Mar 26, 2014 - 09:53 am

Matthias Wissmann, Timothy Eustace.

Matthias-Wissmann“This is why we have now reached the next milestone: Electric mobility is competitive and ready to enter the market.”

Matthias Wissmann is the president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and he is convinced that German carmakers did a good job and obtained a leading position in terms of alternative drivetrains. (in German)

Timothy-Eustace“General Motors and Ford didn’t start out with franchises. They started out direct to market. It took them years to build the marketing system they have now.”

Timothy Eustace, Democratic Assemblyman in New Jersey, says that he had no idea what was going on when Tesla was voted out of the state in a meeting two weeks ago. Eustace is backing Tesla and has authored a proposal that seeks to amend state law to allow any electric carmaker to sell directly to customers.

Mar 26, 2014 - 09:51 am

Nissan Leaf, Formula E.

Click tip: Although we are trying hard here at to keep you up to date on everything EV, why not head over to Nissan’s new website where real Leaf owners answer your questions about driving electric. Let us know what you find out! via, (Leaf owner stories)

Video tip: Watch, but more important, listen to Jarno Trully’s first rounds in a Formula E race car. Will you find the new sound as “cool” as the Italian race driver does? Most likely.

Mar 25, 2014 - 09:40 am

EU, Mitsubishi, BMW, Tesla, Volkswagen.

No EU target: Yesterday, members of the European parliament have agreed that EU countries will be obliged to install an ‘appropriate number of electric recharging points accessible to the public’ by 2020. To reach a compromise, the parliament did follow the urge of the member states and settled the agreement without defining specific targets.

Mitsubishi goes all-hybrid: As part of their ‘Green Mobility’ initiative, Mitsubishi will offer every future car model in a hybrid/plug-in hybrid version, says Werner H. Frey, director of MMD Automobile, Mitsubishi’s importer in Germany. Furthermore Frey wants to turn German Mitsubishi dealerships into Green Mobility Centers and install dedicated charging points for its customers. (in German)

BMW X7 made in USA: According to Automobilwoche, BMW plans to extend its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and to build the upcoming X7 there. It will join the X3, X5, X6 and the X4, which starts later this year. All models are expected to receive hybrid drivetrains eventually.,

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Tesla Model S redefined: With ‘Unplugged Performance’ another Tesla tuner is entering the stage. The modifications on offer are rather moderate and tasteful and we cannot wait to see details of the future performance tuning options being announced!

No compliance car: Having owned six different models of the VW Golf in the past, Robert Llewellyn certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to Germany’s best-selling car. He is convinced that the new e-Golf is not just a another electric car built to comply with emission limits. Instead, it has even “raised the game.”



Mar 25, 2014 - 09:40 am

European EV sales.

The electric car is picking up speed in Europe with increased sales of 37 percent in February compared to the same month in 2013. Best-selling EV was the Nissan Leaf (861) followed by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (611) and the BMW i3 (604).

Mar 25, 2014 - 09:39 am

A123, Electrolyte, Tesla, Hamburg.

A123’s re-orientation: The battery maker is selling its grid storage business and other assets related to telecom and IT data storage to NEC Corporation for approximately 100 million dollars. Furthermore, A123 Systems LLC is increasing its focus on the transportation market and is currently producing 12-volt micro-hybrid batteries for three different vehicle manufacturers.

ElectrolyteDividable e-bike: Bavarian Electrolyte showed its latest idea of an electric bicycle which can be easily disassembled in two pieces to be taken on the train, bus or other means of public transport. The manufacturer has yet to make a decision on the final design, but says it will defintivly introduce a compact e-bike.

Pedal displacement: According to Tesla owner David Noland, poor design of the both the acceleration and braking pedal in the Model S could lead the driver to push both pedals at the same time. But instead of displaying a warning message, Noland suggest Tesla to disable the accelerator instead in the rare circumstances this double-pedal state occurs.

