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.
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’.
January 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on Faraday Future offers a glimpse of its autonomous electric car: Concept Reveal at CES2016 ! 1 day to go! § permalink
Faraday Future is set to make its big reveal at CES. The company says we’ll see it “unveil a concept inspired by our design and engineering vision.” So it sounds like the actual car is pretty far from completion, though we’re still excited to see what it has come up with.
A longer video released by the California startup last week teased an electric vehicle with self-driving capabilities. The company has also hinted at an alternative ownership model where you only get the car when you actually need it, though again we’re still fuzzy on the actual details. Hopefully we’ll learn more next week.
January 3rd, 2014 § Comments Off on Ford reveals solar-powered car with sun-tracking technology § permalink
The concept car has a solar panel system on the roof that could power the car to run for up to 21 miles just on electricity Ford has unveiled plans for a prototype solar-powered hybrid car.
The Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept has a solar panel system on the roof which tracks the position of the sun. The company said it can draw power equal to a four-hour battery charge.
Fully charged the car could travel for up to 21 miles powered just on electricity.
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March 12th, 2013 § Comments Off on #Wireless #ev #Charging: Halo wireless #electricvehicle charging trialled in London § permalink
Doing away with the cord presents obvious advantages when it comes to the challenge of keeping electric vehicles juiced-up and Qualcomm is among those putting wireless charging platforms through real-world tests to prove the technology. The company has been trialling its Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology in London with a fleet of 50 vehicles including the Delta Motorsport Delta E4 Coupé and Renault##Q##s Fluence ZE EV.
WEVC uses inductive charging technology whereby energy is transferred between components in the ground and under the vehicle. “Simply put, WEVC works in the same way as an electric tooth brush, only on a larger scale,” says Qualcomm’s marketing director Joe Barrett. “Basically we use a copper coil in a pad on the ground under the car and a second pad on the vehicle. Using the magnetic field, we transfer energy from the ground based pad to the vehicle based pad.”
For the London trial, Qualcomm has been working with Chargemaster, a charging station specialist with several installations in both private and public areas across the city. Qualcomm says that adding Halo WEVC to those sites was less expensive than installing new sites since up to 70 percent of the charging bay cost is in providing the utilities.
Potentially, systems like WEVC could make EV batteries smaller because they could be charged up regularly, in small, frequent shots. That would lead to cheaper EVs and, consequently, increased adoption.
“A good example is taxis or car share,” says Barrett. “Taxis can’t plug in and plug out all the time while moving along a taxi line, so wireless is ideal.”
The London run has not yet provided the company with enough data to make a definite diagnosis of how the technology stack-up in a real-world scenario, but Barrett believes cars coming off the production line of a major automaker in 2015 or 2016 could be enabled for wireless charging. Before that, Qualcomm aims to deliver the technology for OEM evaluation.
Besides the models being used in London, there are Qualcomm Halo 3.3 kW implementations in two Citroen C1 cars that were used in the “Plugged in Places” trial in the UK during 2011 and 2012. There was also a 7 kW implementation in the Rolls Royce 102EX Phantom experimental electric vehicle displayed at CES 2013. The company will also test a 20kW system on the Lola-Drayson 200 mph (322 km/h) electric racing car. The company will be partnering with Drayson Racing to enter the FIA Formula E Championship, due to begin in 2014.
The video below illustrates how Qualcomm’s Halo WEVC works.