Tag: Chevy Volt

Dec 14, 2016 - 09:00 am

Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Faraday Future.

Look back: Both the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, the first plug-in volume models, will turn six this week. Hybrid Cars takes a look at how the two EVs have grown and have compared to each other over the years.

Reading tip: Motortrend got to peak behind the curtain at the Faraday Future R&D centre. And while the article doesn’t give any new information about the cars or company that, just a year ago, no one had heard about, a look behind the scenes is always worth a read.

Sep 12, 2016 - 08:40 am

Tesla Model 3, Chevy Volt.

Book tip: The Model 3 isn’t even available yet, and there is already a short e-book about the EV. “Getting Ready for the Model 3” outlines some BEV basics, the features the newest Tesla will come with, puts some speculations into perspective and list production dates.
amazon.com (free download) via greencarcongress.com

Review: Hybrid Cars got behind the wheel of the seventh generation Chevy Volt (2017 model) and loved it. Also because compared to other plug-in hybrids, the Volt is a range extended electric vehicles. Meaning, as long as there is juice in the battery, it will stay in EV mode.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com

Mar 11, 2016 - 09:39 am

Pedelec Adventures, Chevy Volt, Events.

Video tip: A 20,000 km tour from Glasgow to Cape Town on electric bikes has kicked off. This video shows the first leg of the E-Bike Africa tour by Pedelec Adventures that saw two enthusiasts riding from Scotland to the COP21 in Paris to raise awareness of climate change and electric transport.

Reading tip: Matthew DeBord believes the Chevy Volt is the perfect car and wonders why everyone praises the Prius as a Pioneer. Needless to say that he likes the second-gen Volt even better.

Upcoming events: Formula E, Round 5 (March 12; Mexico City) ++ Technical Congress; Environment, Energy and Electric Mobility, Vehicle Safety and Electronics (March 17-18; Ludwigsburg, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar



Mar 9, 2016 - 09:48 am

Chevy Volt, Moscow Tesla Club.

Reading tip: 300,000 miles were driven by Erick Belmer in his 2012 Chevy Volt, 105,000 of them all-electric. The GM employee commutes 110 miles each way and charges the range-extended EV at work and at home. So far, the Volt has been no trouble and the battery shows no remarkable ageing.

Video tip: From Moscow Tesla Club comes this 30-minute review of the Model X Signature (dubbed), including charging accompanied by detailed information and also testing the Autopilot in the Russian snow that makes road markings invisible.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Feb 12, 2016 - 09:40 am

Chevy Volt, Volkswagen GT Ge concept, Events.

Video tip: Thorough reviews from vloggers seem to be en vogue at the moment. Check out this 2016 Chevy Volt test run that lasts almost half an hour. Enough time to put some extra testing in, i.e. the fitting of up to three child seats in the back.
youtube.com via insideevs.com

Click tip: Could Volkswagen’s future look like this? Transportation designer Eljesah Shala has come up with a VW GT Ge Concept based on the current GTI for his bachelor thesis. It is sure promising.
thesketchbookofeli.blogspot.de, boldride.com

Events for the upcoming week: E-world energy & water (Feb 16-18; Essen, Germany) ++ Workshop: Durability and Degradation Issues in PEM Electrolysis Cells and its Components (Feb 16-17; Freiburg, Germany) ++ Conference: Thermal Management for EV/HEV (Feb 16-18; Berlin, Germany) ++ Workshop: Perspectives on Power-to-Liquids & Power-to-Chemicals (Feb 17-18; Freiburg, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Jan 25, 2016 - 08:58 am

Apple car, Chevy Volt.

Video tip: Luca Wrede has imaged an Apple sports car. Even though the iCar will most likely not look like that, the video could almost pass as an official teaser film.

Click tips: The New York Times got behind the wheel of the new Chevy Volt, saying that its “most impressive attribute” is that “it looks and operates like a normal car.” TFLcar took to the EV out to play in snow, to give you a look at the new technology and specs.
nytimes.com (with video), tflcar.com (with video)


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Dec 18, 2015 - 07:45 am

Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt.

