May 22, 2014 - 09:10 am

BMW, NEI Corporation, DOE, RheinMobil.

BMW-i3Almost there: Finally, BMW has received the official EPA rating for its range extended i3. It is at 117 MPGe on electric power (29 kWh/100 miles), with a 72-mile all-electric range. Now, the EPA stickers have to be put on the cars to start delivery to U.S. consumers that had been delayed due to missing certification (we reported).
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Water-based lithium-ion battery: NEI Corporation is developing an aqueous-based lithium-ion battery thus reducing the risk of fire associated with Li-ion batteries with organic solvents. The researchers are striving to reach energy densities of 250 Wh/kg and 750 Wh/l.
greencarcongress.com

Fuel cell storage funding: The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award seven million dollars to six projects aiming to develop lightweight, compact, and cost-effective hydrogen storage systems. Five of the companies funded are located in California.
greencarcongress.com

Varied charging: 120,000 kilometres have been electrically driven in the German ‘RheinMobil’ project in which Michelin, Siemens, KIT and Fraunhofer ISI are looking at how to efficiently use EVs for commuters. So far, they have found that a combination of quick and slow charging works best for the battery and ensures a high utilisation rate of the vehicles.
sciencedaily.com

May 22, 2014 - 09:09 am

Hans Baath, Erik Haugstad.

Hans-Baath“Power output [of the smaller engines] is not a problem – there’s so much green technology that is from racing, such as low friction and roller cams – and electrification is logical because low-end torque is the weak spot in downsized engines.”

Hans Baath, CEO of Volvo tuner Polestar, who will not use any bigger engines than four cylinders which will then naturally need to be spiced up with electric extra power.
autocar.co.uk

anonym“The EVs have to get out of the bus lane. There are too many electric cars.”

Erik Haugstad is a bus driver in Oslo and somewhat fed up with the EV boom in the Norwegian capital. There, electric cars are allowed to use bus lanes but are now causing bus delays.
online.wsj.com

May 22, 2014 - 09:07 am

Electric boats and submarines, Tesla Superchargers.

Study tip: The market for electric boats and submarines is about to explode, according to a study by IDTechEx. The consultancy firm sees a potential growth from 2.6 billion dollars in 2013 to over 7.3 billion by 2024.
idtechex.com (study to order) via electricvehiclesresearch.com

Click tip: Tesla updated its European supercharger map now showing more than 100 locations to be in operation by the end of next winter.
teslamotors.com

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May 21, 2014 - 08:54 am

Porsche, NEVS, Nissan, Hero Cycles/Mifa, Kolibri.

Hybrid Porsche 911: The 911 plug-in hybrid has just become a definite. Patent drawings show the sports car connected to a charging station. Furthermore, Porsche apparently plans to (partly) electrify the Panamera Turbo and 911 Turbo S too, using hybrid components from the Spyder 918. The turbos would thus come with about 700 hp but not before 2017.
4wheelsnews.com

Cash-flow disruption: In Sweden, the Saab 9-3 production already came to a halt. The break is due to a lack of cash as NEVS Chinese shareholder Qingbo Investment failed to capitalise its assets quickly enough. However, production is set to presume in four weeks.
reuters.com, saabcars.com

Nissan recalls 211 Leafs in the United States and another 65 in Canada because of faulty welds which could diminish crash protection. The vehicles in question have been produced February 28, 2014, through March 12, 2014. The affected owners will receive a new car. The defect is due to an “isolated process error that has since been addressed,” the company said.
nytimes.com, electriccarsreport.com

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Official partnership: Indian Hero Cycles and German Mifa have agreed to become partners (we reported). Hero will invest 15 million euros (20.6m dollars) in the bicycle manufacturer but only if creditors agree to renounce some of their claims.
bike-eu.com

Nissan e-NV200 in the UK: Pricing and specifications have been announced for Nissan’s electric transporter due in Great Britain in July. The van starts at 16,562 pounds (27,892 dollars), that is less the government grant for plug-in vehicles. The 5-seater Evalia will be available from 22,859 pounds (38,497 dollars).
electriccarsreport.com (with price list)

Qatar powered by Germany: Kolibri Power Systems announced it has received an order for the delivery of high performance energy storage systems from Qatar Airways. The 1.5 MWh batteries will be put in service at the newly opened Hamad International Airport in the emirate. Kolibri made the news in 2010, when the company drove a converted Audi A2 from Munich to Berlin (600 km) on one charge.
emobilserver.de (in German)

May 21, 2014 - 08:52 am

Toyota hits another milestone.

