October, 2017

SAIC introduces large electric panel van in Europe: Maxus EV80

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SAIC Mobility Europe, a division of China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, SAIC, is introducing the Maxus light commercial vehicle brand. The Maxus EV80 van has become the first fully electric large panel van on European roads, ahead of the brand’s full launch in 2019.

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It’s #TimeForUnrest Because My Friend Liz Deserves A Life Outside Her Bedroom

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I met 12 year old Liz Burlingame in 1980 back when I was 23 years old and didn’t like kids.

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Mercedes parent Daimler launches E-Fuso electric truck sub-brand

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Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, also owns the Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation—which it used last week to preview major shifts coming to its Daimler Trucks business. It all took place at the reveal of E-Fuso, a new sub-brand of Daimler's Fuso operation that will focus on electrified and electric trucks and buses. Tokyo Motor Show Tokyo Auto Salon Daimler plug-in cars Commercial vehicle semis

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Low deposit leasing: is it the future for the new car market?

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Whether it’s Personal Contract Hire (PCH), Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) or Hire Purchase (HP), all forms of car finance usually require some form of upfront deposit before you can get behind the wheel

AKASOL to showcase high-performance battery systems for e-buses at Busworld Europe; expanding production

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At Busworld Europe in Belgium later this month, AKASOL will present its AKASYSTEM OEM battery system as a complete roof installation including the chiller and other additional components.

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Toyota showing two new fuel cell concepts at Tokyo Motor Show: bus and car

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Toyota has launched two new fuel cell vehicle concepts: the Sora fuel cell bus and the Fine Comfort Ride fuel cell car. The company will show both at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

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DOE: US petroleum production exceeding transportation consumption and will continue to do so through 2050

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According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2015 total petroleum production exceeded all US transportation sector petroleum consumption. The EIA expects petroleum production to be greater than transportation consumption through 2040.

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Toyota fuel-cell Class 8 prototype to start drayage routes at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

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Unveiled earlier this year ( earlier post ), Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) “Project Portal” fuel-cell-powered Class 8 truck proof-of-concept has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while progressively pulling drayage rated cargo weight, and emitting nothing but water vapor.

Europe plans “EU Battery Alliance” to establish full large-scale battery development and production; strategic plan next year

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The European Union is beginning efforts to establish a full value chain of advanced batteries in Europe, with large-scale Li-ion battery cell production, and the circular economy, at the core. European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, who is in charge of the Energy Union, organized a high-level meeting on battery development and production in Europe this past Wednesday in Brussels.

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Who sold 10,000 plug-in vehicles last month? (Not Tesla, Nissan, or Chevy)

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When consumers think of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, most likely conjure thoughts of Tesla, or perhaps Nissan with its Leaf and Chevrolet with its Volt and Bolt EV. However, none of those three brands managed to sell 10,000 plug-in cars during the month of September. That sales honor belongs to BMW, which announced sales of its i3. sales Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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EU announces launch of battery alliance to boost cells for electric cars

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As it stands today, Asia dominates the production of electric-car battery cells globally, with Japanese and Korean companies representing the bulk of the industry outside of booming Chinese makers. Europe, however, lacks a single major player in the fabrication and assembly of lithium-ion battery cells for cars that plug in. Now European leaders. Europe Batteries lithium-ion battery pack EU plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Toshiba claims 6-minute recharge for new electric-car battery cell

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Electric cars pale in comparison to gasoline or diesel-powered cars when it comes to the time presently required to add energy for more driving distance. Although automakers have begun to curb "range anxiety" with longer-distance electric cars, battery charging times on lengthy road trips remain a hurdle for many buyers. The fastest "quick. Batteries battery pack plug-in cars charging Fast Charging

All cars with engines to be off Dutch roads by 2030, following 2025 sales ban

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European countries continue to implement aggressive policies to move away from fossil fuels for transportation and favor zero-emission solutions in renewable energy and vehicles. Last year, the Netherlands joined Norway to ban the sale of new cars powered by internal-combustion engines after 2025. The country will still allow engine-driven. Diesel Gasoline Europe emissions zero emissions Holland The Netherlands

