China in the next three to four years. With deliveries of the Model S starting next week, Tesla expects to sell as many cars in China as in the U.S. by as soon as next year.
bloomberg.com via greencarreports.com

Fisker’s production plans: The compan’’s interim president Roger Brown issued a roadmap for The New Fisker. First, the Karma is to be relaunched by August 2015 followed by the Surf, a shooting-brake Karma a year later, and the smaller Atlantic by 2017. However, TNF has not made it decision if these new vehicles will be built in Delaware.
green.autoblog.com, delawareonline.com

VW to electrify China: Volkswagen is planning to enter the Chinese market with the e-Up and e-Golf both being scheduled to launch later this year. 2015, the Golf GTE as well as the Audi e-tron are China-bound before finally the Audi A6 together with two new plug-in hybrids solely made for China are scheduled to arrive by 2016. Furthermore, VW has unveiled an updated Touareg ahead of its debut at Beijing motor show. The 2015 model will be available worldwide from summer and comes as a hybrid too.
greencarcongress.com, autoweek.com (Touareg)

Accell strengthens U.S. e-bike operations: The Dutch company’s North American branch is about to launch the ‘Electric Bicycle Competence Center.’ This new division is designed to train dealers on Accell’s upcoming new e-bike systems as well as providing a service infrastructure.

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:28 am

EV market share in Norway.

A market share of 16 percent for EVs in the first quarter of 2014 confirms Norway as the EV wonderland. However, this growth is the result of an on-going love affair with the electric car that started in the early 2000s already.


Apr 22, 2014 - 08:27 am

Siemens/BAIC, VDMA, Mercedes, Saft.

Siemens and BAIC join forces: A newly formed joint venture called ‘Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System’ will produce motors and inverters for hybrids and EVs. Prototyping is set to start this year while mass production with more than 100,000 units per year is set to follow in 2015 in Beijing.

One battery for all: The ‘Modular Multi-Use Battery Systems’ project unites 30 companies and research institutions trying to develop a standard for high performance batteries. The EnergyBus organisation is to provide its open standard initially written for LEVs for the communication between smart battery modules.

Mercedes with a mind: The new ‘Intelligent HYBRID’ system by Mercedes-Benz assesses the road ahead and manages the remaining energy accordingly. Designed for hybrid vehicles, the system keeps the battery charged only enough to take full advantage of recuperation, thus generously boosting the drive with electric energy in between.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

Electric ferry for Stockholm: The Swedish capital placed an order with battery manufacturer Saft to supply li-ion batteries. The batteries are destined to power a new electric ferry, which will be operated by Ballerina on behalf of Stockholm Public Transport.

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:26 am

Steve Cannon, Hubertus Troska.

Steve_cannon“Tesla is great, but you’ve got plenty of well-established brands that mean luxury, like Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, and how long do you think we’re going to wait and let Tesla be out there? So, good job, Tesla, but will they be able to maintain that with the others of us out in the market? That remains to be seen.”

Steve Cannon, head of Mercedes-Benz USA, did not hold back when trying to belittle the Californian EV maker by further pointing out that Tesla had “no network” and only a few shops with not enough service structure.

hubertus_troska“China has got the potential to become the biggest market for electric cars.”

This is the prediction of Hubertus Troska, CEO of Daimler in China. In particular, Troska referred to a strong political will to foster EV use in the country and his company’s plans to deliver.
kfz-betrieb.vogel.de (in German)


Apr 17, 2014 - 08:14 am

BYD, Volvo, Infiniti, Mahindra, Toyota.

One more from BYD: The Chinese manufacturer will debut the Tang PHEV at its home fair. The Tang features the same 110 kW motor that works inside the Qin. A 205-hp petrol engine completes the hybrid mix. The price of the plug-in SUV is said to convert to 48,000 dollars.

Volvo-S60L-PPHEVVolvo Plug-in hybrid S60: Volvo will show the S60 PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept at the Auto China in Beijing. Like on the V60 PHEV, the electric motor has 50 kW but is coupled with a petrol instead of the diesel engine. The S60L will be produced at the Chengdu plant and is set to launch in China beginning of next year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Luxurious stretch: China and the U.S. can look forward to an extended version of Infiniti’s Q70 to gain more space in the rear. The updated hybrid limousine is powered by a V6 engine and an e-drive with 50 kW. Its premiere will be at the New York Autoshow.