Hamburg gets Energy Campus: The new research institute will host two laboratories for wind turbine generation and smart grid applications and be part of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Hamburg’s mayor, Olaf Scholz, is referring to the new Energy Campus as the “Silicon Valley of renewal energies.” (in German)

Mar 25, 2014 - 09:38 am

Cécile Toubeau, Arndt Neuhaus.

Cecile-Toubeau“Greatly reducing transport’s CO2 emissions requires many measures, and clean electrification of transport will have to be one of them. Today’s deal is a damp squib that does nothing to bring that closer.”

Cécile Toubeau, policy officer at Transport & Environment, is clearly not amused about the EU parliament’s decision to drop all mandatory targets for electric charging stations and refuelling stations for hydrogen, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG).

Arndt-Neuhaus“With its charging infrastructure, Tesla is using a proprietary system instead of an open system, which has not been proven to be a good way in the IT industry. To be able to quickly become a mass-market phenomena, electric mobility has to be based upon open standards. I need to be able to use any charging point in Europe, regardless of the connector. A proprietary connector is not really helping here.”

Arndt Neuhaus, chairman of the board at german utility RWE, talks to German ‘Automobilwoche’ about Hubject and his thoughts on the Tesla Supercharger network. (in German)


Mar 25, 2014 - 09:37 am

Porsche 918 Spyder, Cadillac ELR.

Video tip I: In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Daniel Eastman from Porsche is walking Leno through the 918 Spyder before taking it on a test drive. Surely a nice sum-up of the development and features of the plug-in hybrid supercar. via

Video tip II: The new commercial for the Cadillac ELR is definitively less provocative than the previous ‘Poolside’ clip (we reported) but it highlights the plug-in ELR as an electric car without compromise. Well, will this reignite the debate about whether the Voltec drivetrain classifies the ELR as a plug-in hybrid rather than a range-extended electric car?

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:59 am

SLAM, BMW, Mitsubishi, Ohio State University, eV Race, Volkswagen.

Germany gets fast-charging network: SLAM is the name of the new DC charging network to be set up by BWM, Daimler, Ford, VW and the German ministry of economics. Until 2017, a total of 400 charging stations will be installed throughout the country at about every 50 kilometres. CCS (DC) and Type 2 (three-phase AC) are the standards in favour, CHAdeMO will be excluded. The project kicks off officially at the Hannover Messe trade show at the beginning of April. (in German)

New fast charging option? BMWi’s head of communication, Weiland Bruch, announced the coming of a new DC-charging solution. Details about what exactly that entails were not disclosed. It is possible, however, that it could have something to do with the above mentioned SLAM project.,

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV priced down under: Starting on March 31st, the SUV will be available in Australia starting at 47,490 AU dollars (43,026 U.S. dollars). The plug-in hybrid combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with front and rear electric motors and has a maximum electrical range of 52 kilometres.,

Ohio State University enters TT Zero: The RW2.X operates at 450 volts and holds as much energy as a Chevy Volt. The electronics and inner workings of the 70 hp electric motorcycle were entirely designed and build by students. It is the University’s second time entering the race.

Tesla pioneers develop electric race car: Internode-founder and owner of the first Tesla in Australia, Simon Hackett, is investing in eV Race Systems, a start-up aiming to develop a new high-performance electric race car. With Rudi Tuisk and Craig Davis – two former Tesla managers – being part of the executive team, eV Race Systems seems well prepared for the job.

Driving VW: Transport Evolved sat behind the wheel of the Golf GTE, finding that it lives up to “its name of a sporty plug-in hybrid.” GreenCar Reports gave the 2015 e-Golf a go, also having a “favourable” impression. And one thing both test drivers agree on – no matter if its hybrid or all-electric – it still looks and feels like a VW Golf. (VW Golf GTE), (VW e-Golf)

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:57 am

BYD Qin.

By its own account, BYD sold more than 6,000 Qins in China in the first months of 2014. With official figures yet to be released, China’s National Passenger Car Association says that if the selling trend really did continue to rise in March, the Qin could just be the country’s best selling EV to date. via


Mar 24, 2014 - 09:56 am

Fomm, Johnson Controls, BMW, Graphene.

Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded).

Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery.,

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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process.,

Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity.

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:55 am

Alexey Rakhmanov, Niki Lauda.

Alexey-Rakhmanov“Nonetheless, Russia has started some steps forward. Our task now is to get rid of great pollutants – from this point of view if you do nothing about fleet renewal no hybrid or electric vehicle would add anything to the eco-situation in cities.”

Alexey Rakhmanov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, explains that the Russian government is studying how to allocate subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles. However, he adds that the road to establishing the technology in the country is going to be a long one.

Niki-Lauda“I have no idea why and I think it is absurd that there are people who, after such a good race, complain about the new Formula 1, saying that it is not loud enough.”

Former Formula 1 driver and non-executive chairman of the Mercedes F1 Team, Niki Lauda, disagrees with comments that hybrid engines do not belong on the race track. Earlier, Formula 1 chef Bernie Ecclestone had complaint that the new vehicles do not sound like real race cars anymore. (in German)

Mar 24, 2014 - 09:52 am

Kia fast charging, Drayson B12.

Video tip 1: Kia’s new promotional video ‘Recharge Your Soul’ highlights the fast charging process for its new EV, showing positively charged people. The Motto – ‘everyone needs time to be recharged.’ via (in German)

Video tip 2: In the newest edition of ‘Fully Charged,’ Robert Llewellyn watches the Drayson B12/69EV Le Mans prototype set a new record, as the electric racing car hits 219 miles per hour (352 kph). via

Mar 21, 2014 - 09:49 am

Tesla, Renault, Mia Electric, Mitsubishi, Formula E.

Tesla eyes Arizona and it seems as the U.S. state is considering a compromise in return. The reason – the electric car giant is considering opening its Gigafactory there. Along with Texas and New Jersey, Arizona had banned Tesla from owning its own retail stores, a ruling it might now reverse. And while Tesla is also considering building in Texas, no word there about lifting the ‘Tesla-ban.’, (why Tesla should be allowed to sell own cars)

Twizy Cargo priced: The latest addition to the Twizy family will be available starting at 8,080 euros (11,140 dollars) in France. The battery rental begins at as low as 50 euros (69 dollars) per month, depending on the contract period. The EV is clearly aimed at businesses, featuring a 180-litre/75-kilo boot instead of a backseat.

Mia Electric is dead: Motor Nature takes a look at the the recent developments at Mia Electric and tries to explain why Mia will eventually disappear whilst electric cars turn into a mature market. Is it just a sad story or also a good sign?

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Mitsubishi starts ‘Green Mobility’ campaign: The i-MiEV (which sounds like the German word for ‘smelly’) will be sold under the new name Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle. The EV will also be tagged with a lower price, starting at 23,788 euros (32,780 dollars). Overall, the Japanese car manufacturer wants to focus on cars with alternative drives in Germany. The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in will be launched there in May. (in German)

Formula E Driver’s Club grows: Four more drivers have signed up to be among the possible drivers of the Formula E Championship. Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld and Jérôme d’Ambrosio, all three of which have competed in the Formula One join the pool, as well as Sam Bird, who came second in the GP2 series last year.

Mar 21, 2014 - 09:48 am

BMW i3.

No less than 100,000! That is how many electric vehicles BMW plans to build per year by 2020. According to Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management for BMW AG, the pressure to comply with lower emission rules is what will push for an increase in production. But just as a reminder: Tesla is aiming at building 500,000 cars in 2020.,

Mar 21, 2014 - 09:46 am

Karabag, Butcher & Bicycle, Hero Cycles, MIFA.