Video tip I: Toyota tries real hard to sex up the latest Prius with this new spot. See the Prius as you have never seen it before. The Japanese may, however, attempt something “beyond possible” when embarking on this image u-turn.
youtube.com via carscoops.com

Video tip II: Back to basics at their best with this 3-minute video review of the new Chevy Volt. Motoring particularly likes the range extender but also finds praise for the drive and improved efficiency.

Dec 8, 2015 - 09:22 am

Toyota Prius vs. Chevy Volt, EV fleet at Cop21.

Click tip: Green Car Reports pitches the new Toyota Prius against the Chevy Volt inside and out. Conclusion: if you have no place to charge your vehicle, the hybrid best-seller is the closest to an EV you can get.
greencarreports.com (with video)

Video tip: The Renault-Nissan Alliance provided a 200 EV strong shuttle fleet for the COP21 in Paris, said to be the largest ZEV fleet ever assembled for an international conference. The carmaker here again outlines what can be done to push electrification.

Nov 24, 2015 - 08:59 am

Chevy Volt, Porsche 918, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari.

Video tip I: The new Chevy Volt is not camera shy. Still, Mike Quincy from Consumer Reports sees room for improvement, which he explains in his video report.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com

Video tip II: Chris Harris was able to get the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 und Ferrari LaFerrari on one track. Over the course of three days, he collected material for 52 minute long film, also showing how one driver needs to repeatedly catch his breath because of all the power under the hood.
youtube.com via motor-talk.de

Sep 25, 2015 - 08:48 am

Brose, Chevy Volt, Bosch, UT Austin.

Brose bike vision: Brose is taking its expertise further into the bike business, presenting the Visionsbike at the IAA. Its electric motor is fully integrated and the pedelec’s handlebars and saddle move electrically to either position the rider perfectly or to prepare the bike for compact storage.
youtube.com (video)

Chevy-Volt-2016New Chevy Volt details: When designing the new generation Chevy Volt, GM developers were ask to make it more of electric car, since that is what customers used it as. It still has a rage extender, but its two electric motors make it more dynamic. And a stronger battery allows for a longer all-electric range.

Bosch pushes batteries: Following its acquisition of Seeo (we reported), Bosch is ready to take Li-ion batteries to the next level. The German company hopes to release a solid-state battery that doubles the range of electric cars by 2020, as Seeo already has sample cells of this technology.

Cathode for sodium-ion: A research team at the University of Texas, Austin have found a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite. It could be the missing link in the quest for a commercially viable sodium-ion battery, as the cathode offers structural stability.

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:13 am

Chevy Volt, ChargePoint, ClipperCreek, Picnic.

2016 Chevy Volt coming to Canada: Canadians will be able to buy the second-generation Chevrolet Volt by November or December this year – ahead of 39 U.S. states, where potential buyers will have to wait until the spring of next year to receive a 2017 model Volt.

Home charger on sale on Amazon: ChargePoint’s Home charging station is now available on Amazon. The charger is priced from 499 to 749 dollars, depending on the power level, installation type and cord length. ChargePoint’s mobile app can be downloaded via the Google Play or App Store.
greencarcongress.com, globenewswire.com

ClipperCreek expands HCS product line: The new HCS-30 is a 24 Amp Level 2 charging station designed to serve the residential and workplace charging markets. Priced at 565 dollars, ClipperCreek’s new charging solution includes a 3-year warranty and 25 feet of charge cable.
bmwblog.com, marketwatch.com

Dutch startup Picnic uses electric vehicles to deliver groceries for free and is currently running a pilot project that involves 150 households in the Dutch city of Amersfoort. The company will soon open up its services to all inhabitants of the city and has plans to further expand.

Aug 14, 2015 - 08:34 am

Chevy Volt, Department for Transport.

