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Life cycle assessments for electric vehicles

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) teamed up with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie GmbH; WI) in the STROMbegleitung (electricity evaluation) study to analyse technologies, outlook and life-cycle assessments for electrically-powered transport. The study comprehensively charts current progress in technology, identifies … Continue reading Life cycle assessments for electric vehicles

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Electric Vehicles Market Set for Big Boost as Li-ion Battery Costs Hit $172/kWh in 2025

Best-in-class players such as Panasonic-Tesla will achieve 35% reductions over the next decade, while others could lag at over $229/kWh, according to Lux Research.  The electric vehicle opportunity is set to expand, as leading battery developers like Panasonic drive down prices of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs by 35% to $172/kWh in 2025, according to Lux … Continue reading Electric Vehicles Market Set for Big Boost as Li-ion Battery Costs Hit $172/kWh in 2025

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Sales of Electric Trucks and Buses Are Expected to Total More than 805,000 from 2014 to 2023

A recent report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive vehicle technology, including global market forecasts for sales and the number of vehicles in use through 2023.   Although medium and heavy duty vehicles represent just a fraction of all vehicles on roadways today, they contribute significantly to … Continue reading Sales of Electric Trucks and Buses Are Expected to Total More than 805,000 from 2014 to 2023

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Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for electric vehicles, wind turbines

Cerium is a widely available and inexpensive rare-earth metal. Scientists have used it to create a high-performance magnet that’s similar in performance to traditional dysprosium-containing magnets and could make wind turbines less expensive to manufacture.     Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have created a new … Continue reading Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for electric vehicles, wind turbines

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Electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths

Researchers from one of Europe’s largest e-mobility projects have successfully realized a fully-integrated electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths in the permanent magnet synchronous motor. A prototype will be presented to the international coil winding and electrical manufacturing community at this year’s CWIEME Berlin exhibition.   Four years ago researchers from … Continue reading Electric vehicle drivetrain without the need for costly rare earths

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About 43% of all electric vehicles were bought in 2014

The Leaf is the best-selling electric car in automotive history. The Netherlands has the second-biggest market share of electric cars, after Norway.     Electric cars made up less than half of a percent of the 85 million new vehicles sold in the world last year, but German energy researchers say that tiny wedge of sales … Continue reading About 43% of all electric vehicles were bought in 2014

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Nissan, Endesa to tap V2G (vehicle to grid) technology from electric vehicles for use in homes

V2G (vehicle to grid) technology allows both a supply of energy to an electric vehicle and the use of the energy stored in the vehicle for home consumption or for sale onto the grid (in countries where the appropriate regulation is in place). Endesa and Nissan will also work together in other areas such as … Continue reading Nissan, Endesa to tap V2G (vehicle to grid) technology from electric vehicles for use in homes

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BYD to sell electric vehicles in South Korea within 2015

BYD is planning to sell its electric vehicles to the South Korea market before the end of 2015, according to a senior company executive.   BYD, a rising Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer, has brought its popular BYD e6 electric taxi and SUV to an international electric vehicle (EV) expo which opened here Friday in the … Continue reading BYD to sell electric vehicles in South Korea within 2015

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Electric Vehicles for Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2015-2025

Electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $30 billion market in 2025. Komatsu, John Deere, Caterpillar, and others manufacture the big vehicles – mainly hybrid – while other manufacturers offer smaller, pure-electric versions. Pure electric is a legal requirement indoors. Outdoors, fuel saving and better performance attracts. Cranes and man lifters have … Continue reading Electric Vehicles for Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2015-2025

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Electric Vehicles and the Grid: Business Opportunities for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Integration Technologies

The growing number of plug in electric vehicles (PEVs) on roads will likely have profound impacts on the grid if the adoption of PEVs is not aligned with the spread of vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technologies. These VGI technologies enable grid operators to communicate with the PEV or its associated electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), to … Continue reading Electric Vehicles and the Grid: Business Opportunities for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Integration Technologies

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Sales of Light Duty Electric Vehicles Are Expected To Reach 6.4 Million Annually by 2023

