Apr 11, 2014 - 08:26 am

Audi, Beijing Automotive, Ford, BMW, Applus.

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:23 am

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

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

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

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

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:21 am

Rupert Stadler, Jason Gellatly, Al Bedwell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 11, 2014 - 08:17 am

Porsche 919 hybrid, Tesla's battery safety shield.

Video tip: The hybrid Porsche 919 has been spotted testing for WEC at Circuit Paul Ricard in France. Indulge in some hybrid humming…
youtube.com

Click tip: Tesla’s titanium plate protection for the Model S’ underbody (we reported) is now available. David Nolan already went for the free retrofit and has documented the result in detail.
greencarreports.com (with pictures)

Apr 10, 2014 - 08:29 am

Bentley, Mercedes, GM, Ryno, Mugen, Yo-Mobil.

Bentley-Plug-in-HybridBentley’s plug-in hybrid: Rather sooner than expected, the Brits will present their first plug-in hybrid concept at the Beijing Auto Show. For now, the drivetrain is fitted into a Bentley Mulsanne but it will debut in the plug-in SUV in 2017. Bentley promises 50 kilometres (31 miles) electric range and 70% less carbon emissions.
autoblog.com, greencarreports.com

MLC preview: Mercedes published a first picture of the Concept Coupé to be unveiled in Beijing later this month. The car is a predecessor of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC SUV which is said to be planned as plug-in hybrid and diesel-electric hybrid model too.
autoweek.com

GM means business – electric business: The company has now confirmed the 449 million dollar investments in both EV plants in Brownstone and Detroit-Hamtramck. At the same time, GM revealed plans for two new electric models but did not go into detail. This coincides with Opel’s rumoured small EV (we reported).
transportevolved.com, insideevs.com

Ryno for real: The videogame-inspired monowheel can now be ordered in the real world for 5,295 dollars. The Ryno is balanced by a gyroscope like a segway and has a top speed of about 12 mph. Its battery allows for 10 miles of fun riding.
autoblog.com

Mugen’s Shinden San: Team Mugen will enter this year’s TT Zero Challenge on the Isle of Man with a brand new electric motorcycle. The Shinden San is lighter and with 100 kW and 220 Nm also stronger than the 2013 model. The team thus hopes to finally win the race in which it has finished second twice already.
electric-vehiclenews.com, green.autoblog.com

Low cost hybrid too costly: The Yo-Mobil by Russian Onexim was supposed to be Russia’s first low-cost hybrid. However, with rising costs for development and repeated delays in production, the group has now sold the rights to the state-owned Nami institute for the symbolic price of one euro.
rt.com via thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

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Apr 10, 2014 - 08:28 am

Tesla Model S convertible.

A Chinese investor has ordered 100 Tesla Model S convertible from Newport Convertible Engineering. While the conversion specialist will start with the production in July, a request for a formal partnership with Tesla to convert another 5,000 units has so far remained unanswered.
greencarreports.com, newportconvertible.com

Apr 10, 2014 - 08:27 am

Solar Impulse 2, FEV, Electrovaya/Dongfeng, Enerdel/B3CG, DTU.

Fuel-free around the globe: Swiss Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have now presented their second generation solar plane. The Solar Impulse 2 only weighs 2.4 tons including the batteries (633 kilos) and can stay in the air for five days and nights in a row. Next year, the two plan to fly around the world on solar power only.
youtube.com (teaser video), nbcnews.com

Transmission for hybrids: FEV North America will present its new transmission at the SAE World Congress in Detroit. The plug‐in hybrid transmission includes a two‐speed all-electric driving mode and is designed to fit into downsized engine compartments.
greencarcongress.com

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Electrovaya and Dongfeng: The Canadian battery manufacturer is supplying the Chinese company with its latest generation of li-ion batteries. Its ‘Lithium Ion SuperPolymer 2.0’ are said to be 20% more powerful than the previous generation and fit both Dongfeng’s EV platforms.
electriccarsreport.com

