Jan 16, 2015 - 09:35 am

Google, VIA Motors, GM, Toyota, Zero Motorcycles.

Google-Selfdriving-CarGoogle ready to take the wheel: The internet giant wants to test a fleet of 150 of its self-driving vehicles on public roads in California as early as this spring. The electric car will be built in Detroit. Google is also in talks with suppliers and hopes to introduce a production version of the vehicle by 2020. The list includes Bosch, LG Electronics, Continental and Roush, as well as carmakers GM, Ford, Toyota Motor, Daimler and VW.
greencarcongress.com, reuters.com

Chevy Silverado (finally) electrified: VIA Motors kicked off commercial production of the e-truck with range extender. 40 eREV have already been delivered to customers, another 200 retrofitted units are on their way. According to VIA Motors, their factory in Mexico could retrofit up to 10,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com, hybridcars.com

Who made the Bolt: It is hard to deny that the new all-electric Chevy looks a lot like BMW’s i3. Apparently the EV was thought up by GM’s design studio in Port Melbourne, Australia. The Chevy Bolt is also the result of collaboration between GM Australia, GM Korea and GM North America.

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electrive.com/calendar (Please send additional information to contact@electrive.com)

Cadillac opens check book: The carmaker wants to invest 12 billion dollars in the development of eight new models by 2020. Unfortunately, neither a new ELR plug-in hybrid nor a pure electric car made the list, even though Cadillac has said that it would want an EV in its portfolio.

Long waiting lists: A total of 1,500 customers have placed their order for a Toyota Mirai FCV in Japan in the first month. Toyota had estimated it would sell only 400 units in the whole of 2015. As the carmaker steps up production, waiting times for the car will increase. By 2017, Toyota hopes to quadruple production, rolling out 3,000 units per year.
electriccarsreport.com (orders), asia.nikkei.com (production)

Zero Motorcycles in Thailand: Late last year, BV Moto was made the official reseller of the all-electric vehicle and now hopes to sell 30 units a year. The bikes are imported from the U.S. and sell for 690,000 to 870,000 Thai Baht (21,000 – 26,600 dollars). Motocross models start at 630,000 Baht (19,200 USD).

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:34 am

Plug-ins Built and Sold in China.

A total of 78,499 plug-in vehicles were built in China this past year, says CAAM (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers). That is more than triple than in 2013.About half (48,605) were pure-electric vehicles. With 74,763 plug-ins sold in China, sales figures are just show of production numbers.

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:33 am

Ashok Leyland, Audi, Tesla, Torqeedo.

Ashok-Leyland-Optare-Versa-EVAshok Leyland unveils first e-bus in India: The Optare Versa EV Bus seats up to 44 people. It is available in four sizes, ranging from 10 to 12 metres and is the first zero emission bus in the country. The bus was shown at the Bus and Special Vehicles Show 2015 in Greater Noida.

Q7 turns up the heat: The new Audi is the first plug-in hybrid to come with a heat pump instead of a resistive-based heating system. The car therefore requires less electrical energy to heat the cabin and has more energy left to go the extra mile. The technology is already featured in pure EVs.

Expensive repairs: Even dents, scratches and other minor injuries can leave Tesla Model S owners with a major bill. One reason is that car’s body is made from aluminium. Because the material” has no memory,” the car’s body cannot simply be pushed back into place. Therefore, even small repairs can require extensive labour.

Torqeedo presents Deep Blue Hybrid system: The technology enables boat owners to harness solar, wind and regenerative power, as well as from the grid. The system supplies energy to the ship’s hybrid drive and all electrical loads on board. It would i.e. allow work boats to power tools directly from the battery.
chargedevs.com (with video and pictures)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the Mullen 700e review, the “sedan that seems destined to a life of rejection and lost opportunities.”


Jan 16, 2015 - 09:32 am

Shinzo Abe, Elon Musk, Philippe Klein.

