Posts by Mark Kane

German Postal Service Turns To Ford For 2,500+ Electric Vans

Deutsche Post’s electrified plans haven’t stopped at just having a massive fleet of StreetScooter EVs, as the German postal service has just announced a deal with Ford to produce even bigger plug-in vans, using the Ford Transit as a base. Initially, Deutsche Post acquired StreetScooter and immediately ramped up production of its own electric delivery…

18 hours ago by Mark Kane 17

Volkswagen To Triple Electric Drive Spending Over Next 5 Years

Volkswagen’s new investment plan for the next five years (through 2022) details a huge spending spree on electrification, in parallel to further improvements of combustion engines. While also improving efficiency of ICE cars by 10 to 15%, Volkswagen intends to invest about €9 billion ($10 billion) into electric drive technology (HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs),…

23 hours ago by Mark Kane 12

New Paper Ream-Like Battery Boasts Impressive Energy Density

Doubling the energy density, and thus range of the state-of-the-art electric vehicles to some 620 miles (1,000 km) is the stated goal of Mobile Energy Storage Systems out of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Dresden, Germany. Project Manager Mareike Wolter, presented the battery concept that, in theory, would enable a Tesla Model S to…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 48

BMW Invests In Proterra E-Bus Maker, As Does Al Gore

BMW i Ventures, a corporate venture capital team founded by BMW Group in 2011, has invested in Proterra – the US electric bus manufacturer, which currently holds 60% market share in the North American electric transit market.  BMW i Ventures also owns a sizable chunk of public charging network – ChargePoint….

2 days ago by Mark Kane 3

Energy Absolute To Construct 50 GWh Battery Factory In Asia

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has came across an interesting emerging battery manufacturer – Energy Absolute, which hints at manufacturing plans comparable to that of Tesla’s Gigafactory. The little-known company operates out of Thailand, and is currently engaged in renewable energy generation. “Energy Absolute Pcl, which has morphed in recent years…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 7

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Argentina Readies For Electric Vehicle Boom

Argentina has made the important first step in allowing easier access to the purchase of an electrified vehicle, lowering the import duties for electric and hybrid cars from 35%, down to 0-5%. With that said, it doesn’t cover all EVs. The tax break is only eligible for models which have…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 3

Honda Provides More Details On Its Electrified Future

Honda Motor Co. President & CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced at the Honda Meeting 2017, his company’s future direction into electrification with a focus on plug-in hybrids. Two-thirds of total Honda car sales to be electrified models by 2030. The plug-in hybrids in this strategy will be equipped with a new powertrain unique…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 20

Plug-In Vehicles Sales In UK Up 32% In May

While the overall automotive market in UK shrank by 8.5% in May, ahead of June’s general election, the plug-in segment of the market continued to move forward, noting a strong 32% increase year-over-year. Total plug-in electrified sales in May amounted to 3,117 vehicles registered (17,904 YTD), which is one of the best ever results (that…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 2