Electric school bus: Li-ion battery manufacturer Enerdel partners with B3CG to develop and produce li-ion batteries für Canada’s school buses. The latter are build by Lion Bus and funded by the government. The batteries are supposed to hold 100 kWh, enough for about 50 miles range.
greencarcongress.com

Iron and carbon to replace platinum: A team at Denmark’s Technical University has developed a new catalyst. They found that iron and carbon remain stable and active in acidic and alkaline environments and could thus replace the costly platinum in PEM fuel cells.
dailyfusion.net

Apr 10, 2014 - 08:24 am

Wolfgang Schreiber, Gerald Johnson.

Wolfgang-Schreiber“By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid.”

Even though Bentley is only getting into hybrids just now, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, CEO of Bentley Motors, is already depicting his company as “pioneering these developments in the luxury sector.”
electriccarsreport.com

Gerald-Johnson“These investments will help the next-generation Chevrolet Volt build on its position as the leader in electrified propulsion.”

GM’s VP for manufacturing in North America, Gerald Johnson, is confident that the latest investments will secure the Volt a top spot in the EV market.
greenvehicles.automotive-business-review.com

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Apr 10, 2014 - 08:22 am

Journey of carbon, Volvo C30 Electric II.

Video tip I: BMW tells the story of carbon used in its i-series from the source to the finished car. Go on the “Journey of carbon.”
youtube.com

Video tip II: Siemens is currently exhibiting at the Hannover Messe and in this video focusing on the strategic partnership it has with Volvo. In a first step, a total of 100 Volvo C30 electric have been equipped with motors and converters from Siemens.
youtube.com

Apr 9, 2014 - 09:05 am

Audi, Tesla, NEVS, Peugeot, Smith Electric Vehicles, LG Chem.

Audi A6 e-tron for China: Together with joint venture FAW-Volkswagen, Audi will bring a plug-in hybrid version of its long-wheelbase A6 to the Chinese market. As announced this morning, the plug-in hybrid will have an electric range of 50 km and will feature “cutting-edge battery technology.”
audi-mediaservices.com

Tesla leasing: In the U.S., businesses can now lease a Model S through Tesla Finance. Everything can be done in an online process, from “signing” a contract to confirming the delivery of the Tesla. Prices start from 1,012 dollars – gas and tax savings excluded.
greencarcongress.com, teslamotors.com

Hej-hej electric Saab: NEVS has started production of the electric Saab 9-3. In a first step, 200 cars will be produced in Sweden before going to Qingdao, China to be tested. If trials are successful, production will be expanded this autumn to start selling the e-Saab in Sweden by 2015.
greencarreports.com

Slightly exalted: Peugeot did not lose time to leak its latest concept for the Beijing Auto Show either. Here, the French carmaker will present the Exalt, a hybrid sedan that uses the Hybrid4 technology.
technologicvehicles.com

Silent exit: Smith Electric Vehicles has stopped production of its electric truck already last year. The “news” has now been broken not by the company itself but by the DoE which has funded demonstration vehicles by the company from Kansas.
green.autoblog.com

New e-bike battery supplier? Apparently, LG Chem is thinking about making batteries for electric bikes as it sees clear signs of growth in the trending segment. The Korean corporation would be the last of the mayor battery suppliers to discover electric two-wheelers after Samsung, Bosch and Panasonic.
bike-eu.com

Apr 9, 2014 - 09:03 am

Video interview: Gilles Bernard, GIREVE SAS.

bernard-interview-teaserGilles Bernard, Chairman of the Board at french GIREVE SAS says that just putting in place charging stations is not enough. One also has to coordinate operators and their service to make charging easier for users. At Hubject’s Developers Conference in Berlin, Bernard told electrive.com exactly how GIREVE plans to do that in France and where he sees the European electric mobility market in comparison to the U.S. and Asia.
electrive.com (video interview)

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Apr 9, 2014 - 09:02 am

IBG, Montana Tech, Tesla, Mobileye.

