Feb 3, 2014 - 09:52 am

Dieter Zetsche, Herbert Diess.

Dieter-Zetsche“Their project leader was a former member of our team so we have a lot of very good links, a very constructive good relationship, which certainly has room for further expansion.”

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is full of praise for Tesla and open to working on new projects together with the Californian carmaker in the future.

Herbert-Diess“Public infrastructure is not really very important because most people are charging their cars at home.”

According to Herbert Diess, board member of BMW, home charging stations are the real key to EV acceptance. Diess underscored its point with is own experience: “Not once have I touched public charging.”

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:50 am

B-Class in Death Valley, Q&A with Elon Musk and JB Straubel.

Video tip 1: In this short film the fuel cell Mercedes B-Class proves to be a true life-saver for Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson when crossing the Death Valley. Its emissions provided the two with drinking water collected in a tank installed to the car’s exhaust. Daimler also tests its new concept under less extreme circumstances and says its 300 H2 cars running under real-life conditions have already been driven 5m miles.
youtube.com (Video), media.daimler.com (Infos)

Video tip 2: Watch Elon Musk and JB Straubel going through an hourlong Q&A at the Dutch Tesla outlet in Amsterdam with their dedicated, yet not entirely uncritical followers.
youtube.com via myelifenow.com

Pedelec & E-bike test: ExtraEnergy’s bi-annual test of electric bicycles is open for registration. Manufacturers applying until 19th February will qualify for a discount, while the testing is scheduled to begin at 25th March. Tests results will be published in the Elektrobike magazine with a circulation 45,000 copies.

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:47 am

Lexus, Nissan, ACEEE, Zero Motorcycles, BYD.

Lexus-LF-NXIs this the Lexus NX? In an recent presentation, Tim Lentz, CEO of Toyota USA, has revealed new pictures of the LF-NX Concept. Or at least he was planning on doing that. Instead, the pictures seem to show a production version of what could be the future Lexus NX hybrid car. The production version is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show this spring.

150-mile question: In an online survey, Nissan recently asked existing Leaf owners how much (more) they would be willing to pay for a Leaf with a 150 mile range. While all questions were hypothetical, do they point to a new Leaf with extended range and faster charging?
transportevolved.com, mynissanleaf.com

Greenest of’em all: The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published its annual list of the most environmental friendly cars. The Smart Fortwo ED is on top and scores 59 out of 100. It is closely followed by Toyota’s Prius C (known as Aqua in Japan and Yaris Hybrid in Europe) and the electric Nissan Leaf.
electriccarsreport.com, ens-newswire.com

Zero in down under: The electric motorcycle company Zero has named a distributor for Australia. Cento Per Cento will launch the full 2014 model range under the trade name ‘Zero Motorcycles Australia.’

Qin sells online: The Chinese plug-in hybrid has just been launched on the domestic market but it took only two seconds to sell the first 100 cars, according to BYD. About 100,000 visitors had surfed the Qin web shop prior to the launch, with 23,405 of those actually witnessing the start of sale.


Jan 31, 2014 - 09:45 am

Nissan fast chargers in Europe.

Nissan has just installed the 1,000th CHAdeMO fast charger in Europe. It has been erected in Surrey in collaboration with energy provider Ecotricity and is part of a network of 195 chargers across Great Britain. Nissan works with partners all over Europe to have 1,800 chargers installed by the end of 2014.

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:43 am

Toyota, Green Vehicles Initiative, Porous Power Technologies.

Details on AWD hybrid powertrain: Toyota released more details on its TS040 Hybrid racer for Le Mans. By combining a hybrid powertrain from Aisin in the front with a Denso unit at the rear, the TS040 is becoming a powerful AWD race car.
electric-vehiclenews.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Electric 2-wheeler funding: The Green Cars Initiative, which was part of the Horizon 2020 research program by the European Union, has been renamed to the Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVI) and is now including electric two-wheelers and light vehicles. The EU is willing to spend five to eight million euros on concepts designed to increase efficiency of transport. While regular pedelecs and e-bikes are excluded, speed pedelecs and e-cargo bikes are eligible for funding.

Microporous membrane: A new separator for li-ion batteries by Porous Power Technologies (PPT) called Symmetrix is supposedly safer than conventional polyolefin separators as the company demonstrates in a video showing the nail penetration test. The trick is to cast, not to stretch the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) used here, according to PPT.
youtube.com (Video) via chargedevs.com

Jan 31, 2014 - 09:42 am

Li Keqiang, Nick Clegg, Toru Tokushige.

