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BMW i3 can connect you to your family. amazing new feature

I have news for you: Electric cars can do donuts. In a recent test drive inside BMW’s new i3 electric car, we tested this theory in a small Austin parking lot. To be fair, we never truly spun around, but that’s only because I was nervous about breaking a law and the driver cautiously held back.

The electric car. a small four-door, five-seater that gets 80 miles to a charge, is finally coming to the United States early this year and it already has at least one nifty digital integration that could help make this sporty car more attractive to families. It’s designed to help you keep track of, find and communicate with family members wherever they are. Life360, the family locator app that set up our test drive, now has dashboard-level integration with the new BMW i3, along withiPhone and Android handsets.

I have news for you: Electric cars can do donuts. In a recent test drive inside BMW’s new i3 electric car, we tested this theory in a small Austin parking lot. To be fair, we never truly spun around, but that’s only because I was nervous about breaking a law and the driver cautiously held back.

The electric car. a small four-door, five-seater that gets 80 miles to a charge, is finally coming to the United States early this year and it already has at least one nifty digital integration that could help make this sporty car more attractive to families. It’s designed to help you keep track of, find and communicate with family members wherever they are. Life360, the family locator app that set up our test drive, now has dashboard-level integration with the new BMW i3, along withiPhone and Android handsets.more..

Car of the future or vaporware. epitome of technology

One of the wildest cars at the Geneva Motor Show, the Nanoflowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine is a research prototype that’s powered by salt water. More accurately, it’s powered by a flow battery that uses a special formula of ionic charge-carrying salt water as its storage medium. Not content to just electrify an average powertrain, Nanoflowcell uses its technology to send 912 horses into an all-out frenzy of spinning, smoking rubber.

We now have a clearer picture of Nunzio La Vecchia’s energy and supercar ventures than we did when we covered the Quant teaser. La Vecchia began researching alternative energy technologies in 1991, forming NLV Solar in Switzerland seven years later. He turned his attention to auto design in 2003, partnering with Koenigsegg on the original Quant in 2009 and releasing an updated version on his own a year later.

Nanoflowcell emphasizes that the cooperation with Koenigsegg ended in 2009, and the 2014 Quant represents an entirely new vehicle concept.

Following the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, it was decided to pursue a completely new concept, both optically and technically, Nanoflowcell explains. Every element of the Quant e-Sportlimousine has been developed from the ground up over the last four years: new powertrain, complete redesign, and most importantly, every aspect of the new prototypes are designed with homologation requirements in mind.

The beating heart of the new Quant is its Nanoflowcell power storage, a very specific formulation of flow battery. Flow battery power for vehicle use is being researched elsewhere, as well, but the Quant becomes what Nanoflowcell qualifies as the first actual vehicle powered by it.

Nanoflowcell explains that its technology boasts five to six times the storage capacity of other flow cell designs or lithium-ion batteries, making it primed for vehicular use. It credits that superior energy density to an extremely high concentration of ionic charge carriers in the cell system’s electrolyte and translates it into a 249- to 373-mile (400- to 600-km) driving range estimate.

Understandably, Nanoflowcell isn’t divulging the full recipe for its flow battery or electrolytes. In its introductory video, it describes the solutions simply as salt water. La Vecchia confirmed that the full truth is a bit more complex, as the electrolytes contain a mix of metal salts and other ingredients.

The high- and low-charge solutions are stored in separate 200-liter tanks in the rear of the Quant, being pumped forward through a central cell, separated from each other by a thin membrane. This creates electricity, which flows into two supercapacitors, where it is stored and managed, released on acceleration to power the four three-phase wheel motors. Nanoflowcell says the flow technology operates with 80 percent internal efficiency.

The Quant design uses supercapacitors for their ability to release energy quickly, allowing for the sportiest performance, a reason that they’ve shown up in race cars and concepts like the Toyota Yaris Hybrid R. On the receiving end of that energy, the four motors combine for a very supercar-like 912 hp.

Beyond the robust estimated range, the Nanoflowcell system has other major advantages. When the energy in the electrolyte solutions is used up, the liquids need only be replaced, a process that is similar in ease and quickness to refueling a gasoline car. La Vecchia envisions a future where gas stations or the like will offer seamless flow cell refueling.

Nanoflowcell also says that the used liquid can be recharged and used again.

Unlike in lithium-ion batteries, the flow battery’s storage capacity does not degrade over time from memory effect. Nanoflowcell claims there are no environmentally damaging components to the electrolytes and says the system does not rely on rare or precious metals.

As with any research vehicle, the Quant’s specifications need to be viewed as food for thought, not reliable, rock-solid numbers. Nanoflowcell lists a 2.8-second 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time and a potential 236 mph (380 km/h) top speed. Those numbers come thanks in part to the gobs of torque being cranked at each wheel.

The car weighs 5,070 lb (2,300 kg).

In terms of design, La Vecchia and company did an excellent job in making a car that stands out at a show full of wild and exotic designs, without making it so overwrought as to distract from the technological story. You could walk right past many alternatively powered vehicles, never realizing what interesting technology hides underneath plain skins, but you’re going to want to stick around and learn more about a car like the Quant.

