15 Jun 2011
Electric vehicle value chain is changing
Currently the key enabling technologies in electric vehicles are motors, batteries and control systems. For the next ten years, add to that energy harvesting, supercapacitors (ultracapacitors) and range extenders that replace internal combustion engines in hybrids, notably fuel cells and mini turbines.
2 Jun 2011
Off-road electric vehicles see rapid change
The highly successful manufacturer of conventional off-road vehicles, $2 billion Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) has recently launched a pure electric Neighbourhood Electric Vehicle NEV. Now it has added the leader in that sector encompassing closed communities rather than open highways. Global Electric Motorcars LLC (GEM), a wholly owned Fargo, N.D. based subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC. GEM is a leader within the low-speed vehicle market, with approximately $30 million in sales during the 2010 calendar year. Since the company was established in 1998, it has placed more than 45,000 electric-powered NEVs on the road worldwide.
30 May 2011
Global benchmarking for e-mobility at last
Best practice in e-mobility first occurs in very different countries and with very different vehicles. The most useful events on the subject therefore need an international speaker lineup.
30 May 2011
Amsterdam and car2go go electric
Car2go recently announced it will bring its innovative mobility program to Amsterdam before end of 2011 and decided to run one of the world's first large scale car-sharing fleets of pure electric vehicles there with 300 smart fortwo cars.
30 May 2011
Goodbye 100 mile range electric vehicles
150 miles range is the new benchmark for affordable electric vehicles: the 100 miles range of today's pure electric vehicles will quickly become an embarrassment.
18 May 2011
Antarctica's ice puts electric vehicles to test
The punishment your car endures on a cold winter commute pales in comparison to the veritable torture that researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are inflicting on two electric utility research vehicles — all in the name of science.
13 May 2011
Military, Security and Police Electric Vehicles
This article shares some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report "Electric Vehicles Military, Security, Police 2011-2021". Electric vehicles are appearing for military, security and police purposes that are on land, on and in the sea and airborne.
28 Apr 2011
Electric Vehicles - But Not As We Know Them
Today's electric family cars are useless in telling us anything about the future. The design and adoption of electric vehicles is subject to sudden change driven by surprising factors. The unique event "Electric Vehicles - Land Sea Air" in Stuttgart, Germany is alone in looking at the big picture in order to clarify what is really going on.
19 Apr 2011
New GS Yuasa traction battery orders
GS Yuasa Corp has just announced that it has reached a broad agreement to supply lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles now under joint development by PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
1 Apr 2011
PARC Battery Electrode Breakthrough
Palo Alto Research Center PARC, developed laser printing, object-oriented programming, and personal workstations with graphical user interfaces. Now it is building a cleantech portfolio.
1 Apr 2011
Land Rover's 4WD hybrid prototype
The recent Geneva Motor Show provided the platform for numerous manufacturers to exhibit their new environmentally friendly vehicles as such ranges become common-place in the lines of commercial car companies. One of these corporations was Land Rover who showcased their hybrid prototype from Range-e.
1 Apr 2011
Energy harvesting for electric vehicles
Over twenty million electric vehicles produced in 2010 will employ on-board energy harvesting to help charge the traction batteries. That includes both hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
31 Mar 2011
Tata Motors to boost UK engineering base with University of Warwick
The UK's technology base was given a major boost today when Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), a wholly-owned UK-based subsidiary of Tata Motors, announced that it will be expanding its partnership with WMG at the University of Warwick. TMETC plans to increase their team of highly skilled engineers working on the campus by 40 per cent over the next two years.
31 Mar 2011
Subsidy powers growth in Indian two wheel sales
Mr Sohinder Gill, director, Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles in India has recently declared that, powered by an incentive package for electric vehicles announced by the Ministry of New and Renewable energy in November 2010, average monthly sales of electric two-wheelers in India has risen 20%.
25 Mar 2011
Balqon Receives $15.9 Million Order from China
Balqon Corporatin reports receiving an order for 300 electric drive systems.
23 Mar 2011
Ford to surpass Honda?
Ford may be about to overtake Honda to become number two on-road electric vehicle manufacturer in the world by numbers produced. It has recently has re-opened its Michigan Assembly Plant that has been re-vamped for the production of the new electric version of its Ford Focus model.
22 Mar 2011
ABSL Power Solutions acquired by EnerSys
As lithium batteries become increasingly dominant in the market, EnerSys has recently announced the acquisition of ABSL from CIP Industries L.P. Inc in a bid to seek continuing growth in power supply sector.