EU Council drafts CO2 emission rules for trucks
After the EU agreed CO2 emission reduction for cars and light commercial vehicles, the Council of Minsters from EU member states have published their targets for trucks. Carbon emission of the heavyweights would thus decrease 30% in 2030 and 15% by 2025 – a little less than EU Parliamentarians are aiming for. Yet, a sales […]
GaTe, CO2 reduction, Apple, Shiwa.
More range with efficient heater: As part of the joint research project GaTe, Mahle, Daimler, Bosch, et al. looked at “integral thermo-management of electric vehicles.” They found that coolant-heat pump and more circulating air will make a car’s heater more efficient. At freezing temperatures, range could be increased by 33 percent in city traffic.
automanager.tv (in German)
Battery anodes from CO2: Researchers from George Washington and Vanderbilt University were able to able to demonstrate a process that replaces graphite electrodes in batteries with carbon material from the atmosphere. An EV would thus not only have zero emission, but even clean the air.
iCar production site found? The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple has rented a nearly 9,000 square metre facility in Sunnyvale, which according to the paper could serve as a location for the production of an Apple car. Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne himself offered to partner on the project.
businessinsider.de, ibtimes.co.uk (Fiat Chrysler)
Autonomy in sight: The IED Istituto Europeo di Design and Quattroroute have presented the futuristic design concept Shiwa at the Geneva Motor Show. The autonomous car has no windows, but four electric motors.
worldcarfans.com (with video), carscoops.com
Tesla, Nissan, Oullim Spirra, California, CO2 reduction, Ford.
Tesla update: The Model X is scheduled for mid-2015 while the Tesla for the people, i.e. the affordable one, will only arrive by the end of 2016, according to CEO Elon Musk. Meanwhile, the Californians plan a Roadster software update this year as well as a reduction of the price for the Model S. In terms of super-charging, Tesla will open up its patents to other carmakers if they contribute a “fair” proportion of the maintenance and running costs.
green.autoblog.com (Roadster), engadget.com (Supercharger)
Nissan to build plug-in hybrids? According to Nissan’s head of development, Andy Palmer, the Japanese company might deviate from its pure electric path as it plans to offer a plug-in hybrid by the end of 2015. Palmer sees hybrids a more viable application in vehicles weighing from 1.75 tons.
Electric super car from South Korea: Actually, the electric ‘Oullim Spirra’ with 4WD will be built in the Netherlands. The electric sports car is based on the Proto Motors’ standard Spirra from South Korea and is said to be presented at next year’s Geneva Auto Show, shortly before going into production.
telegraaf.nl (in Dutch) via greencarreports.com
California dangles a big carrot in front of Tesla’s nose to get the carmaker to build the Gigafactory in its sunny homestate. A new bill declares the legislature’s plan to change regulation as well as the generous use of financial incentives and all sorts of credits, all in the name of job creation.
CO2 reduction in progress: Transport & Environment is looking at carbon emission savings of carmakers to predict when they could reach the EU requirement of 95 g/km given they keep at the current speed. Volvo and Toyota would comply by 2018, BMW and GM not before 2024.
Electric Ford reviewed: “Normal” is probably the most used word in James Fossdyke’s review of the Ford Focus Electric which is just like any other Focus but with an electric motor. Fossdyke sees the electric Focus as valuable addition to the growing market providing that Ford will bring more than just 30 units of the next-gen model to Great Britain.