Research shows Tesla years ahead in battery tech
A new analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that Tesla will be leading the field for EV batteries for years to come. The reason for this is, among other things, the low costs for the Panasonic batteries due to their low cobalt content.
Electric Ferrari, Plug-in sales prediction.
Video tip: Translogic has tested a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS, which EV West converted to an electric beauty. The show also teamed up with virtual reality specialists to deliver a 360-view of the test drive. Take a seat and a good look around.
youtube.com (VR test ride) via autoblog.com (making of)
Research tip: According to Navigant Research, about 7.4 million plug-in light-duty vehicles could be sold in North America between 2015 and 2024. Navigant admits however, that its rather optimistic outlook is based on growing infrastructure.
STROMbegleitung, Maximizing EV range.
Study tip: In their joint study “STROMbegleitung” (electricity evaluation), the German aerospace centre and Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy have developed a database to record all electrified passenger vehicles, which they analysed down to the component level.
Video tip: Renault released a video with advices and some practical and simple tools to help you minimize your electricity consumption and thus maximize the range of your Renault Zoe.
youtube.com via carscoops.com
Li-ion battery market, Tesla Model M concept.
Study tip: Research and Markets has published a report on the global market for Li-ion batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles. The analysts predict a 43 percent compound annual growth rate in revenues until 2020. The batteries’ combined capacity could have increased more than tenfold by then.
researchandmarkets.com via globenewswire.com
Click tip: A Tesla with four wheels is a lot of fun. And what if the EV maker were to join the ranks of Brammo and Zero? London designer Jans Slapins pondered the idea and published rendered images of the Model M concept – his vision of a Tesla motorbike. Would you ride it?
Tesla Model S on German autobahn, Fuel cell vehicles.
Video tip: Tesla meets the German Autobahn as Norwegian Bjørn Nyland takes his Model S P85 for a twelve minute ride at 200 kph (125 mph) consuming 520 Wh/km (840 Wh/mi). His only concern: traffic, not range as the next Supercharger was close.
Research tip: The “Global Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Market 2015-2030″ report by Research and Markets takes a look at the future of fuel cell vehicles of all kinds over the next 15 years by interviewing experts and market players.
PEV sales in North America, Grimsel, Events.
Research tip: By 2024, as much as 1.1 million light duty plug-ins could be sold annually in North America, Navigant predicts. A lot more than the 133,000 in 2014, although the States are already the biggest market.
navigantresearch.com via greencarcongress.com
Video tip: The Berlin ePrix saw the demonstration of the ‘Grimsel’, built by students of ETH Zürich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. The electric racer holds the Guiness record for EV acceleration as it goes from 0 to 100 kph in just 1,785 seconds.
Events for the upcoming week: Managing Freight in London (June 2; London, UK) ++ Hansa Green Tour (June 3-6; Netherlands-Germany-Denmark) ++ Battery China & EVTec (June 3-5; Beijing, China) ++ FIA Formula E, Round 9 (June 6; Moscow, Russia)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Electric cab EVA, On-board chargers, Tesla Model 3 rendering.
Video tip: Meet EVA, the electric cab designed for Singapore by Munich’s Technical University together with Singapore’s Nanjang TU. Under the name of TUM Create, the teams have developed an EV that charges within 15 minutes and drives up to 200 kilometres in tropical climate (we reported).
Research tip: A new report by Frost & Sullivan sees sales volume for on-board chargers grow from 300,000 units today to over 2.2 million devices by 2020. 3 – 3.7 kWh will remain the choice of a majority of OEMs (62%), however, 6 kWh on board chargers are gaining momentum.
frost.com (report, charges apply) via greencarcongress.com
Click tip: Before the real thing has even become available, a rendering of the Tesla Model 3 appeared and actually looks pretty sleek, especially at the rear.
auto-moto.com (in French) via insideevs.com
PEVs in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.
More than a total of 60,000 PHEVs and EVs can be found on the streets of Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. 10,000 had been bought in the Nordics just in the first quarter of 2015, with the trend pointing further up. Norway accounts for four out of five electric vehicles sold in the region.
Electric buses and trucks, Pre-owned Tesla Model S.
Research tip: A new report by Navigant Research predicts sales of up to 805,000 electric buses and trucks from 2014 until 2023. The analysts base their prognosis on technological advances.
navigantresearch.com via electriccarsreport.com
Click tip: You can now order a second-hand Tesla directly through the Californian company’s website. Prices for the pre-owned EVs start at around 65,000 dollars that include a 4-year and 50,000-mile warranty. Of course, buyers won’t qualify for any federal, state or local tax credits or incentives.
teslamotors.com (re-own) via teslarati.com
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
PEV sales prediction, Ultimate drag race.
