by admin on 2 December 2011

Honda EV-STER

As an obvious begrudging nod to the Tesla Roadster, Honda has revealed its EV-STER two seater sports coupe which is driven by an unspecified electric motor it has a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph) and a fairly tardy (who's ever interested in 0-37 mph?) 0-60 kph (37 mph) of 5 seconds.  The extremely small 10 kWh lithium-ion battery is said to provide 160 km of range which is some achievement considering the 56 kWh battery in the Tesla Roadster is only good for just over twice that.  It's a cute concept but considering recent comments made by Honda President Takanobu Ito you have to wonder how seriously Honda are taking electric vehicles. More »

by admin on 18 November 2011

Honda Fit EV 2013

Honda has revealed their plans for the long awaited Fit EV (their first 100% electric vehicle) and it's less than thrilling.  Reading between the lines of the press release the Fit EV will be a 1,000 vehicle field study which will begin next year in California and Oergon and will expand to the East Coast by 2013.  The Fit EV is powered by a 92 kW (123 hp) electric motor which is supplied by a 20 kW battery which is good, Honda claim, for 123 'city miles' or 76 miles combined. If you're in the right place and interested you can sign up at www.FitEV.Honda.com, retail price will be $36,625 with a lease price of $399 per month. More »

by admin on 15 November 2011

BRD Redshift

San Francisco based BRD Motorcycles has opened pre-ordering for its two RedShift electric motorcycles.  The supermoto RedShift SM will have a (projected) retail price of $15,495 and the motocross RedShift MX will be $14,995.  Both bikes utilize a 40 hp electric motor (25 hp continuous) and a 5.2 kWh battery, top speed aorund 80 mph and range is quoted as 50 miles for the SM and 2 hours for the MX.  For those into motocross BRD has put together an interesting total cost of ownership (TCO) comparison between a top end 250cc four-stroke racing motorcycle and their electric RedShift MX.  Clean, lightweight and exciting bikes, but sadly aren't due to ship until the end of 2012. More »

by admin on 13 November 2011

Zero Motorcycles 2012 - 5 models, over 100 mile range

Zero Motorcycles has revealed its 2012 model range which features five all-electric motorcycles the three street variants (S, DS and XU) available with an optional 9 kWh battery which can deliver up to 114 miles of range (38 miles further than the standard 6 kWh battery).  The entire range has undergone a visual refresh with new lights, wheels and other design touches, more significantly however the three street bikes are now powered by maintenance free brushless motors.  Pre-orders are being taken now, official delivery for February 2012, prices start at $7,695 for the Zero XU up to $13,995 for the Zero S / Zero DS. More »

by admin on 13 November 2011

Tesla Model S Beta

In a typically anti-the-old-school move Tesla as revealed that the first mainstream affordable electric sedan (the Tesla Model S) won't have an "industry standard" J1772 charging connector (the industry that defined it being a group of current motor manufacturers).  In a recent interview with the New York Times, Tesla CEO Elon Musk dismissed the current J1772 standard as "absolutely terrible, extremely ugly and low power.", by contrast he goes on that their connector / charger combination will enable charging at up to 240V/80A and ultimately up to 480V through a thinner cable and smaller, more lightweight connector.  Musk went on to say Musk the design of the new home charging system as "a beautiful advanced alien artifact that arrived in the middle of the night.  We want people to say, ‘Wow, I want that on my wall’".  He did go on to add that their would be adapters, one presumes also for J1772.  How this move will pan out in the long term will be interesting as Model S owners will still need to use public charging infrastructure. More »

by admin on 9 November 2011

Ford Focus Electric feature

Ford has opened up reservations for the 2012 Focus Electric, the Focus Electric website now allows you to 'virtually build and price'.  Base price is $3,945 more than the base model Nissan Leaf at $39,200 and you can quickly raise that by adding a few simple options such as leather seats ($995).  As we reported back in January the Focus Electric is powered by 100 kW motor producing 123 hp and 181 lbft (246 Nm) of torque and is powered by a 23 kWh lithium-ion battery from LG (liquid cooled / heated).  Don't forget about a federal tax credit of up to $7,500. More »

by admin on 28 October 2011

Audi A1 e-tron Trial

Audi has begun its Munich based A1 e-tron pilot project with the hand-over of twenty cars.  The project in association with E.ON, Stadtwerke München and TUM (Technische Universität München) will run twenty of the range-extended A1 e-tron's for partificpants of the trial (which appear to be primarily fleet based).  E.ON and SWM have installed a number of 'electric fueling stations' within the city limits but 'primarily in outlying areas'.  The A1 e-tron has a battery-only range of 50 km (31 miles) but can continue for another 250 km (155 miles) on its small range extending combustion engine (a single cylinder 254cc rotary engine which is in the rear of the car). More »

by admin on 28 October 2011

Extended their already long running drivetrain development relationship BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroen have now launched a €100M joint venture to develop hybrid and electric drivetrains.  A research and development facility has already been established in Munich, Germany and production of components will begin in Mulhouse, France in 2015.  "The BMW Group and PSA Peugeot Citroën are following a joint path with clear and ambitious goals," explained the Chairman of the Managing Board of BMW Peugeot Citroën Electrification Wolfgang Güllich. "We want our company to be one of the leading suppliers in the field of electric powertrains over the next years." More »

by admin on 19 October 2011

Volvo V60

Volvo has announced more details and availability on the V60 plug-in hybrid (electric / diesel). Although not a 'pure electric plug-in' as we prefer here on zemotoring its longer-than-usual battery-only range of 50 km and ability to charge from a normal electrical outlet means that for most people doing the 'normal commute' the car will seldom need to use its diesel combustion engine.  The V60 plug-in hybrid will have a 50 kW (70 hp) electric motor and a five-cylinder 150 kW (215 hp) diesel engine, 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) will take 6.9 seconds and its lithium-ion battery can be charged in 3.5 hours from a 230V/16A outlet.  Production of the V60 plug-in hybrid is set to begin 'week 46, 2012'. More »

by admin on 17 October 2011

Tesla Motors has posted four new videos of the 'Beta Reveal' event held at the NUMMI facility a few days ago. The videos examine the Safety, Performance, Interior (including that huge touch-screen display) and Ride of the vehicle and go some way to answering many of the questions reservation holders and potential buyers may have about the car.  The first video is embeded below, more inside.

Beta Reveal: Intro & Safety

After rolling on stage in a Shasta Pearl White Model S Beta, Tesla Co-founder and CEO Elon Musk shows how Model S' electric vehicle architecture and lack of an internal combustion engine makes it a smarter, safer car. Not to mention it has twice the cargo capacity of similarly-sized sedans.

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