Aug 4, 2014 - 08:27 am

BMW, Via Motors, Toyota, Bravo Motors, GenZe, Lexus.

BMW i3 with fuel cell? By 2016, BMW plans to issue a model with the fuel cell system of the Toyota FCV, Craig Scott of Toyota USA told Motoring. The i3 would be the most likely candidate and packaging of the fuel cell components being on of the challenges, reckons Scott.
motoring.com.au

PHEV van by Via Motors: The U.S. manufacturer will start production of its plug-in hybrid van at the end of September in its Mexico plant. The Via PHEV van will be priced at around 80,000 dollars. The first potential customer is FedEx, which considers to buy up to 5,000 units.
green.autoblog.com

Pimped Prius: Toyota announced its plans for a special edition of its hybrid pioneer, the ‘Persona Series.’ It will feature some special elements such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors and will come in two colours: ‘Blizzard Pearl’ and ‘Absolutely Red.’
autoblog.com

City EV from Russia: The Russian start up Bravo Motors presented its electric two seater eGo, which also might be offered in Europe. The eGo is said to go up to 90 kph with a range of 70 kilometres. The company aims to sell the eGo starting next summer for a price of 20,000 dollars.
sk.ru

GenZe ready to order: The U.S. subsidiary of Mahindra, which just set up its new headquarters in Fremont close to Tesla, is now taking pre-orders for their 3,000-dollar e-scooter. The first GenZe scooters with removable battery system will be delivered in December.
mercurynews.com

Toyota Prius vs Lexus CT 200h: While both vehicles share the same drivetrain, and, according to Matt Keegan, “exceptional fuel economy,” he found differences too. The most obvious are in the styling of the Lexus which however falls short to “apply the luxury mantle,” in Keegan’s eyes.
autotrends.org

Aug 4, 2014 - 08:25 am

Custom North, NTS Works, Li-sulfur cathode, Dunlop.

Custom-North-TEM01Electric super bike: The Slovenian manufacturer Custom North developed a truly special electric motorbike. The TEM01 comes with a 294-kW motor, that powers the rear wheel with 530 Nm. A finger print sensor will start the bike. However, so far only one prototype exists, which was built for promotion purposes.
tem01.eu, customnorth.com

Battery for a lifetime: NTS Works from California presented its ‘Lifetime Rebuildable Battery’ for electric vehicles, which is based on standardised Samsung cells. The system enables the exchange of single, faulty cells and to retrofit cells with higher energy density.
evfleetworld.co.uk, pv-magazine.com

New cathode for Li-sulfur batteries: Researchers from China together with American colleagues from Berkeley Lab have developed a new cathode for Li-sulfur batteries, that holds the promise of high capacity and cycle stability. After 2,000 cycles, it had reached a coulombic efficiency of 97%.
greencarcongress.com

Dunlop’s ‘Future Race Car’ by designer Sergio Rinland combines ideas of industry experts and motor sport fans collected at the ‘Dunlop Future Race Car Challenge’ in one virtual design. The futuristic racer gives no chance to petrol anymore but is instead powered by a fuel cell that powers four electric motors.
pistonheads.com

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Aug 4, 2014 - 08:23 am

Elon Musk, Mary D. Nichols.

Elon-Musk“In the past, we’ve shown all of our cards. So people have kind of gotten used to us showing all of our cards. We’re currently not showing all our cards.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk was unusually secretive and is thus fuelling speculation what the Calfornian carmaker might have up his sleeve.
businessinsider.com

Mary-D-Nichols“California is rolling out the carpet for Californians who choose these ultra-clean hydrogen powered electric cars and for the companies that make them.”

This is Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the Air Resources Board. Her statement is backed by considerate funding initiatives towards the Golden State’s declared goal of 1.5 million ZEVs by 2025.
greencarcongress.com

Aug 4, 2014 - 08:19 am

BMW i3, Toyota i-Road.

Video tip: In its latest video, BMW offers an insight of what went into planning and building its i3 – with special appearances of Ulrich Kranz, head of BMW i and the EV’s designer Benoit Jacob.
youtube.com

Click tip: Toyota launched a website for its i-Road. Maybe this means serial production is near? So far, the i-Road can be seen testing in France.
toyota-global.com via motoring.com.au

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:29 am

Tesla, Panasonic, Audi, Mercedes, China, Honda, Infiniti.

