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PANAMA RUN

04 Feb 2014 - Randy Denmon and Dean Lewis decided, almost on whim, to drive Denmon's Tesla Model S from McAllen, Texas to the Panama Canal, traversing some of the worst roads in the Americas, finding electric power where they can, and being shaken down by corrupt border guards.

Listen to MP3 interview from their hotel in Managua, Nicaragua.

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Hero introduces a diesel-hybrid scooter developed for rural communities in India, giving it the ability to carry extra loads and provide standby electric power and lights.

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Joshua Levin

Joshua Levin

DOT SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH (SBIR) DUE APRIL 4 (EXPIRED)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a program that pays small businesses to do research. The recent set of topics is closed as of Friday, April 4, but a new set will be issued in July. For those American readers of EVWorld who are engaged in such research, this is an opportunity to advance their activities.


Joshua Levin

Joshua Levin

DOD SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER (STTR) DUE APRIL 9 (EXPIRED)

The U.S. Department of Defense has a program that pays small businesses to do research.  For those American readers of EVWorld who are engaged in such research, this is an opportunity to advance their activities.


Bill Moore

Bill Moore

RALLYING FOR THE RECORD BOOK

A pair of Tesla Model S electric cars are, at this moment, driving across the United States, attempting to set a world record, but they're not only ones rallying for the record book.

Steve Stollman

Steve Stollman

SLOWING DOWN NEW YORK CITY CAN SPEED THINGS UP

Ironically, travel across large parts of New York City hasn't gotten any faster than it was in the horse-n-buggy age; and instead of horse manure, we've substituted hydrocarbon pollution. It's time to rethink the system.

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How the Motor Car Saved the City

Eric Morris essay chronicles how the invention of the automobile in the late 1890s spared the world's growing cities from drowning in a tsunami of horse manure and urine.

ELECTRIC   VEHICLES   NEWSWIRE

53 Total Articles for Week of 02-Feb-14 to 08-Feb-14

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08-Feb-2014

Pennsylvania Bill Moves Step Closer to Legalizing Electric-Assist Bicycles
edal-assist electric bicycles under Smith’s bill are defined as bicycles equipped with operable pedals, an electric motor 750 watts (1 horsepower) or less, weighing 100 pounds or less, and capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 mph.
Total Page Views: 1358

Scoot Electric Rental Grows in San Francisco
Over the past 16 months, Scoot has enabled 10,000 rides while covering an aggregate distance of more than 50,000 miles.
Total Page Views: 961

Nissan LEAF Batteries to Get 'Second Life' as Grid Storage
Sumitomo Corporation and Nissan are collaborating on repurposing lithium batteries from Nissan LEAF electric cars.
Total Page Views: 2808

Irish Researchers Claim Lithium Battery Cycle Life Breakthrough
New germanium nanowire-based anode will allow lithium batteries to charge and discharge more than 1,000 times.
Total Page Views: 1546

Electric Car Sales Booming In Europe, But Still Tiny Share of Market
Actual sales in 2013 for battery and plug-in hybrids were a barely noticeable 38,617, for a market share of 0.34 per cent.
Total Page Views: 1389

BMW 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid Spied
F30 3-Series caught by spy photographers sports a charging port on the driver's side front fender, leading to speculation it is an electric hybrid, possibly development 'mule.'
Total Page Views: 924

China Plans to Extend Electric Car Subsidy Beyond 2015
Current subsidies are valued up to the equivalent of $9,800US on all-electric car and $5,770US for plug-in hybrid.
Total Page Views: 945

Ford Exec Says Company Plans to Double Hybrid Models
Raj Nair sees growing 'appetite' for hybrids in Asia and Europe driving Ford's plans to double model offerings by 2020.
Total Page Views: 659

Korean Carmakers Reveal Pair of Hybrid Concept SUVs
Kia and SsangYong release illustrations of competing hybrid sport utility vehicles.
Total Page Views: 916

Kia Plans No. American Launch of Soul EV Third Quarter of 2014
Sales of 27kWh electric car initially will be limited to US coastal states: California and Oregon, New York, Jew Jersey and Maryland.
Total Page Views: 1053

07-Feb-2014

Respected Investor Heaps High Praise on Tesla Model S
Jeremy Grantham, the Co-founder and Chief Investment Strategist of GMO, drove a colleague's Model S from NYC to Boston and returned, saying it was his '#1 car experience.'
Total Page Views: 954

