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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 17, 2018, 02:34:35 pm »

How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who's done it four times  8)

John Voelcker

Feb 12, 2018


Most shoppers seem to view visiting a franchised auto dealer to negotiate the purchase or lease of a new car with a distinct lack of enthusiasm.

In fact, as electric-car driver Douglas Kerr notes, the process is often compared to having a cavity filled.

Kerr has now leased or bought four separate electric cars, and he has some advice on reducing the pain.

What follows are his words, lightly edited by Green Car Reports for clarity and style.

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 10, 2018, 10:31:40 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 06, 2018, 06:38:10 pm »

2018 Honda PCX Electric Scooter High Technology 

Motorcycle Top   

Published on Nov 18, 2017

PCX ELECTRIC is an electric scooter equipped with Honda's unique high-output electric motor that aims to produce more harmonious mobility in urban traffic, and a removable Honda Mobile Power Pack. 🌞 

While sharing the same basic design as the Hybrid PCX, this all-electric motor design emphasizes the EV components, and with a special hugger fender around the motor, pursues a clean and sophisticated image.

The white-dominated color scheme with blue and black accents makes for a clean and sophisticated look, neatly coordinated with Honda's Honda Mobile Power Pack coloring. Honda PCX Electric is scheduled to begin releasing and go on sale in 2018 in Asia including Japan.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 05, 2018, 01:42:06 pm »

Elon Musk Sending His Tesla Roadster Past Mars :o Via SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket On February 6th

February 5th, 2018 by James Ayre


I hadn’t intended to write an article on this subject, given our focus here at CleanTechnica on clean tech, but given that Tesla CEO Elon Musk has brought it up a number of times in recent weeks — and released some images of the payload in question — it seems worth doing.

I’m talking here about the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch, which will play host to Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster as a dummy payload, reportedly. That launch is tentatively slated for February 6th, sometime during a 3-hour launch window that opens at 1:30 PM Eastern Time — and has now been granted full approval by the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

As seen in the picture above, Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is already packed and ready to go…with it being an interesting thing to note that the (apparently) first production car to be sent into space is going to an all-electric one.

Full article:


Agelbert COMMENT 1:

"The Tesla Roadster in question has apparently undergone some modifications in preparation for the launch, but it’s not quite clear what those would be — a removal of potentially dangerous materials, perhaps?"

I checked that out. I wonder what they did to the tires so they won't blow up in the vaccum of space. 

Even if they modified them to be solid rubber, that would explode too because solid rubber has lots of tiny air pockets in it that expand in vacuum.

Agelbert COMMENT 2:

This is an excellent way to focus world attention on Tesla and Electric Vehicles. The sales of t-shirts with a graphic of this roadster being checked out by an ET in a flying saucer should be as profitable as they are funny.  

Many other advertisements using the EV roadster in space as a symbol of progress  and a sustainable future with a viable biosphere 🌺 🌻 🌼 🌷 🌱 🌲 🌳 🌴 🌵 🌾 🌿 both here AND at Mars can help the peoples of the world turn their back on the polluting energy technologies of the past. 

Hey Elon, hire me and I'll give you lots of other great ideas!

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 05, 2018, 12:59:35 pm »

Nissan Pumping $9.5 Billion Into China’s Auto Market Over Next 5 Years, Focusing On EVs   

February 5th, 2018 by James Ayre


As part of a push to become one of the top auto manufacturers operating in the country, Nissan will be pumping 60 billion yuan ($9.5 billion) into its operations in China over the next 5 years, company execs have revealed.

The plan, reportedly, is to focus on plug-in electric vehicles and on the Venucia, Nissan, and Infiniti brands — with the intent being to boost local sales volume to 2.6 million vehicles a year by 2022 — in cooperation with its local joint-venture partner Dongfeng Group. Currently Nissan sells around 1.5 million vehicles a year in China (the world’s largest auto market).

The new “Triple One”✨ strategy will presumably see sales of a rebranded version of the new Nissan Leaf as a focus, but reportedly there will also be an attempt to increase the sale of commercial light-duty vans, trucks, etc.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 03, 2018, 04:15:42 pm »

50-Fold Increase In Electric ⚡ Motor Manufacturer YASA’s Production Capacity (UK)

February 2nd, 2018 by James Ayre

The UK-based electric motor manufacturer YASA will be increasing its production capacity 50-fold over the coming months. That is, it will be increasing from a production capacity of 2,000 units a year to 100,000 units a year. The increase is in anticipation of a surging market for electric vehicles in coming years, company execs have revealed.

