Category: Electric Cars

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Coming To US By 2014 End

The US market is going to get its first fully electric vehicle in the form of the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf this year. As per the official word, Volkswagen is going to introduce the 2015 e-Golf in US by the end of 2014. This all new model will be available in four-door form only and will boast LED headlights with daytime running lights, a unique aluminum wheel design, a blue accented radiator grille and plenty of other goodies. Powering the 2015 e-Golf is an EEM-85 synchronous permanent-magnet AC electric motor that produces 115 hp and peak torque of 199 pound-feet.

With class leading torque output, the e-Golf accelerates to 25 mph in 4.2 seconds and to 60 mph in nearly 10 seconds. The motor helps the car achieve an electronically limited top speed of 87 mph. Coupled to the AC electric motor is a compact, single-speed EQ270 transmission which incorporates an



Mercedes-Benz Unveils All-New 2014 B-Class Electric Drive For US

With an increase in popularity of electric vehicles, automakers are either developing new electric vehicles from scratch or modifying the drivetrains of existing vehicles. Popular German marque, Mercedes-Benz, has unveiled the all-new 2014 B-Class Electric Drive which, obviously, is an emission-free vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz B-Class for the US market. The car will be launched in US during this summer. Based on the conventionally powered B-Class, the 2014 B-Class Electric Drive has been developed in collaboration with Tesla Motors.

Previously, Tesla has provided the battery for the predecessor of the smart fortwo EV. And this time as well, Mercedes-Benz looked no further than the electric car pioneer. The 2014 B-Class Electric Drive is powered by Tesla drive system that consists of an electric motor capable of generating 177 hp of power and peak torque of 251 lb-ft or 340 Nm. Compared to a modern 3 liter petrol engine, the



Daimler-BYD Unveil Denza Electric Vehicle In Beijing

Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology, a joint venture between Daimler and BYD has unveiled their first production vehicle at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show.  Christened Denza, the all new electric vehicle shows off a perfect blend of Daimler’s expertise in safety technologies and BYD’s advancements in battery technology. The Denza is China’s first all-electric vehicle and is expected to go on sale in September 2014. Pricing will start from RMB 369,000. According to the creators of the car, it is the result of four years of research and development and finally the found the correct formulae for an electric urban commuter.

Denza has been intensively tested for 18 months and covered 1.2 million km across China with over 20 cars being crashed for safety tests. As per Daimler, the car is the first one to be tested under the C-NCAP (China New Car Assessment Program) consumer ratings and earns a



Nissan BladeGlider EV Concept Revealed

World’s leading EV manufacturer, Nissan, has revealed its latest creation which it believes to be not just a prototype of an upcoming vehicle but also a proposal for the future direction of Nissan electric vehicle (EV) development. Dubbed the Nissan BladeGlider, the car features a fresh electric vehicle driving experience based on peerless technology and exotic styling. The design of the car is revolutionary and leading the project design team was Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan.

“The goal was to revolutionize the architecture of the vehicle to provoke new emotions, provide new value and make visible for consumers how Zero Emissions can help redefine our conception of vehicle basics,” said Bancon. Featuring a narrow front track, the BladeGlider is a complete deviation from conventional cars. Further, the design is somewhat an optimized blend of a glider and a high performance “swept wing”



Volvo’s Study On Cordless Charging For Electric Cars Goes Successful

Electrification of cars is happening at a much rapid pace than expected and for sure such vehicles promise a much better future. The most evident thing about an hybrid or pure electric car would be the charging method wherein a cord is used to draw electricity from a regular sized socket. However in today’s time when cordless charging is taking over the conventional method in smartphones, why can’t it be used for cars? Volvo has been doing exactly the same for quite some time now. The major has been a partner in an advanced research project focused on finding the possibilities of inductive charging technology for electric vehicles and as per the brand this technology holds a promising future.

“Inductive charging has great potential. Cordless technology is a comfortable and effective way to conveniently transfer energy. The study also indicates that it is safe,” says Lennart Stegland, Vice President, Electric



Nissan ZEOD RC Electric Racecar Unveiled At Nismo Headquarters

Nissan, in collaboration with its performance arm Nismo, has been working on Nissan’s ZEOD RC electric race car for the past 8 months, and recently the car was officially unveiled at Nismo’s headquarters in Yokohama. The on Demand racer has gone from zero to ZEOD in a timescale of 33 weeks and all this development began just after Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn announced Nissan’s intention of returning to the Le Mans 24 hours. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has invited Nissan to participate in Le Mans 24 Hours next year and has offered the ZEOD RC the “Garage 56” entry that is reserved only for vehicles showcasing new and innovative race technology.