Shinzo-Abe“It’s time to introduce a hydrogen era.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was among the first to receive Toyota’s Mirai fuel-cell model. He is a huge fan and wants “all ministries and agencies” to have one, as well has put in place measure that enable further development of hydrogen-infrastructure.
bloomberg.com via greencarreports.com

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I just think that they are extremely silly.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk does not see fuel-cell technology as a rival and remains certain that “all cars will go electric.” Moreover, he sees the technology as too complicated to succeed.

Philippe-Klein“We don’t need that much to get out from the basic range anxiety. We’re going to be there relatively quickly.”

Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein says the carmaker will present a more powerful battery pack around 2017-2018. He did elaborate on whether the battery would be featured in a new Nissan Leaf, also scheduled for that same timeframe.

Jan 16, 2015 - 09:30 am

Move Forward, Strati, Events.

Click tip: Daimler has launched an English-language platform called Move Forward. The goal is to create an international dialogue about the future of mobility, as the website seeks to inform about technical innovation, lifestyle changes and legal framework associated with i.e. electric mobility.

Video tip: The Telegraph published a video about the Strati, the 3D-printed electric car, at the Detroit Auto Show. The company now takes 44 hours to print the EV. Production time is said to be reduced significantly until the car (could) hit the road later this year.
youtube.com via autorevue.at (in German)

Selected events for the upcoming weeks: Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe (01/26-29, Mainz, Germany) ++ Energy Storage Seminar (02/09-10, Greenville, SC, USA) ++ SAE 2015 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium (02/10-12, Los Angeles, USA) ++ Canadian International AutoShow (02/13-22,Toronto, Canada).

You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:50 am

Honda, GM, VW Golf GTE, Smart, Mullen 700e.

Honda-FCVHonda shows FCV concept: Unveiled in Tokyo last year, the concept now made its North American debut in Detroit. The hydrogen-powered vehicle is said to have a 300-mile range and will become available in Japan in March of next year. Furthermore, Honda announced a plug-in hybrid and all-electric car for 2018, without giving any further details.
just-auto.com, automotive-business-review.com, nytimes.com

Drive of Fame: Unveiling the next-generation Volt at the Detroit Auto Show was not enough for GM. It also presented the plug-in hybrid to a group of Hollywood stars. The goal is to use their influence to promote greener vehicles. And to make sure they are also seen driving one, GM also loans them the vehicle.

Golf GTE priced in the UK: 28,035 pounds (42,700 USD) after a 5,000 pound government rebate is what the car will be selling for there. Unlike Volkswagen’s other plug-ins, the car will not only be sold by a specialised network of EV retailers, but be available at all of the carmaker’s dealerships.
puregreencars.com, transportevolved.com

Honda hybrid for Japan: The carmaker will offer a hybrid model of its Jade (JDM) on its home market, though the car had originally been developed for the Chinese market. It can seat up to six and comes with a 1.5-liter hybrid motor and seven-speed DCT as seen in the Honda Vezel and Fit hybrids.

Smart fortwo freshened up: Daimler’s “little” sister shows a new edition of its small cabrio. The edition flashlight features a black or white body that is accentuated by bright orange safety cell and mirrors. The style is available for all versions, including the electric Smart. Deliveries start in April.

Mullen 700e reviewed: This is “a sedan that seems destined to a life of rejection and lost opportunities,” the author writes. Despite a new battery, it is still the same car it was seven years ago. After numerous delays, bankruptcy, and a buy-out, even the new battery and 180-mile range can do little to keep up with Tesla or Nissan.


Bosch Amps Up

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:49 am

Tesla Non-Profit.

A total of 0 (zero) dollars is what Tesla CEO Elon Musk says his company will rake in between now and 2020. As the carmaker plans to boost production to “a few million a year” by 2025, Musk says the EV start-up may not be profitable in the coming years – because of its investments in the future. Factories in China and Europe would be required.
reuters.com, forbes.com

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:48 am

Electric Vehicle Roadway, Network Rail, EC Power, Foton.

