Jul 3, 2014 - 08:31 am

EV registrations in Germany.

The registrations of new EVs in Germany rose 75.3 percent, compared to the first six-month period last year. Still, electric cars only hold a market share of 0.3% there. In Sweden, plug-ins are slowly gaining ground. With 623 new EVs sold in June, these now hold a market share of 1.52%. By the way, best-seller was Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV with 428 units sold.
auto-motor-und-sport.de (Germany; in German), ev-sales.blogspot.de (Sweden)

Jul 3, 2014 - 08:31 am

Eindhoven University of Technology, LG Chem, Maxwell Technologies.

IM01-TU-EindhovenHybrid racer from Holland: Team InMotion from the Eindhoven University of Technology is building a futuristic-looking hybrid racecar. Each wheel will be powered by its own electric motor, while a rotary engine will serve as range extender. Two years from now, the team hopes to break the lap record with its “IM01” at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, as well as compete at Le Mans in 2017 0r 2018.

LG Chem goes east: The battery manufacturer will build a new plant for electric car batteries in China, which set to open its doors at the end of next year. The factory will have an annual capacity of 100,000 units. This follows LG Chem’s latest purchase agreement with SAIC Motors and Qoros (we reported).

New battery on board: Maxwell Technologies says it is developing new ultracaps that could be used in mass transit applications, such as hybrid buses. The 2.85-volt, 3400-farad cells are said to have three times the shock and vibration tolerance as competing products.

– Feedback –

The most clicked link on Wednesday was our exclusive report from the Formula E kick-off event in London.

Jul 3, 2014 - 08:29 am

Andy Palmer.

Andy-Palmer-Nissan“We don’t have the smell of diesel on our hands anymore.”

Nissan vice president Andy Palmer confirms that there is an Infiniti with an inductive charging system in the making. He did not say, however, when we might see it.



Jul 3, 2014 - 08:26 am

HAN Hydromotive, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, LiveWire, EVs in India.

Video tip: Developing and building a car to compete at the Shell Eco Marathon is already a big challenge itself. Winning it, another one. Watch the 4-minute video on how team HAN Hydromotive not only prepared their vehicle for the competition but got it legalised for the use on public roads.

Video tip: In this new edition of ‘QuickCharge,’ Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield gets behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. While Nikki seems to like the SUV, she is not impressed with the multi-function display, saying it is “a pain” to get to work.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com

Reading tip: Everyone is talking about it – the Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire electric motorcycle. If you could not make it to the revelation, this article tells you what you missed.

Study tip: Frost & Sullivan predicts that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles in India will grow from 125,000 units per year in 2013 to 1.1 million in 2021. The main reasons are the growing investment in charging infrastructure there, as well as the 25 new (partially) electric models available by 2021.
frost.com via business-standard.com

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:34 am

Scania, ElringKlinger, Bodo, Tesla, Mitsubishi.

Scania shows hybrid powertrain: The Swedish manufacturer will present the technology integrated in its new hybrid bus, the Scania Citywide, at the IAA in Hanover in September. The company will also show an updated version of its Eco-roll technology, which lets the vehicle determine whether to roll down hill in neutral gear and with an idle engine.
greencarcongress.com, scania.com

ElringKlinger takes over 75% of the fuel cell specialist New Enerday. Their solid oxide fuel cell systems generate electrical energy directly from fossil fuels such as natural gas, LPG, bioethanol or diesel. The unites are intended for the on-board power supply of boats and recreational and commercial vehicles. The deal is said to be finalised in the third Quarter of 2014.

Bodo looks west: Chinese EV-maker Bodo Electric Vehicle Group wants to bring its e-bike brand “Rank” to Europe. A warning shot for local manufacturers, since Bodo can produce up to three million electric two- and three-wheelers at its four manufacturing sites.

Tesla priced at 81,070 dollars in China: Add to that shipping and handling as well as local taxes and VAT, and the price tag reads 121,370 dollars. That is not including any option. And one option that is not available in China yet, is an on-board GPS, since Google Maps is not supported there. The carmaker says it is working on a solution to come later this year.

Driving the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: It is an SUV “to silence the SUV-bashers,” says The Green Car Website, while it is currently “the only option for guilt-free SUV ownership.” Overall, the verdict on the vehicles performance is positive. And also the price convinced the driver, saying that “the heavy premium usually associated with hybrids is a thing of the past.”

