Ford is in the process of making big changes to its overall all electric car strategy.
The company's new direction offers "the power of choice" to consumers by producing gas-only, electric-only, and hybrid models of all of its cars and trucks, with the first all-electric model coming from the popular Focus line.
We will be adding information as soon as it becomes available
Electric car maker Fisker Automotive finally filed for bankruptcy late on Friday, many months after expected, and over a year since it made its last car. While the bankruptcy has been expected for a long time, this is one of the first times the public has been able to see Fisker's very long list of creditors — 669 pages long, with an estimated 5,000 to 10,000 creditors.
An electric bike inspired by a motor scooter.
The Voltitude V1 takes the best from scooters:
- Low centre of gravity makes it easy to ride
- Wide wheels adapted to urban hazards
- Powerful hydraulic disc brakes
- Rear-wheel drive
Taking the Voltitude bike from a concept idea to a manufacturable, reliable and great-riding product proved to be a huge challenge but our team never lost faith and can certainly be proud of the end-result. The Voltitude V1 is exceeding our expectations and has received enthusiastic response from all the people who tried it.
A city scooter inspired by an electric bike.
The Voltitude V1 takes the best from e-bikes:
- Electric pedal assistance (pedelec)
- Zero emission drive
- Unbeatable energy cost per km/mile
- No license, no registration, optional bicycle helmet
- Free to use all bike lanes
Fold away your bike and avoid theft
Even though its size and wheelbase are absolutely comparable to a normal bicycle, the Voltitude V1 can be folded in a very small space such as a locker, cupboard or car trunk. More info...
PRODUCTION BEGINS LATE 2013
SIGNIFICANT DELIVERIES BEGIN
This is the recent announcement by Tesla Motors for the new Model X SUV.
Model X is designed from the ground up to blend the best of an SUV with the benefits of a minivan, as only an electric car can. It is an automobile above category, built around the driver—and six of her friends. It artfully provides unfettered performance and brilliant functionality. cycle, before its batteries need charging.
Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive
Model X is offered with optional Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive. The second motor enables more than all-weather, all-road capabilities: it increases torque by 50%. When outfitted with AWD, Model X Performance accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, outperforming the fastest SUVs and many sports cars.
Due for release in the fall of 2010, the amazing Ciroen C-Zero is Electric Car is capable of 0 - 60mph in 15 seconds.
From the both outside and the driver’s seat, the C-Zero looks like any other car. The fully-electric vehicle is as well appointed as you would expect with four full-sized seats, a 166-litre boot, power steering, ABS, traction control, ESP, electric windows, six airbags and air conditioning.
The performance will be adequate for the vast majority of city drivers. The C-Zero has a top speed of 80mph, has a 0-62mph time of 15 seconds and is able to travel 80 miles, over a standard combined cycle, before its batteries need charging.
Paper performance to one side, the car feels sure footed and lively enough to hold its on on the roads.
A full charge will give you approximately 80 miles before requiring a recharge.
Charge time with these models is around six hours, that is unless you access a quick charge juice point.
In 2012 we should see available a new electric car from Toyota. This micro-subcompact car should be fun to drive, but only if you live in a city center, because the drive range is only about 50 miles. Toyota says the Scion iQ can only go 50 miles on a charge.
The price and the availability are to be announced, but should be available in US in 2012. It’s been tested by Toyota for more than a year already, and passed many security tests.
The competitors – Nissan Leaf does 73 miles per charge and Mitsubishi iMiev does 85 miles per charge.
The electric version of the world’s cheapest car, the Tata Nano. The car is basically the same as The TATA Nano with the conventional engine – 600cc gasoline engine. The TATA Nano is the cheeapest car already with a great commercial success, but with conventional engine only. The electric version of the car should be no difference. Bringing the electric cars to the masses !! WOWt.
There are some estimates for the range. They say that a fully charged battery pack will take you 160km with an acceleration of 0-60kph in under 10 seconds.
Tata is planning to put the Nano EV into production soon and sell it alongside their Indica Vista EV, which goes on sale in Europe later this year.
TATA has yet to release any information on pricing but the new ev nano should come in somewhere slightly above the conventional 600cc nano which sells for just over 2,000 usd. the tata nano was launched in 2008 and is primarily targeted at the indian market.
Mitsubishi and Peugeot are currently working together on an electric car. This is the introduction of the Peugeot i-On Electric Car in Frankfurt Germany.
There are familiarities to the Mitsubishi iMiEV with Peugeot's lion badge in front.