Click tip: “We want Volt” could have been the title of a petition asking GM to introduce the new-gen electric Chevy in Europe, as well. So far, the long-range Volt is only headed for the U.S., a move the Association Amperistes et Amis des Véhicules Rechargeables opposes online. Sign?!
change.org via gas2.org

Download tip: British Department for Transport issued its “Uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in the UK” report. Findings i.e. suggests that 80 percent of EV drivers use their electric car as their main vehicle and consequently also for long(er) distances.
gov.uk (download) via fleetnews.co.uk

May 12, 2015 - 08:14 am

Chevy Volt, Tesla competitors.

Video tip: Chevrolet uses the background of the new Disney movie “Tomorrowland” to promote the next generation Volt, because “the car of tomorrow” is built today. Just don’t count on this spot telling you anything about the movie.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com

Click tip: Auto Blog asks, what a true Tesla opponent should or would look like. One be thing that Auto Blog says traditional automakers are missing “commitment.” But if you go back to the beginning of this newsletter, you see that there could soon be a new Tesla competitor on the horizon.

May 8, 2015 - 08:11 am

Chevy Volt, BMW i3 tear-down, Events.

Reading tip: HybridCars’ Jeff Cobb points out “6 ways in which the Chevy Volt has been improved,” looking at changes to the motor, range, size and other features that will change in the next-gen Volt.

Video tip: Munro & Associates staged a complete “tear-down” of a BMW i3 electric car, looking at everything from battery pack to carbon construction. The firm disassembles new cars to sell on the information to competitors. The i3 “striptease” is available in a series of videos for free.
greencarreports.com (with videos)

Events for the upcoming week: eTourEurope (May 08-17; nine European countries) ++ FIA Formula E Championship, Round 7 (May 09; Monte Carlo, Monaco) ++ Swiss eSalon (May 11; Bern, Switzerland)

You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Apr 28, 2015 - 08:10 am

Heliocentris, Chevy Volt, Honda NSX, Shockwave Motors.

Simulating fuel cell advantages: Berlin-based company Heliocentris announced its new HyDrive programme, in which it uses computer simulation and a miniature model to display the advantages of fuel cell vehicles. Their main focus is on university and high school students.

GM-Voltec22016 Volt drive unit explained: The Gen 2 drive unit integrates the power inverter with the transaxle, providing a significant reduction in volume through elimination of the 3-phase high voltage cables. Moreover, the use of rare earth materials has been eliminated for the smaller motor and cut by 40 percent in the larger 87 kW motor.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

Honda Acura NSX update: For their new hybrid supercar, the Japanese carmaker is betting on a new mix of materials for the chassis to keep the car light in weight. The three-motor hybrid drivetrain will be cooled using ten heat exchangers.
automotive-business-review.com, puregreencars.com

New EV stirs things up: Shockwave Motors is a new company from the U.S. that hopes to begin producing an electric, three-wheeled roadster next year. The Defiant EV3 has a range of 80 to 100 miles and can be charged completely in just 8 to 9 hours on a regular 110-volt household outlet.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Monday was the question whether LG Chem is taking Tesla as an example, since it, too, announced a home battery system.

Apr 10, 2015 - 09:04 am

Chevy Volt, Changan, Scion, India, UK, Mercedes.

2015 Volt production to end: In the lights of the upcoming next-gen Volt, Chevrolet is to discontinue production of the current model next month. There is plenty of inventory left while sales have dwindled lately. By the end of summer, the new Chevy Volt will roll off the lines after retooling of the plant. Since the introduction of the Volt in 2007, GM has sold 70,000 units – far less than expected.
detroitnews.com, hybridcars.com

Electric coupé tease: Chinese Changan Auto issued a first image of an all-electric coupé that is to be unveiled at the Auto Shanghai, starting on April, 20. Driven by a 123-kW electric engine, the company says the shiny EV can go from 0 – 60 mph in 4.12 seconds.
carnewschina.com, worldcarfans.com

No electric Scion soon: Toyota’s small car subsidiary will not go electric or hybrid anytime soon. Scion CEO Doug Murtha claims that while Scion’s target audience is indeed interested in environmentally-friendly technology, the under 35 year olds are not willing to pay a surcharge for electrification.