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:33 am

Kick-off in London – Formula E wants to shape the future.

– Exclusive –

Formel-E-Launch-300The Formula E is ready at the stating gates: electrive’s Nora Manthey was at the kick-off event in London on Monday evening. She says, organisers of the electric racing series have one clear message – “We are the future!” That even gets Germany’s automotive industry to prick up its ears. BMW is the latest to join the series – partly at least.
read on at electrive.com >>


Jul 2, 2014 - 08:32 am

Toyota, University of Stuttgart, DLR, Tesla, ElectroGraph.

Toyota asks for exemption: The carmaker appealed to the American NHTSA, asking to circumvent a safety rule that requires the isolation of high-voltage parts in EVs in the event of a crash. The reason, Toyota says, is that it renders its FCV inoperable. Instead, the company proposes to uses metal barriers to isolate battery, motor and fuel-cell stack. The NHTSA has yet to respond.
autoblog.com, transportevolved.com

Induction instead overhead lines: Researchers at the University of Stuttgart and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) are testing the possibility of transmitting energy inductively for railroad vehicles. The state of Baden-Württemberg supports the ‘DLR@Uni-Stuttgart’ programme with 860,000 euros in funding.

Tesla says no to aluminum: Unlike the Model S, the car formerly known as Model E will use cheaper materials instead, to keep the vehicle more affordable. Which ones has yet to be confirmed. But since keeping costs low is a top priority, aluminum will most likely not be replaced by carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.
autocar.co.uk, transportevolved.com

Super supercapacitors: Developed by the EU-project ‘ElectroGraph’ these store electrical energy as charged particles attached on the electrode material. Researcher therefore created electrodes with a larger surface, to increase energy storage capabilities. The project is headed by Fraunhofer IPA and includes ten partners from both research institutes and industries.

– Feedback –

The most clicked link on Tuesday was our reading tip on why Tesla’s Model X could become its fastest-selling car.

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:29 am

Peter Fonda, Dan Ammann.

Peter-Fonda“I can’t wait to ride it across the country.”

Actor Peter Fonda and star of the 1969 movie ‘Easy Rider’ wants to travel the same route he did in the film, only this time on an electric motorcycle. And you might have guessed which one he chose – the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, of course.

Dan-Ammann“No one told us to do it [the Ampera]; we did it because it was the right thing to do.”

Dan Ammann, President of General Motors, says that GM developed the Ampera despite the fact that it is not easy to make money with this kind of vehicle yet – also because there are still advances being made in conventional engine technology.

Jul 2, 2014 - 08:27 am

BMW i8 review, Mahindra electric car rally.

Video tip: In a new episode of ‘Translogic,’ Jonathon Buckley gets behind the wheel of the BMW i8. And he loves every minute of it. He also speaks to Paul Ferraiolo from BMW of North America, who sums up all the i8 has to offer.

Click tip: Mahindra Reva e2o electric cars took to the streets of Bangalore for a 5-kilometre e-rally over the weekend. Judging by these photographs, it was a fun 5 kilometres.


Jul 2, 2014 - 07:58 am

Kick-off in London – Formula E wants to shape the future.

The Formula E is ready at the stating gates. electrive’s Nora Manthey was at the kick-off event in London on Monday evening. She says, organisers of the electric racing series have one clear message – “We are the future!” That even gets Germany’s automotive industry to prick up its ears. BMW is the latest to […]

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Jul 1, 2014 - 08:21 am

Toyota Prius, Mazda2, Terra Motors, Mitsubishi.

Toyota-PriusNext generation Prius delayed six months: Toyota pushed back start of production from spring to December 2015. Though reasons for the delay have not been confirmed, rumour has it that engineers need more time to optimise fuel efficiency, tweaking body and chassis issues. Moreover, Automotive News reports that the Prius will “be a test bed of critical new technologies, including Toyota’s modularised vehicle architecture and next-generation hybrid system.”
autonews.com, hybridcars.com, autoevolution.com

3rd gen Mazda2 to be hybridised: The carmaker will most likely offer the upcoming model as a PHEV, including the rotary-powered range-extender technology used in the current prototype. The news was reported by an Australian source, in which the author notes that Mazda is sure to not introduce its electrified vehicles Down Under as long as the country does not offer subsidies. Instead, the upcoming Mazda2 will most likely only be available in Japan.