The 5,257-mm concept offers seating for four with gullwing access to the front and rear. The big, roof-hinged doors are reminiscent of the wings on last year’s Vauxhall Monza concept .

At the front, the Quant has an interesting combination of arched fenders swooping inward and a distinctive grill and inlet design. A clamshell roof drops gently toward the rear, framing the extended four-person cabin. The rear quarter is defined by the curves of the fenders and double-bubble roof as well as the under-shell-style fascia.

The crystal lake blue and copper paint job represents the car’s liquid-based electrical powertrain.

It was important to us that, despite its size and unusual dimensions, our four-seater Quant e-Sportlimousine would be a sporty automobile, explains La Vecchia. The front of the car is convincing, with its pronounced shoulders, self-confident look, and clear lines. Anyone who stands in front of the QUANT e-Sportlimousine will know exactly what I mean.

The interior is arguably even more visually interesting than the body. The richly grained ash wood sweeps through the center of the seats, wrapping passenger-side and driver-side occupants in separate tubs. The wood appears solely decorative, but just underneath are integrated touch controls and LED lighting.

The wood surfaces are so thin that a light touch of the finger on the Sensorflow icons triggers the appropriate action, says La Vecchia. This innovation allows us use a sustainable material like wood to give you a direct connection to the digital control systems.

The RGB LED light strips represent the car’s linear flow of electricity, providing a visual reminder of the ions popping free below. A floating widescreen dashboard and leather trim finish off the clean, stylish look. In place of the tachometer, the Quant has a torque indicator that shows readings for all four motors.

The display also provides real-time information from the energy management system.

The Quant’s infotainment system is built atop an Android platform, and an accompanying smartphone app connects to provide remote information, offer remote control, and act as a sort of access key when docked, allowing the car to start. During the drive, the smartphone becomes a touchscreen control for the infotainment system.

After chatting briefly with La Vecchia in Geneva, and getting up to speed on some of his past ventures, we’re left with the impression that he’s articulate and passionate but overly consumed with image and style.

Nanoflowcell purportedly has decades of research behind it, but only three months separate the company’s founding from this week’s proclamation about something of a holy grail of energy storage. We watched La Vecchia walk out with a meticulously styled pompadour and pristine, black-on-black three-piece and make big promises for a couple years down the road, a couple of years after walking the same Geneva ground with the original Quant. La Vecchia’s music career and research experience described as years of intense, private study covering a broad spectrum of academic knowledge don’t add a lot of confidence.

Then again, La Vecchia’s not hawking preorders on Kickstarter, and he readily admits that this is a research vehicle that may or may not pave the way for a production car. He’s convinced Bosch Engineering that the Quant is a project worth teaming up on, and the current focus is entirely on further developing and testing the flow cell powertrain and pursuing road homologation for the system.

The whole car is built with all the rules of [European] homologation, La Vecchia told us. The design, the structure of the car, the monocoque of the car everything is based on homologation. The only one thing that we didn’t homologate is the flow battery.

We need some more time.

La Vecchia believes that the homologation process could be complete by 2015 or 2016, which gives him a couple of years to prove that the Quant is more than just a fancy concept car powered by vapor tech. He plans to build several more prototypes for research and testing by the end of this year.

At the very least, the premiere of this car should stimulate more conversation about the future of flow cells, both in automobiles and other areas. Nanoflowcell mentions that its technology has wide-reaching potential for applications such as domestic energy, where other flow cells are already in use, and aerospace. The Quant e-Sportlimousine is also a pretty cool concept car, vaporware or not.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Nanoflowcell, but we’re not going to strain our vision.

The video below highlights La Vecchia’s flash-over-substance approach, but it is a quick, fun watch. Courtesy: gizmodo

Nissan Leaf dominates electric car sales in the US. February 2014

Analysts worried that winter weather would put a crimp in U.S. new-car sales last month, but one electric car racked up record February sales: the Nissan Leaf.

Leaf sales of 1,425 cars in February were a record for the month, more than double the 2013 total of 653 February sales (the numbers for 2012 and 2011 were 478 and 67, respectively).

Sales of the Chevrolet Volt, the range-extended electric car that’s the other high-volume, mass-priced plug-in car on the market, came in at 1,210—higher than January’s 918, but down one-third from the 1,626 sold in February 2013.

Volt sales appear to be stagnating, with slightly fewer sold in 2013 than 2012, and very little marketing for the car from parent company General Motors.

Nissan was so proud of its February sales results that it issued them earlier than usual today—kicking off two days of sales reports from major automakers.

Its achievement represented 12 straight months of year-over-year sales increases for the world’s most popular battery-electric vehicle.

Nissan said its top two markets were the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta, with Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland making up the rest of its top five.

The third best-selling electric car is the Tesla Model S, whose maker refuses to report monthly sales. A conservative monthly figure for U.S. sales might be 1,000 or 1,200 units.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, Catskill Mountains, NY, Oct 2012

Plug-in hybrids

Following the Leaf, Volt, and Model S in sales are a trio of plug-in hybrid models: the Ford C-Max and Fusion Energi models, whose sales have risen steadily over the past year, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, which has so far outsold the Model S in total.

