Feb 4, 2014 - 09:35 am

January 2014 EV Sales in the U.S.

Nissan delivered 1,252 Leafs in January, making it the strongest ever January in the U.S. but lowest month since February 2013. Other carmakers saw a similar quiet start of the year with GM selling only 918 Volts. Its Cadillac ELR however, added 41 sales to its first 6 in December.

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:32 am

DHL France, PowerCell, Air Products.

DHL enlarges EV fleet: The logistics company has just added the ‘Colibus’ to its fleet in Bordeaux. This electric transporter built in Auch, France, can carry up to 750 kilos, has a range of 120 kilometres and reaches a top speed of 80 kph. The addition of the Colibus brings DHL’s count of all-electric vehicles in its French fleet up to six.
journalauto.com (In French), emobilitaetonline.de (In German)

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New automotive fuel cell stack: PowerCell, a Volvo spin-off developing fuel cell technology, is about to finalise its second generation (S2) fuel cell stack platform. The S2 covers a power range up to 25 kW and can be used in stationary but also automotive applications as it is very compact.

Mobile H2 charging truck: Air Products launched a lorry capable of transporting hydrogen at a pressure of up to 350 bar. The ‘SmartFuel’ tube trailer can also operate as a mobile fueling station and will be used to support the hydrogen fuel cell bus programme in London.

Feb 4, 2014 - 09:31 am

Snorre Sletvold, John Andrews.

Snorre-Sletvold“A boatload of Nissan Leafs arrives in Norway each week and is sold almost immediately. It is astonishing. We did not expect this. Electric cars started as an Oslo phenomenom but they are now selling all over Norway. By the end of February we expect to be the first country in the world where 1 in 100 cars on the road are electric.”

Even Snorre Sletvold, president of the Norwegian electric vehicle association, is astounded by the uptake of Norway’s EV initiative. The first 50,000 electric car drivers benefit from comprising incentives. At the current registration rate though, this figure could be reached within the next 18 months. Already well before 2018, as the Norwegian government expected.

John-Andrews“The high-volume production cost of fuel cells fell from 275 dollars per kilowatt in 2002 to only 51 dollars per kilowatt.”

For associate Professor John Andrews from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University, the price reduction in the fuel cell sector is only one of many reasons why the technology is going through a renaissance.


Feb 4, 2014 - 09:29 am

EVs in Norway, Formula E.

Reading tip: John Vidal takes a closer look at Norway’s love affair with EVs and finds numbers which are positively shocking. If Norwegians keep buying electric cars at this rate, the affair might come to an end earlier than expected.
theguardian.com via green.autoblog.com

Click tip: All you need to know about the Formula E electric racing series has been accurately compiled by Markus Rovito. Boost your brain with e-racing trivia.
chargedevs.com via greencarreports.com

Feb 3, 2014 - 10:00 am

Mahindra, Terra Motors, Mini, Renault, Saleen, Audi.

Mahindra-e2oMahindra’s many EVs: The company has now announced to exhibit a new electric sports car concept called HALO along with its Formula E racing car at the upcoming Auto Expo in India. Furthermore, Mahindra will have a fast-charging version of the e2o (photo), the new Verito electric sedan and Maxximo electric light truck on display. The latter two are set for commercialisation at the end of this year.

Zero S copy? The electric super-bike presented by Terra Motors as the Kiwami a few days ago in India (we reported), seems to be a re-badged Zero S from California. When asked, Zero Motorcycles said that it does not have any licensing agreement with Terra Motors and plans on seeking “legal remedy.”

Electric Mini in the making: Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW’s board member in charge of Mini, said to German Wirtschaftswoche, that the electric drive is essential for a city car like the Mini. First prototypes are already being built but a decision on the final design has yet to be made.
wiwo.de (In German)

Drive less, pay less: Renault offers a new Zoe deal for its UK customers. Based on a three year contract with 3,000 miles per annum, the battery hire price goes down to 45 pounds (74 dollars). So far, the cheapest option was priced at 70 GBP (115 USD) with 7,500 mi per year. A 7 kW wall charger is complimentary for all Zoe buyers.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, electriccarsreport.com

Tuning Tesla: Californian tuning specialist, Saleen Automotive, has set eyes on electric cars and is currently drafting a high-performance Model S. While details are yet unknown, it is expected that Saleen might twist the suspension and come up with some stylish bodywork.
motorauthority.com, greencarreports.com, electriccarsreport.com

Sport Quattro Concept review: Georg Kacher got hold of Audi’s latest hybrid concept and put it to the test against its ancestor, the “Ur Quattro,” as he calls it. Even though he could only drive a pre-prototype, Kacher found out it “is much further down the road to production than the PRs would have us believe” and calls on all “bean counters” (on the Audi board) to just “drive it” if still in doubt…

Feb 3, 2014 - 09:58 am

Tesla Model S Registrations in the U.S.

Mississippi saw its first Model S registration, making it the 50th state in which the Tesla can be found. It took the Californian company 1.5 years to become a truly nationwide phenomenon.


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Feb 3, 2014 - 09:54 am

Hino, DENSO, Ballard, Celgard, LG Chem, Samsung, Greenline Hybrid.

Hino-Cool-HybridHybrid refrigerator truck: Jointly developed by Hino Motors and Denso Corp., the ‘Hino Profia’ heavy duty truck uses energy from its hybrid system solely to power its refrigeration system. The power is generated while driving or regenerated from the hybrid unit. The refrigerator truck comes with a stand-by unit that can be plugged in to keep the fridge running when the motor is turned off.
greencarcongress.com, densomediacenter.com

Fuel cell range extender: Ballard Power Systems will supply its FCvelocity-HD7 fuel cell module to Solaris Bus & Coach from Poland. The fuel cells will charge the batteries of Solaris’ electric buses to be deployed to Hamburg, Germany later this year.
greencarcongress.com, ballard.com

Turbulences in the battery industry: Polypore’s subsidy Celgard filed a complaint against LG Chem, alleging a patent infringement of Celgard’s separators for high-energy li-ion batteries. At the same time, Celgard announced a long-term supply agreement with Samsung, which will use Celgard separators for the EV batteries. Samsung also recently invested in XG Sciences, a graphene manufacturer.
greencarcongress.com (Celgard vs LG Chem), greencarcongress.com (Celgard & Samsung), greencarcongress.com (Samsung & XG Sciences)

Diesel-hybrid boat: Slovenian company Greenline Hybrid just presented its latest addition to its ‘Greenline’ series of hybrid yachts. Greenline 48 is the largest in the range. Its electric motor offers 20 nautic miles of range at four knots (4.6 mph). The 46 kWh battery can be supplemented with solar panels on deck.

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.


Bosch Amps Up

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

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04.02.2014 09:49