The vast increase in production capacity will be accomplished, as one would probably guess, via the development of a new production factory — one which, given recent public comments from government figures, is likely getting a fair amount of government support.
Yasa electrc Motor 💫

This news follows on the announcement late last year that the UK government had settled on the site to be used for the creation of a new auto battery research and development facility — one meant to keep the UK relevant as regards modern automotive technology.

The coverage from Reuters continues: “On Thursday, YASA, based near the English city of Oxford, said it had raised another £15 million ($21 million) as part of its expansion. … The firm exports 80% of production and has worked with companies including Britain’s two biggest carmakers Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Nissan as well as Aston Martin.”

Both Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover appear to have some of the most aggressive electric vehicle growth plans on the market. The fact that YASA is announcing such massive expansion seems to imply that one or both of them have given the go-ahead to start ramping up production like never before.✨

“JLR will decide this year whether to build electric cars in its home market, previously citing factors such as pilot testing and support from science and government as pre-requisites.”

Judging on various other announcements recently, it seems fairly likely that the UK government will offer JLR a compelling incentives and support package to keep the company there.

With regard to the recent announcement from YASA, CEO Chris Harris stated: “Our customers are looking to adopt innovative new technologies such as YASA’s axial-flux electric motors and controllers in order to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding hybrid and pure electric automotive market.”

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: February 01, 2018, 07:58:15 pm »

Why can't other automakers besides Tesla make an EV with a 300+ mile range?

Joshua Pritt , driving Chevy Volts since December 2011.

Answered Tue  Jan 30, 2018

Simple . Electric cars have near zero maintenance. Rotate the tires once or twice a year, refill the wiper fluid, and replace wiper blades every year or so.

If you have a liquid cooled battery like the Chevy Bolt or Tesla you have to check and flush and fill if needed every 100k miles or so. This will eat into their bottom line since most of the profit from selling gas cars comes from the many years of oil changes, gasket replacements, tune ups, fuel injector cleaning, belt and hose replacements, on and on and on forever until it finally all falls apart.

Tesla has gathered so many millions of miles of data from their fleet of cars on the road they have a really good idea how long their electric motors should last. That's why they guarantee their new Tesla Semi truck for one million miles! 💫

Tesla Semi Truck: 500-Mile Range, 1 Million Mile Guarantee

Electric vehicles and the future of auto service

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 30, 2018, 02:48:14 pm »

Scandinavia Is Home To Heavy-Duty Electric ⚡ Construction Equipment & Truck Development

January 30th, 2018 by Steve Hanley

Companies in Scandinavia are pushing the development of electric construction equipment and medium-duty trucks forward. In Norway, two companies are working on electric earth moving equipment and in Sweden, Volvo Trucks has announced it will begin selling electric medium-duty delivery trucks in 2019.

Pon Caterpillar 323F

Pon Equipment, in association with Caterpillar, has developed a zero emissions 25 inch (63.5 cm) electric excavator called the 323F that will be sold as part of the company’s Z Line of zero emissions earth moving and construction equipment. The machine can operate for up to 7 hours on a single battery charge. One hour of charging using a 400 volt charger gives it enough power to do another hour of work. If a 1000 volt charger is available, a full battery charge can be obtained in about 90 minutes. The electric digger is intended for use in urban areas where noise and emissions standards are becoming increasingly restrictive.

Pon Caterpillar electric shovel

The 323F looks like a normal power shovel, except that it has no exhaust pipe. It is painted in green to highlight its eco-friendly characteristics and was developed over a period of 11 months by a small team of at Pon with help from Caterpillar, which contributed much of the software needed to operate the new machine.

Now that the basic engineering has been done, Pon plans on offering a conversion service that will replace the diesel engine in a conventional piece of equipment with the batteries, software and controls from the 323F for customers who need zero emissions capability but don’t want to discard machinery that is still satisfactory for more years of service.

NASTA Collaborates On Battery/Fuel Cell Shovel

NASTA is Norway’s largest distributor of construction equipment, specializing in Hitachi products. In cooperation with several partners, including Siemens and Sintef, it is developing its own 30 inch (76 cm) zero emissions excavator which will feature battery and fuel cell technology. The first prototype will be built on the chassis of an existing Hitachi excavator.

