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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.

Please don't forget to keep our video contest we're almost there.  So share our video and subscribe.

For more info: www.electrameccanica.com

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Posted by: AGelbert
« 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?

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« 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
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:24:30 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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.

Full article:

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.

Full article:

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."

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« 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?

Full article: 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 05, 2017, 03:13:26 pm »

Boosted Boards Dual+ Generation 2 Review (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

November 5th, 2017 by Kyle Field

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 02, 2017, 01:08:17 pm »

Find Best Light Commercial Electric Vehicle Or Fleet Vehicle For Your Needs — New Free Tool From Voltia

October 31st, 2017 by James Ayre


As noted above, this new tool is free, and it doesn’t require registration of any kind either.

“One of the main barriers to electric vehicle uptake is simply that people are not aware of the available vehicles on the market right now,” stated Juraj Ulehla, managing partner of Voltia. “Yet this knowledge is one of Voltia’s core competencies.   

If you are interested in an electric LCV we want to help you find one. This portal makes it easy for anyone to discover and compare electric LCVs and choose the one which meets their needs. It’s the next step in our efforts to provide the tools companies need to transition to carbon free transportation and reduce air pollution in our communities. 

The email sent to CleanTechnica provides a bit more in the way of details: “The primary criteria users look for are range, payload, and cargo space volume, but the application also considers many other factors such as recharging abilities, road characteristics, and more.”

“There are 24 vehicles in the database as of this release, and more will be added as they become available. For a small fee, Voltia offers users a more in-depth consultation with a Voltia expert to discuss their results and next steps.”

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 02, 2017, 12:38:02 pm »

Lightning Systems Now Accepting Pre-Orders For Ford Transit All-Electric Upfit

October 31st, 2017 by James Ayre

Pre-orders are now being taken by Lightning Systems for its new all-electric LightningElectric upfit system for the Ford Transit, the company has revealed.

The new conversion offering will first be available on Ford Transits in the heavy-duty class (10,360-pound gross vehicle weight rating), with purchase available through Ford Motor Company’s eQVM program. All service and conversions are performed by Ford QVM-certified dealers and upfitters.

Altogether, the price for a conversion in the US is between $69,000 and $89,000, depending upon whether one opts for the 50-mile range or the 100-mile range. Deliveries are currently slated to begin early next year. Installation reportedly only takes a few hours time.

Varying based on the options chosen, charging with a 50 kW DC fast charger can be fully completed in under a half-hour, and payload capacity can be as high as 4,000 lbs.

Green Car Congress provides details on specs: (at article link below)

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 01, 2017, 04:05:57 pm »

2018 Nissan Leaf EV

Nissan Has Received >9,000 Orders For New LEAF In Japan So Far

November 1st, 2017 by James Ayre

Originally published on EV Obsession.


Nissan has now received more than 9,000 orders for the new, refreshed all-electric LEAF in Japan, a senior exec revealed on Wednesday at the Tokyo Motor Show. That figure apparently represents demand well above expectations  ;D, according to the senior exec in question.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:10:45 pm »

London’s T-Charge Now In Effect — £21.50 A Day (Total) For Old, Polluting Cars    ;D

October 30th, 2017 by James Ayre


My view is that politicians are far too slow to act, and the measures that they propose are much too far in the future to be of any relevance for today’s problems. The government talk about a vague ban on ICE vehicles in about 30 years’ time. At that time, it will be much too late, and they will not even be in power to take any responsibility for it. Such proposals are mere “window dressing”, that do not even begin to respond to the environmental crisis in which we are living today. They make it appear that an indifferent government have a commitment to improvement, which, in reality, they entirely lack.

Sadiq Khan is, commendably, introducing this measure today, with a promise of more to come. This is probably in the shortest timescale that can practically be achieved, to allow time for alternatives to be implemented. London is moving towards electric taxis and buses, and the tube trains of course are already electric. We all know that EVs are the future, but we need the future right now. Let us hope that this positive action proves to be the small pebble thrown in the mountain that causes an avalanche of beneficial change.

Full article:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 27, 2017, 01:54:01 pm »

Solar-Powered Sion Completes Successful Test-Drive Tour  ;D

October 26th, 2017 by The Beam

Sono Motors is approaching the end of a successful test drive tour of its new Sion all-electric vehicle. The tour has stopped off at 12 cities in six countries throughout Europe, and it will make its final stop in Zurich from the 24th to the 27th of October. The tour has been a great way of introducing people to the new vehicle, and in offering them the chance to take one for a test drive.

There have been quite a few videos of the cars in action published on YouTube, but our favorite is this video of the first Sion driver in Stuttgart. It runs through the main features of the car and shows what it feels like to drive.

