First Body Kit For BMW i3 Electric Car: Looks Tougher, Probably Less Efficient

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Many car owners have a strong desire to personalize their vehicles, and BMW buyers may be among the most enthusiastic when it comes to modifications. So while the BMW i3 electric car is more about efficiency than showing off, perhaps it''s not too surprising that there is now a body kit available for it. It had to happen eventually.

Ford and Intel demonstrate in-car personalization with perceptual computing; Project Mobii

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The in-car experience is then personalized to display information specific to that driver, such as calendar, music and contacts.

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Ford launches app developer challenge to improve consumer understanding of personal fuel efficiency

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Ford launched a $50,000 challenge for software developers to write innovative apps to help consumers better understand and improve their personal fuel efficiency. Participants will have access to Ford’s OpenXC connectivity research platform as a sandbox to create and test their ideas for the Personalized Fuel Efficiency Apps Challenge. Many elements factor into personal fuel efficiency including weather, terrain, traffic conditions and individual driving styles.

Ford announces Smart Mobility plan; 25 initial projects

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The 25 experiments address four global megatrends—explosive population growth; an expanding middle class; air quality and public health concerns; and changing customer attitudes and priorities—challenging today’s transportation model and limiting personal mobility, especially in urban areas. Ford engineers are working with HP to track the driving habits of 100 vehicles used nationwide by HP employees for work and personal commuting.

Are There Electric Car Conversion Kits?

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Is there an electric car conversion kit where a person can make their own electric car? Hi, Paul - Sure! It's what I would do myself if I were converting

IBM and Libelium launch Internet of Things Starter Kit; IPv6 connectivity for any single sensor

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IBM and Libelium , a wireless sensor network hardware provider, released an Internet of Things (IoT) Starter Kit to enable dozens of sensor applications ranging from monitoring parking spaces or air pollution to providing assistance for the elderly. With the new Internet of Things Starter Kit, a real-time operating system is integrated in Libelium Waspmote nodes to support more than 60 different sensors available “off the shelf,” allowing developers to build any application on top.

Chevrolet previews Spark EV Tech Performance concept, other performance concepts including Cruze Diesel for SEMA

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Features include: A Stage Kit, cold-air induction and a high-flow exhaust system allow the 1.4L A Personalization Sonic concept puts a larger emphasis on personalization. Chevrolet Spark EV Tech Performance concept. Click to enlarge.

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Enter To Win A 2010 Hybrid

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50 people will win a green kit (mobile phone, case, charger, battery, etc.) and one really lucky person will be awarded with the hybrid Escape valued up to $35,000.

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Navigant forecasts modest global annual sales growth of e-bicycles, reaching 40.3M units in 2023

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China Electric (Battery) Forecasts Personal Transit In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that global annual sales of e-bicycles will grow modestly from 31.7 million units in 2014 to 40.3 million units in 2023 under a base scenario—a CAGR of 2.7%.

Volkswagen’s MEB for EVs: long electric range, open-platform, open-space, pricing for the volume market; “tablet on wheels”

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These four main kits are now joined by the all-new Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten (“Modular Electric Drive kit”, or MEB), being developed by the Volkswagen brand. and the underlying MEB emphasize several additional functionalities: autonomy, connectivity, and personalization.

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Volkswagen unveils I.D. EV concept; 1st MEB-based vehicle, to launch in 2020; up to 373 miles

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will be the first Volkswagen built off the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). MEB—Modularer Elektrifizierungsbaukasten (“Modular Electric Drive kit”)—was conceived to support the development of a family of pure electric vehicles within brands and across the Group.

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Ford opens new Silicon Valley research center; focus on connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, big data

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A person sitting in the Palo Alto laboratory can access real-time video streamed over existing 4G/LTE technology to drive golf carts thousands of miles away.

smart, MINI Unveiling Electric Scooter Concepts at Paris Show; Central Role for Smartphones

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The new, further developed smart drive kit app allows the rider to use online services when making stops on the road. This is fitted with a microphone and headphones so that riders are able to use the telephone function or access their personal music collection while on the road.

