May 28, 2014 - 08:47 am

48-volt hybrid systems, Formula E.

Study tip: According to a recent study undertaken by Lux, 48-volt hybrid systems are likely to exceeded 7 million vehicles by 2024. Researchers predict that lithium-titanate (LTO) batteries will be the preferred energy storage technology, because of their ability to charge and discharge fast, which is critical for micro-hybrid applications., (study)

Video tip: Watch this video from the Formula E launch event and see what Alain Prost, Alejandro Agag und Lucas di Grassi like most about the new Championship series.

May 27, 2014 - 08:43 am

BMW, Volkswagen, Iran, Mahindra Racing, Chevrolet.

BMW electric MPV in the making: With backlogs of at least six months for the BMW i3 and i8 due to high demand, the Bavarian carmaker is already planning its next BMW i electric vehicle, according to a member of the BMW board. Other sources report that the new EV will be an electric version of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) similar to the new 2-series Active Tourer. (in German)

First details of plug-in Passat: In its eighth version, Volkswagen’s famous Passat will receive a plug-in hybrid heart. While details are scarce, the Passat is certain to have 31 miles of all-electric range and will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

No import tax: The Iranian government will no longer collect taxes on imported hybrid and electric cars, providing they do not have engines that hold more than 2.5 litres. Originally, the duties had been introduced to boost the local car industry. Instead, the measure led to a deterioration of quality of the Iran car market.

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The Mahindra racing team is now complete. Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna, two former Formula One drivers will join the upcoming Formula E Championship and make up the only Indian team. So far, six of the 20 Formula E drivers have been confirmed.

Chevrolet Spark EV is not for everyone: Jeff Cobb from put together a nice review of the 2014 Chevy Spark EV. Even though the small EV really seems to be a great car at a reasonable price, GM is only selling it in the U.S. states of California and Oregon.

May 27, 2014 - 08:39 am

China pollution.

China is set to discard 6 million high-polluting vehicles from is roads by the end of this year. The action plan requires all cars that do not meet emissions standards to be scraped. According to environmental authorities, 31.1 percent of air pollution in Beijing is caused by vehicle emissions.


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May 27, 2014 - 08:36 am

TransPower, Japanese combustion engine collaboration.

TransPower-engineAll-electric short-haul: TransPower wants to electrify the short-haul drayage market. Its ElecTruck drive system includes dual electric motors, a modular 270 kWh Li-ion battery, and a five speed transmission. Eight of these heavy weights will be put into drayage service at the Ports of LA and Long Beach, California, by the end of the year.

All for one, one for all: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Daihatsu have announced an alliance to improve fuel economy of future combustion engines. The Research Association of Automotive Internal Combustion Engines is aiming to bring the efficiency up to 50%. Even the EV-loving Japanese seem to think that combustion engines will not be pushed off the streets anytime soon.

May 27, 2014 - 08:34 am

Yoshio Ito, Stella Li.

Yoshio-Ito“Panasonic does not have a timeframe for a decision on its investment but any expenditure this year would be small.”

Yoshio Ito, Senior Managing Executive Officer and President of the Panasonic’s automotive and industrial division, sees no need to rush regarding investments to be made in Tesla’s Gigafactory. Those will be made step-by-step and gradually.

Stella-Li-BYD“Once Tesla warms up the market, BYD should follow to pick up some real fruits.”

BYD’s Senior Vice President Stella Li confidently challenges assumptions of Tesla becoming a dominant force in the Chinese EV market. Instead as a competitor, she sees the Californian car maker as potential collaborator and points out that BYD as battery manufacturer might even become a supplier to Tesla at some point. via

May 27, 2014 - 08:33 am

VW e-Golf, BMW i3.

Video tip: It’s kick-off for the e-Golf media campaign. The first TV ad, in which an e-Golf owner says his heartbreaking good-byes to his old gas station, can already be seen online. (in German)

Charity tip: Make It Right, the charity that builds green homes for people in need (mainly in New Orleans), gave away a donated BMW i3 in a raffle at its recent gala. Make It Right founder Brad Pitt and presenter Sandra Bullock announced the lucky winner themselves.


