Indianapolis’ electric carsharing scheme BlueIndy will have to relocated chargers if store owners can proof they are losing money because of the stations’ current location. Meanwhile, the city wants 45,000 dollars a year to make up for lost revenue from parking stalls. Someone doesn’t seem to have grasped the concept here…
EV tyres, Toyota Prius, Event.
Reading tip: You thought there was just a race to make the best electric car? What about tyres? Wired looks at what it takes to make the best wheels for an EV that, due its silence, cannot drown out rubber noise on asphalt.
Click tip: Hybrid Cars took the 2016 Prius out an extensive test drive. The Toyota bestseller is the first to use the carmaker’s New Global Architecture, making it look a little different than older model. Still, the hybrid is familiar, something that “many people will welcome.”
Event for the upcoming week: Electric Marathon Lviv – Monte Carlo (May 22 – June 03; 10 European countries)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Tesla Model 3, Toyota Prius.
Reading tip: Despite people lining up for a car they will not get for another two years, Bloomberg says Tesla cannot afford any delays when it comes to the Model 3. For once, these buyers may not be willing to wait for their car as long as early adopters did for the Roadster or Model S, and in the U.S., the 7,500 dollar subsidy per EV will expire before long.
Video tip: Headed for a holiday? Toyota shows that the new Prius can tow a trailer to fit all your belonging. The towing arm is detachable, so no need to sport a hitch unless you need to pull something.
youtube.com via toyota.co.uk
Toyota Prius, Navigant Research.
Video tip: Kelley Blue Book is looking at the new Toyota Prius and is (almost reluctantly) impressed by efficiency, handling, and styling inside and out. The only complaints: hard arm-rests and the visor.
Research tip: Navigant Research predicts an annual capacity of 11 GWh for stationery energy storage constructed from disused EV and PHEV batteries by 2035. The analysts note that it is a win-win situation for both car and ESS manufacturers.
navigantresearch.com via greencarcongress.com
EV guide book, Toyota Prius.
Reading tip: Alphabet’s newly published “Book of Watts & Maybes” is a 16-page EV guide book for SMEs, corporates, and public decision makers. It answers the most common questions asked of AlphaElectric experts.
Video tip: Translogic host Johnathon Buckley takes a spin in the new 2016 Prius. The word he uses over and over again is “zippy,” as the lower centre of gravity lets the Toyota “zip around the corner.” Buckely also speaks to Sebastian Blanco, editor of AutoblogGreen, who is also taken by Toyota’s styling improvements.
Tesla, Toyota Prius.
Video tip I: It has been a while since Tesla allowed a film crew in its Fremont facility. KPIX 5 was lucky and even got exclusive shots of battery pack assembly, plus all the “usual” robot action.
sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com (press on image for video)
Video tip II: Toyota’s attempt to revamp the Prius’ image reached the next stage. The Super Bowl ad includes attributes like “badass” or “mutha-truckin ride” – unexpectedly so, to say the least. That is what happens when Japan meets Saatchi & Saatchi advertising. What the heck!
youtube.com via autoblog.com
Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt.
Video tip I: Toyota tries real hard to sex up the latest Prius with this new spot. See the Prius as you have never seen it before. The Japanese may, however, attempt something “beyond possible” when embarking on this image u-turn.
youtube.com via carscoops.com
Video tip II: Back to basics at their best with this 3-minute video review of the new Chevy Volt. Motoring particularly likes the range extender but also finds praise for the drive and improved efficiency.
Toyota Prius vs. Chevy Volt, EV fleet at Cop21.
Click tip: Green Car Reports pitches the new Toyota Prius against the Chevy Volt inside and out. Conclusion: if you have no place to charge your vehicle, the hybrid best-seller is the closest to an EV you can get.
greencarreports.com (with video)
Video tip: The Renault-Nissan Alliance provided a 200 EV strong shuttle fleet for the COP21 in Paris, said to be the largest ZEV fleet ever assembled for an international conference. The carmaker here again outlines what can be done to push electrification.
Black Cab, Toyota Prius.
Reading tip I: It takes time to become iconic and Aatif Sulleyman describes the history of London’s Black Cab from its early beginnings as a horse drawn coach over early attempts of electrification to its future as electric hi-tech carriers. Next time you hear cab, think cabriolet.
