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RECORDS FIRST HALF 2015

Who Are Electric Car Buyers? Survey Says… (June 30, 2015)
Electric cars are finally starting to hit something akin to critical mass thanks to a wave of early adopters not afraid to plunk down their hard-earned dollars followed by a second wave... (more)

India Rolls Out EV Incentives (June 01, 2015)
The government of India recently unveiled a new electric vehicle (EV) incentive program designed to spur consumer adoption of the technology, according to recent reports... (more)

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells (PEFC) | Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells (May 25, 2015)
Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells—also called proton exchange membrane fuel cells—deliver high-power density and offer the advantages of low weight and volume, compared with other fuel cells. PEM fuel cells use a solid polymer as an electrolyte ... (more)

Unzipped nanotubes unlock potential for batteries (May 25, 2015)
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion (LI) battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon ... (more)

Nanotechnology may be key to solar energy and energy storage (May 22, 2015)
A new study from the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI has found that nanotechnology will bring ... (more)

For batteries, one material does it all (May 19, 2015)
Engineers at the University of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has ... (more)

Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells (May 18, 2015)
The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but a national group of researchers, including a University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science ... (more)

Shape-fixing nanoreactor to make a better fuel cell catalyst (May 15, 2015)
Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are lightweight fuel cells being developed for applications in vehicles and portable electronics. One of the biggest challenges facing ... (more)

LG Chem to supply batteries for Daimler's Smart EVs (May 13, 2015)
Daimler has picked South Korea's LG Chem to be the sole battery supplier for the automaker's new range of Smart electric vehicles, which will be launched in 2016... (more)

Micromotors to Boost Hydrogen Fuel Cells (May 12, 2015)
Hydrogen fuel cells promise vehicles whose only emission is water. But their appearance, at least as a one-to-one replacement for internal combustion engines, has been stymied by the challenges of storing hydrogen ... (more)

Aston Martin To Build Electric Rapide by 2018 (May 10, 2015)
Aston Martin Chief Executive Andy Palmer says the company may build an electric version of its Rapide sports car in two to three years as a part of its plan to overhaul its lineup and add several new models. ... (more)

Torque Vector Steering Improves Electric Vehicle Energy Efficiency (May 07, 2015)
Germany's Karlsruhe Institute for Technology along with industry partner Schaeffler are researching improvements in electric vehicle energy efficiency ... (more)

Tesla sells record 10,030 cars in Q1, up 55% year over year (May 06, 2015)
Tesla Motors delivered a record 10,030 cars in the first quarter of 2015, a 55% increase compared with the number of deliveries in the first quarter of last year... (more)

BMW doubles i8 production to meet demand (May 05, 2015)
Although BMW has doubled the production capacity for the plug-in hybrid i8, the order backlog is, according to Production Director Harald Krüger still at 4.5 months. ... (more)

Korean researchers develop ten times faster super capacitor battery (May 04, 2015)
Korean researchers have developed a super capacitor battery with double the capacity and ten times faster charge speed than conventional batteries... (more)

Aluminium battery from Stanford offers Fast Charge and Low Cost (May 02, 2015)
Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminium battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive... (more)

Toyota unveil 2016 RAV4 Hybrid (May 01, 2015)
Toyota unveiled the new RAV4 Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show. The eighth hybrid in the Toyota lineup, the RAV4 Hybrid offers ... (more)

Nissan Launch X-Trail Hybrid in Japan (April 30, 2015)
Nissan has introduced the X-Trail Hybrid in Japan, equipped with a 2-liter MR20DD four-cylinder engine and an electric motor... (more)

Batteries That Breathe (April 29, 2015)
USING OXYGEN AS A CATHODE COULD GIVE LITHIUM BATTERIES 10 TIMES THE ENERGY... (more)

Radical redesigns (April 28, 2015)
Some researchers doubt that the academic cheer will translate into commercial success. Laboratories often use low proportions of sulphur and lots of electrolyte... (more)

The rechargeable revolution: A better battery (April 27, 2015)
The mobile world depends on lithium-ion batteries — today's ultimate rechargeable energy store. Last year, consumers bought five billion Li-ion cells to supply ... (more)

ORNL VIBE open-architecture framework for improved EV battery design (April 26, 2015)
As part of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) CAEBAT (Computer Aided Engineering for Batteries) activities (earlier post), scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a flexible, robust, and computationally ... (more)

New Li-S battery shows cycle performance comparable to that of Li-ion batteries along with more than double the energy density (April 24, 2015)
A team of researchers in South Korea and Italy has demonstrated a highly reliable lithium–sulfur battery showing cycle performance comparable to that of commercially available lithium-ion batteries while offering more than double... (more)