Charge as you go: Utah State University has begun construction of its Electric Vehicle Roadway (EVR) research facility. It will include a quarter-mile (400 metre) test track with wireless charging to test the possibility of charging while driving. The goal is to also test drivetrain designs, the integration of renewable energies and storage.

IPEMU-battery-trainBattery-powered train: Network Rail introduced the first train with rechargeable batteries. The modified Class 379 Electrostar has a top speed of 50 mph and can travel up to 43 miles on one charge. It has been fitted with 80,000 AA-size batteries! While that sounds a lot, their weight is supposed to be less than that of a Li-ion battery in an EV.
express.co.uk, theengineer.co.uk (with video)

Quicker development of batteries: A new software by EC Power promises that Li-ion batteries can be developed more quickly and cost effective. The programme AutoLion offers advanced modelling tools that take into account electrochemistry as well as a wide range in temperature to provide reliable models.

Foton shows off new energy cars: It is the only self-owned exhibition in the industry. At its first show ever in Shandong in China last week, Chinese carmaker Foton auto presented its portfolio of new energy vehicles, including its SAUVANA SUV and the latest MPV.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Chinese copycat – the Rayttle E28 mini EV that looks a lot like the Renault Twizy.

Jan 15, 2015 - 09:46 am

Elon Musk, Sonny Wu.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“It’s only going to go there if the big car companies make risky decisions.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk called on all carmakers to electrify their fleets. Falling petrol prices will no longer push customers to alternative technologies, which is why the industry must stand together. A decision, Musk says, they will not regret.

Sonny-Wu“Our battery is at 200 watt-hours per kilogram, with a longer cycle-life than [comparable products from] Tesla and Panasonic.”

Sonny Wu is CEO of Boston Power, which plans on building a giant battery factory in China. Wu called Tesla “just the beginning,” as his company aims to address a growing need for powerful Li-Ion batteries for EVs in China.


Jan 15, 2015 - 09:45 am

Tesla P85D, Renovo Coupe.

Click tip 1: How does the Tesla P85D compare to other luxury limousines? CleanTechnica set up a table, comparing the EV to other, non-plug-in vehicles. Especially the “efficiency” column is worth a peak, as the author skips the small talk and comes right to the point.

Click tip 2: We know it is all about Detroit these days. But for those who want to reminisce a bit, here are photos as well as a video of Renovo Coupe at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week.

Jan 14, 2015 - 09:09 am

Hyundai, Audi R8 e-tron, Audi Q7, Seoul, Infiniti, Bentley.

Hyundai-Sonata-Plug-in-HybridHyundai hybrids revealed: At the NAIAS, the Koreans presented the new Sonata Hybrid as well as the PHEV version. The latter has a said electric range of 22 miles due to its larger battery pack (9.8 kWh). The 2016 Sonata Hybrid is set to go to market this summer with the plug-in to follow in fall.
hybridcars.com, greencarreports.com

Audi R8 e-tron debut in March: Audi’s head of technology, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, said the R8 and its all-electric version will be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The R8 e-tron serves foremost as a “technology presenter” for different drive technologies like a plug-in hybrid, Hackenberg added.

Q7 world premiere: The new Audi SUV debuted in Detroit and will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid as expected. The Q7 e-Tron Quattro combines a 258-hp diesel engine with a 94-kW electric motor. Almost 35 miles of electric range is Audi’s promise for the PHEV to be launched “shortly after” the gas Q7.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, detroitnews.com

Seoul to clear the air: As the South Korean capital suffers from fine dust pollution, the Ministry of Environment was asked to tighten regulations. Seoul considers to introduce so-called Clean Zones in the city centre where only electric and hybrid cars would be allowed to enter. Additionally, the municipal government is looking to collaborate with other local governments to jointly invest in electric cars.

New Infiniti concept: Nissan’s luxurious subsidy showcases the Q60 Concept at the NAIAS which might become a production coupé in 2016. A hybrid version is likely but has not yet been confirmed.
forbes.com, indianautosblog.com

Bentley SUV baptised: The first SUV of the British brand will be called Bentayga when it hits the market in 2016. A plug-in hybrid is expected a year later while the SUV could premier at the 2015 IAA.
indianautosblog.com, youtube.com

Jan 14, 2015 - 09:08 am

EV battery patents.