Karabag-InduktivLadenKarabag inductive charging: Hamburg-based Karabag, mainly known for its electric conversions of the Fiat 500, has finished the engineering and testing phase of its inductive charging system. The system was developed together with Paul Vahle und Finepower and is now ready to go into production. The German company is currently looking for partners who want to install the wireless 3 kW system. (in German), (in German)

Dynamic three-wheeler: Even with a large transport-basket in the front, the MK1 by Denmark’s Butcher & Bicycles leans sportily into the bend. The reason – its two front wheels can incline. The e-version of the cargo bike is available starting at 5,000 euros (6,900 dollars). The 12 Ah battery keeps the wheels spinning for as many as 15 kilometres. (in German)

Strategic German-Indian partnership: India’s Hero Cycles will invest 15 million euros (20.7m dollars) in German bike maker MIFA (Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke). The two want to cooperate in the development of electric motors and e-bikes. But that seems to be only the beginning. Hero Cycles has reserved a total of 40 million euros (55.1m dollars) for the German market, which could buy it a market share of 33%.


Mar 21, 2014 - 09:44 am

Norbert Reithofer, Unnamed Volkswagen official.

Norbert-Reithofer“We believe the electric motor is a future technology for zero-emission driving in urban areas.”

BMW-CEO Norbert Reithofer sees demand for electric vehicles grow especially in larger cities. For long distances, however, he still sees EVs with fuel cell technology leading the way.

anonym“We are still in the process of carrying out research into the potential of electric mobility for vans but it is already clear there is a need for a commercial vehicle in the A-sector.”

A Volkswagen official in Berlin confirms that the carmaker will go ahead and build the van-version of its e-up, the e-load up. VW is said to present the model at this year’s IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover (Germany) in September.

Mar 21, 2014 - 09:40 am

EV road-worthiness testing,

Electric stamp of approval: All cars need to undergo roadworthiness testing as they get older. Transport Evolved looks at what these look like for EVs in the UK and takes its Nissan Leaf to the Ministry of Transport (MoT) test there.

Listening tip: editor Marc Kudling talks to Australian radio journalist Chris Goodsell about the latest technological advances in electric mobility industry and about the future of EVs worldwide.

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:47 am

Bentley, BMW, Denza, Tesla, Toyota.

Bentley plans hybrid SUV: The carmaker just premiered the first image of its upcoming 4×4, available in 2016. A petrol-hybrid version will follow in 2017 and is said to have an electric range of about 25 miles. The technology will be adapted from other projects within the VW Group.,,

Waiting for BMW i3: Buyers will have to wait as long as six months to get their i3 because production cannot keep up with demand. The reason is the increasing number of orders from Norway and the U.S., which crossed the 11,000-unit mark. There is no problem with production itself, however, BMW reassures customers. (in German)

First Denza caught on camera: The first car of the BYD-Daimler joint venture has been spotted near the flagship store in Beijing. It features Daimler’s luxury and BYD’s technology, including an 87 kW motor with a 250 kilometre range (155 miles).

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Toyota Prius named best used car: According to Consumer Reports, the hybrid is not only a nice ride when it rolls fresh off the assembly line – especially the 2004-2007 models make for a great used vehicles. It gets good mileage, is reliable and comes with a price tag of less than 10,000 dollars.

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:46 am

Hydrogen fuelling stations.

Worldwide, there are some 168 hydrogen fuelling stations currently in operation – 26 of those are located in Germany, 67 across the USA. And while 11 new stations went online in 2013, the overall number of H2-stations has decreased. One year ago, the number was still at 208. (press release, in English), (official numbers)

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:45 am

GreenDataNet, BMW, Vattenfall, DoE, Aging of Li-ion batteries.

EV batteries to power data centres: The GreenDataNet project wants to keep data centres running using old EV batteries that first store and then supply extra energy during peak hours. The initiative is funded by the EU with 2.9 million euros (4m dollars) and supported by Nissan.,

Second calling for batteries: With the number of EVs growing worldwide, the number of old EV batteries will increase as well. While Sumitomo in Japan already uses them to store excess solar energy, BMW is currently exploring second life applications. Together with European utility Vattenfall, they are also looking into using the old batteries as energy storage units to ensure power grid stability.

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Alternatives drives put to the (real world) test: Cars like the Honda Accord PHEV and Smart Fortwo ED are currently driving laps at the Intertek centre in Arizona, USA, before they will be driven by various fleet operators for nearly 200,000 miles over three years. The United States Department of Energy (DoE) uses the data to determine vehicle performance, durability and operational costs.,

Why batteries age: German researchers have determined a major source of aging of Li-ion batteries, saying that repetitive changes in atomic arrangements can cause the breakdown of the crystal structure of a material and therefore the deterioration of battery performance.

