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RECORDS FIRST THIRD 2016

Have battery makers become more important for electric cars than carmakers?(April 30, 2016)
When it comes to electric cars, range and cost are still two of the biggest obstacles barring the way to mass adoption..... (more)

Netherlands joins Norway in plans to end new gas, diesel car sales by 2025(April 29, 2016)
While many countries promote electric cars, only Norway has taken the step of putting into place a plan to phase out cars powered by gasoline or diesel fuel entirely..... (more)

U.K. electric-car sales finally take off after long lag(April 28, 2016)
After years of low sales and tepid government support, U.K. plug-in electric car sales are taking off, five years after the first modern electric cars hit the road.... (more)

China to issue special green plates for electric cars to enforce preferential treatment(April 27, 2016)
Thanks to aggressive government promotion, electric cars in China get not only purchase incentives, but also other types of incentives in many cases.... (more)

Finally, auto industry starts to admit: electric vehicles are better(April 26, 2016)
Electric cars are often touted for their financial and environmental benefits, but there's another major perk they offer to consumers.... (more)

The E-Force From Switzerland Is A Better Electric Truck(April 25, 2016)
E-Force, headquartered in Switzerland, has created an 18 ton electric truck specifically designed to replace the diesel powered urban and inter-urban delivery trucks that deliver most .... (more)

eMotorWerks’ new networked portable charging cord and 75-amp home charger(April 23, 2016)
eMotorWerks specializes in intelligent smart-grid-enabled charging solutions. Its JuicePlug is a universal EVSE adapter that can convert an existing “dumb EVSE” into ..... (more)

Nissan announces record EV fleet sales in Europe(April 22, 2016)
Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) offering remains the popular choice for fleet operators across Europe, with sales of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 in the fleet market climbing for a fourth .... ..... (more)

GKN: Research Reveals German Drivers Prefer Plug-In Hybrids(April 21, 2016)
Drivers now consider plug-in hybrid vehicles to be more attractive and practical than conventional hybrids, a survey commissioned by GKN Driveline has revealed..... (more)

GKN Supplying eAxle to Volvo S90 Plug-In Hybrid(April 20, 2016)
GKN Driveline and Volvo Cars are continuing their successful driveline development partnership with the new Volvo S90 plug-in hybrid.... (more)

Valeo, Siemens Partner To Make EV Powertrains(April 19, 2016)
French auto supplier Valeo and German engineering giant Siemens are teaming up to make high voltage powertrains for the entire ... (more)

“Consumer Views on EVs-National Benchmark Report(April 18, 2016)
An interesting study entitled “Consumer Views on Plug-in Electric Vehicles – National Benchmark Report” was released by Mark Singer of late (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).... (more)

New Sendyne IC and module monitors ground fault, isolation, current, voltage and temperature(April 16, 2016)
Sensor and control specialist Sendyne has introduced a single IC and module that’s capable of performing ground fault detection/isolation monitoring while ... (more)

Half of car buyers say electric car must have 300 miles of range(April 15, 2016)
The Tesla Model 3 and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars are set to make 200-mile ranges attainable for a much larger number of buyers ... (more)

A new report proposes UK government should make ULEVs convenient for drivers(April 14, 2016)
The UK's economy would be boosted by more than £50 billion if the government invests in advanced, ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) according to a report published on Wednesday 13th April. ... (more)

Nissan Working On Electric Sports Car & Crossover(April 13, 2016)
Nissan’s senior vice-president Shiro Nakamura confirmed to Auto Express that the automaker’s electric car lineup will expand to ... (more)

New modular platform from Nissan could support electric sports car(April 11, 2016)
It wasn’t that long ago that Nissan was touting plans for an electric sports car based on its radical BladeGlider concept. Those plans never came to fruition but the dream to launch an electric sports car never died at Nissan... (more)

Toyota Doubles EV-Range for 2017 Plug-in Prius(April 9, 2016)
Toyota unveiled the new and improved version of its Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the New York auto show on Wednesday. In keeping with the plug-in market’s trend of increasing all-electric range, the new Prius Plug-in ... (more)

European electric and plug-in hybrid sales for January-February 2016(April 8, 2016)
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold more electric cars than any other company, with most of those sales coming from the Nissan brand. The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car in history, and is popular in multiple markets. .. (more)

DAIHEN Licenses Wireless Charging Tech from WiTricity(April 7, 2016)
WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, announced that Osaka, Japan-based DAIHEN Corporation has licensed WiTricity’s magnetic resonance technology for use in .. (more)