Toyota sold its 100,000th hybrid in the UK, 14 years after the first-generation Prius was introduced on the British market. The mark-making model is an Auris made in Britain.
hybridcars.com

May 21, 2014 - 08:51 am

Via Motors, Toyota, Denso, Chalmers University of Technology, BASF.

Intensified cooperation: EV manufacturer Via Motors has bought Prodigy Engineering, its former contractor. The purchase gives Via Motors an exclusive license to an advanced cooling technology for Li-ion batteries. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed.
automotive-business-review.com, greencarcongress.com

Fuel saving semiconductor: Together with in-house partner Denso, Toyota is developing a new power semiconductor said to save up to ten percent of fuel in its hybrid vehicles. The semiconductor sits in the power control unit (PCU) of the hybrid system and uses silicon carbide (SiC). Road trials in Japan are set to start within a year.
greencarcongress.com, greencarreports.com

Hybrid with a memory: Researchers at Chalmers Uni of Technology, Sweden, developed a method to identify recurrent routes from logged driving data and make optimal use of the hybrid powertrain. This strategy is said to save up to ten percent of fuel in hybrid vehicles and has already been verified in Volvo’s V60 plug-in.
sciencedaily.com

Domestic battery production: German BASF has just launched its commercial production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials in Weimar, Germany. The LFP cathodes will be used for lithium-ion batteries.
basf.com

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May 21, 2014 - 08:49 am

Elon Musk, Greg Ballard.

Elon-Musk“We ended up changing most of the damn car. So we thought later, why did we do that.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk looking back at when his company build the Roadster based on the Lotus body.
gigaom.com

Greg-Ballard“It’s important for national security to not only look at our own resources but provide countries like China and India with a model so they don’t have to use those resources either.”

Greg Ballard, mayor of Indianapolis, clearly puts high hopes in the BlueIndy electric carsharing scheme that has been launched with help of French Bolloré.
forbes.com

May 21, 2014 - 08:48 am

Tesla, Formula E.

Video tip: Maybe Tesla has become so famous it has become self-explanatory. At least, this is what this video suggests that introduces the company in just under two minutes.
youtube.com

Reading tip: Robert Llewellyn reports from the Formula E press launch which left him “exhilarated and excited.” Talks with the drivers also revealed some peculiarities to look out for in this first electric racing series.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

May 20, 2014 - 08:50 am

Wanxiang, Renault, Bentley, Mitsubishi, BMW.

Wanxiang up for competition: Lu Guanqiu, CEO of the Chinese carmaker, announced in a first interview after having bought Fisker that he plans on building electric cars in China and the USA. His ambition seems to beat Tesla. He is ready to “put every cent that Wanxiang earns into making electric vehicles.”
bloomberg.com

Kwid production version: Renault plans to bring the buggy-like Kwid into production. The compact concept car, which was presented as “Z.E. ready” at the Indian Auto Expo (we reported), is likely to be born electric.
autoexpress.co.uk, indianautosblog.com

Bentley ready for the future: The premium carmaker wants to create 140 new jobs in its facility in Crewe, UK, as it adds a line of new models. Furthermore, the British brand confirmed plans to offer 90% of all models as plug-in hybrids by the end of this decade.
smmt.co.uk, bentleymedia.com

U.S. launch delayed: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will only become available in the States at the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. The delay is caused by a new California regulation that requires hybrids to come with a battery monitoring system to alert the driver of possible degradation. The Japanese company is working on it.
autonews.com, greencarreports.com

A similar faith suffers the BMW i3 REX in the USA. Here, the range-extended EVs are sitting at the docks ready for delivery. However, before reaching their owners, the EPA will have to define the rated gas mileage which apparently is taking some time.
transportevolved.com

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May 20, 2014 - 08:49 am

Shell Eco-Marathon.

Impressive 1,091.6 kilometres drove the ‘Fennek’ vehicle of the TU Graz using only one kilowatt-hour of energy at this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon before it gained the victory in the battery-electric prototype category. In comparison, the most economical fuel cell prototype managed 428.5 km on one kWh.
energyblog.nationalgeographic.com (Fennek), shell.com (all results)

May 20, 2014 - 08:48 am

Lightning, Volvo, Bultaco, LG Chem/Ube Maxell.

