May 14, 2014 - 08:41 am

Electric motorcycles and scooters, Nissan ZEOD RC.

Study tip: According to Navigant Research, power two-wheel vehicles (PTW), including e-motorcycles and e-scooters will continue to grow rather slowly, from 1.2 million vehicles in 2014 to 1.4 million in 2023 (e-motorcycles) and 4.1 million to 4.6 million (e-scooters). via

Video tip: Jason Fenske from ‘Engineering Explained’ looks at the electrical systems and Zero Emissions on Demand (ZEOD) motors of Nissan’s ZEOD RC which has a top speed of 300 kph. (video) via

May 13, 2014 - 09:02 am

Audi, Toyota/Tesla, Mitsubishi, Cadillac.

Audi-A3-etron-300Audis e-tron series: Audi CEO Rupert Stadler announced to offer the next A6 and A8 as plug-in hybrids. Furthermore, he hinted at more pure electric cars apart from the R8 e-tron – if cell technology would continue to advance as rapidly. Next up is the Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid., (in German)

No more Rav4 EVs from Tesla? In its quarterly filing, the Californian electric car maker announced the deal about the delivery of components for Toyota’s electric RAV4 is to conclude later this year. So far, the Japanese have not confirmed the news.,

Certified safety: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV again proves a firm favourite with safety authorities as it has just received a five-star rating from the Japanese JNCAP. The same it got from the European counterpart, the NCAP. According to Mitsubishi there are currently 90,000 plug-in Outlanders on order in Europe., (orders, in German)

Mind the fine print: The battery warranty of the Cadillac ELR comes with a limitation: GM does not warrant for gradual loss of battery capacity, which apparently may be as much as 40% over eight years. Those in California or states that adopted its regulation do not have to worry though as the 150,000 miles AT-PZEV warranty applies.

May 13, 2014 - 09:01 am

Pedelec sales in Switzerland.

Is a drop of 12 percent in pedelec sales the end of a trend? Not quite as the Swiss market made up for the loss in 2013 with a rise in sales of speed pedelecs (45 kph) by 7.7% compared to 2012. Overall, every seventh bike sold in the Alps is electric nowadays.

May 13, 2014 - 08:58 am

Schaeffler/Continental, PEM fuel cells, Nigeria.

48-volt concept: At the Vienna Motor Symposium, Schaeffler and Continental presented a mild hybrid in what they dubbed the ‘Gasoline Technology Car’ (GTC). Based on the Ford Focus the GTC is said to use 17% less gasoline than a conventional compact car.

Less platinum, longer life: Researchers at the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai found that new platinum-iridium alloy catalysts for PEM fuel cells led to a “drastic” improvement in durability and stability while using 50% less platinum.,

Even less platinum: A new electrospinning/electrospraying (E/E) technique for fuel cell electrodes results in high power densities with ultra-low platinum loadings. The method which produces a nanoparticle cathode catalyst layer has been developed by researchers at Drexel University, USA.

Nigeria’s first electric car has been built by student Segun Oyeyiola. His conversion of a VW Bug features a solar roof and is said to come with enough range for the family’s daily errands.

May 13, 2014 - 08:53 am

John Hanson, Kjell Anderton.

John-Hanson“This was a project for a specific number of vehicles that we planned to sell for a specific number of years. We have not made any announcement about the relationship or what we’ll do with Tesla in the future.”

Toyota’s spokesperson John Hanson about the end of the RAV4 EV as told by Tesla. Apparently the initial deal from 2011 was about components for 2,600 units of Toyota’s electric car of which the company has sold 1,594 so far.

anonym“We were surprised to find that only 6 percent would consider investing in electric vehicles. We don’t believe EVs have become mainstream enough for them, which is a shame. Perhaps it’s just a lack of education.”

Kjell Anderton, director of TrackCompare, on the latest online quick survey held amongst fleet operators. According to the recent poll, only 6% of the participating fleet operators would consider to invest into EVs for their fleets any time soon. The participants were mainly worried about charging opportunities.

May 13, 2014 - 08:49 am

1906 Mercedes Mixte hybrid, Ikea sells e-bike.

Click tip: Yet another car maker finds its electric roots. Meet the “Mercedes Mixte”, dating as far back as 1906. With its two rear-wheel motors the series hybrid was initially designed for the race track.