Research tip: Frost & Sullivan expect sales of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to further grow from 304,683 in 2014 to 466,407 units this year. While our number of the day does not necessarily back this prediction, the analysts are positive that the States will lead globally with a market share of 36 percent followed by Europe (27 percent) and China with 24 percent forecasted.
frost.com via prnewswire.com
Video tip: The “ultimate drag race” has taken place in Italy and saw the Energica EGO competing with a Tesla Roadster, a Model S P85D, a BMW 1000RR HP4, a Ferrari 458 and a Zero S. Tune in for almost two minutes of ultimate EV fun!
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Storage technologies, Energy densities.
Study tip: The (FCH-JU) has published a new report looking into how well current and new storage technologies can help store renewable energies. It particularly explores the possibility of “power-to-hydrogen” technologies to be used for fuel cell vehicles.
hydrogenics.com, fch-ju.eu (PDF)
Reading tip: Inside EVs has comprised an overview of current battery technologies and energy densities offered by different companies. The article also looks into future prospects.
Global PEV market.
Globally, 740,000 electric cars and plug-in hybrids are registered, a study by the German Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) revealed. Almost half of the PEVs (320,000) were added in 2014.
U.S. tax credit, V2G services.
Reading tip: Hybrid Cars discusses whether the 7,500 plug-in car tax credit in the U.S. needs an overhaul, as the Obama administration had proposed at an earlier date. If reformed, it could be turned into a point-of-sale rebate.
Research tip: A new study by Navigant Research is looking at V2G applications for electric vehicles. The analysts forecast market volume for vehicle-to-grid services to grow from 335,000 dollars in 2015 to 20.7 million in 2024.
Temperature vs. range, EV adoption in South Africa, Events.
Research tip: Cold climate does not favour EVs, that much we knew, but researchers from Carnegie Mellon University now put data behind the assumption. They analysed 7,000 trips taken in a Nissan Leaf in different states of North America and could thus pin down regional differences.
Reading tip: The biggest obstacle to EV adoption in South Africa might not be hesitant consumers but the country’s often brittle grid. Furthermore, electricity is expensive and infrastructure scarce at best.
Events for the upcoming week: International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo & Battery Japan (Feb 25-27; Tokyo, Japan) ++ Green eMotion Stakeholder Forum (Feb 26-27; Brussels, Belgium) ++ Shell Eco-marathon Asia (Feb 26-Mar 01; Manila, Philippines)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Vehicle electrification market, Zero Motorcycles factory.
Research tip: A new study by Research and Markets looks at the global vehicle electrification market (including mild hybrids) and forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent, accumulating to 30,74 billion dollars by 2019. Japan and China are the main contributors to the growth.
researchandmarkets.com via wallstreet-online.de
Reading tip: Loz Blain took a trip down the future lane when visiting the Zero Motorcycles factory in California. Blain took pleasure in riding the entire range of electric motorcycles and spikes his report with data and snippets from the company’s finest.
Electric and hybrid buses, First 2016 Chevy Volt ad.
Research tip: According to a new report by IDTechEx, the market for electric and hybrid buses could reach a volume of more than 72 billion dollars by 2025. The “Electric Buses 2015-2025″ report analyses about 100 manufacturers while taking into account regional trends.
Video-Tipp: Fear-free driving is the key message of Chevrolet’s first spot for the new Volt. The video appeals to emotion only as no words are spoken while the new range-extended EV is driven and driven and driven. Range anxiety suddenly seems so yesterday.
E-bike market, Fracking.
Study tip: Navigant Research predicts that by 2023, e-bikes sales will surpass 360 million units per year. The technological trends include combined throttle-control and pedal-assist models, electric cargo bicycles, retrofit kits and wheels, 3D-printed bicycles, and the use of e-bikes in security applications.
Reading tip: Ben Griffin explores the question what impact the booming fracking will have on the electric car industry. Fracking could increase access to oil tenfold, but Griffin quotes Tesla CEO Elon Musk saying that EV fans will remain EV fans, no matter the price of petrol.
Light duty electric vehicles market, PEV sales in the U.S.
Report tip: Navigant Research predicts that the market for light duty electric vehicles will reach 6.4 million dollars in 2023, compared to 2.7 million in 2014. The report also suggests that advancements of fuel-efficient combustion engines could threaten the hybrid market share.
Reading tip: What about Barack Obama’s call to get one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015? As David Shepardson reports, the U.S. haven’t even come close to that number and it could take at least four more years to hit the mark.
BMW i9, Thermoelectric energy harvesting, BMW i8 vs. BMW M4.
Click tip: 2016 BMW is to turn a century old and fans expect something special, something like an even more powerful sports car based on the i8. One BMW enthusiast now made a rendering of how the rumored BMW i9 could look like: as if Batman might buy it.
