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2017 Toyota Prius Prime (Plug-In) Debuts:
22 Miles Range, 120 MPG
Jay Cole March 24, 2016
Added by admin 25/03/16
unveiled the much anticipated next generation of plug-in Prius
Wednesday morning (March 23, 2016) from the New York Auto Show,
now with its own unique nameplate – the Prius Prime.
Statistically, the new plug-in Prius came in ahead of earlier
expectations for the car, as it has a 22 mile range rating via a
8.8 kWh battery. Toyota also touts the MPGe as a best in the PHEV
class at 120 MPGe.
Toyota says the Prius Prime is built on consumer feedback, and is
an entirely enjoyable to drive in both petrol and ev modes.
The previous edition of the Prius PHV had ~11 miles of electric
range and the EV mode maxed out at just 62 mph. Earlier reports
(still not officially confirmed) had the new Prius Prime’s
electric motor with a max rating of 66.2kW (90ps), this new 84
mph electric-only top speed would seem to re-enforce those
The older Prius PHV has been out of production since June of
2015, which has left us with a large sales gap between the first
and second generations cars. Toyota notes today that the Prius
Prime will be available in all 50 states, later this year.
And if anyone remembers the out-going Prius PHV very well, one
instantly notices the one area the new Prime has underwent a huge
upgrade – the interior. Not only does it have the upgraded Prius
look, but an optional 11.6-inch Multimedia HD Display, which is
quite something to see.
Pricing was not announced at the debut, but like its predecessor,
the plug-in version of the popular Prius model will likely slot
in near the top end of the conventional trim ranges, with the
base Prime likely slotted just above the “Prius Four” which
starts at $28,650.
A starting price-point of $29,990 sounds about right to us (with
a higher “tech level” in the mid 30s), and with a new larger 8.8
kWh battery on tap, the Prius Prime will be eligible for a $4,168
federal credit in the US – which would give the plug-in a net
price of ~$25,700.
More ... including more images and video, plus
the Toyota press release.
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First all-electric double-decker buses
roll out in London
Nick Lavars March 20, 2016
Added by admin 22/03/16
famed red buses are set to receive a little dash of green, thanks
to five new all-electric additions to the fleet. After being
formally received at a ceremony last week, the new local
emissions-free vehicles will now be rolled out along service
routes where pollution is of particular concern.
Developed by Chinese car and rechargeable battery maker BYD, the
air conditioned double-decker buses measure 10.2 m (33.46 ft)
long and can each carry 81 passengers; 54 seated and 27 standing.
The buses are powered by 345 kWh iron phosphate batteries and
have a range of 190 mi (305 km).
Charging equipment will be installed at service operator
Metroline's Willesden Bus Garage in north London, where the buses
will be recharged in four hours overnight. BYD says the buses are
capable of carrying out most daily duty cycles.
The city first announced this shift toward greener public
transportation in July last year at the Clean Bus Summit. This
followed the introduction of its first hybrid buses in 2009, of
which there are more than 1,300 in operation. The five new buses
will enter service on Route 98, chosen due to its reputation as a
pollution hotspot in London.
"It's a very exciting moment that this is happening here," says
Matthew Pencharz, London's Deputy Mayor of Environment and
Energy. "The running costs are much lower and some of the
maintenance and operations costs are much lower on the buses.
Also, these [buses] are zero-emission, zero-tailpipe-pollution
and that is a huge benefit for Londoners."
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Review: EsCargo electric cargo bike is
one heck of a strange ride
Loz Blain - March 9, 2016
Added by admin 15/03/16
tested some strange and wonderful vehicles over the last year or
two, but this has to be one of the weirdest experiences I've had
in a long time. It turns everything I know about handling a
motorcycle on its head. The EsCargo is a cargo-carrying electric
delivery bike prototype with a unique double-knuckle front
suspension and steering system the puts the front wheel more than
a meter (3.3 ft) in front of you, giving it some very odd
steering dynamics and thoroughly confusing my motorcycling brain.