Li-Keqiang“The government should play an exemplary role.”

China’s Premier Li Keqiang issued a statement online, acknowledging the advantages of clean vehicles like e-buses for keeping pollution and noise levels down. He is calling on “everyone”, including his government, to make use of them.

Nick-Clegg“Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.”

Apparently, China is not the only country updating their EV policies. Nick Clegg, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister, just announced another nine million pounds (14.8m dollars) to top up the GoUltraLow campaign.

Toru-Tokushige“We are planning to also provide the premium scooter and this will be a pretty good market. So I can say about 10,000 units, that’s how much we are planning to produce.”

Toru Tokushige, founder and CEO of Terra Motors, has high hopes for the Indian market and even sees chances to produce some of the components in India.


Jan 31, 2014 - 09:37 am

Fully Charged drives the BMW i3, Tesla coast to coast trip.

Video tip: In another episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn takes a look at the BMW i3. He not only seems to be completely sold on the car itself, but also on BMW’s TV spot emphasising world’s overpopulation.
youtube.com (Video)

Click tip: Tesla opens all its channels to keep Model S fans up-to-date on the coast to coast trip which might set a new three-day record this weekend. Stay tuned!
teslamotors.com (Blog), twitter.com (Tweets), instagram.com (Images)

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:16 am

Mahindra, GAC, Hero Motorcorp., Nissan.

Mahindra Verito Electric spotted: What looks like the new Mahindra was spied in Bangalore, India. While the logo had been covered, ‘automatic’ and ‘electric’ were visible and a clear sign. The Verito EV will probably launch next week at the Indian Auto Expo.

e-PatriotElectric patriot act: Green Automotive Company (GAC) will present its new all-electric shuttle bus at the LCT in Las Vegas. The ‘e-Patriot’ is built by GAC’s subsidiary Newport Coachworks and is said to have a range of up to 100 miles with a top speed of 60 mph.
puregreencars.com, electriccarsreport.com

Homemade London cab: Nissan confirmed that the final assembly of its taxi for London will be done by British ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, UK. The Nissan cab is based on the NV200, currently built in Barcelona. Nissan will start production of the taxi end of this year, with an electric version following 2015.
hybridcars.com, puregreencars.com

Hero(es) for India: Five new motorbikes have just been unveiled by Hero Motorcorp. in India. Among them is the Hero Leap that features an on-board generator as range extender. The RNT-Concept will be available with a generator and front-wheel electric drive, making it a diesel hybrid motorcycle.

Meet Mr. EV ordinary: In a new spot for the Leaf, Nissan puts the spotlight on Atlanta, apparently one of its fastest growing markets. This is thanks to people like George, who is happily driving around town in his Leaf and tells all his friends about it. So it seems word of mouth is one way to get EVs rolling.
youtube.com (Video) via transportevolved.com

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:14 am

EV subsidies for low-income families.

In California, low-income families can get a 2,500 dollar voucher from California’s Air Resource Board (CARB) when buying a plug-in vehicle. CARB counts on the fact that those on lower wages benefit from fuel savings the most and might even gain access to jobs previously being to far away to get there.
cleantechnica.com, carnewscafe.com


Jan 30, 2014 - 10:12 am

nanoFlowcell, Singapore, BYD, Ryno.

e-QuandtNano flow cell: The Liechtenstein nanoFlowcell AG announced the premiere of its Quant limousine at this years Autosalon in Geneva. Their Quant-e research sportscar is equipped with the firm’s ‘nanoFlowcell drive’, is 5.25 metres long and sits four. It is designed to further study flow cells.
presseportal.de (Press information)

Driverless iMiEV: Researchers from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have converted the electric Mitsubishi into a computer controlled one. ‘SCOT’ (Shared Computer Operated Transport) will roam the roads of NUS campus for further research using LIDAR sensing technology. The conversion only took six months and costed 30,000 dollars.

Autonomous BYD: A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) from Singapore and Chinese BYD plan to jointly develop EVs with autonomous vehicle sensors for the use in Singapore traffic. I2R will plant a drive-by-wire system in BYD’s electric cars as well as a management system to learn traffic environments and enable the cars to make intelligent judgements eventually.

Insider’s perspective on Ryno: The designer of the one-wheeled motorcycle, Chris Hoffman, brought the Ryno into the Popular Science office and let the editors try it out right in the hallway. In the video he explains that turning an idea from a video game into something that actually works, was a big challenge.
youtube.com via popsci.com

Jan 30, 2014 - 10:11 am

MaryAnn Wright, Sebastian Vettel.