Electric Cars May Kill The Petrol Car As Early As 2025(April 6, 2016)
The oil industry is making predictions, and seeking capital, as though the EV didn’t exist. So we thought it would be useful to explain more about how it is that Musk has killed the petrol .. (more)

PSA Peugeot Citroen plan plug-in push(April 5, 2016)
The PSA Peugeot Citroen Group will launch 11 new plug-in models within the next five years as it announces short term plans for its brands. Announced as part of the Push to Pass plan, .. (more)

Roborace Driverless Racing Concept Revealed(April 4, 2016)
The plan is for Roborace to form part of the support package of the FIA Formula E Championship, with the first race intended to take place during the 2016-2017 season. ... (more)

India's ambitious goal: all electric vehicles on roads by 2030(April 2, 2016)
Several countries have committed to putting more electric cars on their roads in the near future as a way to reduce air pollution and combat climate change. But what if one country—and a very large one at that—decided to make every car on its roads electric inside of 15 years?... (more)

Will electric cars cause oil price to crash?(April 1, 2016)
Buyers have many different reasons for choosing a plug-in electric car. Creating marketing campaigns that address all of them has bedeviled highly-paid professionals for five years. A new campaign urging North American drivers to make their next car an electric vehicle inadvertently highlights the challenge... (more)

Will electric cars cause oil price to crash?(March 31, 2016)
As electric cars become more widespread, they have the potential to drastically reduce the need for oil. That will lead to reduced transportation-related carbon emissions and lower costs for consumers, but what effect will it have on the oil industry?... (more)

EV Battery Sales 2015 vs 2014(March 30, 2016)
Electric vehicle battery sales figures for December 2015 were recently revealed by the EV Sales blog, thereby allowing us to take a look at year-end totals for 2015 for the first time. .... (more)

Electric buses earn 82% more profit than diesel buses(March 29, 2016)
Cities around the world are investigating the potential of electric transit buses to reduce costs and improve air quality. The latest is Bangalore, India’s high-tech hub, which recently tested what it says are the country’s first electric buses..... (more)

Electric Car Sales Continue On Upward Trend In Western Europe(March 28, 2016)
Western Europe all-electric car sales continues to grow according to EagleAID. After January saw an increase of 16.9% year-over-year, February increased by 37.7%.... (more)

BorgWarner’s eGearDrive Transmission Launches In Geely’s First Electric Vehicle(March 26, 2016)
The Chinese automaker’s first mass-produced electric vehicle is powered by a 129 horsepower electric motor with a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) and a range of 253 km (157 miles)... (more)

Differences Between The Drivetrains In Formula E Racers(March 25, 2016)
There was not much differences in the e-drivetrains of the Formula E cars, but a recent vidoes shows that among the 9 teams (the 10th has now pulled of the competition for the current ... (more)

Cool Electric Vehicle Charts From POD Point(March 24, 2016)
Some infographic, from CEO and founder of POD Point, Erik Fairbairn.... (more)

2016 China Electric Car Sales To Double 2015 Sales(March 23, 2016)
Electric vehicle sales and production will double in China in 2016, according to recent reports. This refers of course to both all-electric vehicles (EVs) and also to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).... (more)

Chinese investors make 'long bets' on electric-car companies(March 22, 2016)
The Chinese government offers generous incentives for new electric cars, and is pushing companies to develop and sell more of them.... (more)

Major Electrifying EV Demonstration To Be Held In May At Silverstone Circuit(March 21, 2016)
British fleet decision-makers will get a nice opportunity to see, evaluate or even drive currently offered plug-ins at the iconic Silverstone circuit in May, during the 2016 Fleet World Fleet Show.... (more)

Berkeley Lab Innovation Could Lead to Improved Performance for Fuel-Cell Vehicles(March 19, 2016)
Hydrogen is the lightest and most plentiful element on Earth and in our universe. So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that scientists are pursuing hydrogen as a clean, carbon-free, virtually limitless ... (more)

In UK Motorists Could Save Up To £306 ($424) Annually On Less EV Servicing & Maintenance(March 18, 2016)
Go Ultra Low discovered that in the previous surveys on public perception of EVs, 26% of respondents mistakenly said electric cars are more expensive to run, and almost as many .... (more)

A closer look at electrolytes in advanced batteries(March 17, 2016)
The electrolytes in advanced batteries are based on incredibly complicated formulations. If you calculated all of the possible combinations of solvents, salts and .... (more)

