If 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
For 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 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
Rankings are always good. It gives you a great, short and clear overview of the best of anything you’re interested in. But the usability and reliability of a ranking depends on the facts that it’s based on. In our case: how do you rank the best cities for electric vehicles (EVs)? …Continue reading
“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
Although the amount of EV’s on the road doesn’t match with the expectations, the number of EV’s is growing rapidly. Who are the people that drive an electric vehicle and how do they use them? Are there any common characteristics?
Consumers 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
In 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
Today’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
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
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 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
In its push to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, Madrid says that its Olympic Village would only use electric vehicles for transportation services. Madrid’s push to host the Games focuses on what’s called an ultra-modern smart metropolis scheme. …Continue reading
When 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
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
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
Not every car brand reports their monthly sales for individual models, but Renault did it in March and April for the new all electric Zoe. In March 1.089 new Zoes were sold in France en April adds another 748 units of this electric car. Maybe this number sounds not really impressive, but …Continue reading
Electric 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.
With 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. 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/