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EV subsidies in India: The Indian government started a new programme called ‘FAME India’ (for: Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric vehicles in India). As part of the national electric mobility plan, the scheme reserves 8 billion rupees (125m dollars) until the end of 2017. 5bn rupees (80m USD) will be spend on subsidies designed to lower prices and to be paid to manufacturers.
hindustantimes.com, firstpost.com

In the heat of the election battle in the UK, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg presses ahead by proposing a ban on gas guzzlers by 2040. In a more enticing move, he offers 100 million pounds to those that come up with an ultra low emission vehicle that makes it among the top 5 best-selling cars.
gloucestercitizen.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

Mercedes S500e review: While Georg Kacher says of himself that he is “not really an S-class person” he is happy to test the luxury Benz longterm, especially so as Kacher is “very much a hybrid person.”

Mar 31, 2015 - 09:12 am

Chevy Volt, Range Rover, Seoul Motor Show, Beijing, Gogoro.

New Chevy Volt in the making: The first units of the next generation Volt are currently being built at GM’s production site Hamtramck in Detroit. Pricing is said to be announced by the end of April and the first new Chevy Volts could hit the road by autumn.
insideevs.com, autonews.com

Luxury and hybrid: Land Rover will present the SVAutobiography at the New York Auto Show on Friday, which is probably the most luxurious Range Rover. It features a cooler compartment and powered deployable tables in the rear. A SDV6 Hybrid version option is also available.
autocar.co.uk, autoexpress.co.uk

EVs in Seoul: Power Plaza will present its electric roadster Yebbujana R at the auto show in the South Korean capital. It is said to have a range of 571 km at 60 kph. More than 40 “green” cars will be presented in Seoul, including Renault’s Ecolab, Kia’s new K5, and Detroit Electric´s SP:01.
koreatimes.co.kr (Yebbujana R), koreaherald.com

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Beijing puts emergency plan into place: If heavy pollution is forecasted for more than 72 hours, vehicles with odd and even license plate numbers will be allowed on the roads only on alternating days. Electric vehicles are of course exempted from the measure.

Gogoro takes Taiwan: The manufacturer wants to start offering its electric scooter with exchangeable batteries in Taiwan starting this summer. It marks their first rollout worldwide. Gorgoro also says it will build battery charging stations retail stores and parking spaces in Tapei and New Tapei city.

Feb 4, 2015 - 10:02 am

U.S. sales in January.

In the US, Nissan sold 1,070 Leaf this January. Not many, but EV sales are rarely high in the cold months and many Americans made use of incentives as the tax year ended. The Chevy Volt sold only 542 units last month obviously due to the new generation being in the starting blocks.
greencarreports.com, autoblog.com

Jan 29, 2015 - 09:11 am

Electric and hybrid buses, First 2016 Chevy Volt ad.

Research tip: According to a new report by IDTechEx, the market for electric and hybrid buses could reach a volume of more than 72 billion dollars by 2025. The “Electric Buses 2015-2025″ report analyses about 100 manufacturers while taking into account regional trends.

Video-Tipp: Fear-free driving is the key message of Chevrolet’s first spot for the new Volt. The video appeals to emotion only as no words are spoken while the new range-extended EV is driven and driven and driven. Range anxiety suddenly seems so yesterday.

Jan 19, 2015 - 09:32 am

Renault, Hyperloop, Schaeffler, Chevy Volt.

Renault-Twizy-DeliveryTwizy truck: On Twitter, Renault posted a picture of its Twizy featuring a one square metre large cargo area. The six-wheeled Twizy delivery concept was conceived as part of the VELUD (Electric Vehicle for Sustainable Urban Logistics) project and will first be tested in Paris. If it ever makes serial production, remains to be seen.
twitter.com (photo) via autoblog.com

Hyperlooping Texas? Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced he wants to build a test track for the Hyperloop train – most likely in Texas. There, students and companies will be able to test their prototypes that run up to 4,000 mph. Musk is even considering an annual pod racer competition. The deal with Texas is also part of Tesla’s move to the U.S. state to allow Tesla stores.