With 64 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of instantaneously available torque, the iOn's range will be 130 km (approx. 80 miles) on a full charge. Plugging the car into a conventional 220V outlet will give it a full recharge in six hours. A fast-charger system will also be available, and Peugeot says that it will allow the urban runabout to be charged to 80% capacity in jst 30 minutes.
Answer: Volt is a plug-in electric vehicle with a range-extended onboard engine that is able to drive 35 to 80 kilometers in zero-emissions electric only mode and then an additional 540 kilometers on a full tank of gas. This makes the vehicle ideal for long trips.
The Chevy Volt battery can be charged in 10 to 12 hours using a 120V outlet and approximately four hours using a 240V outlet. There will be a need for a charging station that will cost an additional fee. These will be installed by an authorized supplier chosen by Chevrolet.
INTRODUCING ALL-NEW FOCUS ELECTRIC – GO FUEL-FREE WITH FIRST ZERO-EMISSIONS PASSENGER CAR FROM FORD
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 7, 2011 – Ford Motor Company unveiled today its all-new Focus Electric – the company’s first-ever all-electric passenger car. The zero-CO2-emissions, gasoline-free version of Ford’s popular small car is the flagship of the company’s growing fleet of hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles coming to North America and Europe by 2013.
“Focus Electric is the flagship of our new family of electrified vehicles, showcasing our commitment to offer consumers choice when it comes to fuel-efficient or fuel-free vehicles,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. “Its advanced powertrain will deliver significant energy efficiency advantages and zero CO2 emissions without compromising driving enjoyment. And its suite of smart driver information technologies will transform the way customers think about energy usage and their transportation needs.”
The Focus Electric will launch in late 2011 and is designed to offer enough range to cover the majority of daily driving habits of Americans. It will offer a mile-per-gallon equivalent better than Chevrolet Volt and competitive with other battery electric vehicles.
A full recharge is expected to take three to four hours at home with the 240-volt charge station –half the charge time of the Nissan Leaf.
Focus Electric introduces new features and technologies – including a unique version of the MyFord Touch driver connect system especially for electric vehicles, a new value charging feature powered by Microsoft and a smartphone app called MyFord Mobile that helps plug-in owners control their vehicles remotely.
The sleek and stylish five-door hatchback leverages Ford’s global C-car platform shared by the gasoline and diesel-powered Focus models, which debuted at the 2010 North American International Auto Show and were launched at the Paris Motor Show in September.
Both Focus gasoline and electric variants to be sold in North America will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich., with production powered in part by one of the largest solar energy generator systems in the state.
For European markets, a decision on where the Focus Electric will be built is currently being finalized.
Focus Electric is one of five new electrified vehicles included in Ford’s electrification strategy. Initial deliveries of Transit Connect Electric began in North America at the end of last year and the vehicle will be launched in Europe later in 2011.
Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. president and CEO, introduces the all-new Fit EV Concept electric vehicle at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2010. The Fit EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production Fit EV all-electric vehicle, which will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012.
The all-new Fit EV Concept electric vehicle made its world debut at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17; 2010.
The Fit EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production Fit EV all-electric vehicle, which will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012. Displayed alongside the Fit EV Concept at the show is a prototype Honda charging stand. To begin charging, the driver swipes a card in front of the screen and then connects the charger to the vehicle. The Honda charging stand provides a glimpse at the future of an electric-charging infrastructure that is easy to use and intuitive for consumers.
Honda today unveiled the all-new Fit EV Concept electric vehicle and the platform for a midsize plug-in hybrid vehicle. Both vehicles are integral to the Honda Electric Mobility Network, the company's comprehensive approach to reducing CO2 emissions through innovative products, energy-management and energy-production technologies.
The Fit EV Concept hints strongly at the direction and styling for Honda's upcoming production Fit EV all-electric vehicle, which will be introduced to the U.S. and Japan in 2012. The all-new plug-in hybrid platform showcases Honda's next-generation, two-motor hybrid technology set to debut in 2012.
"Honda's long history with electromotive technologies has enabled us to understand customer requirements," said Takanobu Ito, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO. "In Honda's view, an electric vehicle must offer great utility and be fun to drive. Fit EV's urban commuting capability will be a perfect addition to the full-function mobility of the plug-in hybrid and FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle."
Toyota & Tesla announce agreement to jointly work on electric-drive vehicles and systems development.