May 26, 2014 - 08:33 am

Renault, Lexus, Formula E, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen.

Electric Twingo to be delayed: Renault has put the electrification of its revamped compact car on hold without providing a new introduction date. The company makes low demand for pure electric cars responsible for the move, as consumers are not accepting lower range and comparatively high costs.

European debut for Lexus NX: Toyota’s premium brand presented its first SUV, which it believes to become a “game changer” when it goes on sale in Europe this October. The NX 300h hybrid will be available with one or two electric motors with a total system output of 145 kW. In the UK, prices start at 29,495 pounds (about 50,000 dollars).,

Long Beach ePrix: Formula E has revealed the location of round seven of its inaugural season – Long Beach, California. At the ePrix race on April 4th, 2015, the audience will have free access to the Long Beach street circuit with its scenic start/finish line at the Marina.

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Outlander test drive: American Green Car Reports had to go all the way to the UK for a chance to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, since in the U.S., the plug-in will only be available in 2016. This delay (we reported) is also the Outlanders “biggest issue,” while it is otherwise “perfectly pleasant,” Antony Ingram believes. But he fears that the vehicle might appear outdated by the time it arrives in the States.

E-Golf review: Top Gear’s Sam Philip let the E-Golf spin its wheels, as he got carried away with the torque that makes the car feel faster than its spec suggests. Even though Philip only got 100 rather than VW’s declared 118 miles of range, he thinks “it’s the most convincing electric car ever made.”

May 26, 2014 - 08:32 am


Renault sold its 40,000th electric car, a Kangoo Z.E., in Austria this weekend. Meanwhile, its partner Nissan delivered Leaf no. 50,000 in the U.S. earlier this month. (Renault, in German), (Nissan USA)

May 26, 2014 - 08:31 am

Mini, Segway, SILENT-F, Nissan.

Mini-Superleggera-VisionSuperleggera Vision: Mini together with Milanese coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has created an electric open-top retro roadster. The two-seat Mini concept debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza, Italy last weekend. Its electric drivetrain is still a secret but believed to be based on the BMW i3 drive.,

Police Segway: The SE-3 Patroller is a stand-in tricycle specifically designed for police and security patrols. The three-wheel and extra high Segway comes with independent direct rear wheel drive, can travel in reverse and has a small turning radius. A top speed has not been revealed yet. The company hopes its 12,000 dollar EV will soon replace patrol cars at airports.

Fuel cell range extender: SILENT-F is a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) hybrid system developed in a joint project of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The DMFC is set up as range extender for EVs and is much quieter than conventional REX systems. A test vehicle has just recently been launched.

Nissan’s challenger for WEC: The Japanese car maker confirmed it would take part in the World Endurance Championship in Le Mans in 2015. The new GT-R LM Nismo will not be just “another hybrid” but “a little bit different,” Nissan vice-president Andy Palmer declared but did not go into further detail.


May 26, 2014 - 08:30 am

Jerome Stoll, An Conghui.

Jerome-Stoll“We’re not in a situation where the market has followed our forecasts. People haven’t yet reached the point where they feel the need to have an electric vehicle for full daily use. People need to feel that need to shift to electric models.”

Jerome Stoll on putting the electric Twingo on hold as demand remains far behind Renault’s expectations.

An-Conghui“Geely will take oil-electronic hybrid type and plug-in hybrid modes as important pivot for company development in the future.”

Geely president An Conghui wants to double sales to 1.2 million cars in 2019. Not all of them will be electric or hybrid though the Chinese car maker is undergoing extensive rebranding and restructuring efforts which will also see them working more closely with Volvo in the future.

May 26, 2014 - 08:26 am

Fuel cell report, Interview with Dale Vince.

Research tip: A new report by Grand Review Research predicts that global fuel cell capacity will reach 664.5 megawatts by 2020. This would mean a 22.6% compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2020. (study, fee required) via

Video tip: In the latest episode of Fully Charged, Robert Llewellyn talks to Dale Vince, Ecotricity’s founder and main sponsor of the show, about the past, present and future of green energy.