“This will be an exciting project for the construction industry. Larger, emission-free construction machines are already in demand by public builders … SINTEF will use its expertise in hydrogen and battery technology, as well as construction processes with NASTA and Siemens to develop a 30-inch (76 cm) excavator, “says Marianne Kjendseth Wiik, a researcher at SINTEF.

The Zero Emissions Digger (ZED) program is being conducted in cooperation with the Research Council of Norway, Enova, and Innovation Norway. The new equipment will be free of carbon and nitrogen emissions. The prototype should be ready for testing at construction sites in and around Oslo in 2019. It is expected to save more than 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions 🔥 annually.

Electric Medium-Duty Trucks Coming From Volvo
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 29, 2018, 02:27:29 pm »

California Sets Ambitious EV Target

California will work to put five million zero-emission cars on its roads by 2030, Governor Jerry Brown announced last week. An executive order signed by Brown on Friday outlines a $2.5 billion electric vehicle initiative for the next eight years, including directives to build an additional 250,000 charging stations and increased rebates to encourage consumers to buy electric cars.

California currently has around 350,000 electric vehicles on its roads, and Governor Brown's previous target was to see 1.5 million vehicles by 2025.


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 26, 2018, 02:13:53 pm »

Tesla Gigafactory ✨

He Said, She Said.  What’s Going On With Tesla Model 3 Battery Production? 

January 26th, 2018 by Steve Hanley


Tesla has reacted angrily to a report by CNBC claiming that delays in getting Model 3 production up to speed are the result of shoddy practices at the Gigafactory in Nevada. CNBC reports several employees at that facility have told it the battery packs destined for new Model 3 electric cars are being built by hand by inexperienced workers, leading to delays and waste. Those employees suggest the battery packs that are being made contain defects that could potentially lead to hazardous conditions in the cars.

Full article:


Great comment!

Tanstaafl • 2 hours ago

To get this story straight.

Battery cells are produced by Panasonic in GF1.

Battery packs are produced by Tesla in GF1.

Battery pack packing machine did malfunction.

The supplier of the automated battery assembly line "dropped the ball".

This was discovered in June or July.

Panasonic did reassign a few dozen employees to help Tesla fill battery packs by hand, about 50 packs per day.

The first action of Tesla was to rewrite the code for these machines.
Then they had to debug and configure / tune the machines.
These machines with rewritten code came on-line again in mid-December.
The packing machines started to function at low speed, 100-200 packs per day.
Manual filling of battery packs was not needed anymore.

Between Christmas and New year packing machines started to reach 200 per day more often. This is knowledge from Electrek comment sections and Tesla comments, translated in concrete numbers.

This was the big bottleneck that pushed the 5000/week production goal back by three months, twice!

This battery assembly line is probably less than 0.1% of the whole production line, but blocking the other 99.9% to deliver the cars at the speed the other 99.9% is capable of.

You can fault Tesla for not discovering this problem sooner.
But saying Tesla can't produce at volume for this one problem is idiotic.

This CNBC report is about a problem that is solved, it is completely irrelevant.

Aglebert COMMENT: I say this a Koch Brothers 🦀 funded mens rea move (i.e. use the media to tank the stock price with a hit piece full of half truths) to destroy the most successful manufacturer of socially responsible automobiles in history.

The Koch roachs are not limited to our fossil fuel babying government.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:51:23 pm »

Alibaba-Backed He Xiaopeng Bets Entire Fortune On Another “Tesla Killer”

January 20th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart

Article with several pictures:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:36:22 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The vehicle in the article is an EV.  ;D

Pic + Video — Inside Fully Autonomous GM/Cruise Taxi  :o

January 12th, 2018 by James Ayre

GM has released pictures of the inside of a fully autonomous, driverless taxi design that the company is currently trying to get approved by US regulators. The inside of the GM/Cruise self-driving car is about what you’d expect from such a vehicle — there’s no steering wheel and no pedals of any kind.

Tentative plans call for such a vehicle to be used in the company’s first commercial ridesharing fleet — with the aim being for a launch of such services sometime in 2019.

Notably, the doors of the design in question are capable of opening themselves, and there are reportedly other features meant to accommodate the impaired.

“General Motors filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for its fourth-generation self-driving Cruise AV, the first production-ready vehicle built from the start to operate safely on its own, with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls,” GM reports.