Toyota - Tesla joint venture - Electric Rav4
As part of a stunning partnership announcement recently- Toyota will take a $50 million stake in Tesla - Tesla CEO Elon Musk also said his company will purchase the sprawling Fremont, Calif., assembly plant that Toyota closed earlier this year.
How much it will pay Toyota for the factory wasn't disclosed, but the two companies intend to jointly use the factory, until recently operated by Toyota and General Motors.
Tesla will build the Tesla Model S battery-electric sedan there and the two automakers will develop and produce other electric vehicles at the site as well, Musk and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said at a 5 p.m. press conference.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was in attendance, said Tesla's decision to locate its Model S factory in California - the factory in Fremont, near San Jose, is fewer than 20 miles from Tesla's headquarters - will bring 1,000 new jobs to the state.
Tesla's Musk corrected him minutes later, telling dozens of reporters from around the world that the number of new jobs will ultimately be closer to 10,000, with about half of the hires by Tesla and the rest by suppliers.
Tesla had been negotiating with the Southern California cities of Downey and Long Beach regarding a factory site for its Model S.
Musk said the company realized only yesterday that it could afford to acquire the former NUMMI plant, which closed on April 1 - a year after the GM-Toyota joint operating agreement was dissolved in GM's bankruptcy.
Tesla will purchase the nearly 400-acre facility from Toyota, apparently using a big chunk of the $465 million federal loan it received earlier this year to finance redevelopment of an existing factory for manufacture of advanced technology vehicles such as EVs.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif.--The Coda Electric Car Sedan will definately impress once it's on the road in the very near future. And yes, it's electric...
The sedan, due to start shipping in California by the end of the year, is designed to be simple and useful rather than flashy. But functionally, the car will meet the needs of many people and be priced in the "low to mid 30s," or somewhere in the range of $35,000 after federal and state credits and rebates, according to Kevin Czinger, CEO of Coda Automotive.
The heart of the car's technology is its battery system, built around a 34 kilowatt-hour battery pack that can give drivers a range of between 90 miles and 130 miles depending on driving styles, Czinger said.
For many people, that's sufficient range for daily tasks, such as commuting and errands.
The company will start taking orders for the four-person, four-door car in the summer and has established a partnership with Sears to have technicians install a 240-volt, 30-amp outlet at people's homes to charge the vehicle. Within two hours, the charging system can give 40 miles to 50 miles of range, Czinger said.
Czinger expects to sell about 14,000 cars in the first year of production. After the car's initial release in California, the company hopes to expand distribution to northwestern states in 2012.
The Coda is made of combination of components sourced from China and U.S., with about 40 percent of the materials coming from the U.S., Czinger said. The company's goal is to manufacture the majority of the components in the U.S.
NEWS RELEASE ATLANTA (July 15, 2010) – WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS, manufacturer of all-electric vehicles, today announced it has appointed Jim Ellis Auto Dealerships as its dealer throughout the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area.
“We are headquartered here in Atlanta,” said Wheego President Jeff Boyd, “so we are very familiar with the reputation of the local dealerships. In Atlanta, the Jim Ellis name is synonymous with excellent business practices and top-notch customer service. We are very pleased that Jim Ellis has chosen Wheego Electric Cars as part of their portfolio as they launch Georgia’s preeminent Electric Vehicle dealership.
“Wheego Electric Cars is about to beat all the major auto manufacturers to market with an affordable all-electric car,” said Jim Ellis Auto’s COO, Jimmy Ellis. “We will launch our EV initiative with the Wheego Whip LSV, a low-speed all-electric car that is particularly suitable to neighborhood driving and fleet usage. Customers can take the low-speed car for a test drive at our dealership in July and get a sense of the engineering, styling and overall quality of the Wheego brand… and, they can also reserve the first highway speed, crash tested, all electric car on the Wheego website for delivery beginning in September. When Wheego rolls out the highway version, called the LiFe, we’ll also have the car available at our dealership for our Atlanta area customers to test drive. It’s a great fit for anyone who commutes under 50 miles each way because you can drive the car 100 miles on a charge; and, then, just as easy as a cell phone, you can plug it in every night to recharge. You’ll zip right by the gas station every day. Plus, you can drive this car in the HOV lane in Georgia by yourself.”
The highway-ready Wheego LiFe goes approximately 100 miles on a charge, and retails for $32,995. The Wheego LiFe qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, and a $5,000 Georgia state tax credit, dropping the effective net price in Georgia to under $21,000. In addition, Georgia drivers will be able to drive the Wheego LiFe in the HOV lane (with no additional passenger in the car) by obtaining an alternate fuel vehicle license plate.
