V-Charge - automated valet parking and electric vehicle charging wirelessly

V-Charge Research Project Wins 2015 Connected Car Award

If you remember V-Charge – the European project with Bosch and Volkswagen, engaged with others to develop automated valet parking and electric vehicle charging.  Well, they just won the 2015 Connected Car Award.  So we guess it went well. The concept of autonomous parking, combined with searching for wireless charging spots,…

5 days ago by Mark Kane 2

Real Time EV Sales Reporting and Historical Charts Can Be Found Here

January 2016 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

While 2015 overall was a bit of disappointment when it came to plug-in sales in the United States, it was not surprising. We had expressed heading into 2015 that extraordinary market forces would be working to hold sales at bay for most of the calendar year…that is, until the tides changed in…

1 week ago by Jay Cole 37

Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen BUDD-e Reportedly Production Bound

Volkswagen unveiled at the 2016 CES in Las Vegas the BUDD-e concept – an all electric car with the new MEB modular platform, two motors and a 101 kWh battery. The MEB will be platform for several new electric models, but will BUDD-e, in some form, reach the production stage?…

1 week ago by Mark Kane 25

VW BUDD-e On Display At CES (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Volkswagen Budd-e Concept Review

AutoExpress was lucky enough to get an exclusive opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the concept Volkswagen Budd-e. Calling it a test drive review is a bit of a strecth, but it’s good to hear that this particular concept is indeed driveable. “Simply wave your hand next to the…

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 19

Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen BUDD-e And Tesla Model S Architecture Comparison

Volkswagen’s intention to use a flat battery pack in sandwich floor style in long-range electric cars has attracted a lot of comments of late. With the Volkswagen BUDD-e unveiled at 2016 CES, we got glimpses of VW’s future with bold reference to Tesla’s architecture. Over time, we think that most BEVs will evolve…

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 88

CES 2016 in Las Vegas – Volkswagen BUDD-e

Volkswagen Creates BEV-Specific Division

Volkswagen announced a change in its vehicle development organization. There will be four new organizational groups – three split by model size, and the fourth being a special group to gather all BEVs (pure electric cars regardless of size). Extraction of all-electric cars from normal divisions seems like a higher…

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 39

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Volkswagen Presents Tiguan GTE Active Concept At 2016 NAIAS

As expected, Volkswagen brought to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit a concept plug-in hybrid Tiguan, but not the same vehicle as we saw at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This one is the Tiguan GTE Active Concept, where Active means it has off-road capability. We really like the Dragon Red…

4 weeks ago by Mark Kane 9