Posts by Mark Kane

Panasonic 18650 High Capacity Lithium Batteries

LG Chem To Overtake Panasonic?

According to Lux Research, Panasonic is so far the sole market leader for lithium-ion batteries for EVs with market share of 39%. Panasonic (which a few years ago acquired Sanyo) has several deals with manufacturers of hybrid and electric vehicles, but the ultimate customer is Tesla Motors. 50,000 Model S…

2 hours ago by Mark Kane 17

BMW M3

Next-Gen BMW M3 To Be A Plug-In Hybrid?

According to The Detroit Bureau, BMW is considering the future release of a plug-in hybrid M3 with 20 miles of all-electric range. It will not be any time soon as current generation was introduced in early 2014, while electrification would be subject to the next-generation somewhere around 2020. BMW would…

7 hours ago by Mark Kane 4

Nissan LEAF and V2G

The Mobility House Presents Vehicle2Coffee

The Mobility House, together with Nissan and Endesa, evaluate bi-directional DC charging system (V2G) in Germany. Nissan and Endesa earlier this year announced collaboration on Vehicle-To-Grid. One such charger was installed at the The Mobility House headquarters in Munich. There is a reason for that as TMH experiments with Vehicle2Coffee….

8 hours ago by Mark Kane 6

General Electric Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System

GE Signs 30 MW Battery Energy Storage Deal

GE is gaining momentum it its new approach to lithium-ion energy storage systems. The company recently add its third and up to date largest 30 MW ESS order for the Imperial Irrigation District in Southern California. The first two were Con Edison Development in California and Convergent Energy + Power…

21 hours ago by Mark Kane 8

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Best Selling BEV In Europe In July

Tesla Model S was the best selling all-electric car in Western Europe last month, according to EagleAID. 1,106 Model S were enough to take 1st place ahead of 1,011 Nissan LEAFs, 980 Renault ZOEs and 928 Volkswagen e-Golfs. Those are the most popular BEV models in Europe this summer. For…

1 day ago by Mark Kane 17

Tesla Motors store

Tesla To Revamp Stores Worldwide (w/video)

Tesla Motors is revamping its stores according to major news outlets, who had an exclusive tour of a newly refreshed site. Changes are introduced together with the pending launch of Model X. Tesla established a network of about 200 stores in North America, Europe and Asia. Together with expanding the…

1 day ago by Mark Kane 15

Comparison of 2015 and 2014 Sales in Canada (source: FleetCarma)

Detailed Look At Plug-In Electric Car Sales In Canada

FleetCarma released this month a wonderful report on plug-in electric car sales in Canada. Despite sales of the most popular model, the Chevrolet Volt, dwindling down as buyers await the 2016 model, the Canadian market is growing in 2015 by some 15%. In the first six months, registrations reached 2,779…

1 day ago by Mark Kane 1

TOP 5 U.S. Plug-In Cars Manufacturers (U.S. by July 2015)

U.S. Plug-In Electric Car Sales Sorted By Manufacturer

If you’ve ever wondered about plug-in electric car sales in US sorted by manufacturer, then we’ve got something special for you. As it turns out, the top 2 manufacturers (GM and Nissan) delivered nearly 48% of all plug-in electric cars sold, while the top 5 delivered nearly 89%. The remaining…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 20

DENZA EV production

China To Follow California’s ZEV Credit Program

A California-style scheme convincing manufacturers to introduce and produce models with higher fuel economy/low emission is being considered in China. There is an idea to distribute credits in China, much like in California. The highest number of credits would be available for all-electric cars, fewer for plug-in hybrids and the…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 5

BMW 2 Series 225e Active Tourer PHEV

First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive PHEV

The BMW 2 Series 225e Active Tourer PHEV (described earlier here) was recently tested by Autocar. For now, this is still a pre-production prototype, but is close to the final version that’s expected to launch in spring 2016. With AWD (petrol engine for the front wheels and electric motor for…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 24