Rimac To Unveil Production Version Of Concept_One In Geneva. Only Eight Will Be Produced(March 16 2016)
Rimac Automobili announced a 2016 Geneva Motor Show entry with its electric supercar Concept_One “production version“.... (more)

Electrified supercars in Geneva(March 15, 2016)
At the recent Geneva Auto Salon, a number of smaller automakers had electrified supercars on display. Few of these are likely to be seen on the world’s roads any time ... (more)

Electric Bus Battery Market Set To Overtake Consumer Electronics Battery Market(March 14, 2016)
EverCharge and Schneider Electric announced a global partnership to ease charging/installation of charging stations at multi-tenant buildings. A real problem area for future EV adoption.... (more)

EverCharge and Schneider Collaborate to Accelerate Charging Infrastructure in Multi-Tenant Buildings(March 07, 2016)
EverCharge and Schneider Electric announced a global partnership to ease charging/installation of charging stations at multi-tenant buildings. A real problem area for future EV adoption.... (more)

Traction motors for electric vehicles change radically(March 05, 2016)
There are about 200 companies making traction motors for electric vehicles, rather like the 200 making the lithium-ion batteries that increasingly power them. However, whereas three types of ... (more)

EV Technology to Power New Nissan Office in Europe(March 04, 2016)
Nissan announced that its new regional office in France will house the largest grid-integrated electric vehicle system and second life battery storage unit ever installed in a building, anywhere in the world... (more)

An Electric Car Battery That Will Get You From Paris to Brussels and Back(March 03, 2016)
Proposition: Electric cars will remain mostly niche products until they have a range of 800 kilometers, or roughly 500 miles, with an affordable battery.... (more)

New Hydrogen Process 100% Efficient(March 01, 2016)
We know that some people refers to fuel cell cars as “fool cells.” We also know that there are people who still cling to the idea of a civilization that runs on clean hydrogen fuel. Honda and ... (more)

Peugeot Citroen All-electric “DS E-Tense” to wow Geneva crowds(February 29, 2016)
TPeugeot-Citroen DS Automobiles will unveil a potential Geneva Motor Show star at the salon next week with its E-Tense concept - an all-electric high-tech Grand Tourer. .... (more)

First Detroit Electric SP:01 Sold to Chinese Jowett Motors(February 28, 2016)
The first Detroit Electric SP:01 pure electric vehicle was handed over to company’s new importer for China, Jowett Motors (Asia) Ltd, in a ceremony at the company’s main assembly plant in Leamington Spa, UK. .... (more)

Electric Vehicles Will Cost The Same As Conventional Vehicles By 2022(February 27, 2016)
A recent video by Bloomberg looks past the current crash in oil prices around the world that was brought on by an excess supply of some 2 million barrels per day thanks to new capacities coming online..... (more)

“Not A Dream” Video Explores The Impact Of Electric Vehicles On Oil economy(February 25, 2016)
A recent video by Bloomberg looks past the current crash in oil prices around the world that was brought on by an excess supply of some 2 million barrels per day thanks to new capacities coming online..... (more)

The Rolling Start, A Better EV Performance Metric(February 24, 2016)
When comparing vehicles, many people give credence to 0-60 mph times as a surrogate for overall performance. While there are other metrics that also quantify car performance; such .... (more)

Nevs to Add Electric Minivan in its Portfolio(February 23, 2016)
National Electric Vehicle Sweden has signed a framework agreement about acquiring a stake in a transport vehicle manufacturing company in Fujian province, China.... (more)

Koch Brothers turn their wrath (and their wealth) on EV subsidies(February 22, 2016)
The good news: EV sales are growing steadily. The bad news: They’ve now grown enough to attract the attention of Big Oil, which is planning a multi-million-dollar counterattack.... (more)

Can I Afford An Electric Vehicle?(February 20, 2016)
Riversimple is a start-up car company based in Wales. It has just begun testing 20 prototypes of its new Rasa fuel cell commuter cars. The lightweight cars are manufactured from carbon ... (more)

Can I Afford An Electric Vehicle?(February 19, 2016)
In 2015, America had the best year on record for vehicle sales since the industry emerged in the early 1900s. This is great news for the economy but also great news for the electric ... (more)

