cars21.com - Everything Electric RSS feed news, products, community - cars21.comis the industry platform for electrified vehicle experts worldwide. http://cars21.com/rss article company event paper cars21.com - Everything Electric RSS feed http://cars21.com/rss http://cars21.com/themes/cars21/img/logo.png 140 70 (c) 2017 cars21.com - Everything Electric RSS2Writer Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:53:42 +0200 http://cars21.com/rss en-gb Tue, 26 Sep 2017 12:53:42 +0200 4th EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum http://cars21.com/events/view/524 http://cars21.com/events/view/524 2016-03-30 00:00:00 event Projects FREVUE, I-CVUE and ZeEUS, together with the European Commission, are glad to invite you to the 4th edition of the EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum. This key e-mobility event will offer 2 days of learning, discussions and networking. A range of electrifying topics will be covered from urban design opportunities, multimodal and interoperable charging infrastructure, operational impact of electric vehicles right through to results achieved so far. Electric Car Batteries Just Hit A Key Price Point http://cars21.com/news/view/5883 http://cars21.com/news/view/5883 2015-04-14 09:38:02 article <div>Electric vehicle demand in the past five years has soared in the US. The same is true worldwide. By the end of 2014, more than 700,000 total plug-in vehicles had been sold worldwide (plug-in hybrids and pure battery electrics), up from about 400,000 at the end of 2013. As of 2015, dozens of models of electric cars and vans are available for purchase, mostly in Europe, the United States, Japan, and China.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>A major reason for the rapid jump in EV sales is the rapid drop in the cost of their key component -&ndash; batteries. The energy stored in a battery is measured by kilowatt-hour (kWh). The more kWh stored, the further the car can go on one charge, so a key metric for battery economics is the cost per kWh. The lower the cost, the cheaper it is to build an electric car with a significant range.</div> New steering system proposed to increase electric-car efficiency http://cars21.com/news/view/5882 http://cars21.com/news/view/5882 2015-04-08 12:55:39 article The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany and automotive supplier Schaeffler are working to develop a new type of steering system specifically for electric cars that could improve their efficiency.<br /> <br /> As with most internal-combustion cars, electric cars use a power assist to decrease steering effort. This draws electricity from a car&rsquo;s battery pack, affecting range, the two partners note. KIT and Schaeffler propose a system that does away with the standard apparatus of a steering column linked to the wheels by tie rods. Instead, the prototype system uses individual electric motors for each of the front wheels to steer. Energy Ministry touts Thailand as electric vehicle hub http://cars21.com/news/view/5881 http://cars21.com/news/view/5881 2015-03-27 15:13:19 article <div>The Energy Ministry plans to give its full support to promoting Thailand as an electric vehicle (EV) production hub. Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee said his ministry would amend regulations and electricity transmission to allow access to electricity chargers at petrol stations. The policy is expected to help increase the sales of EVs at home, which would attract car makers to choose Thailandas a production base, he said.&nbsp;</div> Electric cars could cut oil imports 40% by 2030, says study http://cars21.com/news/view/5880 http://cars21.com/news/view/5880 2015-03-11 11:42:16 article <div>Electric cars could cut the UK&rsquo;s oil imports by 40% and reduce drivers&rsquo; fuel bills by &pound;13bn if deployed on a large scale, according to a new study.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>An electric vehicle surge would deliver an average &pound;1,000 of fuel savings a year per driver, and spark a 47% drop in carbon emissions by 2030, said the Cambridge Econometrics study.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The paper, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, said that air pollutants such as nitrogen oxide and particulates would be all but eliminated by mid-century, with knock-on health benefits from reduced respiratory diseases valued at over &pound;1bn.</div> Meet Tesla's sexy new challenger &mdash; the electric Audi R8 e-tron supercar http://cars21.com/news/view/5879 http://cars21.com/news/view/5879 2015-03-04 09:46:08 article <div>Audi may have just stolen the thunder of everyone trying to compete with Tesla.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Currently, the Tesla Model S offers a combination of functionality, range, and performance that makes it the one to beat when it comes to production electric cars.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Everyone from BMW to Apple is working on new electric-vehicle technologies, with the hopes of rivaling Tesla.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>But then there's the 2016 Audi R8 e-tron.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Set to debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the second-generation R8 will come in an electric version.</div> Electric vehicle battery makers report 54% sales increase over previous year http://cars21.com/news/view/5878 http://cars21.com/news/view/5878 2015-02-24 15:18:07 article Comprehensive sales figures for EV battery manufacturers in 2014 recently became available, giving us further insight into the fast-growing market. Altogether, the year saw an increase of 54% over the previous year.<br /> <br /> As far as the major players in the market, those haven&rsquo;t changed, yet &mdash; BYD has definitely been growing in presence and market share.