Apr 28, 2014 - 08:37 am

Kandy Wong.

Kandy-Wong“In order to ensure everything goes well, Tesla will have to overcome three big hurdles: the transmission of electricity from the grid to the charging stations that are owned by different companies, the approval of multiple levels of government officials and the lethargy of the state-owned grid operators.”

Forbes contributor Kandy Wong on the challenges Tesla is facing in China. She concludes that bringing the Model S to the streets is one thing, charging it another.

Apr 28, 2014 - 08:35 am

BMW i8 test driving, Solar powered BMW i3.

Video tip: Stephen Engle is Bloomberg’s correspondent in China where he got his hands on the BMW i8 and took it for a ride through the busy capital of Beijing.

Reading tip: As of mid-May, a Californian couple will power their home and two BMW i3s solely with solar power from their roof and document their private going green initiative. Let the sun shine!

Apr 25, 2014 - 08:35 am

Volvo, Subaru, Toyota, Tesla, Yamaha.

Volvo turns it up: The Swedish carmaker will increase production at its Gothenburg facility from currently 200,000 to 300,000 units a year due to the introduction of the XC90 which will also be offered as plug-in hybrid and fully electric at some point (we reported). Furthermore, Volvo introduced the V60 PHEV as sporty R-design version to be launched in August this year.
wsj.com, volvocars.com (production), greencarcongress.com (R-design)

Subaru might bring back electric: Due to tightening rules for carbon emissions in the USA as of 2018, Subaru is considering to bring back plug-ins. If the models will be fully electric or hybrid has not been specified so far.
leftlanenews.com, just-auto.com

Cash on the hood: Toyota’s RAV4 EV is having a hard time in California to compete with lower priced or better EVs. To meet its sales target of 2,600 units, the Japanese have come up with a special deal. Until 5th May, lease drivers will get incentives of up to 16,500 dollars. Buyers however, only get 2,500 dollars.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Tesla is hiring workers for a new site in Lathrop, California. The carmaker has been granted building permits to modify a former Chrysler facility it has leased. So far Tesla is not giving any details on what this site will be for but is currently looking for 32 professionals.

Electric Yamahas: Presented in Tokyo as concepts, Yamaha now wants to build its PES1 and PED1. Production is set to start in 2016 but no details on the specifications have yet emerged.
visordown.com, autoblog.com


Apr 25, 2014 - 08:34 am

Electric Bikes Worldwide Report.

There will be 130 million e-bikes and e-scooters in production in 2025 worldwide. This is the prediction of the latest Electric Bikes Worldwide Report (EBWR) which has just been published.
ebwr.com via bike-eu.com

Apr 25, 2014 - 08:34 am

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Geely/Volvo, Energica Ego, EV West.

Shift in battery business: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will sell its li-ion battery manufacturing to Taiwanese Delta Electronics. Instead of focussing on batteries for vehicles, MHI will concentrate its efforts on grid-tied energy storage system (ESS) products.
solarserver.com, energytrend.com

Geely and Volvo getting even closer: Apparently, the two companies are discussing to set up a joint research and development centre with a focus on electric drive systems and their manufacture. A timetable has not been set yet.

3D-printed superbike: Most parts of the Energica Ego were 3D printed before they are put together to form a fully functioning electric motorcycle. The Italian-made Ego is said to reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Sales launch is set for 2015 with prices starting from 22,000 euros (30,000 dollars).
gas2.org (with video), 3diot.net

Oldtimer electrification: EV West specialises in electrifying classics. The company offers conversion kits for 16 models, among them the Beetle, Porsche 911, Karmann Ghia or the more recent Mazda MX 5. The kits cost under 7,000 dollars not including the battery.

Apr 25, 2014 - 08:32 am

Mike Michels, Chris Martin, Jens Kratholm.

Mike-Michels“You’re not going to get the volumes and the mainstream acceptance until a vehicle – whatever the technology is – can be the only vehicle in the household.”

Mike Michels, Toyota VP of External Communications, on Toyota’s focus on hybrids and fuel cell vehicles while he does not believe a Tesla or another BEV could serve as the only car in a house.

anonym“It’s more that we believe that that is the ultimate solution transportation future.”

Chris Martin, PR manager for Honda, believes similarly strong in the future of fuel cell technology, especially as it is the closest to what people are used to expect from a car nowadays.