The Wheego LiFe comes fully-equipped with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, air conditioning, and power windows and locks. The 115V lithium battery pack can be charged from a standard 120V outlet, a 240V outlet or any of the J1772 standard charging stations being installed in public locations throughout the US. It is available in red, white, blue, black, silver, and green. The Wheego Whip LiFe is a two-seat subcompact car with fit, finish and features that compete with any other subcompact car on the market.
Atlanta drivers can reserve a Wheego LiFe by visiting www.wheego.net and making a fully refundable $100 deposit. The highway-ready LiFe will be available through Jim Ellis Auto Dealerships beginning in September. For more information or to locate a Jim Ellis dealership, visit http://www.jimelliswheeego.com.
ZENN Motor Company Inc.Toronto, Ontario, Canada (TSXV: ZNN)
ZENN MOTOR COMPANY ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE Toronto, Ontario – March 18, 2010 – ZENN Motor Company Inc., (“ZMC” or the “Company”) (TSX-V ZNN) a leading enabler of zero emission transportation solutions, today announced comprehensive organizational changes in support of its go-forward strategy.
The Company has ceased production of the ZENN LSV and the successful sell-down of remaining inventory and ground stock is largely complete.
As such, the Company has been able to complete planned organizational changes that reflect its transition from manufacturer to solutions developer.
This has resulted in an overall reduction of 15 permanent employees that supported the sales, marketing and production of the ZENN LSV.
These changes, along with other initiatives and the previously announced closure of the Company’s Saint Jerome production facility, will significantly reduce the Company’s on-going rate of spend. “The entire staff is to be commended for their continued professionalism during this period of transition,” stated Ian Clifford, Chief Executive Officer of ZENN Motor Company. “With these changes, we are able to ensure maximum focus of our human and financial resources towards executing on our ZENNergy strategy.”
The Company will elaborate upon its status and plans at its upcoming Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders being held on March 24, 2010 at the TMX Broadcast Centre which will also be webcast. Details can be found at www.ZENNcars.com.
Croatia's First Electric Vehicle Goes to Geneva Auto Show
Croatian DOK-ING will present its concept electric vehicle at the Geneva Auto Show March 4-14. The XD has a small length (2.8 meters), comfortable interior (width 1. 7 meters, height 1.6 meters), and performance of a compact sports vehicle.
The XD is a concept vehicle that seats three adults and has a powerful electric engine that is capable of acheiving 0-100 km/hr in 7.7 seconds. Such performance is typically only found in compact sport cars with 200 KS. Employing the latest technology, the design team completed the work on the XD in three months - a figure sure to surprise many in Geneva.
The XD has a number of impressive safety features on the vehicle and electrical system. These technologies were developed by DOK-ING. DOK-ING is known for building vehicles that protect human life and use hybrid and electric engines. This same philosophy was employed in building the XD. Read more on: www.xdconcept.com
Make filling up at garages a thing of the past. Plug in at home instead.
Using one normal 220 Volt home outlet and the Joule’s onboard charger, Joule will charge the 300km battery pack in approximately seven hours.
Better still, the five-seater passenger vehicle is only about 3.9m long and 1.8m wide, giving it a very spacious interior with enough space for a 700 litre trunk and a very compact exterior, making it ideal for city driving. Joule is not only sleek and sophisticated, it comes standard with all the expected modern conveniences including bluetooth compatibility and iPod connectivity, making it practical to boot.
Optimal Energy (Pty) Ltd is a privately owned South African company based in Cape Town and is headed-up by CEO Kobus Meiring. He founded Optimal Energy in 2005 with Mike Lomberg, Jian Swiegers and Gerhard Swart.
An investment from the Innovation Fund (IF), an instrument of the Department of Science and Technology of the South African Government made this venture possible.
The current shareholders in Optimal Energy comprise executive management, the IF and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of South Africa.
Optimal Energy employs more than 100 staff and is expanding rapidly; 60% of the ever-growing team have University degrees, a substantial compliment of whom have both masters and PhDs. Their passion for renewable, clean energy is manifested in Joule, the company’s first product offering which is set to transform the face of the urban transportation landscape.
Developed in association with Keith Helfet and a team of dedicated experts in Cape Town, the battery electric passenger vehicle is nothing short of a world-class innovative triumph. Continue reading - www.optimalenergy.co.za
A pioneer in photovoltaics and accumulator technology, have joined forces to create the Quant sport. The brainchild of this marriage of power and energy is a four-seater electric car – a breakthrough the market eagerly has been anticipating for years. A prototype is to be unveiled at the Motor Show Geneva 2010, with currently working to scale up for series production.