MaryAnn-Wright“We believe strongly in building the next generation of technical leaders through academic partnerships.”

MaryAnn Wright, vice president of Engineering and Product Development for Johnson Controls Power Solutions, about the new partnership on automotive batteries with the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan.

Sebastian-Vettel“Drivers will have to adapt their driving style. You will have to look after the car and the fuel situation, so it might be a little bit different to what we’re used to.”

Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel is not too happy with the new cars and regulations that do not allow for full speed at all times anymore.


Jan 29, 2014 - 09:29 am

BMW, Terra Motors, Toyota, Honda, NHTSA.

Strong demand for BMW i3: Since its launch at the end of November 2013, BMW received 11,000 orders leading to waiting periods of up to six months. Curiously enough, eight of ten buyers are new to the brand or even to the idea of owning a car, sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said. Still, BMW has no plans to expand its electric i-range just yet, nor will it produce in China in the near future.
reuters.com, ecomento.com, automobilwoche.de (Orginal german source)

terra-motors-kiwamiAll-electric super-bike: Terra has now launched its electric motorcycle ‘Kiwami’ in India. The hand-built machine costs 1,8m rupee which is about 29,000 dollars. Its electric motor delivers 13 hp and the Kiwami is said to have a range of 200 kilometres while a full charge takes about six hours.
indianautosblog.com, thehindu.com

All new Prius: The fourth generation of Toyota’s best-selling hybrid is due in about a year. It will be based on a new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), with a lower centre of gravity for sportier handling. At last, the nickel-metal-hydride batteries will be replaced by batteries with lithium-ion cells.
greencarreports.com, hybridcars.com

2015 Jazz Hybrid tested: An updated version of the hybrid Honda has recently been introduced in Japan and the U.S. (where it is known as Honda Fit). In this review the new ‘Sport Hybrid i-DCD’ engine “sets the tone” with added torque and features like the sport mode or an all-electric top speed of 75 kph.
technologicvehicles.com, automobile-magazine.fr (Original source in French)

NHTSA examines Camry: The American safety watchdog might bring the hybrid Toyota Camry to an emergency stop, as 59 customers reported decreased braking power. The now opened preliminary evaluation could ultimately lead to a recall of about 30,000 Camry built in 2007/08.
greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

Jan 29, 2014 - 09:28 am

1,000 Fisker Karma to be de-electrified.

VL Automotive is expecting to turn as much as 1,000 Fisker Karma into Destinos by removing the PHEV drivetrain and replacing it with a supercharged V8 with 638 hp. A lot of Karma owners show huge interest in having their plug-in hybrids de-electrified, says Gilbert Villarreal, manufacturing engineer at VL Automotive.

Jan 29, 2014 - 09:26 am

Nissan, EVDrive, US Hybrid, Local Motors.

Nissan-ZEOD-RC-300Nissan ZEOD RC engine: The electric motor of the Japanese race car is complemented with a lightweight (40 kg), yet powerful (400 hp) and efficient (3-cylinder) gasoline engine. However, Nissan strives to go at least one round all-electric at the Le Mans race track before the new engine takes over.
technologicvehicles.com, electriccarsreport.com, youtube.com

Electric 4-wheel drive: EVDrive completed the development of its so-called Terra-Torque-Drive designed specifically for utility terrain vehicles (UTV). For demonstration EVDrive chose the Kawasaki Teryx4, turning it around on the spot. Each of the four motors can deliver a peak torque of 89 Nm and features regen braking.
greencarcongress.com, youtube.com (Video) via electric-vehiclenews.com

US Hybrid adds H2: Specialised in electric and hybrid powertrain components for mid to heavy duty vehicles, US Hybrid now signed a global licensing agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). The aim is to commercialise UTC’s Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies and to use it in H2 transit buses.
greencarcongress.com, marketwired.com

Open source vehicle design: Local Motors is a crowd-funding platform specialising in vehicle design by users. The first design to be funded is the Ariel Cruiser by Romanian member Ianis Vasilatos. The Ariel is a retro hybrid somewhere between a bicycle and a motorbike and comes in an electric and a gasoline version.
tstf.co, youtube.com (Video Local Motors)


Jan 29, 2014 - 09:25 am

David Packard.

David-Packard“The market didn’t grow as fast as everyone had hoped. But in reality, we should be really happy with the growth that we’ve seen.”