Study tip: IDTechEx report “Energy Harvesting/ Regeneration for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2015-2025” looks at electric vehicles producing energy on the go from heat, light, vibration, motion and more. The first hybrids could thus regain energy from exhaust heat by 2018.
idtechex.com (report to order) via businesswire.com
Video tip: German Auto Bild put two Bavarians to the test as it had the BMW i8 competing against the M4 in a drag race. Is it traction and torque or tradition and horsepower advantage that wins the race? The actual competition starts at minute 1:24.
autobild.de (in German) via autoblog.com
Innovation Route in Hamburg, Technology roadmap for EVs.
Video tip: Innovation Route 109 in Hamburg is getting busy with low-emission buses. Volvo’s plug-in 7900 Electric Hybrid bus began scheduled operation and will be compared with Volvo diesel hybrid buses as well as fuel cell buses from other manufacturers.
youtube.com (video), greencarcongress.com
Study tip: A new report by IDTechEx called “Electric Vehicle Forecasts, Trends and Opportunities 2015-2025” is looking at technologies like in-wheel motors, long-life batteries and supercaps suitable to increase EV efficiency in the years to come.
idtechex.com (study), electricvehiclesresearch.com
Hybrids vs. hydrogen vehicles, EV emissions.
Reading tip: The Union of Concerned Scientists is warning to overrate hydrogen vehicles but recommends hybrids instead as a more cost-effective and greener solution (wells-to-wheels analysis).
technologyreview.com via greencarreports.com
Study tip: A new study by the University of Minnesota confirms that the carbon footprint of EVs is dependent on the energy source. Media hype has it though that EVs are actually more pollutant than gasmobiles, again, it depends…
Electric and hybrid commercial vehicles, BMW i8 vs. BMW M1.
Study tip: A new report by IDTechEx titled “Industrial and Commercial Hybrid and Pure Electric Vehicles 2015-2025” is looking at electric and hybrid trucks and new players in the market including Wrightspeed, TEVA UK/JAV and EDI.
idtechex.com via electricvehiclesresearch.com
Video tip: Check out this battle between a classic and a classic-to-be. AutoExpress puts the BMW M1 on the track first just to then fast-forward decades of automobile design embodied in the plug-in hybrid i8.
OPEC, The Netherlands, Tesla factory upgrade.
Reading tip I: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is not worried about electric vehicles, saying they “are unlikely to gain a significant market share in the foreseeable future.” The number of hybrids, however, will grow, because here range is not an issue, OPEC says.
opec.org (World Oil Outlook) via green.autoblog.com
Reading tip II: The Netherlands are setting up measures to further EV adoption in the country, such as tax breaks and incentives for the installation of charging stations. This article outlines all the details, as they were listed in a recent blog post by Navigant Research.
greencarreports.com, navigantresearch.com (blog post)
Video tip: Tesla’s factory in Freemont, CA, shut down for a month in July to update the assembly line to step up production of the Model S and get ready for the Model X. This time-lapse video shows, what was done. One thing you cannot see in the film – the robots were all given names of X-Men characters.
vimeo.com via treehugger.com
Electric bicycle forecast, EV charging in Beijing.
Study tip: Navigant Research predicts that the market for e-bikes will grow only slightly from 31.7 million sold worldwide this year to 40.3 million in 2023. China’s marketshare could drop from now 91 percent to 85 percent in the next decade, according to Navigant.
Reading tip: Bureaucracy and missing infrastructure are causing many potential EV buyers in Beijing to reconsider. There are too few possibilities to use public charging points and red tape makes installing a private charging point quite a hassle.
New Nissan Leaf ad, EV adoption in Canada.
Video tip: A new television spot for the Nissan Leaf is airing in the U.S. Nissan pays the petrol for drivers of vehicles with combustion engines, while showing them how much they could save by driving an electric car.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Study tip: According to WWF Canada’s “Transportation rEVolution: Electric Vehicle Status Update 2014,” 42 percent of the Canadians believe that EVs are a practicable alternative to combustion technology. The number of Canadians who have test driven an EV has doubled and sales skyrocketed.
marketwired.com, awsassets.wwf.ca (Report as PDF)
Chevy Volt production, Nissan Leaf sales record, Commercial EVs.
Video tip: CNN looks underneath the hood of the upcoming Chevy Volt and shows how the drive unit and battery pack are built. Watch as CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena (with some assistance from employees at GM battery lab in Warren, Michigan) assembles the next-gen Voltec drive unit.
Click tip: Nissan has set a new sales record, saying it already sold more Leafs until the end of September, than it did in all of 2013 (22,610 units). The first nine months of 2014 showed a 36 percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.
Study tip: IDTechEx projects that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles for the construction, agriculture and mining sectors will be worth 30 billion dollars by 2025. According to the new report, i.e. tractors in agriculture will be electric in volume quantities by 2025.