A “paradigm shift” toward sustainable mobility has begun, according to Volkswagen, and its new e-up! and e-Golf “have the potential to irreversibly charge up the electric car segment.” VW will present two new four-door EVs at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, which takes place September 10-22. The five-seat front-wheel drive e-Golf features an 85… Read more »
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Islands make perfect EV habitats. Driving distances are generally short, and the need to ship supplies from the mainland keeps gas prices high. Also, islands around the world face a lot of environmental challenges, and many island economies depend on tourism, so the level of green consciousness tends to be high. Island governments around the… Read more »
As it becomes clearer that the economy of the future is not so much a post-industrial economy as a high-tech manufacturing economy, US manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three years. In order to “build on this momentum with a comprehensive agenda to invest in American manufacturing,” the Obama Administration has announced… Read more »
There were few surprises at Thursday’s House hearing on failing carmaker Fisker Automotive. The title of the hearing, Green Energy Oversight: Examining the Department of Energy’s Bad Bet on Fisker Automotive, made it clear up front that Fisker and its DOE champions were in for a roasting. Five witnesses testified, including company co-founder Henrik Fisker,… Read more »
Neal Roche summarizes some critical EVSE safety issues uncovered by Gridtest Systems.
BRUSA Elektronik AG, a Swiss maker of power electronics and motors for EVs, has announced a new on-board charging system that operates on three-phase current of up to 22 kW. BRUSA says its NLG6 system will be able to charge a typical EV in only an hour, with no need for an external DC charger…. Read more »
Electric vehicles (EVs) have their partisans and detractors. Supporters see the be-all and end-all transportation solution, while opponents argue the technology is too young. Somewhere between the two extremes lies the truth: today’s commercially available EVs have strengths and weaknesses compared to internal combustion engine (ICEs). The strong points include lower operating costs and lack… Read more »
Honda recently announced several new electromotive concept models that will be on display at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in early December 2011.