Lightning-LS-218Electric super bike unveiled: Finally, the “fastest legal motorbike” (we reported) can be seen in real. The Lightning LS-218 with a power of 136 kW can now be ordered and costs 38,888 dollars. In 2011, a prototype of the LS-218 was able to set the official electric motorcycle land speed record of 215 mph.
visordown.com, autoevolution.com

Urban inductive charging: Volvo, together with the Swedish Transport Authority is planning to study the potential for electric roads. To test the viability of charging buses inductively, Volvo is developing a proposal to build a 300 to 500-metres test track in Gothenburg during 2015.
reuters.com, just-auto.com

Another electric comeback: After the Belgian Saroléa revived its brand with electric motorcycles (we reported), the Spanish Bultaco has started its resurrection. The Rapitán and Rapitán Sport come with 40 kW and a top speed of up to 145 kph. Their development was supported by experts from BMW, Magna Steyr and Aprilia.
autoblog.com, technologicvehicles.com (with videos)

Ceramic separator patent: LG Chem, Ltd. has signed an agreement with Ube Maxell Co., Ltd. over its patent for separator film technology. Under this agreement, Maxell gained the use rights for the ceramic coating of separators in Li-ion batteries.
greencarcongress.com

May 20, 2014 - 08:46 am

Lu Guanqiu, Sergio Marchionne, Peter Wells.

Lu-Guanqiu“I’ll put every cent that Wanxiang earns into making electric vehicles.”

Lu Guanqiu, chairman and founder Wanxiang Group which recently bought Fisker is determined to beat Tesla at home and abroad.
bloomberg.com

Sergio-Marchionne“Hybrids become a very large component of that fleet. You can’t get it without the hybrids. It’s impossible.”

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne reassured reporters that Chrysler would meet the governement’s fuel economy targets for 2025 but would therefore need to electrify a large part of its offering.
autonews.com

Peter-Wells“The danger there is if Tesla cannot make this work, the whole electric-vehicle sector will be set back a lot.”

Peter Wells, professor of business and sustainability at Cardiff Business School’s Centre for Automotive Industry Research, on Tesla’s plans for the Gigafactory.
online.wsj.com

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May 20, 2014 - 08:44 am

BMW i8 commercials, Jay Leno's McLaren P1.

Video tip I: None less than Gus Van Sant has directed this trilogy of ad clips promoting the BMW i8. And he is not the only star who lends its name to the hybrid super-car as the cast includes Sting’s daughter Mickey Sumner and Sam Hazeldine.
autoblog.com (with all three videos)

Video tip II: Jay Leno is the proud owner of the first McLaren P1 in America. Of course he had to take it for a test drive! He even invited McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt to his garage to walk him through everything P1.
youtube.com via cleantechnica.com

May 19, 2014 - 08:25 am

Mitsubishi, BMW, Hyundai, Terra Motors, Tesla.

Ready for Russia: The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has successfully managed eight weeks of very cold weather testing (-30°C) in Russia. Now, everything is ready for the market launch set for the end of August at the Moscow Motor Show.
electriccarsreport.com

No bigger battery, yet: After an unspecified battery option on the Spanish i3 configuration page had nurtured hopes of a bigger battery to be introduced (we reported), BMW now clarified that this was just about a 12 V battery. However, a bigger battery for the EV is in the making, the German carmaker said.
focus.de (in German)

Hyundai hybrid in Middle America: The South Korean company announced it would start selling the hybrid Sonata in Ecuador this month. It will then be made available to other countries too, like Chile and Colombia and the Bahamas later this year.
english.chosun.com

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Terra Motors to expand: The Japanese two-wheeler specialist has successfully raised 10 million dollars. The investment will be used to expand further into Asian markets, namely India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Taiwan.
electricvehiclesresearch.com

Right-hand drive Model S: Tesla will deliver its first electric car with a right-hand drive to the UK on 7th June with more to come. In Britain, the Model S costs up to 98,000 pounds (165,000 dollars) and its uptake has been rather low compared to other European markets.
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May 19, 2014 - 08:24 am

eTourEurope.

Ambitious 4,500 kilometres (2,485 miles) will be covered by the participants of the eTourEurope. Last weekend, various electric cars gathered in Munich for the start of the rallye that will lead them to nine European cities, covering about 450 km (279 miles) a day.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, etoureurope.eu

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May 19, 2014 - 08:23 am

TECMEHV, Energiepark Mainz, Velogical, Intermodal Bike.