Tesla and Panasonic announced the details of the Gigafactory deal: Tesla will be responsible for the premises, whereas Panasonic will invest in the equipment required to manufacture battery cells and will occupy one half of the facility to do so. The other half will be used by suppliers to prepare cell production and by Tesla to assemble battery backs. No details have been made public on the sums to be invested.
teslamotors.com, transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com

Further updates on Tesla were published in the latest letter addressed to Tesla’s shareholders. According to it, Model S production is on track to reach 1,000 cars a month in the fourth quarter and achieve the 35,000 vehicle delivery target set for 2014. In the second quarter, Tesla was able to set a new production record with 8,763 cars, an 16% increase over Q1. In terms of the Gigafactory, ground was broken in Reno, NV, but four other states are also still in the running: Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Model X production will commence in Spring 2015.
forbes.com (Reno), greencarreports.com (Q2), files.shareholder.com (Shareholder Letter)

Audi-A3-etron-300Plug-in orders open: In Europe, the Audi A3 E-tron can now be pre-ordered from 37,900 euros (50,740 dollars). By December, it will be available in 410 stores and Audi promised to install at least one charge station at every dealership. For home charging, the carmaker offers an installation service and ‘Audi Energy’.
noodls.com

Ready to order, too, is the Mercedes S500 plug-in, which is set to arrive at European dealerships in September. Pricing starts at 108,944 euros (146,000 dollars) and includes a six-year warranty on all components of the plug-in hybrid drive. The new S500 is Daimler’s third hybrid S-Class after the S400 Hybrid and S300 Bluetec Hybrid, but the first with a plug.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

China to subsidise EV charging: China announced it would bring down energy prices for charging EVs to the level of heavy industry use and also exempt them from basic fees until 2020. Furthermore, the National Development and Reform Commission urged local governments to facilitate the installation of charging infrastructure.
shanghaidaily.com, chinadaily.com.cn, ecns.cn

Another death of an electric car: Honda has now confirmed that it will kill the Fit EV. The production in the States will stop already this autumn, Edmunds reports with reference to a Honda spokesperson. The hybrid Honda Insight will be ceased by the end of this year (we reported).
edmunds.com

Electric Infiniti by 2017? While the company has not set a date for the introduction of its electric Infiniti LE, Automotive News said it learned that the e limousine will be ready by 2017 or latest 2018. It will then feature a next-gen battery with a longer range than the usual 90 miles.
autonews.com, insideevs.com

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Aug 1, 2014 - 08:28 am

June 2014 BEV and PHEV sales.

A whooping 29,238 plug-in cars were sold worldwide in June, setting a new record. Never before have so many EVs and plug-in hybrids been sold in a single month. On top of the list is the Nissan Leaf (4,794), ahead of Tesla (3,933) and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (3,133).
ev-sales.blogspot.co.uk

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:26 am

Fraunhofer IISB, PNNL, Tesla.

Fraunhofer-IISB-Inductive-ChargerWireless front charger: Researchers from the German Fraunhofer IISB have developed a new inductive charger. The system does not charge the EV from underneath but at the front. The car can get closer, basically touching the charger, which means the system requires smaller coils. It is thus more efficient, more cost-effective and safer as it less likely for the energy flow to be interrupted.
phys.org, greencarcongress.com

Hybrid battery: Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have build a hybrid battery that combines the advantages of lithium and magnesium. The developers reported strong rate performance and cycling stability. Furthermore, magnesium “is low-cost, safe and environmentally benign.”
greencarcongress.com

Tesla lemon: Ironically, car tester Edmunds seems to have picked the lemon among the Model S for its long-term test that started 17 months ago. By now, the Tesla had its motor exchanged three times and also got a new battery and display already among other flaws.
edmunds.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was Autobild‘s report about future electric cars from Audi. You can find some Englisch links below in the service.
autobild.de (in German)

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:25 am

Joe Nolan:

Joe-Nolan“We measure thermo and electrical properties of the battery. We look at its integrity in the vehicle and in neither case for these crash tests or in any of the crash tests we’ve conducted of the Leaf or the Volt did we see a problem with the batteries.”

Joe Nolan, IIHS vice president for vehicle research, is offering some reassurance for EVs which just lately failed a new crash test (we reported).
cnbc.com (with video)

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Aug 1, 2014 - 08:23 am

Smart Electric Drive, Audi A2Q and Q6.

