An overview of green car tech

VW XL1 plug in diesel hybridIf there is any agreement in the automotive industry on what the future will hold, it is the notion that fossil fuels will run out eventually. This month’s guest blogger – Jennifer Smith – gives you an overview from a UK perspective of existing and upcoming green technology.

When looking at the future of automotive technology, it’s like looking through green tinted glasses. Nearly every major car company now is offering a greener alternative to their standard range of gas guzzling vehicles. Continue reading

New technology, new means of transportation: eROCKIT

Girl riding eRockit electric bikeFor decades the shape of cars and bikes was influenced by the requirements set by fossil fuel engine technology. A petrol car requires cool air to reduce the engine heat. It triggered designers to create air intakes in the front of cars which became a vital tangible of the image of most brands. The fuel tank between the steering bar and the seat of a motor bike is what creates the ‘gestalt’ of a bike. The power and performance of a sports car is endorsed by the number, shape and size of its exhausts. All these examples loose their relevancy when the power plant is for instance electric.

New engine technology, whether it is electric with batteries, fuel cell or electric with a range extender offers new possibilities in design. The Toyota i-road, Renault Twizy or the Nissan Blade Glider are just examples of revolutionary designs with electric propulsion. The impact of electric power systems on designs of means of transportation is not limited to cars. Above is an example from the bike industry of a new type of vehicle which is a bicycle or a motor bike. Which is it? You decide after you  Continue reading

Battery maker claims breakthrough: electric car range will nearly quadruple

Renault ZOE with charge stations Battery powered electric cars have many advantages over fossil fuel powered ones. Obviously the best is that no gas is required. With the price of electricity already being low and coming down in the future the result is huge savings. Electric cars give off no emissions, which reduces the greenhouse effect and keeps the air clean in dense populated areas. When it comes to driving an electric car the immense torque of the engine and the silence adds up the a whole new experience with a lot of driving pleasure. Continue reading

Cadillac ELR threat to Tesla Model S ?

Cadillac ELR“Is the Cadillac ELR a threat to the Tesla Model S ?” That question was brought up by the CNBC presenters and their correspondent Phil LeBeau in the video after the break. Here is our thought on the future in Europe of the ELR, which had its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motorshow. …Continue reading

Cordless EV Charging by Volvo

Electric Vehicle Charging Station SignConsumers often fail to buy innovative products with distinct improvements over the existing ones. A perfect example is the switch from a car that drives on gasoline to a car that drives on electricity. Potential buyers question the shortcomings and overlook the advantages: What about the range? And where can I charge my car? How long will it take before I’m on the road again? Improved technologies could make a switch a lot easier. …Continue reading

Electric vehicles: expectations vs reality

electric mobilityIn March 2012 we published some expectations for the electric mobility market in the coming years. Yet, recent numbers show that in reality these expectations are not being fulfilled. Are there any reasons that could explain this fact?

The expectations of the number of electric vehicles (EV’s) that will be sold in the Netherlands varied per source. …Continue reading

Get inspired: Study trip EV USA

Tesla factoryToday’s guest column is by Ellen Hiep of HiePRactief. Their team is in charge of a field study trip to the USA. The objective of the full week study tour is to investigate the state-of-the-art in electric mobility. She gives us a preview of what participants on this educational trip to Silicon Vally can expect. …Continue reading

Phone booths could turn into charging stations for electric cars

could phone booths become ev charging stations?

The re-use of urban infrastructure.

For a city like New York a little bit of space is worth a million. So what to do with outdated infrastructure that uses this little bit of space? An article in The New York Times refers to a design contest held by the city: what could the public pay telephones become now they’re not being used anymore? …Continue reading

Twizy rules the French Riviera

Twizy rules the French Riviera

How effective is flirting out of an electric car? Well, at first, women didn’t found the little urban vehicles very attractive  (“…and then he flirted with me out of an electric smart!”). This summer, the French Riviera is experiencing the opposite. The Avant-garde at the French beach has discovered the conspicuous design of the Renault Twizy and the ease of recharging this car. …Continue reading

Nissan introduces urban EV concept

Nissan introduces urban EV

Nissan introduces a new electric vehicle concept for urban usage. With its compact design this vehicle can easily find its way through small and twisty European alleys but it is also stable because of the four wheels. Etienne Henry, Nissan’s head of product strategy and planning: “The Nissan urban car …Continue reading

The adoption of electric cars

Fisker Karma Mondial Paris 2013When a new technology appears on the scene, such as electric vehicles, there is almost always the question why it isn’t adopted quickly. Again, such as seems the case now with the adoption of electric cars.

General theory on adoption shows that the rate of adoption is depending on various factors. “The rate of adoption usually starts slow, accelerates until about 50% of the community has adopted the technology, then decelerates, eventually approaching zero, as nearly everyone in the community has adopted the technology.” …Continue reading

Why electric cars are like smart phones

Electric cars charging in Amsterdam
Selling electric cars in the same way as mobile phones could boost sales, says Simon Donohue in the Telegraph. In his article he draws parallels between the marketing practices of mobile phone companies and operators and car manufacturers. He heads the article with “Why electric cars could be sold like phones”. The popular answer might be: because they can! However, the parallel between EVs and smart phones does not stop when the sale is done. …Continue reading

U.S.A. electric vehicles drive more than gas-powered cars

Plug-In_Vehicle

Results of an U.S.A study on driver behaviour shows an interesting twist “they didn’t see coming.” As it happens, drivers of a plug-in vehicle are driving more than their gasoline counterparts. On average of course. Besides, owners of a plug-in vehicle are also getting more used to charging their cars outside of their homes. …Continue reading

Electric Car Maker CODA Files For Bankruptcy

CODA electric carElectric car maker CODA was once called one of the Big-Three-Electric car makers. In a move that did not come as a big surprise to insiders, the start-up based out of Los Angeles filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday. The company converted a small four door family saloon by the Chinese car manufacturer ChangAn Hafei. The modification of the platform, installation of electric motors and the batteries was done in CODA’s Californian factory. InsideEVs has the full story.

New mobility concept Nissan: Leaf EV for commuting and a SUV for vacation.

Nissan Leaf concept 2011With its limited range of 175 kilometers (108 miles) the full electric Nissan Leaf might not be the perfect car for a vacation road trip across Europe. However for daily commuting an electric car seems almost ideal with its low operation costs, zero emission, low noise, tax advantages and comfortable driving dynamics. To give you the best for all your driving, Nissan Netherlands now offers a new mobility concept. …Continue reading

First review of the Fiat 500e electric vehicle

Fiat 500e - Electric Vehicle

First review of the Fiat 500e – electric. TFLcar is really enthusiastic about it, but even more about its price: $ 32000. With the California tax reduction the MSRP is around $ 20500 or $ 199 per month. In France, which also offers state tax deductions for EVs, that would be around € 21.750,- incl. VAT. In the Netherlands this Fiat would be around € 31000 incl. VAT, but with additional tax deduction possibilities when you drive it as a company car. How do you feel about these prices?

The video review can be seen here: http://www.tflcar.com/2013/04/fiat500e/