Forced hand, clean future? Norway to ‘completely ban all petrol powered cars by 2025’

June 5th, 2016 § Comments Off on Forced hand, clean future? Norway to ‘completely ban all petrol powered cars by 2025’ § permalink

Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, according to reports.
Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reportedly reached some concrete conclusions about 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.
According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, a headline which makes reference to the populist right-wing Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party.
Yet there is some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed.
If passed, it would be particularly significant because a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry.
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The report also follows the announcement that Norway will become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.
Speaking about the possible 2025 ban on non-electric cars, Elon Musk, chief executive of US electric car company Tesla Motors, lauded the announcement.
“Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025,” he wrote.
“What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”.
Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016

Yet while the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv’s report, the FRP have said the move is still being looked at, according to Aftenposten.
If the measure is fully confirmed, it would be more ambitious than the Labour Party’s proposal that no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold by 2030.
The four parties, who rule together through a system of proportional representation, have also agreed a new climate tax on electricity.
About 24 per cent of the country’s cars already run on electricity, and it is a heavy producer of renewable energy with more than 99 per cent of electricity covered by hydropower.
Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new $3bn investment in the sector approved in 2013.
Meanwhile critics in the UK have accused the Conservative Government of reneging on its commitment to green energy and looking for solutions in fracking and nuclear energy instead.
This follows a 25 per cent rise in renewable energy investments pouring into the UK last year, according to a global paper on the topic. 

Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025

April 23rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Tough but gotta be done: Netherlands may ban sale of non-electric cars by 2025 § permalink

Times are changing folks and yet human attitude towards worsening air pollution and climate change is all slow behaviours which, unless have the tangible impact, are rarely well pondered upon.

This is why I personally gotta commend Duth government on their effort, forced hand, in fact to make legal steps to ensure that Changes are Made and Made Now rather than later, and promote zero emission transportation, with this proposal to make it illegal to sell pure fossil-fuelled car from 2025 in the country.


Europe’s developing market in on-street charging points and hydrogen fuelling stations will be given a boost if the Dutch parliament passes a law that would ban the sale of non-electric cars by 2025.
The bill was initiated by the Labour party, and has attracted sufficient support in the lower house of the Dutch parliament. It will become law if it gains the approval of the Dutch senate.
If introduced, the law would give a regulatory push to the market for electric vehicles. At present, consumers are deterred from buying non-petrol or diesel vehicles because of the lack of charging infrastructure, and companies are deterred from installing the infrastructure because of the lack of cars to use it. 
There are signs that this chicken-and-egg problem is beginning to be overcome in the battery car market, particularly in the Netherlands. Last year, 43,000 new electric vehicles were purchased in the country, giving them a 10% share of the market. In Norway, the leader in electric vehicle adoption, that figure is 22%. By contrast, electric vehicles make up only 1% of UK sales and 0.35% of Canadian sales. 
Howerver, hydrogen fuelled cars still face barriers. At present there are few ways to refuel a fuel-cell-powered car.
Shell has made a start on installing hydrogen stations, having set up a partnership in Germany with industrial gas manufacturers Air Liquide and Linde, car maker Daimler and energy companies Total and OMV, to develop a network of 400 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2023. However, only three stations have been set up.
The UK government last year made £6.6m ($9.5m) available to set up 12 hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK, including new Brentford and Croydon outside London, and a mobile station that will be used across the south of England.
Despite the lack of a fuel network, production model hydrogen cars are beginnign to appear. Yesterday, 21 April, Toyota annouced that it would introduce the Mirai to the UK. The £66,000 ($95,000) four-door Mirai (it means “future” in Japanese) is part of the car maker’s plan to shift to alternative fuels as soon as possible – a decision that will be vindicated if the Netherlands enacts its law, and other countries follow suit. 
So far, the city of Oslo is looking to ban private cars by 2019 and the mayor of Paris has announced that the city will be rid of diesel cars by 2020.
The process of building a hydrogen refuelling station is shown here.
Toyota’s take on the rapidly changing car industry is shown here.


VW electric car on the new MEB platform will have 311 miles of range for 2019

February 15th, 2016 § Comments Off on VW electric car on the new MEB platform will have 311 miles of range for 2019 § permalink


Autocar is out with a new report today claiming inside information on Volkswagen’s first electric car to be built on the new MEB platform. MEB is the platform unveiled at CES last month and showcased in the company’s microbus concept: BUDD-e.

