It’s certainly been too long since we’ve featured a cool vehicle. Geely McCar is cool, cute, and has an adorable name to match. Aww. In essence, Geely is an ultra compact, two-door, four-seater with a built-in, folding three wheeled electric scooter in the rear. When the scooter is docked, the car shares both its battery and electric motor to extend the all-electric range or ensure the scooter is fully charged. The vehicle is proposed as having choice of gas-electric hybrid or fully electric powerplants. Read more…
The lumbering, polluting trucks that have collected garbage from French streets for years will soon become a noisy memory once a new generation of super quiet, all-electric vehiclesstarts making the rounds next week.
The zero-emission, made-in-France trucks are still large and bulky, but they promise to pack as much punch as their cousins with a vastly reduced impact on the environment and a relatively inoffensive, low humming engine sound.
All existing trucks– which operate on dual electric and thermal motors – will eventually be replaced by the new vehicles, of which 11 will be in operation by the end of this year, according to SITA France, a subsidiary of waste management company Suez Environnement.
“The engineers faced a real challenge of how to make it all work together – how they would be able to minimize overall electrical usage and come up with the vehicle that we have here,” said SITA industrial director, Cyril Fraissinet.
In the works for the past three years, the all-white trucks with the words “clean vehicle” proudly displayed on their flanks were developed by French company PVI, which makes electrical vehicles for industry, and Semat, a division of Zoeller that makes collection vehicles.
The new garbage trucks are fully computer-operated and include a screen inside the front cabin so that the driver can see colleagues working behind the truck.
The purchase will make Norway Post the first European buyer of the zero-emission electric van. The contract includes an option for more orders in the future.
The Ford electric van is an updated electric version of the long-wheelbase Transit Connect light commercial vehicle. The van has a top speed of 120 kilometers per hour and a range of up to 130 km on a full charge.
With a carry cargo volume of 3.8 cubic meters and a maximum payload of 500 kilograms, the van is well suited to the postal agency’ predictably short range routes and frequent stops.
Of the 80 vehicles, 50 will be hybrid trucks while 30 will be electric vans. Hybrid and electric vehicle developer Azure Dynamics is manufacturing the vehicles, with Ford Motor Company providing the chassis. The hybrid trucks will feature Azure’s hybrid powertrain into the Ford E450.
Each van can run 80 miles in a single charge, has zero tailpipe emissions and is “virtually silent” when driven.
The trucks can shift to electric drive mode at low vehicle speeds and use regenerative breaking. The conversion reportedly improves fuel economy by 40 percent and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent.
Porsche has unveiled an electric version of its iconic Boxster sports car called the Boxster E — the first of three that will be built. The prototype has 240 horsepower provided by two electric motors attached to the front and rear axles, can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and should have a 100-mile range per charge. All of the electric drivetrain technology was provided by parent-company Volkswagen.
The German carmaker will test the three Boxster E prototypes around the Stuttgart region and use them as “mobile laboratories” to test and improve electric car technology for future Porsche models.
Last year, Porsche said it would make a hybrid version of all its models and so far has debuted a 911 GTC R Hybrid race car, a 918 Spyder hybrid, and a hybrid Cayenne SUV, but the Boxster E is its first all-electric vehicle. While there are no immediate plans for a production model, I don’t think it will be too long before we see it.
Nissan and Hawaii have agreed to build an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network across the state to boost E.V. deployment.
Nissan will guarantee a steady stream of the Leaf to the state and will work with dealers to ensure smooth selling and lease.
Additionally, Hawaii has put in place a $4,500 state tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles and a $500 state tax credit on the purchase and installation of home charging stations. That incentive coupled with a $7,500 tax credit for electric vehicles coming from the federal purse could significantly reduce the cost of the Nissan Leaf from the suggested retail price of $32,780 to $20,780.
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German automobile manufacturer Daimler A.G. and China’s BYD Company Limited will make a $87.7 million investment in order to establish a R&D center that will focus on the development of electric vehicles in China.
The Shenzhen BY Daimler New Technology Company will capitalize on Daimler’s expertise on electric vehicle architecture and safety and BYD’s know-how of battery technology and electric drive systems to develop a new generation of electric vehicles. Developed cars, will be marketed under a new joint brand name.
“Our new joint venture is well positioned to make the most of the vast potential of electric mobility in China. The establishment of the joint center will strengthen the company’s growing presence in an important market. China is already the world’s second largest automobile market, and a 2008 study by McKinsey & Company predicts that the Chinese market will overtake the United States by 2030” said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler.
This market boom is expected to put an enormous strain on the country’s energy resources and the environment, leading the Chinese automakers to turn toward various alternatives such as electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles.
Daimler is a leader company in upscale market and will introduce two electric Mercedes-Benz cars this year, the B-Class F-Cell vehicle with fuel cell technology and the battery electric vehicle A-Class E-Cell.
Meanwhile, BYD established itself as the first manufacturer in China to commercialize taxi business with its e6 pure electric vehicle. The Chinese company has invested in developing advanced battery technology since 1995 and has been rapidly growing in the automotive sector since 2003.
- Even with problems in the U.S., BYD looking to Germany for Euro expansion (green.autoblog.com)
- China’s BYD Auto posts $106M second-quarter profit, but not from clean vehicles (green.autoblog.com)
- Video: Ride along in BYD’s E6 electric taxi (green.autoblog.com)
- Buffett-Backed BYD Posts 717 Million Yuan Second-Quarter Profit (businessweek.com)
- Chinese Electric Car Manufacturer BYD Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Los Angeles (brainz.org)