E-Scooter by Mahindra: The Indian company is set to launch its first ever electric scooter in the U.S. this summer. The GenZe will cost about 3,000 dollars and features a replaceable battery said to last for about 50 miles. The display has a touchscreen that connects to a smartphone via bluetooth.
ecomento.com, indianautosblog.com

A whole new Camry: Its debut is due in New York next week and Toyota has added some 2,000 new parts to its now completely redesigned best-seller. The new Camry is trimmed to deliver a more dynamic performance though the hybrid drive system remains the same.
puregreencars.com, autoblog.com

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:13 am

Fuel cell vehicles in California.

All in all, 200 FCVs are currently out on the streets in California. To refill, they can choose from 19 public H2 stations, another 19 are set to follow in the next 18 months. The chicken and the egg seem almost on par for once…

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:11 am

Suzuki, MG, NIMS/SEU, Battery research.

Suzuki to save some fuel: The Japanese maker of small cars has announced plans to introduce ‘gas-electric hybrid technology,’ but it won’t be more than a mild hybrid. Suzuki hopes however, to go full-hybrid sometime in the future.

MG-dynamo-EVAnniversary EV: MG is celebrating its 90th birthday by showing a concept of an electric car. The MG Dynamo has been created at the parent company’s HQ (SAIC) in Longbridge and is currently on display at SMMT’s offices in Westminster, UK. The concept has been developed to help the company understand Europe’s demand for a pure electric small MG.

High quality fuel cells: The Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Chinese Southeast University (SEU) signed a memorandum of understanding to design new platinum-free electro-catalysts based on graphene for premium fuel-cell electrodes.

The devil is in the detail: New research on lithium-iron-phosphate batteries suggests, that scientists might have been wrong to use the Butler-Volmer equation all along. Instead, cell performance might be dependent on the speed electrons move between the electrode and its carbon coating.
scientificamerican.com, green.autoblog.com


Apr 17, 2014 - 08:09 am

Didier Leroy, Tony Posawatz.

Didier-Leroy“Fuel cell technology will take time before it takes off. To help that happen we will bring a reasonable number of cars to Europe. The volume will be limited, but they will be visible on the streets.”

Didier Leroy, Toyota Europe’s president, is determined to introduce hydrogen cars to the market. The first Toyota FCV is set to launch by 2015.

Tony-Posawatz“The fascinating thing is the technology helps facilitate the fuelling process by increasing the speed, but also if you have many of these installations you could reduce battery size and cost.”

Tony Posawatz, who has helped GM to create their Volt before he attempted to save Fisker, thinks that inductive charging will have the most impact on EV adoption in the near term.

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:07 am

BMW X5 e-drive, Hybrid and electric trucks.

Reading tip: Take a seat in the future – the electric SUV by BMW that is. John Voelkcer had the chance to drive an X5 e-drive plug-in hybrid prototype and packed its report with all the details hitherto known.

Study tip: Navigant Research predicts global annual sales of hybrid and electric trucks to grow from below 10,000 in 2013 to more than 100,000 in 2020, if companies can find strategies to utilise these vehicles efficiently to equalise higher initial costs.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:36 am

Denza, BMW, Chevrolet, Nissan, Merida.

Details of Daimler’s Denza: The first Chinese-German offspring will make its debut at Beijing Motorshow. For Daimler, it is the first product it ever designed abroad with its partner BYD. The Denza’s battery sits underneath the car in a shock-proof alloy frame. The price has still not been revealed.
welt.de (in German)

BMW i3 production: BMW has ramped up production of its electric car in Leipzig by 43% reports Bloomberg with reference to an email by BMW’s head of production, Harald Krüger. Due to high demand, 100 instead of 70 units of the i3 will now be built a day.

Spy shots of the new Volt: The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been spotted on one of its test runs but highly covered in camouflage. It seems like the car will get a complete new bodywork and will be based on a new platform. Overall, it appears the new Volt will be sleeker than the current model.

Nissan unveils the Murano in New York today. The third generation follows the ‘Resonance Concept’ and will be available as front and all-wheel drive. However, Nissan has nor confirmed or denied plans for a hybrid Murano yet.
manufacturing.automotive-business-review.com, youtube.com (video)

E-Bike production growing: Taiwanese Merida will expand its facility in Yuanlin to meet increased demand for e-bikes and frames. Demand is driven by the introduction of Shimano’s new pedelec system Steps which requires special frames.


Apr 16, 2014 - 08:35 am

Toyota sales in Europe.

In Europe 21 percent of all Toyotas and Lexus sold in the first quarter of this year were hybrids, the company reports. The hybrid Yaris proved to be particularly popular with 15,305 buyers. 80% of Lexus customers preferred the hybrid-powered Lexus IS 300h over the regular Lexus IS.