The platform will allow VW to bring to market electric vehicles made to be electric from the ground up. It is based on the now familiar concept of a large battery pack extending flat between the axles.

Volkswagen has apparently green-lighted the BUDD-e, or at least a version of the BUDD-e, for development into volume production, but the vehicle is not expected to hit the market before 2020. Autocar says VW aims to bring to market another electric vehicle on the same platform before the microbus, around 2019, and it will be closer in size to the automaker’s flagship Golf.

Yesterday we wrote about VW planning a longer range version (186 miles) of the all-electric e-Golf, but the vehicle Autocar is talking about would be an entirely new model understood to be around 4400mm in length compared to the Golf’s 4255mm.

The publication claimed the new model’s range will exceed 311 miles (500 km) on a single charge, though that’s likely based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which is known to be less restrictive than the EPA standard. For example, Tesla’s Model S 85D, which is equipped with a 85 kWh battery pack, gets 270 EPA-rated miles, but 330-NEDC rated miles. “Real-world” range is closer to the EPA ratings.

Autocar also writes that Volkswagen plans to introduce cutting-edge connectivity and infotainment systems in the new vehicle. You can read the full report on their website.

Porsche starts development of electric sports car and Tesla rival Mission E

February 9th, 2016 § Comments Off on Porsche starts development of electric sports car and Tesla rival Mission E § permalink

Development of Porsche’s first electric car has now started, as the company transforms its Mission E concept into a zero-emissions sports car of the future. The production version is expected to go on sale in 2020.
Revealed in September 2015, the Mission E is a four-seat sports car powered by two electric motors producing over 600 horsepower. The car, to offer a sportier alternative to the electric Tesla Model S, is said to have a maximum range of 330 miles, more than the Model S currently achieves, and sprints to 60mph in 3.5 seconds.
In December 2015 it was announced that the Mission E would become a production car, and now it has been given its own internal codename. Known at Porsche as J1, the car will now enter the long and complex development process, reports Autocar.

Although sharing the same design language as the Porsche 911 and four-seat Panamera, the Mission E will sit on a bespoke platform with a chassis designed to accommodate a lithium ion battery pack, plus front and rear electric motors.

It isn’t yet known if the platform could be used for a variety of vehicles, such as an SUV, but if Porsche’s first electric car is a success then we would expect a range of different vehicles sharing common components to be developed. This platform is not thought to be related to that being developed by parent company Volkswagen for its range of upcoming electric vehicles, including the Budd-E concept shown off at CES in January.

While electric cars are certainly on Porsche’s roadmap, autonomous vehicles are not. Chief executive Oliver Blume said in early February that his customers want to drive their cars themselves, not be driven by an ‘iPhone for the road’.

Kudos: Heathrow Airport increases fleet of electric cars in bid to improve CO2 emissions

November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Kudos: Heathrow Airport increases fleet of electric cars in bid to improve CO2 emissions § permalink

Danielle Paton, from Langley, is a member of the sustainability transport team at the airport and is featured in a video which was released this week.

In the video Danielle explains Heathrow’s 2020 ambition for every car and small van used within the airport to be ‘electric or plug-in hybrid’.

One change that has already been made is switching its pool car fleet, which is used by workers to get around the airport, from diesel to electric.

“We have lots of environment challenges at Heathrow and I am helping with plans to improve CO2 emissions,” Danielle said.

“Encouraging people to leave their cars at home is a challenge but we are working to show people the savings they can make if they opt for an alternative mode of transport.

“However the main focus of the video is to show what we are working towards and what we have done to lower emissions at Heathrow.”

Heathrow already has one of the largest fleets of electric airside vehicles in Europe with almost all of its 830 baggage tugs being electric.

The airport has also committed £5m to its electric vehicle charging infrastructure and are trialling a specialised rapid charger which would allow vehicles to be charged quickly.

On h2:Toyota Will Lease Mirai In Europe, Mostly In Germany And Uk

November 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on On h2:Toyota Will Lease Mirai In Europe, Mostly In Germany And Uk § permalink

I don’t normally cover non-electric car stories on my blog but this one is interesting to say the least and if it was interesting for me I hope it is just as interesting for you. 🙂

Toyota Will Lease Mirai In Europe, Mostly in Germany and UKEurope will be a marginal market for the Toyota Mirai, at least in the beginning. The Japanese automaker plans to ship about 50 to 100 units to Europe in 2016 and 2017, 90 percent of which will be destined for Germany and the UK. That’s insignificant compared to the 1,900 orders Toyota has received from the United States.