As it holds 757 EV battery patents, LG Chem is the most innovative battery manufacturer, according to SNE Research. Samsung SDI takes second place with 528 patents followed by Hitachi (349).


Jan 14, 2015 - 09:07 am

Samsung SDI, Local Motors, University of Waterloo, Siemens.

New Samsung SDI batteries: The Koreans show new batteries in Detroit. The 120Ah High Capacity Battery Cell is said to enable EVs to drive over 300 kilometers, while the height of the Compact Design Cell designed for HEVs has been reduced by over 20 mm while maintaining the same level of capacity.
electriccarsreport.com, koreajoongangdaily.com

Local-Motors-Strati3-D printed EV: Local Motors is printing an updated version of its Strati live at the NAIAS showcasing its micro-factory. Two of them will be built in Knoxville, Tennessee as well as in the area of Washington DC. There, the company hopes to start production of the first fleet of 3D-printed cars his fall.
greencarcongress.com, autoblog.com, autoworldnews.com

Li-S research: A team from Waterloo University is working on an EV battery that is said to have the potential to power electric cars three times further than current lithium-ion batteries for the same weight and at much lower cost. At the heart of the lithium-sulfur invention is an ultra-thin nanomaterial.
uwaterloo.ca, nature.com

eHighway monitoring: Siemens is developing an automatic monitoring system for pantographs. The system, made for electric and hybrid trucks on the company’s eHighways, uses cameras and sensors to check the condition of pantographs in order to prevent damage to the contact wire.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Chevy Bolt EV unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Jan 14, 2015 - 09:06 am

Carlos Ghosn, Sergio Marchionne, Alejandro Agag.

Carlos-Ghosn“We are the leaders and we frankly intend to continue to be the leaders.”

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is not particularly impressed by Chevy’s 200-mile Bolt as Nissan is working on an EV with a similar range, he said. Looks like the Leaf will get a battery upgrade soon.

Sergio-Marchionne“I think automakers’ costs are well in excess of what I consider a mature industry to be able to afford.”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is reaching out to fellow carmakers to share costs of research and development of new vehicles and technologies.

Alejandro-Agag-2014“We think that next year we will have at least four or five manufacturers in the championship. Two years ago we didn’t have cars, we didn’t have venues, we didn’t have teams. We didn’t have sponsors or broadcasters. Today we have a championship going full-on with big fights between the drivers.”

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag is excited about future prospects of the electric racing series. Next year, the races will be open to manufacturers to take part with their own vehicles and technologies.

Jan 14, 2015 - 09:04 am

Voltec drive system, Chevy Volt & Chevy Bolt.

Video tip: You can read all about the new Chevy Volt in numerous articles, or you can watch this informative video that literally illustrates all there is to know about the Voltec drive system.

Reading tip: Is GM actually obstructing its own business by presenting the new Bolt so close to introducing the 2016 Chevy Volt? Both the New York Times and Forbes deliver food for thoughts.
nytimes.com, forbes.com


Jan 13, 2015 - 09:44 am

Chevrolet Bolt & Volt, VW, Mercedes, Tesla, Formula E.

Chevy-Bolt-ConceptTesla-Fighter in Detroit: GM indeed unveiled the electric Chevy Bolt concept at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). With a 200-mile range and a price of about 30,000 dollars, the Bolt is clearly targeting Tesla’s Model 3. GM plans to offer the EV in all 50 States as well as globally from 2017.
greencarcongress.com, transportevolved.com, autoblog.com (with video)

Inside the 2nd-gen Volt: Chevrolet now delivers all the technical details related to the new Volt. A larger, yet lighter battery with a capacity of 18.4 kWh enables the 2016 Volt to roam electrically for about 50 miles. To get further, the 11-kW electric engine that lost weight as well (-45 kg) is supported by a range extender with 102 hp and the ‘Regen-on-demand’ functionality.
electriccarsreport.com, jalopnik.com, insideevs.com (with pics + video)