E-learning for e-mobility: TECMEHV stands for ‘Training and Development of European Competences on Maintenance of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles’ and is a EU-funded project of the Duisburg-Essen University. They developed an online platform for mechanics and apprentices providing information on EVs and hybrids. First language is English with more languages to follow soon.
idw-online.de (in German), evtraining.eu (project’s website)

Energiepark-MainzRenewable Energy storage: Construction of the ‘Energiepark Mainz’ has started. The new facility in Germany is a joint effort by utility provider Stadtwerke Mainz AG, Siemens AG, The Linde Group and RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. The pilot plant will produce hydrogen using electricity from renewable sources, mostly from nearby wind power stations and is set to commence operation next year.
greencarcongress.com

Mini e-bike kit: German Velogical, a dynamo specialist, now offers an electric drive. Two electric motors sit on either side of the rim. Together, they deliver 40 Nm of torque and 300 W of continuous power. The system weighs only 1.6 kilos including the 92 Wh battery. The Velospeeder is set to launch next year.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)

Ultra-compact folder: A team of developers from various European countries has built a folding bike that weighs just 7.5 kilos and folds down to the size of a briefcase. The ‘Intermodal Bike’ is made of aluminium and magnesium using sail-grade cables. For the future, a pedelec with a system by Maxon Motor is planned and said to be offered for 1,500 euros.
bikeradar.com

May 19, 2014 - 08:22 am

Elon Musk.

Elon-Musk“There’s going to need to be lots of Gigafactories. Just to supply auto demand you need 200 Gigafactories.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts that growing demand for low price Li-ion batteries will make multiple mega-facilities like the one Tesla plans necessary.
bloomberg.com

May 19, 2014 - 08:20 am

Wrightspeed, Beijing, Events.

Video tip: Maybe this electric truck will serve James Bond in one of his next films as it certainly shows some superstar potential in this video ad by Wrightspeed Powertrains.
youtube.com (video) via greencarreports.com

Reading tip: Three foreigners in Beijing decided to rent an electric car in China and were surprised by how easy and convenient it was.
cleantechnica.com

Selected events for this week: eTourEurope (18 – 26 May, multiple European cities) ++ Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Asia (19 – 23 May, Kyoto, Japan) ++ ICN Summit (20 . 23 May, Copenhagen, Denmark) ++ Int. Transport Forum (21 – 23 May, Leipzig, Germany) ++ Int. Conf. on electrified transport (21 – 22 May, Gothenburg, Sweden), 6th Int. German Hydrogen Energy Congress (22 – 23 May, Berlin, Germany) ++ eMobility Summit 2014 (22 – 23 May, Berlin, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

May 16, 2014 - 08:29 am

Rolls-Royce, Formula E, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Holden.

Rolls-Royce to become electric: The first plug-in hybrid of the luxurious brand is said to come within the next three years, most possibly in the Phantom model. Because the 102EX electric Phantom demonstrator was well received back in 2011, the carmaker is also discussing an all-electric version.
autocar.co.uk (plug-in hybrid) via greencarreports.com, autoexpress.co.uk (electric)

Formula E cars delivered: As the electric racing series opened its new HQ at Donington Park, UK, the first ten Spark-Renault SRT_01E were handed over to the teams. Pre-season testing though will only begin in July. At the same time, FIA named French EDF as official technical supplier.
autosport.com (race cars), fia.com (EDF)

Second best: The Honda Accord has succeeded the Toyota Prius as California’s best-selling car in the first quarter of 2014. Toyota had held the pole position for two years but failed to match Honda’s 15,611 Accords by inches as the Prius “only” sold 15,318 times.
hybridcars.com, latimes.com

Spy shots: New pictures of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer seem to confirm that the German carmaker is indeed working on getting the plug-in hybrid study ready for production. The test model bears a sticker identifying it as “Hybrid Test Vehicle.”
autoblog.com

Australian EV, almost: The Holden Commodore sold in Australia, also known as Vauxhall VXR8 (UK) or Chevy SS (USA), is combustion engine only but had actually been planned as EV. Shortly before its completion though, partners like Futuris, Better Place, GE Finance or Bosch pulled out for various reasons, leaving Holden as importer without an EV. The last remaining partner, Axiflux, is holding out looking for partners Down Under still. Anyone?!
autoblog.com

May 16, 2014 - 08:28 am

Hyundai-Kia hybrid sales.

Hyundai-Kia passed the 200,000 mark for its global hybrid sales in the first quarter of this year. The success comes after expanding further into Europe, Asia and North America while broadening the hybrid offering at the same time, the group said.
puregreencars.com

May 16, 2014 - 08:27 am

Orange EV, RDM Group, University of California, Riverside.