Robot built EV: German IBG introduced its new assembly unit at the Hannover Messe. Three robots within the iProcell are supposed to take care of everything from unloading to assembly. This way, IBG plans to build its own electric cars. While Lübeck is the company’s place of choice for the automated EV production, IBG feels the city could be more supportive than it currently is.
computerwoche.de (in German), ln-online.de (Lübeck – in German)

German battery factory? The Austrian Montana Tech Components Groups to which parts of German Varta belongs, plans to build a European EV battery factory. The company has already worked with Volkswagen and says it is currently speaking with all German manufacturers. If the talks are succesful, planning could start in 2015 and production already two years later. To finance the facility, Montana might start trading Varta’s EV segment on the stock market.
handelsblatt.com (in German)

Inside Tesla: One tech-savvy Model S owner has managed to plug into an Ethernet port to hack his own car and made Firefox run on the mid-console. However, he immediately got a message by Tesla Motors asking him nicely but firmly to stop his digital endeavours.
transportevolved.com, dragtimes.com

Meanwhile, Mobileye was granted permission to import one Model S into Israel with the goal to develop and test semi-autonomous driving technology. According to the Israeli paper Harretz, Mobileye is working directly for Tesla.
haaretz.com, transportevolved.com

Apr 9, 2014 - 09:01 am

Park Sang-jin.

Park-Sang-jin-Samsung“If the main means of transportation in the future are restructured around electric cars and rail cars, most short distance travels will be covered by electric bikes.”

Said Samsung SDI president Park Sang-jin, whose company is one of the mayor suppliers of batteries for e-bikes, after the news broke that LG Chem now too is thinking about entering the market for electric two-wheelers.
koreaittimes.com

Apr 9, 2014 - 08:58 am

Mandatory EV noise, Tesla store timelapse.

Reading tip: Faye Sunderland is looking into the issue of artificial EV noise to see what all the fuss is actually about. Her findings show that legislators around the globe are in favour of sounding electric cars while vehicle makers are responding to the call, if we like it or not.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk (with sound examples)

Video tip: One Norwegian Tesla fan has visualised the current success of the Model S when filming the coming and going of cars and people in a Tesla store with time-lapse video.
vimeo.com

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Apr 8, 2014 - 09:52 pm

Video interview: Gilles Bernard, GIREVE SAS.

Gilles Bernard, Chairman of the Board at GIREVE SAS says that just putting in place charging stations is not enough. One also has to coordinate operators and their service to make charging easier for users. At Hubject’s Developers Conference in Berlin, Bernard told electrive.com exactly how GIREVE plans to do that in France and where he sees the European electric mobility market in comparison to the U.S. and Asia. GIREVE is a company whose founding shareholders are five major players (i.e. EDF, Renault) in this market, united by their converging interests in electric mobility.

Apr 8, 2014 - 09:18 am

Opel, GM, Lexus, BMW, Pariss Electric, Maserati, Tesla.

All-electric Opel? The German GM subsidy also known as Vauxhall apparently has plans to build a small EV to be sold by 2017, several media report. Internally, the new model is known as BEV (for battery electric vehicle) and is said to be cheaper and smaller than the Ampera/Volt. Opel has not commented on the story yet.
uk.news.yahoo.com, just-auto.com

GM to ramp up Volt production: The U.S. carmaker wants to invest 450 million dollars in its Detroit-Hamtramck plant and nearby battery assembly facility to expand its production for the 2016 Chevy Volt. In order to do so, GM will introduce a second shift and create another 1,400 jobs.
detroitnews.com via greencarreports.com

Lexus NX debut: The production version of Lexus’ concept LF-NX will premiere at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition later this month. A teaser image of the hybrid SUV called NX does not reveal much but it looks as if the finished product will strongly resemble the initial study.
greencarreports.com, autoexpress.co.uk

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www.siemens.com/hannovermesse