Sales of the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid rose to 1,041 from January’s 803, and were significantly higher than the 693 sold in February 2013.

Ford delivered 552 C-Max and 779 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid models, both numbers higher than January’s but lower than in December 2013.

The Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, the fourth model in the group and a direct competitor for the Ford Fusion Energi mid-size sedan, sold 24 units in February, down on January’s 27 and only half the sales level it averaged in the final nine months of 2013.

Compliance and low-volume cars

Today’s sales report will be rounded out by a growing number of other plug-in electric vehicles that also sell in low numbers.

These include both compliance cars and models that, for various reasons, simply don’t reach sales of more than 200 per month.

In the luxury segment, we have the new Cadillac ELR range-extended electric sport coupe and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid four-door luxury sedan.

Last month, Cadillac sold 58 ELRs, bringing its two-month total to 99 units. Meanwhile, Porsche sold 57 plug-in hybrid Panameras, bringing that car’s total for the year to 198—precisely twice that of the Cadillac.

The compact models include the Ford Focus Electric, which sold 129 units (down from 158 in February 2013), and the Toyota RAV4 EV—of which 101 were delivered last month, up sharply on January’s 63 units and the highest monthly total since last September.

As for subcompact, and minicars, Mitsubishi pulled off the remarkable trick of tripling its sales of the i-MiEV from January to February. The company sold exactly one electric minicar in January, and 3 last month. Still won’t move the needle much. more.


Halo Electric car. Mahindra’s biggest bet??

The Halo, the electric sports car concept that Mahindra Mahindra showcased at this month’s Auto Expo. is more than a mere showpiece already.

Mahindra’s electric vehicle unit, Mahindra Reva, is already testing various parameters of Halo prototypes and a production design of India’s first locally developed electric sports car is not very far, say people with knowledge of the matter. That would be a big leap for Mahindra Reva, which has had limited success with the E2O small car that it launched about a year ago.

It is our next big bet. If it passes the feasibility tests, the Halo has the potential of creating an all new affordable sports car segment, Mahindra Reva Chief Executive Chetan Maini told ET. It not only has a huge potential in the markets of Europe, where the awareness and acceptability is much higher, in India it could help us to break some myths of performance.

Auto makers use concept cars to gauge consumer reaction to new technologies and styling. Such show cars usually undergo many changes before a production design is finalised. Mahindra Reva says the vehicle, when it reaches the production stage, would break the myth that electric cars can’t deliver on power and performance.

The two-door, two-seat vehicle will be capable of traveling 200 kms on a full charge and attaining a top speed of 160 kmph, claims the company. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is expected to take just 7-8 seconds.

The car is likely to be priced at a tenth of the price of electric sports cars globally. According to a company executive, it could cost Rs 20 lakh to Rs 25 lakh.

The customer can expect a highperformance sporty car with highend features and safety systems at competitive prices, Maini said.

Mahindra Reva promises a host of advance connectivity features, user interfaces and high-performance drive trains and battery technologies. It will be capable of being fast charged as well as being charged with solar energy.

The car would be made on the locally developed NXG platform using light composite material. It would also feature an advanced energy management system.

Mahindra Reva plans to add programmable features in the car to make them more appealing. We intend to offer the car which the user can programme, right from braking, handling, acceleration according to his own preferences, Maini explained.

The company is looking forward to gain from its plan to participate in the 1st Formula E Championship to be held in the second half of 2014.

It will be a great platform for the company to trickle down development done for Formula E for the commercial purpose, Maini said.

Mahindra Reva had invested a little over Rs 100 crore in developing its small electric car E2O. The cost to develop the Halo will be higher, but it may not be dramatically higher when compared with other global sports cars or conventional cars, Maini said. Courtesty:ET

Renault Electric race car debuts at … strip

A new kind of race car is making its debut with cartoonishly loud revving, the smell of burning rubber, and not a trace of exhaust.

That’s because the new FIA Formula E Championship car is all electric. The championship is the first series exclusively for electric cars.

Organizers gave racing aficionados their first glimpse of the car in action Monday at a makeshift racetrack outside the Mandalay Bay hotel-… on the Las Vegas strip.

Brazilian driver Lucas di Grassi showed off the capabilities of the Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car, pulling off tight turns, breathtaking accelerations and sudden stops.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag says the aim of the championship is to encourage people around the world to embrace zero-emissions vehicles. more..

Solar- Powered Car to be launched by Ford

Aside from the solar cars that participate in Australia’s Solar Challenge race, society hasn’t seen much in the way of cars powered by the sun.But now Ford is exploring solar charging with its concept car, the C-Max Solar Energi, which uses solar power to directly charge the plug-in hybrid’s battery pack.

If you’re hoping this car charges on the go, you’ll be disappointed; it’s still designed to charge when parked up.But the concept is a unique one. Rather than plugging in your C-Max Energi each time you stop, you park below a special solar concentrator with Fresnel circular lenses. This magnifies the sun’s rays onto the roof of the car, which is covered by solar panels.The normal sunlight is boosted by a factor of eight, allowing the relatively small roof-mounted solar array of SunPower cells to gather enough light during a day’s charging for a full battery top-up, or 21 miles of EPA-rated electric range.more..

