South Korean EV infrastructure, Nissan Leaf torque, Toyota FCV.
Research tip: A new study by Frost & Sullivan predicts a strong growth of South Korean EV infrastructure, due to government support. By 2020, some 90,000 charging stations could be installed in the country. That would equal a compound annual growth rate of 72.7 per cent.
Video tip I: In a new video, Nissan USA wants to show just how much fun its Leaf can be. But the video comes with a warning – beware of the torque! Do not let yourself be carried away by all that instant power.
Video tip II: Toyota is also trying to get the message for its FCV out there. While some may doubt the viability of the new technology, the company strongly believes that it is only a matter of time until the fuel cell takes over.
BMW i8, Toyota FCV, Events.
Video tip: For once, Robert Llewellyn from Fully Charged leaves the steering to someone who must know what one can really do with a sports car like the BMW i8. Also, he has to admit that he quite likes the sound of the 1.5-litre turbo engine.
Click tip: Toyota allowed USA today to take a closer look at the upcoming FCV – from the outside only – and feeds the moving images with explanations coming from a Toyota PR person and an engineer. Worth taking a quick look.
usatoday.com (with video)
Events for the upcoming week: H2Expo 2014 (Sept 23-26; Hamburg, Germany) ++ Batteries 2014 (Sept 24-26; Nice, France) ++ IAA Commercial Vehicles 2014 (Sept 25-Oct. 02; Hannover, Germany)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Toyota FCV trailer, Model S towing capability.
Video tip I: After the live presentation of Toyota’s FCV, the Japanese have now issued the official trailer for their series fuel cell vehicle. Its slogan: setting the next 100 years in motion…
Video tip II: A Tesla can tow a trailer easily. This has been proven by a Model S owner and YouTube user. Funnily enough, it was a generator he had been towing over a 129-miles distance, before he delivered it and drove back on a single charge.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Toyota FCV, Ferrari, MG, Korea, Mercedes vs. Lexus.
Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle has just been presented revealing some ground-breaking figures. In April 2015, The FCV will first debut in Japan before it goes on sale in the US and Europe a few months later. The price for customers in Japan is set at about 7 million Yen (69,000 dollars). The FCV is said to go as far as 700 kilometres on one tank filling on the Japanese cycle.
Ferrari is going hybrid: The EU requires any carmaker to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 percent by 2021 – that also applies to luxury carmakers like Ferrari. Vittorio Dini, responsible for engine technology at Ferrari plans to reach that goal through hybridisation of its V12 models.
Toyota is Korea’s sole supplier of hybrids, or almost as it holds a marketshare of 97.1 percent of all imported hybrids. That is a total of 2,558 vehicles the Japanese manufacturer sold in the Asian country this year. Already in 2012 and 2013, Toyota has been equally successful in South Korea.
Electric MG review: Autocar was allowed to drive MG’s EV concept on the Silverstone circuit. The electric mini car is based on the Roewe E50 and is already being sold in China. Apart from the rather confined space, Autocar was impressed but only sees a future for the mini MG if it is offered notedly cheaper than its competitors VW E-Up and Nissan Leaf.
Premium hybrid competition: Auto Express has compared the Mercedes S300 hybrid with the Lexus LS 600h. While the Lexus beats Mercedes “hands down for performance,” in the end the reviewers got lulled in by the luxury a Mercedes’ S-class has got to offer.
Toyota FCV presentation, BMW i3 dislikes.
Click tip: Tune in this coming Wednesday, June 25th, when Toyota officially presents its fuel cell vehicle in its final design. The livestream starts at 6 a.m. BST or 2 p.m. in Japan, but will also be available on demand afterwards.
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Reading tip: Tom Moloughney, BMW’s unofficial chief tester, has delivered its first verdict on the i3, which he drove for 2,000 miles so far. While he generally likes it, Tom makes a few but detailed suggestions…
Toyota FCV, Volkswagen e-Golf.
Video tip: Toyota provides an overview of the inner workings of their FCV concept vehicle – starting with the design of its fuel cell technology all the way to the stop at the hydrogen gas-station.
Reading tip: The news went almost unnoticed – VW will not include a cooling system for its e-Golf battery. This article looks at what that means for the battery, the car, and what it could mean for the carmaker’s image when things do ‘get hot.’