Georgia Bill Would Allow Ten-fold Increase in Tesla EV Sales
Bill would raise sales exemption number from 150 cars per year to 1,500.
Total Page Views: 877

Electric Cars Seen Having Role in Stabilizing Texas Power Grid
Southwest Research Institute develops vehicle-to-grid system system that will be tested by Texas regional power grid.
Total Page Views: 1044

India's EV Market Growth Slowed By Infrastructure, Gov't Policy
Forbes magazine interviews Manhindra Reva's Chetan Maini about his company's e2o electric car sales and the impact of government policy and the power grid.
Total Page Views: 761

The Challenge of Fostering India's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Naren Karunakaran reports on the status of India's slow push towards an EV world.
Total Page Views: 810

Mahindra Reva Previews 'Halo' Electric Sports Car
The electric car can hit 100 km/h less than 8 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km/h. Pricing is thought to be under $6,000US in India.
Total Page Views: 1237

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tuk-Tuk Concept Revealed at India's Auto Expo
Four-wheeled auto rickshaw concept offered as a replacement for traditional three-wheeled, motor scooter based mdoels.
Total Page Views: 1145

Hero's Debuts SimplECity Electric Motorbike Concept
Stylish concept offers top speed of 60 km/h with powered provided by 4kW hub motor and 20 amp hour lithium-ion battery.
Total Page Views: 1903

Hero Unveils Lithium-Air Electric Motorcycle Concept
Ion advanced motorcycle concept said to make first use of lithium-air battery with energy storage density comparable to gasoline.
Total Page Views: 6320

Study Foresees Near Tripling of 'Electric Boat' Market
Current 'electric boat' market, estimated at $.26 billion, is projected to increase to $7.3 billion by 2024.
Total Page Views: 1578

06-Feb-2014

Nine Reasons USA More Car-Dependent Than Europe
In 2010, Americans drove for 85 percent of their daily trips, compared to car trip shares of 50 to 65 percent in Europe
Total Page Views: 705

Tesla Says It Will Deploy Battery Swap Stations Between LA and San Francisco
Each station uses the same machinery employed at the Tesla factory to swap a Model S battery pack in around 90 seconds.
Total Page Views: 836

Tesla Ranks Fifth in Consumer Reports Brand Perception Survey
Premium electric car maker moves ahead of Mercedes-Benz and BMW in American brand perception.
Total Page Views: 785

Chevy Spark EV : Maybe the Best Overall Electric Car Out There
John Goreham finds the Spark EV is a good electric commuter car that 'has so much going for it.'
Total Page Views: 2918

Tesla Motors: Is It the Next GM or Amazon?
Ben Levisohn speculates, along with Trip Chowdry that Tesla's high market valuation may be because it's 'creating a new Transport-as-a-Service Industry (TaaS), which is probably about $100 Billion Industry.'
Total Page Views: 877

Investors File Suit Against VC Firm, Others Connected to Fisker Automotive
Second group of plantiffs filed lawsuit claiming that the defendants violated securities law by allegedly misleading the plaintiffs into investing in the company.
Total Page Views: 689

05-Feb-2014

Neal Saiki Launches First in Line of Solar-Powered Delivery Bikes
Founder of Zero Motorcycles introduces NTS SunCycle electric-assist bicycles.
Total Page Views: 945

How Jack Anderson Came to Love Electric Cars
Plug-In NCW's volunteer project manager lists other reasons beyond environmentalism for why he drives an electric car.
Total Page Views: 771

Lessons I Learned From Driving BMW's i3 Electric Car
Irish Independent columnist Eddie Cunningham drives the i3 around Amsterdam for a couple days and comes away impressed but still not sold.
Total Page Views: 1305

2014 Forecast To Be Good Year for Electric Cars
IHS Automotive is predicting that global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) will rise 67 percent in 2014 with the largest region being Europe-Middle East-Africa at 40% of market share.
Total Page Views: 811

AMP Patents Extended Range Hybrid Drive for Delivery Vans
E-GEN Drive only runs range extender engine when the vehicle has come to a stop to keep the batteries recharged.
Total Page Views: 953

04-Feb-2014

All-Women Qatari Team Wins First Gulf HEV Competition
Qatari all-women's team won first GCC hybrid electric vehicle competition held in Abu Dhabi
Total Page Views: 926

Tesla's Record-Setting X-Country Run
The Tesla team of 15 people in two Model S, a balky sleeper van, and another swag wagon traversed 3,464.5 miles in 76.5 hours
Total Page Views: 843