VW unveils fully autonomous, electric Microbus I.D. Buzz concept at Detroit; all-wheel drive, 270-mile range

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Buzz is built off the Modular Electric Drive kit (MEB). BUZZ is a next-generation vehicle based on the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB), offering comfort and plenty of space. As soon as a person approaches the vehicle, the sensor surfaces for opening the door light up.

Ford opening up Silicon Valley research lab

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Ford Motor Company plans to open a Silicon Valley-based Research Lab—its first dedicated R&D office on the west coast—to scout for new technology and to find new partners to innovate personal mobility solutions for the future. The first OpenXC beta developer kits will be shipped this month to several participating universities including MIT, University of Michigan and Stanford.

Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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The important thing to remember is that if we are serious about reducing carbon in personal mobility, we have to be very serious about efficiency.

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Hyundai begins rollout of Ioniq Hybrid, PHEV and EV; most efficient non-plug vehicle, most efficient EV in US; powertrain discussion

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The important thing to remember is that if we are serious about reducing carbon in personal mobility, we have to be very serious about efficiency.

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Aviat, Aviation Foundation unveil concept CNG-fueled single-engine aircraft

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The tank is removable and can be refilled using a CNG refilling system, either personal or at a commercial location. manufactures the Husky, Pitts Special and complete kits for the Eagle biplane. Aviat Husky CNG. Click to enlarge. Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class INTELLIGENT DRIVE drives autonomously over 100km interurban and urban route with near-production technology

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The required algorithms were developed by the Mercedes-Benz research team in collaboration with the Institute for Measuring and Control Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Networked sensor systems of the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Honda offers customers chance to build their own Fit

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It takes a special kind of person to want to build a car themselves at home. Now Honda is taking the kit car-building spirit to a new level; launching the first ever production car you can build yourself.

More parts but no instructions or hardware.

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since this kit is the 914 AC kit, I have no idea how to install the controller plate. I've contacted Randy Pollock, the first person to order a 914 AC kit and he and I are working to figure this out.

Christmas Time!

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Here's the delivery person rolling the crate on a pallet jack to my garage. On minor disappointment is that the cable supplied in the kit is #2 gauge cable. I suppose the AC kit doesn't require as much current as the DC kit, but I'll take all the efficiency I can get at this point.

Ford takes OpenXC research platform global, engaging local developers for market-specific connected vehicle apps in India

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Ford is now shipping beta test kits of its open-source connectivity research platform, OpenXC ( earlier post ), to developers and universities around the world. OpenXC architecture. Click to enlarge.

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Reflections on Converting a 914 to an EV

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Here goes (in no particular order): Things That Went Well During the Conversion The 914 AC kit from Electro Automotive is a good one. I modified the wiring in the original 914 AC kit (as suggested by Paul Jorg) to turn on the regen when the brake lights came on instead of controlling regen by releasing the accelerator pedal. I even received a few posts from Mike Brown at Electro Automotive, the designer of the kit. If I had to do things over, I might seriously use the DC kit.

How to Get a Plug-In Hybrid

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Our goal is to enable owners to enlist a local electrician/engineer to convert their cars, initially with lead-acid batteries, for under $6,000 and less than two person-weeks of time. (We The kit is designed so the batteries can be upgraded to lithium-phosphate.)

Mercedes-Benz integrates iPhone and Siri into user experience of new A-Class

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Via a new “Digital DriveStyle App”, developed in-house, together with the “Drive Kit Plus for the Apple iPhone”, drivers can now access all the key content of their iPhone through the in-vehicle display and enjoy safe and convenient operation of the device via the Controller on the center armrest. Its highlights include: Personalized internet radio by AUPEO!

Opinions and Rants

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I find out this morning from Ross Cunniff (who also recently completed the 914 AC kit), that he has had ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEMS with his CCPower DC-DC converter. Since I finished the first kit, Electro Auto didn't want to replace my unit because they wanted me to find out more information before I simply blew up another one. The technical support person at Iota was extremely responsive and provided accurate information. Despite the above rants, the basic kit is good.