Video tip: Size does not always matter, at least not in the first few seconds, as this video shows where Smart put its Electric Drive up against the big guns in the need for speed aka a drag race.
youtube.com

Audi is taking on electric cars, as we reported yesterday. Now, Auto Evolution, Car Advice and Indianautosblog have picked up on the story, bringing you all the missing details on Audi’s plan to fight Tesla as well as the BMW i3 with electric cars of its own, which will have at least 500 kilometres of range.
autoevolution.com, caradvice.com.au, indianautosblog.com

Jul 31, 2014 - 08:26 am

Audi, Toyota/BMW, Mahindra, Chevrolet, Nissan, Sevcon, Aichi.

Audi taking on electric cars? German Autobild reports, the carmaker is working on a fully electric Audi Q6 with a said range of 700 kilometres to take on Tesla by 2017. Only a year later, an all new A2Q might follow with a 500-kilometre range to be pitched against BMW’s i3. The Audi EVs will be based on VW’s modular vehicle platform (MQB) but feature an independent design. E-xciting times ahead!
autobild.de (in German)

Toyota-BMW collaboration: The two manufacturers have been developing their joint sports car for two years and slowly it is taking shape. By 2017, Toyota will offer it as the Supra plug-in hybrid with three electric drives while the BMW version will succeed the Z4, possibly as Z5, and might feature a different drive.
motoring.com.au, bmwblog.com

Mahindra e2o line to be expanded: Mahindra is adding two new variants of its electric car. The T2O is equipped with power steering is already being offered online. Furthermore, a four-door version of the e2o to provide easier access to the backseats is under development.
indiancarsbikes.in

Volt scores while Leaf crashes poorly: The ‘small overlap frontal crash test’ of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ended with an “acceptable” rating for Chevy’s Volt. The Nissan Leaf, however, got a “poor” with risks of injury for the driver but scored a “good” rating overall.
insideevs.com, transportevolved.com, iihs.org (with Video)

Six millions for Sevcon: The EV technology firm is asking its shareholders for 6 million pounds (10m dollars). The money is to expand the business by doubling the number of engineers to 80 and to recruit more Sevcon sales personnel globally.
bdaily.co.uk, thenorthernecho.co.uk

Up to 30,000 dollars in incentives is what buyers of Toyota’s upcoming FCV might claim in the Japanese Aichi prefecture. If plans go ahead, one third would be coming from the municipality itself, while the other 20,000 is granted by the State of Japan (we reported).
green.autoblog.com

Jul 31, 2014 - 08:21 am

BEVs and PHEVs in Europe.

To get 1,000,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids onto European roads might take until 2025, according to Transport & Environment. Their estimation is based on sales over the past years. Next year, T&E forecasts 100,000 while half a million will be reached in 2021 – if the growth rate does not increase that is…
transportenvironment.org via thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

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Jul 31, 2014 - 08:20 am

Toyota, UQM Technologies, Sakor, HBM, QUANT e.

Foreign “domestic” production: Toyota Motor Auto Parts has started localised production of continuously variable transmissions (CVT) in China. It is the first time for the company to produce transmissions outside Japan and it will be followed by another premiere in 2015, when production of transaxles for hybrid vehicles is set to start.
greencarcongress.com, toyota.co.jp

American-Hungarian e-bus: Inter Tan-ker from Hungary will equip its electric mini bus with UQM Technologies’ PowerPhase motor and controller. The electric bus has a said range of 300 kilometres and will be the first to be be approved for road use by the Hungarian National Transport Authority.
wsj.com, businesswire.com

New testing systems: Sakor Technologies is now offering a complete test bench for electric and hybrid vehicles. The system includes AccuDyne AC motoring dynamometers, a DC battery simulator, and a DynoLAB PT data acquisition and control system. Another testing system for electric drives and inverters is being offered by HBM.
greencarcongress.com (Sakor), hybridcars.com (HBM)

QUANT e fully explained: Kelly Taylor scrutinises the car that “runs on saltwater,” or, in technical terms, with NanoFlowcell technology. To get a better understanding of the 800-hp sports car, Taylor even ventures into the relative depths of fuel cells and the origins of flow cell technology in 1976.
thechronicleherald.ca

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the news about the addition of new electric bicycles to Specialized’s Turbo line.
bike-eu.com

Jul 31, 2014 - 08:18 am

Ulrich Hackenberg, Mark Duvall, Cliff Fietzek.