Shopping tip: Ikea in Austria is now selling the already-assembled Folkvänlig pedelec. The stylish e-bike, which received various awards at the Taipei Cycle Show, Eurobike and the IF Design Award, is available for just 749 euros (1,030 dollars).


May 12, 2014 - 08:28 am

Fiat, Subaru, Hybrid SUVs, Porsche, Cadillac.

500e recall: Chrysler Group has issued the second recall for its electric Fiat 500e compliance car. Over time, coolant could seep into the power inverter module and cause a short-circuit followed by power loss. 4,151 cars are affected and will have their inverter module replaced.

Plug-in hybrid from Subaru: Subaru announced a new plug-in hybrid in order to meet U.S. zero emissions vehicle regulations taking effect in 2018. The vehicle will be based on Toyota’s hybrid technology and chances are it will be a new seven-seat SUV, replacing the aging Tribeca. via

No big hybrids: The bigger the car, the more a hybrid engine can help improve mileage. Nevertheless, big hybrids are having a hard time in the States. Giants like the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS hybrids have already been discontinued there. via,

Porsche loves hybrid: With the Panamera Turbo S, 911 Turbo S, Macan S and GT4 expected to get a partly-electric heart soon, it is safe to say that Porsche has jumped on the hybrid bandwagon for good. For more details on these desirable sports cars, check out the links below. via,

Luxurious ELR: The New York Times finally got their hands on the Cadillac ELR. The review is rather detailed and comes with a video. The general verdict is positive, with the only real downer being the car’s 82,135-dollar price tag.

May 12, 2014 - 08:25 am

EV sales in Denmark.

In April, 124 electric cars were sold in Denmark, lifting the EV market share up to 0.65 percent. Best-seller was the Nissan Leaf with 84 units, followed by the Tesla Model S (15) and the VW E-Up (13).

May 12, 2014 - 08:24 am

BMW/SGL, Team Future Electric, Michelin, Mahindra.

BMW and SGL: The German joint venture is planing to expand its carbon fibre production in Moses Lake, USA. To meet demand of the lightweight material used in BMW’s electric cars, 120 new workers will be hired by early 2015, bringing the number of employees to 200. In total, BMW will invest 200 million dollars in the facility in Washington State.,

Team Future Electric: The consortium of Danish companies and the Aalborg Univeristy have developed a new kind of e-motorbike, ready to hit the track at the FIM eRoadRacing Championship and Moto E. Weighing only 180 kilos, the bike can go from zero to 100 in 2.5 seconds. (plus video)

Michelin invests in fuel cell technology: According to rumours, Michelin has bought 31% of minority shares of French company Symbio FCell, helping it increase capital. The latter is working on fuel cell range extenders, which are currently being tested in the French post office’s HyKangoo.

Mahindra sites in Michigan: The Indian company wants to build up to 9,000 units of the GenZe electric two-wheeler at its new factory in Michigan. And with the expansion of the Mahindra North American Technical Center (MNATC), the company adds engineering expertise as well as vehicle prototyping capabilities to its global operations.,,


May 12, 2014 - 08:23 am

Richard Bruce, Gong Zheng.

Richard-Bruce“This isn’t a failed policy. In fact, it’s just a long-term policy and one whose importance has been recognised in the recent spending review.”

Richard Bruce, head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), emphasises that his office gave out 600 percent more in subsidies for new cars in January 2014 than it did in January 2013.

Gong-Zheng“The turning point of new energy is now, and we want to see BYD grow the same way we saw Jack Ma’s Alibaba grow years ago.”

Secretary Gong Zheng of Hangzhou’s Municipal Committee (China) comments on why his city chose to order a record number of electric buses and taxis.

May 12, 2014 - 08:21 am

Chevy Volt batteries, BMW i3 review.

Video tip I: Every day is like Mother’s Day at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Since the first Volt rolled off the assembly line there in 2009, the mother-daughter duo Evetta Osborne and Monique Watson has installed the battery pack of almost every Voltec car on the road today. That of course includes the Opel Ampera, Vauxhall Ampera, Holden Volt, and Cadillac ELR – more than 80,000 and counting.

Video tip II: MotorTorque tested the BMW i3 and put together a nice video review in which they called it the most appealing electric car yet. What’s your take?

