Overcoming EV barriers, VW Jetta Hybrid, Events.
Study tip: A new report by the National Research Council (NRC) is looking at the reasons for slow EV uptake. Recommendations to spur sales include the standardisation of charging equipment, access and payment as well increasing consumer awareness. The report also agrees with president Obama who wants to transform the federal tax credit into a point-of-sale rebate.
detroitnews.com, nap.edu (fee-based report)
Video tip: Tom Voelk delivers a video review of the VW Jetta Hybrid and swings a punch or two at its direct competitor, the Toyota Prius which has the appeal of “overcooked pasta” to Voelk.
nytimes.com (with video)
Events for the upcoming week: Battery Conference (Apr 27-29; Aachen, Germany) ++ Electromagnetic compatibility of future cars (Apr 27-29; Berlin, Germany) ++ Conference on future automotive technology (Apr 28-29; Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany) ++ Energy Harvesting & Storage (Apr 28-29; Berlin, Germany) ++ Webinar: High voltage DC fuse protection for hybrids and EVs (Apr 29) ++ Energy Storage Seminar (Apr 30-May 01; Wezep, Netherlands) ++ EVS28 International Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition (May 03-06; Goyang, Korea)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar