EV business models, Ford Comuta EV.
Reading tip: “Electric Vehicle Business Models: Global Perspectives” is a book by experts that got together for the “Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement” project of the IEA.
e-mobility-nsr.eu, springer.com (buy the book)
Click tip: Take a look at Ford’s Comuta (quite a telling name), a Smart-sized electric car made in 1967. With four batteries it could get 37 miles far but only at a top speed of 37 mph. At the launch, the managing director believed EVs “to be commercially feasible within the next 10 years.”
Lutz Pathfinder, Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation.
Video tip: With more than 20 sensors, including cameras, lidar and radar, the all-electric two-seater Lutz Pathfinder could roam the streets of the UK all by itself. Except that driverless cars are not yet allowed in Great Britain. But it is quite an eyecatcher, even on the track in Milton Keynes.
Book tip: In his book “Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation,” Tony Sheba predicts that the oil industry and electric utilities will be gone by 2030, because technological trends such as renewable energy, energy storage, EVs and autonomous vehicles build on and reinforce one another, making these older industries obsolete.
A Tesla love story.
Joan Gratz, an Academy Award winning director of animated short films, bought a Model S and found it a rather inspiring purchase as she illustrates her EV experience in a book called “My Tesla: A love story of a mouse and her car” – an electrifying read and a true romance, indeed.
Nissan Leaf, The Powerhouse.
Video tip: Valentine’s Day is around the corner and Nissan has taken the opportunity to launch a new promotion campaign. The idea: It’s hard to leave your partner, but it’s easy to ditch your petrol powered car. Especially since the Nissan Leaf is there to comfort you.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Book tip: Steve LeVine’s “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World” is about the ongoing search for a revolutionary battery technology. He takes his readers to the Argonne National Laboratory, where he spent nearly two years following battery research and development.
amazon.com via technologyreview.com, nytimes.com