Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Here’s an article on electric vehicles that suggests that three-quarters of new car shoppers are unaware that EVs even exist. I’m somewhat surprised by that, and I wonder if the questions weren’t worded improperly or the sample isn’t somehow skewed.
I’m reminded of my interview with Dr. Michael (more…)
Thursday, November 14th, 2013
The idea of cordless charging for electric vehicles has been around for more than a decade now, and several car makers, including Nissan, GM and Volvo, have tried to develop a system that would be able to charge cars without having to plug them in. But, wireless charging is still far from becoming a reality, as the technology is too expensive at the moment, and (more…)
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its forthcoming B-Class electric vehicle at the 2013 New York Auto Show in March. The car is promised for an early-2014 release, when it will represent the first battery-powered Mercedes to hit the market.
The B-Class is a small, all-electric hatchback with a (more…)
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
China’s central government has tweaked its approach to growing the country’s New Energy Vehicles segment (see my blog of September 20 on latest NEV policy), but it still aims to have tens of thousands of battery electric and plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles on the road in a few years.
If you don’t think China is committed to EVs for the (more…)
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
I visited Shanghai EDrive on October 24 as part of the Clean Truck and Bus Forum, sponsored in part by CalStart. The visit confirmed what I had heard about EDrive from industry sources; it is a well-run company. The visit also confirmed my and many others’ suspicions that the growth of the electric vehicle sector in China will fall far short of the (more…)
Friday, October 25th, 2013
By the end of August, 59,000 electric vehicles had been sold in the U.S. — more than during all of 2012, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) shows.
That’s good news for a technology sector that’s expected to play an important role in cutting future (more…)
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The base model BMW i3 is a small electric sedan with a stated range of roughly 100 miles. But when the i3 is released in the United States early next year, BMW will become the first plug-in vehicle maker to offer an optional small gasoline engine to extend driving range when the car’s 22-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack runs low on charge. (more…)
Monday, October 21st, 2013
A family of Tesla patents and pending applications relating to a hybrid battery system has been generating a bit of buzz (see, e.g., Cleantechnica’s story here).
The patent family includes U.S. Patent Nos. (more…)
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Toyota is only changing one thing for the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid, but it’s probably the most important thing: the price will be cut.
Next year’s base-level Prius Plug-in model will retail for $2,000 less than the 2013 model. It will now start at just $29,990 before government incentives. The more feature-loaded Advanced (more…)
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
While the Chinese government may be intent on growing the electric vehicle segment, Chinese consumers are not so keen to buy electric vehicles. But that doesn’t mean companies in China that produce components for electric vehicles aren’t counting on the sector growing. The just-released New Energy Vehicle policy is a big reason for that optimism. Local government support also plays a role. (more…)