In the opening seconds of a recently uploaded CBS video, you can see the dashboard screen read “AC Propulsion.” so we now know that Better Place are at least testing that particular drivetrain. There are two test cars in the video, the Renault Mégane and a Nissan EV as befits the the only car partnership that is working with the electric car charging network company.
Better Place’s partnership with Nissan and Renault, may be about to grow with the reporter saying “other car companies are on the way.” Vehicle testing on a larger scale will start next year, and Denmark and Hawaii will have cars and charging spots in operation in 2011.
One pretty startling facts is that if you sign up for the maximum mileage plans (taxis driver territory), Better Place will subsidize the cost of your car up to 100 percent. Shai Agassi wants to offer you cell phone price model car ownership. Video after the jump. Read the story »
Spain’s ambitious program of introducing EVs, hybrid and plug-in cars (a million units for 2012) is promoting the new network under the Movele program.
Sevilla, Spain’s fourth largest city, will be getting 75 public electric vehicle recharging stations dotted around the city this year. Seville is getting recharging stations in the most used parking lots in the city, as well as at the airport, city hall offices and other official buildings Read the story »
The LA Times is reporting that Fisker Automotive has signed a deal with Vancouver-based Advanced Lithium Power Inc. On top of ordering (hopefully) thousands of 22.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion batteries for the Karma from ALP, Fisker will also make a “sizable” cash investment in the company. Fisker spokesman Russel Datz told the LA Times that two seats on the ALP board will go to Fisker. The exact number and cost of the batteries was not disclosed. Read the story »
Using a new-to-range 1.7-litre advanced diesel engine emitting combined emissions of just 139g/km, Vauxhall’s latest addition to the Zafira line-up is also the first ecoFLEX model in the range. Read the story »
Most of the big teams in Formula One, including Ferrari, Renault and BMW, are planning to run battery electric Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) on their 2009 cars, the Williams team is following a different path. Read the story »
The latest version of Mitsubishi’s iMiEV Sport was revealed in Geneva, the Sport Air. This year’s version is marginally longer (20 mm) and taller for what Mitsubishi describes as a “more technical” look to the tear drop shape. Read the story »