X5 eDrive in the USA: BMW will show an updated version of its concept hybrid SUV at the New York Auto Show this month. It remains unclear, however, what exactly the update entails as the performance data remains unchanged.
green.autoblog.com

Electric Alfa Romeo 4c: Not quite, but the French start-up Pariss Electric claims its electric sports car will be able to compete with Alfa’s latest offspring. Like its idol, the Pariss Electric is made from carbon and weighs just 800 kilos. So far, just one prototype has been made but the company says it has received already 60 orders.
technologicvehicles.com

Maserati vs Tesla: Top Gear’s Jason Barlow puts up tradition against innovation when comparing the Maserati Ghibli with Tesla’s Model S. Yet, despite all its Italian class, the Maserati does not stand a chance against the “Silicon Valley interloper (that) has changed everything.”
topgear.com

Apr 8, 2014 - 09:17 am

EV sales in the Netherlands and Spain.

The Dutch EV market is back with 1,890 PHEVs sold in March alone. The Netherland’s darling is Mitsubishi’s Outlander (931) followed by Volvo’s V60 with 459 sales, and the Model S (190). In Spain, the situation could not be any more different. There, only 111 EVs were sold in the first three months of 2014 – only 39 of them in March.
ev-sales.blogspot.de (The Netherlands), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Spain)

Apr 8, 2014 - 09:16 am

SIM-Drive, Brusa, Bosch Engineering, ABB, Solar Impulse.

4 motors, 4 prototypes: Japanese SIM-Drive presented its fourth prototype featuring its in-wheel motors in all four wheels. The SIM-HAL (High efficiency All-wheel Link) is a two-seater with 350 hp or 260 kW combined power of all four drives.
technologicvehicles.com (with videos)

Twice as powerful: Swiss company Brusa says it doubled the power density of its two-component inductive charging system ICS. The increase to 7.2 kW is due to a new patented technology. A second generation ICS prototype will be presented this fall, while the development of the first generation is ongoing.
greencarcongress.com

Fuel cell control unit: At the MobiliTec in Hannover, Bosch presents its new fuel cell control unit (FCCU) for off-highway vehicles like airport ground support equipment. The FCCU is based on hardware from Bosch’s automotive production, while the software is designed to increase energy efficiency.
greencarcongress.com

ABB to support Solar Impulse: ABB forms a technology alliance with Swiss company Solar Impulse. Together, they plan an around-the-world flight in a solar-powered plane for next year.
cleantechnica.com, eco-business.com

Apr 8, 2014 - 09:14 am

Jeff Schuster, Matt Harrison.

Jeff-Schuster“They’re looking to take the Volt in kind of a split personality and have a plug-in version and likely a more affordable electric version.”

Jeff Schuster, analyst at LMC Automotive, on GM’s investments in its Detroit plant. The facility is the only one that can produce all of GM’s plug-ins and might soon get ready for the rumoured mini-Opel too.
detroitnews.com

Matt-Harrison“The success of Auris and TMUK Burnaston demonstrates not only the renewed health of the UK car market and motor manufacturing, but also customers’ desire to buy great British products.”

Matt Harrison, president of Toyota GB, states that the Britain-manufactured Auris hybrid has become a mainstream choice by comfortably outselling petrol and diesel-powered models.
insidermedia.com

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:20 am

Mitsubishi, Mahindra, Vectrix, Trion Supercars.

Mitsubishi recalls Outlander PHEV: The Japanese carmaker has just issued another recall for its plug-in Outlander. This time 6,517 PHEVs built between January and December 2013 have to see the dealer due to software problems that could drain the battery and shut down the car. It is the third recall of the Outlander but this time it will not lead to any delays in production.
insideevs.com, dailypress.com

Driving the Outlander in the UK, Alisdair Suttie did not experience any of the above problems. While he found the ride “too firm at all speeds and in all conditions,” he cannot deny that Mitsubishi is offering a very good deal with its PHEV, which sports “excellent economy,” according to Suttie.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