Interestingly, the ZEOD RC that will race at the 24 Hours Le Mans can treated an electric test mule which will eventually lead to next generation electric vehicles based on future LM P1 program. The car was



BMW i3 Extended Range Version On Offer For $45,300; To Arrive In US In 2014

Defining electro-mobility in its true form is BMW’s ‘i’ range of cars that includes the BMW i3 and BMW i8. During July this year, BMW announced the pricing of its electric hatchback i.e. the i3 which turned out to be a little more than expected. Furthermore, the very fact that it is an all electric car with a not so overwhelming range made many potential buyers think if it was worth spending money on. What we hear next from the German automaker is the extended range options that will be offered on the BMW i3.

While the base version of the car is available for $41,350, for an additional $3,950 buyers would get a rear-mounted 650cc, 34 hp, two-cylinder, gasoline-powered Range Extender generator which offers roughly double the range as the base model. When the battery drains itself to a preset level, the Range Extender starts working and maintains the



Renault Debuts Third Generation Twingo, “Twin’Z” – Integrating Innovative Styling and Advanced Technology

Renault Debuts Twin’Z, a new concept car designed and developed by Renault in partnership with Lovegrove Studio. Inspired from Renault’s heritage models, the Renault 5 and Renault Twingo, Twin’Z flaunts the rare combination of caliber of two different worlds of automobile and furniture. The big news is that this rear engine and rear drive super mini car is expected to be a less costly electric alternative for £13k Renault Zoe EV. Some of its notable features include innovatively used LEDs, a solid crystal rear spoiler, the intricate 18-inch wheels, exceptional cabin space and high quality handling.

Read on for more in-depth takes on its tech features. Twin’Z has a unique rear-wheel drive architecture powered by quiet small 50 KW (67 Bhp) 167 lb rear mounted electric motor that is propelled with four lithium-ion battery packs. Apart from length of 3.62 meters and weight 980 kg (2,162 lbs), it has a range of 160



Detroit Electric pulled the wraps off SP: 01, a limited-edition pure-electric Sports Car

Heralded as the world’s fastest pure electric production sports car by Detroit Electric, SP:01 is a lotus based all-electric sports car claiming enough power to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The company says it took five years to develop this dynamic electric coupe. Let’s have a sneak peak of this new electric sports car loosely based on combined features of Tesla Roadster and Lotus Elise. According to Detroit Electric, SP:01 is a limited edition two-seat car that features four speed manual gear box and promises an impressive top speed of 155 mph.

It also proffers multiple transmission options with an available four-speed manual transmission, an optional five-speed, or a two-speed automatic transmission, which is especially developed for hybrid vehicles. The car weighs only 2,358 pounds as Carbon Fibre has been utilized to keep its weight down and give it a striking and strong body work similar to that



Volkswagen new e-up! the advanced compact EV set to premiere at Frankfurt Motor Show

Volkswagen is coming-up with a zero-emission compact car – the e-up! a new Electric Vehicle[EV] , which will be premiered with an advanced electric technology, at the 65th Frankfurt International Motor Show[IAA - Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung or International Automobile Exhibition], in Germany, starting from September, 12th to 22nd, 2013 . The new EV from Volkswagen, is a four-seater vehicle and has a day-to-day practicality with an impressive driving range of 150 kilometers/93.2 miles[as per NEDC] on a single charge and technicality of recharging the car by 80% of its storage capacity within 30 minutes.

The electric motor vehicle has almost zero noise and a maximum power output of 82 PS[81 hp or 60 kilowatt] and a peak torque of 210 Nm with smooth gearshift. While it has an available continuous power output of 55 PS[54.3 hp or 40 kilowatt]. It can dash 0 to 100 km/hour within 14 seconds with a top-speed of 135 km/hour[83.88 miles/hour]. The new Eco-friendly e-up! is equipped with a lithium-ion battery



Volkswagen e-Co-Motion concept of forthcoming Delivery Van set to reveal at Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen has announced the forthcoming vision of zero-emission compact transporter vehicle by introducing the advanced electric drive system in the e-Co-Motion concept of the Delivery Van, which will be unveiled at the upcoming 83rd auto exhibit of the Geneva International Motor Show starting from next week on 5th, 2013. The advanced all-electric delivery van is compact and at the same time has the large cargo space of 4.6 cubic meters and impressive 800 kilograms of payload, also featuring the the best manoeuvrable capabilities.