BIZMO II hits the road: As of today, Japanese company Terra Motors offers its commercial motorcycle with a range of 150 kilometres. That is three times as much as current competitors. The BIZMO II can carry a load of up to 33 kilos, making it especially attractive for delivery business and costs only one-tenth of what it costs to operate a petrol-fuelled motorcycle.

Double win for Mitsubishi at Pikes Peak: The carmaker took home first and second place in the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as well as finishing second and third overall. Drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka both started in an iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecar, featuring a 50 kWh battery. The race is, however, overshadowed by the unfortunate death of Bobby Goodin, who crashed his motorcycle just after crossing the finish line.
greencarcongress.com (Mitsubishi), gas2.org (Goodin)

Jul 1, 2014 - 08:19 am

Greenkraft, EDI, Motiv Power Systems, Utah State University, Ballard.

Greenkraft-TruckPlug-in gas truck: Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI) and Greenkraft announced they will work together on a plug-in hybrid CNG powertrain for medium-duty trucks. Meanwhile, the California Energy Commission awarded EDI 900,000 dollars in funding to support the development of the parallel-series multi-mode truck.

Ship-through funding: Motiv Power was able to raise 7.3 million dollars in funding to further develop their so-called ship-through modification sets. These upgrades enable truck and bus builders to install electric drivestrains with minimal effort in their existing vehicles.
insideevs.com, finance.yahoo.com

Test track for wireless charging: Utah State University plans to build a 446-square-metre facility including an oval-shaped track to test wirelessly powered vehicles ranging from regular cars to full-sized buses. Construction could start as early as this autumn.
news.hjnews.com, miamiherald.com

Fuel cell business: Ballard Power Systems licensed its intellectual property to the Taiwanese M-Field Energy Corporation for their operations in Europe. Ballard will also provide engineering services and become the exclusive supplier of fuel cell stacks for M-Field’s material handling solutions.

– Feedback –

Most clicked Link on Monday: Audi to go global with plug-in hybrid.

Jul 1, 2014 - 08:17 am

Dieter Zetsche, Wang Cheng.

Dieter-Zetsche“What Elon Musk did, is taking batteries from consumer electronics, combining them to big packs with intelligent battery management systems. That is no rocket science.”

Dieter Zetsche, head of Daimler AG, comments on Tesla’s recent move to make its patents public, saying it may be good PR for the California carmaker, but that it cannot teach Daimler anything it did not already know.
autogazette.de (in German)

Wang-Cheng“Traditional automakers are under pressure to maintain growth and have not devoted 100 percent to EVs. The success of Tesla inspired both the industry regulators and players in the sense that a non-automaker can really make EVs work.”

Wang Cheng from the China Automotive Technology & Research Center explains why it would be useful for China to let companies other than carmakers take a stab at conquering the EV market, with Tesla being the best example that it can push industry and politics forward.

Jul 1, 2014 - 08:16 am

Porsche 918 Spyder, Tesla Model X.

Video tip: Watch the Porsche Spyder 918 quietly take its first trip through the streets of London. Moreover, this ode to Porsche revisits the beginnings of the carmaker using energy recuperation and shows what the company is putting on the race track these days.
youtube.com via green.autoblog.com

Reading tip: After S comes X – and the latter could overtake its predecessor. We are of course talking about Tesla. This article lists the reasons as to why the Model X SUV could become the new best-seller – all without any advertising.


Jun 30, 2014 - 08:26 am

Audi, Bosch eBike Systems, Volkswagen, BMW, Harley-Davidson.

Audi-A3-etron-300Audi to go global with plug-in hybrid: The German carmaker will start to sell the Audi A3 e-tron in Europe this month. In the States, Audi’s first plug-in hybrid will be available in the second half of 2015. It is set for China first though, where deliveries will start in the first half of next year.

Bosch boldly moves east: As of July, the Chinese city of Suzhou will become the headquarter of Bosch’s new-founded regional Asian-Pacific business unit. There aim is to help e-bike manufacturers in China, Taiwan and Vietnam with their export business to Europe and the U.S., before developing markets in the Asian-Pacifc region.

XL1 to come to Britain: Volkswagen has priced its “1-litre car” at 98,515 pounds (168,800 dollars) in the UK, so it is certainly not for everybody. Anyway, the XL1 is limited to only 200-250 cars, set to land on British shores.