German SUV for the U.S.: Volkswagen presents its Cross Coupé GTE at the NAIAS and thus gives a preview of what will become a seven-seater SUV to be built in and for the States. The concept is designed as a plug-in hybrid that combines two electric motors both at the front (40 kW) and rear axle (85 kW) with a 280-hp engine. Production of the mid-size SUV is set to start by the end of 2016.
autoblog.com, motortrend.com, electriccarsreport.com

Plug-in C-Class: At NAIAS, Mercedes shows what is to become their next plug-in hybrid later this year. The C 350 has a combined total output of 275 hp and an all-electric range of 20 miles. The plug-in hybrid will be issued as a 2016-model of both a sedan and station wagon this fall in the U.S.
autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Model X variants confirmed: Tesla now officially announced to offer its upcoming SUV in all three options – 60 kWh, 85 kWh, and 85 kWh Performance. The much discussed Falcon Wing Doors and AWD will be standard for all versions. Reservations are already being taken.
insideevs.com, teslamotors.com

Buenos Aires ePrix: The latest Formula E race in Argentina found a surprise winner in Antonia Felix da Costa of Amlin Aguri. He was joined on the podium by Nicolas Prost from e.dams (2nd) and Nelson Piquet jr. from China Racing (3rd). Lucas di Grassi did not finish, but remains the championship leader.
electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com (race highlights)

Jan 13, 2015 - 09:43 am

Hyundai & Kia hybrid sales.

A combined 221,490 hybrids were sold by Hyundai and Kia last year, of which the Sonata hybrid from Hyundai took up more than half at 114,778 units. Hybrid sales of Kia and Hyundai nearly tenfolded over the past six years.

Jan 13, 2015 - 09:42 am

Acura NSX, ETH Zurich, Fuji Pigment, Solar rooftops.

Honda-NSX-2016Acura NSX Hybrid revealed: Honda has finally shown us the production-ready 2016 Acura NSX in Detroit. The hybrid sports car combines a twin-turbo V6, a three-electric motor “sport hybrid” system, and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. Total system output will be “north of 550 hp”. Without naming the price, Acura says it is already taking orders and expects deliveries to begin later this year.
forbes.com, hybridcars.com, caranddriver.com

Glass electrode: Researchers of ETH Zurich developed and patented a new material for Li-Ion battery cathodes. The cathode made from vanadate-borate glass coated with reduced graphite oxide is believed to potentially double the capacity and energy density of Li-Ion batteries in the future.

Rechargeable aluminium-air battery: Fuji Pigment has developed a new type of aluminum-air battery and is ready to commercialise the technology by spring 2015. The 0.7-0.8 V battery, which provides 400-800 mA/cell, is capable of working for minimum 14 days by refilling with water occasionally.
greencarcongress.com, power-eetimes.com

Solar energy extends EV range: A team at the University of Windsor and Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies have proven the benefits of solar rooftops for EVs. The panels can reportedly extend their range by up to 45%. The technology could be launched first for low-speed EVs already this spring.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the rumour, that GM would unveil the all-electric Bolt EV at the NAIAS in Detroit. Now we know it´s true.

Jan 13, 2015 - 09:40 am

Ian Robertson, Thomas Weber, Jeong She-woong.

ian-robertson“Plug-in hybrid technology is so flexible that it can be integrated in a wide variety of vehicles, so there is clearly more to come.”

Ian Robertson, head of sales at BMW, expects more PHEVs to come and also believes that improvements in battery technology and electric motors will lead to falling prices for EVs over the next few years.

thomas-weber“I am convinced that this is the only way we will be able to get more customers to switch to electric cars over the short and medium term.”