OrangeEVCommercial EV: Orange EV presented its T-Series, a terminal truck used to move cargo in ports and other distribution centres. The short-haul drayage is a perfect playing field for electrification as it implies short ways and multiple charging opportunities. Orange EV also offers conversions.
chargedevs.com, orangeev.com

Electric pedestrian pods: British engineering office RDM Group has become the manufacturing partner for the Low Carbon Urban Transport Zone (LUTZ) Pathfinder project, which will see electric powered pods used in Milton Keynes by 2015. In a first step, RDM will work with Oxford University’s Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) to create three two-seaters with a top speed of 7 mph.
design.automotive-business-review.com, miltonkeynes.co.uk

Integrating EVs and renewables: The University of California, Riverside (UCR) started its ‘Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative.’ Its smart-grid test bed includes four megawatts of solar panels, two megawatt-hours of battery energy storage, 27 EV charging stations, one electric trolley bus and energy monitoring, management and control tools.
greencarcongress.com, ucrtoday.ucr.edu

May 16, 2014 - 08:26 am

Richard Collar, Michael Lord.

Richard-Collar“The electric powertrain is something very true to Rolls Royce, it’s effortless, there’s huge amounts of torque and it is perfectly quiet.”

Richard Collar, Head of Bespoke Sales and Marketing for Rolls-Royce, hints at an electric model but did not go into detail.
autoexpress.co.uk

Michael-Lord“We do not believe there is strong growth in the EV market. Subsidising the market is for now the only way to sell these vehicles as their limited range and long refuelling time is discouraging most potential customers. Lithium technology does not provide the performance or the cost factors to appeal to the mainstream.”

Michael Lord, Senior Principal Engineer at Toyota Technical Center, on the company’s insistence on what he calls a “mixed portfolio” that includes gasoline.
beta.cars21.com

May 15, 2014 - 08:25 am

BMW, Audi, Hero Cycles/MIFA, Formula E, Hyundai.

BMW i5 to come? The Car and Driver website is trying to guess which model BMW might electrify next. To support the speculation they published a rendering of what the i5 could look like. The price is imagined to be competitive to the Tesla Model S base version’s.
caranddriver.com

Audi’s short-term strategy: In an interview with ‘auto motor und sport,’ Audi’s chief developer Ulrich Hackenberg said that Li-ion is the battery technology of choice for the company’s plug-ins for now. While wireless charging is certain to come by 2017, Hackenberg left open if it would be used for a hybrid or all-electric model first.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (in German)

No Indian take-over: Rumour has it that Hero Cycles is about to take over the German Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke (MIFA) as the Indian company plans to invest 15 million euros (20.6m dollars). A MIFA spokesperson said that the investment would not make Hero a majority shareholder. Hero however replied that a final decision on how many shares the money would buy has yet to be made.
focus.de (in German)

50 million for electric race series: Formula E Holdings has successfully concluded its first “lap” of financing, collecting 50 million dollars. The main investors are Qualcomm, Amura Capital und Causeway Media Partners with three more to be announced shortly.
fiaformulae.com

Fuel cell fashion: Hyundai asked students of the London College of Fashion (LCF) to design a 2D campaign to raise awareness of fuel cells. The winners of the ‘Fashioned Fuel Cell’ will see their design printed and applied to ten ix35 cars to be used for VIP chauffeur services.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

More speculation: Apparently, the Spanish i3 online configuration page contains a new battery option called “Bateria de mayor potencia.” While details about that option are not further specified it could be the first sign of BMW planning to provide its electric debutant with more range soon.
bmwi3.blogspot.de

May 15, 2014 - 08:23 am

April 2014 BYD sales.

BYD has sold 910 Qins in April 2014, bringing the total for its hybrid in the first four months to 3,294 units. The electric e6 has been sold 262 times last month adding up to a total of 881 this year.
autonews.gasgoo.com

May 15, 2014 - 08:23 am

Chevrolet, Veloschmitt, Lightning Motorcycles, Celgard/Pansonic.

