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01-Aug-2014

UC Davis Launches EV Explorer Web Site
The web tool shows the projected annual gasoline and electricity fuel costs of up to four different EV models.

Letting Your Electric Car Talk to the Utility Will Save You Money
John Voelcker explains the reasons why major carmakers and 15 American utilities plan to work on a common communication protocol for electric car charging.

Oregon Survey Finds 80% of Respondents Ready to Drive Electric
Sustainable Business Oregon found that out of the 218 votes cast in its recent survey, more than 80 percent either have an EV now or plan to drive one in the next 10 years; 43 percent are planning to have one within five years.

Renault, Volvo Help Drive Doubling of Electric Car Sales in Europe in 2013
Nearly 50,000 plug-in vehicles were sold in the European Union in 2013, up from 22,000 in 2012, with the Zoe, V60 PHEV, and Mitsubishi Outlander responsible for nearly half of all those sales.

Coming Next Week: Tesla to Reveal Alpha Versions of Model X
Alphas versions of the Model X are used to confirm final design decisions, as well as for testing purposes.

Chevrolot Volt Rates Better Than Nissan LEAF in IIHS Crash Tests
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety subjected both the Volt and Leaf, along with other cars, to five different crash tests, with the Volt rating 'Acceptible' but the LEAF receiving a 'Poor' rating.

How Honeycomb Helped Solve the Pure Lithium Anode Problem
A “honeycomb” of interlocking carbon nanospheres 20 nanometers thick and layered on to the lithium anode appears to have solved the problem on battery destroying dendrites.

Stanford Researchers Create Stable Lithium Anode
By coating a lithium anode with a thin layer of carbon, the anode is prevented from swelling and cracking, creating the potential of a 3-4x increase in energy storage capacity.

Tesla Still Needs to Solve Energy Density Problem with Lithium Batteries
Jennifer Zhang sees the relatively low energy density of Tesla's battery cells compared to other fuel options as its 'crippling weakness.'

Tesla, Panasonic Pen Agreement on Gigafactory
The factory, which will be built in the United States ' represents a fundamental change in the way large scale battery production can be realized.'

30-Jul-2014

Automakers & Utilities Ally to 'Save the Grid from the Electric Car'
Eight of the world’s top automakers, along with 15 major utility companies team up to figure out how to seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into an evolving electricity grid.

Is Tesla the Future? Probably Not
Between the high cost of their batteries and improvements in ICE-age motors, along with the advent of more affordable fuel cells, Jason Lancaster sees electric cars remaining rich guy niche vehicles.

Lithium Peroxide-Based Battery Offers 7X Energy Density
University of Tokyo School of Engineering researchers demonstrate the addition of peroxide to lithium-ion battery electrodes gives it a theoretical energy density of 2,570Wh/kg, while lowering cost and improving battery safety.

Three Reasons Tesla Can Scale Up, Other's Can't
Mira Inbar sees three key advantages that Tesla has had over its competitors: it's battery, its technology strategy and its patient investors.

Audi: Tesla Customers Will Buy Our Electric Hybrids Instead
Tesla customers are telling Audi that if the e-tron drive were available in the Q7, they would buy it instead of the Model X.

Audi A3 Destined for Canada Could See Equivalent of 156.8 MPG
A3 e-tron said to get up to 50 km in EV-mode and get between 78-98 (2.5-3.0L/100 km) in 'everyday life.'

Audi A8 e-tron Drifts Ever Closer to Le Mans Racer with V6 Diesel
Three-time 24 Hours Le Mans winning Audi R18 e-tron quattros are powered by a diesel engine, so why not put a 3.0L V6 in the upcoming A8 plug-in hybrid.

BMW to Sell ActiveHybrid 7 in Three Indian Cities
The Rs 1.35 crore ($290,000USD) luxury hybrid will initially be sold in only three cities: Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

My First e-Hybrid Ride Is In a Porsche Panamera S
Technology Tell writer Lyndon Johnson gets his first exposure to an electric-hybrid by starting near to top of the luxury ladder.

Fisker Bankruptcy Plan Signed Off, Wanxiang Starts 'Debugging' Karma
Lu Guanqiu, chairman of Wanxiang indicates he hopes the second-generation Fisker car would be put into production within three years.

29-Jul-2014

Is This What Honda's Next Generation Fuel Cell Car Will Look Like?
Dillion C, aka Hondatalover morphs characteristics of the current Hona FCX Clarity and the concept model debuted at the 2013 LA Auto Show into an elegant design

Decoding Toyota's Fuel Cell Strategy
Matthew Klippenstein sees Toyota as carefully trying to keep its options open in the race between hydrogen fuel cells, with their fast refuel time, and electric cars with their 'recharge-at-home' advantage.

How Siemens Plans to Turn Electric Cars Into Rolling PCs
The Robust and Reliable Automotive Computing Environment (RACE) for future electric cars centralizes the vehicles computer architecture enable upgrades and retrofits using plug-and-play.

BMW Announces Intention to Build Out Its Own Version of Tesla's Supercharger Network
In addition to arranging for free DC fast charging in California, BMW and Robert Bosch GmbH will offer a compact, 100 lbs DC fast charger that can recharge an i3 to 80% SOC in 30 minutes.