Ulrich-Hackenberg“The hybrid will be another argument to go for diesel in the U.S.”

Audi’s chief developer Ulrich Hackenberg sees the upcoming Q7 diesel-hybrid as a vehicle to introduce the fuel to the States and said “Diesel will remain one of the core values” of the German brand.
europe.autonews.com

Mark-Duvall“In Santa Clara County over ten percent of new vehicles sales are plug-in vehicles. So it’s not just that you know someone who knows someone that owns a vehicle; it’s now every day.”

Mark Duvall, Electric Power Research Institute, at the Plug-In Conference in San Jose, California, where he said that EVs are not an exception anymore but have arrived in every day life.
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Cliff-Fietzek“It’s not a niche market anymore.”

Cliff Fietzek, manager of connected e-mobility at BMW, who was at the same conference could not agree more with what Duvall said.
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Jul 31, 2014 - 08:16 am

BMW DC-Charger, EVs in the U.S., Cadillac ELR review.

Reading tip: Laurent J. Masson is anything else than impressed with the new BMW i charger as he finds it far too slow at 24 kW for deserving the name of a fast charger or being able to compete with those on the market already.
motornature.com

Click tip: Six info graphics show the rise of the electric car in the States and how rising petrol prices or charging infrastructure drive the change.
vox.com

Video tip: Translogic’s Jonathan Buckley went to Los Angeles to check out if the Cadillac ELR has any chance to live up to its price tag.
autoblog.com

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Jul 30, 2014 - 08:39 am

Gigafactory, Toyota, Specialized, BMW, Chevrolet, Fiat.

Tesla-GigafactoryDetails on Gigafactory deal: Tesla and Panasonic have agreed on the basics for the planned mega battery facility. The carmaker will be responsible for the property while the Japanese will possibly invest 20 to 30 billion yen (194-291 million dollars) into machinery. At a later date, Panasonic’s investment might go up to one billion dollars. Nothing is official yet though the formal announcement might be made tomorrow when Tesla publishes its quarterly figures.
asia.nikkei.com, chargedevs.com, greencarreports.com

Fuel cell Future: “Mirai” means “future” in Japanese and will apparently be the name of Toyota’s FCV, Bloomberg reports quoting an insider. The carmaker has not yet confirmed the name but Mirai is registered as a trademark in the U.S. already.
bloomberg.com via transportevolved.com

Specialized is committed to e-bikes and introduces two more pedelec models to join their Turbo offering. While the original Turbo S is a speed pedelec (45 kph) the new Turbo 25 and the Turbo 25 X feature very similar technology and an integrated battery but with electric support only up to 25 kph.
bike-eu.com

Special edition i8: Ahead of the U.S. launch of the hybrid sports car, BMW will present the “Concours d’Elegance Edition” at the show of the same name at Pebble Beach, California. The special i8 comes in an unique colour and with special interior and will be auctioned off at the event on August 16th.
green.autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

It’s all in the gearing: When Green Car Reports pitched a Chevy Spark EV against the Fiat 500e, the testers noticed that at city speeds the small Italian felt and was much quicker than its American counterpart, which has better power ratings. Chief engineer for the Fiat 500e, Brett Giem, solved the riddle: gearing, which is 9.6:1 reduction in the 500e, vs 3:1 in the Spark EV.
greencarreports.com

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:37 am

Green HOV-lane sticker program.

Some 4,903 green stickers of the 15,000 additionally granted by the Californian ARB has been claimed in only three weeks. The decals give drivers of hybrids and range-extended EVs access to HOV lanes and are apparently in high demand.
transportevolved.com

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:34 am

GKN Power Hybrid, Evatran, LG Chem, CD-adapco.