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:41 am

Ian Robertson, Matthias Müller.

ian-robertson“Zero emissions will perhaps become a requirement and I think that 20 percent of combustion engines will come with some form of electrification within 10-20 years.”

Looking at i3 sales figures for the i3, BMW’s Ian Robertson believes that especially in cities, the number of EVs will continue to grow. Still, he does not see combustion engines going out of style anytime soon.

Matthias-Mueller“Yes, of course we are thinking about it.”

Porsche chef Matthias Müller is thinking about it out loudly. Following Tesla’s success, the carmaker is considering an all-electric sports car of its own – without a range extender. (in German)

Mar 20, 2014 - 09:38 am

Tesla Model S, Brammo Empulse.

Video tip 1: Tesla Sales Manager Ben Kanner explains the inner and outer workings of the Model S in this EdisonTech Centre video.

Video tip 2: Brammo lead developer Brian Wissmann leaves no question unanswered about the technology inside the Empulse. After all, who could know the e-motorcycle any better? via

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:05 am

Mahindra Reva, Chevy Volt, Kienbaum, FEDDZ, Tesla.

Mahindra Reva eyes European market: The electric car manufacturer will introduce its e20 in the UK and Norway by the end of the year. Mahindra Reva said it is looking for new markets with EV incentives, after it was welcomed with open arms in Nepal at the end of 2013 and in Bhutan just a few weeks ago.,

What’s known about the next-gen Chevy Volt: ‘Green Car Reports’ bets on a new Volt in 2016 instead of 2015, saying the main reason for a new version will be to bring down production cost. One of the new and improved features will most likely be an extended electric range.

A quarter electric: German management consultancy Kienbaum suggests that EVs will hold 25 percent of the market share in Germany by 2025. Still, the study forecasts that the country will fall short of its goal of having 1 million EVs on the roads by 2020 – it is more likely to be around 800,000.

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E-moped with cargo space: The German-build FEDDZ features an 11.5 kg removable lithium-ion battery enabling a range of up to 200 kilometres. Above that, designers have built in a 25-litre cargo space into the frame – plenty of room for some cargo. (plus video)

Will Tesla be successful in China? Forbes analyses the reasons why the Model S might not be as successful in China as on other markets. Simply due to the fact that there is practically no recharge infrastructure and no policy support. Moreover, erecting Superchargers to supply free green energy to future drivers would be another challenge considering the state-owned electricity grid powered almost entirely be coal.

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:04 am

California's green HOV sticker program.

Only 3,770 green stickers left! A total of 40,000 were available through California’s HOV-lane access decal program, granting plug-in hybrids and extended-range EVs access to carpool lanes. A programme allowing for dealers to apply for the stickers ahead of a sale has now been suspended.

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:02 am

BionX, Bossard, Tesla, Stromer, Green Automotive.

E-bike battery tester: System developer BionX has validated battery analysers by company BTC for its own e-bike power packs. The BA S-Pedelec 900 will be available to BionX dealers, so they can test batteries on location, rather than having to send them in for analysis.

The California-Swiss connection: Bossard has been delivering production fasteners for the Model S in the past. Work well done, it seems. The Swiss company now signed a 3-year 140-million-dollar deal with Tesla to continue their partnership.

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Improving rider-bike relations: Swiss company Stromer has developed a new e-bike, the ST2, equipped with Bluetooth and the ability to communicate with the rider’s smartphone. Via an app, the latter can then turn the bike on and off, as well as tune it to individual preferences. The phone can be charged via USB cable while driving., (Video)

Electric Safari: Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy signed an agreement with Green Automotive Company (GAC) to develop a fully-electric safari vehicle. GAC is in charge of developing the drivetrain and integrating it into the body. The goal is to preserve the environment and stop scarring animals away with rattling diesel engines.,

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:01 am

Jon Burdekin, Toto Wolff.