BMW i8 got its own Wiki: The second round of advertising for the super plug-in hybrid has started. As part of it, test drives while wearing Google Glass are being offered at some German airports. The branding exercise is completed with the interactive online platform ‘Wiki8’ that holds everything there is to know about the BMW i8.

LiveWire live: The now much-talked about electric Harley has been ridden by Susan Carpenter before it went public. Starting the LiveWire with a fob as you do with all Harleys was easy but then Susan had to choose between power and range. Guess what she opted for!
autoblog.com (with video)

Jun 30, 2014 - 08:25 am

Chargemaster milestone.

Chargemaster erected its 10,000th charging point in the UK. The British company that describes itself as the country’s largest EV charging provider presented its milestone station at the Enderby and Meynells Gorse Park & Ride site. It has been installed on behalf of Leicester City Council.

Jun 30, 2014 - 08:23 am

Nissan, NREL, GM, Siemens, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Renault.

Nissan-Leaf-2013Leaf battery for sale: In the U.S., Nissan now offers a replacement battery for its Leaf. The 24-kWh battery can be bought for 5,499 dollars but only if the old pack is traded in. Even though the new battery will carry improved technology from the 2015 Leaf, all previous models can be fitted with the replacement pack.
transportevolved.com, electriccarsreport.com

Fuel cell partnership: The U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and GM will join their research and development efforts to lower the cost of fuel cells. One focus of this longterm and well-funded agreement is to reduce the use of platinum.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

New research alliance: Siemens and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg will develop new energy systems at the new ‘Campus Future Energy Systems.’ Research spans over energy storages, power electronics, motors and generators. Market-ready innovations will be used by Siemens’ or assigned to start ups. Other institutes and unis will join the effort in which Siemens is to invest tens of millions of euros over three years.
siemens.com, idw-online.de (in German)

Mercedes dominates the F1: The Renault drivetrain powering Red Bull’s F1 car cannot be improved considerably anymore this season. This seemingly premature defeat comes from Renault’s deputy managing director Rob White. The changes required are too big to be dealt with within FIA regulations.

Jun 30, 2014 - 08:21 am

Rupert Stadler, Chetan Maini.

rupert-stadler“Plug-in hybrids could account for 10 percent to 20 percent, even 40 percent of the 2 million units we plan to build annually by 2020. It will be our customers who decide, and we are ready to satisfy their demand.”

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler is ready to not only offer the A3 e-tron globally but also to hybridise other models if demand is there. The first would be the Q7, followed by a longer version of the A6 for the Chinese market as well as the A8.

Chetan-Maini“The best solutions can come from sharing especially for an industry which is still in a niche segment.”

Chetan Maini, founder and CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, shares Tesla’s open source approach, essentially. Mahindra Reva too is ready to share its low cost fast-charging station solutions with other players, Maini said.

Jun 30, 2014 - 08:18 am

China's EV incentives and sales, Carbon emissions, Public charging.

Click tip: It is easy to loose track of China’s numerous EV incentives on both national and regional level. Charlie Paglee took the time to compose an exhaustive list of local incentives as well as the electric car sales by model in China in 2013.

Research tip: A study by the Environment Virginia Research & Policy Center titled ‘Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution’ is looking at the carbon emission saving potential of EVs and links it to health and economic benefits.
environmentvirginia.org (report), environmentvirginia.org (summary)

Listening tip: Chargemaster CEO David Martell and Baroness Kramer, UK Minister of State for the Department of Transport, were asked by BBC Radio 4 about their views on the often high tariffs of public charging. Both considered public charging points a necessity for occasional and exceptional use, which cannot be offered free of charge.
bbc.co.uk via transportevolved.com

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:43 am

Foxconn, Mitsubishi, Detroit Electric, China, Green brands, Venturi.

Cheap EV made in Taiwan: Hon Hai, also known as Foxconn, is one of the world’s largest contract electronics makers. The company now announced that is working on building an electric car for less than 15,000 dollars. Details on how and when it will be complete have not been released.

