All electric vehicles articles – Page 2

  • nissan technical center.automotiveIT

    Nissan, GE collaborate to speed up EV adoption


    Nissan will coordinate joint research from its technical center in Farmington Hills, Mich (Photo: Nissan) Nissan and GE signed a two-year research collaboration pact to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. The Japanese carmaker, whose Nissan LEAF is one of the first EVs to be available to customers worldwide, ...

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    Enersys to build lithium-ion batteries in Germany


    The Duracar Quicc! electric minicar uses lithium-ion batteries with cells from LTC (Photo: GAIA) EnerSys has formalized a joint-venture agreement to produce large-format lithium-ion battery cells in Germany. The US based energy-solutions group said it will have a majority interest in a new joint venture it has formed with GAIA ...

  • Toyota plug-in Prius.automotiveIT

    With pure EVs struggling, Toyota continues to bet on hybrids


    Toyota hopes the new plug-in Prius will help solidify its front-runner status in electric vehicles (Photo: Toyota) With enthusiasm for pure electric vehicles not growing as quickly as some carmakers had expected, Toyota believes its bet on hybrids gives it a good chance of retaining the lead in the green ...

  • axeon battery system.automotiveIT

    Axeon claims 35% range improvement with new EV battery


    Battery systems manufacturer Axeon said it had developed a new lithium-ion battery that would give electric vehicles a 35 pc improvement in range compared with existing technologies. The company also said it achieved the result without adding weight to the battery. "This new battery represents a real step forward in ...

  • vda wissmann.automotiveIT

    carIT Congress: VDA president says car and internet are complementary


    VDA President Wissmann (Photo: automotiveIT) FRANKFURT -- VDA President Matthias Wissmann said young people's infatuation with new online technologies doesn't mean the end of car ownership. More than 80 pc of young Germans are still interested in owning a car, the head of the German automobile association said at the ...

  • nissan quick charger.automotiveIT

    Nissan to sell cheaper quick charger for EV batteries


    Nissan’s new quick charger isn’t faster, but it is cheaper and smaller (Photo: Nissan) Nissan plans to start selling a new lower cost quick charger for electric-vehicles starting in November. The new charger will need about 30 minutes to recharge the battery of the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle to 80 ...

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    IAA 2011: TomTom, Renault launch in-dash EV navigation


    The Renault Fluence Z.E. electric vehicle (Photo: Renault) TomTom and Renault unveiled an in-dash navigation system specifically designed for electric vehicles. The Carminat TomTom Z.E. LIVE will be fitted on Renault's Fluence Z.E electric vehicle. The two companies, which showed the system at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA) this week, ...

  • bosch voltwerk.automotiveIT

    Study: EV market requires creater cooperation


    Partnerships providing new battery-recharging models are on the rise Automakers need to step up their efforts to find cooperation partners if they want to successfully sell electric vehicles, according to Oliver Wyman. "Lone fighters don't stand a chance," the Germany-based consultants warned in a new study on the marketing of ...

  • opel iaa 2011_3.automotiveIT

    IAA 2011: Opel concept with "production potential"


    Opel said it will show an electric concept car with "production potential" at next week's Frankfurt auto show (IAA). The German division of General Motors said the two-seat tandem-layout model is specifically for urban transport. It targets younger drivers looking for affordable transportation. Opel said the concept, which is inspired ...

  • smart forvision.automotiveIT

    IAA 2011: smart forvision has plastic wheels


    Innovative seats help improve temperature management (Photo: smart) smart will unveil a "forvision" electric version of the small car at the upcoming Frankfurt auto show. The forvision, which was developed with chemicals maker BASF, uses completely new concepts and materialis in areas such as insulation, reflection, lightweight design and energy ...

  • Volvo Siemens.automotiveIT

    Volvo Car, Siemens plan to cooperate on electric vehicles


    From year-end, Volvo’s C30 Electric will have Siemens electric-power technology inside (Photo: Siemens) Volvo Car Corporation and Siemens announced plans for an extensive strategic cooperation in the area of electric vehicles. The two companies said they will focus on the joint development of electrical drive technology, power electronics and charging ...

  • conti booth iaa 2011.automotiveIT

    IAA 2011: With e-tire, Continental targets EV market


    Continental will have a 900 square meter booth at the IAA (Model photo: Continental) Continental will unveil a specially designed tire aimed at helping electric vehicles expand their driving range. At the upcoming Frankfurt auto show (IAA), the German automotive supplier and tire maker wants to address some of the ...

  • hertz green_traveler.automotiveIT

    Hertz to rent EVs in Shanghai


    In the US, Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full EVs (Photo: Hertz) Hertz has joined a Chinese pilot project to boost electric vehicles. The US car rental group said it will start renting electric vehicles in Shanghai and will cooperate with GE Industrial Solutions China to ...

  • Audi_A8_hybrid.automotiveIT

    Audi A8 hybrid to come in 2012


    The Audi A8 hybrid can be driven in various modes (Photo: Audi) Audi confirmed Wednesday that it will start selling a hybrid version of its flagship A8 sedan in 2012. The German premium car maker said the A8 hybrid will have a 2.0 TSFI gasoline engine coupled with an electric ...

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    IAA 2011 will have dedicated electric-vehicle hall


    The upcoming Frankfurt auto show (IAA) will have a dedicated hall showcasing new electric-vehicle technology. The German Auto Industry Association (VDA), which organizes the world's biggest car show, said the "Hall for Electric Mobility" will feature makers of electric vehicles such as Daimler, Opel, Renault and Mitsubishi; suppliers including Robert ...

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    Ford offers solar roof for US Focus Electric


    Ford is teaming up with SunPower to provide solar roofs for the Focus Electric (Photo: Ford) Ford Focus Electric buyers in the US will have the option to equip their car with a rooftop solar system that can feed electricity back to the grid and cover battery recharging costs. The ...

  • toyota rav4 ev.automotiveIT

    Toyota, Tesla to build joint Rav4 EV in Canada


    Toyota showed an electric version of the RAV4 in February (Photo: Toyota) Toyota and Tesla Motors will built a jointly developed electric version of the RAV 4 small SUV at the Japanese carmaker's plant in Woodstock, Ontario. "The Tesla-Toyota joint development team has agreed that building the vehicle at the ...

  • Toyota small EV 2012.automotiveIT

    Gartner: Germans not keen on EVs - yet


    Toyota is one of many automakers planning an EV next year (Source: Toyota) Germans aren't ready to buy battery-powered electric vehicles yet, according to a recent Gartner study. The market researchers said a study conducted in Europe's biggest car market in the first half of 2011 showed that a majority ...

  • MAN truck concept.automotiveIT

    MAN chief: Electric trucks not an option today


    An aerodynamically styled MAN truck concept could save 25% in fuel costs, the truckmaker claims (Photo: auto-reporter) Trucks powered by electric motors are not feasible at the moment, said Georg Pachta-Reyhofen, CEO of truck maker MAN. Pachta-Reyhofen said batteries alone would cost about 300,000 euros and would add 6,000 kilos ...

  • north sea.automotiveIT

    Hamburg university coordinates regional EV infrastructure


    Countries bordering the North Sea are looking to coordinate electric-vehicle infrastructure plans Hamburg's University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is coordinating a European Union project aimed at developing an electric-vehicle infrastructure that extends beyond major metropolitan areas. The project, called the North Sea Region Electric Mobility Network, will look at climate ...