Aston Martin and Faraday Future-Backing LeEco To Co-Develop RapidE Electric Car (February 18, 2016)
The Chinese consumer electronics company backing Silicon Valley upstart Faraday Future – LeEco – has entered into an agreement with Aston Martin to co-develop its first all electric car, the RapidE... (more)

Nissan 'reveals' new Leaf 30kWh(February 17, 2016)
Nissan has 'revealed' its new longer-range Leaf 30kWh with a spectacular film, showcasing the car's benefits in these chilly temperatures. The new Leaf 30kWh is on sale across Europe .. (more)

Installation Costs Of Electric Car Charging Stations By Type(February 16, 2016)
U.S. Department of Energy recently presented a comparison of installation costs for different types of charging stations.... (more)

EV-builder DeltaWing to use DHX motors with direct-winding heat exchange system(February 15, 2016)
EV-builder DeltaWing Technology Group and motor-maker DHX Electric Machines have announced an agreement granting DeltaWing the rights to make and use DHX motors for automotive applications. ... (more)

Battery anodes made from pollen are nothing to sneeze at(February 13, 2016)
As our dependence on mobile devices grows and we continue the shift to electric vehicles, there is a need to not only develop better performing batteries but find more accessible and sustainable materials with which to build them. To this end, ... (more)

NREL analysis of Proterra electric bus demo finds average fuel economy nearly 4x that of CNG baseline buses(February 12, 2016)
Proterra battery-electric buses in service in a 12- vehicle demonstration by Foothill Transit in California offered significant fuel savings compared to... (more)

Plug-in Sales in EU Up 160 Percent in Q4(February 11, 2016)
In the fourth quarter of 2015, total alternative fuel vehicle registrations in the EU continued the positive momentum (+21.1%), totalling 164,718 units.
Of these, electric vehicle (EV) registrations showed a substantial increase (+160.5%), more than doubling. EV registrations rose from 22,531 units in Q4 2014 to 58,689 units in Q4 2015. (more)

Top 4 All-Electric Cars In Europe – Renault ZOE, Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF & VW e-Golf(February 10, 2016)
Thanks to EagleAID, we now know the four top all-electric car models in Western Europe by sales numbers for 2015..... (more)

Daimler and Enercity turning spare parts store into battery storage(February 09, 2016)
Cooperation partners Daimler AG with its wholly owned subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE and enercity (Stadtwerke Hannover AG) will start work on the construction of a new battery storage facility this year..... (more)

Would Maserati introduce plug-in hybrids ?(February 08, 2016)
Maserati CEO Harald Wester said in 2013 that electic cars were “nonsense“, but there are more and more signs that the Italian company will introduce plug-in hybrids.... (more)

General Motors And Honda To Build Joint Fuel Cell Car Factory(February 03, 2016)
Honda and General Motors’ partnership and cooperation on hydrogen fuel cells is approaching a new phase, as both parties intend to build a joint fuel cell plant for FCVs... (more)

Motorola invests in magnesium-ion battery startup Pellion(February 02, 2016)
Motorola Solutions has invested an unspecified amount in Pellion Technologies, a startup that was founded by a team of MIT researchers. (more)

Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs (part two)(February 01, 2016)
Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.
But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer's suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.... (more)

Electric Car Price Guide: Every 2015-2016 Plug-In Car, With Specs (part one)(January 30, 2016)
Many electric cars are more expensive than their regular counterparts, though naturally they cost less to run too.
But what do today's electric and plug-in cars actually cost? We've gathered together each plug-in car on sale today in one place. Every vehicle here shows the manufacturer's suggested retail price, plus any mandatory destination and handling fees.... (more)

National labs researchers find simple procedure to improve performance of NMC cathodes in Li-ion batteries(January 29, 2016)
Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) is one of the more promising chemistries for better lithium batteries, especially for electric ... (more)

Milestone: 100,000 EVs on the streets in Nordic Countries(January 28, 2016)
2015 was the year when the total number of electric cars in the Nordic countries passed 100,000 – a milestone which firmly establishes the role of the electric car in the Nordic car market.. (more)

BYD Increases Net Earnings And Expects To Double Plug-In Sales Every Year Through 2018(January 27, 2016)
BYD expects increases in its net profits for the past 2015 to some $400-430 million.
That would be around six times more than in 2014 (around $65 million at the current exchange rate). BYD’s total revenues in 2014 were at $8.4 billion. (more)

Two-level cathode structure improves battery performance(January 26, 2016)
As the search for a better battery grinds on, a lot of the attention is focused on potential cathode materials. Nickel is one possibility that shows a lot of promise – its (more)