Mitsubishi-Outlander-PHEVMitsubishi ramps up production at their Japanese facility in Okazaki. This means that annual production of the Outlander PHEV will be increased from 30,000 to 50,000 units. Fair enough, as the car is quickly becoming a bestseller in Europe (see our number of the day below).
insideevs.com, transportevolved.com

Detroit Electric to get real: The American carmaker decided to build the SP:01 in England and not in the States. The electric roadster will be sold in Asia and Europe by the end of 2014, before coming “home.” With a top speed of 155 mph, the SP:01 strives to become the world’s fastest series electric car.
electriccarsreport.com, puregreencars.com

Is China opening up? The governmental ‘China Automotive Technology and Research Center’ has issued a draft on policy changes regarding the automotive industry. Its proposal is asking the government to open up the EV industry to companies other than carmakers such as Fisker buyer or component manufacturer Wanxiang.
businessweek.com, inautonews.com

Green brand of the year: Interbrand has published its list of the 50 ‘Top Global Green Brands’ of 2014. Ford takes the spotlight away from Toyota, which comes in second, followed by Honda and Nissan. The list includes more corporations other than carmakers.
green.autoblog.com, interbrand.com (full list)

Team Venturi: German race driver Nick Heidfeld and Stéphane Sarrazin from France will join the Venturi Formula E racing team. The inaugural season of the new FIA Formula E Championship will start at September 13th, 2014 with its first race in Beijing.

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:42 am

EV sales in Europe.

With 1.733 units sold in May, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV takes the top spot in Europe, while Nissan suffers its worst result this year with only 728 Leafs sold. That is according to the EV Sales blog. Renault’s Zoe is second-best (785), followed by Tesla, which sold 754 Model Ss. German carmakers did not miss a place on the podium by much, as the VW E-UP and the BMW i3 are now in fourth and fifth position in the annual ranking.

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:41 am

Brutus Electric Motorcycles, Bosch, Tesla, Fremont Factory.

Brutus-ElectricEt tu, Brute: American Brutus Electric Motorcycles will start at this year’s Pikes Peak race with its ‘V2 Rocket.’ The rather beastly looking bike comes with an electric motor that delivers 94 kW and 233 Nm of torque and is powered by a 11.5 kWh Li-ion battery by EVDrive. Brutus aims at a top speed of over 185 mph.
green.autoblog.com (with video)

The end of a Classic: Bosch eBike Systems will base further developments for the 2015 season and beyond solely on the Performance and Active line drive systems, which were introduced last year. This also means the termination of the initial ‘Classic Plus Line’ since it is not compatible with Bosch’s on-board computer Nyon. The company said it would keep spare parts and service available.

Tesla’s electric powertrain has been named as ‘Green Engine of the Year’ in the 2014 International Engine of the Year award. Ford’s 1.0l Eco Boost engine won the overall competition. The Model S is the first electric car to win the award as the green category has only been introduced.
motorauthority.com, greencarcongress.com

History in the making: Automotive veteran Jeff Cohen takes a tour at the former GM and NUMMI Fremont Factory, which is now operated by Tesla. His account is full of history, as he visited the facility already when GM was still active. But it is the futuristic Tesla manufacturing that captures Cohen’s attention nowadays.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Thursday was Dongfeng’s super small EV, the Aeolus E30 which just went into production.

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:39 am

Terry Gou, Bob Carter.

Terry-Gou“The electric cars made by us will be very affordable.”

Terry Gou, Chairman of Taiwanese Hon Hai Precision Industry Ltd. better known as Foxconn, on his company’s plans to produce electric cars costing less than 15,000 dollars. Hon Hai is believed to be a Tesla collaborator, but declined to comment on any link in the above context.

Robert-Carter“The success of fuel cell technology will depend less on the genius of the car, than on the ownership experience. Stay tuned, because this infrastructure thing is going to happen.”

Bob Carter, senior VP for Toyota Motor Sales USA, is positive that the FCV will become a success in the United States, where it will make its first appearance today at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Jun 27, 2014 - 08:37 am

BMW i8 vs. electric golf buggy, EV rally in Norway, Events.

Video tip: Do you recall the fable of the hare and the tortoise? Well, it is very much what happened in this race between a BMW i8 and its challenger, an electric golf buggy – which admittedly had the home advantage.
vimeo.com via hybridcars.com

Reading tip: Once more, Norway proves itself as the home of the electric car as an EV rally climbed the country’s curviest road to the top of Trollstigen mountain, which features sub zero temperatures but strawberries, too.

Selected events for the upcoming week: 11th EUROPEAN SOFC & SOE FORUM (01 – 04 July, Lucerne, Switzerland) ++ E-Silvretta (03 – 06 July, Austria)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Jun 26, 2014 - 08:28 am

Daimler, Dongfeng, Acura, China, Zero SR Streetfighter.