Schaeffler showed its line-up of engine technologies in Detroit, allowing carmakers to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements. It also presented a close-to-production vehicle based on a Ford Kuga that already meets the standards due to its mild 48V hybridization.
automotiveworld.com, automobil-industrie.vogel.de (in German)

Prius fighter? The new Volt’s drivetrain has two motor-generators with its total drive power of 111 kW (149 hp). While one motor acts as a 45-kW generator, it can be used as a second motor to provide extra torque. Green Car Reports believes it could be GM’s technological answer to the upcoming new Prius.

Jan 6, 2015 - 09:19 am

Chevy Volt, Hyundai, China, Rare earth minerals, Germany, Tesla.

Chevy-Volt-2015New Chevy Volt unveiled: GM already took off the wraps of the next-generation Volt at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Technical details will follow at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week where the new Volt will be officially launched.
insideevs.com, theverge.com

Hyundai to launch BEVs: The Korean manufacturer will release its first pure battery-electric car by 2016, say Hyundai officials quoted by the Korea Times. The electric sedan will be followed by an electric sports car and an electric SUV. Batteries will come from both LG Chem and the SK Group. The new EV is a change in strategy as Hyundai focussed on PHEVs before while leaving BEVs to Kia.
koreatimes.co.kr, chargedevs.com

China to extend subsidies: The Chinese government will continue its “green energy vehicle” incentives beyond 2015 until 2020. The subsidies, 60,000 yuan (9,650 dollars) for electric cars and 35,000 yuan (5,600 dollars) for plug-in hybrids, will gradually be reduced by ten percent in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
china.org.cn, globaltimes.cn, reuters.com

China had to scrap its quota system restricting exports of rare earth minerals after losing a World Trade Organisation (WTO) complaint. The new guidelines still require an export license for rare earths but the amount that can be sold abroad will no longer be capped by a quota.
wsj.com, bbc.co.uk

EV exception: The German Ministry of Transport has issued a new decree for electric vans weighing up to 4.25 tons, taking into account the weight of the battery. Those EVs can now be driven by drivers holding a B driver’s license that usually allows for vehicles up to 3.5 tons only.
eurotransort.de (in German)

Model S 85 to become faster: Tesla is working on a software update for the Model S 85D and P85D. Designed to increase performance and boost top speed from 130 to 155 mph, this free upgrade will be rolled out “in the next few months”.
greencarreports.com, latimes.com, slashgear.com

Dec 22, 2014 - 09:45 am

Siemens & StreetScooter, Chevy Volt, Johnson Controls, Coda Energy.

RACE in serial production: Together, Siemens and StreetScooter presented the first series production EV incorporating the electronics and software system RACE. This central processing unit controls all functions in the car and allows to retrofit functions similar to a plug-and-play process on computers.

Chevy-Volt-2015-TeaserVolt to incorporate ELR technology: The new Chevy Volt which is to debut at the NAIAS in January will feature on-demand regen braking known from the Caddy ELR but “even more refined.” Paddles behind the steering wheel allow to regulate the amount of regenerative braking.
greencarreports.com, transportevolved.com

U.S. batteries for Range Rover Hybrid: Johnson Controls is supplying the Lithium-ion battery pack for the Range Rover Hybrid. Production of the cells and complete battery systems is underway at Johnson Controls’ manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan.
greencarcongress.com, hybridcars.com

Second life for EV batteries: Coda Energy has begun operation of the largest behind-the-meter energy storage system in the Los Angeles area. The system is comprised of new lithium-iron phosphate EV battery cell packs that serve to showcase the possibility of reusing EV batteries in the future.