Here the idea of bringing Eco-friendly compact Delivery Van is going to work successfully due to its predictable travel routes where fixed depots can be assembled for easy charging and maintenance. On the other hand, these transportation inside a city with the ease, comes at a price, which lead to add more pollution in the city, so the e-C0-Motion Concept will all-together a best future electric delivery van concept which has many



Land Rover’s new Defender research EV set to unveil at Geneva Motor Show 2013

Land Rover will bring British advanced engineering technology by unveiling seven new All-Terrain Electric Defender research vehicles at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show starting from March 5th, 2013. The best off-road capabilities with zero-emission, is a result of an innovative research implemented in the new Electric Defender models. Here the new electric 110 Defender model, is equipped with a electric system consists of an electric motor combined with a 300-volt lithium-ion battery which capable of delivering a driving range of more than 50 miles.

In the system, the electric motor is capable of generating an output of 94 horsepower[70 kilo-Watts] and a top torque of 330 Newton-meter, while the battery has a capacity of 27 kilowatt-hour which can be full-charged by a fast charger of 7kW in 4 hours or with a portable charger of 3kW in 10 hours. Keeping the Defernder‘s All-Wheel Drive System and differential lock, the Electric Defenders are now have



Chevrolet eco-friendly Spark EV to get first European introduction at Geneva Motor Show

Built on most advanced technology of General Motors in the field of electric motor and battery system, the Chevrolet Spark EV is all set to attract European market with its first introduction in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show starting from March, 5th 2013. The all-new battery powered Chevrolet Spark EV is not only a zero-emission smart green car, but delivers sporty acceleration and comfort driving dynamics, will be on sale in the selected markets of Europe from 2014. The Chevrolet’s mini-car quick acceleration is delivered via top torque of  400 pound feet [542 Newton Meter] with best driving dynamics.

The permanent magnet electric motor is the main source of power inside Spark EV which is capable of generating an output of 130 horsepower[100 kilo-Watts] and can accelerate 0 to 100 km/hour in under 8.5 seconds which is quite good for a green urban city car. The advanced technology of electric motor



Cadillac pre-production ELR undergoing winter weather condition testing in Michigan’s U.P.

For the Cadillac, the new year brought great start by winning NAIAS EyesOn Design Awards in production category for the great green car - 2014 Cadillac ELR, when the extended-range of electric luxury coupe gone world debut in January at the North American International Auto Show[NAIAS] 2013, in Detroit. And to prove true to the world for real time extreme weather and surface condition, the 2014 ELR is undergoing various tough test challenges. The test team of engineers has done winter weather chassis testing on pre-production ELR models last week in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to assess the ELR handling in winter weather conditions, where more than 4 inches of fresh snowfall has assisted the testing team to verify the final specifications on the ELR’s steering, tires, anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control and Continuous Damping Control suspension that adjusts damping every 2 milliseconds to maintain optimal control over varying road conditions.

The 2014 ELR is best fitted with HiPer Strut front



2013 Ford Fusion Energi PHEV has best driving range as a Hybrid and EV-only

Ford has done wonderful work in the segment of Green Cars too, with its new 2013 Ford Fusion Energi sedan, which has latest plug-in hybrid, produces the most efficient EPA-rated driving range and claims to have the best fuel efficiency as compared to other competitor in the market in the same segment. If we look into the numbers, the 2013 Fusion Energi has an outstanding EPA-rated driving range that covers a distance travel of 620 miles[997.79 kilometers] with no refilling of gas or recharging of battery once its got fully charged with full gas fuel tank and has the best capability of electric-only mode to cover a distance of 21 miles[33.79 kilometers], which when compared to the Honda Accord Plug-In, it has combined gas-electric driving range EPA rating of 574 miles[923.76 kilometers] and  with the electric-only mode, it delivers the EPA-rated driving range of 13 miles[20.92 kilometers].