ClipperCreek’s president David Packard is pragmatic. His company (former EVI) has been around since 1994 and is content with the relative stability of the current EV trend whereas carmakers simply pulled out again.

Jan 29, 2014 - 09:23 am

Original Porsche EV from 1898.

Reading tip: Meet the original P1 from 1898. Porsche has a long electric tradition with the first car ever built by Ferdinand Porsche just being recovered, featuring a 130 kg electric motor and 500 kg battery.

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:53 am

Audi, Hyundai/Kia, Rimac, McLaren, BYD, Ryno.

Audi plans electric attack: The German carmaker is aiming to go head-to-head with Tesla with the launch of the all-electric Q8 in 2017. Internally known as Tesla-fighter, the Audi Q8 e-tron’s super batteries are said to give it a range of up to 700 km (about 430 mi). Furthermore, Audi plans to introduce PHEV versions of the A4, A6, A7, A8 as well as Q5, Q6, Q7 with a range of 65 km (40 mi) by 2016.
autobild.de (In German), ecomento.com

Plug-in hybrids for Korea: Hyundai will release PHEV versions of its Sonata LF and Kia K5 (known as Optima in Europe) next year. These will be the first Hyundai plug-in hybrids for its domestic market. The all-electric Kia Soul EV is set to launch later this year.
eco-business.com, greencarreports.com

All-electric super car: The Concept One by Rimac has turned many heads since its first appearance at the German IAA in 2011. CNN takes a closer look at the Croatian company and talked to its founder and designer Mate Rimac. Meanwhile Rimac is working on another head-turner: the Greyp electric bike.
edition.cnn.com, greyp-bikes.com

P1 on-track review: McLaren’s introduced its P1 hybrid in Bahrain where Steve Sutcliffe of ‘Autocar’ tested the racer in its “natural environment” – on a race track. Fans have to let go of all hopes though, as all 375 pieces are sold and will not be reissued, according to McLaren.
autocar.co.uk (Video review), technologicvehicles.com, automobilwoche.de (In German)

BYD dynasties: The Chinese car maker has now secured rights for another twelve names of Chinese emperors. Following the Qin, the Tang is scheduled for next year. If all the remaining eleven dynasties will inspire new hybrid cars is yet open to speculation.

Super Segway: The Ryno one-wheeled electric motorbike looks as if it is straight from the future. It operates like a segway with the rider leaning forward to speed up and vice versa. While the Ryno is street-legal, it only goes as fast as 10 mph with a range of ten miles. We still think it looks like great fun!

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:51 am

EV Sales in China.

Only a total of 17,600 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in China last year. However, these 14,604 all-electric and 3,038 PHEVs are still 37.9% more than in 2012 but only take an insignificant share of the overall market where 21,984,100 vehicles were sold.
chinaautoweb.com via evobsession.com

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:49 am

InTeLekt, Elio Motors, Flywheels, Human Hybrid Vehicle.

Reliable power modules: The InTeLekt project (integrated testing environment for power modules) is led by Fraunhofer LBF and has been started in December 2013. Together with automotive suppliers Continental, Bosch, Schaeffler and others, a new testing environment for the simulation of errors in power modules will be developed to rule out reliability and safety issues beforehand. InTeLekt is funded with about three million euros (4.1m dollars) over three years by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
elektroniknet.de (In German), pressebox.de (In German)

Design update: Elio Motors presented a new version of its trike, which was first shown at CES this year (we reported). The new Elio in striking orange now features larger covers for its front wheels. The company believes to start production of the super-efficient car next year in its plant in Louisiana, USA.
green.autoblog.com, eliomotors.wordpress.com

Flywheels the next big thing: While most people think of heavy and rather crude things when talking about flywheels, current advances in technology might make them cheaper and lighter options for next-gen hybrids. Neil Winton explores the “low-tech” solution and takes a look at possible applications.

Human Hybrid Vehicle: Or, HEV, is a three-wheeled mixture of bicycle and a hybrid. Sheltered under a fibreglass hood, the driver can reach speeds of up to 100 mph with this pedal-assisted system. Regenerative breaking and solar panels will give extra energy to enable a range of about 75 miles, according to designer Lyon Smith. The first prototype is on the road and classifies as a motorcycle.

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:48 am

Ludwig Willisch.

Ludwig-Willisch“It’s really a guessing game. Still the internal combustion engine will still be the major drivetrain, even 10 years from now.”

Ludwig Willisch, president of BMW North America “guesses” that maybe one day, BMW’s electric i-series will account for about 10-15% of global sales.