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:34 am

Hybricon, V-Charge, Bombardier, D-Face.

Super-fast charging at 625 Ampere: In Swedish Umea, the new Arctic Whisper (HAW) electric bus by Hybricon Bus Systems has been charged ultrafast via Opbrid’s Bůsbaar. In the trial, 625 amps were pushed inside the battery for six minutes, making way for 2-3 min. charges at 500-1,000 kW in the future.
greencarcongress.com, youtube.com (Busbaar video)

Autonomous charging: In the EU project ‘V-Charge’ (for Valet Parking and Charging) ETH Zurich and the universities of Brunswick, Oxford, and Parma, are developing driverless park and charge systems for EVs together with Bosch and Volkswagen. A first prototype system is now up and running in Stuttgart, Germany.

EVs by Bombardier: Charles Bombardier of the company of the same name is drafting electric vehicle concepts based on Bombardier’s own inductive charging technology. In his vision, electric shuttles, one-man vehicles or electric motorcycles could all be charged contactless soon.
charlesbombardier.com via justpark.de (in German)

Bubble-car is back: In German dubbed “Knutschkugel” (snog ball), the BMW Isetta is back as EV with range extender. The D-Face concept by Japanese firm D Art was on display at the Taipei EV show and the company is looking to license the mini EV with a top speed of 45 mph in other countries.

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:33 am

Harald Krüger, Barry Beeston.

Harald-Krueger“The U.S. will be the largest market for the i3.”

This is the prediction of Harald Krüger, BMW production chief, who has now increased production of the i3 to reach an annual output of 20,000 units.

Barry-Beeston“With the all-electric e-NV200 van being released later this year it is an exciting time for Nissan and we believe we will see a further increase in demand for the rest of this year and into 2015.”

Nissan GB corporate sales director Barry Beeston comments on the last financial year which saw Leaf sales increase by 132%. The demand was driven by fleet operators.


Apr 16, 2014 - 08:29 am

GM, Electric car convertibles, Volcano charging a Nissan Leaf.

Reading tip: Brooke Crothers wanted to get to the source and asked two GM managers about the carmaker’s latest EV marketing strategies rather excessively. Dig in!

Click tip: “Where are all the electric car convertibles” our colleagues over at Green Motors asked themselves before simply building, well, rendering them themselves. Automakers, please take them as an example!
greenmotor.co.uk via insideevs.com

Video tip: Nowadays, dancing on a volcano is out, instead you better use it to charge your EV. Not literally of course, but on the way downhill as Neil Wagner does it in Hawaii.

Apr 15, 2014 - 08:31 am

Volvo, Volkswagen, Saleen, Formula E, Bosch eBike Systems.

Volvo electrified: The Swedes’ new SPA platform, the XC90 is based on, is most variable. According to Dennis Nobelius, VP for the 90’s models, the XC90 drivetrains will include everything electric, from a mild and plug-in hybrid to a fully electric version. Even a version featuring Volvo’s flywheel KERS is likely.
autocar.co.uk, transportevolved.com

Jetta update: Volkswagen has freshened up its sedan for the New York Auto Show. Even though the 2015 Jetta is presented with a new diesel engine, the hybrid version remains. Apart from improving the aerodynamics, VW also introduces new driver assistant systems.
greencarreports.com, autocar.co.uk

Tuned Tesla tease: Saleen has released first renderings of its redesign of the Model S (we reported) making it look even more racy. Still it is not known though, which mechanical advances we can expect from the tuning specialist when the first cars hit the streets this summer.

No electric race in Rio: The Formula E has issued an updated calendar for its inaugural race sessions. Rio de Janeiro has been dropped and a new host city is to be named shortly. Furthermore, the electric racing series will adopt the scoring system of the F1.
green.autoblog.com, fiaformulae.com

Bosch eBike Systems U.S. launch: The German company has officially launched its Performance Line in the states. As in most countries in Europe, Magura will carry out the service of the e-bike system starting from September this year.

Apr 15, 2014 - 08:29 am

Incentives in Normandy.

A total of 11,300 euros (15,600 dollars) is the incentive an EV buyer in Normandy now gets. The regional government almost doubles the usual allowance of 6,300 euros in an attempt to become France’s first ecoregion. Formidable!

Apr 15, 2014 - 08:28 am

Smart Highway, Ioxus, Neues, Vanmoof.