We caught up with inventor Oscar Fehlberg in Melbourne,
With more people in cities buying more things online there's
going to be an increasing demand for quick, efficient delivery
systems in the next 20 years. And while there are numerous
efforts underway to bring flying drones into the delivery mix,
courier style delivery is clearly here to stay in the medium
term. All the better if they use zero-emission electric vehicles.
That's the thinking behind the EsCargo, the honours project of
Melbourne industrial design graduate Oscar Fehlberg. Inspired by
Dutch style cargo bikes like the Bullitt, the Cetma and the Urban
Arrow, the EsCargo is designed for mid-range trips slightly
longer than a bicycle design would be good for, and for loads up
to 150 kg (331 lb), or 175 liters (46 US gal) in capacity.
"[The steering system] doesn't really have a name," Fehlberg told
us. "I found a few examples of it in some DIY cargo bicycles. In
the workshop we called it double-knuckle steering because of the
two pivot points on each arm. It's similar to hub steering in a
way, except it doesn't pivot inside the hub, it uses a standard
Still, a steering system that uses ropes? It turns out, these
Dyneema sailing ropes are designed for some pretty extreme
performance. "Those ropes are stronger than the steel cable, and
have less stretch," says Fehlberg.
Either way, it's one of the freakiest things I've ever tried to
I say "tried," because for the first five minutes on the EsCargo
I was paddling around with my feet down, utterly confused.
Everything I did with the steering was wrong, the bike seemed to
veer off in strange directions and that distant front end didn't
want to come back.
Here's why. At the sub-20 km/h (12 mph) speeds I was riding at,
the EsCargo doesn't countersteer like a motorcycle. It steers
positively, like some sort of leaning quad bike. Eventually I
worked out the way to turn it is to lean your body in to prepare
for the turn, then haul the front end into the turn by steering
positively. Oh, and correct in the opposite direction to what
you'd do on a motorcycle. It's a bit like those fairground bikes
where the controls are reversed.
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Morgan EV3: All-electric 3-wheeler weighs
less than 500 kg, boasts 240-km range
Scott Collie - March 7, 2016
Added by admin 10/03/16
is known for being a traditional car manufacturer, but that
hasn't stopped it from looking to the future. Having promised a
fully hybridized range by 2019, the boutique British brand has
used the Geneva Motor Show to whip the covers off a fully
electric version of its three-wheeler with a 241 km (150 mi)
Instead of the V-Twin motor attached to the front of the regular
3-Wheeler, the EV3 is powered by a 46 kW (62 hp) electric motor
attached to the rear wheel. That's not a heap of power, but
having one less wheel than regular car helps keep its weight down
to under 500 kg (1102 lb).
That light weight means the low-power EV will hit 100 km/h (62
mph) in 9 seconds, with a claimed range of 241 km (150 miles).
The car's (trike's?) low kerb weight also means it only needs a
20 kWh liquid cooled battery to achieve these figures, as opposed
to the minimum 75 kWh battery size Tesla needs to power a full
sized, heavy family sedan.
Add to that the unique sidepods on the flanks, plus an interior
that combines a classic layout with beautiful materials, and the
whole EV3 looks like a well thought out addition to the Morgan
Okay, it's not going to be giving Tesla or Rimac's engineers any
sleepless night, but that's not really the point.
Morgan describes the vehicle shown in Geneva as a " final
pre-production phase" car. It's expected to go into production
later this year and "will be priced comparably to the petrol 3
Wheeler," which starts at £31,000 (US$44,200).
More... photos and video
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Discount City Parking for Electric, Low
Added by admin 07/03/16
Australian electric and low emissions vehicle drivers could soon
enjoy "huge ... positive price discrimination" when parking in
Discount car parking for electric powered and low emission
vehicles would be implemented before the end of the year under a
plan by the Adelaide City Council.