Reading tip II: Another, shorter look back is taken by Sami Haj-Assaad, who recounts the 15 years since the introduction of the Toyota Prius. Although Honda brought the Insight first, it is the Prius that seized and still wears the hybrid crown.
Toyota Prius, EV life cycle assessment.
Video tip: Toyota promotes the new Prius hybrid in a video that shows a mix of technological features as well as amenities like the pre-heated steering wheel. We like that new red.
Research tip: German researchers made a real life cycle assessment of an electric car. They compared a conventional new Smart (combustion engine), a new electric Smart, and a Smart converted from combustion engine to electric in different scenarios and found that even when charged with the German electricity mix of the year 2013 the electric smart had a favourable environmental impact.
In just one week and with only 113 dollars, one Australian turned his Toyota Prius into a home on wheels. Complete with a fireplace and mailbox, of course. Too bad the police thought this beauty is “unroadworthy” and gave its creator a ticket.
Toyota Prius in California.
A total of 71,210 Toyota Prius were sold in California in 2014. A lot, one might think, but not enough to score a hattrick as the most sold car in the Golden State in three consecutive years. The Prius was beaten by the Honda Accord with 71,578 units sold last year.
Under a palm tree.
Usually the spot to be, this palm tree in Hollywood prove anything else than protective for seven Toyota Prius at a dealership. As the huge palm fell amid a storm it literally took seven in a strike, damaging some and totalling one.
Toyota Prius portraits, EV West.
Video tip I: In the US, Toyota has launched a new video campaign for its Prius. In the videos, different Prius owners tell their story on the reasons for going hybrid. A real family portrait!
Video tip II: In this video, EV West introduces its latest electric conversion of a low speed neighbourhood van together with technician Trent, the company’s newest addition to the team. Even though this low speed conversion seems to be kind of boring, the team surely had fun shooting this walkthrough video.
Toyota Prius, Battery anode characterization.
Buyers of the upcoming Prius IV will have the choice between a low-cost nickel-metal hydride or Li-ion battery for improved electric-only driving range. Furthermore, Toyota ponders to offer its hybrid flagship with AWD. The launch only recently was pushed back to December 2015.
Characterised battery anodes: Scientists at Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory created a theoretical model able to predict the performance of carbon based anodes. The model is based on intrinsic characteristics of anode materials and how minor changes in the structure, chemistry and shape of an anode can influence the battery’s capacity, voltage and energy density.
news.rice.edu via greencarcongress.com
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Toyota Prius, Mazda2, Terra Motors, Mitsubishi.
Next generation Prius delayed six months: Toyota pushed back start of production from spring to December 2015. Though reasons for the delay have not been confirmed, rumour has it that engineers need more time to optimise fuel efficiency, tweaking body and chassis issues. Moreover, Automotive News reports that the Prius will “be a test bed of critical new technologies, including Toyota’s modularised vehicle architecture and next-generation hybrid system.”
autonews.com, hybridcars.com, autoevolution.com
3rd gen Mazda2 to be hybridised: The carmaker will most likely offer the upcoming model as a PHEV, including the rotary-powered range-extender technology used in the current prototype. The news was reported by an Australian source, in which the author notes that Mazda is sure to not introduce its electrified vehicles Down Under as long as the country does not offer subsidies. Instead, the upcoming Mazda2 will most likely only be available in Japan.
BIZMO II hits the road: As of today, Japanese company Terra Motors offers its commercial motorcycle with a range of 150 kilometres. That is three times as much as current competitors. The BIZMO II can carry a load of up to 33 kilos, making it especially attractive for delivery business and costs only one-tenth of what it costs to operate a petrol-fuelled motorcycle.
Double win for Mitsubishi at Pikes Peak: The carmaker took home first and second place in the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as well as finishing second and third overall. Drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka both started in an iMiEV Evolution III all-electric racecar, featuring a 50 kWh battery. The race is, however, overshadowed by the unfortunate death of Bobby Goodin, who crashed his motorcycle just after crossing the finish line.
greencarcongress.com (Mitsubishi), gas2.org (Goodin)
The ToyoHog used to be a Toyota Prius but has been ripped off his heart. In place of the hybrid drivetrain, a Harley Davidson’s V-twin has been put in. While it is far from pretty or functional, this monster may find some fans in the EU parliament as certainly this hybrid cannot be overheard!
autoblog.com (with video)