The new Fusion Energi has delivered much improved driving range than Honda



2013 Fiat 500e offers combined 116 MPGe and 87 miles range of top efficiency

Among the Green Cars in the segment of Zero-Emission Hatchbacks, the 2013 Fiat 500e has improved a lot and proved the best-in-class driving range of 87 miles and highway MPGe of 108 MPGe as compared to any other Electric Vehicle[EV]. This rating has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency[EPA] which is for now, is more than any EV in that segment of U.S. market. The fully charged Fiat 500e can take you to a maximum of 140 kilometer[i.e. 87 miles] with a very affordable $500 annual cost to run the 500e which is derived by calculating the electric price consumption on a journey of 15,000 miles[i.e.

24140.16 kilometers]. The Italian Automaker – Fiat has done a lot for its vehicles to provide excellent style, fuel economy and efficiency. The Head of FIAT Brand North America, Mr. Tim Kuniskis described the electric vehicle in his own way by saying -”Our environmentally sexy Fiat 500e offers a



2014 Chevrolet Spark EV – a smart green car

At the Los Angeles Auto Show 2012, the Chevrolet has revealed the all new first plug-in electric vehicle with SAE Combo DC Fast Charging ability – the 5-door Urban All-Electric mini – the Chevrolet Spark EV – which is not only safe, efficient, durable but affordable and reliable also. The first modern electric green vehicle will be assembled in the manufacturing facility at General Motors White Marsh, MD in U.S., is going for sale this year(2013) and will be delivered to customers in 2014.

The 2014 Chevrolet EV has all durable and reliable features that has a warranty of 1,00,000 miles[i.e. 1,60,934 kilometers] or 8 years and specially tested for more than 200,000 hours. Chevrolet has assembled the best performance EV range with advanced electric motor and battery system of 20-kWh lithium ion battery that gives excellent acceleration by generating a horsepower of 130[i.e 100 kilo-Watts] and top torque of 400 pound feet[i.e. 542 Nm]. With smart performance



Renault ZOE first delivery to Arnaud Montebourg

In the world of Green Cars, the French Automaker – Renault – has boldly done a great job by giving the world, an affordable and efficient all electric car- Renault ZOE. The new ZOE is in the smaller size electric segment as compared to the Nissan Leaf. ZOE is the first electric car created from the scratch, at Renault, as an EV with dedicated platform. Renault ZOE first special deliveries are started between now on-wards and last of 2012 and the first widely affordable dedicated electric car, has the mass launch in the Renault network in first quarter of 2013.

As the special delivery period is on for special persons, the first Renault ZOE key is hand-over to the French Minister for Industrial Recovery – Mr. Arnaud Montebourg. He has already ordered the new ZOE at Paris Motor Show in September 2012. The zero-emission all-electric ZOE has a horsepower of 87 and a torque of 162 lb.-ft. with 22 kilo-watts Lithium-ion



2014 Cadillac ELR – World Premiere at North American International Auto Show 2013 in Detroit

Cadillac is coming-up with a electric luxury coupe equipped with advanced features of Electric Vehicle Technology – the all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR, will be showcased at North American International Auto Show 2013 in DETROIT on January 2013. The Cadillac ELR is fully inspired from the Cadillac Converj Concept model and has a dynamic design. According to General Motors North America President Mark Reuss, the preparations will shortly be initiated to build new Cadillac ELR at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant and he claimed that the new ELR which will be powered with enhanced Electric Vehicle Technology has a class of its own segment with distinctive characteristics, signature look and true-to-concept exterior design.

The production of new Cadillac ELR will be started late in 2013. The new ELR is a production version of Cadillac’s Converj, a concept vehicle showcased at the North American International Auto Show in 2009. But the 2014 ELR will possess advance design theme of



BMW i3 Concept Coupe – all electric zero emission model unveiled

Los Angeles Auto Show 2012 is on peak. Everyday is full of excitement. BMW has showcased, the first ever all-electric model – BMW i3 Concept Coupe. It is ready for production. The zero emission Green Car is loaded with the state-of-the-art, clean-cut and open design showcased for the premium profile. Its body is made up of the carbon-fiber. BMW i3 concept gives excellent connectivity within and outside world. Its dynamic performance can only be achieved with electric version of the BMW eDrive technology.

The Coupe is also propelled by an electric motor developed by the BMW Group, Like the BMW i3 Concept. i3 would produce a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters (184 lb-ft). The electric motor draws its energy from the lithium-ion storage cells. The passenger cell which is built from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). It is extremely light yet very strong