Sep 16, 2014 - 08:36 am

Nissan, PowerHydrant, Stanford University, University of Glasgow.

Nissan to cut battery production? Nissan insiders revealed plans to gradually quit in-house battery manufacturing in the U.S. and the UK while reducing production in Japan, Reuters reports. Instead, Nissan wishes to follow Renault’s example, which sources its EV power packs cheaper from Korean LG Chem. Nissan officially denied these plans.
uk.reuters.com, electric-vehiclenews.com, green.autoblog.com (Nissan statement)

Autonomous charging: At this week’s EV Tech Expo, PowerHydrant will present its system of the same name that can plug in EVs without the driver’s assistance. A robot arm basically serves up to four electric vehicles, delivering what the company calls a “park and forget” experience.
green.autoblog.com, powerhydrant.com

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Either way: A new study led by Stanford University found that fast-charging might not be as damaging for Li-ion batteries as previously thought. On the other hand, the benefits of slow charging and sensitive draining might have been overestimated too, the researchers conclude.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedaily.com

H2 production accelerated: Chemists from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, say they found a new method for hydrogen production that is supposed to be 30 times faster than current proton exchange membrane electrolysers. Their key is a so-called recyclable redox mediator.
greencarcongress.com, gla.ac.uk

– Feedback –

Most clicked Link on Monday was FIA’s Youtube video with the highlights of the first ever Formula E race in Beijing.
youtube.com

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:34 am

Rupert Stadler, Thomas Weber.

rupert-stadler“The time has not yet come for a purely electric car. Without sufficient infrastructure, plug-in hybrids like our A3 e-tron are currently the best solution.”

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler once more sells the plug-in hybrid as the best EV concept under current conditions. Nonetheless, he added that Audi would be able to issue a fully electric car at any time.
autogazette.de (in German)

thomas-weber“Without a breakthrough of the plug-in hybrid, the targets will be impossible to meet. We are therefore working hard to establish the technology as soon as possible.”

Thomas Weber, head of development at Daimler, also is a fan of hybrids and is here hinting at the EU’s CO2 emission limits. For him, these can only be met with partial electrification as down sizing is not really an option for Mercedes.
spiegel.de (in German)

Sep 16, 2014 - 08:32 am

3D-printed EV, Cenex LCV2014 Event.

Video tip: Local Motors has 3D-printed the first their EV at the IMTS in Chicago. After just two days, the ‘Strati’ consisting of only 50 pieces was ready to ride.
youtube.com

Reading tip: Andrew English visited the Cenex LCV2014 Event at Millbrook where the latest low carbon vehicles were on display last week. He not only introduces the most stunning exhibits but puts them into the context of the UK government’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions.
telegraph.co.uk

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Sep 15, 2014 - 08:31 am

Formula E, Mercedes, Audi, B-Class, Gigafactory, Mitsubishi.

Dramatic Formula E debut in Beijing: In its inaugural race on Saturday, the new racing series could not have had a better start. 75,000 spectators followed the 20 electric racers going around Olympic Park. Because all cars are the same, it came down to the drivers and their energy strategy. The race was tense till the end, when leading Nicolas Prost caused a spectacular crash with Nick Heidfeld in the last corner of the race. Beneficiary was Lucas Di Grassi, who won the first ever Formula E race for the Audi Sport ABT team.
telegraph.co.uk, qz.com, autoblog.com, youtube.com (video)

Mercedes hybridised: According to German AutomobilWoche, head of development Thomas Weber said the carmaker wants to develop ten plug-in hybrid models until 2017. The C- and E-Class, as well as off-road vehicles, coupés and convertibles are on the list for new drivetrains. Until 2020, production numbers are said to reach six-digits and the plug-in could become as everyday as the petrol car.
automobilwoche.de

Audi’s Q-cars: German Autobild reports on rumours once again that Audi will heavily electrify its Q-range. Before 2018, at least the next generations of the Q3, Q5 and Q7 will come with plug-in hybrid drivetrains. The A2Q might even be fully electric with a range of 500 kilometres.
autobild.de (in German)