Jens-Kratholm“If we want to change the habits of people to begin driving electric cars, all the cars must be on the road at all times so people see them.”

Jens Kratholm is the man with the most Teslas worldwide (6 Roadsters and 1 Model S) in the most unlikely place, Narvik, close to the arctic circle. He firmly believes that only by example people will be convinced to drive an EV too.


Apr 25, 2014 - 08:30 am

Plug-in electric vehicles, UK charging stations.

Study tip: Another forecast by Navigant Research sees the U.S. keeping its leading position as largest market for light-duty plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with sales exceeding 514,000 in 2023.

Video tip: Dominic Tobin from ‘Sunday Times’ drove a range-extended BMW i3 around London and to Bristol to check out the various different public charging spots. Unfortunately not every charging spot was working.

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:27 am

Venucia, VW, Land Rover, Consumer Reports, Experian Automotive.

Venucia e30 ahead of schedule: The Chinese ‘Leaf’ by Dongfeng-Nissan will go on-sale as Venucia e30 in China this September already and not by the end of 2015 as originally announced. The launch follows EV pilot programs in Guangzhou, Xiangyang and Dalian with 300 EVs driving one million kilometres.

VW means business: Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has specified what he calls “the biggest initiative for e-mobility in China’s automotive history” (we reported). Until 2018, VW will invest 25 billion dollars and create about 20,000 jobs in China.

Range-Rover-Hybrid-LWBHybrid Land Rover for China: Land Rover is presenting its Range Rover Hybrid Long Wheelbase at the Beijing Autoshow. According to the Brits, it will be the first diesel hybrid to be offered in China and can be ordered from May. A 292 hp diesel engine is coupled with a 35 kW electric motor which enables electric driving for one mile at speeds of up to 30 mph.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

Secret shopping for EVs: The American Consumer Reports send 19 secret test shoppers to 85 car dealers in the U.S. to buy an electric car. It turned out that the more a sales person knew about EVs, the more he or she encouraged the secret testers to buy one while poor knowledge even led to outright discouragement.
consumerreports.org via transportevolved.com

EV vs hybrid buyers: A study of Experian Automotive showed that buyers of electric cars were younger and wealthier than those buying hybrids in 2013. Furthermore, EV sales grew by 245% compared to 2012 while hybrid sales only increased by 19%.
nytimes.com, electriccarsreport.com, thegreencarwebsite.co.uk

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:26 am

Tesla opens 100th Supercharger.

Tesla installed its 100th supercharger worldwide in New Jersey, USA, this week. While 86 of all Tesla charging stations can be found in the U.S., slowly but surely Europe becomes connected with six superchargers in Norway, four in Germany, two in the Netherlands and one in both Austria and Switzerland. Check out the community-generated map of Germany to see which Superchargers are coming next.
greencarreports.com, mapsengine.google.com (Germany map)


Apr 24, 2014 - 08:24 am

Hella/Vahle, George Washington University, UQM/KDS, GreenTrans.

Wireless connection: Hella and Vahle officially announced their cooperation to develop inductive charging systems for EVs. The two companies will also address infrastructural and technological challenges like interferences which the wireless energy transfer could have on other on-board electronics.
evfleetworld.co.uk, greencarcongress.com

Light-weight ultracapacitor: Researchers at the George Washington University combined graphene flakes and carbon nanotubes. Rolled in paper, the mix results in a new ultracapacitor which is said to be light-weight while delivering high-performance at low-costs.
gigaom.com, sciencerecorder.com

Commercial vehicle electrification: UQM Technologies Inc. and Kinetics Drive Solutions Inc. are collaborating to offer manufacturers of commercial vehicles a complete system to electrify their vehicles. UQM will deliver its electric motors which will then be combined with KDS’ multi-speed transmissions.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Taiwanese e-bike system: GreenTrans further developed its central motor system which was presented at Taipei Cycle Show. The motor comes with the company’s own torque sensor as well as battery and can also be used in speed pedelecs.

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:22 am

Dieter Zetsche, Moreno Fioravanti.

Dieter-Zetsche“A question is, when do you realistically see the next-generation batteries. Lithium air, lithium sulfur? No one has the answer to the next generation…it might be late for that kind of investment.”

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO, has no intention to invest in Tesla’s Gigafactory. However, his reason might not be the fear to invest in a technology that could be obsolete by then but rather Daimler’s intent to produce its own cells. The company has just recently acquired two German battery businesses: Li-Tec Battery GmbH and Deutsche ACCUmotive GmbH (we reported).