As was unveiled in July, the Sion is the first electric car that can be recharged to a notable degree through solar power. There are 330 solar cells fitted to the exterior of the vehicle, and in good conditions they are able to provide almost 30 kilometers of additional range in addition to the 250 km range of the battery. The car is priced at €16,000, and Sono Motors has already received almost 2,500 pre-orders for the vehicles. The target is to reach 5,000 pre-orders so that the car can go into volume production, and it seems like things are on track to achieving this.

Sono Motors has also exceeded its own expectations for the crowdinvesting campaign it recently ran. The initial target of just over €1 million has been exceeded by an incredible 46%, reaching a total of €1,457,653. The company currently has a valuation of €60 million.

With the successful test drive tour, a growing number of pre-orders and a very healthy level of investment under its belt, the Sonos team dream of an affordable, mass-production, solar-powered electric car is getting close to a reality.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:19:55 pm »

"Once they see benefits of this―not only from the riders, but also from the maintenance perspective―they come back for a second, or third, or fourth [purchase]," -- Steven Brewster, from electric bus manufacturer Proterra which is working with dozens of U.S. cities to transition their bus fleet from diesel to electric.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 25, 2017, 06:39:06 pm »

World's first railless train on test run

chinadaily.com.cn | 2017-10-24 10:33   

The world's first railless train is tested in Zhuzhou, Central China's Hunan province, on Oct 23, 2017. The 30-meter train has three carriages and is developed by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd. The train can move at a speed of 70 km/h and can carry up to 500 passengers. Powered by electricity, the train can travel 25 kilometers with a 10-minute charge. With sensors equipped onboard, it is able to plan its own routes and operate without a driver. [Photo/VCG]

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 24, 2017, 10:01:41 pm »

Singapore Will Permit No Personal Vehicle Growth Beginning In 2018

October 24th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

Driverless Pods in Singapore


The key in the future for crowded cities like Singapore may be autonomous cars and ride-sharing services. In theory, one autonomous car can replace up to 10 privately owned vehicles, which sit idle more than 90% of the time during the work day. Instead of taking up space in a parking lot, an autonomous car could be busy ferrying others from place to place all day long, greatly reducing the number of private cars needed on city streets.

Full article:


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 24, 2017, 07:36:58 pm »

BYD Introduces New Electric Midibus, 21 Ordered For North Holland 

October 24th, 2017 by Kyle Field

BYD is aggressively expanding around the world as it continues to add new product offerings based on its lithium-iron-phosphate technology. It has introduced new electric forklifts, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty trucks, and that expansion continues to gain traction with customers around the world.

This week, BYD simultaneously announced its new Midibus at the Busworld show in Belgium. At the same time, the company shared that it has already secured its first European order for the new vehicle. Connexxion has ordered 21 units of the new BYD offering, which will be deployed to the north part of North Holland. The 21 Midibuses will put into service running a daytime bus route.

BYD Midibus

The announcement highlights just how routine electric buses are becoming. The technology is well established and has been proven in routes around the world. The only game being played now is the waiting game as transit agencies and fleet managers in country after country realize just how much money they can save and how much cleaner their fleets can be with electric buses. Both are especially pronounced in comparison to diesel buses, which clog city air with cancer-causing particulate emissions.

The order for the new 8.75 meter buses is scheduled to be fulfilled in the middle of 2018, after which the buses will immediately be put into service. The buses are equivalent to run-of-the-mill transit buses with two doors, seating for 26, and total capacity for 50 passengers.

Looking beyond BYD, this order represents one of the largest pure electric midibus orders in Europe. The order and many others like in around the world demonstrate that electric buses have truly come of age and are increasingly tackling emissions in cities.

Motivated, activist citizens around the world should see this as a flagpole in the ground that can be referred to when attempting to sway local transit authorities and fleet operators to convert fleets to electricity. Positive change does not happen on its own, but rather, it requires action. At the Climate Launchpad Grand Final last week, motivated motivational speaker Danny Kennedy laid down some Socratic wisdom about enacting change:

The Secret of Change Is to Focus All of Your Energy, Not on Fighting the Old, But on Building the New

Be motivated, be inspired, create change.

Eric van Eijndhoven, Managing Director of Public Transport for Connexxion, said of the deal:

“We chose BYD due to its proven and leading electric bus and battery technology. We are delighted to be the first user of this important new model and know our passengers will enjoy the new levels of green performance the buses will deliver.“

Electric buses are here en masse and ready to tackle pollution in cities thanks to leaders in the space like BYD and Proterra.


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