<br /> The state of electric vehicles in Canada http://cars21.com/news/view/5877 http://cars21.com/news/view/5877 2015-02-18 12:33:39 article More than 11,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011. The Chevy Volt leads the pack account for 37% of all EV sales in Canada, while the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S come in second and third respectively. Those three vehicles represent more than 70% of electric vehicles sales in Canada so far.<br /> <br /> As of the end of 2014 plug-in electric vehicles have 0.27% of total vehicle market share in Canada. Roughly speaking one out of every 300 cars sold in Canada is an EV. That's grown almost ten fold since 2011.&nbsp;In the U.S. electric vehicles have more double the market share they enjoy in Canada with EVs making up one of every 150 new vehicles sold.<br /> <br /> In the U.S. the Chevy Volt wins the all time sales record with 73,757 cars sold, then the Nissan Leaf at 72,322 followed by the Toyota Prius Plug-in at 38,088 and the Tesla Model S with an estimated 35,817 cars sold. EU policy-makers seek to make electric transport a 'priority' http://cars21.com/news/view/5876 http://cars21.com/news/view/5876 2015-02-05 15:20:49 article Electric vehicles should be &quot;a high priority&quot;, the European Commission says in a discussion paper that maps out its vision for a single energy union based on improved power and gas connections and the free flow of fuel across the European Union.<br /> <br /> Some business interests, including major utilities, such as E.ON, as well as environmental groups, have been pushing for more focus on electric vehicles.<br /> <br /> &quot;Electrification of transport should be a high priority, with full integration of electric vehicles in urban mobility policies and in the electricity grid,&quot; the Commission memo seen by Reuters says.<br /> <br /> Attempts to increase the share of biofuels to reduce emissions from transport have foundered after research showed the early biofuels could be worse for the planet than conventional transport fuel. Nissan plans 1,000 new stations to quickly charge electric cars http://cars21.com/news/view/5875 http://cars21.com/news/view/5875 2015-01-28 09:47:55 article Nissan said it would help open about 1,000 high-speed charging stations for electric vehicles between now and April 2016.<br /> <br /> Days earlier, BMW and Volkswagen announced a joint effort to build 100 high-speed public charging stations along heavily trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts.&nbsp;High-speed chargers can fill up a vehicle&rsquo;s battery in roughly 20 to 30 minutes. EU funds 200 charging points for electric vehicles across France http://cars21.com/news/view/5874 http://cars21.com/news/view/5874 2015-01-26 11:49:46 article The EU&rsquo;s TEN-T Programme will provide &euro;5 million to co-fund a study and a pilot deployment of 200 charging points for electric vehicles on the main French highways. The project will contribute to the development of charging infrastructure and enable a wider use of electric transport in Europe.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;France has many front-running innovative companies, such as Renault, but for mass market uptake, a wide coverage of charging stations is essential, as most electric vehicle owners wish to cover inner-city and long-distance travel,&rdquo; Jakub Adamowicz, Spokesperson for the European Commission, told Cities Today. &ldquo;Consequently, these 200 stations will enable citizens across France to take advantage of this new technology. France is on a good path, via tax incentives for example, but the goal of mass market viability for electric vehicles has not yet been reached.&rdquo; China gets ready for EVs in 2015: ELECTRIC CHINA WEEKLY No25&nbsp; http://cars21.com/news/view/5873 http://cars21.com/news/view/5873 2015-01-20 14:53:18 article The Chinese EV (electric vehicle) market kicked off 2015 with the first China Electric Vehicles 100 Forum gathering over 700 participants from government, industry and research organisations, who came together in Beijing to cooperate on boosting EV development in China. China is also providing innovative solutions for infrastructure, building an &ldquo;EV&rdquo; expressway and combining streetlights with charging piles. 2015 look to be an exciting year for EVs in China.&nbsp; Jordan Wants to boost electric-car adoption; solar charging to come http://cars21.com/news/view/5872 http://cars21.com/news/view/5872 2015-01-19 17:23:21 article The country will waive import tariffs in electric cars--which would normally double their price--and spend $120 million to install a network of solar-powered charging stations, according to a recent Navigant Research blog post.The plan is for 3,000 charging stations to blanket the country, with the first 11 already set to be installed in the capital of Amman.The Jordanian government views the promotion of electric cars as a sensible economic policy.&nbsp;Electricity is about 25 percent the cost of gasoline as a fuel in Jordan.&nbsp;The country imports 95 percent of its energy but--on the other hand--it does have abundant sun. Tesla killer: GM to unveil long-range electric car http://cars21.com/news/view/5871 http://cars21.com/news/view/5871 2015-01-15 11:33:47 article General Motors will unveil an all-electric concept car at the Detroit auto show Monday that has a 200-mile range and Tesla in its competitive crosshairs.<br /> <br /> The Chevrolet Bolt could hit the market in 2017, people familiar with the plans confirm. The Bolt complements a lineup that already includes the Chevrolet Volt. The Bolt would be a pure electric-powered car, while the Volt is what GM terms &quot;an extended-range electric,&quot; meaning it has a backup gas engine. The second-generation 2016 Volt will also be shown Monday at the North American International Auto Show here. How Georgia became the biggest electric vehicle market in the U.S. http://cars21.com/news/view/5870 http://cars21.com/news/view/5870 2015-01-14 11:39:31 article During the last year, sales grew more than sevenfold in the southeastern state, with electric cars accounting for one of every 60 new cars sold, according to data firm Statista. That&rsquo;s a higher percentage than the second-largest market, California, where the figure was one in 70.