Jan 28, 2014 - 09:46 am

Cold weather fuel-efficiency, Porsche 918 Spyder.

Click tip: Cold winters affect the range of all vehicles, not only electric ones, according to FleetCarma’s Showdown infographic on cold weather fuel-efficiency.

Video tip: For the 100th edition of ‘Ignition,’ Carlos Lago tested the Porsche 918 Spyder under the Spanish sun. What a way to celebrate!

Jan 27, 2014 - 09:32 am

Tesla, Germany, Brammo, BYD, Toyota.

tesla-chinaTesla goes China: Veronica Wu, vice president of Tesla in China, told Reuters in an interview about Tesla’s big plans for China. Tesla aims to open shops in 10-12 Chinese cities by the end of this year. By 2015 the production for China could be on level with the number of cars made for the U.S. and eventually requiring a local plant, Elon Musk said. Thanks to a recent court decision, the electric carmaker now owns the rights to operate under its name “Te Si La”.
reuters.com (China plans), greencarreports.com (Te Si La), bloomberg.com (Production)

German EV incentives: Minister for transport, Alexander Dobrindt, announced plans for a new law to promote the advent of EVs in Germany. Free parking and the use of bus lanes are some of the proposed measures. Dobrindt made it clear though that he is not planning on spending any extra money and establishing buying incentives.
wiwo.de (In German)

Brammo for the UK: GoinGreen is now the official distributor for Brammo electric motorbikes in the UK. The subsidiary of Green Automotive Company (GAC) has a wide range of electric vehicles on offer and sells famous models such as the G-Wiz from India and the French Mia.

BYD electric van: What almost looks like Nissan’s NV200, is the latest van from BYD. In the past, the Chinese carmaker has not been very successful with its MPVs but the new M3 could become a bestseller. It could either get the Qin hybrid drivetrain or the electric drive from the E6, Chinese media are reporting.

More ‘waku-doki’: By order of Toyota’s president, Akio Toyoda, the next models of the Camry and Prius will get a more “heart-racing” design. Engineers and designers are trying to realise a “more emotional, more impactful design,” without jeopardising the market leaderships of the two models.
driving.ca, green.autoblog.com

Jan 27, 2014 - 09:31 am

Battery prices.

Tesla is buying its cells from Panasonic for only 150 dollars per kWh, reckons Dirk Uwe Sauer from Aachen University’s Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems group.

Jan 27, 2014 - 09:30 am

Formula 1, EnerG2, BYD, Lexus.

Formula 1 with ERS: For this year’s Formula 1 season, FIA changed the regulations of the Energy Recovery System significantly. Renault is the first to publish details about their latest race engine that is now capable of giving an extra boost of 120 kW, mainly regenerated from braking and by the exhaust system.
autoblog.com, electric-vehiclenews.com

Silicon-carbon composite: EnerG2 has introduced a composite of silicon and carbon to improve the performance and capacity of lithium-ion batteries. The company claims that the new anode composite will improve the cycle times of batteries by a factor of five.

BYD put to the test: In Canada, a 40-foot BYD electric bus has completed the first ten months of road trials rather successfully. Supplemented by a small diesel-powered heater, the bus was able to achieve an average consumption of 15 kWh per 100 km with air conditioning and full passenger loads. Société de transport de Montreal (STM) will continue tests until spring of 2014.

Hybrid versus Diesel: Although comparisons between diesel and petrol-powered cars are always like comparing apples and oranges, it is worth mentioning what Whatcar? just found out. In the magazine’s most recent real-world MPG test of executive cars, the Lexus IS 300h not only was the most powerful car but also came out as winner by beating all four German diesel competitors in terms of fuel efficiency.
whatcar.com, lexus.co.uk

Jan 27, 2014 - 09:29 am

Lu Guanqiu, Stella Li.

Lu-Guanqiu“Of course we want to pocket Fisker. But we will bid rationally. Whatever the result, nothing can stop us from making electric cars.”

Lu Guanqiu, founder of Wanxiang, is talking about his plans to enter the electric car-making business and that he will not bid for Fisker if the price is too high. Regardless from who will pocket the Fisker remains at the upcoming auction, Wanxiang said it will work on its relationship to Tesla.

Stella-Li-BYD“It’s easier to sell our buses and cars to Sao Paulo, California or Israel than in Beijing and Shanghai, and those places have better air than China. It’s disheartening as a Chinese to see how local interests are holding back the adoption of electric vehicles.”