Chevy-Spark-EVMeet the new E-Spark: The 2015 Chevy Spark EV will get a new battery pack solely produced at GM’s Brownstown facility. The new system is said to be 39 kilos lighter and features an overall storage capacity of 19 kWh using 192 lithium ion cells by LG Chem. The range of the Spark will remain at an EPA-rated 82 miles.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Mini-car turned e-bike: The legendary Messerschmitt has been reborn as ‘Veloschmitt’ – now a pedal-assisted e-trike. The two-seater comes with a 250 W pedelec drive and will sell for 5,200 euros. According to its German designers, motors with up to 1,500 watts might be made available soon.
gizmag.com

Lightning fast and strong as a thunderstorm, yet legal, is what Lightning Motorcycles strives its electric superbike to be. So far, only a teaser image has been presented of the LS-218, which is supposed to come with the power of 136 kW and 228 Nm of torque.
green.autoblog.com

Separator cooperation: Polypore International’s Celgard subsidiary and Panasonic have announced a five-year supply agreement. Panasonic will purchase Celgard brand separators for its EV lithium-ion batteries. As the companies have been working together in the past, the agreement now is its a formalisation.
chargedevs.com

May 15, 2014 - 08:21 am

Jun Seki, Amy Rein Worth.

Jun-Seki“China is serious about pushing the adoption of new-energy vehicles, and no other country can compare with the subsidies that it’s giving out.”

Jun Seki, head of Nissan’s China business, has a target to gain 20% of EV sales in China for the Japanese company.
bloomberg.com

Amy-Rein-Worth“It’s one thing to say that drivers can fuel an EV for only about 20 percent of the cost of a gasoline-powered car, or that EVs can cut the typical driver’s operating and maintenance costs by 1,200 dollars a year. But these are just numbers until people experience for themselves how much fun to drive these cars are.”

Amy Rein Worth of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which is driving the ‘Experience Electric — The Better Ride’ campaign in California designed to get more people into EVs.
hybridcars.com

May 15, 2014 - 08:20 am

Tesla Model S cartoon, Car technologies.

Click tip: A Model S review that lovingly describes the Tesla as a “spaceboat of light and wonder” got to be different – it is actually a cartoon. The cartoonist behind the Oatmeal blog does not stop at the love for his car but wants to show his gratuity to the “greatest geek who ever lived” (no, not Elon) and is currently looking for funding to build a Nikola Tesla museum. Will Elon Musk give the full 8 million dollars needed?
theoatmeal.com (Model S review), green.autoblog.com (Tesla museum)

Reading tip: Head over to BBC to learn about how evolving technologies have changed the way we drive, use and think about the car. Also, the article gives an quick outlook on what driving a car will be like in the future.
bbc.com

May 14, 2014 - 08:49 am

Volkswagen, Infiniti, Honda, TDR Bikes, Lexus.

VW commercial vans to be electrified: At the VW shareholder meeting in Hannover, CEO Martin Winterkorn said his corporation will “most probably” electrify its utility vehicles soon. He named the Transporter as well as the new Crafter, which is supposed to start by the end of 2016.
faz.net (in German)

Infiniti update: The first electric Infiniti is now scheduled for 2017 as part of Nissan’s business plan ‘Power 88.’ The Inifiniti will not only be purely electric but is said to be charged inductively too. Originally, the all-electric sedan was scheduled to arrive 2014.
hybridcars.com

E-Golf for the states: From the fourth quarter of this year, VW will bring its electric Golf to the U.S. It will be the first all electric model from Volkswagen on the continent. In which states it will be launched first and how much it will cost has yet be announced.
just-auto.com, hybridcxars.com

Honda revival: According to the British Auto Express, the Japanese are planning to freshen up their image. The NSX (we reported) and S660 will be joined by a revived roadster, the S2000 by 2017. The roadster will get hybrid technology which is said to come from McLaren.
autoexpress.co.uk

Bankruptcy: Dutch e-bike manufacturer TDR Bikes is out of business. The company founded by former Rabo Bank team manager Theo de Rooij gave quality issues as well as missing cashflow as reasons. Last year, one of TDR’s main suppliers of electronics declared bankruptcy, too.
bike-eu.com

Truly sorry: Lexus’ anti-EV affair (we reported) is almost over. After renewed protest, namely by Plug In America, the brand known for its hybrids has now taken the disputable content offline and promised to “alter and adjust” any misleading or incorrect information.
green.autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

May 14, 2014 - 08:48 am

Nissan Leaf sales.

Bing! 110,000 Nissan Leafs have been sold worldwide by the end of March this year. According to the company, this makes for almost 50 percent market share in EVs.
usatoday.com

Found on electrive.com
https://www.electrive.com/2014/05/22/bmw-nei-corporation-doe-rheinmobil/
22.05.2014 09:39