F1 technology in London buses: Go-Ahead has ordered GKN Power Hybrid to retrofit 500 buses with its electric flywheel system called Gyrodrive Kinetic Energy Recovery System. It includes the flywheel, as well as the company’s EVO electric motor, gearbox, and installation. The buses will come to London one by one over the next two years and are said to save up to 20% fuel.
transportengineer.org.uk, greencarcongress.com

Cadillac to charge wireless: Evatran will be offering its inductive charging system for the Cadillac ELR by the end of this year. The system is already available for the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt. Furthermore, Evatran announced it would soon include two more premium models but has not specified which yet.
greencarcongress.com, ecomento.com

Hyundai on 48 volts: LG Chem has developed a 48-V litium-ion battery to be exclusively used in SUVs by Hyundai to power the on-board electronics. It will replace the 12-V system in a not yet specified electric SUV set for launch in 2017. Furthermore, by implementing 48-volt systems carmakers can adopt electric drive technologies more easily than by using dual-battery systems.
koreatimes.co.kr

Battery simulation tool: CD-adapco has completed the development of a software providing seamless integration between the work of electrochemists and thermal engineers designing batteries together. The tool is part of the DoE project CAEBAT (Computer Aided Engineering of Electric Drive Batteries) which started back in 2011.
newswire.ca

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was our review of the Audi A3 e-tron that our editor-in-chief took for a spin around Vienna.
electrive.com

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:33 am

Luke Tonachel, Takehiko Kikuchi, Brian Smith.

Luke-Tonachel“There are people coming in to dealerships who are very enthusiastic, but yet they are being turned off by someone who doesn’t really know the technology.”

Luke Tonachel, senior analyst of the Natural Resources Defense Council, believes that dealers are (partly) to blame for the slow uptake of EVs. His belief is based on research by the University of California-Davis.
wardsauto.com

Takehiko-Kikuchi“As consumers realise the EV is more economical, hybrids will no longer have meaning.”

Takehiko Kikuchi, CEO of Nissan Korea, leaves no doubt that he believes in the Japanese company’s strategy to go all electric or nothing.
koreajoongangdaily.joins.com

Brian-Smith-Lexus“They’ll probably come back. I think the question remains to be seen how many people will buy a second Tesla.”

Lexus’ VP of Marketing, Brian Smith, admits that his brand might have lost a few customers to Tesla but does not think there is a problem with the Lexus offering as such.
insideevs.com

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:30 am

Electric mini car Nanico, BMW i8 review.

Video tip I: The Brazilian Caio Strumiello designed a mini electric car to tackle not only pollution, but also congestion, parking problems and social misconceptions. Meet the “Nanico” and its maker on a mission in sunny Sao Paulo.
uk.reuters.com

Video tip II: Zach Vlasuk from Kelley Blue Book reviews the BMW i8 in a video spiked with details on design and a few little side blows on the hybrid sport car’s practicality for example.
youtube.com

Jul 29, 2014 - 08:39 am

Honda, Nissan, Tesla, McLaren, BMW, VW.

Honda-FCX-ClarityHonda updates: The Japanese carmaker will issue a new version of its FCX Clarity featuring a smaller, yet stronger, fuel cell by 2015, reports Automotive News. Furthermore, the Civic will receive a new hybrid system enabling it to drive all-electrically. A new Fit EV is also on the agenda, but not to be expected before 2016.
autonews.com

Nissan updates: The compact SUV Rogue, which is only available in the USA, is set to be hybridised by the end of 2015, or latest the beginning of 2016. Furthermore, Nissan is thinking about electrifying the Frontier pick up, also known as Navara, at some point.
autonews.com (Rogue), caradvice.com.au (Navara)

Tesla in Hong Kong: Eight Model S have been handed over in Hong Kong and are the first right-hand drives sold outside the UK. Like all Tesla’s in China, they come without a navigation system as Google maps are not supported in the country. Tesla says they are working on a solution, which will then be delivered to Chinese Model S customers via over-the-air software updates.
greencarreports.com (Hong Kong) chinaev.wordpress.com (navi) via autoblog.com

Hybrid racing toy: McLaren sent a sketch of the P1 GTR design concept to its 375 customers of the plug-in hybrid supercar. The P1 GTR is designed to take things to the next level – on the race track only – and will be made exclusively available to existing P1 drivers for about 3-4 million dollars.
hybridcars.com

BMW vs VW vs Nissan: Back in May, German magazine Auto Bild compared the VW E-Golf, the BMW i3 and the Nissan Leaf. Overall, the BMW i3 could impress with the longest range, most efficient motor and best drive, though the E-Golf was not too far behind. Last in the test comes the Leaf. But one has to take into account that this EV is a generation behind, or the longest serving of them all.
greencarreports.com, autobild.de (German original)

Test drive BMW i8: Ray Massey saw a lifelong dream come true when driving the “futuristic gull-winged” plug-in hybrid, so similar to the cars in the sci-fi series UFO he loved. Apart from backseats, which should only considered “for luggage or in emergencies,” Massey finds no fault in the i8 but enjoyed the attention of onlookers.
dailymail.co.uk

Jul 29, 2014 - 08:38 am

Audi A3 e-tron – the sailor among plug-ins.