“GM executives said the automaker has asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow 16 alterations to existing vehicle safety rules — such as having an airbag in what would normally be the driver’s seat, but without a steering wheel — to enable the deployment of the Cruise AV,” Reuters reports.

“The automaker would then need to obtain similar approval from individual US states. GM executives said 7 US states already allow the alterations sought by the automaker. In other states — including those that stipulate a car must have a licensed human driver — GM will work with regulators to change or get a waiver from existing rules.”

As with Ford’s recently revealed plans involving Postmates, it’s not yet clear where GM/Cruise’s first deployments off this new vehicle would roll out.

It should probably be noted here, even though many have no doubt already guessed, that initial deployments will only be in cities that have been extensively mapped and where there is likely to be strong enough demand to justify continued mapping efforts.

For more details, you can jump into GM’s 2018 Self-Driving Safety Report.

Related: Autonomous Driving Levels 0–5 + Implications


Jfake Hname • 2 hours ago
imo this is bigger news than it appears. i dont think most people understand just how much of a cars design is based around ICE drivetrains and driver controls. eliminating both of these will increase the 3D printability and ease automating production.

A mass produced 3D printed BEV with no driver controls will be produced like "bullets out of a machine gun". Imo they will get much cheaper, much quicker once this snowball gets rolling.

Zachary Shahan Community Manager > Jfake Hname • an hour ago
i have to admit that i'm surprised GM is where it seems to be.

Fred > Jfake Hname • an hour ago
Is it a BEV? The article doesn't say and controlling the car is completely different than powering it.

Zachary Shahan Community Manager > Fred • an hour ago
Yes, it's a Bolt.

Tony Reyes > Fred • 37 minutes ago
It is built on the Bolt platform which is optimized for EV powertrains. I have trouble imagining they would put an ICE powertrain in this.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2018, 06:49:53 pm »

In Norway, Electric and Hybrid Cars Outsell Conventional Models

Free parking and charging stations for electric cars in Oslo. Norway offers generous incentives that make the vehicles cheaper to buy, and other benefits once they are on the road.

Sales of electric and hybrid cars in Norway outpaced those running on fossil fuels last year, cementing the country’s position as a global leader in the push to restrict vehicle emissions.

Norway, a major oil exporter, would seem an unlikely champion of newer, cleaner-running vehicles. But the country offers generous incentives that make electric cars cheaper to buy, and provides additional benefits once the vehicles are on the road.

Countries around the world have ramped up their promotion of hybrid and electric cars. As China tries to improve air quality and dominate new vehicle technology, the government there wants one in five cars sold to run on alternative fuels by 2025. France and Britain plan to end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered cars by 2040.

Norway is ahead of the rest of the world. About 52 percent of the new cars sold in the country last year ran on new forms of fuel, according the data released on Thursday by Norway’s Road Traffic Advisory Board, OFV. The share of diesel cars, which were once considered more environmentally friendly but are now in the spotlight for their noxious emissions, fell sharply.

“This trend will only increase,” Oyvind Solberg Thorsen, OFV’s director, said in a statement. “This is good for both road safety and the environment.”

Sales of electric cars could have been even higher, according to Christina Bu, secretary general of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, but some buyers continued to hold out for newer models like Tesla’s Model 3.

Although electric vehicles make up a just small portion of the global market now, automakers — including those, like Tesla, that produce only electric models, and giants like Volkswagen — have bet billions of dollars that such vehicles will soon be as cheap and ubiquitous as conventional cars. Investments in charging stations and other technology connected to electric vehicles are also increasing.

General Motors and Ford Motor have said they will shift their focus to electric models, while carmakers like Volvo have moved to phase out the internal combustion engine entirely. Joining the fray are entrepreneurs like James Dyson who have their own plans to build electric vehicles.

As the market grows, makers of electric cars are facing difficulties. Tesla has lagged in its production of the Model 3, its first mass-market offering. And a slump in overall car sales in the United States could put a crimp in the expansion of electric vehicles.

Norway, which wants to phase out diesel and gasoline cars by 2025 , offers a counterexample.

The country’s embrace of electric cars has been hastened by hefty government subsidies and tax breaks that make the technology more affordable. The authorities have expanded the nationwide network of charging stations. They also offer electric car drivers a bevy of other benefits: cheaper parking, the use of bus lanes for car-poolers during rush hours, and exemptions from the vast majority of road tolls.