Volvo's new Polestar electric-car brand to launch 600-hp model in 2019

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Polestar, formerly Volvo's in-house tuning division, was recently separated from the Swedish brand; Volvo plans to turn it into a standalone brand. Polestar announced plans to build electric and electrified performance cars in the near future, and the brand revealed its first attempt with what it calls the Polestar 1, which they unveiled Thursday. Plug-In Hybrids Performance plug-in cars Polestar

Shell buys its first electric car charging station firm in Europe

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Even oil companies have begun to realize the future will not be nearly as reliant on fossil fuels, and Royal Dutch Shell is moving to safeguard its future business. The Dutch oil company acquired NewMotion, an electric-car charging station firm, for an undisclosed price. DON'T MISS: Shell fuel stations in U.K., Netherlands to add electric-car. Europe plug-in cars Shell Charging station charging infrastructure

VW plans for electric trucks and buses, starting production next year

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Volkswagen Group has now detailed its aggressive electrification timeline for every part of its vehicle operations, including heavy trucks, setting lofty goals for zero-emission vehicles in the future. While Volkswagen works on the passenger car side of things, VW Group's commercial-vehicle division, Volkswagen Truck & Bus, said in a company. Trucks VW Group plug-in cars Commercial vehicle Buses

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Electric cars win on energy efficiency vs hydrogen, gasoline, diesel: analysis

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If you want to drive the absolute cleanest car possible – and if you’re reading this site, we’re willing to wager that you do – then you need to calculate the total well-to-wheels energy use of the car and everything you put into its tank or battery. When it comes to comparing types of vehicles – hydrogen, standard. hydrogen fuel cell

Two-thirds of world's new energy capacity in 2016 was renewable: IEA

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For years, renewable energy has been cast as the most expensive option to reduce emissions and the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But 2016 may have marked a turn for the renewable energy sector, with solar energy in particular rising significantly in output. For the first time in history, renewable energy sources accounted for fully two-thirds. China renewable energy solar clean energy energy wind energy

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Polestar's second, third cars will be all-electric, one to challenge Tesla Model 3

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While Tesla works out the production bottlenecks that plague the Model 3, rivals continue to gear up to challenge the Silicon Valley maker's more affordable electric car. Specifically, Tesla's latest announced competitor comes from the new brand at Volvo Cars Group, named Polestar, which has become a standalone maker within the company's stable. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Polestar

Electric trucks to grow fast from now through 2030: report

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In the coming years, the world's auto industry will continue to shift its product mix to electric and electrified vehicles to meet growing concerns over carbon emissions and stringent fuel-economy regulations across the globe. However, the passenger-car segment isn't the only area that will see electric powertrains implemented. A new study. Europe China United States plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle

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World's 3rd largest battery firm may ally with VW for electric cars in China

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Many automakers have announced they will electrify entire vehicle portfolios in the years to come. With more electrified cars on the road, battery production will become increasingly more important. Adding to the positive outlook for lithium-ion cell makers is Volkswagen's potential partnership with CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Company. China Batteries lithium-ion battery pack plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Tesla's solar and battery project in Hawaii: we do the math

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Tesla’s summer announcement of the world’s biggest battery-storage system in South Australia characteristically kept key details confidential. Fortunately, while mystery and mystique still shroud that project, more can be unearthed or inferred for Tesla's solar panel and battery energy-storage deployment in Kauai, Hawaii, which came. electric utilities Hawaii renewable energy energy storage Solar City Tesla Powerwall

Costco members now get GM Supplier Pricing on Chevy Bolt EV, Volt

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Costco members in the market for a new vehicle now have a new round of incentives to consider as they head into the final car-buying months of 2017. Specifically, shoppers interested in a General Motors vehicle will discover Supplier Pricing on nearly every car—including the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car and Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. car buying plug-in cars discounts Incentives and Rebates

ABB electric-car charging station bills automatically: no cards or RFID tags

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Activating any given public charging station to recharge an electric car can pose something of a hassle. Yes, plugging it in is simple enough, but public charging infrastructure in the U.S. is run by multiple independent companies—meaning electric-car owners are essentially required to carry multiple access cards to use various stations. plug-in cars charging infrastructure Charging stations Combined Charging Standard (CCS

