EXACT: DLR researches eco-efficient aircraft
Since the beginning of this year, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has been working on the EXACT (Exploration of Electric Aircraft Concepts and Technologies) project to develop new technology components for an eco-efficient commercial aircraft – with batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen.Weiterlesen
Maiden flight for the largest hybrid plane to date
US manufacturer Ampaire has announced the take-off of the supposed world’s largest hybrid electric aircraft to date. The Ampaire 337 had its maiden flight in California and is expected to complete commercial flights in two years.Weiterlesen
Geely-backed Terrafugia accepting orders for flying car
Terrafugia is taking pre-orders for their hybrid plane that mixes two worlds in every sense. The Transition is said to switch from road to air operation in less than a minute and moves from partially electric driving to conventional flying.Weiterlesen
Toyota to launch second, multi-million vehicle recall
Toyota will have to recall 2.4 million hybrid vehicles worldwide. The reason for this was named as software issues. Only one month ago, the Japanese automobile manufacturers also had to launch a recall of more than 1 million hybrids because of potential short-circuit and fire danger.Weiterlesen
Ferrari’s first SUV Purosangue confirmed hybrid
Italy’s foremost sports carmaker is looking to launch their first SUV. The Purosangue which Ferrari prefers to call a Crossover or “FUV” is set to hit the market by 2022. Despite its name it will not be so pure blooded though as Ferrari has a hybrid drive lined up.Weiterlesen
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Aston Martin & RR both envisioning luxurious air taxis
Aston Martin presents the Vision Volante Concept, a study of a premium VTOL with hybrid propulsion. Whether the three-seater will ever take-off on a mass scale is uncertain. Yet Aston is on to something as Rolls-Royce also issued their version of an air taxi.Weiterlesen
Ford Police Interceptor Utility is first pursuit-rated hybrid
Ford has launched their Ford Police Interceptor Utility in the States. It is the first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV to ever make it onto the force. It is said to offer officers more speed and higher powers as well as some special police features.Weiterlesen
Honda starts serial production of Insight hybrid
Honda has flipped the switch to get the lines rolling at its Greensburg facility in the state of Indiana. They now churn out the Insight serially and the hybrid car is the fifth electrified model by the Japanese company and will be available in early summer.Weiterlesen
Almost half of all Toyota sales in Europe are hybrids
Toyota Motor Europe has presented its Q1 results, which position hybrid vehicles firmly on the map. Almost half of all European Toyota drivers opted for a semi-electric drive, in Western Europe it was the majority of buyers even.Weiterlesen
Deutz launches off-highway electrification with BMWi technology
Deutz will debut electrified drive solutions for off-highway applications at the Intermat this April. The drives may be utilised in construction and material handling equipment and BMWi delivers the battery.Weiterlesen
Car sales in the U.S.
In August, EV sales dropped 23.4 percent to 5,224 units compared to August 2014 in the United States. Plug-in hybrid sales even fell 36% to 3,786 units sold, while 37,633 pure hybrids rolled of the lot – a nearly 22% decrease compared to the same period last year. The reasons are low petrol prices and the fact, that the 2016 models will soon be available.
Registrations in the UK.
A total of 420 purely electric cars were newly registered in the UK in July, down 16 percent compared to same month last year. Plug-in hybrid soared 95 percent, on the other hand – 1,169 PHEVs were registered in the UK in July 2015, compared to 599 units in July 2014.
EV, PHEV and hybrid sales decrease.
Just 5,143 electric cars found buyers last month in the USA. Compared to July 2014 that is an decrease of 13.3 percent. The silly season also took its toll on hybrids, where sales dropped almost 20% (35,666 units sold) and even plug-in hybrids (3,836 sold; -33,2%).
Serial theft of batteries from hybrid cars in San Francisco might soon come to an end, as Greentec developed a special safety screw. The bolts can only be installed and removed with a tools only Greentec has access to. Thieves could be pretty screwed soon.
EV sales in the U.S.
In the U.S., 32,330 hybrids, 3,409 plug-in hybrids, and 6,975 EVs were sold in June. The number of BEV increased compared to the same period last year, whiles sales of hybrids and PHEVs dropped. The best-selling BEVs were the Tesla Model S (2,800), the Nissan Leaf (2,074) and the BMW i3 (551).
Stop the battery burglar.
Apparently stealing and reselling batteries from hybrid vehicle is quite a lucrative business. 14 incidents were reported since November, according to the police in New York City. In each of those cases, the cars were Toyota Camry hybrids and the majority were yellow cabs.
Cold weather range loss, Hybrid vs. plug-in cars.
Reading tip I: BMW’s inofficial head of EV testing, Tom Moloughney, is looking at how cold weather can affect the battery performance of electric vehicles. He draws from his experience with the i3 and advises BMW to inform people better on how a drop in temperature leads to a drop in range.
Reading tip II: John Voelcker here ponders the slow death of the hybrid as it is faced with ever growing numbers of EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road and on offer.
Hybrid sales worldwide.
Worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles dropped 9 percent in the first eight months of this year, compared to sales during the same period in 2013. In the U.S. alone, five percent fewer hybrids left dealership lots. The reasons are dropping petrol prices and the rise of more efficient petrol-powered cars.
forbes.com (worldwide), autoblog.com (U.S.)
Hybrid savings, SAE hydrogen fueling standardization.
Click tip: Forbes has put together an info graphic comparing prices of hybrids and their non-hybrid versions but also takes into account annual fuel savings. For those on a rather tight budget, the Lincoln MKZ hybrid appears to be the best choice.
blogs-images.forbes.com (chart) via forbes.com
Join in: This coming Thursday from 12am to 1pm EDT, the Department of Energy (DoE) will hold a webinar on the new SAE standard for hydrogen fuelling.
gotomeeting.com (registration) via greencarcongress.com
Hybrid marketshare in the U.S., Charging points in the UK.
Research tip: A study by IHS Automotive found that the hybrid marketshare in the U.S. has not kept pace with the growing number of models available at dealers. While hybrid availability doubled from 2009 to 2013, sales have only increased from 2.4 to 3.0%.
blog.polk.com via autoblog.com
Hybrid vs. BEV.
With 100,000 Nissan Leafs and 70,000 Chevrolet Volts sold globally only four years after its introduction, EV sales are outpacing hybrid sales by far. In comparison, IHS Automotive has found that the Toyota Prius had only been sold 52,000 times in its first four years.