Daimler to drive hybridisation: From 2017, the Mercedes GLA will be build on a new platform on which the compact SUV will also be offered as plug-in hybrid. Furthermore, AMG CEO Tobias Moers has hinted that Mercedes sports car subsidiary will become more hybrid in the future.
automobil-produktion.de (GLA, in German), auto-motor-und-sport.de (AMG, in German)

Super small EV from China: Dongfeng has rolled out production of its electric micro car Aeolus E30. Its top speed is limited to 80 kph, like on other micro EVs as the Renault Twizy, but the Aeolus is said to reach a range of 160 kilometres. Furthermore, the company has announced a stretched version called Aeolus E30L.

Acura recall: Honda’s luxury division is asking all 2013 and 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid sedans into the workshop due a problem with the headlamps, which under certain conditions will overheat to the point of smoke. They will be replaced free of charge.

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China biggest e-bike market: Almost 37 million e-bikes were sold last year in China, an increase of 5.4 percent compared to 2012. That makes it a total of 181 million e-bikes on Chinese streets. Moreover, China delivered 71,387 e-bikes to the States in 2013 while this year’s exports to the U.S. already stand at 41,765 units.

The Tesla of motorcycles is what Hannah Elliot calls the Zero SR Streetfighter in her review of the electric motorcycle. She has been riding the sport bike for two weeks in New York City and often felt like “in a futuristic video game” as the bike not only rides well but integrates seamlessly with iOS and Android systems.

Jun 26, 2014 - 08:27 am

EVs in the U.S.

Plug In America predicts that 250,000 EVs will have been sold in the U.S. around September this year. Their figure is based on good hopes but also on their current estimate of 220,494 plug-in vehicles in the States to date. Their count started in 2010.

Jun 26, 2014 - 08:25 am

GKN, Mercedes, BladeGlider, Visiobike.

GKN takes e-racer to Goodwood: The electric motor manufacturer will take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed with the TMG EV P002. The car which has already won Pikes Peak in 2012 is driven by two GKN axial flux motors delivering 1.200 Nm to the rear axle.
hybridcars.com, puregreencars.com

Temporary range extension explained: Transport Evolved takes a look at the Mercedes B-class range mode feature. Basically, it is a battery boost, similar to the Tesla principle where the battery is programmed to use more of its capacity. Do this too often and you will ultimately shorten battery life.

BladeGlider test drive: Wes Raynal got the chance to drive a prototype of Nissan’s concept car, of which the company says might go into production by 2017. Essentially it is a race car brought to the streets and Raynall found it nothing but “remarkable.” When it comes to handling, Raynal likes its better than the Ariel Atom on which the BladGlider mule is based on and which he drove on that same day.

Looking for funding: Visiobike is a pedelec from a Croatian start-up which utilises the smartphone as controller that analyses the bike’s sensors and also serves as rear-view camera. However, the crowdfunding project to make this visonary e-bike come true, is about to fail as only 6,000 of 180,000 euros needed have been collected so far.
indiegogo.com (campaign) via green.autoblog.com

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Wednesday was the news about Toyota’s official presentation of its upcoming fuel cell vehicle.

Jun 26, 2014 - 08:24 am

Diarmuid O’Connell, Chetan Maini.

Diarmuid-O-Connell“We’re in the process of developing our first location.”

Diarmuid O’Connell, Tesla’s VP of Corporate Development, when asked about battery swapping. The plans might have been delayed but are still said to go ahead maybe already in the third quarter of this year.

Chetan-Maini“As a philosophy, I do believe it’s going to make people rethink on IP and technology sharing.”

Chetan Maini, CEO of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, on Tesla’s free patent policy. Mahindra is currently looking into applicability of Tesla technology in its own offerings.

Jun 26, 2014 - 08:19 am

Toyota FCV trailer, Model S towing capability.

Video tip I: After the live presentation of Toyota’s FCV, the Japanese have now issued the official trailer for their series fuel cell vehicle. Its slogan: setting the next 100 years in motion…

Video tip II: A Tesla can tow a trailer easily. This has been proven by a Model S owner and YouTube user. Funnily enough, it was a generator he had been towing over a 129-miles distance, before he delivered it and drove back on a single charge.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com

Found on electrive.com
03.07.2014 08:50