Regenerative braking in heavy industrial EVs, The New Fisker.
Study tip: A recently updated IDTechEx report finds that 90% of industrial heavy EVs will make use of regenerative braking systems by 2024. The “Energy Harvesting/Regeneration for Electric Vehicles Land, Water & Air 2014-2024” report looks at various forms of power generation for the use in electric vehicles.
Fisker history at a glance: The aptly named New Fisker website features a timeline listing Fisker milestones. While the Tesla lawsuit is included, the new owner Wanxiang apparently decided to leave out certain bits like the early investors and the inglorious involvement of battery manufacturer A123.
greencarreports.com, thenewfisker.com (timeline)
The New Fisker, Chevrolet, Saleen, A2B, Cadillac.
The New Fisker: This is the name under which Wanxiang will start selling the plug-in hybrid “as soon as possible.” Production of the Karma is to be restarted in Finland while all planned Fisker models like the Atlantic, Surf Shooting Brake and the Sunset convertible are said to be launched eventually.
autoweek.com, greencarreports.com, thenewfisker.com (new website)
Chevy Volt redesign: Industry insiders believe GM to launch an update of its Volt in the U.S. by 2015. It will possibly feature a new front-wheel drive platform while the body style is not expected to change too much.
edmunds.com via electric-vehiclenews.com
Saleen to enter China: The automotive manufacturer has chosen GreenTech Automotive (GTA) as its distributor in China. The US-based GTA will start selling in spring and offer the full Saleen range in China. Saleen has recently made the news when it teamed up with AC Propulsion to work on a new electric sports car (we reported).
Review Alva+ e-bike: This model of the A2B company is a hybrid between e-bike and pedelec, combining pedal-assist and throttle operation. While Jason Fogelson concludes that the Alva+ is “a very attractive form of alternative green transportation” he cannot see it outperform a scooter or motorcycle yet.
The Caddy ELR is more than just a luxury version of the Volt: John Voelcker joins the club of reviewers who admit that GM has launched a “very stylish coupe with a luxurious interior” but still thinks it overpriced by as much as 30,000 dollars, esp. as its electric drive is “just not there” in freezing temperatures.