To get there, Daimler’s chief developer Thomas Weber bets on plug-in hybrids. Ten new models are to be released by 2017, that is “one every four months,” he promised.

anonym“We vow to strengthen cooperation with carmakers, not only in the American market, but also in other parts of the world. For this, we prepared various battery and car products for automobiles for this exhibition to meet the needs of the market.”

Samsung SDI’s Automotive and Energy Storage System Business VP Jeong She-woong has reinforced the Korean company’s global outreach at the NAIAS. Alongside EV battery types, Samsung also showcases light-weight materials at the fair.

Jan 13, 2015 - 09:37 am

Audi inductive charging, BlueIndy electric car-sharing.

Video tip: Whilst everyone’s eyes are on Detroit now, it is worth to take a look back at CES. To tease its appearance in Vegas, Audi released a video featuring not only the A3 e-tron but also inductive charging. No details were given but obviously the Germans have something coming.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Reading tip: John Tuohy tried the BlueIndy electric car-sharing in Indianapolis. While the city’s and French Bolloré’s joint efforts are currently up in the air, Tuohy enjoyed his demo drive but is not a big fan of the small size and prominent branding of the rental EVs.

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:30 am

Chevy Bolt, BMW i8S, Nissan, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Shanghai.

Chevy Bolt debut: GM will unveil a concept version of its Chevy Bolt at the NAIAS today, Wall Street Journal reports. The EV is said to come with a 200-mile range and at a price of around 30,000 dollars. The batteries will be made by LG Chem. The Tesla Model 3 rival is set to launch by 2017.
wsj.com, autoblog.com, jalopnik.com

BMW-i8Jubilee BMW i8: BMW will indeed celebrate its centenary in 2016 with a super sports car based on the i8, which is currently developed under the name M 100, German Auto Bild reports. The special edition hybrid will reportedly be limited to 100 pieces and deliver more than 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Likely to be named i8S or i8CS, it is said to cost more than 250.000 euros (about 300,000 dollars).
autobild.de (in German)

EVs with range limitations? Not really. New data from Nissan’s telematic system CarWings show that Leaf drivers in Europe travel more than 50 percent further per year than drivers of traditional cars. While ICE vehicles rolled 6,721 miles on average, the electric Nissans covered 10,307 miles.

BMW i sales: The German carmaker sold 16,052 BMW i3 and 1,741 BMW i8 worldwide in 2014. Currently, more than 100 i3 are being built at the facility in Leipzig and BMW plans to increase the production of the i8 there this year in order to reduce customer waiting times.

LiveWire review: Embedded in tales of personal reluctance towards the Harley brand and musings on the campaign surrounding the LiveWire project, Domenick Yoney delivers a review of his electric ride. His conclusion: This Harley has the power to turn “no fans” into “potential customers.”

Free registrations in Shanghai: The Chinese metropolis has started handing out free license plates to drivers of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S, according to a report from Bloomberg. Shanghai is waiving the registration fee of about 12,000 dollars in an effort to reduce air pollution.

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:29 am

December 2014 U.S. sales.

Pure EVs are hot as 7,419 BEVs were sold in the USA in December, a rise of 49,1 percent compared to the same month last year. PHEVs took a drop of 22.2 percent with 3,867 plug-in hybrids sold. Plug-less hybrids lost 8 percent but remain the strongest segment as 33,302 HEVs found buyers last month.

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:28 am

GAC, Nissan & NASA, Spira4u, Logos Technologies & Alta Motors.

GAC-WitStarAutonomous PHEV: GAC Motor announces to present two concept PHEVs at the NAIAS. The plug-in hybrid SUV WitStar is designed to showcase autonomous driving technology and comes with an all-electric range of 62 miles and a top speed of 99 mph. Information on the GA6 GT sedan is yet scarce.
autonews.com, rushtimes.com

Nissan meets NASA: The Japanese carmaker and the U.S. space agency unite in a five-year R&D partnership to develop autonomous vehicle systems ready to go to market. A fleet of self-driving Leafs will be set up for testing at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California before the end of the year.
inautonews.com, businesswire.com, greencarcongress.com

Electric foam car: Chinese Spira4u has started pilot production of its electric three-wheeler. With a composite chassis and a body made of fiberglass with lightweight foam body panels, the Spira4u EV weighs only 190 kilos and costs 9,000 dollars. An amphibious version is under development.