Moreno-Fioravanti“We would like the Chinese e-bike makers to stop using these polluting batteries and want them to stop the export of e-bikes that have lead-acid batteries to Europe.”

Moreno Fioravanti represented EU industry associations COLIBI/COLIPED at recent talks with the China Bicycle Association (CBA). The aim is to harmonise safety standards for pedelecs and e-bikes on a global scale based on EN 15194.

Apr 24, 2014 - 08:21 am

Science Award Electrochemistry, My Electric Avenue.

Competition: BASF and Volkswagen are calling for applications for their ‘Science Award Electrochemistry.’ Researchers and faculties can hand in their proposals until 4th July 2014 and enter the competition to win 50,000 euros.
science-award.com (enter the competition)

Video tip: In a new episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn pays the My Electric Avenue project a visit where clusters of neighbours leased Nissan Leafs to find out how the local grid is coping with the demand of the charging cars (we reported).


Apr 23, 2014 - 08:52 am

Nissan, Lamborghini, Honda, Toyota, Fiat, Peugeot, Infiniti, Lexus.

Leaf to get battery pack options: Nissan CEO Andy Palmer said that two or even three sizes of battery packs might be in the cards for the 2016 or 2017 Leaf models. Apparently, capacities of up to 42 kWh are being discussed internally.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

Lamborghini SUV with hybrid version: Now, also Lamborghini wants to get a share of the SUV segment and plans to introduce an off road vehicle that is based on Volkswagen’s modular platform. Also, a hybrid version is planned.

Honda-ConceptBSporty Honda hybrid: The Japanese unveiled the new ‘Concept B’ in Beijing, without divulging much information. The hatchback is a preview for a hybrid designed for the Chinese market where the production model is set to go on sale by 2016.
indianautosblog.com, autoblog.com

Yaris gets facelift: Toyota released a photo of an updated version of its small car due to hit the stores this summer. The redesigned Yaris will have improved dynamics while the hybrid drivetrain will remain unchanged.

The Fiat 500e will go on sale in Oregon, said Fiat’s U.S. chief Jason Stoicevich in New York. So far, the small but stylish electric car has mainly been sold in California and urban centres. Sales in Oregon are set to start this summer.
wardsauto.com via greencarreports.com

Picture collection: Here are the latest pictures from Beijing and New York portraying the concept Peugeot Exalt, the extended Infiniti Q70, the Lexus NX, the Mercedes Concept Coupé SUV, the new Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry as well as the X5 eDrive and the Vision Future Luxury Concept by BMW.

Apr 23, 2014 - 08:51 am

Epic Electric American Road Trip.

Norman Hajjar had been driving 12,183 electric miles in a Tesla Model S on Recargo’s Epic Electric American Road Trip when he crossed the finish line yesterday. It took the Recargo manager less than 3.5 weeks to cover the 27-state route.

Apr 23, 2014 - 08:50 am

Plug Power/Hyundai Hysco, Toyota, eCarriage, Bosch.

Fuel cell cooperation: Plug Power Inc. has just signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Hyundai Hysco Co. Ltd. for the creation of a five-year joint venture. If the deal which is to be finalised this July goes ahead, the partners will develop and sell hydrogen fuel cells with Hysco’s stack and plate technology throughout Asia.

Toyota-TS040-HybridOne-two for Toyota: At the Six Hours of Silverstone, Toyota’s TS040 Hybrid with 1000PS (986bhp/736kW) four-wheel-drive took the first and second place. The Porsche 919 hybrid, which also had its WEC debut at the race, “only” came in third. Both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars retired due to accidents.

The end of an era is “neigh”: The Creative Workshop presented its ‘eCarriage’ in New York. What looks very much like an oldtimer is designed to replace an even older institution: the Big Apple’s horse-drawn carriages the mayor wants to dispose of. Meanwhile, a poll has revealed that 64% of the New Yorkers are against this modernisation.
autoweek.com, green.autoblog.com

Toyota in China: The Japanese plan to produce its hybrids entirely in China and fitting them with locally made components including the batteries to save high import taxes. Furthermore, Toyota announced the launch of hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin for China next year. They will complement the Prius and Camry currently available there.
szdaily.com, carscoops.com

NHTSA looks at Bosch EVSE: The U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation of the Bosch Power Xpress 240V charging unit after a Nissan Leaf owner reported smoke emitted while charging. Nissan said the car was not to blame for the incident but they would assist in the investigation as needed.
reuters.com, green.autoblog.com


Apr 23, 2014 - 08:48 am

Elon Musk, Uwe Ellinghaus, Jamie Corstophine.

