Tesla batteries under evaluation
The US NHTSA has launched a probe over a potential design flaw in older Model S battery packs that could prove dangerous. Reportedly, parts in the cooling mechanism in 2012 to 2016 Tesla Model S units could render the battery pack useless or even cause fires. Weiterlesen
Trump drops fuel-efficiency targets from 5% to 1.5%
The President of the USA, Donald Trump has just dramatically reduced fuel efficiency standards. These are now only required to increase by 1.5% each year through model year 2026 instead of the 5% annual increases introduced in 2012 by the Obama government. Weiterlesen
Feds exempt autonomous delivery pod R2 by Nuro
Founded by former Google engineers, the US start-up Nuro is to make goods delivery autonomous and electric. They now launched the next-gen pod, R2, and say they can start testing in Houston within weeks. Regulators have approved a driverless exemption for this purpose. Weiterlesen
Will Tesla’s Model Y hit the streets sooner?
It is looking like an imminent start of delivery of the Tesla Model Y – among other indications, a Tesla employee is said to have claimed it will be ready in two weeks, and Tesla has already registered Model Y’s vehicle identification numbers (VINs). Weiterlesen
Tesla hits back
Tesla has spoken up against the NHTSA petition claiming that Teslas accelerate on their own: “This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller.” Weiterlesen
Ludicrous gone wrong?
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been petitioned to investigate cases where Tesla vehicles allegedly “suddenly” accelerated without driver intervention, particularly when parking. Weiterlesen
US states fight back to reduce emissions despite Trump
California and 22 other US states have now filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, who is trying to deny them the right to set their own – higher – emissions standards. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom has also just signed two laws to tighten emission standards for trucks and other vehicles. Weiterlesen
Teslas Model 3 registrations exceed 11,000
Teslas production elements are working hard to keep up with a market. The newest figures for the Model 3 Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), which is used to keep track of individual vehicles in the USA, has crossed the 11,000 milestone. Weiterlesen
Recall of all BMW i3 in the United States
German carmaker BMW has announced a stop-sale and recall on all BMW i3’s sold in the States. This affects all-electric models as well as i3 versions with range extender – all in all approximately 30,000 units. Weiterlesen
NHTSA, Tesla Roadster.
Reading tip: Trump’s plans for deregulation may cancel the noise mandate for hybrid and electric cars. The last word lies with the NHTSA that is currently searching for rules to scrap.
Video tip: With all that noise around the Model 3, it is easy to forget where it all began, the Tesla Roadster. It now got a bigger battery and is thus fun to run for a little longer this review suggests.
youtube.com via electrek.co
Innvelo, NHTSA, Samsung & Università di Roma, Airwheel.
Meet the Innvelo: The first prototype of the three-wheeled electric vehicle by Form & Drang is ready to roll. The Innvelo features two electric motors with a combined output of 6.4 kW, offering a top speed of 100 kph and a range of up to 100 km. A commercial, work and race version of the car will be available.
technologicvehicles.com (with video)
Staying silent: The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has pushed back a final ruling about electric cars emitting manufactured noise to protect especially blind pedestrians. The Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act was first signed in 2008 and became law in 2011. Yet the NHTSA will not rule on the issue until the end of year, pushing back compliance until 2018.
Solid-state electrolyte: Samsung and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” have fabricated a Li-S battery with novel solid-state electrolyte. Most of the theoretical capacity of sulfur (1,600 mAhg) was attained in the initial discharge-charge cycles with a high coulombic efficiency approaching 99 percent.
Zipping along on two wheels: Airwheel presented a series of self-balancing all-electric scooters at the boat show Batmassan 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The S3, Q3 and X3 feature lithium-ion battery technology apparently also used by Tesla for its EVs.
nachrichten.yahoo.com (in German), airwheel.net
Advanced Propulsion Centre, Continental, NHTSA.
Advanced propulsion centre finds a home: Warwick University has been chosen as the location of the planned ‘Advanced Propulsion Centre’ (APC) in the UK (we reported). The British government will spend one billion pounds to aid development of low carbon propulsion systems in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, BMW, Ford and Nissan and ultimately hopes to create 30,000 jobs in the UK.
greencarcongress.com, warwick.ac.uk, smmt.co.uk
Conti eBike system gets the go: Continental is ready to put its pedelec system into production in the fourth quarter of this year. The eBike system uses the rebranded Brose crank drive and comes complete with battery, display, remote and service offerings.
Quiet car rule delayed? The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers are loudly urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reschedule full compliance with rules for acoustic warnings for hybrids and EVs until late 2018. The NHTSA regulations were due to be issued in January but have been pushed back by the regulator to April 2015, which then leaves very little time for phase-in.
BMW, Terra Motors, Toyota, Honda, NHTSA.
Strong demand for BMW i3: Since its launch at the end of November 2013, BMW received 11,000 orders leading to waiting periods of up to six months. Curiously enough, eight of ten buyers are new to the brand or even to the idea of owning a car, sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson said. Still, BMW has no plans to expand its electric i-range just yet, nor will it produce in China in the near future.
reuters.com, ecomento.com, automobilwoche.de (Orginal german source)
All-electric super-bike: Terra has now launched its electric motorcycle ‘Kiwami’ in India. The hand-built machine costs 1,8m rupee which is about 29,000 dollars. Its electric motor delivers 13 hp and the Kiwami is said to have a range of 200 kilometres while a full charge takes about six hours.
All new Prius: The fourth generation of Toyota’s best-selling hybrid is due in about a year. It will be based on a new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), with a lower centre of gravity for sportier handling. At last, the nickel-metal-hydride batteries will be replaced by batteries with lithium-ion cells.
2015 Jazz Hybrid tested: An updated version of the hybrid Honda has recently been introduced in Japan and the U.S. (where it is known as Honda Fit). In this review the new ‘Sport Hybrid i-DCD’ engine “sets the tone” with added torque and features like the sport mode or an all-electric top speed of 75 kph.
technologicvehicles.com, automobile-magazine.fr (Original source in French)
NHTSA examines Camry: The American safety watchdog might bring the hybrid Toyota Camry to an emergency stop, as 59 customers reported decreased braking power. The now opened preliminary evaluation could ultimately lead to a recall of about 30,000 Camry built in 2007/08.