Elio Motors, Events for the coming week.
Video tip: Yahoo’s Daily Ticker got to test drive the Elio three-wheel prototype, even if it only took it for a spin around the parking lot. The journalist also got to exchange some quick words with Elio’s founder and CEO, Paul Elio, who explains the thinking behind the design.
yahoo.com (with video)
Selected events for the coming week: Electric Marathon 2014 (03 – 15 June, from St Petersburg to Monte Carlo) ++ Battery Congress 2014 (11 and 12 June, Troy, USA) ++ 4th North European E-Mobile Rally (13 – 15 June, Denmark) ++ World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC) (15 – 20 June, Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
PSA, Li-Tec, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Elio Motors.
PSA 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.
manager-magazin.de (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.
indianautosblog.com, autobild.de (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.
indianautosblog.com, autobild.de (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.
Elio Motors three-wheeler.
The Trike strikes again with 15,000 orders taken by Elio Motors even before their three-wheeled fuel-wonder has gone into production. However, reservations can be made from 100 dollars, meaning that enthusiasts will still need to be turned into sincere buyers at some point.
Elio Motors has come up with a rather unusual comparison to measure the low environmental impact of its three-wheeler. According to the company, its trike could drive 20,000 miles and would still emit less carbon dioxide than a cow burping and farting for a whole year.
Elio trike reservations.
Elio announced it has received 10,000 orders for its super-efficient trike even though production is only set to start next year. The promise that the Elio will do 84 miles to the gallon (3,4 l/100 km) and 670 miles on a tank seems to at attract buyers. Reservations start at 100 dollars.
InTeLekt, Elio Motors, Flywheels, Human Hybrid Vehicle.
Reliable power modules: The InTeLekt project (integrated testing environment for power modules) is led by Fraunhofer LBF and has been started in December 2013. Together with automotive suppliers Continental, Bosch, Schaeffler and others, a new testing environment for the simulation of errors in power modules will be developed to rule out reliability and safety issues beforehand. InTeLekt is funded with about three million euros (4.1m dollars) over three years by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
elektroniknet.de (In German), pressebox.de (In German)
Design update: Elio Motors presented a new version of its trike, which was first shown at CES this year (we reported). The new Elio in striking orange now features larger covers for its front wheels. The company believes to start production of the super-efficient car next year in its plant in Louisiana, USA.
Flywheels the next big thing: While most people think of heavy and rather crude things when talking about flywheels, current advances in technology might make them cheaper and lighter options for next-gen hybrids. Neil Winton explores the “low-tech” solution and takes a look at possible applications.
Human Hybrid Vehicle: Or, HEV, is a three-wheeled mixture of bicycle and a hybrid. Sheltered under a fibreglass hood, the driver can reach speeds of up to 100 mph with this pedal-assisted system. Regenerative breaking and solar panels will give extra energy to enable a range of about 75 miles, according to designer Lyon Smith. The first prototype is on the road and classifies as a motorcycle.
Ford, Elio Motors, Tsinghua University.
Sunny side up: Ford is to reveal its C-Max Energi as “Solar Concept” at the CES. The new PHEV features a so-called „solar concentrator“ that works like a magnifying glass. When parked under this canopy, focused sun-rays hit solar cells in the roof of the vehicle and charge the plug-in hybrid while the car autonomously follows the way of the sun rays. So far, the solar concept is not set for production.
plugincars.com, youtube.com (Video)
Elio Motors trike debut: The company presents its new three-wheeler at this year‘s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The high-efficiency gas-powered vehicle is said to cost 6,800 USD (4,990 euros) and is scheduled for early 2015. Later versions might feature an electric motor.
Stability through selectivity: The professors Qiang Zhang and Fei Wei from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, have developed an ion selective membrane system to make lithium-sulfur batteries more stable. The membrane separates lithium and polysulfide ions, thus suppressing the destructive „shuttle-effect“ on the anode.
phys.org, pubs.rsc.org (Original study)
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