Elon-Musk“China is very important to the future of Tesla. We’re going to make a big investment in China in terms of charging infrastructure.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the electric carmaker would not only build up production in China within the next 3- 4 years but also set up a “big” network of charging stations.

Uwe-Ellinghaus“I am not afraid of Tesla. I think Tesla is a great opportunity and a learning exercise for all of us, and will help us traditional manufacturers to think twice about electric mobility.”

Cadillac’s CMO Uwe Ellinghaus sees the Californian carmaker as a good example for premium brands, such as Cadillac, to look at their future vehicles with new eyes.

Jamie-Corstophine“I think Tesla is doing a great job at demonstrating what electric cars can do.”

McLaren’s head of product planning, Jamie Corstophine, came to a very similar conclusion when looking at Tesla but still sees the hybrid drivetrain as a more adequate solution for the P1.

Apr 23, 2014 - 08:46 am

Tesla Cross Country Rally, Ride the Future Tour.

Video tip: You can’t get enough of Tesla? Than take another look at what was going behind the scenes of the Tesla cross country rally – part two.

Click tip: The Ride the Future Tour saw six electrically-driven friends covering 4,000 miles in 44 days. They now have made a film about the trip called “Kick Gas.”
greencarreports.com (with trailer), kickgas.vhx.tv (full film, available for a donation)

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:28 am

Denza, Audi, Tesla, Fisker, Volkswagen, Accell.

Denza comes with subsidies: Daimler’s and BYD’s joint electric car is priced at 369,000 renminbi (59,300 dollars). However, the Denza will be eligible for local subsidies of up to 120,000 renminbi (19,300 dollar), Daimler said, as well as other EV privileges in cities like Beijing or Shenzhen.

Audi’s new plug-in concept: In Beijing, the German carmaker presents the Audi TT offroad concept with wireless charging. The car is a combination of a coupé and a compact SUV, which comes with a two-motor e-tron quattro drive. The electric range is said to be over 50 kilometres.
greencarcongress.com, green.autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

Tesla to produce in China: Elon Musk has said at a conference yesterday, that Tesla will make electric cars in China in the next three to four years. With deliveries of the Model S starting next week, Tesla expects to sell as many cars in China as in the U.S. by as soon as next year.
bloomberg.com via greencarreports.com

Fisker’s production plans: The compan’’s interim president Roger Brown issued a roadmap for The New Fisker. First, the Karma is to be relaunched by August 2015 followed by the Surf, a shooting-brake Karma a year later, and the smaller Atlantic by 2017. However, TNF has not made it decision if these new vehicles will be built in Delaware.
green.autoblog.com, delawareonline.com

VW to electrify China: Volkswagen is planning to enter the Chinese market with the e-Up and e-Golf both being scheduled to launch later this year. 2015, the Golf GTE as well as the Audi e-tron are China-bound before finally the Audi A6 together with two new plug-in hybrids solely made for China are scheduled to arrive by 2016. Furthermore, VW has unveiled an updated Touareg ahead of its debut at Beijing motor show. The 2015 model will be available worldwide from summer and comes as a hybrid too.
greencarcongress.com, autoweek.com (Touareg)

Accell strengthens U.S. e-bike operations: The Dutch company’s North American branch is about to launch the ‘Electric Bicycle Competence Center.’ This new division is designed to train dealers on Accell’s upcoming new e-bike systems as well as providing a service infrastructure.

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:28 am

EV market share in Norway.

A market share of 16 percent for EVs in the first quarter of 2014 confirms Norway as the EV wonderland. However, this growth is the result of an on-going love affair with the electric car that started in the early 2000s already.

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:27 am

Siemens/BAIC, VDMA, Mercedes, Saft.

Siemens and BAIC join forces: A newly formed joint venture called ‘Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System’ will produce motors and inverters for hybrids and EVs. Prototyping is set to start this year while mass production with more than 100,000 units per year is set to follow in 2015 in Beijing.