As a result, electric cars — identified by license plates that begin with the letters EL or EK — are a common sight. Teslas can frequently be seen on Norwegian roads, particularly in affluent parts of Oslo, the capital. Charging stations are relatively easy to find in major cities.

“I had been wanting an electric car for a long time for environmental reasons, but they were expensive,” said Zanete Anderson Lilley, a senior adviser in Norway at the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental advocacy organization. Ms. Lilley eventually bought a Kia Soul, a small five-door electric car, for about 200,000 kroner, or around $24,600, last summer.

“If it wasn’t for the subsidies, I guess most people would still choose fuel,” she added.

Despite the growth of electric cars, the vehicles, and the government’s support for them, are not universally popular. ::)

Last year, Norway’s conservative government proposed paring back the various forms of tax relief for electric cars. But the plans attracted criticism and have not made headway.

Ms. Bu, of the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, said such a move would create “great uncertainty at a time when increasing numbers of Norwegians are convinced that electric cars are something for them.”

For Adam Curylo, a bus driver who lives in Baerum, near Oslo, with his wife and son, electric cars have limitations. Mr. Curylo, a native of Poland, bought a Nissan Leaf electric car because it meant he could avoid paying road tolls. Although it functioned well in city driving, he was frustrated by the lack of charging points in more rural areas.

“I hate it — it is neither pleasurable nor practical,” he said. “We have it just because it is cheaper to use at the moment.”

“Electric cars are just a temporary solution,” Mr. Curylo added, “they are not the future.”

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:41:56 pm »

To All The Doers & All The Dreamers: Keep Doing & Keep Dreaming

January 7th, 2018 by Jesper Berggreen


Build sports car
Use that money to build an affordable car
Use that money to build an even more affordable car
While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options
Don’t tell anyone  ;D

Elon Musk 2 August 2006

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 06, 2018, 04:46:36 pm »

VARD to Build All-Electric Ferry for Norway’s Boreal

Image credit: VARD/Multi Maritime

January 5, 2018 by Mike Schuler

Norwegian shipbuilder VARD has won a contract for the construction of an all-electric car and passenger ferry for Boreal in Norway.

The RoPax ferry is specially designed for environmentally friendly operations in the Norwegian fjords with a fully electric battery package for continuous all-electric operations. The ferry, designed by Multi Maritime, will measure 74 meters in length with a beam of 14.20 meters, and will have a total capacity of up to 60 cars and 199 passengers and crew.

Mr. Roy Reite, CEO and Executive Director of VARD, said: “We are delighted to welcome Boreal as a new client to VARD, and look forward to building the battery-powered ferry, in which we can utilize our strong expertise in battery technology for efficient and environmentally friendly vessels.”

The hull of the vessel will be built by Vard Braila in Romania with delivery scheduled from Vard’s shipyard in Brevik, Norway in the third quarter of 2019.

The ferry will commence operations beginning in January 2020, crossing Kvanndal-Utne on the west coast of Norway where Boreal has been awarded a nine-year contract with the Norwegian government.

Boreal one of the leading public transportation providers in Norway and operates buses, coaches, trams, high-speed passenger ferries and car ferries. The company has approximately 2,000 employees, and is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 30, 2017, 02:23:53 pm »

Workhorse Group Spinning Off Aviation Division (SureFly)

December 30th, 2017 by James Ayre


The electric vehicle firm Workhorse Group has announced that it will spin off its aviation division, which comprises the SureFly personable helicopter team, amongst other things.

Full artiicle with several pictures:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 23, 2017, 04:45:56 pm »

Los Angeles ordered 25 of Proterra's Electric buses

Jon Fingas,Engadget

Los Angeles wants to field a completely electric fleet of buses by 2030, and it just took a large step toward making that a reality.

Los Angeles wants to field a completely electric fleet of buses by 2030, and it just took a large step toward making that a reality. The city's Department of Transportation (which runs the largest municipal transit in the county) has acquired 25 of Proterra's smaller 35-foot Catalyst buses, all of which should arrive in 2019. That may not sound like much, but it's a significant chunk of the DOT's 359-bus fleet. The deal promises real savings, too -- it should eliminate 7.8 million lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions per year and save $11.2 million in energy and maintenance over 12 years.

This isn't the first step toward electrifying mass transit in the LA area, but is one of the larger examples. The DOT unveiled just four buses at the start of 2017, for example, so this is certainly a much larger commitment. And notably, it's not just from an American company -- it's from a company whose manufacturing is even located in the county. The region's Metropolitan Transportation Authority bought 95 buses in July, but they were split between Chinese transportation giant BYD and the American division of Canada's New Flyer.