'Totaled' is the long, sad story of Better Place and its failure: book review

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It is just over five years since I bought my Better Place Renault 2012 Fluence ZE in Israel—and a little over five months since I returned it to Israel’s Renault importer for a cash settlement. By that time, the 22-kilowatt-hour battery capacity was down to 11.3 kwh, and a warning light had been on continuously since July 2016. I gave. failure Shai Agassi Israel Better Place plug-in cars battery switch Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Battery Swapping

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Electric cars are some of fastest-selling used vehicles in the U.S.

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Not every car buyer can afford a brand-new vehicle, which often makes gently used vehicles an appealing alternative. But while cars that plug in take only a small share of new-vehicle purchases today—about 1 percent—they're apparently very popular once they're used. In fact, electric and plug-in cars dominate the top 10 fastest-selling. car buying Plug-In Hybrids Used Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

Enel acquires eMotorWerks to provide grid balancing solutions and tap into US e-mobility market

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Enel S.p.A., through its US subsidiary EnerNOC, has acquired California-based eMotorWerks, a North American supplier of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, called JuiceBox, and owner and operator of JuiceNet, an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for the smart management of EV charging and other distributed energy storage facilities.

Tesla to build electric-car factory in Chinese free-trade zone: report

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China is the world's largest car market, and the country plans to phase out sales of new vehicles with combustion engines in the future. Tesla makes and sells only electric cars, and it aspires to become a volume automaker, meaning China is key to its future. The Chinese government effectively requires carmakers to manufacture in the country to. China Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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Mazda all but confirms rotary range extender engine for electric car

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How Mazda plans to integrate plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicles into its range of increasingly efficient gasoline and diesel models is a topic that interests parts of the global auto industry. In 2019, the small Japanese maker will offer a combustion-engine technology never before achieved in production: a gasoline engine that can work. Future Cars Rotary plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Wankel rotary engine REx range extender engine Range Extending BMW i3 REx

Seven Western states sign deal to expand electric-car charging networks

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The Western United States will soon see an electric-car charging network covering 5,000 miles of roadways. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he and six other governors in western states have agreed to develop a network of fast-charge stations in the region. The announcement expands upon Colorado, Nevada, and Utah's previous. United States plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Charging stations

Proterra introduces two-motor DuoPower drivetrain for its Catalyst electric buses; partnership with Van Hool

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At the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Proterra introduced the two-motor DuoPower drivetrain for its award-winning Catalyst battery-electric vehicles. With the DuoPower drivetrain, the Catalyst bus will now have nearly twice the horsepower and acceleration, and will be five times more efficient than a standard diesel bus. In addition, the performance of the DuoPower drivetrain represents a 20% increase in efficiency over Proterra’s standard ProDrive system.

Tesla has now sold 250,000 electric cars, more than GM (but fewer than Nissan)

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Electric-car maker Tesla posted its best quarterly sales results in company history after it closed out the third quarter with 26,150 units sold. Despite the figure's cause for celebration, the figure may be interpreted as a downside by some since the third quarter's sales in 2017 just inched past Q3 2016 with a 4.5 percent increase. With the Q3. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Car Sales

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Honda's second electric-car concept is Sports EV coupe unveiled in Tokyo

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Following Honda's hit electric-car concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Urban EV, the company brought a second all-electric concept to the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with more sporting intentions. The Honda Sports EV coupe concept debuted one show after the Urban EV concept, and this one's a design wrapped in a sleek and retro-looking sports. Tokyo Motor Show plug-in cars

"Death of the internal combustion engine" is now a thing

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The very first working four-cycle internal-combustion engine was invented by Niklaus Otto in 1876, and in due course it changed the world. A quarter of a century later, gasoline engines, steam-powered vehicles, and electric drive competed on an equal basis, but by 1915, it was clear the gasoline engine would triumph. The next 100 years brought. Future Cars combustion cycle Engines plug-in cars gasoline engines

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