Electric vehicles won’t rule the road until at least 2040, says US government

According to the Department of Energy, gasoline powered vehicles will still make up for the vast majority of vehicles on the road even in the year 2040. The department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) is forecasting in its 2014 Annual Energy Outlook that the market share of gasoline powered cars and trucks will witness a mere 4 percent downfall, from today’s 82 percent to 78 percent, by 2040..courtesy


It may be hard to believe, but a battery-powered electric car worked pretty similarly to the way any other electric device works—just with a much, much bigger battery.

Modern electric cars have a lithium-ion battery pack composed of smaller cells that are grouped into what are called modules. Most electric cars use large-format cells—between 100 and 200 of them—but Tesla electric cars from the Silicon Valley startup take a different approach. They use thousands of much smaller cells, very similar to those in your laptop.

Here’s the difference, though: Your laptop may use 6 or 9 such cells, while a Tesla uses 5,000 or more.

The battery pack is usually mounted low down in the car, to keep its substantial weight close to the ground. In some cars—the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S, for example—it’s actually thin and flat, and mounted underneath the passenger compartment.

The battery powers an electric motor that actually turns the driven wheels of the car. There’s a differential with a reduction gear, but no transmission, since electric motors can run at a far wider range of speeds than a gasoline engine can. That means no transmission is required to match the engine’s speed of peak output to the road speed—which makes electric cars much simpler to engineer.

The electric motor not only powers the car but also converts into a generator to recharge the battery as the car glides or the driver puts on the brakes. Electric cars are far more efficient than gasoline cars, even hybrids, and this so-called regenerative braking can recapture up to one-third of the energy expended to put the car into motion in the first place.

Beside the battery pack and the electric motor, there’s a third set of electrical devices, collectively known as the power electronics. These are heavy-duty circuits and other components that change the voltage of the electricity used by different components, and also convert it from Alternating Current (AC) to Direct Current (DC) and vice versa. These include an onboard charger that takes wall current from the charging plug and converts it to the right kind of electricity to recharge the battery pack.

Those three sets of components make up pretty much the entire powertrain of an electric car. There are usually one or more radiators that shed heat from liquid coolant that circulates through the battery, motor, and power electronics to keep them all operating at their best temperature—which will considerably lengthen their life. Like people, electric-car batteries tend to want to stay around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.COURTESY

India’s electric vehicle push needs power

Anyone who has driven through the smog-choked streets of New Delhi, or the bumper-to-bumper honking cacophony that passes for driving in much of Mumbai and Bangalore from anywhere between 9am to 9pm knows that India could use both cleaner and quieter cars.

On Wednesday, the government seemed to acknowledge that fact, approving a $4.1bn plan that aims to put 6m green vehicles on India’s streets by 2020. There’s just one problem: power.

The goal which is likely to include 4m-5m two-wheelers puts India on a similar, though perhaps more ambitious, track as China, which aims to have 500,000 electric and hybrid cars on its roads by 2016.

But those drivers on India’s traffic-clogged roads may also have seen some of the streetlights switched off in the middle of the night. The great Indian blackout is still fresh in the mind. To analysts, the electric vehicle push however noble the intentions makes little sense without an initial, stronger push for greater infrastructure.

“I’ve always been of the opinion that more than the electric vehicles it’s the infrastructure that needs to be fixed what’s the point of incentivising electric vehicles if you don’t have the infrastructure to support those vehicles?” said Deepesh Rathore, head of IHS Automotive in India. “If our grids don’t have the power to supply households, how will they supply power for cars?”

Indeed, that’s likely the question the nearly 700m people who lost power during the world’s biggest blackout last month. or the 300m on an average day go without power in India, are asking themselves. In Delhi the country’s centre of power and the city with perhaps the best infrastructure even the political elites keep diesel generators handy to deal with the constant threat of power outages.

When even India’s rich can’t get a hold of something routinely denied to the less fortunate, you know something is wrong.

But Naveen Munjal, president of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicle said the government is going to focus on cultivating technology that allows these vehicles to be charged using renewable energy.

“RD [funding] is going to focus on trying to use renewable power to power these vehicles,” he said. “We’ve already done work on solar panels to charge electric vehicles we’ve done that, but just need to get the investment.”

The company that is likely to benefit most from the new program and the renewal of a 20 per cent government subsidy on electric and hybrid vehicle purchases is Mahindra Mahindra, whose electric model, Reva, saw sales plummet from around 60 per month to 20-25 after the subsidy lapsed in March.

Chetan Maini, chief technology officer at Mahindra, said the new program will not simply offer subsidies, but takes a more all-round approach, including building up a supplier ecosystem and a renewable-energy based infrastructure.

“It’s a holistic program,” he said. “This is important [the problem is] being attacked through all the stakeholders to allow this to happen.”

Now if only someone could come up with a vehicle that operated without a horn, India would be set. source

It sounds a little odd, given India’s recent electricity troubles, but a new and very green dedicated electric-car factory has opened in the country.