Mitsubishi to Launch Outlander Sport Plug-In Hybrid in 2016 (April 23, 2015)
Mitsubishi is planning to bring to the US a plug-in hybrid version of its smaller Outlander Sport model – a segment of the market where previous to this week no automaker offered any hybrid.. (more)

Tesla launch AWD 70 kWh Model S70D (April 22, 2015)
Tesla Motors introduces the All-wheel drive Model S 70D. Uniting exceptional performance and drive experience features, the newest Model S offers great value at a compelling price.. (more)

FUTURE OF FUEL CELLS - HYDROGEN PRODUCTION (April 21, 2015)
Hydrogen Energy is alternative name for Fuel Cell. Hydrogen (H element) has usually been called as the perfect fuel. It is a significant reserve on earth (Ex. Water) and it is exhaustible. The utilization of hydrogen is compatible with nature, instead of intrusive... (more)

Chevrolet Opens Retail Sales of Spark EV in Canada (April 20, 2015)
The Spark EV will be eligible for provincial incentives from the provinces of Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Chevrolet also offers the best-selling electric vehicle in Canada ... (more)

HOW FUEL CELLS WORK (April 19, 2015)
Think of them as big batteries, but ones that only operate when fuel—in this case, pure hydrogen—is supplied to them. When it is, an electrochemical reaction takes place between the hydrogen and oxygen that directly converts ... (more)

POLYMER ELECTROLYTE MEMBRANE (PEM) FUEL CELLS (PEFC) (April 18, 2015)
Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells—also called proton exchange membrane fuel cells—deliver high-power density and offer the advantages of low weight and volume, compared with other fuel cells... (more)

Toyota Mirai Showroom in Downtown Tokyo Offers a Glimpse of the Future (April 17, 2015)
On Friday, Toyota will open a showroom to highlight the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which went on sale last December. Located within a hydrogen station operated by Iwatani Corporation in Tokyo’s Minato Ward... (more)

Unplugged: Audi Readying Wireless Induction Charging for Q7 e-tron (April 14, 2015)
What’s a plug-in hybrid without the plug? The Audi Q7 e-tron 3.0 TDI Quattro, which will offer the option of induction charging, in which the driver simply parks over a charge plate to refill the car’s battery... (more)

All-Electric Car Sales In France Doubled In February (April 13, 2015)
February was yet another good month for all-electric car sales in France. The market doubled to 1,397 new registrations and 0.7% market share. In February of the previous year, sales were just 706... (more)

Audi Launch 2015 R18 E-Tron Quattro WEC (April 11, 2015)
Audi Motorsport has taken the wraps off the 2015 R18 e-tron quattro scheduled to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). . ... (more)

UK Highways Agency commissions study into wireless power on roads (April 10, 2015)
The Highways Agency has commissioned the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to undertake a feasibility study into the use of dynamic wireless power transfer (WPT) on Britain’s roads. ... (more)

Nissan LEAF Battery Reliability Outperforms Cynics (April 09, 2015)
Five years and more than 35,000 European sales since the launch of its all-electric LEAF, proprietary data released by Nissan for the first time ... (more)

Foxconn Partners with Tencent in Electric Car Business (April 08, 2015)
Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, better known as Foxconn, on Monday said it has partnered Chinese social networker Tencent Holdings ... (more)

Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars (April 07, 2015)
Global automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today’s Nissan Leaf... (more)

Electric vehicles account for over 20% of Norway's new-car sales (April 03, 2015)
Plug-in electric car sales in Norway continue at just above 20% (21.03%) market share with 2,235 registrations in February 2015. Battery-only electric vehicles now account for 18% of all new-car sales. .... (more)

Uber in deal with China's BYD to test electric cars (April 02, 2015)
Uber Inc said on Friday it struck a deal with Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd to test a fleet of electric cars for its drivers. .... (more)

Porsche To Expand With New Electric Car to Challenge Tesla (April 01, 2015)
Porsche AG may expand its growing lineup with a battery-powered vehicle to cater to demand for cleaner luxury vehicles and counter the rise of Tesla Motors Inc.... (more)

BYD to build battery Gigafactory to rival Tesla (March 30, 2015)
Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd, backed by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, aims to triple its production of batteries as it takes on Tesla Motors in the race to supply electric vehicles and boost energy storage.. (more)

Dyson invests in Solid-State battery firm Sakti3 (March 29, 2015)
Vacuum cleaner inventor Sir James Dyson invests $15m into company that could revolutionise battery technology... (more)