<br /> <br /> Price, of course, is a key factor. Brian Brockman, corporate communications senior manager for Nissan, says Georgia&rsquo;s $5,000 (&euro;4243) tax incentive, when coupled with a federal incentive of up to $7,500 (&euro;6364), has been a key factor to the state&rsquo;s electric vehicle growth. (The state incentive will likely meet challenges in the 2015 state legislature.)<br /> <br /> Another important incentive is the fact electric vehicle owners get access to high-occupancy-vehicle lanes, called carpool lanes. This can make the difference between arriving on time or frustratingly late in the gridlocked capital of the New South, and is an example of the sort of alluring non-economic incentive that other sustainable industries could seek to adopt. Ford announces electric vehicle plan and other initiatives http://cars21.com/news/view/5869 http://cars21.com/news/view/5869 2015-01-13 11:05:52 article During his 2015 International CES keynote, Ford chief executive officer Mark Field outlined the company&rsquo;s new initiative, a set of 25 experiments designed to test out innovative ideas that address an array of driving issues including urban congestion and air quality.<br /> <br /> The initiatives include creating an electric vehicle charging station infrastructure at Ford&rsquo;s Dearborn, Michigan, facility so the company can use electric vehicles for an employee car-sharing program; an app that finds available parking spaces for London commuters; and a program that analyzes vehicle data and patterns of London drivers so insurance companies can offer individualized&mdash;and potentially lower&mdash;coverage rates.<br /> <br /> Fourteen of the 25 experiments are Ford-led research projects, and the rest are part of the company&rsquo;s Innovate Mobility Challenge Series, where innovators and developers from around the world are invited to create solutions for specific mobility challenges. Mercedes Unveils Self-Driving, Pollution-Free Car At CES 2015 http://cars21.com/news/view/5868 http://cars21.com/news/view/5868 2015-01-12 10:53:51 article Dubbed the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion, this automobile is fully autonomous and produces no carbon emissions whatsoever, said Dieter Zetsch, head of the German company. It is powered by a battery and a fuel cell that produces electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen to create water. When these two gases combine, they release energy that can be harnessed. Challenges in the past have involved safely storing hydrogen, which is combustible, especially under pressure. But this car houses the gas in super-strong cylinders placed between the wheels, where they are unlikely to be damaged even in a bad accident, said Ralf Herrtwich, a senior engineer with the company. The car can travel about 200 kilometers (125 miles) on the power of its batteries, which are charged by being plugged in. Once these are spent, the hydrogen fuel cell is activated, which can provide power to drive another 900 km (550 miles), Herrtwich said. Electrical grid: grid benefits from electric vehicles http://cars21.com/news/view/5866 http://cars21.com/news/view/5866 2015-01-09 10:02:24 article Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&amp;E) and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid. If successful, the pilot program could pave the way for significant utility payments that could stimulate further customer purchases of electric vehicles.<br /> <br /> Demand response programs can save money by delaying the need to upgrade power lines, transformers and other equipment to handle infrequent peaks in demand. They can reduce the need to buy expensive and polluting fossil-fueled power to meet such spikes in demand. And, with further refinement, they may help utilities manage and smooth out the intermittent flow of energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar generation.<br type="_moz" /> Gogoro ignites smart city transformation with launch of world's first smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure http://cars21.com/news/view/5865 http://cars21.com/news/view/5865 2015-01-07 12:08:07 article Gogoro, a company transforming how energy is distributed and managed in megacities, today unveiled the world's first high-performance, zero emissions, two-wheeled electric vehicle, the Gogoro Smartscooter&trade;. The company also announced the Gogoro Energy Network, a battery swapping infrastructure that will enable a more efficient, cleaner and flexible energy future. <br /> <br /> &quot;With the world's megacities at a tipping point in population density, pollution fallout and rapid expansion, it is essential that we reimagine the energy infrastructure and create a renewed mindset for change in tomorrow's urban generation,&quot; said Horace Luke, co-founder and CEO, Gogoro. &quot;The Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network will capture the hearts of the next generation and become a catalyst for more efficient, cleaner, and smarter energy choices in our cities.&quot; Atlanta&rsquo;s $98 million (&euro;82 million)&nbsp;electric streetcar system now open http://cars21.com/news/view/5864 http://cars21.com/news/view/5864 2015-01-06 10:18:52 article <div>The city of Atlanta&rsquo;s $98 million (&euro;82 million)&nbsp;initiative to bring electric streetcars back to the city is now finally starting to bear fruit, with the first section of a possible city-wide network now open to the public.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This small loop of an electric streetcar system opened just a few days ago, on December 30th, but is well worth taking note of, as this is the first time that a streetcar has operated in Atlanta since all the way back in 1949. Back in early 20th century the streetcar was so popular that, apparently, even the mayor of the city would ride it to work.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>