The plant in Bangalore, in the south, far from the northern and eastern grid collapses is the work of Mahindra Reva. the company formed when the giant Mahindra group gobbled up Reva Electric Car Company, which began selling the Reva electric vehicle way back in 2001.

image via Mahindra Reva

The plant is set to produce up to 30,000 vehicles a year, Mahindra Reva said in a press release [PDF ] that accompanied the opening of the plant. It didn’t say anything about the vehicle that will roll off the line there when operations begin next month, but CarTrade.comreported earlier this week on the Mahindra Reva NXR, a two-door hatchack. The report gave no price for the vehicle, but said it would “compete with the upcoming Nissan Leaf in India.”

The Leaf isn’t currently sold in India, but in a recent interview with IndianCarsBikes. Nissan’s managing director in India said “the car would do a limited run in Chennai, to assess its suitability for the Indian car market.”

Other Indian media reported that Mahindra Reva will quickly look beyond the Indian market, with plans to sell the NXR in the United Kingdom, Germany and Scandanavian countries in the next 12 to 18 months. The company, or at least its forerunner, has a history in Europe: In 2004, Reva launched the G-Wiz, a smart fortwo lookalike, in the U.K. and the car is said to be the U.K.’s best-selling electric car of all time, with some 1,200 sold in the London area.

Mahindra Reva has adopted the slogan “Future of Mobility,” and the introduction of the Bangalore factory featured a lot of talk about its green qualities.

“The new manufacturing plant is, in a way the first tangible proof point of the Future of Mobility,” the company’s chairman, Pawan Goenka, said in a statement. “This is the first purpose-built, ground-up EV plant in India, the first manufacturing plant to get Indian Green Building Council platinum rating, the first plant where cars get their first fill using solar power. In fact, this plant will consume the least amount of energy per car build, with one-third of this energy coming from solar power.”

Among the green features of the plant, in addition to the solar power, according to the company. skylights that reduce electricity consumption; 100 percent LED lighting; and onsite rain harvesting and treatment and reuse of grey water.

With the opening, the company also touted some new charging technologies, although it wasn’t clear exactly what its plans were for these. It talked about something called “Quick2Charge,” described as a charging mechanism “by which the car can be charged in 15 minutes to run 25 kms, thereby providing customers with increased convenience.” And, it said, “In order to tap and use the abundant solar energy for mobility, Mahindra Reva has designed a personal charging unit called ‘Sun2Car’ which will provide free and clean energy for the lifetime of the car, making it a very cost-effective solution.” source

Mahindra prepares for new electric car launch

Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles is ready to begin production of its follow-up to the G-Wiz electric car, with the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India.

The new NXR electric car, while still compact, looks more like an ordinary car compared to the small G-Wiz. Still classed as a quadricycle, the new NXR at least offers more for the modern car buyer including four seat and improved interior space. There will be a choice of battery packs too; with either lead acid or lithium ion batteries available.

A driving range, according to exact vehicle specification will vary from around 30 to 100 miles, says Plugincars.com.

The new manufacturing facility plant is set to produce up to 30,000 electric vehicles a year, with the new NXR expected to arrive in Indian dealerships by October/November this year, before arriving in Europe in 2013.

Mahindra Reva was formed when the Mahindra Mahindra Group bought G-Wiz makers; the Reva Electric Car Company in 2010.

Announcing the new manufacturing facility, Dr. Pawan Goenka, chairman of the Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles said. “EVs are being seen as a serious alternative to fossil fuel driven cars and Mahindra wants to take a lead in developing the EV segment and the surrounding ecosystem. The new manufacturing plant is, in a way the first tangible proof point of the Future of Mobility this is the first purpose-built, ground-up EV plant in India, the first manufacturing plant to get IGBC platinum rating, the first plant where cars get their first fill using solar power.”

Mahindra also showcased some new EV technologies as it opened the plant, including the ‘Quick2Charge’ system by which the car can be charged in 15 minutes to run 25 km (15 miles). In order to make use of solar energy, Mahindra Reva has also designed a personal charging unit called ‘Sun2Car’ which will provide free and clean to electric models. Finally a ‘Car 2 Home’ system makes it possible to use energy from the car to power a house-great in India, where recent electricity blackouts left much of northern India in the dark, at one point depriving more than 600 million people of power.

Vehicles run on fossil fuel keep increasing and emerging economies like India, China are disregarding it’s environmental implications. Electric vehicles, solar-propelled vehicles and other mode of non-pollutant vehicles alone can save the future.

It seems frustrating. While on one hand scientific evidence of Earth’s protective veneer getting destroyed due to spiraling pollution is clear to the world and talks are being held among nations to reduce pollutants, automobile production is growing in leaps and bound. Today, we have one car for every seven people.

Production of passenger vehicles (cars and light vehicles) rose from 74.4 million in 2010 to 76.8 million in 2011 and 2012 may bring an all-time high of 80 million or more vehicles, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute. Global sales of passenger vehicles increased from 75.4 million to 78.6 million over the same period, with a projected 81.8 million in 2012, writes report author and Worldwatch senior researcher Michael Renner.