May 23, 2014 - 08:57 am

EU, Tesla, Porsche, Smart, OECD, Mitsubishi.

Simulation before regulation: In its new “Strategy for reducing Heavy-Duty Vehicles’ fuel consumption and CO2 emissions” paper, the EU Commission lays out its plans to reduce carbon emissions of trucks, buses and coaches. In a first step, a newly developed computer simulation tool called VECTO will monitor, certify and report CO2 emissions by HDVs before legislation to actually cut carbon will eventually be introduced., (EU commission)

Model S to be converted: Newport Convertible Engineering (NCE) confirmed it will offer the Tesla Model S in soft-top convertible, hard-top convertible, and two-door coupé variants. NCE had originally planned to order 5,000 units directly from Tesla (we reported) but due to high global demand, existing Model S drivers will have to bring in their cars.

When worlds collide: While some dream of getting their hands on a Porsche, Robert Llewellyn was a bit overwhelmed by the Panamera SE Hybrid. Understandably so, as he usually drives a Nissan Leaf. But after a few days the EV advocate managed, what he called the “German built monster,” reasonably well.

New Smart e-bike editions: Mercedes DTM team drivers are the first to ride the latest edition of the Smart pedelec. It now comes in orange as well as in black. Apart from new colours, the Smart e-bike comfort comes with suspension fork, comfort saddle and high handlebars for 2,899 euros.,

Diesel pollution kills: An OECD report on the deaths related to air pollution deciphers the cost for advanced economies plus China and India at 3.5 trillion dollars a year. In OECD countries, around half the damage comes from road transport, with diesel vehicles producing the most harmful emissions. More than 3.5 million people die each year from air pollution worldwide., (download the report)

Mitsubishi at Pikes Peak: The Japanese are once again gearing up for the famous uphill race and this time they are sending a specialist to support their driver Hiroshi Masuoka. Greg Tracey has won Pikes Peak six times on a motorcycle, so winning in an EV based on i-MiEV technology should be a piece of cake, right?!


May 23, 2014 - 08:56 am

Hybrid vs. BEV.

With 100,000 Nissan Leafs and 70,000 Chevrolet Volts sold globally only four years after its introduction, EV sales are outpacing hybrid sales by far. In comparison, IHS Automotive has found that the Toyota Prius had only been sold 52,000 times in its first four years.

May 23, 2014 - 08:54 am

Renault, LG Chem, BYD, Intelligent Energy, SemaConnect, Nissan.

Renault and LG Chem forged a strategic alliance to develop long-range Li-ion batteries for EVs. The partnership agreement will see the two companies combining their R&D efforts to produce a new vehicle using a high density battery to be developed by LG Chem which is said to double the current range of 93 miles.,,

Long-lasting transducers: BYD Microelectronics (BME) announced that the multi-channel, current transducers, namely the BLX9, in BYD’s EVs have been running faultlessly for 130,000,000 miles in the last five years with each electric car running for more than 400,000 miles.

Air-cooled, compact fuel cell system: Intelligent Energy presented its Gen4 fuel cell power unit, which has been developed together with Suzuki, at the 2014 JSAE (Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan) Annual Congress in Yokohama. The unit is designed for smaller EVs but comes with an optional range extender for application in larger vehicles.

Google Glass to find charging stations: Charging station operator SemaConnect has developed an app to be used with Google Glass. Drivers can use Google’s wearable computer to locate the nearest charging point within a 20-mile radius. However, the app will only list ChargePro stations – currently over 300 in the U.S. and Canada.

Nissan ZEOD RC exposed: The Japanese carmaker released an explosion drawing of its hybrid race car. The CAD graphic shows most components of the ZEOD RC prototype which Nissan built to take to Garage 56 at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours competition.

May 23, 2014 - 08:53 am

Sergio Marchionne, Ben Scott, Yoshio Ito.

Sergio-Marchionne“If you are considering buying a 500e, I hope you don’t buy it, because every time I sell one it costs me 14,000 dollars.”

These are the blunt words of Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, who had previously dubbed the selling of electric cars as “industrial masochism” he will personally try to avoid as much as possible.