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Audi-A3-etron-300It is finally here – Audi’s first series produced electric vehicle. For quite some time, the carmaker from Ingolstadt did not live up to its own principle. Technical advances in EV technology were being made by Tesla and BMW. But that is all supposed to change with the A3 e-tron, with which Audi attempts to square the circle. The car is supposed to be perfect for everyday life, while featuring a complex drivetrain system. Peter Schwierz, founder of electrive.com, went to Vienna to test drive the A3 e-tron – and to debate a question of principle.
electrive.com >>

Jul 29, 2014 - 08:36 am

Stanford University, University of Tokyo, China BAK Battery, Tesla.

Quadrupled capacity: Researchers from Stanford University are reporting considerate progress on finding a stable lithium metal anode. If finished, it could be used in Li-sulphur or Li-air batteries and the scientists believe this would lead to EVs with 300-mile range for about 25,000 dollars.
phys.org, greencarcongress.com

Seven times higher energy density is the promise Japanese researchers at the University of Tokyo are working towards. Through adding cobalt, they reached a oxidation-reduction reaction that sets off peroxide. The researchers expect an energy density of 2,570 Wh/kg if the idea is applied in real batteries at some point.
nikkeibp.co.jp, greencarreports.com

More better batteries from China: China BAK Battery and the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences have agreed to work together on batteries for electric vehicles. The collaboration entails R&D of new battery materials, testing and manufacturing technologies as well as the training of graduates.
greencarcongress.com

Tesla drive problem? More and more Model S drivers are coming forward online, reporting problems with the electric motor of their cars. Edmunds says, the drive of its Tesla has had to be exchanged three times already during their long-term test. In the Tesla Motors forum, 87 Model S drivers said their motor had to renewed at least once.
insideevs.com, teslamotorsclub.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the presentation of Polaris GEM’s new line-up of their all-electric vehicles for 2015.
hybridcars.com

Jul 29, 2014 - 08:35 am

Hubertus Troska, Jeff Desjardins, Elon Musk.

hubertus_troska“I really think the determination of the Chinese government makes a lot of sense, and you will see a significant amount of electric vehicles in China. There is a lot of active support, and that makes me confident.”

Hubertus Troska, Daimler board member responsible for China, on why the German company believes in EVs for China, where considerate progress has been made in the last twelve months.
blogs.wsj.com

Jeff-Desjardin“When costs drop below 200 dollars a kWh, battery-powered cars start to become competitive with conventional cars even without subsidies.”

This is the estimate of Jeff Desjardins, founder and CEO of Visual Capitalist, who delivers a graphic description of Tesla’s Gigafactory including information on the raw materials being used.
visualcapitalist.com

Elon-Musk“We do it because nobody else cares! But to grow the market for electric cars, motorists must be able to travel long distances, they must have the freedom to go wherever they want. We could not wait until the end of endless discussions before embarking.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on why infrastructure is necessary for EVs to become broadly accepted. He also invited Renault and Peugeot to apply Tesla charging technology.
stocks.org

Jul 29, 2014 - 08:27 am

BMW vs. Tesla, Lunar Roving Vehicle.

Reading tip: Peter Yared is taking a look at the Tesla Model S and BMW’s i3 trying to figure out who will make it in the end: the small(er) disruptor or the established brand open to innovation? The race is on.
techcrunch.com

Click tip: About 15 years ago, GM and Boeing started the development of the electric ‘Lunar Roving Vehicle’ which assisted Apollo 15-17 on their missions to the moon.
bbc.co.uk

Jul 28, 2014 - 08:38 am

GM, Polaris, Tommy Kaira, Fisker, Audi, Tesla.