The NLV Quant is an exciting, revolutionary automotive project. Within the coming year, the NLV Quant will be fully engineered and ready for production. You can follow the last few stages. The design, drive system, range and photovoltaics of the Quant are already spectacular and record-breaking as individual components, and we believe that together they will mark a milestone in automotive history. Continue reading -www.nlv-quant.com
Yes the handle bars are located next to the seating arrangements. It may look like something your 3 year old may drive but it is driveable on our city roads. Not only is it equipped with turning and braking indicators but it is the first "bike" to feature anti-locking brakes. The carbon fiber frame ensures strength but keeps it light enough (10 kg/22 lb) to carry up a couple flights of stairs after you spend the 15 seconds it takes to fold it up.
It's said that its 1 kW motor offers a power to weight ratio better than many sports cars and makes acceleration brisk but the electronically set speed limit of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) will keep you from overtaking any corvettes on the straightaways. Unless there's heavy traffic. That's where the Yikebike's small footprint and maneuverability might turn smirks of superiority to expressions of envy. The lithium battery can take you 9 to 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) and takes 20 minutes to charge 80 percent. Don't look for this sleek set of wheels on sale in America anytime soon as the roll out early next summer includes only a handful of European countries and its home turf, New Zealand. It seems the price is somewhere in the 4 to 5 thousand range (US currency). Don't quote me on this price, I got these through rumours.
The Erokit electric bicycle built by Stefan Gulas was introduced in Germany. The name is pronounced "e rocket".
The eROCKIT Bike combines the operation of a bicycle, i.e. step accelerating by strengthened into the pedals, with the road performances of a motorcycle. The electric motor provides for a high acceleration and maximum speed of 80 km/h.
“The healthy and refreshing total body employment of the wheel driving is combined with the driving dynamics of a motorcycle.” - manufacturer quote.
The range of the vehicle amounts to dependent, on style of driving and on the distance condition, 60 to 80 kilometers. Subsequently, the batteries, at a usual 220-V-Steckdose, must be loaded again. A loading procedure is final in three to four hours
eROCKIT is series hybrid: To progressive movement humans steer the number of revolutions of an electric motor by a crank gear and an inserted generator. The generator registers the rotation of the crank gear and sends according to the footstep frequency an output signal to control electronics. , The faster turns 8 KW strong direct current brush engine is the faster stepped.
The generator, which takes up the rotation of the crank gear, is a permanent magnet generator and recovers at the same time the footstep energy, which is then used for the reloading of the batteries.
The energy storage eROCKITs consists of lithium ion nano-phosphate batteries, which are characterised by thermal stability, high power density and long life span out. The batteries with an overall capacity of 2,9 KW/H are accommodated in a carbon fiber kevlar box.
A battery management system supervised permanently the conditions of the accumulators and provides for its optimal enterprise. This happens both when driving and in the switched off condition of the vehicle. By a load reconciliation between the individual battery cells the battery management system increases the life span of the batteries and maximises the range.
eROCKIT under Germany as light motorcycle and receives an European Union width road permission is classified. The vehicle is thus characteristic and driving licence requiring (in Germany the motorcycle driving licence class A1 necessarily).
The maximum speed of 80 km/h gives eROCKIT free trip also on motorways.
Meet the Nissan Leaf. 100% Electric Car. Zero Emissions.
Nissan Leaf is Nissan’s first zero-emission electric car, entering select markets in 2010 and launching globally, including Canada, in 2012.
Don't confuse it with a hybrid or any other type of gas-powered, eco-friendly vehicle. This is electric – 100%. That means it burns zero gas and produces zero emissions. But this is no golf-cart.
Off the line, Nissan Leaf performs like a V6. Plus, there’s room for five, and it comes with all the quality, reliability and versatility you’ve come to expect from Nissan cars.
Zero tailpipe emissions
100% electric – no gas required
Speeds up to 140 km/hr
Five passengers, five doors
Advanced airbags, premium audio, Nissan navigation system, and more
Nissan Motor Co. CEO Carlos Ghosn poses with the automaker's new electronic vehicle 'Leaf' during an opening ceremony of the company's new headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009.
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn drove quietly out of the Japanese automaker's soon-to-open headquarters Sunday in the first public viewing of its new zero-emission vehicle.