May 9, 2014 - 08:45 am

Gigafactory, Nissan Leaf, Texas, Mercedes, UQM.

Gigafactory proceedings: Apparently, Panasonic is interested in investing in Tesla’s battery factory, signing a letter of intent. Constructions of at least one of the two possible Gigafactory sites will commence as early as next month, with California being back in the game. Musk also said that the limited cell production is currently keeping Tesla from producing more Model S. (Panasonic), (ground-breaking)

Future Leaf: Nissan released further details about the next Leaf, due to arrive in 2017. As it has been reported before, it might feature multi-size battery options with packs enabling 300 km of range. This will be made possible by introducing a new battery chemistry and thus improving energy density. 2017 will also see the arrival of Infiniti’s delayed electric car.,

Texas EV incentive: As soon as mid-May, 2,000 buyers and lessees of EVs and plug-in hybrids in Texas might be able to apply for a 2,500-dollar rebate. Both EVs and PHEVs will receive the full amount, as long the battery capacity is at least 4 kW. In case of a lease, the contract runs for four years.

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Pictures of the C-Class plug-in hybrid emerged on Autoblog, showing the Mercedes being tested in Germany. The spy shots clearly show the position of the charging inlet, located at the rear-end bumper just like on the plug-in S-Class.

UQM for Turkey: Colorado-based UQM has signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Derindere Motorlu Araclar to supply drive systems to be used in an all-electric light commercial vehicle. While the vehicle is still under development, a decision has been made already in favour of UQM’s 135 kW propulsion system.


May 9, 2014 - 08:43 am

Project Driveway.

GM’s fleet of fuel cell cars recently completed its 3 millionth mile driven. Back in 2007, General Motors had launched the world’s biggest fleet of fuel cell vehicles with a total of 119 cars. To date, more than 5,000 drivers have tested the cars and provided feedback on the practicability of the fuel cell technology.

May 9, 2014 - 08:43 am

Drayson Technologies, Fudan University, Siemens, Solar Roadways.

Drayson Wireless: Lord Drayson announced the launch of Drayson Wireless, a new business that will work together with Imperial Innovations on wireless power transfer systems. At the same time, Drayson restructured its ventures (including Formula E activities) placing them under the roof of the new holding company, Drayson Technologies Ltd.,

Li-air battery performance: Researchers at Fudan University, Shanghai, found out what effect humidity has on Li-air batteries. While higher humidity will enhance the capacity, the cyclic ability and rate performance will be limited. A paper on their work has been published in the Journal of Power Sources.

Battery test-plant: Siemens is currently building a test-plant for automated battery production. The site is located at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. Starting 2015, various companies will use the plant to develop close-to-production processes and new materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Solar Roadways: What if our streets would actually be made of solar panels producing electricity? What if they could defrost themselves in winter? Check out the modular paving system of solar panels from Solar Roadways, you might want to support their crowd-funding campaign!

May 9, 2014 - 08:42 am

Elon Musk (Tesla), Jackie Birdsall (Toyota).

Elon-Musk“We’ll have to limit the amount of cars we send to China or else it will starve the rest of the world’s production.”

Discussing first-quarter earning with shareholders, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is confident that they will not see any kind of demand challenge in China.

Jackie-Birdsall“I’m going to lose my mind when the first vehicle rolls off the production line. To be talking about a full commercial launch, that’s pretty much the biggest victory I can have in my life.”

Jackie Birdsall is an engineer at the Toyota Technical Center. The carmaker hopes, her enthusiasm for fuel-cell technology is contagious, making her the face of the marketing campaign in Japan. (click the ‘Press Release’ link below)


May 9, 2014 - 08:40 am

Toyota hybrid campaign, UK drivers, global events.

Video tip: If you already drive a hybrid, this will be no surprise to you – it can make you stay calm. In this campaign, Toyota first filmed 3o drivers in Rome behind the wheel of a non-hybrid car and then in a Toyota hybrid. And 80% of the test drivers reported less stress when they were driving hybrid.

Reading tip: Sad news indeed. According to a survey, 80 percent of UK drivers do not care about how environmentally (or not) their car is. And tha, even though drivers have to pay a ‘car tax’ in relations to their car’s emission.