One battery for all: The ‘Modular Multi-Use Battery Systems’ project unites 30 companies and research institutions trying to develop a standard for high performance batteries. The EnergyBus organisation is to provide its open standard initially written for LEVs for the communication between smart battery modules.

Mercedes with a mind: The new ‘Intelligent HYBRID’ system by Mercedes-Benz assesses the road ahead and manages the remaining energy accordingly. Designed for hybrid vehicles, the system keeps the battery charged only enough to take full advantage of recuperation, thus generously boosting the drive with electric energy in between.
thegreencarwebsite.co.uk, greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

Electric ferry for Stockholm: The Swedish capital placed an order with battery manufacturer Saft to supply li-ion batteries. The batteries are destined to power a new electric ferry, which will be operated by Ballerina on behalf of Stockholm Public Transport.

Apr 22, 2014 - 08:26 am

Steve Cannon, Hubertus Troska.

Steve_cannon“Tesla is great, but you’ve got plenty of well-established brands that mean luxury, like Porsche or Mercedes-Benz, and how long do you think we’re going to wait and let Tesla be out there? So, good job, Tesla, but will they be able to maintain that with the others of us out in the market? That remains to be seen.”

Steve Cannon, head of Mercedes-Benz USA, did not hold back when trying to belittle the Californian EV maker by further pointing out that Tesla had “no network” and only a few shops with not enough service structure.

hubertus_troska“China has got the potential to become the biggest market for electric cars.”

This is the prediction of Hubertus Troska, CEO of Daimler in China. In particular, Troska referred to a strong political will to foster EV use in the country and his company’s plans to deliver.
kfz-betrieb.vogel.de (in German)

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:14 am

BYD, Volvo, Infiniti, Mahindra, Toyota.

One more from BYD: The Chinese manufacturer will debut the Tang PHEV at its home fair. The Tang features the same 110 kW motor that works inside the Qin. A 205-hp petrol engine completes the hybrid mix. The price of the plug-in SUV is said to convert to 48,000 dollars.

Volvo-S60L-PPHEVVolvo Plug-in hybrid S60: Volvo will show the S60 PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept at the Auto China in Beijing. Like on the V60 PHEV, the electric motor has 50 kW but is coupled with a petrol instead of the diesel engine. The S60L will be produced at the Chengdu plant and is set to launch in China beginning of next year.
greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

Luxurious stretch: China and the U.S. can look forward to an extended version of Infiniti’s Q70 to gain more space in the rear. The updated hybrid limousine is powered by a V6 engine and an e-drive with 50 kW. Its premiere will be at the New York Autoshow.

E-Scooter by Mahindra: The Indian company is set to launch its first ever electric scooter in the U.S. this summer. The GenZe will cost about 3,000 dollars and features a replaceable battery said to last for about 50 miles. The display has a touchscreen that connects to a smartphone via bluetooth.
ecomento.com, indianautosblog.com

A whole new Camry: Its debut is due in New York next week and Toyota has added some 2,000 new parts to its now completely redesigned best-seller. The new Camry is trimmed to deliver a more dynamic performance though the hybrid drive system remains the same.
puregreencars.com, autoblog.com

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:13 am

Fuel cell vehicles in California.

All in all, 200 FCVs are currently out on the streets in California. To refill, they can choose from 19 public H2 stations, another 19 are set to follow in the next 18 months. The chicken and the egg seem almost on par for once…

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:11 am

Suzuki, MG, NIMS/SEU, Battery research.

Suzuki to save some fuel: The Japanese maker of small cars has announced plans to introduce ‘gas-electric hybrid technology,’ but it won’t be more than a mild hybrid. Suzuki hopes however, to go full-hybrid sometime in the future.

MG-dynamo-EVAnniversary EV: MG is celebrating its 90th birthday by showing a concept of an electric car. The MG Dynamo has been created at the parent company’s HQ (SAIC) in Longbridge and is currently on display at SMMT’s offices in Westminster, UK. The concept has been developed to help the company understand Europe’s demand for a pure electric small MG.

High quality fuel cells: The Japanese National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Chinese Southeast University (SEU) signed a memorandum of understanding to design new platinum-free electro-catalysts based on graphene for premium fuel-cell electrodes.

The devil is in the detail: New research on lithium-iron-phosphate batteries suggests, that scientists might have been wrong to use the Butler-Volmer equation all along. Instead, cell performance might be dependent on the speed electrons move between the electrode and its carbon coating.
scientificamerican.com, green.autoblog.com

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:09 am

Didier Leroy, Tony Posawatz.