The major driver of increased production and sales are the economies, especially China and India. “Rising sales translate into ever-expanding fleets. An estimated 691 million passenger cars were on the world’s roads in 2011. When both light-and heavy-duty trucks are included, the number rises to 979 million vehicles, which was 30 million more than just a year earlier.

By the end of 2012, the global fleet could top 1 billion vehicles,” says Michael.

Electric vehicle (EV) production remains at barely perceptible levels. Although several countries have issued targets for future EV fleets, it remains to be seen whether these goals can be met. China, for instance, wants to put 5 million plug-in hybrid-electric and fully electric vehicles on its roads by 2020 which could account for more than 40 per cent of the global EV fleets that year.

An analysis by Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors, however, suggests that production of 1.1 million EVs and a fleet of 3.5 million in China is a more realistic projection.

“Automobiles are major contributors to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” said Renner.

“Greater fuel efficiency, along with the use of cleaner fuels, can help mitigate these impacts, although increases in the numbers of cars and the distances driven threaten to overwhelm fuel economy advances,” he added.

The passenger vehicle fleet in China grew at an annual average rate of 25 per cent during 2000-11, from fewer than 10 million cars to 73 million cars. The top four producers of light vehicles China, USA, Japan, and Germany together account for more than half of the global output. Hybrid vehicles are growing in number, but they remain below 2 per cent of the total vehicle output.

Approx. 1.3 million people get … on roads every year. 70 per cent of air pollution in Chinese cities is from cars and trucks. Obesity is linked to high levels of car and truck pollution diesel busses and trucks are the worst.

Cars pollute the air, water and land. Cars of China and the USA alone produce close to half of the world’s carbon dioxide.

What should be done?

Drive an electric car. Drive less. Walk more and gain health. Start a No Driving Day once a week. Walk, bike, take the bus or train whenever possible. Save your petrol-powered car for long trips.

* The Germany based leading car maker Volkswagen has said that rolling-out electric cars in the Indian auto market is a major challenge, as the electric cars requires big infrastructure which is still not in place in the Indian market.

Electric car market infrastructure is a business opportunity. There is this battery charging stations. Park and charge stations. Charging systems at home.

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Quick charging systems. Battery charging and recharging services. Solar energy battery charging. etc. are some of the opportunities. Dealership for battery exchange is another.

Energy storage for electric cars is a big business opportunity in india. While further speaking on the matter, Mr. Dietmar Hildebrrandt, Volkswagen Group Service Director said that Indian is a high potential market and the company would gear up to introduce the new vehicles including the electric cars.

He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Volkswagen Group Technical Education programme which is organized to train technicians.

In the last six months, the company has registered a sales growth of over 10 percent over the same period last year. The firm is now looking forward to train more technicians to serve the customers better. Volkswagen India will be opening a centralized training center in Pune in October 2012.

There has been a huge investment from the company’s side in the training facilities in India in recent months.

At present, the company has 200 dealerships across the country and planning to double this count over the period of next five years.source

* India to invest Rs 13,000 cr on Electric cars Hybrids

* The government will put in around Rs 13,000 crore till 2020. This is mainly to incentivise the sector to attract private players, a senior official from the Department of Heavy Industries told PTI.

The earmarked amount will be utilised for setting up RD centres apart from various other activities, including giving tax benefits.

According to sources, the Department of Heavy Industries has also decided to include a clause in the draft National Mission for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (NMHEV) suggesting PSU banks to offer loans to customers for purchasing electric vehicles (EVs).

These incentives will help in cutting down the production costs of such vehicles as these are already very expensive compared to the traditional fuel-based vehicles, he added.

In next three months, we will send the proposal to the Cabinet for its approval. This investment will help the government to save Rs 27,000 crore on fuel costs, the official said.

Countries like the UK, France and Germany give such types of incentives to promote hybrid and EVs, he added.

Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises is drafting the NMHEV in consultation with various stakeholders of the automobile industry. The first meeting took place on May 11, 2011, and about 25 sittings have taken place so far, deliberating various issues.

Talking about financing for purchasing such vehicles, an industry source said: Currently, no financing facility is available for purchasing EVs. Many lower-middle class families are buyers of two-wheeler EVs that have very minimal operational costs. The government may give a directive to PSU banks to give loans to such buyers.

It is understood that under the NMHEV, it would be made mandatory for all upcoming housing complexes across the country to have charging points for electric vehicles.

It is proposed that no drawing will be passed by the Ministry of Urban Development if there is no charging socket planned at the parking space, a source said.

Besides, NMHEV will also advise the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India to develop and produce components for alternate fuel-driven vehicles to reduce shortages of parts.

Sources further said the government also will create EV zones in certain highly polluted cities as pilot projects to promote environment friendly mode of transportations.

The NMHEV will mainly provide demand-centric incentives to customers. These will be given to the manufacturers for passing on to the buyers, based on many parameters such as fuel efficiency and carbon emission standards, a source said.

During the Budget for 2011-12, the government had proposed to set up the NMHEV to encourage manufacturing and selling of alternative fuel-based vehicles.