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The Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive will receive its first update before deliveries in Germany have even started. The face-lifted 2015 model, which will be shown at the Paris Motor Show in October, can be ordered from November 3rd. Certain details such as the price are still unknown.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com, autobild.de (in German)

Nevada approves incentives for Tesla: Just days after being chosen as location for Tesla’s Gigafactory, the U.S. state earmarked 1.25 billion dollars for the project. This includes exemption from property and sales tax, as well as 8m dollars in discounted electricity rates for eight years.
forbes.com, transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com (list of tax deals)

Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial van: At the Cenex LCV2014 event last week, Mitsubishi showed a two-seater version of its plug-in Outlander. The Outlander GX3h 4Work (we reported) will be available at 23,373 pounds (38,015 dollars) thanks to subsidies for plug-in vans in the UK.
mitsubishi-matters.co.uk, minkara.carview.co.jp (Photos)

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:30 am

Kia Soul EV.

The Kia Soul EV can go 150 kilometres on one charge (93 miles), according to official EPA ratings. While that is not much more than competitors, the EV shines at city-only range. It can go up to 167 km per charge, while i.e the Nissan Leaf or Chevy Spark are rated at 148 and 141 km, respectively. The Kia will be available starting at 33,700 dollars in the U.S.
transportevolved.com, green.autoblog.com

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:29 am

Hamburg, BRD Motorcycles, REVolt, Peugeot.

Battery’s second-life: The harbour of the German city of Hamburg has taken two batteries of BMW i3 test vehicles into operation as energy storage for renewable energies. Together with utility provider Vattenfall, the Bavarian carmaker will test this type of recycling of its batteries over the course of five years. By then, batteries of current i3s and i8s with larger capacities will be available for similar projects.
.elektroniknet.de, wiwo.de (both in German)

RedShift Revisited: Customers have longingly been waiting for the electric motor bike by BRD Motorcycles. Green Autoblog has gotten a peak of what is to come – a new prototype. It weighs 20 pounds less than its predecessor and comes with features the author is not allowed to mention at this point (keyword: cooling system). If the prototype will make it to production remains to be seen.
green.autoblog.com, faster-faster.com (Company website)

Ship without a captain: Researchers at DNV GL have developed the REVolt, an electric boat that can drive itself at a speed of up to six knots. The slower speed compared to other vessels helps reduce water resistance and safe energy. The ship’s battery has a capacity 3,000 kWh, and because it does not need room for a crew, there is more storage capacity. The concept-ship is still being tested.
greencarcongress.com

Peugeot 208 Hybrid Air: The concept car, which will feature a hybrid drive using compressed air as energy storage, will be shown at the Paris Motor Show. Additionally to the changed drivetrain, the 5-seater now only weighs 860 kg thanks to the use of carbon composites in certain parts.
puregreencars.com

– Feedback –

The winners of last-weeks sweepstake are: Christian Jansen (Gaius Automotive, Taiwan), Mike Brown (Thailand), and Charlotte Eisner (Charge Amps, Sweden). We say thank you to everyone who played! The e-book “Tesla Motors: How Elon Musk and Company Made Electric Cars Cool, and Sparked the Next Tech Revolution,” is available on Amazon.
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Sep 15, 2014 - 08:27 am

Alejandro Agag, Julie Hamp, Mike Duhaime.

Alejandro-Agag-2014“I think people were sceptical in the beginning – many thought when we started the project that it would never happen. Then it went through a phase of ‘maybe it will happen,’ then ‘probably it will happen.’ Now, this week, it’s happening!”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, was excited about the kick-off of the electric racing series. After the race, he has no reason to doubt that Formula E will be a success, adding that the main problem they encountered, was not having enough tickets to sell.
motorsport.com

Julie-Hamp“Our RAV4 EV project with Tesla, to supply 2,400 powertrains over approximately three years, has been mutually beneficial. We currently have no new, or pending projects under discussion.”

Julie Hamp, Toyota’s chief U.S. spokeswoman, is distancing herself and Toyota from earlier comments made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The latter hinted that both companies could soon work together again.
blogs.wsj.com via just-auto.com

Mike-Duhaime“We launched the 500e and we’re going to do a minivan PHEV. And we have several mild hybrids we’re working on getting ready for production.”