It'd represent a big order for Proterra as well. At the start of 2017, it had received 375 bus orders. This is a big deal for a firm that's still hitting its stride, and shows that it's earning the trust of some major cities. Don't be surprised if its buses become more of a mainstay going forward.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 21, 2017, 12:28:55 pm »

Columbia University Getting 6 All-Electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE Buses

December 21st, 2017 by James Ayre

New York’s Columbia University will soon be home to 6 fully electric New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE buses, now slated to go into service in 2018 as part of Columbia University’s Intercampus Shuttle network. This news follows a deal between New Flyer of America and Academy Bus.

The New Flyer Industries subsidiary was granted the contract by Academy Bus, as Academy Bus is the current contractor on record for Columbia University shuttle procurement.

In addition to the 6 Xcelsior CHARGE all-electric 40-foot buses in question, the contract also entails the purchase of 3 charging stations for the buses.

The new buses will be running routes between various locations in Manhattan, New Jersey, and Rockland County — with the expectation being to serve some 30,000 or so students per year.

“We are proud to support Academy Bus and Columbia University with their transition to sustainable transportation,” commented Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. “Our zero-emission, battery-electric buses not only lend positive environmental impact for students and the surrounding communities, but also feature American innovation in motion on the streets of New York and New Jersey.”

“Academy maintains a long standing mutually beneficial relationship with Columbia University,” stated Francis Tedesco, President of Academy Bus. “We are excited to bring New Flyer’s industry-leading technology on campus, and to assist the university with its aim of reducing emissions for the shuttle service.”

The deployment of the new all-electric buses represents part of efforts to achieve Columbia University’s Sustainability Plan. Notably, the deployment is being partly supported by New York State Electric Vehicle Voucher Incentive Funds (NYSERDA).

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 19, 2017, 02:20:57 pm »

We caught more than a glimpse at the Los Angeles Auto Show. We got a test drive of the Chanje electric van and conducted a great interview with Chanje’s Joerg Sommer, COO, and Ian Televik, Director of Marketing. We can safely say that the Chanje is a game changer for the fleet industry.

Excellent article:

Chanje Electric Van = Serious Fleet Industry Game Changer (CleanTechnica Review, Part 1)

December 19th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 12, 2017, 07:11:51 pm »

Uniti electric city car

Uniti electric city car debuts, with free charging in Sweden 

Mark Stevenson

Dec 12, 2017

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 05, 2017, 07:00:04 pm »

Electric cars will come of age in 2018 | The Economist

The Economist

Published on Oct 18, 2017

Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 30, 2017, 03:44:28 pm »

Electra Meccanica Solo Factory Tour with Jerry Kroll

Joe Cabrera

Published on Aug 14, 2017

Jerry shows us around the factory.

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« on: November 30, 2017, 02:39:18 pm »

Let's Talk Cars: Unboxing the Electra Meccanica Solo 

Published on Aug 8, 2017

Chris Koch walks us through the Solo

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 20, 2017, 09:26:55 pm »

GM EV1: A body design with a record-breaking .195 drag coefficient. 45% less drag and 40% lighter than the average gas car

EV Archeology — Unearthing Key Artifacts From The Annals Of Electric Car History (Part 1)

November 20th, 2017 by Steve Bakker


Even though the revived Impact/EV1 program had gone dark, somehow, as automakers around the globe began to wake up and smell the electricity, the entity that the automakers referred to as the “oilies” awakened as well, sniffing competition in the wind. It may be that the oil companies had simply stretched out with their Sith sense, but there was EV development taking place at virtually all the major automakers, and an alliance of the Big 3 (GM, Ford, Chrysler) had been formed to develop a more workable EV battery … with federal government participation. That’s when the Department of Dirty Tricks was engaged. But not at the bequest of GM. The auto giant had been doing its best to delay the government mandates. But as Shnayerson characterizes it, GM had been lobbying CARB pretty squarely, explaining where they were at and trying to buy time for the tech to mature. The carmaker objected to what it termed “invention on a schedule.”