Dec 12, 2014 - 09:09 am

EV batteries for Indian schools, 200,000-mile Chevy Volt.

Investment tip: Driving an EV could now become even more of a good deed as electrical engineer Siva Rajendran is looking to use old EV batteries to bring light to India’s “affordable private schools” (APS). His company Totus Power seeks to raise 40,000 dollars on Indiegogo.
indiegogo.com via forbes.com

Click tip: Meet the first Chevy Volt with 200,000 miles on its back. Inside EVs has followed the ride of Erick Belmer for quite some time until this milestone was reached.

Dec 11, 2014 - 10:15 am

Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Koenigsegg Agera R, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt.

Video tip: Which car wins? The Swedish hyper sports car Koenigsegg Agera R or the Porsche 918 Spyder that features an electric engine for an extra boost of power and is equipped with the Weissach package? We won´t tell – watch the video to find out.

Reading tip: Happy Birthday, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt! Both turn four these days. Hybrid Cars has published an article looking back at what these two pioneers cars went through since December 2010.

Nov 7, 2014 - 09:22 am

Cut off.

A Chevy Volt owner in Detroit has had power in her garage cut off by the Homeowners Association. She agreed to pay around 50 dollars, but when the HOA told her that the costs associated with charging her car were too much and presented her a 200 dollar bill, she refused to pay.
wxyz.com, transportevolved.com

Oct 29, 2014 - 09:39 am

Chevy Volt, Hyundai, Greenkraft & Efficient Drivetrains, Amlin Aguri.

Chevy-Volt-2015-TeaserGM invests in Volt drivetrain plant: The new Chevrolet Volt, which debuts at NAIAS Detroit in January, will receive its new drivetrain from Warren, Michigan. There, General Motors will invest 240 million dollars to build the new electric drive unit for the Volt. The range extender will be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder which is part of an all-new engine family.
freep.com, greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com

New hybrid transmission: Hyundai unveiled a new six-speed automatic transmission for its future hybrid cars. Hyundai says it was able to integrate almost every hybrid component, including the electric motor. The mechanical oil pump has been replaced by an electric one to increase efficiency.
hyundaiglobalnews.com, greencarcongress.com

Plug-in gas truck: The California Energy Commission now approved Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains´ joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas Class-4 truck combined with a plug-in hybrid powertrain (we reported).
automotive-business-review.com, wallstreet-online.de

Aguri plans ahead: In the second season of the Formula E, teams will be allowed to use their own drivetrains and battery systems (we reported). The Japanese Amlin Aguri is already in the process of developing a year-two powertrain together with partners.

– Feedback –

Most clicked link on Tuesday was EV manufacturer Cenntro Automotive starting production of its electric light commercial utility vehicle called Citelec for the U.S. market at its production site in Nevada.

Oct 20, 2014 - 08:32 am

Local Motors, EU, e-Go, Alta Motors, Chevy Volt, Optare.

Strati launch in 2015: This EV comprises only 50 parts and is printed using a 3D printer – and it’ll be on sale next year. Local Motors is currently seeking a license from US authorities to make it legal for use on public roads. Prices are slated to be around 18,000 US dollars (approx. 14,000 euros).

Tougher CO2 targets for cars: According to German business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche”, the EU is planning to further reduce CO2 thresholds for vehicles. Carmakers would need to cut their vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 75 grams per kilometer by 2030.
wiwo.de (in German)

Carbon-fiber EV gets US launch: US-based 2050 Motors will soon start importing the lightweight electric vehicle e-Go. The EV is built by a subsidiary of Dongfeng in China and will feature two drive versions and four sizes of battery packs offering a reported range of 200 miles (320 kilometers).

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BRD rebrands as Alta Motors: Californian startup BRD Motorcycles took us by surprise by recently changing its name into Alta Motors. The company has just displayed its RedShift MX and the street-legal RedShift SM electric motorcross bikes at the AIMExpo.