Selected events for the upcoming week: Shell Eco Marathon (15th – 18th May, Rotterdam, Netherlands) ++ eTourEurope (17th – 26th May, across Europe) ++ Try an E-Bike Day (18th May, Redbridge, UK).
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at

May 8, 2014 - 08:26 am

Proterra, Tesla, McLaren, ContiTech, VL Automotive, Tokyo.

Light-weight e-bus: Proterra presented its new 40-foot all-electric transit bus at the American Public Transportation Association Bus and Paratransit Conference this week. The Proterra Solution weighs less than any other transit bus available today, says the company.

Tesla Q1 results: Along with its report for the first quarter of 2014, Tesla Motors released some interesting details. It built 7,535 Model S and builds 700 vehicles a week. In June, the UK will get their first right-hand Model S, followed by Japan and Hong Kong. In 2014, we will see at least 200 new Superchargers, the first Model X prototypes and the groundbreaking of the Gigafactory., (shareholder letter)

For the racetrack: Rumours say that McLaren considers building a limited number of a track-only version of its super hybrid, the McLaren P1. It would follow Ferrari’s LaFerrari XX, which is said to have lapped the Nürburgring in just 6:35 recently.

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The chain is dead: ContiTech acquires electric bike specialist Benchmark Drives. Since 2012, both companies have been developing and selling the belt-driven Conti Drive Systems. ContiTech aims to boost sales and convince manufacturers “once and for all, to use the timing belt instead of the conventional chain.”

Unlikely merger: VL Automotive, the company that plans to convert hybrid Fiskers into V8 sports cars, has merged with WM Greentech, a company originally founded to import low-speed electric vehicles from China. What will Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy Volt, chairman of Via Motors and co-owner of VL Automotive come up with next?,

Japanese FCV for Olympians: For the Olympic Games in 2020, Tokyo plans to use fuel-cell vehicles to shuttle the 15,000 athletes and exhibit the country’s advanced technologies. With Honda and Toyota bringing their first mass-produced H2 cars to the market by 2015, and having scheduled some 100 filling stations, this should be a no-brainer.

May 8, 2014 - 08:25 am

April 2014 EV registrations in the UK.

In April, the UK saw 459 new plug-in cars hit the roads. With 318 vehicles being pure-electric and 141 plug-in hybrids, the numbers have increased by 189.1% and 80.8% compared to April, 2013. Plug-less hybrids accounted for 2,197 (petrol, +39.7%) and 293 (diesel, +211.7%).

May 8, 2014 - 08:22 am

SINGER, Mercedes, FCTO, Skoda Transportation.

SINGER project: As part of the “Sino-German Electromobility Research” (SINGER) project by universities in Hamburg and Shenzhen, researchers will examine new materials for the use in electric car batteries. Furthermore, they will study the general influence of EVs on the city development of seaports. The project received 925,000 euros (1.29m dollars) in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and will run for three years. (in German)

Coasting assistance: The new electric B-Class will be able to automatically determine whether it has to coast or recuperate when travelling in traffic on the motorway. The optional radar-based feature will come together with the recuperation pedals at the steering wheel, which will also allow for manual switching. (in German),

Funding on demand: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is asking the fuel-cell research community for feedback on what development topics the next potential round of funding should focus on. The FCTO has identified six categories where your input could be helpful!, (Request of Information)

Battery tram: Skoda Transportation will deliver twelve catenary-free trams to the Turkish city of Konya in 2015. Thanks to nano-lithium-titanium batteries mounted to containers on the roof, the ForCity tram will be able to travel 3 km on powerless routes, such as historic city centres without catenaries.

May 8, 2014 - 08:20 am

Norbert Reithofer, Michael Zak.

Norbert-Reithofer“Another ten years will pass most certainly, before the electric drive will reach substantial numbers.”

Said BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer in a recent interview. He then also mentioned that the joint sports car with Toyota would get a conventional drivetrain only and not a hybrid one. (in German)

anonym“The B-Class Electric Drive has its flaws, but there’s no question in our mind that this is an above-average electric vehicle that can fill a need for a small niche of buyers.”

Michael Zak got behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. And while he might not be jumping up and down with enthusiasm, he did rate his experience as positive.

May 8, 2014 - 08:18 am

Lexus ad trashes electric cars, Nissan starts building e-NV200.