Jon-Burdekin“Government assistance is certainly helping to stimulate interest in EVs, with the grants applicable to both cars and vans.”

Alphabet’s Jon Burdekin wants certainty over the future of EV incentives in the UK. But he also knows that those alone pay only half the bill – charging infrastructure will have to be developed further, in order for more private and corporate buyers to consider going electric.

Toto-Wolff“These cars are going to go quicker in a few races than the old ones. We are going to get used to the sounds and I promise you next year we will not remember any difference in F1.”

Toto Wolff, Executive Director of Mercedes AMG Petronas, is convinced that fans and drivers will get used to the sound of the new hybrid Formula One cars, which made some people compare it to “vacuum cleaners” or “sewing machines on wheels.”

Mar 19, 2014 - 09:58 am

EV battery swapping, Ricardo HyBoost.

Reading tip: ‘Stop dreaming’ is what this article tells readers flat out – the standard and thus swappable EV battery will not happen. Ever. The main reason is that manufacturers will not share design and technology details with others.

Video tip: This week’s star in Jay Leno’s garage is the Ricardo HyBoost – a light-hybrid with a 1.1-litre dual-boosted engine that uses a turbocharger and electric supercharger. Vroom indeed! via

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

Renault/Nissan, Electric Hummer, T-Sportline, Paris.

Joint EV development: Renault and Nissan are strengthening their cooperation for the sake of synergies. The convergence covers four areas, one of which is Engineering that includes the development of electric drivetrains.,

Electric-HummerElectric Hummer: GM’s mega car is back but in a much smaller version and fully electric. The ‘MEV Hummer HX’ is distributed by Swiss MEV Cars with a licence by GM. The electric mini Hummer is available with either lead-acid or li-ion batteries. Currently, production is in China but MEV Cars plans to relocate to Europe soon and is also looking for a German distributor. (in German)

Tuning Tesla: T-Sportline calls itself the AMG of Tesla. Its tuned version of the Model S costs 205,820 dollars, that is 80,000 dollars on top, if all options like gilded steel rims, a carbon-fiber body kit and interior upgrades are added., (video)

Paris is fuming: Due to heavy smog that has clouded the French capital for days, the city banned half of all cars and motorbikes on Monday. Only hybrids and electric vehicles were exempt. Furthermore, the use of public transport, car and bike sharing schemes was free of charge.,,

Nissan and Renault are on track to hit their sales target of 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2020 or maybe even sooner, according to company officials. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn had initially been more ambitious when predicting this number to be reached by 2016 but has since added four more years. Only time will tell…

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

EV market share.

Once more Norway is hitting the ground running as the country boasts 5,75 percent EV market share compared to all vehicles in 2013. This gives the Scandinavian country the lead on 17 other countries where electric vehicles only take a share below one percent. Second best are the Netherlands where EV sales also continue to grow. (World), (Netherlands)

Mar 18, 2014 - 10:01 am

University of Tokyo, Tucson, Mie University, IEC, CHAdeMO.

Dual-ion battery: Researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have developed a ‘Dual-ion battery’ using a calcium iron oxide cathode, sodium ion electrolyte and metallic sodium anode. This could make batteries cheaper as it is possible to use cathode materials that do not contain scarce elements.

Arizona bids for Gigafactory: Tucson, Arizona has made a formal proposal to Tesla to build their battery facility there. The city hopes to attract the Californian carmaker with additional tax incentives and various transport links. Tesla has not made a decision yet but apparently does not consider its homeland California an option anymore.

Hannover, Messe, April, 2014, Fachbesucher

Aqueous lithium air battery: Researchers at Mie University, Japan, have developed a protected lithium electrode for aqueous lithium air batteries. The system is said to have an energy density of more than 300 Wh/kg, about double as much as current commercial li-ion batteries.

CHAdeMO official standard: The FDIS (final draft international standard) for 61851-23 and -24 were finally approved by the IEC technical committees and have been published on the IEC website. The publication was the last step of the standardisation process thus making CHAdeMO an official standard for DC charging of EVs., (standard)

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