Stella Li, senior vice president of BYD, complains about Shanghai after the company failed to receive incentives from the city’s latest air pollution initiative. Despite its offerings of free trials, it failed because the city favoured local companies, BYD said.
bloomberg.com, green.autoblog.com

Jan 27, 2014 - 09:26 am

E-Bikes in the U.S., Controlled EV charging.

Study tip I: Have you always wondered why people in the U.S. would rather use electric bicycles? You might want to read the e-bike study undertaken by ORTREC at Portland State University to find out.
ecycleelectric.com, transportation.research.pdx.edu (Study)

Study tip II: In this Carnegie Mellon University study researchers found out that controlled EV charging in accordance with grid demands could help cutting electricity costs by 50%. But EVs also might drive up prices if they are charged during times of peak demand.
cmu.edu, greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (Study)

Jan 24, 2014 - 09:59 am

Terra Motors, Formula E, Infineon, Tesla, Arcimoto.

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Terra-Motors-PreviewPremium e-motorbike: Terra Motors will present its Terra Kiwami at the Auto Expo in India. All we know is that Kiwami means ‘Extreme’ in Japanese and it will be a ‘premium’ motorbike. Terra Motors is best known for its A4000i electric scooter, which turns the riders’ iPhone into a dashboard screen to display details such as the speed, charge status and range.

Formula E to build HQ in UK: The electric racing series has started constructions on its new premises close to Donington Park Racing Circuit. From May this year, facilities for each of the ten Formula E teams, together with offices, stores and workshops for about 150 Formula E employees will spread across an area of 44,000 ft² (4,088 m²).

Infineon eyes e-mobility: Jochen Hanebec, responsible for the automotive division at Infineon, predicts that profits from semiconductors used in electric cars could increase by factor ten until 2020. However, this would require the electric mobility to have its breakthrough. EVs like the BMW i3 are already using almost double as much chip and conductor technology than regular vehicles.
faz.net (In German), techfieber.de (In German)

Much ado about less: Contrary to what ‘China Car Times’ reported yesterday, Tesla will not charge its fans in China an extra-high price. Instead, the Model S with 85 kWh will start from 734,000 yuan (121,400 dollars) and is therefore rather competitively priced.
teslamotors.com, hybridcars.com, chinacartimes.com

Arcimoto e-trike: The Oregon-based start-up has been around since 2009 and just recently updated its electric trike. The new Arcimoto has an alloy chassis, is build on a modular platform and will feature a swappable battery pack.

Jan 24, 2014 - 09:58 am

Electric bicycles in the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, 1.3 million electric bicycles are on the road. Most of them are owned by people over the age of 60. These e-cyclists ride twice as many kilometres as their fellow age groupers on conventional bicycles.

Jan 24, 2014 - 09:58 am

DoE, Samsung, EnergyBus, London, MEET.

50 million dollar fund: U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) will spend further 50 million dollar to help carmakers meet its Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and emissions standards. The new funding includes automotive suppliers in the programme and also reaches out to lightweight solutions as well as EV and semi conductor companies.
cleantechnica.com, energy.gov, transportevolved.com

Samsung-electrolyteStabilising electrolyte: Resarchers from Samsung’s Energy Lab in South Korea, found a new electrolyte system more suitable with lithium metal anodes. The study tested different electrolyte compositions by combining simulations, model-based experiments, and in-situ analyses. In addition, the Samsung SDI devision has signed an agreement to build an electric car battery factory in China by 2015.
greencarcongress.com, nature.com (Report), reuters.com (Battery factory)

E-Bike standard underway: The EnergyBus organisation has issued version 2.0 of the CiA 454 CANopen/EnergyBus protocol which strives to implement a standard for the communication between LEV components. The EnergyBus protocol serves as starting point for the work of the IEC and ISO, which could publish a pre-standard already this summer.

Low carb research in London: Imperial College London and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) have opened the new ‘UTM Centre of Low Carbon Transport.’ There, researchers from the UK and Malaysia will work on developing more fuel efficient engines and lighter cars as well as looking into electric and hybrid drivetrain technologies.

Battery 2nd-use scenarios: The MEET battery research institute of the University of Münster, Germany, has started the ‘EOL-IS’ (End-Of-Life Solutions for eCar batteries) project, which will receive more than 2 million euros (2.7m dollars) in funding until the end of 2016. Together with car makers, recycling providers and energy consultants, the researchers aim to develop software which will be able to determine the best re-utilisation for a battery.
uni-muenster.de (In German), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)

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