Volt prototype spied: Several shots of the new Chevy Volt are doing the rounds on the internet. While still heavily camouflaged, we won’t have to wait long until its unveiling. The new edition of the Volt will get its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2015.

Optare buses for India: From 2015 Optare buses will hit the roads in India – and they’ll also be produced there. The Indian firm Ashok Leyland owns a majority stake in Optare whose electric and hybrid buses have been successful in the UK. The Solo and Versa models will be the first Indian-made models and will be on show at the Bus Expo in Delhi in January.

Aug 29, 2014 - 08:53 am

NEVS, Mitsubishi, Jaguar, Chevy Volt, Cadillac.

Electric-Saab-NEVSSaab plays for time: NEVS, owner of the Swedish carmaker, has applied for short-term protection from creditors. The reason, they say, is that investor talks with two carmakers are taking longer than planned. Apparently, the court has declined the application and NEVS’ future remains uncertain.

Mitsubishi eyes Russia: The Japanese manufacturer is currently showing its Outlander PHEV at Moscow Motor Show, just before it will kick off sales in the country in September. Mitsubishi is also presenting it plug-in concepts GC-PHEV and XR-PHEV in Moscow.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com, puregreencars.com

A hybrid Jaguar? Spy shots of the new Jaguar XF prototype to become available in 2016 are circulating the internet. Since the carmaker is hoping to compete with the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class, the possibility of the Jaguar being offered as a hybrid is rather realistic.
autoexpress.co.uk, motorauthority.com

The new Chevy Volt: Yesterday, we reported on supposedly “exclusive images” of the Nissan Leaf and today, we can show you what the next generation Chevy Volt may look like. It features a sleeker and more aerodynamic design, with the interior now allowing room for five instead of four people.

Driving the Cadillac ELR: Right of the bat, Rucell Purcell notes that this car is just too expensive. While he likes the design and finish of the plug-in coupe, as well as its performance, he still thinks that the Chevy Volt is a better choice since it offers more legroom in the back and is cheaper.

Aug 14, 2014 - 08:37 am

GM, Hero Electric, Brammo, BMW, Audi, Chevy Volt.

The Chevy Volt prove exceptional once more, as it is the only (!) model that has not had to be recalled by General Motors this year. The American company has had to admit safety issues with almost its entire range, forcing them to recall tens of millions of cars.
autonews.com via greencarreports.com

Hero-Electric-PhotonLow cost e-scooter for India: Hero Electric presented its latest electric scooter, the Photon, designed for the Indian market. It has a top speed of 45 kph and a said range of 80 kilometres. The Photon is priced at 54,110 rupees, that is less than 900 dollars, and will first be available in five cities across India.

Brammo in Australia: ELMOFO (Electro Motive Force) has been appointed the importer and distributor for the electric motorcycles of Brammo in Australia. The company not only supplies but also designs and builds electric vehicles and EV components.

Canadian i3 review: “Electric. Eclectic. Edgy i3. Goes fast. But not far,” is the short version of Kathy Renwald’s review of the BMW i3. However, she got much more to say as Renwald also gives details about the pricing for the Canadian market.

Audi A3 e-tron: EV Fleetworld‘s Danny Coobs is looking at the Audi A e-tron’s suitability for fleets. Although the carmaker took its time to arrive in the plug-in market, Cobbs thinks “perhaps now is the time when the consensus of opinion will favour this type of drivetrain,” esp. as his verdict puts the e-tron above all other plug-in hybrids on the market.

Will Volt become a family? The new generation Volt is already loaded with expectation. It seems, however, as if they not all point in one direction but could give an indication that GM is planning a whole range of Volt models, similar to Toyota’s Prius, Transport Evolved muses.

Aug 12, 2014 - 08:23 am

EV angst.

As the Chevy Volt has been around for quite some time now, it had to endure the earliest and most ridiculous “arguments” aimed at killing yet another electric car. Sebastian Blanco has collected the top 5. Our favourite: Fox Business’ claim that marriages would be destroyed by fights over forgotten charging.

Found on electrive.com
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