Mike Duhaime, Chrysler’s global director for electric powertrain propulsion systems, confirmed that the company has a number of alternative drivetrains in the pipelines. The to be hybridised minivan “Town&Country” is scheduled for 2016.
hybridcars.com

Sep 15, 2014 - 08:25 am

Tesla Battery Report, Formula E Tech talk with Lucas di Grassi.

Study tip: In his newest report, Dr. Menahem Anderman, an independent battery expert, concludes that Tesla’s Gigafactory will not cause prices of Li-ion batteries to drop before 2018. The reason – these also depend on external factors such as demand and competing technologies.
advancedautobat.com via greencarcongress.com

Video tip: Lucas di Grassi was a guest on Tech Talk and explained the Formula E car. Being one of the two drivers for the Audi Sport ABT team and winner of the first ever race, who better to talk you through the racer?
youtube.com

Sep 12, 2014 - 08:32 am

Venucia, Zero, Linkker Oy, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Infiniti.

Pricing for China-Leaf: Dongfeng Nissan presented the Leaf in its Chinese version under the brand name of Venucia. First called the e30, the electric car now goes under the name Chenfeng but uses the same drive as the Leaf. Starting price (including rebates) is at 267,800 yuan, about 44,000 dollars.
carnewschina.com

Zero Motorcycles new Managing Director for Europe will be Umberto Uccelli. He brings 20 years of experience in the motorcycle industry with him and has served the likes of MV Augusta, Ducati and BMW. His first international duty will be at the Intermot 2014 trade show in October.
prnewswire.com

All-Finnish electric bus: Linkker Oy from Finland has announced the start of the production of its new electric bus powered by a drivetrain from Visedo. The aluminium frame of the bus, which is based on the eBus project governed by Technical research Center of Finland (VTT), is said to be 3 tons lighter than in standard buses.
visedo.com

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Bugatti Chiron? Car And Driver reports that the successor of Bugatti’s Veyron might be named after the Bugatti race driver. The hybrid Chiron is said to come with 1,500 hp, indeed worthy of racing.
caranddriver.com

Bye-bye Volt: After three years and 35,000 miles, David Noland said goodbye to his Chevy Volt as he also drives a Tesla. With number of Superchargers increasing and the lease ending, there was simply no more need for the range-extended car. Noland still would recommend the Volt to “virtually everyone who asks.”
greencarreports.com

Infiniti QX60 hybrid review: Bengt Halvorson took this luxury Nissan for a quick drive and was a bit wary at first on what mpg he would possibly reach. The QX60 hybrid managed to impress him though with 26 mpg but the actual torque felt slightly detached from the gas pedal.
thecarconnection.com

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Sep 12, 2014 - 08:31 am

San Diego hits milestone.

San Diego now has 10,000 EVs on the roads in the region and this milestone was reached just in time for the Electric Vehicle Day tomorrow. The number takes into account EVs sold as well as leased.
azocleantech.com

Sep 12, 2014 - 08:29 am

ELEVATE, Proterra & Toshiba, Gazelle & Panasonic, Kobe Steel.

British research funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants two new low carbon research projects six million pounds. ELEVATE (ELEctrochemical Vehicle Advanced Technology) is funded to develop new materials for batteries and supercapacitors as well as fuel cell diagnostics.
greencarcongress.com, epsrc.ac.uk

Proterra powered by Toshiba: The American manufacturer will use Toshiba’s SCiB cells in its electric buses in the future. The Li-ion batteries are said to have a high-rate performance and high durability. The density of the prismatic SCiB cell is at 90 Wh/kg and 177 Wh/L.
greencarcongress.com

Gazelle and Panasonic have developed a front-wheel drive for pedelecs. It will be employed in both the Orange and Chamonix models. The Dutch manufacturer believes that the front hub drive is “often the best choice for flat terrain.” The Panasonic driven bikes will be available this month.
bike-eu.com

New composite materials for FCVs: Japanese Kobe Steel is working on lightweight materials that are mixed from steel, aluminium, carbon fibre and composite resins for hydrogen tanks. The steel maker has created a new segment within the firm and hopes to bring the products to market by 2025.
asia.nikkei.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was the overview of electric car milestones since the year 1828.
sustainnovate.ae

Sep 12, 2014 - 08:25 am

Vincent Bolloré, Maxime Picat, René Takens.