Talking with Mike at ElectroAuto

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

It seems that Mike is more of a mechanical person than an electronics person. Apparently I'm the only person with an operational AC kit currently, although several other people are hot on the trail to finishing theirs. Mike doesn't have an AC kit 914 back at the ranch. I just got off the phone with Mike at Electro Automotive. We chatted about the blown CCPower DC-DC converter and the engine vibrations.

Taking a Break

Open Source Civic EV Kit

A few things that are in the works: getting the Civic S20 transmission to a precision measurement person to get an accurate diagram of all the holes and outline for repetitive fabrication of adapter plates ordering a clutch plate and sending it off to EV-America for a motor shaft adapter purchasing relevant EV kit parts (9" motor, etc.)

Ford, GM rolling out third-party developer programs for in-vehicle apps

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The Ford Developer Program for open mobile apps provides a software development kit (SDK), technical support from Ford engineers and a developer community to enable utilizing the SYNC connectivity system and AppLink application programming interface (API). Once these apps are created and have been approved by GM, future owners of certain GM models will be able to download them directly to the vehicle through the app catalog to to personalize and to update the apps in their vehicles.

German project exploring integration of electromobility with transport services

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communities or municipalities), the number of persons, and mobility behavior, the system is intended to determine whether and under which conditions electric mobility is reasonable. Eleven partners are participating in BiE: The FZI Research Center for Information Technology and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with the Institute for Transport Studies (IfV) and the Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK) contribute latest scientific findings.

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PiPrius : Open Source documentation and kits. EVs are a smart and efficient choice for personal transportation.

Down to the wire for final round of public voting in DOE Apps for Vehicles challenge

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s software developer kit will support apps for consumers, service providers and automotive retailers, connecting drivers to their driving world in real-time. Fuel Economy Coach: based on actual vehicle data, road conditions, traffic, and personal driving habits, this app will not only show a driver’s fuel efficiency, but will tell hime or her how good or bad it is based on real world conditions. The MyCarma application uses the phone’s GPS to capture an owner’s personal drive cycle.

Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles

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Separately, Maryland-based engineering firm Robotic Research LLC is donating vehicle electronic kits and the nonprofit energy investment Stiefel Family Foundation is providing cash awards. Those printers then can be used by engineers or even lay persons to simply download and print replacement parts, or fabricate novel mission-specific parts on-demand.

X Prize, Electrathon teams to compete in Green Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International

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The afternoon Electrathon races feature single-person, lightweight, aerodynamic, high-efficiency electric vehicles. They may be built from a kit or from scratch. Automotive X Prize teams from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana will compete at the 7 th Annual Green Grand Prix Friday, April 15, at Watkins Glen International. Two of the vehicles are educational entries from Cornell University and West Philadelphia High School.

Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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These are local investors who are very well capitalized and are personally known to the staff of the utility and city officials. Previous Prius conversion kits have been limited by Toyota programming to a top speed of 34 mph in all-electric mode.

Audis e-tron quattro EV: evolutionary powertrain with a dash of revolution for production in 2018; MLB evo

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This could eventually have a role comparable to that of the Volkswagen Group’s modular diesel and modular gasoline engine kits (MDB and MOB). (“Baukasten” = German for construction kit). The resulting two-motor system could become part of the MLB evo kit, said Prof.

Ford OpenXC platform out of beta; open-source hardware and software platform

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The OpenXC kit includes a vehicle interface module based on the popular Arduino platform developers can use to read data from the vehicle’s internal communications network. In addition, vehicle data from the growing list of sensing technologies built into the car can be used locally to provide for the creation of a more personalized, convenient and productive driving experience, and aggregated to help address congestion and improve efficiency.

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VW BUDD-e EV concept makes US auto show debut; 233-mile range based on EPA cycle; next-gen connectivity and HMI

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Personalized light. It is conceivable that in the near future, consumables—such as windshield wiper blades—or other kinds of personal items could not only be ordered from the car, but also delivered to it using a “Drop Box” that is accessible from the outside.

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Volkswagen unveils BUDD-e electric van concept at CES; first VW based on new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB)

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Personalized light. It is conceivable that in the near future, consumables—such as windshield wiper blades—or other kinds of personal items could not only be ordered from the car, but also delivered to it using a “Drop Box” that is accessible from the outside.