Energica e-motorcycles flow from racetrack to road
Energica has just presented the 2020 model year of its electric motorcycles at the EICMA in Milan. All of next year’s Energica models are now available with a new 21.5 kWh battery for longer range. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer also has a new model. Weiterlesen
GM, Battery Market, BMW, Volkswagen, Energica Ego.
GM killing the Opel Ampera? Because the European twin of the Chevrolet Volt only reports poor sales figures, GM is apparently considering to drop the new 2016 model, according to Automotive News Europe. Because the Chevrolet brand will be withdrawn from Europe by 2016, there will be no new Volt either.
50 billion dollar energy storage market: According to Lux Research, plug-in vehicles are on course to become the largest market for batteries and might one day outgrow consumer electronics as the currently biggest segment. The former are expected to take a market share of 21 billion dollars by 2020 and further reduce cost through economies of scale.
bostonglobe.com, luxresearchinc.com (report, subject to a charge)
BMW to support Formula E: As we reported recently, the collaboration between the German carmaker and the electric racing series is becoming more concrete. The BMW i3 and i8 will be the official vehicles of the electric racing series and thus chauffeur VIPs and serve as safety and medical cars. What has become of the agreement with Rimac (we reported) is not yet clear.
All about the E-Golf: Green Car Congress delivers a full review of Volkswagen’s electrified car for the masses. The review takes into account not only the drivetrain (“an electric delight”) but also the carmakers strategy for large scale production EVs and how they are made.
Super bike tame as a Vespa: Marco della Cava from USA Today had chance to experience riding the electric super bike ‘Energica Ego’. He was pillion of Energica CTO Giampiero Testoni who is particularly proud of the bikes ability to work well at low speeds too.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Geely/Volvo, Energica Ego, EV West.
Shift in battery business: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will sell its li-ion battery manufacturing to Taiwanese Delta Electronics. Instead of focussing on batteries for vehicles, MHI will concentrate its efforts on grid-tied energy storage system (ESS) products.
Geely and Volvo getting even closer: Apparently, the two companies are discussing to set up a joint research and development centre with a focus on electric drive systems and their manufacture. A timetable has not been set yet.
3D-printed superbike: Most parts of the Energica Ego were 3D printed before they are put together to form a fully functioning electric motorcycle. The Italian-made Ego is said to reach speeds of up to 150 mph. Sales launch is set for 2015 with prices starting from 22,000 euros (30,000 dollars).
gas2.org (with video), 3diot.net
Oldtimer electrification: EV West specialises in electrifying classics. The company offers conversion kits for 16 models, among them the Beetle, Porsche 911, Karmann Ghia or the more recent Mazda MX 5. The kits cost under 7,000 dollars not including the battery.