Vincent-Bollore“Every week the mayor of one of the world’s big cities comes to gather information from us.”

Vincent Bolloré, head of Bolloré Bluecars, here might come across bragging but he is standing on solid grounds as his company just agreed on an extensive cooperation with Renault (we reported) which will give Bolloré “industrial muscle,” as he put it.
autoworldnews.com

Maxime-Picat“In all our scenarios, electric cars by 2020 hold a market share of five percent at the most.”

Maxime Picat, Peugeot board member and general director, is still no fan of electric vehicles for much the same reasons as before: they are expensive, do not have enough range and charging infrastructure is insufficient.
diepresse.com (in German)

Rene-Takens“The e-bike product group does hold a danger in itself. This concerns the safety of speed pedelecs.”

Accell CEO René Takens is asking the industry to take responsibility for the S-Pedelec segment. So far, European legislation as well as classification for these bikes, which can do up to 45 kph on pedal-assistance, is often far from being unambiguous.
bike-eu.com

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Sep 12, 2014 - 08:22 am

LCV 2014, VW E-Golf, Events.

Video tip I: For those who missed it, tune in to the Low Carbon Vehicle show (LCV 2014) that just took place in the UK. On display were all sorts of electric vehicles and the test drive opportunities plenty. We sure drove a few of our favourites at Millbrook.
youtube.com (video), autovolt-magazine.com (words)

Video tip II: Emme and Roman from The Fast Lane Car had the chance to test drive the new Volkswagen E-Golf. While Roman compares it to competitors, it is Emme’s first time in a electric car ever.
youtube.com

Events for the upcoming week: The Battery Show (Sept 16-18; Novi, USA) ++ EVEX 2014 (Sept 16-18; Tokyo, Japan) ++ CTI Symposium (Sept 17-19; Suzhou, China) ++ Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Forum (Sept 17-18; Munich, Germany) ++ Green Vehicle Industry Expo (Sept 19-21; Hangzhou, China)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Sep 11, 2014 - 08:36 am

Honda, BMW, GreenTech, Audi, Mini, Mission Electric.

New Honda hybrid for Europe: Ahead of its presentation next month at the Paris Motor Show, Honda has released pictures of the HR-V crossover SUV. The car, which is sold as Vezel in Japan, will come with Honda’s new hybrid drivetrain and become available early 2015.
indianautosblog.com, welt.de (in German)

Schedule for Paris: Starting at October 4th, BMW will show its latest e-mobility advancements at the Paris Motor Show as follows: official French i8 introduction, BMW i remote apps for smartphones and smartwatches and the Concept X5 eDrive. Although, the latter had already been shown in New York earlier this year.
automotiveworld.com, press.bmwgroup.com

MyCar production: GreenTech Automotive finished constructions of its Tunica production plant. The U.S. automotive manufacturer will produce MyCar, a two-seat Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) at the site in Mississippi. Production is set to commence in the last quarter of 2014.
bizbuzz.djournal.com

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No Technik, no Vorsprung: Once more, Audi is not sticking to its famous claim “Vorsprung durch Technik.” In its latest press release about the updated Audi A6, which will debut in Paris soon, there is not a single word about a hybrid version anymore. Although, there is slight hope that Audi will stick to its promise to introduce a plug-in hybrid version with the next generation.
autoexpress.co.uk, audi-mediaservices.com

BMW is uncertain whether to build the Mini Superleggera or not. According to a BMW board member, a decision towards the electric two-door roadster is at least six months away. Mini is currently evaluating several different options including the question whether the Superleggera should be produced in-house or by somebody else.
uk.reuters.com

New Mission: Electric. At least that is what latest developments at Mission Motorcycles and Mission Motors could mean. On one hand, they might have to delay their first deliveries of electric motorcycles by as much as ten months, on the other hand they obviously plan on entering the automotive and marine space under the new enterprise Mission Electric.
autoblog.com

Sep 11, 2014 - 08:35 am

BMW i3 deliveries.