Electric Cars and Solar: A Match Made in Japan
Honda is tying solar energy with its Honda MC-ß electric city car, making it emission free.
Total Page Views: 2009

Association Reports More Than 3,500 CHAdeMO Fast Chargers Installed
In addition to the Nissan LEAF, other EVs capable of using the quick charging system include the Citroen C-Zero, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot iON triplets, as well as the CHAdeMO-capable Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Nissan E-NV200 van.
Total Page Views: 791

Plug-In Vehicles Offer Utilities More Opportunities Than Challenges
Navigant Research finds that the average battery electric vehicle consumes 3,869 kWh of electricity a year while the average PHEV (utilizing all of its electric drive capacity every day) 4,271 kWh of electricity.
Total Page Views: 887

03-Feb-2014

Exxon, Shell Woes Are Good News for Electric Car Makers
Falling profits at Exxon Mobile and Shell and high oil prices open the window of opportunity for EV companies, writes Forbes contributor Peter Kelly-Detwiler.
Total Page Views: 1327

No Cars Allowed: More Big Cities Consider Restricting Auto Access
A new study by IHS Automotive and Groupe Futuribles forecasts that congestion will cause annual auto sales to be trimmed by 30 million vehicles annually by 2035.
Total Page Views: 718

Why E-Bikes Have Me 'Buzzing'
Telegraph columnist Alexei Sayler discovers the benefits of an electric-assist bicycle.
Total Page Views: 739

Tesla Electric Cars Complete First Transcontinental Rally Despite Blizzards
Pair of Tesla Model S electric sedans complete 3,464.5 mile run from Los Angeles to New York City in just 76.5 hours, navigating snow storms in the Rockies and U.S. Midwest.
Total Page Views: 772

Polar Vortex On Match for Toyota Fuel Cell Highlander
Unlike pure battery electric vehicles that can see reductions in driving range in extreme temperatures, fuel cell vehicles’ performance stands up to freezing temperatures.
Total Page Views: 734

Toyota Rolls Out Electric Hybrid Sports Car Concept
Toyota TE-S800 concept is a plug-in hybrid roadster that weighs less than 2000 lbs. and rockets to 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds.
Total Page Views: 819

Pune-based Tork Motorcycles Rolls Out Electric Version of Yamaha FZ
Tork TZ offers 0-100 km/h acceleration twice as quick at gas model Yamaha FZ.
Total Page Views: 1119

Terra Motors to Launch Electric Motorcycle in India
Kiwami is said to deliver performance comparable to 1000 cc gas bike competitor with a top speed of 160 km/h and range of 200 km.
Total Page Views: 778

Hero Debuts Leap Hybrid-electric Motor Scooter
Leap hybrid scooter uses an 8 kW electric motor coupled with a 124 cc petrol engine, giving it a range of 340 km.
Total Page Views: 3074

Mahindra Ups It's Electric Vehicle Game with Sports Car, Racer
In addition to upgrading the performance of its e2o electric car, Mahindra also plans to develop an electric sports cars.
Total Page Views: 869

02-Feb-2014

BMW i3 Sales Stun Analysts
BMW in US reports it already has some 1,200 pre-orders for the i3 electric car, which won't go on sale until Spring of 2014.
Total Page Views: 1150

Renault Sells 10,000 Zoe Electric Cars in First Year
While reportedly only 20% of originally anticipated target, nonetheless, the ZOE has high customer satisfaction rate of 98%, with 97% being willing to recommend the electric supermini.
Total Page Views: 1286

1,000th Fast-Charge Stations Goes Live in Europe
A new rapid charging point located at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, England is the 1,000th to go live in Europe. There are 195 such units now in Britain.
Total Page Views: 584

Forty Train Stations to Get Electric Car Chargers in England
List of train stations getting EV charge points released and include stations in Cornwall.
Total Page Views: 621

UK Gov't Invests £9 Million In Increased Electric Car Charging Infrastructure
Expansion of current 6,000 charge point system in Britain will include addition of 140 fast chargers that can enablers drivers to recharge their EVs in as little as 30 minutes.
Total Page Views: 810

UK Deputy PM Determined to Make Britain Electric Car Leader
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announces joint 'Go Ultra Low' campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.
Total Page Views: 785

Climate Change Happening and Prince Charles Is Spot On
Visiting professor of Public Ethics at the University of Chester in England, Paul Vallely sides with Britain's Prince Charles on the reality of climate change.
Total Page Views: 770

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