Posts by Mark Kane

General Motors CEO Mary Barra (left) and North America President Alan Batey with the Chevrolet Bolt

General Motors “Believes The Future Is Electric”

General Motors notes a lot of demand and profits for selling pickup trucks, SUVs and crossovers, especially after oil prices decreased. GM promises that it will switch a big part of the profits to develop electrified cars like the next generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt and future all-electric Chevrolet Bolt. “The…

5 hours ago by Mark Kane 13

Number of registrations of new all-electric passenger cars in Norway – April 2015

Norway BEV Sales At 2,000 & Over 15% Market Share

Norway plug-in electric car sales again reached 20% last month with 1,975 passenger all-electric cars and 584 plug-in hybrids for a total of 2,559. Data includes 282 used imported zero-emission passenger cars and 35 new vans. In other words,almost 3,000 new/used plug-ins added to already over 50,000. We don’t have confirmation…

11 hours ago by Mark Kane 8

So many EVs under one roof

Record Breaking Electric Car Parade – Video

At the eighth round of Formula E in Berlin, WAVE Trophy team organized an EV parade. The previous record for such an event stood at 507 on September 22nd 2014 in the Silicon Valley. Germany broke the record by a big margin by bringing 577 electric cars together for the…

13 hours ago by Mark Kane 6

Energy Production Q1 2008 – Q1 2015

SolarCity Reports 153 MW Installations in Q1

SolarCity announced another record business expansion in the first quarter of 2015 adding 153 MW of installed solar power. Cumulative power hit 1,212 MW with a strong 237 MW booked. All those MW went to 27,938 new customers in the quarter and 217,595 cumulative, which on average means 5.5 kW….

14 hours ago by Mark Kane 4

Volvo Electric Concept Bus

Volvo Introduces Electric Concept Bus in Sweden

Volvo launched its first all-electric bus, which now can be spotted in Gothenburg, Sweden. Awaiting its official premier in mid-June, we don’t as of yet know any details on the powetrain or battery technology. Three such 10.7 meter long vehicles will operate on route 55 between Lindholmen and Chalmers/Johanneberg, altogether…

1 day ago by Mark Kane 1

Tesla Energy Powerwall

Western Solar Lays Out Details On Tesla Powerwall

When Tesla Motors introduces new products, it raises a lot of excitement, which seems to be the core strategy that enables Tesla to spread the word across the world without advertising. Although not all seem to share the excitement. For example Western Solar, a company installing solar system in Washington, recently…

1 day ago by Mark Kane 36

Virgin Racing Formula E Team racer

Peugeot Citroën To Enter Formula E

According to media reports, Citroën under the new PSA Peugeot Citroën CEO Carlos Tavares, could enter Fromula E next season (2015/16). It’s expected that Citroën will join as a partner to Virgin Racing Engineering, which is one of eight manufacturers that will supply powetrains for the racing teams. This season…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 7

E-Fan 2.0 - Artist Impression

E-Fan Electric Airplane Will Go On Sale In Late 2017

Airbus Group confirmed production plans for electric aircraft E-Fan 2.0 from late 2017 or early 2018. The company will invest €20 million in the overall design and development of the E-Fan 2.0 aircraft, while the rest will comes from partners and government support. The aircraft will be manufactured by subsidiary…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 40

Electric delivery truck "Workhorse" and drone (Photo: Lisa Ventre/University of Cincin)

Workhorse Presents Electric Truck And Drones In USPS Bid

The Postal Service returns to the idea of all-electric delivery trucks. Recently, the USPS released a list of pre-qualified companies, from which vehicles will be evaluated for delivery duties ahead of a contract being issues to supply an estimated 180,000 vehicles to the USPS. One of them – Workhorse Group…

4 days ago by Mark Kane 14

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF Cuts 60% Off Monthly Fuel Bills?

In its latest press release, Nissan encourages the switch to electric drive because it will pay off. According to Nissan, fuel bills could be lowered by up to 60% compared to conventional vehicles. “Families could carve as much as 60 percent off monthly fuel bills by making the switch to…

4 days ago by Mark Kane 36