Deliveries of the BMW i3 have reached 8,401 units in 2014 so far. To put that in perspective, the BMW Group sold a total of 1,330,077 cars to date.
presseportal.de

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Sep 11, 2014 - 08:33 am

Opbrid, Tesla, California, Cenex LCV Event.

Ultra-fast charging: After fast and quick comes ultra-fast charging. Spanish Opbrid surely deserves that term with its 650-kW DC Trůkbaar charging system for electric trucks. Power is transferred using a 4-contact bar on the roof of the vehicle, which connects with a pantograph lowered from a curbside station. The system will be shown at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover end of the month.
greencarcongress.com

Autonomous Tesla: In an interview with Japanese Nikkei, Elon Musk said that the Model 3 will be equipment with technology allowing the electric car to partially drive itself. “Full-pilot capability” is to become reality in the five- or six-year time frame, said the Tesla CEO.
asia.nikkei.com via transportevolved.com

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Millions for zero emissions vehicles: The California Energy Commission wants to support planing efforts and the manufacturing of plug-in and fuel cell vehicles with another 13.3 million dollars. The money comes from the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
greencarcongress.com

Low Carbon Vehicle advancements: At the LCV 2014 Show in Millbrook, GKN is showing its Gyrodrive flywheel hybrid system for buses. Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), on the other hand, is showing how to hybridise a saloon car with its 48-volt technology.
hybridcars.com (Flywheel), newspress.co.uk (48 volt)

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the spyshot of the BMW i3 look-alike from Chinese carmaker Wuling.
carnewschina.com

Sep 11, 2014 - 08:29 am

Marcel Michelson, Diana Raine, Steve Bridge.

Marcel-Michelson“The deal is not the biggest financial transaction ever, but the symbolic value of the partnership is huge and could make the small-scale production of the vehicles more viable.”

Marcel Michelson, contributor at Forbes, takes a closer look at the Renault and Bolloré deal and what it could mean for both partners.
forbes.com

Diana-Raine“Hydrogen-powered vehicle technology is proven and ready to be used now. It is not a fuel of the future, it is a fuel for today and, with the right support, it has the potential to de-carbonise the transport sector, with little sacrifice to transport performance.”

Diana Raine, European business manager for hydrogen energy systems at Air Products, is disappointed about the Liberal Democrats pre-election manifesto, which does not look at hydrogen vehicles but focuses on battery electric only.
fleetnews.co.uk

Steve-Bridge“As we go further down the road of optimised diesel engines, it might become more difficult for pure-electric vans to demonstrate their cost effectiveness.”

Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said that there will be a next-generation electric Vito, but it will have an even harder time to compete with advanced diesel-powered vans in cost perspective.
fleetnews.co.uk

Sep 11, 2014 - 08:27 am

Tesla e-book, Evolution of electric cars, Saleen FourSixteen.

Free e-book: In his e-book “Tesla Motors: How Elon Musk and Company Made Electric Cars Cool, and Sparked the Next Tech Revolution,” author Charles Morris combines the history of the electric car and biography of Elon Musk to describe what he calls “the 21st century’s most exciting startup.” Do you want your own copy? We will draw three winners at random from all those who send an email with the subject “Tesla Book” to subscription@electrive.com. Good luck!
amazon.com

Click tip: That the first cars a hundred years ago were electric, surely is no news for you. Nevertheless, check out this detailed timeline of the revolution of the electric car, with inventions dating all the way back to 1828.
sustainnovate.ae

Video tip: XCAR paid a visit to famous muscle-car tuner Saleen to take a closer look at the tuned Tesla FourSixteen. The video offers in-depths information, some nice driving scenes and very interesting sound bits.
youtube.com via autoblog.com

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:29 am

Renault & Bolloré, Denza, Toyota, Jaguar, Wuling, Mercedes-Benz.

