GAC, Nissan Arc, Semcon, Wolfspeed.
GAC plans big: The Chinese GAC manufacturer announced that it will introduce both purely electric and plug-in hybrid models this year, followed by another seven models in the future. A clear timeline was not given, but GAC says that it wants to sell 200,000 alternative drivetrain vehicles by 2020.
Better batteries: Together with Japanese research institutions, Nissan Arc has developed a new atomic analysis methodology of amorphous silicon monoxide. The compound is often seen as a key to create the next generation of Li-ion batteries, as it does not deteriorate during charging cycles.
Electrified bicycle: Semcon presents its the new light and compact bike motor that turns any bike into an e-bike. The retrofit kit boasts 150 kW and weighs just about one kilo, providing enough power for about 5 km. Moreover, the extra boost is said to cost riders less than 100 euros.
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Powered up: The new all-SiC commercial power module from Wolfspeed is designed to offer high efficiency and power density for EV components such as converters and inverters. Efficiency is said to reach 98 percent, allowing the module to be 67% smaller and offer 10 times more power density than systems with conventional silicon IGBT modules.
Luck comes standard.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Chinese carmaker GAC presented its WitStar concept, featuring one stand-out detail – the rear armrest doubles as a fish tank. Or the tank as an armrest, we’re not sure. While this one is filled with plastic fish only, it could be a selling point for some Chinese, as water can represent luck and fortune.
GAC, Nissan & NASA, Spira4u, Logos Technologies & Alta Motors.
Autonomous PHEV: GAC Motor announces to present two concept PHEVs at the NAIAS. The plug-in hybrid SUV WitStar is designed to showcase autonomous driving technology and comes with an all-electric range of 62 miles and a top speed of 99 mph. Information on the GA6 GT sedan is yet scarce.
Nissan meets NASA: The Japanese carmaker and the U.S. space agency unite in a five-year R&D partnership to develop autonomous vehicle systems ready to go to market. A fleet of self-driving Leafs will be set up for testing at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California before the end of the year.
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Electric foam car: Chinese Spira4u has started pilot production of its electric three-wheeler. With a composite chassis and a body made of fiberglass with lightweight foam body panels, the Spira4u EV weighs only 190 kilos and costs 9,000 dollars. An amphibious version is under development.
Hybrid military motorcycle: Logos Technologies has entered phase two of the operation assigned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The SilentHawk hybrid motorcycle is based on Alta Motor’s Redshift in full camouflage. An AWD prototype is expected within 18 months.
Mahindra, GAC, Hero Motorcorp., Nissan.
Mahindra Verito Electric spotted: What looks like the new Mahindra was spied in Bangalore, India. While the logo had been covered, ‘automatic’ and ‘electric’ were visible and a clear sign. The Verito EV will probably launch next week at the Indian Auto Expo.
Electric patriot act: Green Automotive Company (GAC) will present its new all-electric shuttle bus at the LCT in Las Vegas. The ‘e-Patriot’ is built by GAC’s subsidiary Newport Coachworks and is said to have a range of up to 100 miles with a top speed of 60 mph.
Homemade London cab: Nissan confirmed that the final assembly of its taxi for London will be done by British ADV Manufacturing in Coventry, UK. The Nissan cab is based on the NV200, currently built in Barcelona. Nissan will start production of the taxi end of this year, with an electric version following 2015.
Hero(es) for India: Five new motorbikes have just been unveiled by Hero Motorcorp. in India. Among them is the Hero Leap that features an on-board generator as range extender. The RNT-Concept will be available with a generator and front-wheel electric drive, making it a diesel hybrid motorcycle.
Meet Mr. EV ordinary: In a new spot for the Leaf, Nissan puts the spotlight on Atlanta, apparently one of its fastest growing markets. This is thanks to people like George, who is happily driving around town in his Leaf and tells all his friends about it. So it seems word of mouth is one way to get EVs rolling.
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