Smart-HighwaySmart Highway: In the Netherlands, the first stretch of the Smart Highway project has been unveiled. On 500 metres, drivers are now guided by glow-in-the-dark lines, which store sunlight during the day. Inductive charging while driving will also be implemented in the future.
designtoimprovelife.dk, smarthighway.net

21 million for ultracaps: Ioxus has received 21 million dollars from investors including IFC, a member of the World Bank, for their ultracapacitor business. The company plans to spend the money on improving service, sales and production in China.

Built-your-own EV: Japanese company Neues is looking at licensing its chassis for small EVs, which could be bodied however customers like. Examples of the kit-car inspired electric cars are currently being shown at the Taipei EV event in Taiwan; Neues is also looking for UK distributors.

Integration is key: Vanmoof stays true to its principle also with their electric bike. The ‘Electrified’ is powered by a battery that sits within the frame. Furthermore, the display, embedded in the head tube, features GPS to locate the pedelec anytime. Orders for the 2,248 euro bike (3,100 dollars) are now being taken.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)

Apr 15, 2014 - 08:26 am

Dennis Nobelius, Jim York, Jack Hu.

Dennis-Nobelius“There will be everything from a mild hybrid to a pure electric version.”

Dennis Nobelius, vice-president of the ‘Vehicle Line 90’ programme, on Volvo’s plans for the XC90 which will even be offered with flywheel.

anonym“Range is an issue but not so much in our postal and urban operations.”

The higher costs of electric vehicles, on the other hand, are, says Jim York, Vice President of DPDHL’s GoGreen Initiative in Europe. He spoke at the E-Mobility NSR conference in London.
Source: Nora Manthey for electrive.com on site

Jack-Hu“It is possible to build a gigafactory. The key lies in the how. Battery manufacturing is a complex process involving many steps. If these steps are all dependent on each other, then the gigafactory would be a bad idea: difficult to run, a lot of down times; difficult to identify quality problems.”

Jack Hu, professor of industrial operations and engineering at Michigan Uni, on what it takes to make Tesla’s Gigafactory a reality and if that is even a good idea.

Apr 15, 2014 - 08:22 am

Range Extended Metro Cab, Tesla Ad.

Video tip: Robert Llewellyn turns cab driver in this episode of Fully Charged, in which he tests the Range Extended MetroCab for London.
youtube.com (video)

Video tip: Another fan made advert for Tesla called ‘Hope’ uses Tesla imagery and dubs it with Charlie Chaplin’s most famous speech from his movie ‘The Great Dictator.’
youtube.com (Hope ad), youtube.com (Chaplin’s full speech)

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:05 am

Mercedes, Lexus, Hyundai, Smith Electric Vehicles, Renault.

Electric B-class now in production: Mercedes-Benz has started production of the new B-class Electric Drive at its Rastatt plant, Germany. Sales of the Tesla-powered car will start in the U.S. this summer with the European market following at the end of this year. UK buyers might have to wait for a right-hand drive version until 2015 though.

Lexus NX unveiled: Just before its actual debut in Beijing, the Japanese carmaker has released details of its hybrid compact SUV. The hybrid Lexus NX is powered by the same drive as the IS300h but will come with front and all-wheel drive. Lexus is also introducing a new 2-litre turbo engine for the NX.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com

ix35 FC delayed: Hyundai’s hydrogen car was expected to arrive in the U.S. in March but the company has now said shipments of the H2 Tuscon from Korea are delayed for at least another month. In any case, Hyundai does not expect to see more than 100 vehicles on American roads this year.

Smith EVs to resume operations: CEO Bryan Hansel has now said that production at Smith Electric Vehicles has not stopped (we reported) but is being suspended. Production processes and the supply chain for the electric trucks need to be restructured before a new attempt to become profitable will be started this summer.
bizjournals.com, greencarreports.com

Renault production: French daily Les Echos reports the French carmaker is considering to cut one of two shifts at its plant in Flins, where the Zoe is built amongst other models. This would reduce the annual output from 140,000 to 110,000 cars.

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:05 am

EV sales in Denmark.

In Denmark, 142 EVs were sold in March making it the best-selling month to date. More than half of them were Tesla’s (79) followed by Nissan Leaf with 27 and Volkswagen’s e-Up which sold 15 units.

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:04 am

Auto-Stack Core, Hyundai, MotorBrain.