Didier-Leroy“Fuel cell technology will take time before it takes off. To help that happen we will bring a reasonable number of cars to Europe. The volume will be limited, but they will be visible on the streets.”

Didier Leroy, Toyota Europe’s president, is determined to introduce hydrogen cars to the market. The first Toyota FCV is set to launch by 2015.

Tony-Posawatz“The fascinating thing is the technology helps facilitate the fuelling process by increasing the speed, but also if you have many of these installations you could reduce battery size and cost.”

Tony Posawatz, who has helped GM to create their Volt before he attempted to save Fisker, thinks that inductive charging will have the most impact on EV adoption in the near term.

Apr 17, 2014 - 08:07 am

BMW X5 e-drive, Hybrid and electric trucks.

Reading tip: Take a seat in the future – the electric SUV by BMW that is. John Voelkcer had the chance to drive an X5 e-drive plug-in hybrid prototype and packed its report with all the details hitherto known.

Study tip: Navigant Research predicts global annual sales of hybrid and electric trucks to grow from below 10,000 in 2013 to more than 100,000 in 2020, if companies can find strategies to utilise these vehicles efficiently to equalise higher initial costs.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:36 am

Denza, BMW, Chevrolet, Nissan, Merida.

Details of Daimler’s Denza: The first Chinese-German offspring will make its debut at Beijing Motorshow. For Daimler, it is the first product it ever designed abroad with its partner BYD. The Denza’s battery sits underneath the car in a shock-proof alloy frame. The price has still not been revealed.
welt.de (in German)

BMW i3 production: BMW has ramped up production of its electric car in Leipzig by 43% reports Bloomberg with reference to an email by BMW’s head of production, Harald Krüger. Due to high demand, 100 instead of 70 units of the i3 will now be built a day.

Spy shots of the new Volt: The 2016 Chevrolet Volt has been spotted on one of its test runs but highly covered in camouflage. It seems like the car will get a complete new bodywork and will be based on a new platform. Overall, it appears the new Volt will be sleeker than the current model.

Nissan unveils the Murano in New York today. The third generation follows the ‘Resonance Concept’ and will be available as front and all-wheel drive. However, Nissan has nor confirmed or denied plans for a hybrid Murano yet.
manufacturing.automotive-business-review.com, youtube.com (video)

E-Bike production growing: Taiwanese Merida will expand its facility in Yuanlin to meet increased demand for e-bikes and frames. Demand is driven by the introduction of Shimano’s new pedelec system Steps which requires special frames.

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:35 am

Toyota sales in Europe.

In Europe 21 percent of all Toyotas and Lexus sold in the first quarter of this year were hybrids, the company reports. The hybrid Yaris proved to be particularly popular with 15,305 buyers. 80% of Lexus customers preferred the hybrid-powered Lexus IS 300h over the regular Lexus IS.

Apr 16, 2014 - 08:34 am

Hybricon, V-Charge, Bombardier, D-Face.

Super-fast charging at 625 Ampere: In Swedish Umea, the new Arctic Whisper (HAW) electric bus by Hybricon Bus Systems has been charged ultrafast via Opbrid’s Bůsbaar. In the trial, 625 amps were pushed inside the battery for six minutes, making way for 2-3 min. charges at 500-1,000 kW in the future.
greencarcongress.com, youtube.com (Busbaar video)

Autonomous charging: In the EU project ‘V-Charge’ (for Valet Parking and Charging) ETH Zurich and the universities of Brunswick, Oxford, and Parma, are developing driverless park and charge systems for EVs together with Bosch and Volkswagen. A first prototype system is now up and running in Stuttgart, Germany.

EVs by Bombardier: Charles Bombardier of the company of the same name is drafting electric vehicle concepts based on Bombardier’s own inductive charging technology. In his vision, electric shuttles, one-man vehicles or electric motorcycles could all be charged contactless soon.
charlesbombardier.com via justpark.de (in German)

Bubble-car is back: In German dubbed “Knutschkugel” (snog ball), the BMW Isetta is back as EV with range extender. The D-Face concept by Japanese firm D Art was on display at the Taipei EV show and the company is looking to license the mini EV with a top speed of 45 mph in other countries.

Found on electrive.com
28.04.2014 08:02