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Towards cheaper and better EV batteries: Sulphide or Magn...

Towards cheaper and better EV batteries: Sulphide or Magn...

20 December 2012
Latest research in alternatives to a conventional lithium-ion battery focuses on components made from magnesium and sulphide. Laboratory results indicate that the abundance and chemical properties of these materials c...
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Switched reluctance motors, 1.5 million EVs by 2016 - Ele...

Switched reluctance motors, 1.5 million EVs by 2016 - Ele...

14 December 2012
The Electric Japan column no48 reports on the latest achievements in developing rare earth free motors for EVs, Nissan’s confident sales projections for 2016 and increasing production capacity worldwide, as well...
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Manufacturers rollout EVs in Chinese auto shows - ELECTRI...

Manufacturers rollout EVs in Chinese auto shows - ELECTRI...

6 December 2012
In the Guangzhou Autoshow and FISITA 2012 World Automotive Congress held both in China this November and December, many domestic and international manufacturers showcased their latest EV products and released their st...
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Research in rare earth-free technology pushed by governme...

Research in rare earth-free technology pushed by governme...

3 December 2012
In view of the increased interest in electrically-powered vehicles, car manufacturers, research institutes as well as governments are looking to reduce their dependency on rare earth minerals. Investments are channell...
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EV maintenance and repair costs: 35 % cheaper than for ICEs

EV maintenance and repair costs: 35 % cheaper than for ICEs

27 November 2012
According to a study conducted by the Institut für Automobilwirtschaft (IFA) and published on 20 November 2012, maintenance and repair costs for electric vehicles will be around 35 percent below costs of a compar...
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Ultra-small EV and new charging and sharing services - El...

Ultra-small EV and new charging and sharing services - El...

20 November 2012
40% less use of expensive rare earth in motors for updated Nissan Leaf, new developments in battery charging and EV sharing services, and Honda’s new “Microcommuter Prototype” with unique design solu...
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EV batteries market to be worth at least 80 billion euros...

EV batteries market to be worth at least 80 billion euros...

16 November 2012
The battery market for hybrid and electric vehicles is expected to grow significantly by 2025 - But Europe could be lagging behind its competitors because battery manufacturers are going through overcapacity, bankrupt...
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Japan, US, France, Germany and China are top 5 markets in...

Japan, US, France, Germany and China are top 5 markets in...

30 October 2012
In an EV market report by McKinsey, Japan, the United States, France, Germany and China are ranked as the top 5 countries in terms of EV market maturity level in 2012. Sales numbers in the five countries indicate that...
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EV charging plugs in Europe: towards one unique solution ...

EV charging plugs in Europe: towards one unique solution ...

24 October 2012
So far, the EV charging standardisation process has been tough as policy and standards came after first commercially available products. In Europe, several solutions emerged because of the requirement to comply with d...
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SAE approves new EV fast-charging standard

SAE approves new EV fast-charging standard

16 October 2012
SAE International approved on 15 October 2012 a new technical standard that will, according to the global engineering group, dramatically reduce charging times for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles.
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CEATEC 2012 showcases the latest EV technologies in Japan...

CEATEC 2012 showcases the latest EV technologies in Japan...

12 October 2012
At the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) JAPAN 2012 held from 2 to 6 October 2012 in Tokyo, Japanese manufacturers including Nissan, Toyota, Toshiba and Mitsubishi Electric showcased their latest E...
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Domestic automobile manufacturers take centre stage in Ch...

Domestic automobile manufacturers take centre stage in Ch...

3 October 2012
Influenced by the Chinese government’s incentive policy for electric vehicles, many domestic automobile manufacturers are actively developing their own EV projects. Zotye has declared it will produce 20,000 to 5...
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Latest on energy storage and charging infrastructure - El...

Latest on energy storage and charging infrastructure - El...

26 September 2012
This Japan column reports on promising developments in energy density of EV batteries from Toyota, wireless charging experiments, which are part of a Smart City Project, and the growing charging infrastructure in the ...
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After 40,000 miles EVs break even with traditional fuel c...

After 40,000 miles EVs break even with traditional fuel c...

19 September 2012
One year after the launch, data collected in the Scotland’s largest electric vehicle project prove that electric vehicles make perfect economic sense for short journeys. Comparing the cost of using an EV and a t...
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Electric motor market expected to flourish in the next de...

Electric motor market expected to flourish in the next de...

18 September 2012
Developments in the electric vehicle market are expected to boost growth in the electric motor market according to consulting and research organisations IDTechEX and Frost & Sullivan. As electric vehicles head tow...