EV experience: To boost the uptake of its e2o, Mahindra will set up ‘Experience Centres’ in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and New Delhi. The aim is to inform consumers on the benefits of driving an EV, mainly by pointing out fuel and cost savings. The centres are part of a wider initiative, which also includes the installation of quick chargers and battery lease options.
motorbeam.com

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www.siemens.com

Vectrix is bankrupt: The American e-scooter manufacturer has filed for Chapter 7 insolvency, which usually means liquidation. In 2009, Vectrix had already filed for bankruptcy and sold most of its assets as a consequence. Now, the company’s liabilities are estimated to be between ten and 50 million dollars.
bizjournals.com, green.autoblog.com

Yet another super car, this time even dubbed a hypercar, is being developed by Californian Trion Supercars. Apparently, a prototype of the 2,000 hp Nemesis is about to be build and according to German magazine AutoBild, an electric and hybrid version is in the cards, too.
indiancarsbikes.in, autobild.de (in German)

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:20 am

EV sales in UK and Canada.

In the UK, 823 electric cars were sold in March – three times as many as last month. In Ireland, out of a total of 102 electric cars sold, 98 were Nissan Leafs. In Canada, the Chevy Volt proves a firm favourite with 105 units, accounting for almost half of all EVs sold there (255).
smmt.co.uk (UK), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Ireland), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Canada)

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:19 am

BMW, Bluebird, Renault, KF Hisary.

BMW starts e-scooter production: The production of the battery-electric BMW C evolution maxi-scooter kicked off in Berlin. The plant is working closely together with other BMW facilities in Leipzig and Dingolfing. The latter will deliver the li-ion battery moduls for the e-scooter – the same as used for the BMW i3.
electriccarsreport.com

Bluebird to finally fly: The family run business announced it will debut of its electric sports car at a charity race in September. The race is part of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and features celebrity as well as father-son teams. Let’s hope, this time Bluebird will finally have an electric racecar to show.
green.autoblog.com

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16t electric truck trial: French logistics specialist STEF has been testing a 16-ton electric truck by Renault for Carrefour. During the 18-month trial, the e-truck ran 16,000 kilometres while delivering 600 tons of goods in Lyon. The 103 kW electric motor is powered by two li-ion battery packs (170 kWh) weighing two tons. During deceleration, the truck could recover up to 25% of the energy used.
greencarcongress.com

Electric cable ferry: For the past six months, the KF Hisary electric ferry has been sailing between Mjanes and Hisary in Norway, without experiencing any mayor problems due to the freezing temperatures. The two winches of the cable ferry are powered by a 100 kWh li-ion battery system by Electrovaya. The ferry is recharged on the mainland between its ten daily round trips and overnight.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:17 am

Jim Wright, Jim Lentz.

Jim-Wright“We are starting to see a change in the EV marketplace, helped by the fact that BMW have arrived, Volkswagen are about to arrive. Kia showed an EV at Geneva. For one thing, the media acceptance of the technology is starting to mature.”

Jim Wright, Managing Director Nissan UK, is finally seeing light at the end of the EV acceptance tunnel with things starting to change. He thus believes, Nissan will be able to sell a thousand e-NV200 in its first year.
just-auto.com

Jim-Lentz“After we’ve seen the product, understand its range, its driving dynamics, its refueling, we’re a lot more bullish than Japan – probably about fivefold more bullish. It’s just a question of how many can be produced now.”

These are the strong words of Jim Lentz, Toyota’s CEO for North America, who literally cannot wait to start selling the upcoming FCV.
bloomberg.com

Apr 7, 2014 - 08:15 am

Electric vehicle batteries, California.

Study tip: Navigant Research’s latest report ‘Electric Vehicle Batteries’ predicts worldwide revenue from li-ion batteries for EVs to grow from less than six billion dollars today, to 26.1 billion dollars in 2023.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

All gone: The moment most Californian plug-in hybrid drives feared has come – all 40,000 green stickers allowing access to carpool lanes are gone. At the same time, funds for the Clean Vehicle Rebate have dried out. So while one can still apply, they might have to wait till autumn get some cash back.
greencarreports.com

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:45 am

HyFive, Beetle, AVAS, Volkswagen, Porsche.