The two European countries were chosen because they are expanding their refueling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles. The Mirai has a sticker price of €66,000 plus local taxes in Europe, but Toyota will initially only lease the car to customers.

“Mirai customers will not have to worry about the resale value or maintenance of their car because everything will be included in the monthly lease rate,” Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer for the Mirai, was quoted as saying by Autonews Europe.

The lease will cost €1,200 a month in Germany and from £600 to £700 in the UK. Contracts will have a four-year duration and no down payment. Besides Germany and the UK, Denmark is another target market for the Mirai. The country has seven fuel cell stations and plans to add five more by year-end. The Mirai will be leased for €1,050 a month in Denmark. From early 2016 the Mirai will be also leased in Belgium.

The leasing rates in individual markets do not include possible government incentives for zero-emission vehicles.

Germany targets 50 stations by the year-end and 400 by 2023, while the UK aims to expand its network to 65 stations by 2020 from 15 at the year-end. In Germany, filling the Mirai’s 4.7-kg hydrogen tank costs below €45 ($51), as hydrogen is priced at €9.5 per kg. A full refill takes from 3 to 5 minutes.

Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo

October 29th, 2015 § Comments Off on Next Nissan Leaf previewed by IDS Concept in Tokyo § permalink

The Nissan IDS Concept, a four-seat hatchback that hints strongly at the styling of the next-generation Leaf, has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.
It has two different cabin configurations depending on whether the driver selects the conventional manual driving mode, or the ‘piloted’ mode built in via its on-board artificial intelligence.

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“It’s like relaxing in a living room,” says design director Mitsunori Morita, who defines the trust-based communication that needs to exist between driver and autonomous-driving car with the phrase “Together, we ride”. Even in manual mode the intelligent drive system is poised to assist if needed, providing greater control in braking and cornering.

The IDS Concept has a low roof height (1380mm) to reduce frontal area and improve aerodynamics, and runs on thin, big-diameter, aerodynamically designed wheels with 175 section tyres to minimise both air and rolling resistance. Its carbonfibre body makes it unusually light for a battery car.

Nissan’s engineers say they have improved all aspects of IDS Concept’s electric powertrain: motors, batteries and inverters. The combination of aerodynamics, lightness and a new, high-capacity 60kWh battery will allow the IDS Concept to “drive long distances”, according to Nissan.

The IDS concept, and the Leaf it will morph into, will pioneer Nissan Intelligent Drive, according to Nissan’s boss Carlos Ghosn. It will be switchable between Pilot and Manual modes, and Pilot does everything, seeing traffic and connecting to other connected cars. Manual gives you control but maintains the surveillance of the Pilot technology in the background for safety.

Nissan plans to roll out self-driving technology across ‘multiple vehicles’ by 2020, and the IDS gives a look at how this could work. It is capable of imitating the driver’s own driving style while in autonomous mode, reflecting cornering, braking and accelerating styles.

While it is in Manual mode, it monitors the road and aims to assist the driver if evasive action is necessary.

In Piloted mode, the car aims to make the atmosphere more relaxed in the cabin. The steering wheel recedes into the centre of the instrument panel and a flat screen comes out. All the seats turn slightly towards one another, too, to make conversation that bit easier.

For the concept, designers have used a series of lights, including a silver side body line called the Intention Indicator, to signal the car’s intentions to nearby pedestrians or cyclists. When a pedestrian is near, the strip turns red to indicate the car’s awareness. Another display, which faces outward from the instrument panel, can flash messages such as ‘After you’ to pedestrians. It’s all part of their determination, say Nissan, to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities to help create ‘a sustainable, car-based society’.

As well as showing off the future of technology, insiders also suggest the Tokyo car’s styling points to the next generation of Leaf, which is due by 2017. Nissan is considering expanding the Leaf sub-brand to include more models and body styles, according to the firm’s executive vice-president Trevor Mann – but the core of the range is still expected to be a five-door hatchback.