Leading manufacturers like Hero Electric, Maruti Suzuki, General Motors, Tata Motors, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mahindra Mahindra are part of this entire process.

In December 2010, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had announced a Rs 95 crore incentive package for the remaining part of the 11th Plan. The scheme, which ended in March 31, 2012, envisaged incentives of up to 20 per cent on the ex-factory prices of vehicles, subject to a maximum limit.

The cap on the incentive was Rs 4,000 for low speed two-wheelers, Rs 5,000 for high speed two-wheelers, Rs 60,000 for seven seater three-wheeler and Rs one lakh for a car.

With the financial assistance scheme ending, the EV segment has seen sales dropping by over 75 per cent, leading to 275 dealers closing shops in the last 2-3 months.

Some of the leading electric two-wheeler manufacturers include Hero Electric, Avon Cycles, BSA Motors and Lohia Auto. source

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* Five real world facts about Electric cars

(1) Electric cars have arrived, but the pace of adoption will be slow. 2) There are several different types of cars that plug in, and their electric ranges vary. (3) In the early years, most charging will be done in garages attached to private homes. (4) You have to consider where and how you use your car(s) if you consider buying electric. (5) Electric cars are cheaper to “fuel” per than gasoline cars, and they have a lower carbon footprint tooeven on dirty grids. source

*Gov delays Rs 32 cr payment as EV incentive for fy12

Electric vehicle manufacturers have sought from the government Rs 32 crore which they have passed on as incentives to customers till the end of last fiscal year.

With the government’s financial assistance to electric vehicles ending on March 31 this year, the segment has seen sales dropping by over 75 per cent, leading to 275 dealers closing shops in the last 2-3 months.

We had kept on passing the incentives to consumers till the last date of the scheme. As on March 31, 2012, an outstanding amount of Rs 32 crore is to be received from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) Director Sohinder Gill told PTI. As per the scheme started by the MNRE in December 2010, the government was to provide financial incentive for each electric vehicle sold in India during the remaining part of the 11th Plan, which were 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Besides, the introduction of the National Electric Vehicle Policy, which is being drafted by the Ministry of

Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has also led to stopping of the MNRE scheme as two government incentive programmes on the same sector cannot continue simultaneously.

According to Gill, though MNRE wanted to help it could not as funds from the Finance Ministry never came to the MNRE. more


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But as u go down, you will get more info about the market for electric cars in india, battery charging network, battery manufacturers in india.


* I ndia’s Tata Group, in collaboration with France’s Dassault Systemes, is planning to launch a new electric car which is expected to be offered at a price of about $20,000.

The group’s IT services wing Tata Technologies has completed the electric vehicle (EV) feasibility study known as the eMO (for electric MObility) using Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

According to Tata, the eMO study was carried out to explore the feasibility of developing an EV at an affordable price, along with requirement to equip all the vehicle systems into a small footprint, while preserving spacious seating for four adults.

Tata Motors, the group’s passenger car divsion had developed an electric version of Indica Vista in 2010, which was thought to go on sale in the UK, Norway and Denmark by 2011. source

* India Could Make Affordable Electric Cars a Reality

From the i MiEV to the Tesla Model S . Currently the most expensive electric car gives you the best performance, up to 160 miles starting at around $50,000 or so, climbing to 300 miles at under $70,000 with options up to $100,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the Mitsubishi i MiEV comes in at the most affordable price, shy of $30,000. Both these cars and others can have a further reduction of $7,500 in federal incentives, as well as other state and local incentives if applicable.

Nonetheless, the cheapest Tesla Model S is over $40,000 and in some cases the Mitsubishi i MiEV close to $17,000.

What this means is that the holy grail of electric cars could come from one of the oldest surviving culture in the world, India. But how will they do this and at what price? The company says it is working to leverage its global engineering team talents to meet design and cost constraints at under $20,000.

In order to do this, all systems will have to fit into a small footprint, while maintaining spacious seating for four adults. Think the original Mini here. By using the Dassault simulation software, CATIA and ENOVIA, it will quickly develop various further studies that would allow for a global collaboration to evaluate and converge on optimal solutions.

In other words, the simulation will optimize ways to develop and build an affordable electric car.

So this leaves us again with two questions. Does Tata have enough money to spend on research in order to build an “affordable” car and how will it make a profit on it? The other is, is sub-$20,000 affordable enough for most people in this recession? Those are questions that we can only answer individually, based on our incomes and budgets, but if Tata does succeed in building a sub-$20,000 with enough range, say 100 miles, than it stands a chance to revolutionize the mass adoption of electric cars. source

* Plug in Electric Vehicles, PEV, Plug in hybrid electric vehicles PHEV

Automotive manufacturers are looking to move plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) from expensive early adopter vehicles to more of a mass market mode of personal transportation. Following several years of significant investment in engineering development and marketing resources, the PEV market was launched in 2011 with production volume of more than 20,000 PEVs, an all-time record for such vehicles. Yet, with a better understanding of the practical challenges of launching new models and expanding PEV sales to mainstream consumers unfamiliar with the technology, especially coming off of a global economic recession, optimism waned.

As battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are purchased in greater numbers over the next few years, Pike Research’s analysis indicates that significant regional differences in adoption patterns will emerge. For example, while PHEVs will outsell BEVs in North America, the converse is true in Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, auto manufacturer strategies continue to evolve.

The lion’s share of OEMs making PEVs are doing so at a very measured pace, carefully vetting new technologies and consumer preferences with a sharp focus on regional differences in demand. All are optimistic about the long-term prospects for the PEV sector, but the industry remains cautiously focused on growing at the pace of market demand.This Pike Research report examines the global market landscape for PHEVs and BEVs including a detailed analysis of market drivers and barriers, technology issues, policy and regulatory factors, and the competitive landscape of OEMs and key suppliers

* Why Use Rooftop Solar Panels to Power Your Electric Vehicle?

Solar cells stand to place an increasingly prominent role in augmenting the practicality of electric cars. In theory, the idea of using solar panels to charge electric cars seems a perfect combination. The sun is the planet’s greatest source of free energy and anyone with the capacity to harness it is at an advantage.

The reality is of course more complicated: Since most people are out during the day, the car will be away from the domestic panels used to charge them. At night, when the car will be parked unused, there is no sunlight with which to charge the car. However, this is a straightforward problem to work around. Instead of the solar panels linking directly to the car, they can instead be used to charge a battery bank when the car is in use.

When the car is parked at home, the battery can then be used to recharge the car. SolarCity, one of the largest solar leasing companies, has recently begun offering such battery banks as a promotion to their customers — ostensibly as a back up source of electricity in the event of a power outage but likely also spying a gap in the market to be a provider of such equipment. An alternative is that the panels are instead used to feed the electricity grid during the day, then when the car is plugged in at night the power is taken straight back from the grid. This often has an added monetary advantage to it, since through net-metering, electricity is typically charged more cheaply at night.

Then from a financial standpoint, you’re effectively getting out more than you put in. Don’t plan on making big bucks on such an arrangement though most utilities in the US will only allow you to generate credits to your bill instead of out-and-out revenue from net-metering. Cities Play Catch Up

Despite the future of automotive efficiency lying very firmly in the solar panel/electric car combo, if everyone suddenly adopted the practice the situation would quickly become untenable. The electrical infrastructure of cities doesn’t currently possess the capacity to support an entire block’s worth of electric cars all charging at the same time, as charging an electric car can consume up to three times as much power as an average household. For this reason it may be worth considering making the investment before your neighbors do.

If you wait too long, there could well be a fight over who has the right to utilize what power the local grid is able to muster. It will likely be some time before the necessary upgrades are made that will allow for the increased current that the vehicles will demand. The catch-22 is that upgrades are unlikely to be initiated until there has been enough uptake of electric vehicles to demand such improvements. Another issue is if you park on the curb rather than in a garage, you’ll be a fair distance from where you can actually plug your car in to charge. Unless you want to trail a few dozen feet of power cables down the sidewalk, it will be difficult to maneuver your vehicle into a position where it can be charged.

However, things are slowly changing for the better. Many cities are introducing specialized parking spaces reserved for electric cars that also provide a socket to charge your vehicle while it’s parked. In the San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to the three largest suppliers of solar panel installations, there are areas with very high concentrations of such spaces, making electric cars not only viable, but also practical. more 28/6/12

*Audi A3 e-tron Prototype: First Drive Video (Exclusive), Gallery 1

Unlike other carmakers—including BMW with its ActiveE program—Audi has chosen to use only in-house drivers to test the fleet of electric A3 e-tron prototypes it has brought to the U.S.

So we’re pleased to be among the few media outlets to drive an Audi A3 e-tron, one of just 17 such cars in North America.

Our short 45-minute test drive in the heart of New York City including both urban stop-and-go traffic and some freeway driving at speeds up to (and perhaps beyond) the legal limit on Manhattan’s winding and unpredictable FDR Drive along the East River.

Almost production ready

To sum it up, the prototype A3 e-tron we drove felt like a production-ready vehicle, solid, relatively well sorted, and all but ready for showrooms.

Audi also told us that the first A3 with a plug will actually be a plug-in hybrid version, which will be offered as a high-end version of the all-new Audi A3 that will arrive for 2014.

As part of the global testing program of Audi’s e-tron electric vehicle technology, we recently put A3 e-trons into the hands of a team of Audi of America employees. These e-Pilots, as they’re now known, will beta test the zero-emission, all-electric prototype version of the A3 in their day-to-day lives. Their real-world experiences will directly translate into the production Audi e-tron plug-in vehicles that will hit American roads in the not-to-distant future.

Check in regularly to see their reports on what it’s like to live with an electrified Audi!

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India electric vehicles prospects

A study on the prospects of electric vehicles conducted by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd has estimated the current potential of the Indian market at 4 per cent of the annual car sales in the country (or about 100,000 vehicles).

The study finds that the Indian customer does not want to pay a premium, would shift to an electric vehicle only if the price of petrol touched Rs 85 a litre, would not consider electric vehicle if the conventional vehicles ran 32 km a litre of fuel, wanted charge time of less than two hours, preferred charging at home and wanted a range of 320 km/charge. The study was released in Chennai today.

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