Hybrid military motorcycle: Logos Technologies has entered phase two of the operation assigned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The SilentHawk hybrid motorcycle is based on Alta Motor’s Redshift in full camouflage. An AWD prototype is expected within 18 months.
autoblog.com, theautochannel.com

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:27 am

Elon Musk, Jim Lentz, Murad Quresh.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“It won’t look like other cars.”

Is all Elon Musk had to say when asked for details on the upcoming Model 3 the public does not yet know about. And so we continue to wait expectantly…

Jim-Lentz“The challenge is going to be to get non-hybrid owners to consider hybrids if gas is less than $3 a gallon.”

Toyota America CEO Jim Lentz fears low gasoline prices could make hybrid sales a little slower. However, he does not see sales for the Mirai FCV drop as early adopters have strong, green motives which won’t be influenced by temporary trends.

Murad-Quresh“Air pollution has no physical boundaries. By limiting the ULEZ to only the most central areas, everyone outside the zone will be left to suffer.”

Murad Quresh, environment spokesperson for Labour’s London Assembly, proposes to leave it to the boroughs to adopt the ultra-low emission zone. Camden, Southwark, Hackney and Lambeth Councils have already expressed their interest to opt-in.

Jan 12, 2015 - 09:25 am

Gogoro CEO interview, Battery swapping.

Video tip: The Street talked to Horace Luke, CEO of Gogoro, about the company’s electric scooter and planned battery swap system (we reported).

Reading tip: Mira Inbar looked at past experiences with Better Place and Tesla’s current battery swapping to come up with three learnings: battery swapping is only for emergencies, is better done by one manufacturer with one battery type, and kept within narrow geographical boundaries.

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:56 am

IBM, Zero Motorcycles, India, Leshi, ZBoard, Mitsubishi.

IBM is eyeing electric transport: The IT corporation received a patent for managing EV charging and related transactions, and it is not the first of IBM’s e-mobility aspirations. In November, IBM signed an agreement with ASELSAN to develop metal-air batteries for electric vehicles.
ipwatchdog.com, bloomberg.com

Zero-PoliceZero takes up speed: Electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero reports record sales in 2014 and expects growth to continue this year. Especially sales to police patrol fleets have been taking off, while Zero Motorcycles strives to further expands its market internationally.

Indian push for EVs: According to a media report, India may spend Rs.1,400 crore (about 224 million dollars) over the next two years on incentives and subsidies for makers and buyers of electric vehicles as part of an effort to have at least six million EVs on the country’s roads by 2020.

Expert recruited: Internet company Leshi, that strives to build electric cars for the Chinese market, recruited Lv Zhengyu, who held managing positions at carmaker Infiniti before. At Leshi, he will take the lead of the electric supercar project.

Electric skateboard: ZBoard is running a crowdfunding campaign to issue its second generation electric skateboard. The ZBoard 2 is lighter and faster than its predecessor and comes in two versions. Top speed for both is 20 mph while ranges between 16 and 24 miles are given. Prices start at 999 dollars.
ubergizmo.com, indiegogo.com (campaign)

Outlander PHEV test: Nigel Donnelly delivers an update from his long-term testing of the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid. Once he got to grip with the “various quirks” of the electric system, he found the Outlander PHEV a very “practical” ride around town.

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:55 am

EV sales in Denmark and Switzerland.

A total of 1,575 EVs were sold in Denmark in 2014, a plus of 156%. About a third were Nissan Leafs (578) followed by the Model S (460) and VW’s e-Up (219). The Swiss’ taste slightly differed last year: Of 1,643 new electric cars (up 40%), 494 were from Tesla, 374 from Renault and 220 from BMW.
dagens.dk (DK, in Danish), derbund.ch (CH, in German)

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:54 am

Toyota & Hino Motors, ARPA-E, Johnson Controls & Toshiba.