The oilies, however, played a very different game. They went low-ball right out of the gate and employed strategies such as sponsoring so-called grassroots consumer groups that waved a flag about how EVs could actually make the air dirtier … in spite of a CARB study refuting the assertion. Even in the ’90s, any electricity used to charge EVs would have caused a net drop in pollutants in spite of a dirtier grid than today, due in part to the far greater efficiency of an electric motor over its gasoline counterpart (90% vs 20%). The oil-funded groups lobbied against both the mandate as well as various EV kickstart programs sponsored by the utilities. The anti-mandate movement gained further support when Governor Pete Wilson — who was running for President — was told in no uncertain terms that support in key states would be absent unless the California mandate was altered. Indeed, the 1998 mandate would end up getting rescheduled.


All in all, the technology developed during the Impact/EV1 program was nothing short of remarkable. A Motor Trend article of the time characterized the tech as “unparalleled breakthroughs.” Here are some of the significant accomplishments of what has been characterized as the most technically ambitious program in GM’s history:

֍ The Impact/EV1 was designed from the ground up
֍ Refinements to the AC induction motor
֍ A workable DC to AC inverter that powered the motor
֍ A breakthrough battery design using alloys (NMH)
֍ Implementation of a rudimentary battery cooling system
֍ Regenerative braking
֍ 8 second 0–60 MPH time
֍ A body design with a record-breaking .195 drag coefficient. 45% less drag and 40% lighter than the average gas car
֍ Aluminum frame, plastic body panels
֍ Electric brakes (80,000 lines of software code allowed for 100 fewer brake parts)
֍ Covered wheels to reduce drag
֍ First use of a heat pump in a vehicle
֍ An inductive charger to reduce the chance of shock
֍ A network of over 1,000 high-speed “MagneChargers” in homes and public locations
֍ 23 new patents granted
֍ First time in GM history a woman headed one of the production departments

In addition to that impressive list, the isolated Impact/EV1 program had at least one staffer on board with deep insight as to what GM had achieved. Take a look at this passage from Shnayerson’s book characterizing John Dabels’ point of view:

And yet the electric car failed to hit critical mass at that point in time. Those who have seen Who Killed The Electric Car? know that the automakers ultimately sued the State of California, won the suit, and the CARB mandates of the day were repealed. Shortly thereafter, GM stopped production of the EV1, and in fact recalled all the vehicles and destroyed most of them.

Who Killed The Electric Car?

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« on: November 17, 2017, 09:53:40 pm »

China is Now Becoming the World Leader in Electric Cars And Solar Powered Vehicles

Richard Aguilar

Published on Nov 14, 2017
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« on: November 14, 2017, 06:24:30 pm »

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« on: November 14, 2017, 06:19:31 pm »

100% Electric Bus Fleet For Shenzhen (Population 11.9 Million) By End Of 2017

November 12th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart


You are definitely living under a rock if you haven’t heard that many cities in China are suffering from record-breaking pollution levels. If you’re a hard core regular of CleanTechnica, you also know that electric buses have been selling like hotcakes in China. The EV-loving city Shenzhen is taking it one step further. In Shenzhen, electric buses will make up all public bus transportation by the end of this year, primarily BYD electric buses.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:43:39 pm »

the Vespa Elettrica  

Electric Scooter From Vespa Due In Showrooms In 2018

November 11th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

This story about the Vespa electric scooter was first published by Gas2.


Vespa told us last year at this time that it was working on an electric scooter. This year, the company brought its electric offering — the Vespa Elettrica — to the Milan Motorcycle Show, where it revealed lots of details about its latest zero-emissions scooter except for the price. The Vespa Elettrica will be available sometime next year, but the company has not said exactly when.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2017, 01:31:24 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Well I'll be a blue nosed gopher; somebody made a HESLA!    :o  :D

A Tesla Model S that runs on hydrogen fuel cells?  Dutch firm claims it built one

Sean Szymkowski 101 Comments Nov 10, 2017


The Holthausen Group, a Dutch gasoline supplier, claims it built a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Model S with a range of 620 miles.

The powertrain "hack," as the company described it, does not compromise interior space since the hydrogen tanks reside in "cavities."

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« on: November 09, 2017, 02:07:09 pm »


November 6, 2017  |  By Chris Nelder

The long years of waiting for electric vehicles (EVs) to enter the mainstream are over. One by one, the barriers to EV adoption—price, selection, range, consumer familiarity—have fallen. The vehicles are coming, and they’re coming fast

So fast, in fact, that a lack of charging stations is increasingly being seen as the biggest impediment to continued EV adoption. How can we get ready for this tsunami of EVs?

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