A recent report from Navigant Research provides a comprehensive overview of the overall light duty vehicle (LDV) market and the light duty electric vehicle (EV) market, including global forecasts for annual vehicle sales and vehicles in use through 2023.   The use of EVs, which now account for a small but growing share of the … Continue reading Sales of Light Duty Electric Vehicles Are Expected To Reach 6.4 Million Annually by 2023

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The sale of electric vehicles has quadrupled in 2014

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has released a new report that shows that the sale of electric vehicles has quadrupled in 2014. The report suggests that consumers are turning to electric vehicles more readily. Some consumers believe that these vehicles are less expensive than their conventional counterparts, while others are embracing clean vehicles … Continue reading The sale of electric vehicles has quadrupled in 2014

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China announced the plan to continue giving subsidies for electric vehicles until 2020

The finance ministry of China announced the plan to continue giving subsidies for electric vehicles until 2020 that guarantees an extension to the initial plan which will eventually expire in 2015, Auto News China reported. Despite the continuous efforts that have been made on promoting the use of environment-friendly vehicles such as electric cars, the … Continue reading China announced the plan to continue giving subsidies for electric vehicles until 2020

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PG&E and BMW Partner to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and automaker BMW are teaming up to test the ability of electric vehicle batteries to provide valuable services to the electric grid. If successful, the pilot program could pave the way for significant utility payments that could stimulate further customer purchases of electric vehicles. PG&E selected BMW after a … Continue reading PG&E and BMW Partner to Extract Grid Benefits from Electric Vehicles

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Solar energy and electric vehicles could make suburban living awesome again

The suburbs have had it rough in the last few years. The 2008-2009 economic collapse led to waves of foreclosures in suburbia, as home prices plummeted. More recently, census data suggest that Americans are actually shifting back closer to city centers, often giving up on the dream of a big home in suburbs (much less the … Continue reading Solar energy and electric vehicles could make suburban living awesome again

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Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells 200,000 Electric Vehicles

Renault-Nissan Alliance released today an important announcement on reaching the mark of 200,000 cumulative sales of all-electric vehicles in early November. This number comes almost 4 years after the launch the Nissan LEAF in December 2010, and include six models – Nissan LEAF and new e-NV200 plus four Renault – Kangoo Z.E., Fluence Z.E. (existing … Continue reading Renault-Nissan Alliance Sells 200,000 Electric Vehicles

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US Air Force adds V2G technology (Vehicle to Grid) with a new fleet of electric vehicles

Los Angeles Air Force Base unveiled its 42-vehicle fleet, made up solely of plug-in vehicles. The fleet includes both electric and hybrid vehicles, including sedans, trucks and a 12-passenger van. All can get power from and give it back to the electrical grid when not being driven. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt Rey Sedantes, left, … Continue reading US Air Force adds V2G technology (Vehicle to Grid) with a new fleet of electric vehicles

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Ford to power selected dealerships with wind power and solar energy

The automaker has currently sold easily the second-most plug-ins in the United States this year, trailing only Nissan and the record-setting LEAF. The automaker is also fond of producing great infographics to help the general public grasp the nuances of electric vehicles. Back in August, Ford released plans to build a mammoth solar canopy, the … Continue reading Ford to power selected dealerships with wind power and solar energy

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Electric Vehicles Became more Than A Niche In Norway

When it comes to electric vehicles and overall happiness, Norway seems to have things figured out. With 15% of the new car market share, electric cars have become the best-selling vehicles in the small Scandinavian country, and this video from Nissan explains how that’s possible. Through smart and effective use of its natural resources, tax … Continue reading Electric Vehicles Became more Than A Niche In Norway

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Plug-In Electric Vehicles Are Expected to Make Up 2.4 Percent of Global Light-Duty Vehicle Sales by 2023

A new report from Navigant Research provides a comprehensive overview of the overall light duty vehicle (LDV) market, including global forecasts for annual LDV sales and vehicles in use through 2023. The rapidly changing market for electric vehicles (EVs), which includes hybrids (HEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and battery electric vehicles (BEVs), is a small but … Continue reading Plug-In Electric Vehicles Are Expected to Make Up 2.4 Percent of Global Light-Duty Vehicle Sales by 2023

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