Toyota-Fuel-Cell-BusMirai-based H2 bus: Toyota and Hino Motors have built a new version of their fuel cell bus equipped with the Toyota fuel cell system developed for the Mirai. It will be tested in Toyota City starting today. The new bus comes with eight hydrogen tanks, two fuel cell stacks and two electric motors. Its NiMH battery is able to supply electric power to buildings.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

125 million dollars will be invested by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to foster innovations in all areas of energy research and development, i.e. for fuel cells, electric drive systems, batteries, and power electronics.
greencarcongress.com, arpa-e-foa.energy.gov

Commonwealth e-racer: Birmingham City University announced its plan to develop an electric race car for the Formula 1 together with three Indian universities. The agreement is to be signed today.

Supplier cooperation: Together, Johnson Controls and Toshiba have developed a new Li-Ion battery for start-stop applications to debut in a 2018 model production vehicle in Europe. The new battery will be showcased at the NAIAS in Detroit next week.
autonews.com, jsonline.com, greencarcongress.com

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Most clicked link on Thursday was the report from Kevin Bullis revealing how Tesla manages to boost its Roadster’s range by 50 percent

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:49 am

R. C. Bhargava, Elon Musk, David Bushnell, Bob Carter.

RC-Bhargava“Government might like to consider that when they are supporting electric carmakers, the next stage of support is the development of a hybrid and my view was that they should support R&D rather than the finished product.”

Maruti Suzuki chairman R. C. Bhargava is commenting on the need for research if the Indian automobile industry is to come up with hybrid technology for affordable small cars.

Elon-Musk-Twitter“Cheap gas is a great thing. It means humans will use it up faster and force the switch to alternative energy faster.”

This is Elon Musk taking a rather ironic approach to the current gas price situation in the States on his “hyper-parody” Twitter account called Bored Elon Musk.
twitter.com via hybridcars.com

David-Bushnell“With the benefits clear and the Government spending hundreds of millions of pounds on charging infrastructure and purchase subsidies for EV buyers, the current opportunity to invest in plug-in vehicles is something businesses simply cannot afford ignore.”

David Bushnell, eMobility consultant at Alphabet UK, is in other words asking fleet operators to jump on the EV bandwagon. In fact, “nearly one fifth of public sector organisations are already using EVs for business travel,” Bushnell added.

Robert-Carter“We are very active in battery development. There is a roll for full electrics in the market but the weight of the batteries, the costs, the limited range and long recharge times, there are no quick solutions coming.”

Bob Carter, senior VP at Toyota Motor Sales USA, praises the Toyota Mirai FCV as the solution for drivers that expect the same range from a green vehicle as from a petrol car – given there is enough hydrogen infrastructure in place, of course.

Jan 9, 2015 - 09:45 am

Lit Motors C1, Tesla vs. Tesla, German EV policies, Events.

Video tip I: In a new video, Lit Motors demonstrates the self-balancing capabilities of its C1 EV which is essentially a scooter with a semi-closed cabin. While no date for production is set yet, the Californian start-up now issued a price of approximately 24,000 dollars.
youtube.com, litmotors.com

Video tip II: DragTimes ventured to find out, just how much better the Tesla Model S P85D is compared to the Model S P85. The drag race between the two Teslas is nothing less than surprisingly definite.

Reading tip: Neil Winton is looking at German EV policies, or better, the lack of them. While one million electric vehicles until 2020 are the goal, subsidies are as of yet out of the question. A solution has been brought into the discussion by Prof. Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer who believes a 1-cent per litre tax could bring 2.4 billion euros to be spent on EVs and infrastructure.

Events for the upcoming week: FIA Formula E – Round 4 (Jan 10; Buenos Aires, Argentina) ++ North American International Auto Show (Jan 12-25; Detroit, USA)

You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Found on electrive.com
16.01.2015 09:24