Video tip I: In its latest campaign, Lexus basically declares war on electric cars – at least according to Transport Evolved. Either this is just bad marketing or Lexus is seriously afraid of electric cars. via

Video tip II: Watch Nissan being 100% confident in its electric cars, when it rolls the first Nissan e-NV200 off production line at its plant in Barcelona. Production of the e-NV200 just started (we reported) and the van will be available beginning of June.

May 7, 2014 - 08:46 am

Chrysler, Tesla, Porsche, Berlin, Mercedes.

Two plug-ins from Chrysler: Chrysler wants to introduce a plug-in hybrid Town & Country minivan by 2016, and new full-size crossover PHEV. Instead of offering electric-only or H2 drive options, Chrysler plans to introduce several mild hybrids following the plug-in launch.,,

No Model E from Tesla: The carmaker officially abandoned its Model E trademark, which was supposed to get used for Tesla’s 2017 affordable, mass-market electric car. The reason for the withdrawal has not been specified. But a few months ago, Ford had also applied for the same trademark. Originally, Tesla had applied for names reading Model S, E, X and Y. via, (SEXY)

Porsche 911 plug-in: In a recent interview, Porsche chairman Matthias Müller confirmed that the next 911 will also be available with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Also, he declined plans of a new low-cost Porsche, available for less than the 50,000 euros (70,000 dollars)., (both in German)

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Berlin in the old days: The planned Eco-Mobility Festival in Berlin (we reported yesterday) has been cancelled. For one month in 2015, residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood would have enjoyed a time of fossil fuel-free mobility. Obviously not everybody liked that idea and so the local authorities pulled the plug., (both in German)

C-Class spy shots: The estate version of the latest Mercedes C-Class will debut in September and also come with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains (we reported). The so-called T-Model has now been caught on camera with almost no camouflage. (in German)

May 7, 2014 - 08:45 am

BMW i3 sales.

In the first three months of this year, 2,022 BMW i3s were sold worldwide. According to BMW, numbers will steadily rise with production just ramping up. Currently, some 100 cars are leaving the factory every day.

May 7, 2014 - 08:44 am

EM Safety, Daymak, Panasonic, Johnson Controls.

EM Safety: In an EU-funded study led by Scandinavian research institute SINTEF, researchers from seven different countries found that there is no danger from magnetic fields in electric cars. In fact, field intensity is well below the recommendations set by international standards.,

Daymak-BeastSolar electric bike: Canadian Daymak announced the launch of its electric bike called The Beast. The bike has a 15 W solar battery case and according to the manufacturer, good to recharge 10 km of range per 8 hours at ambience light. Full production of the bike is planned for this summer.,

Batteries are more than tripling for automotive applications over the last three years. According to Lux Research, in 2013, Panasonic held the biggest share of the market with 39%, followed by NEC (27%) and LG Chem (9%). Top-three demand came from Toyota (28%), Tesla Motors (24%) and Renault-Nissan (21%).,

Joint battery lab: The new Johnson Controls Advanced Systems Test Lab will be established between the battery manufacturer and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The research will focus on systems for vehicle as well as stationary applications and complete the existing UW-Milwaukee partnership.

May 7, 2014 - 08:43 am

Norbert Reithofer, Rory Lumsdon, Nick Clegg.

Norbert-Reithofer“California is the trend market.”

BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer wants and has to see the i3 a success in the EV-friendly U.S. state. The decision to produce more i-models has not been made, Reithofer said in a recent telephone interview.
“Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” print edition. May 7th, 2014. Page 21.

Rory-Lumsdon“It would be irresponsible of Volkswagen only to pursue one strategy. In the short term, battery electric vehicles have the greater real-world potential, but we are also investigating the Volkswagen possibilities of hydrogen.”

Rory Lumsdon, Manager of Product Affairs at Volkswagen UK, talks about VW’s late start to electric cars and why it was worth the wait.

Nick-Clegg“I would love to buy an electric car if they produced more of the family size. […] Most of the electric cars on the market are smaller ones that are not quite right for a family of my size.”

Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, stated that EVs are basically unsuitable for families only a few days after announcing a 500m-pound investment to encourage people to buy more green vehicles (we reported).