NRG eVgo Partners with BMW on Fast Charge Network
BMW i3 drivers in California will have free access through 2015 to NRG eVgo's Freedom Station® DC Combo Fast Charging stations.

BMW v. Tesla: Which Company Is More Innovative?
Horatiu Boeriu poses the question that essentially pits a brilliant, risk-taking Elon Musk against a century-old German automotive powerhouse.

Electric Car Market Gets Competitive
Norman Rozenberg sees several reasons why electric vehicles will eventually become 'a major force in the automobile industry in the coming years.'

Infograph Demonstrates Why Electric Cars Will Win Out Over Their ICE-age Competition
Which costs more to operate over its a 15 year lifetime: a Ford Focus or a Nissan LEAF? This infograph comes to a surprising conclusion.

Six Charts Track the Modern Rise of the Electric Car in America
While actual numbers are still minuscule compared to overall USA car sales, the growth rate of EV sales is pretty impressive.

Sunswift eVe Smashes Solar Car Speed Record
With a top speed of 140km/h and solar-assisted range of up to 800 km, the electric car averaged more than 100 km/h over 500 km course.

Lexus CT200h: Favorite Hybrid of Northwest Automotive Press Association
The CT 200h was chosen for its impressive combination of state-of-the-art small car luxury and hybrid technology during Drive Revolution event in Portland, Oregon.

2015 Porsche Cayenne Will Feature Electric Hybrid Drive
416 combine horsepower plug-in hybrid drive will do zero-to-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds; range in EV mode was not disclosed.

2015 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Sees $3,000 Price Reduction
The 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid will be priced at $110,000, a reduction of $3,000 compared to the 2014 model's starting price.

Volkswagen to Sell e-Golf in Selected US Markets in 2015
The e-Golf reportedly has a range of up to 115 miles and to help alleviate buyer 'range anxiety' VW will be offering a roadside assistance plan.

2015 VW Passat to Get Electric Hybrid Option
The combustion engine combined with an 80kW electric motor will offer an estimated range of 1000km and be able to travel up to 50km [31 miles] in electric-mode.

GM Donates Dozen Volts to MBA Startup Mentoring Teams
Eight teams of MBA students are traveling to 25 cities this summer to help nearly 50 small startup businesses and the Volts will help them get around.

Ampera Sales to End In Europe, Electric Replacement in the Works
Opel announces it will phase out the current generation of the Ampera, the fraternal twin of the Chevrolet Volt and replace it with an electric vehicles yet to be announced.

EAA Debut for Elektra One Flight Demonstrator
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. unveils its single-seat, all-electric flight technology demonstrator at the 2014 EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wi.

Electric Sun Flyer's Mission: Make Flying Fun and Cheap Again
The Sun Flyer will be a two-seat, all-composite, electrically powered light sport airplane using solar cells mounted on the wings to supplement lithium-ion batteries.

28-Jul-2014

Mercedes-Benz Plans Aggressive Pricing on Fuel Cell Sedan
Mercedes-Benz head of corporate research Herbert Kohler says the company plans to price its fuel cell cars similar to its hybrid models, which would put them in the $60K price range.

'Chinese Puzzle Molecule' Could Help Solve Hydrogen Storage Challenge
28copper15hydridge molecule, nicknamed the 'Chinese Puzzle Molecule,' is helping researchers understand better how to safely store hydrogen and may have future application in fuel cell vehicles.

Polaris Launches 2015 Line of GEM Vehicles
Besides offering a wide line of electric low-speed service vehicles, the company will also introduce a gas-powered model.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire Powers Superhero in Marvel's "Age of Ultron"
Besides appear in scene from Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" action movie, the electric motorcycle concept is also on display at 2014 Comic Con convention.

UK Police to Trial Electric Bicycles
Sussex, England police officers in the community of Eastborne will trial three electdric bicycles for six months to improve on patrolling ability.

Canadian Community Wrestling with E-Bike Regulation
At issue is what to do about the use of electric mopeds that can weigh as much as 200 lbs (90kg) on bicycle and pedestrian trails and lanes.

Good Weather In Europe and E-Bike Growth Help Accell Group Revenues
First half 2014 revenues are up 4 percent to €506.2m as electric bicycle sales grew 14 percent, with most of the growth occuring in Germany and Netherlands.

Indian EV Buyers Could See 35-50% Gov't Subsidy
Delhi's implementation of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 believed to offer a 35% subsidy on EVs and 50% on EV conversions of existing fossil fuel-powered cars.

Daimler Opens New $122M R&D Lab in Beijing
Joint venture with BYD, along with recent policy moves by the government in Beijing has Daimler seeing promising things for its own brand there and the Denza electric car.

China Pushing Hard to Get More Electric Vehicles on Its Roads
Newly issued policy statement includes measures to promote more 'green' public transit, expanding the EV charging network, improving clean car technology and dealing with battery disposal and recycling.

A Peek Into China's Other Electric Vehicle World
While Tesla fights for a share of the high-end electric car market in China, there's a whole other segment of the industry where an EV can be had for at little as $2,000.

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