VW to Decide on New 700 km Range Battery Technology by July (March 28, 2015)
Volkswagen plans to decide in the first half of this year whether new battery technology under development at U.S. startup QuantumScape Corp. is ready for use in its electric cars... (more)

BMW Developing Future Batteries with Samsung SDI (March 27, 2015)
BMW announced that it is developing future batteries with Samsung SDI. Also, it will use a Samsung SDI battery in its PHEV model of the BMW 3 series... (more)

Axial Flux Induction Motor for Hybrid and Electric Cars (March 26, 2015)
EV Powertrain start-up Evans Electric is rumoured to be working on some interesting electric vehicle projects... (more)

Developing the next generation of nuclear batteries (March 22, 2015)
Atomic batteries that don't require recharging and last between 12 and 30 years are being developed for small scale applications that could potentially be scaled up for electric vehicles. ... (more)

GKN earns technology partner status for Porsche 918 Spyder (March 17, 2015)
Porsche has awarded GKN Driveline “technology partner” status for its development of a high-performance eAxle for the 918 Spyder... (more)

New Seaspan Ferries to be lithium polymer battery hybrid vessels (March 13, 2015)
Two 148.9m dual fuel ferries ordered by British Columbia-based Seaspan Ferries Corporation from Turkey's Sedef Shipyard will be battery hybrid vessels... (more)

Paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries (March 07, 2015)
Researchers at the University of California have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost .... (more)

Electric Jaguar F-Pace crossover with 500 km range due 2018 (March 03, 2015)
Jaguar Land Rover is developing an electric drivetrain that will debut in a future variant of the upcoming Jaguar F-Pace SUV.... (more)

Samsung SDI to Acquire Magna International’s Battery Pack Business (February 28, 2015)
Samsung SDI has agreed to acquire the battery pack business of Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier. .... (more)

UK Government launch £10m prize for battery innovation (February 26, 2015)
The UK government is launching a £10m prize for innovative battery designs that could power the next generation of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).... (more)

2016 Mercedes-Benz C 350 PLUG-IN HYBRID Unveiled in Detroit (February 18, 2015)
Following its premiere in the S-Class, Mercedes-Benz is now offering its most advanced hybrid technology yet in the C-Class and, for the first time, also in an Estate model... (more)

All-Electric Car Registrations Europe 2014 – Country-By-Country Breakdown (February 11, 2015)
Avere-France released registration numbers for all-electric car registrations in 18 European countries (Norway, France, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Italy, Belux, Ireland, Portugal, Finland, Iceland, Greece)..... (more)

The Scientific Breakthrough That Will Completely Change The Electric Vehicle Market (February 06, 2015)
Atlanta has overtaken the so-called Left Coast in adopting electric cars. What lessons can other sustainable businesses learn from this success?.... (more)

The Scientific Breakthrough That Will Completely Change The Electric Vehicle Market (February 03, 2015)
A highly efficient polysulfide mediator for lithium–sulfur batteries : Research that could make lithium ion batteries obsolete : Scientists at the University of Waterloo in Ontario announced this week that they have made a breakthrough in lithium-sulfur battery technology that could increase .... (more)

Once More: Low Gas Prices Don't Hurt Electric-Car Sales (January 31, 2015)
In an interview, Nissan's North American vice president for product planning, tells trade journal Ward's Auto that, "with (oil at) $47 a barrel, it makes [selling electric cars] even more challenging." It's a side comment to the main point of the story, but it's regrettable.... (more)

Porsche Pajun Due in 2018/19 as a pure electric car (January 24, 2015)
Announced last year, the second sedan manufacturered by Porsche will not be sold until 2018. A source quoted... (more)

Chargemaster records 1,000,000 th UK electric vehicle charge (January 21, 2015)
Electric vehicles in the UK have charged a total of one million times using Chargemaster’s nationwide network of charging points, which have provided drivers with a total of around 9.5 million kWh of electricity since September 2012. ... (more)

Honda introduces hydrogen-powered car (January 17, 2015)
The movement toward alternative-energy vehicles received another push on Tuesday when Honda unveiled a hydrogen-powered car it aims to begin selling in March 2016 in Japan. ... (more)

Toyota Open Sources Its Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents (January 11, 2015)
Toyota surprised us at the the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by announcing that its 5,680 patents related to fuel cells are now open to the automotive industry ... (more)

Renault previews new EV motor (January 07, 2015)
Renault has previewed a new EV motor that it says will enter production in 2015. The synchronous electric motor offers 65 kW of power ... (more)