May 7, 2014 - 08:40 am

EV incentives worldwide, New electric dragster record.

Study tip: The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) released a study about the various worldwide incentive schemes available when purchasing or using an electric car. Is your country among the top supporters?,

Video tip: Watch Kristen Stacey when she hits a new EV record with her electric dragster Hammerdown on the quarter-mile length of the dragstrip in 7.89 seconds at 161.87 mph.

May 6, 2014 - 08:45 am

FAW, Nissan, Porsche, Mercedes, Berlin, Tesla.

China EV strategy: At the recent Bejing motor show, the FAW group announced its ambitious plans to acquire a 15 percent share of the country’s EV market by 2020. Starting with four models this year, FAW hopes to have six new energy vehicle platforms and 16 mass-market vehicles on offer in six years’ time.,

Nissan e-NV200 production start: Following substantial investments in its Spanish operations, Nissan kicked off production of its second mass-market electric vehicle in Barcelona. The e-NV200 will be available both in a cargo and passenger configuration without compromises in payload or space compared to its petrol sibling. From the start, the e-NV200 will be exported to 20 international markets, including Japan.

Porsche to expand Cayenne range: As Autocar has learnt from Porsche insiders, we might see a new coupe-style Cayenne by 2018. As part of a new line of SUVs based on VWs modular MQB platform, the Cayenne will also feature plug-in petrol-hybrid and diesel-hybrid powertrains.

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Tesla genes: It is no news that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive has Tesla technology inside. A recent review undermines that fact, highlighting features such as improved clearance of about five centimetres for battery protection, an understated acceleration figure of 7.9 seconds from 0 to 100 kph and a Range Plus charge-mode that will put an extra 25 percent of energy into the battery. Model S drivers, does that sound familiar?

Future for a month: In 2015, about 20,000 residents of the Helmholtz neighbourhood in Berlin, will be living car-free for one month. For the duration of the Eco-Mobility Festival, 3,500 conventional cars will have to make room for pedestrians, bikes, public transport, EVs and shared cars. Whether the locals like it or not. The project follows the example of the EcoMobility World Festival 2013 that successfully took place in Suwon, South Korea. (in German), (South Korea)

Working for Tesla is something worth going the extra mile for. That is what many might have thought when they headed towards Tesla’s job fair held at the Fremont facility last weekend. Unfortunately, too many candidates led to heavy traffic and the job fair had to shut its doors only two hours after opening.,

May 6, 2014 - 08:42 am

EnerDel, GerWeiss Motors, Toyota, Movitz.

Philippines-TrikesBatteries for trikes: EnerDel secured a long-term agreement with GerWeiss Motors to supply 3 kWh battery systems for motorised three-wheelers to be used on the Philippine island of Boracay. GerWeiss aims to convert up to 500 of these vehicles to electric power by 2016.

World’s largest H2 power plant: A 1.11 megawatt fuel-cell system has been installed at Toyota Motor Sales’ headquarters near Los Angeles. The stationary power plant will provide enough energy to provide the campus with half the energy needed during peak times. The hydrogen is produced using a natural gas reformation technique.

A 10-minute charge will be all Stockholm’s new ferry needs to travel one hour at 9 knots. The Movitz is currently undergoing a retrofit to electric power, which is said to cut 130 tons of CO2 and 1.5 tons of NOx emissions. It will be using a 180 kWh NiMH battery to power two 125 kilowatt motors.

Toyota hybrid victorious: At the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the Toyota hybrid race car TS040 prooved successful again and won the race. Next up is Le Mans!

May 6, 2014 - 08:41 am

Charlie Munger, Greg Archer.

Charlie-Munger“You have to consider, this company started from zero. And the electric car which BYD is now building together with Mercedes drives like a dream. At least my associate in China is saying that.”

Charlie Munger, vice-chairman at Berkshire Hathaway and business partner of Warren Buffett, is backing BYD over its losses at the stock market and increasing competition., (both in German)

Greg-Archer“Fuel efficiency standards for vehicles are Europe’s single most effective policy to drive down CO2 emissions, but are being undermined by an obsolete test.”

Greg Archer, clean vehicles manager at Transport and Environment (T&E), seems back environmental campaigners’ claims that the announcement that new cars sold in Europe in 2013 are four percent cleaner, was exaggerated.

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