It was the first time the external design was shown of Nissan Motor Co.'s environmentally friendly electric automobile, set to go on sale in Japan, the U.S. and Europe next year. The blue hatchback had a sporty design and a recharging opening in the front.
Designer Shiro Nakamura said the vehicle was designed to avoid a stereotypical futuristic design.
"This is not a niche car," he said. "We didn't make it unusual looking. It had to be a real car."
Nissan has promised that the Leaf, which goes into mass-production as a global model in 2012, will be about the same price as a gas-engine car such as the 1.5 million yen ($15,000) Tiida, which sells abroad as the Versa, starting at about $10,000.
Tesla Motors announced today that it has already received 520 orders for its recently unveiled Model S sedan, an all-electric vehicle capable of carrying seven passengers. Unlike the company’s flashier and more expensive roadster, the car is designed to fit the needs of middle-class families.
Reservations for the Model S started pouring in after its Los Angeles debut last week. Eventually, Tesla plans to offer its vehicles through its own retail stores slated to open in Chicago, London, New York, Miami, Seattle, Washington D.C. and Munich. But consumers will have to wait till 2011 for production to begin in earnest, and that’s only if the company receives the $350 million loan it applied for from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. It will use the money to construct an assembly plant in California devoted solely to Model S production.
The car is expected to sell for $49,900 — factoring in a federal tax credit of $7,500. And consumers who reserve their models early must pay a $5,000 refundable fee. This might sound a little steep, especially in this economic climate, but the company claims that when you consider how much money you save on gas with the car, the price is equivalent to a $35,000 gasoline-powered car.
The Model S can be charged by connecting to any standard electrical outlet, and each charging session can take it 300 miles. Based on released stats, it doesn’t seem to be underpowered either, with a top speed of 130 miles-per-hour. There is also some fun icing on the cake: a 17-inch touchscreen with 3G connectivity, allowing passengers to tap into Pandora Radio or Google Maps on the go. Check out a video of a test drive below.
The Tata Indica Vista EV will be a more practicable option for the consumer: capable of carrying four individuals, adequate luggage space, with a predicted range of up to 200 km and acceleration of 0-60 kmph in under 10 seconds. Tata Motors continues its innovative approach with the Indica Vista EV too, using super polymer lithium ion batteries which have superior energy density to conventional batteries. Tata Motors’ electric vehicles will be produced in association with Miljo Grenland/Innovasjon, Norway. Tata Motors’ UK subsidiary, Tata Motors European Technical Centre plc, has a 70% stake in Miljo. The first such vehicle to be developed by the company is the Indica EV, which is currently undergoing extensive tests in Europe.
Besides these three new cars, Tata Motors is displaying the new generation Tata Indica Vista itself. Launched in India in August 2008, it has received excellent customer response. It has received two prestigious Indian awards -- the UTVi Autocar Best Value for Money Car Award and the Business Standard Motoring Jury Award. Also on display is the Tata Xenon 2.2 litre double-cab, an ideal dual-use vehicle with contemporary styling and superior convenience.
BMW commits to 500 Electric Mini Coopers in California (posted February 2, 2009)
BMW has its Oxford, UK, plant building Minis without engines, transmissions or fuel tanks, and then ships them to Munich where the electric drivetrains are installed.
"BMW sources told Automotive News Europe that 490 of the Minis will be leased to selected customers in California and 10 will be used as show cars."
The Mini E features a 150-kilowatt (204 horsepower) asynchronous motor coupled to a single-stage helical gearbox. The drivetrain produces 162 foot-pounds of torque the moment you hit the accelerator, propelling the car from 0 to 62 mph in 8.5 seconds. Top speed is limited to 95 mph.
Power comes from a 35-kWh, lithium-ion battery with a range of 150 miles. It is comprised of 5,088 individual cells in an air-cooled battery pack that weighs 573 pounds and charges in about eight hours. Those who lease the car get a "wallbox" that BMW will install in customers' garages to increase the amperage, reducing the charge time to 2.5 hours. Regenerative braking will help keep the battery charged out on the road, an arrangement BMW says extended the battery's range by 20 percent.
That's a mighty big battery to stuff into something so small as a Mini, therefore no back seat. The two-seater EV Mini weighs in at a 3,230 pounds, 600 pounds more than the standard Mini — but because the added heft is in the middle of the car, BMW says, the Mini E has a 50-50 weight distribution. The suspension has been beefed up to handle the added weight, and BMW promises "the Mini E sports the brand's hallmark agility and outstanding handling."
