Electric double-decker buses coming to London
A whole pack of all-electric double-decker buses is coming to London. 68 of them are to arrive in summer 2019 and will electrify entire routes. They are being made by ADL, BYD and Optare and TfL says this will grow the fleet to 240 all-electric buses.
California, BMW, Lightyear, Geely, SAIC, Optare.
3bn dollars for EV funding: To call California ambitious when it comes to electric transport seems an understatement, given that it wants to pump another 3 billion dollars into EV subsidies. The aim is to bring them on price par with ICEs but also to reach the Golden State’s declared target of 1.5m electric cars on the roads by 2025, up from 300,000 to date. The initiative is part of a new bill which also includes infrastructure investments with a focus on low income communities in particular.
3 series electric? BMW may bring an electric 3-series to this year’s IAA, Handelsblatt has learnt. Its alleged 400 km range and positioning would place it in direct competition with the Tesla Model 3 and also makes sense in the overall line-up. After all, there has been no pure electric offering since the i3.
electrek.co, handelsblatt.com (paywall)
Take on the future: Lightyear One is the name of a solar-powered racer conceived by former students from Dutch TU Eindhoven. The team had met at uni but have since formed a spin-off. Lightyear hopes to build the first ten units of the “electric car that charges itself” by 2019 with another 90 to follow at the end of this decade. The solar coupé stands at a net price of 119,000 euros at the moment.
Another bite of the cake of the future was taken by Geely that just bought Terrafugia. The MIT spin-off is working on a flying car but their TF-X is only half-electric and set up as PHEV.
SAIC in India: A production plant in India by 2019 is the plan of Chinese SAIC for its MG brand, which will reportedly launch various plug-in models within the next few years. A decision whether those will be build in India however, has yet to be made.
Optare Down Under: British e-bus maker Optare is on the way to Australia at least in spirit after signing an agreement with Bus Corp Oceania (BCO) to distribute and service its buses in Oceania. In the long run, Optare considers to also assemble its electric models in Britain’s former colony.
United Nude, Optare, France Craft, calcium-ion battery.
Lo Res car: United Nude is a group of shoe designers who decided to create an electric car. The result is a very futuristic EV, as they applied a 3D abstraction method. Inspiration came from Lamborghini. However, the Lo Res EV can only go 31 mph – tops.
Electric bus extension: Indian Optare and its partner Ashok Leyland worked on doubling the range of its electric MetroCity and Solo buses to 200 miles. The project is an on-going effort and will eventually touch on heating, motors, transmission and battery packaging. Optare confirmed the introduction of the electric MetroDecker double-decker bus by the end of this year.
Modular EV platform: Young company France Craft has developed its own EV. Customers can now choose from three basic modules – city car, utility or taxi – and add an electric or hybrid drivetrain that suits their range. Simple design changes and additional applications will result in a customised EV.
Calcium-ion battery: Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) present the first rechargeable calcium-ion battery with a tin anode. At this stage, however, the team is still searching for a electrolyte that would enable them to use a Ca metal cathode.
Local Motors, EU, e-Go, Alta Motors, Chevy Volt, Optare.
Strati launch in 2015: This EV comprises only 50 parts and is printed using a 3D printer – and it’ll be on sale next year. Local Motors is currently seeking a license from US authorities to make it legal for use on public roads. Prices are slated to be around 18,000 US dollars (approx. 14,000 euros).
Tougher CO2 targets for cars: According to German business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche”, the EU is planning to further reduce CO2 thresholds for vehicles. Carmakers would need to cut their vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions by an average of 75 grams per kilometer by 2030.
wiwo.de (in German)
Carbon-fiber EV gets US launch: US-based 2050 Motors will soon start importing the lightweight electric vehicle e-Go. The EV is built by a subsidiary of Dongfeng in China and will feature two drive versions and four sizes of battery packs offering a reported range of 200 miles (320 kilometers).
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BRD rebrands as Alta Motors: Californian startup BRD Motorcycles took us by surprise by recently changing its name into Alta Motors. The company has just displayed its RedShift MX and the street-legal RedShift SM electric motorcross bikes at the AIMExpo.
Volt prototype spied: Several shots of the new Chevy Volt are doing the rounds on the internet. While still heavily camouflaged, we won’t have to wait long until its unveiling. The new edition of the Volt will get its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2015.
Optare buses for India: From 2015 Optare buses will hit the roads in India – and they’ll also be produced there. The Indian firm Ashok Leyland owns a majority stake in Optare whose electric and hybrid buses have been successful in the UK. The Solo and Versa models will be the first Indian-made models and will be on show at the Bus Expo in Delhi in January.