Chevy-SonicSonic to be electrified? GM is apparently working on a new 200-mile electric car based on its Sonic model. A prerequisite for the new development will be the new battery providing said range LG Chem is developing at the moment. If all goes to plan, the Sonic EV could replace the Opel Ampera in Europe and would also be offered in the States by 2016.
thetruthaboutcars.com

New EVs by Polaris: The American company has launched a whole new line of electric light-utility vehicles, namely the e2, e6, e4, eL, eS, eL XD and eM1400. They offer space for two to six persons and are said to haul up to 1,450 pounds of payload.
hybridcars.com, automotive-business-review.com

Japanese E-Roadster: The young carmaker GLM and racing car manufacturer Tommy Kaira have electrified the sports car Tommy Kaira ZZ. The convertible will cost around 80,000 dollars and already got all the necessary approvals. While the companies want to market the EV globally, it will probably launch first in Europe by 2015.
techinasia.com, green.autoblog.com

New Fisker by 2017: Wanxiang CEO Lu Guanqiu said a new Fisker model cannot be expected before 2017. Prior to that, the New Fisker will reissue the Karma but not before having fixed about 250 bugs found in the current version of the car. Like before, the Karma will be built in Finland.
autonews.com, jalopnik.com

Audi E-tron in the UK: The German carmaker released the pricing for its plug-in hybrid in Britain. There the A3 E-tron will start at 29,950 pounds including the 5,000-pound government grant. Deliveries will begin in early 2015 while the hybrid Audi is available to order from showrooms now.
honestjohn.co.uk

Tesla to move deeper into the UK: The second official Tesla store opened in West London following the first outlet in Westfield shopping centre. The Californians have more stores planned in Crawley, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Edinburgh which are set to open by year’s end.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Jul 28, 2014 - 08:37 am

Renault EV sales.

Renault sold 1,890 EVs in June worldwide, but most of them in Europe (1,840). For the French carmaker, it was one of the strongest months for electric vehicle sales to date, including the Zoe (1022), Kangoo Z.E. (516) and the Twizy (293).
insideevs.com

Jul 28, 2014 - 08:36 am

Advanced Propulsion Centre, Continental, NHTSA.

Advanced propulsion centre finds a home: Warwick University has been chosen as the location of the planned ‘Advanced Propulsion Centre’ (APC) in the UK (we reported). The British government will spend one billion pounds to aid development of low carbon propulsion systems in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, BMW, Ford and Nissan and ultimately hopes to create 30,000 jobs in the UK.
greencarcongress.com, warwick.ac.uk, smmt.co.uk

Conti eBike system gets the go: Continental is ready to put its pedelec system into production in the fourth quarter of this year. The eBike system uses the rebranded Brose crank drive and comes complete with battery, display, remote and service offerings.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Quiet car rule delayed? The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers are loudly urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reschedule full compliance with rules for acoustic warnings for hybrids and EVs until late 2018. The NHTSA regulations were due to be issued in January but have been pushed back by the regulator to April 2015, which then leaves very little time for phase-in.
greencarreports.com, detroitnews.com

Jul 28, 2014 - 08:35 am

Jerome Guillen, Wolfgang Dürheimer.

Jerome_Guillen“Tesla will carry out business in China following the country’s charging standard. But the standard hasn’t been released, and as a technology-driven innovative company, Tesla can’t stop and wait.”

This is Jerome Guillen, Tesla’s VP of worldwide sales and service, signalling the Californian carmakers readiness to adjust to the Chinese charging standard once it is set. Tesla will, however, continue to install its Superchargers in the meantime.
ecns.cn

Wolfgang-Duerheimer“We will solve the problem of you not finding an SUV for more than 140,000 pounds on the market.”

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is reenforcing the luxury brands stance in exclusivity. Rest assured, the upcoming SUV, which will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid, will be anything else than a bargain.
welt.de (in German)

Jul 28, 2014 - 08:32 am

Fleet manager adoption of EVs, Low-speed EVs in China.

Research tip: William Sierzchula’s study ‘Factors influencing fleet manager adoption of electric vehicles’ at the TU Delft, Netherlands, found that most fleet managers based their EV buying decision on their own testing experience. “Greening” the company’s image or incentives were less important.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (purchase study)

Reading tip: EVs are just slowly catching up speed in China? AutoblogGreen took a closer look at low-speed vehicles and found out that half a million electric were sold so far. A low-speed electric vehicle revolution!
green.autoblog.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/08/04/bmw-via-motors-toyota-bravo-motors-genze-lexus/
04.08.2014 08:22