Posts by Mark Kane

BMW i3 available in DriveNow

BMW DriveNow Adds More i3s To Fleets

BMW made available 100 all-electric i3s for car sharing in three cities in Germany through DriveNow. Earlier, London got 30 i3s, and now Berlin has 40, Hamburg 30 and Munich 30. Other cities in Germany and Europe will soon follow suit. Since 2013 BMW tested in Germany 60 ActiveEs, which…

11 hours ago by Mark Kane 3

Continental offers electric drive in range of 60 to 120 kW

Continental Announces New Electric Drivetrains For The Chinese Market

At IAA 2015, Continental will introduce new compact drivetrains for electric vehicles tailor-made for the Chinese market. Those are 60-120 kW drivetrains with motor, transmission and power electronics in one housing. Carmakers will be able to choose motors from asynchronous or permanent-magnet synchronous machine. According to Continental, integrated drive unit brings cost…

16 hours ago by Mark Kane 5

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Test Drive Review

Autocar recently tested the 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE, which is entering the on-sale phase in a growing number of countries in Europe. The Passat GTE was named a very practical electric car with useful EV range and at the same time a long-distance cruiser with decent fuel consumption. We must…

22 hours ago by Mark Kane 4

Anticipatory concept: The cloud-based driver assistance function PreVision Cloud Assist provides maximum range and driving safety in the Advanced Urban Vehicle.

ZF Presents Its Electric Advanced Urban Vehicle

ZF recently presented its Advanced Urban Vehicle electric car to demonstrate new solutions for carmakers. This concept is about maneuverability, autonomous parking and of course electric drive. Steering angle on AUV is up to 75 degrees! If driver uses Smart Parking Assist, then it can park at almost any spot. The…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 7

Mobi Charger and Nissan LEAF

Siemens Teams With FreeWire For Mobi Charger Deployment

Some of you probably remember FreeWire’s Mobi Charger concept, presented in the early stage of development over six months ago. FreeWire now has working prototypes of Mobi Charger and Siemens as a partner. Together hey are launching a three-month pilot project at LinkedIn’s Mountain View campus. The Mobi Charger is…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 1

MINI Superleggera Vision concept

Plug-In Hybrid Mini Superleggera Inches Closer To Production

The Electric Mini Superleggera’s chances for production increased according to Autocar. The website says production could begin by 2019. The two-seater will probably get a plug-in hybrid drive (FWD with AWD option) setup and would be in direct competition with the Mazda MX-5. Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer said: “The interest…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 6

Veteran’s Day Tesla Model S Teaser

US Navy Considering Lease Of 300-600 Electric Cars

The Department of the Navy announced plans to lease approximately 300 to 600 passenger-carrying electric vehicles. Initially they will focus on a sedan fleet for various Navy and Marine Corps installations within the State of California. Tesla Model S for every general? Prior to the purchase decision there will be…

2 days ago by Mark Kane 20

Plug-In Car Sales In The Switzerland (EV Sales Blog data) – June 2015

Plug-In Electric Car Sales Outlook For Switzerland

Switzerland surprised us this year by climbing into relatively high plug-in electric car sales. According to EV Sales Blog, in June sales for the very first time exceeded 500, hitting a record of 544 registrations (part of the data is estimations). Another record is 253 Tesla Model S EVs sold…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 9

HELLA in Lippstadt, Germany

Kettering University Working On More Efficient Level 2 Charger

After its project of a 10 kW on-board charger for Magna E-car and 24 kW on-board charger for Turkish automaker Derindere Motorlu Araclar (DMA), Kettering University’s researchers recently were engaged by German lighting manufacturer HELLA. The topic of the latest project is next generation high efficiency, ultra compact and light on-board charger. “Researchers in…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 4

Formula E

FIA Announces 10 Teams For Formula E Season Two

Right after the first season of FIA Formula E Championship came to an end, FIA began collecting teams for season two. There will still be only 10 teams (two drivers each), as there are just 40 cars available (2 per driver). In the second year, teams got permission to use their…

3 days ago by Mark Kane 7