French EV Alliance: Renault and Bolloré have now fixed their cooperation. Cooperations to be precise. From mid 2015 on, Renault will take over the production of Bolloré’s Bluecar in its facility in Dieppe, France. Furthermore, a feasibility study will consider the development of a three-seater for Bolloré. The new vehicle is said to feature lithium-metal polymer batteries and could eventually be used in a newly formed joint venture for electric carsharing all over Europe.
transportevolved.com, greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com, renault.com

Denza production start: The Daimler-BYD joint venture is now manufacturing their EV for the Chinese market. By the end of September, the all-electric Denza will become available starting at 369,000 yuan (60,200 dollars), buying incentives of nearly 120,000 yuan (19,600 dollar) excluded.
media.daimler.com, caradvice.com.au

Spy shot: Driving Sports captured an hitherto unknown Toyota which could later be identified as most likely being a pre-production FCV. The Japanese hydrogen car, presumable called Mirai (we reported), is expected to arrive in the U.S. by summer 2015 after it debuts in its homeland in April next year.
blog.drivingsports.com

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Jaguar XE: The prestige project does not feature a hybrid version from the start as previously hoped for. However, the XE’s drive is “designed to link in with all the different combinations of hybrid technology” and while no time frame was given, it looks like there will be a hybrid version eventually.
motoring.com.au, autoexpress.co.uk

Chinese mini i3: Chinese Wuling will present a new concept EV called City Car at the Guangzhou Auto Show this November. The designers seemingly favour German engineering as the new EV resembles some design elements of BMW’s i3 while its dimensions are more those of a Smart.
carnewschina.com, worldcarfans.com

Almost 90,000 pounds will Mercedes be asking UK buyers of the S-Class 500 plug-in hybrid when it hits the isles in late November. The exact starting price is 87,965 pounds (141,800 dollars) after the government grant of 5,000 pounds. The premium hybrid will be exempt from road tax as well as London’s congestion charge.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, puregreencars.com

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:28 am

PEV sales in California.

California got 102,440 EVs and plug-in hybrids roaming its roads to date, according to HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates. This figure means that the golden state takes a 40 percent of the PEV market in the USA that now counts a total of 250,609 electric and partially electric vehicles.
utsandiego.com (California), hybridcars.com (all USA)

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:26 am

Siemens, Ricardo, UC Riverside, UC Davis & CATARC, Virginia Tech.

Living safer for longer: Researchers from Siemens say they made Li-ion batteries safer and more durable through new chemistry. The joint research project Intrinsically Safe Battery (EiSiBatt) found that anodes made of lithium titanate and cathodes from lithium iron phosphate resulted in up to 20,000 charge-discharge cycles, four times that of regular Li-ion cells.
idw-online.de

Ricardo-ADEPTMild-hybrid Ford: Ricardo will present its converted Ford Focus with a diesel engine that incorporates an 48-Volt architecture at today’s Low Carbon Vehicle Event in Millbrook, UK. The prototype has been developed as part of the Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain (ADEPT) research project.
greencarcongress.com, ricardo.com

Eco-routing: Researchers at Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering (UCAL) have developed a navigation tool that can cut energy use of an EV by 51%, the researchers say. The system takes into account real-time traffic information and road conditions but only works on routes around Riverside for now.
greencarcongress.com, ucr.edu

Shared knowledge: University of California, Davis and the China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) have agreed on the establishment of the so-called ZEV Policy Lab. Together, they want to quicken the commercialisation and uptake of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.
greencarcongress.com, ucdavis.edu

Running on sugar: A Virginia Tech research team has developed a biodegradable battery that takes its energy from sugar. The new cells are said to possess an energy density ten times higher than that of conventional Li-ion batteries while being cheaper and fire-resistant.
greenlaunches.com, gizmodo.in

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was the Short Circuit about the world’s fastest mobility scooter with a top speed of 107 mph.
dailymail.co.uk

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:24 am

Alejandro Agag, Bill Ford.

Alejandro-Agag“Technology takes time to develop; just look at the evolution from ‘brick’ phones to smartphones, and desktop computers to tablets. In the same way, we believe electric cars need time to evolve and we’re just at the beginning of the electric racing era – this is very exciting.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of FIA Formula E, is hinting at great times ahead. The next evolutionary goal is to “run the entire race with one car and one battery,” he said.
forbes.com

Bill_Ford“My fear is that we electrify the fleet and our impact is not what it could be.”