Can Tanktwo redefine the battery pack with big data?(January 25, 2016)
A Finnish-American start-up with ambitious goals wants to change how we think about batteries.
The concept of an EV that supports the quick removal and replacement of a discharged battery pack was all the rage about 5 years ago. Since then, however, various systems have been attempted and subsequently abandoned by companies like BetterPlace, Renault, and Tesla. (more)

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell To Lease For “Under $500” Per Month In U.S.(January 23, 2016)
Honda announced plans to begin sales of its hydrogen fuel cell Clarity Fuel Cell in the U.S. before the end of 2016.... (more)

TM4, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors and the Gouvernement du Québec partner on new electric drivetrain(January 22, 2016)
TM4, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Exagon Motors, Hydro-Québec and the Gouvernement du Québec are collaborating to develop a new electric ... (more)

Most Popular EV In Korea? Renault Samsung SM3 ZE(January 21, 2016)
The most popular electric vehicle in South Korea is… the Renault Samsung SM3 ZE (alternately known as the Fluence ZE), according to recent reports... (more)

2017 BMW i3 EV Range to Increase 50 Percent(January 20, 2016)
Confirming earlier reports, a BMW board member for sales and marketing told Automotive News at the Detroit auto show that the 2017 BMW i3 will reportedly see its all-electric range increase by 50 percent. Thanks to upgrades to the internals of the lithium-ion battery pack, the BMW i3 will be able to ... (more)

Demand For Lithium-Ion Batteries Surges in Spite of Cheap Oil(January 19, 2016)
Last week, the price of crude oil dipped to a 12-year low selling for under $30 a barrel — a far cry the pre-recession peak of around $147. On Jan. 16 it was reported that a town in northern Michigan was the first place in the country to start .... (more)

Who Sold The Most Plug-In Electric Cars In 2015? (It's Not Tesla Or Nissan)(January 18, 2016)
Five years after the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt first went on sale, plug-in vehicles represent slightly less than 1 percent of U.S. new-car deliveries..... (more)

European sales of electrified vehicles will grow 433% by 2021(January 16, 2016)
Europe arrived at the electric party a couple of years later than the US, but is now quickly making up for lost time. PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Autofacts group estimates .... (more)

More Electric than fossil powered cars by 2020: Better Place(January 14, 2016)
Electric car pioneer Shai Agassi is a man with a startling prediction: Before 2020, he says, more people everywhere will be buying electric .... (more)

Mercedes Bringing 4 EVs To Market By 2017(January 13, 2016)
Mercedes-Benz is now aiming to bring 4 electric vehicles to market over just the next few years, rather than simply one, according to recent reports.... (more)

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV Spec Revealed(January 12, 2016)
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV does more than set a new benchmark for affordable, long-range EV driving. It also raises the bar when it comes to driving performance... (more)

Faraday Future’s Variable Platform Architecture – a modular skateboard to build an EV on(January 11, 2016)
EV startup Faraday Future’s carmaking prowess has yet to be tested, but it has already revealed some impressive marketing talent. After milking several months of ... (more)

New electrolyte for solid-state batteries combines polymer and glass(January 09, 2016)
Scientists at the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a novel electrolyte that addresses many of the problems of solid electrolytes by .. (more)

Future batteries, coming soon: charge in seconds, last months and power over the air(January 08, 2016)
While smartphones, smarthomes and even smart wearables are growing ever more advanced, they're still limited by ... (more)

James Bond’s Jag may become production EV(January 07, 2016)
No one expects Jaguar’s first EV to be a practical hatchback – on the contrary, it may be a futuristic super-sportscar to rival the likes of the Tesla Model S and BMW i8. The ... (more)

7–10 Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain Charts(January 06, 2016)
The automotive lithium-ion battery supply chain report is an interesting report that goes a bit deeper into the lithium-ion battery market than we normally dive. ... (more)

6 Ways That Electric Cars Suffered in 2015(January 05, 2016)
Every new electric car put on the road is a small victory. In 2015, more than 100,000 new plug-in vehicles were added to U.S. roads—clear progress towards a long-range goal of cleaner transportation and reduced reliance on ... (more)

Female Entrepreneur Builds Affordable Electric Vehicles In India(January 04, 2016)
The number of vehicles in the world is expected to double in the next 20 years or so. A lot of that growth will come in countries with huge populations where access to private automobile ... (more)