European fuel cell development: The ‘Auto-Stack Core’ project aims to develop a new generation of fuel cells for vehicles as well as the basics for serial production by 2016. Project partners include car and component manufacturers as well as system-integration specialists in various European countries. Coordinated by German ZSW, the programme is backed with 14.7 millions euros, 7.7 from the EU.
springerprofessional.de (in German)

Li-sulfur battery: Hyundai researchers discovered a new electrolyte based on sulfone which improves performance of lithium-sulfur batteries. Tests showed an increase of capacity by more than 50%, while capacity rentention was raised by up to 70%.

Compact electric drive: Together Infineon, Siemens, ZF and TU Dresden presented a prototype called MotorBrain, a small and efficient motor system. It only weighs 77 kilo and is said to be able to increase the range of an EV by up to 25 miles. No rare earth metals are required for the MotorBrain.

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:03 am

Osamu Masuko.

Osamu-Masuko“Once these things are achieved, the petrol engine can’t compete. In 10 years time, we might see a dramatic change.”

Osamu Masuko, President of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, estimates next generation EVs will have seven times more battery capacity and a range of up to 1,000 kilometres while still becoming cheaper.

Apr 14, 2014 - 09:02 am

Tesla's Cross Country Rally, Audi e-tron guide.

Video tip: Take a look at what was going on behind the scenes, when Tesla employees travelled in two Model S from New York to Los Angeles in only three days earlier this year.

Reading tip: For those who lost track of which electric car the Audi e-tron actually stands for at the moment or how many there might be, Antony Ingram has compiled the “ultimate” Audi e-tron guide.

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:26 am

Audi, Beijing Automotive, Ford, BMW, Applus.

Tesla fighter I: According to Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, the electric Q8 (we reported) with a range of 700 kilometres will come to market in 2017 and feature inductive charging technology. Meanwhile a prototype of the 2015 version of the R8, which is said to come to market as all-electric sports car with 450 km of range, has been spotted at Nürburgring.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (Q8 – in German), autozeitung.de (R8 – in German)

Tesla fighter II: Xu Heyi, chairman of Beijing Automotive Group, said his company has partnered with an unnamed American firm to introduce a new electric car to China by the end of next year. According to Xu, the new EV will “outperform Tesla’s Model S.”

Focus update: Ford will present its Focus Sedan in New York with updated exterior and interior. While the drivetrain of the Focus EV will remain unchanged, U.S. customers now have the option of the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a new six-speed manual transmission.

China debut: BMW will show the i3 and i8 for the first time in China at the upcoming Beijing show. The press release is titled “market launch,” so it is likely BMW will start offering its i-range very soon.

iShare concept EV: Applus will show its design of an ideal electric carsharing verhicle in New York. The iShare is with two metres even shorter than a Smart and weighs just 530 kilos. Its doors are opened via barcode on the driver’s mobile.
green.autoblog.com (with video)

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:23 am

ECOmove, Turn-E, Local Motors, Battery replacement.

Danish lightweight chassis: ECOmove produced a carbon-fibre chassis specifically designed for EVs. The so called Qstrung technology will be used in a Porsche 356 Speedster replica which was converted to electric by German Turn-E.
ecomove.dk, turn-e.de (Speedster in German)

Local Motors found funding for its electric drift trike on Kickstarter easily, so expect to see grown-up men sliding past on very low bikes very soon. The Verrado is said to go 45 minutes on a charge.
green.autoblog.com (with video)

Prius battery replacement: The Prius is dead, long live the Prius was Tony Bradley’s motto, who did not want to give up on his hybrid Toyota when the battery died. Instead of going for a 4,000 dollar replacement, he went for a much cheaper, reconditioned battery.

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:21 am

Rupert Stadler, Jason Gellatly, Al Bedwell.

rupert-stadler“From now on, we will introduce another e-tron model every year.”

Audi’s plug-in strategy, summarised by CEO Rupert Stadler, sounds simple but is ambitious.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

Jason-Gellatly“We’ve been sold out for a while. If you came to me now, I’d say you’re not getting a car in 2014 and not in 2015, but maybe 2016.”

This is the somewhat depressing outlook Jason Gellatly, sales men at BMW’s Bridgeport, Connecticut store, gives customers asking to buy an electric i3. His colleagues in other cities do not paint such a bleak picture, especially as BMW is giving the American market preference.

anonym“We are pretty bullish on PHEV as the way to go. We show PHEV outselling BEV (battery electric vehicles) in the long run. I see it as a technology best suited for larger cars and especially for the premium segment where the higher costs (after all it needs an expensive battery pack) can be more easily accommodated.”

Al Bedwell, analyst with LMC Automotive, puts his bet on hybrids, which he thinks will outstrip all-electric vehicles at least in the luxury segment.

Found on electrive.com
23.04.2014 08:18