The IDS concept will not turn into the new Leaf completely, but many of its shapes and concepts will be used – the window lines, low roof, the aerodynamic approach, skinny tyres and low-drag wheels, and the careful design of underbody. We won’t see pillarless doors or some of the radical, clearance-limiting stuff along body sides, though.

Volkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020

September 30th, 2015 § Comments Off on Volkswagen To Roll Out More Electric and Plug-In Cars By 2020 § permalink

Looking ahead, Volkswagen wants its cars to be able to function as smartphones on wheels — sending and receiving data as they drive.

The German manufacturer plans on joining the self-driving car market, but in the more immediate sense, it will roll out 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids – spanning compacts to luxury sedans – according to Bloomberg.

“We are in the process of reinventing Europe’s largest automaker,” said VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn prior to this week’s Frankfurt International Motor Show, as reported by Bloomberg. “By 2020, we will have transformed all of our new cars into smartphones on wheels.”

Winterkorn added: “At a time of major social and technological upheaval, people expect new answers, new solutions and new directions from us. The Porsche Mission E and the Audi e-tron quattro concept are nothing less than a quantum leap for our industry.”

With each of the aforementioned electric vehicles boasting a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles), Winterkorn said VW’s Tiguan GTE model exemplifies their “determination to systematically take the plug-in hybrid to further classes and segments.”

To that end, Volkswagen showed off its concept technology for charging electric cars in “V-Charge” in Frankfurt.

“We have the right cars. Now what is needed is the right framework for this key technology to really catch on,” Winterkorn stated.

VW certainly needs the boost, considering that Bloomberg is reporting that the manufacturer’s deliveries in the United States are declining and have also slowed in China, its largest market.

In addition to its vow to roll out with 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020, Volkswagen was recently one of the automakers that gained approval from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous cars on the steets of California.

The cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage

September 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on The cheaper battery: Bosch invents new electric car battery to double mileage § permalink

German electronics firm Bosch says it will have a solid state battery on the market by 2020 that will double the range of electric cars at half the cost of today’s batteries.Bosch-battery-tech

Today the cheapest electric cars, which cost around $30,000, typically have a range of less than 100 miles.
Once commercialised, this new battery could give affordable electric cars a range of over 200 miles per charge – and at a lower price.

The acceleration in the development of this new battery comes with Bosch’s acquisition of Californian startup Seeo, which already has sample cells of this battery.

According to Seeo, they have come up with a new way to make lithium batteries without a liquid electrolyte. The batteries need no cooling system and won’t catch on fire the way a traditional lithium ion battery can. They are also significantly lighter and cost less to manufacture, compared to the battery in a Tesla Model S, for instance, which weighs 1,200 pounds and costs $12,000. » Read the rest of this entry «

Land Rover reveals EV-hybrid concepts

September 15th, 2015 § Comments Off on Land Rover reveals EV-hybrid concepts § permalink

Jaguar Land Rover has previewed its upcoming electric vehicle technology with hybrid and EV versions of the Range Rover Evoque. The in-house developed electric motor will be seen on three of its zero-emission and electric vehicle concepts, that shall pave the way for future hybrid and electric vehicles.
Under development for the past two years, the battery designs allow for easy integration with any engine and transmission combination, or independent use in all-electric vehicles. Also, the batteries are capable of producing twice the torque as any currently in production.

The first car called the Concept e MHEV, is an Evoque that pairs a prototype three-cylinder, 89bhp diesel engine with a 48V lithium-ion battery pack. The second, a Range Rover Sport-based Concept e PHEV uses a 296bhp petrol motor and a larger 150kW, 320V lithium-ion battery. The petrol engine uses a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox with a full-time four-wheel drive system.

The third concept based on JLR’s new aluminium platform packs a 70kWh lithium-ion driving a 145kW motor on the rear axle and an 85kW electric motor on the front axle. The electric drive module is deemed suitable for every vehicle architecture, and fits between the engine and the transmission. A two-speed transmission mated to the electric motors aids low-speed traction.

The company has also developed a low carbon-emission Evoque called ‘Provoque’. It is powered by an electrically supercharged 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine coupled with a 48V mild hybrid system that also drives the supercharger for producing low-end torque.

JLR is yet to reveal the performance details of the vehicles. Production-ready cars based on the display concepts are unlikely to go on sale before 2020.

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