BMW is building the cars at the Mini plant in Oxford, England, then shipping them to Munich to install the battery and electric drivetrain. All 500 should be ready to go by the end of the year, and they'll roll into customers' driveways as early as next year next year. "Putting the Mini E on the road on a daily basis will be a pioneering feat to which both the drivers and engineers of the first zero-emissions Mini will contribute as a team."
Could EEstor Batteries be the ultimate solution to extended distance electric vehicle battery source for 400 kilometers and recharge times of under 10 minutes? A short review and investigation on the rumours (posted Dec 16, 2008)
EEStor, is a privately-held Texas company holding the Patent No. 7,033,406 that claims "for replacement of electrochemical batteries" Which equals a major breakthrough in ultra capacitor technology.
Canadian NEV manufacturer ZENN signed an exclusive supply deal with EEStor and invested in the company.
However, plans to demonstrate the new devices this year have failed to materialize so far. The company founder Dr. Richard Weir has declared that the company won't meet its target of producing storage devices by the end of this year.
He did leave himself the out that the original target of producing hardware in 2008 was based on getting sufficient funding for the company, something which has not transpired.
Weir does claim to have made some recent progress with a deal with Light Electric Vehicles Company. Hopefully, EEStor will succeed in its efforts because any new technology that can make EVs more practical and affordable is a good thing. But there are certainly no guarantees.
Much like capacitors, ultracapacitors store energy in an electrical field between two closely spaced conductors, or plates. When voltage is applied, an electric charge builds up on each plate.
Ultracapacitors have many advantages over traditional electrochemical batteries. Unlike batteries, "ultracaps" can completely absorb and release a charge at high rates and in a virtually endless cycle with little degradation.
Where they're weak, however, is with energy storage. Compared with lithium-ion batteries, high-end ultracapacitors on the market today store 25 times less energy per pound.
This is why ultracapacitors, with their ability to release quick jolts of electricity and to absorb this energy just as fast, are ideal today as a complement to batteries or fuel cells in electric-drive vehicles. The power burst that ultracaps provide can assist with stop-start acceleration, and the energy is more efficiently recaptured through regenerative braking--an area in which ultracap maker Maxwell Technologies has seen significant results.
The only way to invest in the stock market for this Ultracapacitor Technology is through a electric car company call ZENN Motor Company Inc. (ZNN:TSXV) which has rights to the new technology for the future and has purchased a fraction of the company EEstor.
Here is the press release:
" ZENN Motor Company is in regular contact with EEStor as we have made a significant investment in both an exclusive technology agreement and the company itself. ZENN Motor Company makes frequent visits to the EEStor facility, is pleased with their progress, and is confident in EEStor’s stated commitment to deliver a commercial EESU (Electrical Energy Storage Unit) in 2008. All ZMC updates on EEStor’s progress that are deemed material information will be disclosed via a news release to the investment community and in a press release to other media. All of these updates will of course be posted on our website as well."
Here is a list of other companies developing the new Ultracapacitor Technology:
Renault-Nissan signed a joint venture agreement with the State Of Israel on January 21, 2008. (posted Dec 4, 2008)
Renault-Nissan signed a joint venture agreement with the State Of Israel on January 21, 2008 to launch the development and production of a new concept electric car for the Middle East. The electric car project is called 'Project Better Place' and it is expected to have economic benefits both for Israel and the rest of the Middle East and spread to other countries as the Renault-Nissan's electric car infrastructure investment takes hold. Already Denmark and Denmark's DONG Energy have initiated a partnering process with Project Better Place that should culminate in an agreement shortly and initiate a battery charging network in Denmark by 2011.
Israel has committed to build an electric car supporting infrastructure by creating charging spots and battery exchange stations for electric vehicles within the country. It is believed that through this leadership, and through the provision of incentives to this electric car industry, Israel will be able to help launch other green industries and JV relationships with other Middle East partners to create the 'Better Place' that all hope for. Renault-Nissan are the first major automotive company to come behind the project, but the infrastructure itself will promote the involvement of other car companies as well.
Project Better Place is an initiative that has a global business plan and Idan Ofer is its Chairman. The CEO, Shai Agassi has raised more than $200 million for the Project, with support coming from VantagePoint Venture Partners, Israel Corporation, Morgan Stanley and other private investors who share a concern about global climate change and a universal desire to help all.