Bill Ford, executive chairman of the company that bears his great-grandfathers name, here does not doubt the potential of electric cars but wants to start a “national discussion” on where the EVs take their energy from – preferably not coal.
green.autoblog.com

Sep 10, 2014 - 08:21 am

VW Golf GTE, Harley LiveWire.

Video tip: Once more, Robert Llewellyn gets excited over a low emission vehicle features in Fully Charged. This time, it is the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid that first surprises and then enthuses the comedian.
youtube.com

Reading tip: Ted Dillard has seen the Harley LiveWire and is rather unimpressed by the engineered sound (“timid”), the mirrors (“hazardous”) and 50-mile range (“unrealistic”). His favour only finds the low mount of the motor (“great solution”) that results in a “tight” and well tracked ride.
insideevs.com

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:21 am

Tesla, Echo Automotive, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubshi.

Tesla in Japan: Elon Musk personally handed over the first nine Model S to Japanese customers. While the company operated a Tesla store as well as two service centres in the country before, only now deliveries have started. Also, Tesla already has two Supercharger locations operational with more to be coming soon.
thenextweb.com, streetinsider.com

Echo Automotive silent: The plug-in hybrid kit maker is bankrupt as it finds itself unable to repay outstanding debts. Echo Automotive only recently took over Bright Automotive but failed to finish the latter’s development of a light-weight plug-in hybrid van.
hybridcars.com, greencarreports.com

Made in Japan: When asked in an recent interview, Kenichiro Yomura, president of Nissan’s India Operations, denied that Nissan is planning to set up an EV facility in Bhutan anytime soon. However, Nissan has an agreement with the South-Asian kingdom to deploy Leaf taxis to be used in the capital Thimpu (we reported).
autocarpro.in (interview) via indianautosblog.com

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Renault Zoe making an entry: A spy shot of a different sort has appeared on the web showing a trailer full of the French electric car in Malaysia. It is most likely that these are of the 40 EVs destined for the new Comos carsharing programme in Klang Valley (we reported).
paultan.org

Long-term test: CarAdvice has been testing the Mitsubshi Outlander PHEV since its launch in March and now published the first report. While the actual technology is “mind-boggling,” the Outlander does not look nor feel like “a science experiment” to editor Matt Campbell.
caradvice.com.au (with video)

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:19 am

Toyota hybrid sales in Canada.

Toyota has sold 100,000 hybrids in Canada, counting from the introduction of the first Prius about 15 years ago. Both Toyota and Lexus share about three quarters of the hybrid segment in the country and claim to have helped to save 259 million litres of fuel since then.
hybridcars.com

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:18 am

GM, Yamaha, Williams & XALT Energy, Local Motors.

Autonomous Humpty Dumpty: GM will present its podcar concept called Chevrolet EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) at the ITS World Congress in Detroit. Version 2.0 of the egg-like vehicle has an all-wheel drive and features cameras as well as laser sensors for semi-autonomous driving.
gm.com

Yamaha to lean in there: The Japanese company has filed patents for an electric trike in both Europe and the United States. The scooter has two rear wheels and an electric motor in each. Its front however, closely resembles the existing Yamaha EC-03 electric scooter.
visordown.com

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Collaboration extended: Williams Advanced Engineering and Li-ion battery maker XALT Energy, which both work with the Formula E, will widen their cooperation. A new agreement will see them reach into applications beyond motor sport and makes XALT an official Williams partner.
greencarcongress.com, williamsf1.com

3-D printed electric car: Local Motors says it will print out and assemble its ‘Strati’ at the International Manufacturing Technology Show that started yesterday. While the vehicle will come out out the printer in one piece, components like the battery, wiring, or the motor are sourced by suppliers and also taken form the Renault Twizy.
venturebeat.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was McKinsey’s latest Electric Vehicle Index looking at worldwide EV sales and production activities.
mckinsey.de (in German)

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:17 am

Shigeru Shoji, Elon Musk, Matthew L. Wald.

