Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles, called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking. --- Dave Barry
Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
To put that into perspective, Nissan will have a 2013 capacity of 25,000 for the Leaf. OK, so they come from the same automotive group, but that is pretty independent thinking. 150,000 is nearly four times the global sales of electric vehicles last year and almost certainly more than this year's total global sales.
Now, we need to put in place the parking and charging infrastructure, but that's another matter altogether!
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
City authorities also plan to incentivise private EV users by offering reduced electricity prices to EV owners. Southern Power Grid will install two free chargers for every EV owner in Shenzhen — one at the driver’s home and one near his/her place of business. Now that's impressive.
In addition, the city has pledged to install over 6,000 new charging stations in 2012. On the flip side, users of gasoline-powered cars in Shenzhen are set to face a carbon emission fee. Wow. Carrot. Stick. Nice.
Monday, 7 May 2012
MotorAuthority.com reports that while normally the strongest of rivals, German auto giants BMW and Daimler have joined forces to help come up with the design for the electric car of the future.
Most approaches towards electric car design has so far led to vehicles that either are too heavy and too expensive or fail to meet standard safety requirements for new cars.
Now, BMW and Daimler, together with scientists at the Technical University Munich (TUM), are attempting to develop concepts for electric cars that are efficient, safe, and inexpensive.
The parties have formed the joint research project ‘Visio.M’ and have received over $14 million from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
The goal of Visio.M is to explore how the price and safety of small, efficient electric cars can be brought to a level enabling them to achieve a significant share of the new car market. A basic concept has already been theorised: a small hatchback weighing just 880 pounds without its battery and propelled by an electric motor rated at just 20 horsepower and a top speed of under 50 mph - in other words a category L7e heavy quadricycle - perhaps this will be the true heir to the G-Wiz.