by admin on 25 September 2012

After a short absence I'm glad to announce we're back with more EV news coming your way very soon and additional site features in the next few months.  Our target will be at least one story per day (cumulative).  If you're interested in doing a little writing then please don't hesitate to contact us using the Feedback page on the site. More »

by admin on 25 July 2012

Ford C-Max Energi

Ford's new Prius-fighting C-Max Energi, available in the fall, is a plug-in hybrid with a (it's-2012-now-guys disappointing) 20 mile electric-only range and 550 mile total range.  Under the hood there's an electric motor and a 2-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT transmission, the tiny 7.5 kW lithium-ion battery means 20 miles is all you'll manage in electric-only mode.  What's the difference between the C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi?  The Hybrid operates like a traditional Hybrid, it recharges its battery while on petrol power where as the Energi can also be charged directly (it has a charging port). More »

by admin on 25 July 2012

Charge Point LogoBMW i Ventures has announced a strategic investment in Coulomb Technologies and their ChargePoint J1772 charging network.  There's no mention of the size of the investment but sufficient to say BMW is clearly interested in partnering with a well established charging network (such as ChargePoint) for future BMW i products; current BMW i prototypes all have J1772 charging ports. More »

by admin on 5 July 2012

Audi R8 Etron Nurburgring

Audi has claimed a new world record with the R8 e-tron; the fastest lap time around the grueling 21 km (12.92 mile) Nurburgring Nordschleife.  The all-electric R8 e-tron in the hands of racing drive Markus Winkelhock did the lap in just over 8 minutes 9 seconds, which is on par with an Audi RS4 and BMW M6.  The R8 e-tron accelerates to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds and in production trim would be limited to 200 kph (124 mph), it features a 49 kWh battery which is enough for a 215 km (133 mile) range and thanks mainly to advanced composite components weighs in at just 1780 kg (3924 lb). More »

by admin on 5 July 2012

Tesla Model S Production

With the Model S now rolling off the production line Tesla has provided a few videos which give some (diluted) insight into the production of the Model S.  They have also posted a video of the first customer delivery event and first test drives. More »

by admin on 5 July 2012

Renault Zoe

The Renault Zoe has charged into the record books by covering 1600 km (994.2 miles) in 24 hours (the previous record set by a Nissan Leaf stood at 1250 km).  The feat was carried out on the Renault Aubevoye Circuit in Normandy and was charged a total of nine times using a high-power fast charger (30 minutes).  Once available, the production Zoe will be capable of being charged in between six and nine hours using the standard home charger, or either 60 or 30 minutes using a high-power public charger or fast charger. More »

by admin on 15 May 2012

Porsche 918 Spyder

Looking considerably more car-like than previous development shots the exciting new Porsche 918 Spyder protoype has begun formal trials with the target to deliver the first production vehicles to customers before the end of 2013.  The 918 is a two-seater spyder made from CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastics) it features two electric motors which alone provide 200 hp, combined with the 4.6L V8 engine this becomes 770 hp enabling a sub-three-second 0 - 100 kph (62 mph) and a top speed over 325 kph (200 mph).  In purely electric mode top speed is limited to 150 kph (93 mph) and range just 25 km (15 miles).   More »

by admin on 13 May 2012

Tesla Roadster ESSOne additional nugget of news from Tesla's quarterly letter to shareholders: "We recently signed an agreement with Daimler to create an entire electric powertrain for a new Mercedes-Benz EV, thus formalizing the joint effort kicked off in Q4 last year. This program is expected to exceed in value the sum of all powertrain agreements signed in Tesla history." To be clear this is the extension of an ongoing relationship between Tesla and Daimler (owners of the Mercedes-Benz marque) that could be worth more than $280 million (according to Chief Financial Officer Deepak Ahuja). More »

by admin on 13 May 2012

Tesla Model S

Tesla had two items of good news for those on the Model S waiting list.  When first announced the range from the 85 kWh battery (the best specification) was expected to be 300 miles, however development improvements have meant that in final testing the Model S (with this larger battery) is achieving around 350 miles at 55 mph and 250 miles at 70 mph (the faster you go the less efficient the car is due to aerodynamic losses).  Better still, in city traffic (averaging around 20 mph and making full use of regenerative braking) you can expect to get over 400 miles of range.  Telsa note that these tests were carried out with climate control turned off, with it on expect a 10-15% reduction in range.  The second piece of positive news comes from its quarterly letter to shareholders, Tesla now expect to deliver the first customer Model S cars next month (June 2012), a full month earlier than expected having now manufacturered 50 beta and 30 release candidate vehicles.  Tesla expects to deliver 5,000 Model S sedans by the end of 2012. Reservations have so far topped 10,000. More »

by admin on 12 May 2012

Bramo Empulse

Back in July 2010 Brammo revealed the Empulse electric motorcycle, at the time the intention was to deliver the same performance as a typical 600 cc.  Back then Brammo were expecting to ship in 2011, well, it's taken a little longer than that, the design has changed, power is down and the price has gone up but the end result looks good anyway.  The new Empulse and Empulse R are said to be the product of many months of R&D with riders and dealers which have lead to an electric motorcycle which not only looks great and goes like a modern 400 cc but also has a 100 mile range and can be charged at a rate of around 30 miles of per hour (from a J1772 Level 2 outlet - 240 V).  The Empulse weighs in at 200 kg and has a 1.5 m wheelbase (4 ft 10 in).  The water cooled motor has a peak output of 40 kW (54 hp) and 63 Nm (46.5 ftlb) of torque, it drives a six speed gearbox for a top speed of 100 mph (160 kph).  Range from the 10.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is a mixed bag; 120 miles in the SAE City Riding Test (variable speed; 19 mph average), 56 miles in the SAE Highway / Constant Speed Riding Range Test (70 mph sustained) and 77 miles in the SAE Highway Commuting Cycle (50% City, 50% Highway).  The Empulse and Empulse R will cost $16,995 and $18,995 respectively and are expected to ship (hopefully) beginning with the Empulse R in July this year. More »