Renault-Nissan now world’s largest maker of EVs

February 14th, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

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Mitsubishi has helped the Renault-Nissan Alliance to solidify its position as the global leader in sales of battery-electric cars.

The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling all-electric car in history, while the Renault Zoe has achieved consistent strong sales in Europe.

At the same time, Mitsubishi has continued to sell its i-MiEV electric car, reports GreenCarReport. Continue reading “Renault-Nissan now world’s largest maker of EVs” »

UK’s EV charging falling behind numbers of cars

February 13th, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

The number of chargers in the UK is falling way behind uptake of electric vehicles.

The UK’s public charging infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with EV uptake, reports Auto Express.

Electric and plug-in car ownership has soared from 2254 vehicles in 2012 to 85,983 at the end of last year. However, the number of charging points in the UK has increased only from 2883 in 1287 locations to 11,736 in 4243 locations during the same period. Continue reading “UK’s EV charging falling behind numbers of cars” »

Wireless EV charging is coming

February 6th, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

There is already at least one wireless EV charging product on the market (Plugless). Others are coming, according to VOX.

The way it works is pretty simple. A charging pad, connected to a wall-mounted power adapter, sits on the ground. The car parks over it. On the underside of the car is a receiver.

Once the charger detects the receiver within range, it automatically couples and starts charging. Easy. Continue reading “Wireless EV charging is coming” »

Mercedes Benz plans EV production alongside ICE cars.

February 3rd, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

mercedes-benz-logoxGerman carmaker Daimler plans to build its new electric vehicles in existing Mercedes plants by integrating them with the production of cars with internal combustion engines (ICE), the group says.

“In this way, we are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by electric mobility, and are significantly limiting the required investment,” Mercedes-Benz Cars production chief Markus Schaefer says.

Daimler says its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands planned to launch more than 10 electric cars by 2025, with zero-emission vehicles accounting for 15 to 25% of Mercedes sales. Continue reading “Mercedes Benz plans EV production alongside ICE cars.” »

VW plans 2-3 million EVs a year

February 2nd, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

Volkswagen is among the few major automakers who are committed to the mass production of electric vehicles.

Undoubtedly pushed by the backlash of the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, the German automaker invested heavily in its new MEB platform for electric vehicles last year and announced plans to build 2 to 3 million all-electric cars a year and unveil 30 new models by 2025.

The company has since unveiled a few concepts using the platform and they are now laying out their design direction for EVs in more details. Continue reading “VW plans 2-3 million EVs a year” »

EV sales plummet in Australia

January 18th, 2017 by Max Pichon

The popularity of new electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids among Australian buyers has taken a hit year-on-year, new VFACTS figures reveal.

In the private passenger car segment, there were drops in both electric vehicle and hybrid sales in 2016 compared to the previous year.

There were 65 EVs sold in this segment last year compared to 220 EVs sold in 2015 – a 69% drop. Continue reading “EV sales plummet in Australia” »

Car electrification is an irreversible trend

January 16th, 2017 by Vern Whitehead

Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe – just not in North America.

Tighter emissions rules in China and Europe leave global carmakers and some consumers with little choice but to embrace plug-in vehicles, fuelling an investment surge, say industry executives gathered in Detroit for the city’s annual auto show.

“Car electrification is an irreversible trend,” says Jacques Aschenbroich, chief executive of auto supplier Valeo, which has expanded sales by 50% in five years with a focus on electric, hybrid, connected and self-driving cars. Continue reading “Car electrification is an irreversible trend” »

Holden’s end date to local manufacturing unveiled

January 16th, 2017 by Max Pichon

Holden has revealed that October 20, 2017 will be the carmaker’s final day as a car manufacturer in Australia.

The final car built will be a Holden Commodore at its Elizabeth plant in Adelaide. It will mean an end to over 60 years of vehicle manufacturing by Holden at the site.

The company announced it will still make more than 30,000 vehicles in Australia before manufacturing ends in nine months. Continue reading “Holden’s end date to local manufacturing unveiled” »

Toyota sets sight on EVs as profits drop

November 10th, 2016 by Max Pichon

Toyota has given its strongest signal that it intends to pursue electric vehicles (EVs) after it revealed its hybrid cars have not sold as strongly as it was expecting.

Yesterday AutoTalk reported that Toyota had done an about face in moving to long range EVs in the future.

The move toward cars with north of 300km range is being interpreted as an implicit backing away by Toyota – or at least a hedging of its bet – on fuel cell technology. Continue reading “Toyota sets sight on EVs as profits drop” »

Tesla unveils full self-driving hardware

October 20th, 2016 by Max Pichon

Tesla has today revealed that all Tesla vehicles produced in house – including Model 3 – will have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.

“Full autonomy will enable a Tesla to be substantially safer than a human driver, lower the financial cost of transportation for those who own a car, and provide low-cost on-demand mobility for those who do not,” says a statement by Tesla.

The way it will be safer, according to Tesla, is that “eight surround cameras now provide 360 degree visibility around the car at up to 250m of range”. Also, 12 updated ultrasonic sensors will complement this vision, allowing for detection of both hard and soft objects at nearly twice the distance of the prior system. Continue reading “Tesla unveils full self-driving hardware” »

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