Ben-Scott“The increasing variety of EVs and PHEVs is encouraging for the market, but there still needs to be more of these vehicles available to reach parity with internal combustion engine cars.”

Ben Scott, analyst for IHS Automotive, still sees the EV market in its early stage. Even though “EV adoption (is) exceeding the historical precedent of hybrids,” he said, more EVs need to be offered to get on par with conventional cars.

Yoshio-Ito“We will make sure to carry out investments one step at a time in line with demand.”

Yoshio Ito, Panasonic’s senior managing executive officer, on a possible investment in Tesla’s Gigafactory. After the company had signed a letter of intend earlier this month, Panasonic has not yet disclosed how much it would invest.


May 23, 2014 - 08:50 am

Toyota, Formula E, Light duty vehicles, Events.

Video tip I: Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, talks to Fortune Magazine and affirms the company’s belief in hybrids and hydrogen technology.

Video tip II + III: Robert Llewellyn bore witness to the hand over of the Formula E cars at Donnington, UK, (we reported). Now, a film of the event has gone online and is complemented by an official clip on the electric racing series’s video channel. (Llewellyn), (Formula E)

Research tip: A study by Navigant is looking at the global market for light duty vehicles (LDV) of which they believe 2.5% could be plug-in hybrid, battery-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles by 2035.

Selected events for the coming week: Nikola Tesla E-Rallye (27 – 31 May, Pula- Smiljan- Zagreb, Croatia) ++ 4th Israeli Power Sources Conference (29 May, Herzelia, Israel) ++ Wave Trophy EV Rallye (30 May – 7 June, Germany, Austria, Switzerland) ++ AMI Auto Mobil International (31 May – 8 June, Leipzig, Germany)

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May 22, 2014 - 09:12 am

PSA, Li-Tec, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Elio Motors.

imiev-czero-ionPSA to rethink EV strategy: Carlo Tavares, PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO, said its company will decide within the next twelve months if to keep up the cooperation with Mitsubishi on EVs. The decision is part of an overall re-evaluation of strategy which also takes location of production and the strength of the yen into account.

The end of Li-Tec? Daimler considers to close its production of Li-ion cells for the Smart electric drive in Saxonia by 2016, reports the German Manager Magazin. Cells for the new Smart ED would than be supplied by LG Chem. The end of Li-Tec does not affect its partner German Accumotive, which manufactures Li-Tec cells into finished batteries, as Accumotive serves other customers apart from Smart, the magazin writes with reference to Daimler insiders. (in German)

Mercedes hybrid estate: The German carmaker will launch its latest C-Class later this year at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) car show in Leipzig. The estate will be manufactured in Bremen. Furthermore, Daimler confirmed to offer it as diesel-hybrid C 300 BlueTEC Hybrid and later as C 350 plug-in hybrid with a 50 kW electric drive., (in German, hybrid)

Hybrid Tiguan: German Auto Bild reports that the upcoming VW Tiguan will not only come with an option for seven seats but will also be offered as plug-in hybrid from July 2016 using the drivetrain of the Golf GTE offering 50 km electric range., (German original source)

H2-Tucson has arrived: Hyundai’s production fuel cell vehicle, otherwise known as ix35, has arrived in the states. Here, it will be called Tucson and become available at three Californian dealerships within the next few weeks. The monthly lease of 499 dollars includes unlimited free hydrogen and servicing.,

Elio trike delayed: Louisiana company Elio Motors announced it had to push back production of its ultra-efficient trike until the third quarter of 2015. The delay is due to funding issues, the company said.

May 22, 2014 - 09:11 am

GM charging stations

Together, 5,900 charging stations stand at Chevrolet and Cadillac dealerships in the USA. 401 more were installed by GM at its U.S. production facilities and offices. There, at least 20 percent of the stations are using solar energy and employees can use them free of charge.,

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).,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. (study to order) via

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

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.

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.,

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.,

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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.

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). (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. (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.

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.,

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.,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.,

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.,

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.,

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.

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. (Fennek), (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.,

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.,

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., (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.

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.

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.

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.

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