HyFive! Five major carmakers have now announced a 31-million pound (51m dollar) deal at the Mayor of London’s office. Together, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota want to promote H2 transport by supplying 110 fuel cell vehicles (75 of which will be Hyundai’s ix35) in various cities including Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart. Next to existing H2 refuelling stations, project partners like Linde, OMV and ITM Power plan to install new ones by 2015.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com (Hyundai)

Expanding the Beetle family? German magazine AutoBild reports in its print issue about Volkswagen’s plans to expand its Beetle series by 2019. According to a VW product manager, the convertible could be joined by an SUV, coupé and minibus similar to the Bully. Furthermore, all models could possibly come as electric or hybrid vehicles.
automobil-produktion.de (in German)

Mandatory traffic noise: The European Parliament ruled all electric cars to emit artificial engine noises for the protection of pedestrians, esp. the visually impaired. From 2019 on, ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS) will be compulsory for new electric and hybrid vehicles if the law gets the approval of the EU commission.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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VW electrifies Britain: Volkswagen will present its electric offering to the UK next Wednesday at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham. Here, VW will show its Golf GTE for the first time and also brings along the e-Up and XL-1 but not the e-Golf.
transportevolved.com

Porsche Spyder 918: Much has been said about Porsche’s hybrid super car but Nelson Ireson sure gave his review a lot of thought and prose when flying along. He seems intrigued by the Spyder’s performance that feels like magic even though Ireson thinks the hybrid mode is the one most closely to a conventional car.
motorauthority.com (with video)

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:45 am

March 2014 EV sales in Germany.

Germans bought 823 electric cars in March as well as 156 plug-in hybrids. Furthermore, Germany’s federal motor transport authority KBA counted 2,511 new hybrids without a plug. Compared to 2013, sales of all three electric vehicle categories increased.
kba.de (in German)

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:43 am

Continental/Zytek, BASF/Toda Kogyo, Volkswagen, DoE.

Continental take over: German company fully acquired its British joint venture partner Zytek Automotive. The two companies have been working together on electric and hybrid drivetrains and will continue to do so with Zytek now operating as part of the Continental Engineering Services (CES) in the UK.
twst.com, greencarcongress.com

New battery joint venture: Currently, BASF is in negotiations to join forces with Toda Kogyo, a specialist for cathode materials. The focus is on production, marketing and sales of active cathode materials (CAM) used in li-ion batteries in Japan.
greencarcongress.com, basf.com

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VW’s modular platform: Most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles of Volkswagen are based on the same modular toolkit called MQB. Now technical details emerged and have been avidly summarised by our colleagues over at Green Car Congress.
greencarcongress.com

16 million dollars are left as loans in the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) programme of the U.S. DoE. The scheme which has already supported company’s such as Fisker and Tesla has now been improved to include part makers and has received a simplified application processes.
greencarcongress.com, energy.gov

Apr 4, 2014 - 09:36 am

Byung Kwon Rhim, Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield.

Byung-Kwon-Rhim“The collective mid-term goal is to grow a pan-European refuelling network and ensure more vehicles are seen on the road.”

Byung Kwon Rhim, President of Hyundai Europe, comments on the HyFive network of H2 stations and vehicles which he sees as a tool for growing awareness for low emission transport.
businessgreen.com

Nikki-Gordon-Bloomfield“In the world of Daily Mail readership, it seems there’s one thing more hated than electric cars: directives from the European Union legislative.”

Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield from Transport Evolved tries to find an answer to why readers of UK’s Daily Mail, which is “also known for its hatred of electric cars,” are all of a sudden defending electric cars instead of dismissing them.
transportevolved.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/04/11/audi-beijing-automotive-ford-bmw-applus/
11.04.2014 08:52