The council’s draft strategic plan 2016-2020, currently out for
consultation, also flags a feasibility study into installing
electric car charging bays across the CBD by 2017.
Lord Mayor Martin Haese told InDaily the council wanted to
implement “huge … positive price discrimination” to encourage
people to buy electric and low-emissions vehicles – part of the
council’s goal to make the city carbon neutral by 2025.
Haese said the measures would constitute “tangible … instant
gratification” for South Australians who purchase “green” cars.
But the size of the discount – along with the specific vehicle
types that would be eligible and how the discount scheme would be
administered in city U-parks – is yet to be decided.
Haese also conceded that the discount parking would mainly
benefit wealthy city users “in the short term”, because
low-emissions and electric vehicles are relatively expensive, and
that the number of electric cars currently on South Australian
roads was “not large”.
But he said that would be “a very short term phenomenon” because
low emissions vehicle prices were falling, and would reduce
“exponentially” over time.
The cost of batteries used in in electric cars – also used in
solar systems – is rapidly falling.
“We have to get the volume of these vehicles up to get the price
down,” said Haese.
“We need to get the prices of electric vehicles down as quickly
Haese said that having electric cars lining up along Adelaide
streets, plugged into electric charging units, would “send a
strong visual signal” to encourage South Australians to purchase
Image by Eric Rodda - from a Nissan LEAF
Daimler to invest 500 million Euros in
new battery factory in Germany
Added by admin 03/03/16
will invest 500 million Euros in a new battery factory in
Germany. The new battery factory will produce lithium-ion battery
packs for hybrid and electric vehicles for Mercedes-Benz and
Li-Tec, a subsidiary of the Daimler Group, ceased manufacture of
battery cells in December 2015. The majority of the 280 employees
were transferred to the Deutsche Accumotive -
also a wholly owned Daimler subsidiary
- which manufactures battery packs based on LG Chem cells.
Daimler consistently expands its activities in the area of
electromobility and invests around 500 million Euros in the
construction of a new battery factory. This will lead to a
significant expansion of the production capacities for
lithium-ion batteries of Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE located in the Saxon
city of Kamenz.
The new factory will produce batteries for electric and hybrid
vehicles of the brands Mercedes-Benz and smart. As a first step,
the full Daimler subsidiary has purchased about 20 hectares of
land adjacent to the existing battery factory.
"To get closer to fully electric driving, we keep investing big
in the key component of emission-free vehicles: powerful
batteries. We are now devoting another 500 million Euros to build
a second battery factory in Germany. This underlines our
commitment to the consistent expansion of electromobility", said
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of
Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Daimler announced a initial 100 million euros investment to
expand East German battery pack output in 2014.
With the growing electrification of the automobile, the demand
for highly efficient lithium-ion batteries is also rising
steadily. Through its entry into the new business field with
stationary battery storage for private and industrial
applications, Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE will tap into additional growth
By the end of 2014, the Daimler subsidiary had already announced
its plans for a significant increase in its production capacities
and an investment of around 100 million Euros in the expansion of
the existing battery factory. "With the purchase of the new land,
our production area at the site will be tripled.
The previous 20,000 square meters will be stocked up by an
additional 40,000 square meters of production space. We will
expand the production capacity consistently in the coming years",
said Harald Kröger, Head of Development Electrics/Electronics and
e-Drive Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new factory is planned for
fall 2016. The topping-out ceremony will then follow in spring
2017. The new production plant is to start operations in summer
Daimler entered into the business with stationary battery storage
with Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE last year. The scalability of the
systems enables the use of the lithium-ion batteries in big
industry for network stabilization and smoothing of peak shaving
for energy producers as well as private households, for example
in conjunction with photovoltaic installations.
Mercedes-Benz energy storage units for private households can
already be ordered and will soon be installed at customers in
collaboration with selected sales partners. In the area of
industrial applications, around 29 megawatt will be connected to
the network jointly with different partners.
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Electric Vehicle News