The involvement of Renault-Nissan in Project Better Place is significant. Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of both Renault and Nissan, has indicated that Nissan plans to launch their first battery car by 2010 and that Renault-Nissan together will have a complete line of electric vehicles by 2012. NEC will supply the lithium ion batteries for Project Better Place, and the Renault Electric car will be launched in Israel for 2011. Project Better Place will construct and maintain 500,000 battery charging spots as part of the project. Renault itself has taken a bold step to say that the future for the car company is to be 100% electric.
BYD F6DM - Is This Chinese Plug In Electric Car coming soon to our neighbourhood? (posted Nov 5, 2008)
Who is China's largest battery maker? Well, BYD of coarse.. I bet if you have a cellphone or a mp3 player, you have one of BYD's products.
The company is getting into the auto electric car world, a move that only a few years ago would have seemed illogical, but now that the future will probably go to plug-in hybrids and electric cars, being good with batteries has become a key expertise to have when making cars.
BYD's first plug-in hybrid for the Chinese market will be the F6DM mid-sized sedan in the second half of 2008. Top speed should be 100 mph (160 kph), with a range of 62 miles (100 km) in all-electric mode and 267 miles (430 km) total after the gas engine kicks in. A fully electric version called the F6E is planned for 2009.
F6 is the name of the sedan, "DM" is for Dual Mode hybrid, and "E" is for Electric.
It's the lithium iron phosphate battery that makes the F6DM and F6E special. The lithium iron phosphate battery is said to be safer, less expensive, without heavy metals, completely recyclable and should be rechargeable to 70% in 10-minute at special charging stations. It can also be recharged more slowly with a home charging station, of course.
It looks like BYD will beat GM's Volt as the first production plug-in hybrid, but for know they will remain in China for an undetermined time for testing and reliability purposes.
GM's teaser campaign - or not on the new VOLT Electric Car. (posted Nov. 1, 2008)
"They were posted on a GM site inadvertently," said GM spokesman Terry Rhadigan. "We immediately pulled them back, but it was too late."
It seems that GM made an error in releasing new pictures of the new Volt production car.
Some say it's a ploy to tease potencial buyers for this new technologically advanced electric car when it's released in the near future.
A lithium ion battery pack will power to the electric motors that propel the car, which can be plugged into an outlet and charged overnight. GM's stated goal is to provide a 40-mile operating range on a full charge.
Supplementing the battery is a small gasoline engine that is not connected to the drivetrain in any way. When the battery charge is exhausted, the engine will act as a generator that supplies power to the battery, allowing the car to continue operation well beyond its electric-only range. Basically, its a series hybrid setup, though GM promotes it as a renge-extended electric car.
As for price, the Volt is expected to carry a price tag of around $40,000.
Daimler, RWE to Roll out Electric Cars in Berlin (posted Oct. 12, 2008)
German carmaker Daimler is joining forces with RWE, one of the country's largest energy providers, to create a network of electric cars and charging stations in Berlin.
A select group of Berlin motorists will get subsidized electric cars as part of an experiment launched Friday, Sept 5 by Daimler and leading German energy company, RWE.
The carmaker is to supply 100 cars powered by lithium-ion batteries. The cars will mostly be from its Smart car models and will have a range of about 100 kilometres from a single charge. They cannot be recharged from an ordinary power socket.
RWE is to set up 500 special charging sites (supply points) at owners' homes, workplaces and in car parks and shopping centres. Owners will be automatically billed for recharging, similar to the way they pay mobile phone bills.
Biggest in the world
The Berlin scheme is the second electric car test project initiated by Daimler, after electric Smart cars started a trial as fleet vehicles for the police and other services in London last year.
Dubbed “e-mobility Berlin, ” the scheme will be the largest of its kind in the world and is set to start by 2010, the two companies said in a statement. “The initiative embraces all components of efficient use of battery-powered vehicles – from modern, innovative drive technology to customer-friendly infrastructure,” the statement said.
At the launch of the project, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a physicist, was gently critical, saying, "One hundred cars is not that many for 500 supply points." But she also forecast that electric cars "will prevail sooner than people think."
Other critics said it will take six hours connected to the electricity network to fully recharge a lithium-ion car battery, though two hours is enough to achieve two thirds of a recharge.
The cars cannot make long out-of-town journeys because of their limited range. But the German government is supporting the scheme because of its contribution to sustainable travel, the companies said.
“Our mobility concept sets up an integrated solution that combines everyday electric cars and a charging system built to suit them,” said Daimler head Dieter Zetsche. “This way we're improving the customer friendliness and usability of electric cars.”