On Monday, the opening day of TED2012, Audi presented the battery-electric Audi A3 e-tron pilot program, which will be implemented in select cities of the U.S. as a part of the company’s e-mobility driver experience for premium car buyers. Why the slow roll out? We asked Brad Stertz, Audi’s corporate communications manager. “Our program is… Read more »
The new Prius Plug-in is eligible for California rebate and HOV lane
In electric mode, the Prius Plug-in has a top speed of 62 mph, a range of 11 miles, and an efficiency rating of 95MPGe.
Shenzhen adds 1500 EVs to its fleet, and offers massive incentives to EV owners
The Chinese city of Shenzhen announced this week that it will deploy an additional 1000 electric buses and 500 electric taxis, all manufactured by Chinese automaker BYD.
Tests confirm Envia Systems’ lithium-ion battery breakthrough
Envia Systems announced today that a test sponsored by ARPA-E has verified the company’s impressive claims for its new battery cells. Envia’s prototype juice boxes have achieved an energy density of 400 Watt-hours/kilogram – the highest ever recorded for a rechargeable lithium-ion cell. We’ll leave the hyperbole to the marketing folks, and settle for a… Read more »
Panasonic to supply lithium-ion cells for Ford’s hybrid stable
Upcoming models that will use Panasonic cells include the Fusion and C-Max hybrids, as well as the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi PHEVs.
Siemens wins contract to supply EV chargers to Veterans Affairs facilities
If the government wants us to save energy, the logical first step is to lead by example and improve the efficiency of its own operations. The federal vehicle fleet, the largest in the country, offers an obvious opportunity for big savings. Over the past two years, the General Services Administration (GSA) has doubled the number… Read more »
Mitsubishi teams up with AeroVironment to offer a turnkey EV charging station solution
AeroVironment, Inc. announced Friday that Mitsubishi has selected the company as an authorized supplier of EV home charging systems.
Johnson Controls to show new prismatic EV battery modules at Geneva Motor Show
Johnson Controls has made a couple of potentially major advances in EV battery technology, which it will be displaying at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. A Ford Transit Connect Electric van powered by a Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery will be available for test drives. Johnson’s new prismatic storage cells are designed to require less installation… Read more »
New report assesses the $2.3-billion market for marine EVs
EVs are not only rolling on the roads, they are puttering over waterways as well. Who knew? Well, in fact the world’s navies have relied on electric propulsion for a century – submarines (non-nuclear) are powered by diesel/electric hybrid systems, and have been since World War One. Some nuclear ships are also EVs in a sense,… Read more »
UK Government announces seven models eligible for new Plug-in Van Grant
The Transport Department pointed out that commercial vans are ideally suited to the switch to electric, as they often have a predictable route and distance to travel each day.