Shigeru-Shoji“It may fly within Japan, but not globally.”

Shigeru Shoji, president Volkswagen Group Japan, has his reservations towards hydrogen vehicles. While Japan is pushing them hard, for these to become a viable and most of all global option for consumers decades might pass.
bloomberg.com

Elon-Musk-Twitter“I think that if you look out maybe two or three years from now, that I would not be surprised if there is a significant deal with Toyota.”

Elon Musk here appears to be willing to get back with Tesla’s former partner Toyota though it appears that only time (or maybe a Gigafactory) will tell.
autonews.com

Matthew-L-Wald“Lithium-ion chemistry, which has largely replaced the earlier nickel metal hydride, which itself replaced nickel cadmium, is almost certain to be supplanted by something else. The timing is uncertain, but that could make the factory’s output as useful as carbon paper or floppy disks.”

Matthew L. Wald, New York Times, takes a critical look at the deal Tesla struck with Nevada. To get the Gigafactory, the state will pay the Californian company 1.25 billion dollars over 20 years.
nytimes.com

Sep 9, 2014 - 09:14 am

Tesla vs. Brammo, Formula E.

Video tip: Race driver Eric Bostrom pitches a Tesla Model S against the electric motorcycle Brammo Empulse at the Laguna Seca Raceway. Well, to know who wins you have to watch the video (filmed from the driver’s perspective), but its worth it.
youtube.com

Reading tip: The Formula E is set to start this Saturday in Beijing and to get you up to speed EV World summarised everything there possibly is to know about the electric racing series.
evworld.com

Sep 8, 2014 - 08:25 am

Bristol Cars, Electric Vehicle Index, BMW, Lexus, Formula E, VW.

Bristol plug-in planned: Bristol Cars officially announced to be working on an electric GT car using technology by Frazer-Nash. Rumour has it, the new Bristol model will feature an electric drive in each wheel and a range extender. Suspected price point: 408,000 dollars (we reported).
autoblog.com, topgear.com

EV nations: The latest Electric Vehicle Index (EVI) by McKinsey and the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche is out, looking at EV production and sales in the 2nd quarter of this year. The USA takes the top of the list, followed by Germany and France. The latter overtook Japan for the first time, thanks to the Renault Zoe. Number five on the list is Norway, ahead of China.
wiwo.de (in German), mckinsey.de/elektromobilitaet (in German)

Small recall of BMW i3: In the U.S., BMW is calling back a total of 27 Mini Cooper and BMW i3 built on March 31st. The reason is a an airbag inflator that might have been assembled in a wrong way. BMW will contact owners of the cars affected and fix the issue free of charge.
odi.nhtsa.dot.gov

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Lexus is adding some spice to its GS 450h by making the F-Sport package available for the hybrid. While the update does not affect the drive train, it will alter adaptive suspension, add 19-inch wheels and optional active rear steering to make for a more dynamic drive while exterior changes give it a sportier look. Meanwhile, the 2015 model of the ES 300h will mainly remain the same and only receive minor updates of the infotainment features.
autoblog.com (GS 450h), greencarreports.com (ES300h)

Formula E Motor Shows: The electric racing series will host a series of events alongside the races to showcase consumer-oriented electric cars. The first Formula E Motor Show will take place in Miami in 2015 where manufacturers can present their offerings to the public over four days.
fiaformulae.com, transportevolved.com

Driving the Golf GTE: Volkswagen’s plug-in hybrid is almost too good, as Faye Sunderland compares it to “that annoying kid you knew at school who seemed to excel in absolutely every subject.” She took the GTE up and down the Swiss alps where it performed admirably. In the UK, the Golf GTE can be ordered from November.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Sep 8, 2014 - 08:24 am

August 2014 sales in the U.S.

August saw 6,483 EVs sold in the USA, making it the best month to date. The BMW i3 alone was bought 1,025 times as availability is improving. Hybrids also had a very good month with 5,920 plug-in and 24,208 regular hybrids being sold.
hybridcars.com, chargedevs.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/09/16/nissan-powerhydrant-stanford-university-university-of-glasgow/
16.09.2014 08:09